Carl & Karin Larsson's Bungalow

Category: Accents

Many bungalow decorating clues are hidden in Carl's paintings...

(All images courtesy of Scandanavian Treasures)

Carl & Karen Larsson were both artists who lived in a little house, named "Lilla Hyttnäs", in Sundborn, Sweden in the late 1800's and early 1900's. They had eight children in that house and decorated it in their own very special style. This became known as the Swedish Style.

Carl's Christmas pictures are especially heart warming for me. But I love them all. Can you see any ideas for your bungalow in here? I can see some for our bungalow.

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I love the colors they used. So bright and pretty. And the furniture. OH! ANd the "board and trim" on the walls.

I love this house because it looks so real and lived-in ... not like a photo in a decorating magazine.

Beautiful! But where is Lucia's crimson sash in that first picture? You can see a photo of our area's own Luciafest here:

That's why I love Larsson's paintings...they are so real and yet so ideal. Really beautiful.

The colors were used to bring color into Swedish homes during the long, dark winters. Sweden is at the same northern latitudes as Alaska. (We've spent Christmas in Alaska. It is dark practically 24/7 except for a little window that I would call "dusk".) This also encourages the use of a LOT of candles and light.

Sankta Lucia Day is Dec. 13th. I had never heard of this celebration until I married Aaron. (Only fair, he had never been to a wedding taken over by Irish relatives before he married me :) The eldest girl in the house gets up before dawn and prepares saffron buns and tea or coffee. Then, her head crowned with candles (these days they use battery powered candles) and wearing a white dress with a red sash, she wakes the family with singing and serves them in their beds. The other girls in the house may be helping, carrying candles and singing. The boys may be dressed as "star boys" with tall caps and carrying stars.

We went to the Sankta Lucia Festival at NPU this year. There is something so mystical and lovely about it. I can't explain it.

If you would like to experience a Lucia Celebration, this link will take you to information on events held in Chicago on Dec. 13th! Swedish Christmas Decorations (which look ESPECIALLY beautiful in bungalows...we have many Swedes in our bungalow neighborhood!) are available in Andersonville and at The Sweden Shop on Foster (across from Tre Kronor of the fantastic Julboard. Mmmmmmmmmm.)

oh, how I would love to live in Larsson land! That would be in a house decorated and build in that style, not living in sweden. Like Pottery Barn land!

luke and i saw carl larsson's home this summer- it's more incredible in person. so many little details and touches! his family/descendants still use the house.

regarding lucia- there are those die-hards who still use candles, glen ellyn covenant being one of them. yes, i suffered as lucia, crown pushed down too tight . . .getting dizzy and nearly passing out . . . and candle wax running down my hair.


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