Hooked on Shannon Bowers’ Swedish Style

Welcome to Hooked on Fridays, a blog party I host at the end of each week to celebrate the things we love. Today I’m hooked on these fresh and light rooms from interior designer Shannon Bowers’ home in Dallas. According to Veranda magazine, which featured them: “Bowers transformed her once-dark, two-story Georgian house into a haven of pale European furnishings bathed in sunlight. ‘I’m a purist,’ she says. ‘For me, colors found in nature—like robin’s egg blue, light sand and the lavender of hydrangeas—are soothing. Because this house feels so open, the indoors and outdoors are married.'”

More from Veranda:

Inspired by the soft hues and understated elegance of painted Swedish furniture, as well as the light shades of flooring in many European homes, Bowers found a linen with a “petit blue” undertone that dictated the colors of the interiors. “Often I’ll pick one fabric, and it will determine the palette for an entire house.”

Complementing the Swedish pieces are numerous French antiques that exude a similar aesthetic. “Most of the French furniture is from the Directoire period, so the lines are very clean, and those pieces work well with our Swedish furnishings.”

You can read the entire article and see more photos of Shannon Bowers’ home at Veranda.

Now it’s your turn to tell us what you’re hooked on today! If you have something to share with us on your blog, then add your link below. Just please be sure to:

  1. Add the permalink to the specific blog post, not your general blog address.
  2. Link back to the party from your post so that your readers can come and see what everyone else is talking about today!
  3. Visit as many of the other participants as possible and leave comments! That’s what a blog party is all about!
  4. Double-check to make sure your link works and goes to the right page so it doesn’t get deleted! If you come back and see your link is gone, re-read these rules and try again.

(Also check out Fifi’s Fashionable Friday, Ann’s Food on Fridays, and Melissa’s Beautiful Life parties, happening today!)

Hooked on Fridays Participants

1. Arleen @ Seasons for All at Home
2. songbirdtiff-free storage containers
3. Mary Beth{Easy Easter Crafts}
4. Christy – Motherhood
5. LexyB
6. Julie @ Organizement ( reasons to have cake!)
7. Michelle@PaperGlueEtc
8. A Simple Walk (Sam\’s Club)
9. Terry – Landscape 1989!
10. Cusco Photo Journey | Gennaro
11. TidyMom
12. Puna – design question answered
13. Angela @ Peonypatch (30s)
14. Cooking During Stolen Moments (chicken w/brown butter & caper sauce)
15. PamperingBeki (midwestern living)
16. Katie – Making This Home
17. SuzyHomemaker – lovely surprises
18. Misti of Studio M Designs
19. ImagineCozy(Think outside the Box)
20. Creations From My Heart (aprons)
21. Our Nifty Notebook (homeschool convention)
22. Wayfaring Wanderer–Polyface
23. Mrs. Petrie
24. Karla @ It\’s The Little Things That Make a House a Home…
25. Renae Moore
26. Ann Kroeker (walnuts)
27. Fifi Flowers
28. Daly Essentials (Domino)
29. Living Locurto (Patio Makover!)
30. DesignCoach
31. sue@solsticehome
32. Onlinehandyman ( Hooked on always having clean grout )
33. Ms. Tee – Cottage Room Re-do\’s
34. Troischats (the book nook!)
35. Maya (A Shell Lady, Rooster Irises)
36. Victoria @ DesignTies
37. Life With Liane
38. Victoria@Whimsy by Victoria
39. Tina @ Luphia loves… {Rooms with A View}
40. susan (Your home, only better.)
41. Alfazema (Hooked on Aprons I)
42. Pam@GardenDesigns more
43. Christy (Shred it)
44. Jill@Forever Cottage
45. Christine (Earth Hour)
46. Shannon @ Nonnie Bear (Trash to Treasure)
47. Diana@TheDevineHome (hooked on Kamalame Beach Bungalows!)
48. pedaling
49. Susan
50. RehabOrDie.com — Hooked on Falcons
51. Heather is dreaming of white woodwork
52. The Moggit Girls giveaway: two copies of the Domino book!
53. Carolina Mama (WW Girl)
54. Lynda – Vintage Linens
55. Amy @ Finer Things (stewardship)
56. Allison (Hooked on Fabric)
57. Laura @ Decor to Adore
58. Canyon Wren Cottage
59. Tamara
60. Things That Inspire (Tulips)
61. Julie (Try again
62. Style Redux
63. Love Where You Live
64. Deb/Dumbwittellher
65. Elodie (B&B in the french riviera)
66. Newlyweds (Summer Garden)
67. for your inspiration-hooked on green
68. Sara Foltz
69. RetroRuth (Thrifting)
70. Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam(designer wardrobe-frugal budget)
71. The Tea Room (tulips)
72. Jane @ Beach House
73. Eric Da Plumber Blog (Designer Lighting)
74. 7MSN Ranch (wildrags)
75. velvet and linen (hooked on french homes)
76. Ramona ~ Finials ~TADA!
77. Star\’s Fault (Hooked on Peeps)
78. Shawn/LifeatButtercupFarm
79. Heather

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  1. says

    Does this Swedish trend mean that Shabby Chic is finally out?! I am all for cottage but I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the simplicity of Swedish style…mix that with a little seaside and that would suit me perfectly! The pictures of Shannon Bowers home are beautiful. Thank you for the time you put into creating quality posts…you really do your homework for us!!! :)

    Christy’s last blog post..Mother & Child

  2. says

    Hi Julia. I subscribe to Veranda magazine and I so enjoy the features and photographs. I absolutely love the color palette in Shannon Bowers’ home, especially the shade of icy blue against so much white and small amounts of green. I’m hooked on the French antiques and on the colors in this home! ~Arleen

  3. says

    Julia, a couple of weeks ago I asked for some design advice. People were so nice! Anyway, that’s what I’m hooked on today!

