Hooked on Shannon Bowers’ Swedish Style

by hookedonhouses on March 26, 2009

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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Mary Beth March 26, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Absolutely beautiful pictures…as much as I love to clean I fear that keeping up with all of the “white” would put me over the edge…I wonder if a cleaning lady comes with the house? : )

Mary Beth’s last blog post..Easy Easter Crafts, Eats and Oodles of Cuteness!

LexyB March 26, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Oopsy – I think I left the wrong link to my blog. I LOVE Swedish style … there’s something about living in darkness for most of the year that makes them understand light.

LexyB’s last blog post..Kylie Minogue and her sparkly beds

Christy March 26, 2009 at 9:01 pm

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!!! :)

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Julie @ Organizement March 26, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Great pictures! I’m “hooked on” that teal color right now! I’ll be covering my walls in it soon-I’m so excited!

Julie @ Organizement’s last blog post..Any Excuse For Cake!

Terry Kearns March 26, 2009 at 9:14 pm

I like the “clean and crisp” contrasted with the “beat up” pieces. You can walk into those rooms without worrying about breaking something.

Terry Kearns’s last blog post..Our Landscape Plan 1989 – curved driveway

Arleen March 26, 2009 at 9:19 pm

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

Puna March 26, 2009 at 9:24 pm

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!

Katie @ makingthishome.com March 26, 2009 at 10:00 pm

How beautiful to see those spring colors from nature. I always look forward to your Friday finds, Julia.

Katie @ makingthishome.com’s last blog post..How-To: Reuse Old Birthday Cards

Misti England March 26, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Hey Julia- Love these rooms! I would love to have that turquoise clock. So perfect! Glad I got to participate this week.

Misti England’s last blog post..Hooked on Unique Furniture

Suzy March 26, 2009 at 10:16 pm

I love this Swedish furniture, unfortunately it tends to be pricey. I would love a cottage in this furniture, especially the setee…..
Thanks for sharing!

Suzy’s last blog post..Hooked on the Most Surprising Thing…..

Angela @ Imaginecozy March 26, 2009 at 10:21 pm

I love your photos, they are always so inspiring! Love the touches of green and blue. Thanks.

Angela @ Imaginecozy’s last blog post..Think Outside the Box

Emily@remodelingthislife March 26, 2009 at 10:22 pm

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

Jenny March 26, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Those rooms are so clean are refreshing!

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Karla March 26, 2009 at 10:55 pm

I love the grandfather clock in the last picture! Beautiful! :)

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Renae Moore March 26, 2009 at 10:57 pm


Fabulous post…I love love love Swedish antiques. So fresh and clean looking! Thank you for sharing this!

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Fifi Flowers March 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm

GORGEOUS!!! I LOVE every room!

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Mrs. Petrie March 26, 2009 at 11:02 pm

Swedish style is so fresh and bright and so approachable. Thanks for hosting the party!

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Daly Essentials March 26, 2009 at 11:14 pm

beautiful rooms! I will never tire of light colors and sunny spaces.

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laura @ the shore house March 26, 2009 at 11:31 pm

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!”

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sue@solsticehome March 26, 2009 at 11:42 pm

beautiful hooked on Julia, love the light and simple beauty of swedish style.

sue@solsticehome’s last blog post..hooked on..floating away

Onlinehandyman March 26, 2009 at 11:55 pm

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

Ms.Tee March 26, 2009 at 11:57 pm

These are beautiful! The green door is especially gorgeous. :)

Ms.Tee’s last blog post..Hooked on…Cottage Room Makeovers

Anne March 27, 2009 at 12:37 am

That is a beautiful home! I love the soft colors that are consistent throughout the home.

Anne’s last blog post..Review and a Giveaway!!!

Victoria@Whimsy by Victoria March 27, 2009 at 3:28 am

I love Swedish style! What a beautiful home! Love it!!

Victoria@Whimsy by Victoria’s last blog post..Before and Afters…

ida March 27, 2009 at 4:48 am

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………

Luphia March 27, 2009 at 4:58 am

these rooms are so so beautiful! the white antique furniture are so elegant & brings more light to the rooms, love!

Luphia’s last blog post..Hooked on: A Room with a View

Susan Smith March 27, 2009 at 5:39 am

I LOVE bright and airy! :)

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Mom in High Heels March 27, 2009 at 6:22 am

I love your Friday posts! This is so pretty!

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Pat March 27, 2009 at 6:35 am

It seems I am drawn more and more to this beautiful style!

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christy March 27, 2009 at 6:53 am

I love Swedish design – in fact, I would love to live in Sweden for a while, if I ever get the chance. I love the pale floors throughout the photos. My favorite is the breakfast room – that blue clock and the blue seat cushions are just gorgeous. What a great post! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

christy’s last blog post..Getting kissed and sniffed by a labrador isn’t your idea of exercise?

