Modern Pastoral: Bring the Tranquility of Nature into Your Home
Modern pastoral interiors are about embracing the pared-back lifestyle of living in the country, taking nature as the main point of inspiration. Specially commissioned photography in homes across Scandinavia and the United States shows how to use colours, textures and details to create a home in which to unwind - a retreat from the rest of the world. Niki Brantmark shows us various takes on this simple, informal style. In chapter 1, Forest, the interiors are filled with exposed wood throughout, combined with traditional patterns and features, such as log burners and woven rugs. Chapter 2, Graphical, explores a look that is striking, reminiscent of weather-beaten landscapes: think whitewashed ceilings, rugged stone surfaces and striking black features, softened by cosy soft furnishings and fresh plants and flowers - while Homestead style in chapter 3 introduces warmer hues, featuring painted wood and creamy, light browns in textiles, furniture and collectibles. The final chapter, Waterside, brings to mind calm lakes and babbling streams, with rooms filled with light, and gentle blue and grey shades. Every home featured evokes an ideal, rural life, adapted to modern living.
Niki Brantmark runs the daily interior design blog My Scandinavian Home (myscandinavianhome.blogspot.se), which was inspired by her move to Sweden from London over ten years ago. The blog is extremely popular, having received over 15 million hits and averaging around 500,000 page views per month from readers all over the world. Niki has a background in marketing and communication, and was featured in 'Design Bloggers at Home' by Ellie Tennant (RPS). 'Modern Pastoral' is her first book.