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After spending some time in the majestic landscape of Reykjavik, Iceland, and the surrounding countryside I felt inspired by Iceland, rejuvenated, relaxed and ready to bring some Icelandic inspiration home. From the bright hues of the local wild flower and the Blue Lagoon to the stark, volcanic coastline and open plains, to the near 24 hours of sunlight during summer, there are many ways in which you can incorporate the beauty of Iceland in your own home.
Fontella Square Hand Sewn Felt Rose Pillow
Nootka, the local wildflower in Iceland, was introduced to the region in 1945 as a means to bringing nutrients back to the volcanic soil. While some are critics of the flower due to its inedibility, it has become an icon for the country side. Its beautiful shade of purple inspires local artists and designers to incorporate the bright color in their designs.
During the summer in Iceland, the sun never sets, but rather coasts across the skyline all through the night creating a beautiful dusk lighting that lasts until dawn. Implementing outdoor lighting can bring this "bright at night" feeling to your own home.
Uttermost Reena Blue Glass Table Lamp
One of Iceland's most famous sights is the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa in a lava field that is rich in minerals and nutrients. Visitors can come to the spa and bathe in the waters, which are famous for beautifying your skin and even curing some skin diseases such as psoriasis. While it would be ideal to have your own little Blue Lagoon in your home, you can bring home the beautiful icy, electric blue hue.
Since Iceland is an island, there are miles and miles of vast and open coastline. Unlike the beaches of Southern California where I am from, the coast in Iceland reminds me of New England with overgrown reeds and stone beaches. It is this laid back beach environment that can easily be translated to home decor with beautiful accessories, ceiling light fixtures, and wall lights.
Eco Botanico Nickel Wall Sconce
When you drive inland, the mossy, volcanic landscape can take your breath away. The lack of inhabitants has allowed the land to remain untouched for the most part, yet with excellent infrastructure, tourists and travelers can drive through the region and experience all the beauty.
While in Iceland, the overall feeling was one of open calm and beauty. While I was only able to see a small part of the large island, being only in and around Reykjavik in the South West region, I would highly recommend a visit to anyone who loves adventure, nature and serenity. And if that hasn't quite gotten you to visit, the local Icelandic lobster is the best I have ever eaten!
Images: Allison Rosenberg
Allison Rosenberg has had the opportunity to call California, Michigan, Australia, and Argentina home at different periods in her life, with many other stops along her journey. She received degrees from the University of Michigan in film production and theory and from FIDM/LA in interior design. She works freelance in interior design in Los Angeles, and has recently taken to the road with her husband to discover and write about design around the world.
She loves to travel, uncover, and explore and has a soft spot for art deco antiques. While not at work, you will often find her in a movie theater, trying out a new recipe or between the pages of a design magazine.
This blog post was fantastic. Kudos to Allison Rosenberg for capturing the spirit of natural beauty around her during her trip to Iceland and translating it into home fashions everyone can relate to.
So glad you enjoyed it Linda!
Amazing blog - I feel as if I was there enjoying the natural surroundings. Beautiful job !!!