Often we travel to a place we end up loving so much, that we want to take home all of the souvenirs and mementos so we can hold onto every little detail of our trip. That’s how I felt when I was in Stockholm. I loved everything about the city – the food, the scenery, and, most of all, the lifestyle. Without knowing anyone originally from Sweden, I developed my own perception of the Swedes and how they live. Their design and home decor seemed symmetrical and organized, clean and modern with just enough whimsy and color to endure the long, dark winters. Furthermore, Sweden is often named one of the happiest countries in the world so it seemed to me that Swedes just knew how to live well.
When I finally got to Sweden last year, I saw for myself that my perceptions were on point. While in Stockholm, I learned of the term lagom. Literally translated, lagom means “just the right amount”. Lagom has come to represent the country’s philosophy towards being modest and avoiding extremes. It seemed that even the owners of the Stockholm Airbnb apartment I rented subscribed to the idea of lagom. Meanwhile in America, the word has made its way into the pop-culture lexicon and has become quite trendy.
Lagom was the one thing I wanted to take home from my trip to Sweden, but how? It’s not like I could just pack it in my suitcase.
Before departing for Europe last summer, my husband and I had talked about remodeling the first floor of our home which includes the kitchen, dining room, and living room. After returning from Sweden, it occurred to me that the home remodel would be the perfect opportunity to let a little lagom into our lives. I scoured Scandinavian design magazines and websites to come up with ideas. We took down a couple of walls in the house to open up the space, letting in more natural light. I chose paint colors for the rooms recommended specifically by Scandinavian designers. Lots of light-colored wood, clean lines, and random pops of color. Some ideas worked out better than others, and for the most part, I am satisfied with our remodeled design.
There is a new addition to our decor that I especially love. It is a print of the Stockholm city map, artistically designed by Modern Map Art. With minimal design and modern colors, it fits in perfectly with the new, Scandinavian-inspired look of our home. Modern Map Art offers city maps, country maps, ski maps, and watercolor skyline prints in various sizes, many with different color options. My simple black and white print of Stockholm adds “just the right amount” of artistic influence to our redesigned home, and provides plenty of opportunity for me to recall what a lovely time I had in Stockholm last year.
In addition to the map prints, Modern Map Art also offers map pillows and phone cases. Because I think these items are perfect for remembering your own favorite trips and special places, and they make excellent gifts for others, I’m offering a discount code to all of you. After you browse the Modern Map Art website and decide which prints or pillows will look fabulous in your home, use the code WORKINGMOM10 at checkout to receive 10% off your purchase!
I received a complimentary print of Stockholm map art for review and promotional purposes. I received no other form of compensation for this post. All words and opinions, as always, are my own.