  4. says

    I love how in the last photo, the cabinet is the same color as the bushes outside. Really showcases what she was describing as having the indoors and outdoors married. What a beautiful home. That I’d be afraid to sit down in :)

    Emily@remodelingthislife’s last blog post..In Our Garden

  5. says

    Oh…so lovely! I double, triple promise to get back on the horse (house?!) and get hooked on *something* for next week! ‘Til then, I’ll enjoy everyone else’s. :-)

    Have a great weekend, Julia! Thanks for ending my week with a colorful and happy “BANG!”

    laura @ the shore house’s last blog post..The Best Sugar Cookies

  6. says

    Beautiful pictures as always! I love those shades and the idea of running it through an entire house. However, I do like to throw a splash of color here and there.


    Onlinehandyman’s last blog post..Just a Quick Note

  7. ida says

    whew……….i am not into it at all. like some of the furniture by itself. but, on the whole not for me too drab looking. and what am i hooked onto today? well yesterday i was hooked onto the postmasters speach to congress………

  8. says

    Beautiful photos! I’m hooked on painted white furniture right now. Might not be posting for a while!

  9. says

    This is an absolutely gorgeous home!! I’d love to live here! I wouldn’t love to clean it though!
    Happy Friday :-) Thanks for hosting!!

    Angela’s last blog post..Hooked on: My 30’s

  10. says

    I know I must be weird, but despite the tastefulness of the design, I find it…well…a little bleak.

    I get an Ibsen-like feeling of dispair from cold design like that. This really could just be me, because I think it’s nice design, but I’m wondering if anyone else gets a similar feeling.

    I could see apparently prosperous, if not enviable Bergman character, quietly mourning a life of full of regret in that house…alone…

    Ok, I really should shut up and move along now… Just kidding about that last part.:D It’s NOT really particularly depressing, just a little bit cold for me.

    Thanks, Julia for this fun party.

    RehabOrDie’s last blog post..Really Fine Tile

  11. says

    Hi Julia,

    Sorry we took up 2 spaces– one of us (Janet!) is an idiot who didn’t realize she should have posted what was going on at ‘the mogg blogg’ in the first box. Duh.

    Anyway, it’s the last day to enter our Domino book giveaway!

    Next week we hope to have something more in keeping with the blog party idea…

    The Moggit Girls,
    PS. We love that light, airy Swedish style!

    The Moggit Girls’s last blog post..Feelin’ Lucky?

  12. says

    I’ve been seeing a lot of this swedish look on-line. It’s got a really interesting flavor. I wonder how to interpret that style in a garden? I’ll have to think about it :)

    Tamara’s last blog post..The Way We Were

  13. says

    Hello – I am really loving this week’s Hooked on Houses post! I adore Swedish decor, and I did not realize this spread came from Veranda. I am now realizing that I never read last month’s edition! I need to go dig it out.

    Things That Inspire’s last blog post..Tulips

  14. says

    Hi Julia…boy I love these parties that you throw. They are fun and filled with good things! I love the Swedish house photos! Wow, I love my home but it would be nice for a day to walk around in one of these homes just for fun! That’s really what your parties allow us to do…walk around and dream in someone else’s home! Thank you.

    Debbie’s last blog post..Egg and kitchen mini’s

  15. says

    Lovely photos of that house in the Swedish style. I can appreciate the serenity and clean look of the lighter style, but being of Norwegian descent, I daren’t decorate in Swedish style — Norwegians like their colors like their men — strong and bold. :-)
    It took me years of breaking away from my Mother’s style of decorating to realize I was using variations of her favorite reds & greens anyway! Acceptance is a beautiful thing. Lovely post, thanks!
    Cass … who today is hooked on reading other people’s passions.

    Cass @ That Old House’s last blog post..Simple Stew on Foodie Friday

  16. says

    I have always loved this style…the calm, serene feeling that it evokes. I would love to vacation in a place decorated like this, but color is what draws me in. Funny enough , my husband, who is Swedish is more of a modern furniture kinda guy. Have a wonderful weekend.
    ?, Susan

    black eyed susans kitchen’s last blog post..THE GREAT ESCAPE

  17. says

    I love the teal!

    Also, if I could find that teal clock in the last photo, I would be in ::::HEAVEN::::

    If you can help, please let me know! I love it. :)

    Sarah’s last blog post..I am so sick over this

  18. says

    Man, NOBODY agrees with me.

    Still, at least I acknowledged the tastefulness of the design. It is funny that nobody else finds it a bit cold.

    Oh, well, taste is personal.

    RehabOrDie’s last blog post..Really Fine Tile