Scandinavian homes are renowned for their clean lines and muted colors; for being aesthetically pleasing yet at the same time highly functional. In keeping with the Scandinavian love of nature, interiors are often layered with natural materials such as wood, leather, sheepskin, linen, and wool, which break up the clean lines while adding texture and warmth.
During vacations, Scandinavians take the opportunity to enjoy nature first hand in simple cottages and cabins by the sea or lake, or in the mountains. Rural retreats are typically stripped back to the bare essentials. Some even lack running water and electricity, while others are a little more modern. But the goal is always the same: to be somewhere with few distractions and to lead a simpler life, surrounded by the tranquillity of nature and the people you love, just as I experienced all those years ago.