Linda@Lime in the Coconut March 27, 2009 at 6:58 am

Ahhhh. Ya found a good one there, Julia! Very restful and serene…..

Linda@Lime in the Coconut’s last blog post..A piece of peace in the Keys…ahhhh.

Pam Kersting March 27, 2009 at 7:02 am

She picked a beautiful color palette and executed it very well. I love the distressed look of everything too.

Pam Kersting’s last blog post..Outdoor Rooms for Living

Kathi March 27, 2009 at 7:04 am

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

TidyMom March 27, 2009 at 7:06 am

I’m loving the clean fresh look of those rooms!!

Thanks for hosting your carnival Julia!!


TidyMom’s last blog post..Hooked on Clorox Decor Canisters!

Angela March 27, 2009 at 7:17 am

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

Christine March 27, 2009 at 7:21 am

I love that big clock, but WOW… those rooms are white! I’d be afraid to touch anything!

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songbirdtiff March 27, 2009 at 7:32 am

This is a beautiful style. I love the open clean, fresh feeling of the room.

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pedaling March 27, 2009 at 8:13 am

this is the syle i am loving these days. so so yummy!

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RehabOrDie March 27, 2009 at 8:55 am

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

AnNicole@OurSuburbanCottage March 27, 2009 at 9:28 am

I’m a complete sucker for Swedish style, so needless to say I LOVE these photos!

AnNicole@OurSuburbanCottage’s last blog post..GIVEAWAY!!!!

The Moggit Girls March 27, 2009 at 9:34 am

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!

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Lynda March 27, 2009 at 9:43 am

Oh, I love Shannon’s home! Beautiful, simple and natural! I’ll definitely be sure to read more about her home.

Lynda’s last blog post..:: Vintage Linens ::

Allison March 27, 2009 at 10:32 am

Love Swedish style…so clean and crisp. Love your blog too!

Laura Ingalls Gunn March 27, 2009 at 10:33 am

I just adore the Swedish style. It is so light and clean. This week I am adoring finding new way to display old Easter decor.

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sandra/tx March 27, 2009 at 10:38 am

I love Veranda, and I love Shannon’s home. Thanks for sharing, Julia. Have a great weekend!

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Tamara March 27, 2009 at 10:53 am

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

Things That Inspire March 27, 2009 at 11:05 am

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

Ann Kroeker March 27, 2009 at 11:41 am

Love that house. I could live in that kind of clean, light, simple space, but I think I would continue to accumulate junk and lose the beauty. It’s nice to dream, though!

Ann Kroeker’s last blog post..Food on Fridays: I {heart} Walnuts

Debbie March 27, 2009 at 12:03 pm

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.

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Love Where You Live March 27, 2009 at 12:24 pm

I love the first photo — by the staircase. The arrangement and hint of that greenish color…stunning! Great blog; terrific ideas! cheers, -susan

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Cass @ That Old House March 27, 2009 at 12:36 pm

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.

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Elodie March 27, 2009 at 1:01 pm

The pictures are gorgeous as always, though it is not really my style! I am more Mediterranean! Have a nice day!:)

Elodie’s last blog post..Hooked on stylish bed & breakfast in the French Riviera!

black eyed susans kitchen March 27, 2009 at 1:50 pm

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

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Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam March 27, 2009 at 2:32 pm

I LOVE airy, light rooms as well. AHH – take me away!

Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam’s last blog post..Designer wardrobe on a frugal budget

kasey March 27, 2009 at 3:04 pm

o.k., so i think i’m going to redo my entire home now. thanks for the pics.

kasey’s last blog post..fashion friday…early edition

Jane @ Beach House March 27, 2009 at 3:21 pm

I love the gorgeous blue grandfather clock in the last photo and the chairs in the sitting room, so serene.

Jane @ Beach House’s last blog post..This One’s for the Nerds

Jane @ Beach House March 27, 2009 at 3:25 pm

And the nursery photo in Veranda is perfect

Jane @ Beach House’s last blog post..This One’s for the Nerds

Gennaro March 28, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Designs and furnishings have a very rustic feel to them. Still elegant though.

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Lynne March 28, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Love those green doors – weathered paint is one of my favourite looks.

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Heather March 28, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Fun idea with “hooked on” it was fun to see what others had written!
Keep up the good work!

Heather’s last blog post..Hooked on…Metal Letters

Flip Girl March 29, 2009 at 6:23 pm

I’d love to have a clock just like that one! Perfect color and shape!

-Flip Girl

Sarah March 29, 2009 at 9:08 pm

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

RehabOrDie March 30, 2009 at 9:12 am

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

Monkey's Momma April 2, 2009 at 8:52 pm

I LOVE that first photo!

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