It's time to redecorate my Brooklyn apartment — see how my Scandi roots are inspiring it

Copenhagen meets NYC

(Image credit: Original Illustration by Joanna Bauer)

Most Curated is a monthly series in which one editor, team member or friend of Livingetc will share the top 15 items on their current wish list.

The experience of moving apartments in NYC leaves a lot to be desired, but there's no greater excitement than starting fresh in a new space. After months of searching across boroughs, I have officially signed a lease and will be trading my Chelsea studio for a Williamsburg apartment very soon. And while I normally need to live in a space to get a feel for my design direction, my recent trips to Copenhagen and Stockholm have provided all the inspiration I need. The homes I stayed in during my vacation had the same design motifs throughout: simple furniture in beige colorways with pops of color woven throughout the space. Whether their homes had framed art or linen bedding, these Scandi hosts found a way to add some fun to their very neutral spaces—and I took copious notes. After hunting down each of the items I spotted, I thought I'd share my findings for you to shop, too. Keep scrolling to shop 15 pieces that perfectly embody the Scandi-meets-NYC vibe I'm after. 

Natalie Gray Herder
Associate Editor

Natalie Gray Herder is an associate editor on the branded content team at sister titles Who What Wear and Marie Claire. Originally from Los Angeles, Natalie decided to make the move to NYC after graduating from Loyola Marymount University in 2019. She had plans of applying to law school until doing a 180 to follow her more creative passions: writing and fashion. As a former collector of Vogue magazines, she should have known her true calling was in editorial but is grateful for the journey that led her to Who What Wear. She began her career at the NYC-based publication The Select 7, where she wrote about fashion, beauty, food, travel, and interiors. In pursuit of her next role, Natalie knew she wanted to hone in on women's fashion. She is an avid researcher, reader, and explorer in and out of the office. She is inspired by the street style of her fellow New Yorkers and her laid-back roots in California. In her free time, you can find her trying new restaurants, visiting museums, and reading in the park.