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Inspired by Petra Bindel :: Swedish Interior Photography

Welcome back, my dears! How was your weekend? I feel energized this morning after an easy weekend at home. I organized my files, cleaned and freshened up the house, made a big, lovely ratatouille with veggies from the farmer’s market, listened to music and the sound of the rain, and lazed about with my dear little one and sweet hubby. This morning is gray and rainy here, a welcome change from the usual heat in the dog days of August. Today I am inspired by Swedish photographer Petra Bindel, and I would like to share a few of my personal favorites from her online portfolio and blog. Petra does a lot of work for Elle Interiör in Sweden (a magazine I wish was stocked in my local bookstore!), and many of the images included here come from its pages. I love Petra’s style, and I think you will, too. Let’s begin! :)

Oh, how I miss having a coffee table! We had to hide ours down in the basement while Bixby was learning to walk – the sharp edges made me nervous, and it was just generally in the way. I would love a round table like the one pictured above, round coffee tables seem more inviting to me somehow. Swedish dala horses, candlesticks, a beautiful vase of fresh cut flowers, pretty little cups and a tray – this reminds me of another reason we haven’t bothered bringing our coffee table back up – Bixby would grab everything on it, so no precious tchotchkes for us! Sigh.

The home featured above looks so bright and cheerful; I imagine it would feel great to arrive home here at the end of the day in winter and be greeted by twinkling lights, white floors, and a glittering disco ball! If you have been reading this blog for any time, you know how obsessed I am with white floors! And you know, our floors could really use a refinishing, so maybe I will get my wish…

Moving right along, I love casual dining rooms like this, don’t you? Perfect for spreading out and getting comfy. Fancy formal dining rooms that go unused, while beautiful, feel stale and stuffy to me. Not to mention a bit pointless, at least for my lifestyle! Whether it is to sit down to a home cooked meal served family style, drink tea and work on a laptop, or to craft or sew, or work on a homework project, I want a dining room where lasting memories will be made. Remember, the everyday doesn’t have to be boring, as this dining room proves: while the weathered wood table is practical and hardworking, that chandelier with dangling jewels and tiny yellow birdcage is pure fun and whimsy.

For more about Petra & her work, please visit her website as well as her blog for current updates; for Petra’s editorial work you may contact House of Pictures; or for stock photography visit Folio in Sweden.

So…my questions for you are: Do you have a favorite image above? What do you love about it? Where do you stand on formal vs. casual dining rooms? And what about white floors – is it a yes or no in your book? And what are you up to this week?? I would love to hear from you! Happy Monday! xo Laura

(all images: photographer Petra Bindel)

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  • Summer August 15, 2011, 11:10 am

    I love that last image of the outdoor space. I would love a place like that to eat summer dinners or have neighbors over for drinks. It looks so inviting and warm and also green. I can imagine spending afternoons gardening out there and then later on having people over. Lovely images! Thanks!

    • Lolalina August 16, 2011, 4:47 pm

      Oh, me too, Summer!! xo Laura

  • ana {lucky in love sf} August 15, 2011, 8:18 pm

    i love this third image of the farm table + chandelier with pink accents. so good!

  • Anne August 16, 2011, 7:56 pm

    I love white floors, and the touches of outdoors in the rooms above. I especially love the embroidered tablecloth in the last room. I like a dining room that is so simple it can be made either formal or casual depending on tablecloth, flowers, plates, etc.

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