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Book review: Naturligvis by Kirsten Visdal

A little while ago, I saw a book review on a Norwegian blog of a book that looked really interesting. The book was called Naturligvis, or Naturally in English, and I immediately started thinking about where I could find it in Sweden, or find a webshop that would ship here.

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Then I got an email from the publisher, asking if I would perhaps like a copy of this new book? I was so happy! The book arrived and I can’t stop looking at the 270 pages of wonderful photos! They are shot by Nina Dreyer Hensley and Jim Hensley, two very experienced food and interiors photographers who have shot a whole bunch of books before.

The author, Kirsten Visdal, has chosen 13 Norwegian homes with a truly Scandinavian style. Some homes are more modern and others have a little more rustic, country feel, but what they all have in common are the natural elements. The colours are soft, the materials are natural, and creativity is flowing. If you can read Norwegian you get a deeper view into the homes, learning what the owners made and changed, what the thoughts are behind their decorating and so on. This is all very interesting and inspiring, but I would have loved the book even if I didn’t understand the words!

Below are some of my favourite spreads from the book. Can you see how they are all very different, but they still have many things in common?
Ps. I later found Naturligvis in Bolina’s webshop. One of the homes in the book actually belongs to Hanne, one of the owners of Bolina, so of course they sell the book. 🙂
For my Swedish readers, it’s available at Adlibris.

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Ems Designblogg is all about Scandinavian style, soft minimalism and beautiful functionalism. The blog is Sweden's oldest interior design blog and has been up and running since 2005. I strive to fill it with a mix of inspirational and aspirational images from all over the world, while keeping true to my own voice and style, where transparency is key and creative criticism is highly valued. When I'm not blogging, I bake chocolate cakes for my kids, hang around Stockholm's cafés and drink way too many cappuccinos, do some occasional styling work, and try to fit in some inspiring travel adventures in between. If you have any suggestions, propositions for collaborations, other ideas or just want to say hi, throw an email at: [email protected].



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  • Thank you for the interesting book review. The pictures are awesome! I have to consider to buy it.
    Have a lovely day!
    allesistgut 😀

  • Very inviting and very cozy, I like the smoked glass vases a lot.
    I should watch out for a copy in Germany …

  • Fina bilder du har på bloggen. Jag blir verkligen inspirerad. Jag tycker estetiskt att det är lugnande att ha inredning som går i grått, vitt,svart och trä men så älskar juh jag färg. Så jag får nöja mig med att titta in här och njuta av det lugna =)

  • Jag såg den i Elle Decoration Norge och blev nyfiken. Perfekt att få några bilder från boken. Fotograferna gillar jag sedan tidigare och utdragen ovan ser lovande ut.

  • Något att lägga till på önskelistan.. Tack för tipset!
    Ha en fin onsdag!
    -Anna

  • is this book available in english as well? looks fantatic

  • Ser ju väldigt lovande ut! Den åker rakt upp på önskelistan 🙂

  • Can't wait to read this book. Have you seen Kirsten's webshop (http://www.kvist-visdal.no) it is amazing!

  • Hejjj, ville bara säga att du har en grymt go blogg, brukar följa den nästan varje dag! fortsätt med det du gör, allt bra? kram! 🙂

  • Wow! Fyller på önskelistan till jul… 🙂 Check!

  • Maria

    Do you know if it is also in English? Can you buy it in the US? It looks amazing!!!

  • Hej!! Vilken häftig blogg:) om du är intresserad om vad du ska ha på dig på julafton eller nyår? Ta en titt då på min blogg!

  • Hilary

    I forgot to leave my email address! 🙂

  • Wow wonderful interior. I just added the book to my Christmas wishlist 😉

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