For years, friends have gushed about Scandinavia as the travel destination for anyone who loves home décor. And for years, I'd dismissed it, thinking that I could find the same wares to create that minimal, thrown-together look the Swedes and Danes do so well without booking a flight. But when I touched down in Copenhagen, Denmark, for a work trip, I found out I was totally wrong.
It took about five minutes of wandering the aisles of Illums Bolighus, a local department store, to realize that no one decorates like the Danes. We're fortunate enough to have access to brands like Hay (which is poised to launch a collaboration with IKEA, by the way) and Menu, but after spending a week in Denmark and Sweden, I realized there are a ton of lesser-known brands that belong on your radar. Admittedly, many of the gorgeous glassware and ceramic companies I fell in love with don't ship to the U.S., but I managed to find a few favorites that can be delivered to your door, sans passport.
Here are 15 products I discovered on a trip to Sweden and Denmark. Prepare to fawn.
Sculptural vases are big in Denmark. This moss-colored glass orb looks beautiful with or without flowers.
Style this candle holder on a mantelpiece for an instant touch of cool.
Blush pink pairs perfectly with any neutral or gray-toned base.
Simple and functional, this blond wood stool sums up great Scandinavian design.
This navy mushroom-shaped lamp is the perfect addition to any nightstand.
Style this simple woven chair in a set or solo for extra impact.
Upgrade your cheese board game with this marble serving board.
Have you ever seen cooler napkins? I wanted to wear these as jewelry when I came across them in store.
The Scandinavians believe every item, no matter how big or small, should be well designed. This speaker is no exception.
This breadboard is designed with grooves to catch falling crumbs.
The perfect small find, this genius mirrored side table almost disappears.
Style a single stem in this bulbous vase.
A blend of traditional and modern, this elegant sideboard sums up contemporary Scandinavian design.
A classic monochrome side table to give your home a touch of Swedish style.
Tuck this upholstered stool under a bench or in a nursery for extra seating.
Have you been to Sweden or Denmark? Tell us which home stores you loved most!