FIND THAT SCANDINAVIAN FEELING AT HOME WITH: IDA INTERIOR LIFESTYLE

In my home tour series I am sharing a selection of different Nordic style homes from around the world to show you how people get that Scandinavian feeling no matter where they are. Last month we visited a colourful Swedish home (see the post here), and this time we travel to the Netherlands to visit the joyful, bright home of Italian blogger Ilaria Chiaratti from IDA Interior Lifestyle.

Ilaria is an interior photographer and stylist who is passionate about Nordic style. Since 2009 she has lived in Eindhoven in the Netherlands with her husband Alberto at what she refers to as the Happy House. Through the years they have been joined by the wild kitty Penny Lane and the little Enea in 2014, which brought chaos and many crafty smiles. A new little inhabitant named Leo Libero joined the crew on February 2017. She founded her blog IDA Interior Lifestyle in 2010 to share her interior inspirations and her crochet projects.

I have been following Ilaria for a while now on Instagram and love seeing snippets of her home full of Nordic influences as well as hints to her Italian heritage. Keep reading to learn more about her Nordic style with an Italian twist and lots of pastel!

Q1 // How would you describe your home and your interior style?

My style is a mix between flea market pieces, a touch of hand-made / DIY and design. I have a fresh and young approach, which does not necessarily follow trends but instead mix the best ideas to create a new and personal style.

Q2 // What inspires you when it comes to interior and your home?

Anything can be inspiring to me: a walk, visiting a new city or a picture. I’m a Pinterest and Instagram addict, but I do also love reading blogs and tons of magazines both on paper and online.

Q3 // What is your favourite room / area of your home and why?

Probably the living room because it is friendly and cozy and also because it’s constantly evolving, I like to change some details here and there almost daily. But I have to say that I love every room of the Happy House {this is how we called our home} because the spaces are tailored for our benefit and I tried to put personality in every corner.

Q4 // What piece of furniture or decor is most precious to you and why?

I don’t like the definition “precious” in the quantitative sense of the term. What interests me most is the quality and moreover the memories related to that object. I admit I can’t make a choice, I have a beautiful coffee table from the ’60s and one I rescued from the dumpster, the Beni Ourain bought in Marrakech when I found out I was pregnant with my first son, the first purchase ever for my home, a turquoise armchair that has been with me for more than a decade now… And many more if you don’t stop me. See, I really can’t decide!!

Q5 // If you could start renovating or re-decorating your home today, what would you do differently?

I would probably do the kitchen differently, although I still like it a lot! Maybe with different colours, but I can always do it, right?

Q6 // What is your favourite current interior trend?

I have to say that I don’t follow trends too much, I like to incorporate them following my own taste. But soft furnitures are very cool and the Memphis style revival is very intriguing to me!

Q7 // Why do you think the Scandinavian interior style is so popular?

Because it comes in a very wide range of shades and it does not only consist of black and white, but also vibrant colours, a mix of old and new, designer items combined with flea market treasures and small handmade touches.

Q8 // What are some of your favourite Scandinavian interior and decor brands?

The list can be endless! Just a few: Iittala, Svenskt Tenn, Marimekko, Scandinavia Form, Iris Hantverk, HAY, Muuto, IKEA and I really can go on and on!

Q9 // What is your best decorating tips for anyone wanting to create a Scandinavian style in their home?

The advice I always give is ‘keep it simple’. Do not exceed, not overdoing, maintain it coherent and harmonious. Don’t make compromises, and if you can not realise all the things that you have in your mind, make the best of what you have, without being afraid to go against the common rules.

Q10 // How do you like to relax, how do you hygge?

I need only three things: my crochet work, a cup of tea and some Netflix. To make it perfect, my hubby by my side ;)

Q11 // How do you find that Scandinavian feeling in your daily life?

I like to light up candles, even for breakfast, it’s a sort of ritual! And in every room of my home you can always find piles of warm and soft blankets.

Want to see more of this happy home in the Netherlands and get inspired?
Blog: www.idainteriorlifestyle.com
Instagram: @idainteriorlifestyle
Facebook: IDA Interior Lifestyle

// Photo credit: IDA Interior Lifestyle

Ingrid Opstad

That Scandinavian feeling is a blog by Ingrid Opstad, a Norwegian journalist living in Italy. Ingrid wants her blog to represent the feeling of coziness and calm with a Nordic simplistic, minimalistic style. The blog is intended to share her knowledge and love for Scandinavia; touching upon everything from interiors, design, lifestyle, travel to hygge. A place where you can get inspired to find that Scandinavian feeling yourself, no matter where in the world you are.

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    Karalee Shotola

    January 24, 2020

    I absolutely love Ilaria’s Happy House with the white & soft colors!

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