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carl larsson: swedish style

mammas and the little girls room carl larsson

I grew up with prints of paintings by the Swedish artist Carl Larsson, and in my child’s mind I somehow imagined that this one above was a painting of me and my sisters. There’s me, the eldest – blond – with my middle sister – dark haired – and my little sister – blond again.  

Carl Larsson (1853 – 1919) is best known for the paintings of his home Lilla Hyttnäs and his loved ones – Karin Larsson and their eight children. What I love about them is how they show snapshots of the rhythms of daily life, with toys and clothes strewn on floors, and children in the middle of play. There’s open windows, wind in the curtains, flowers inside and outside, a meal in mid preparation… I can gaze at them forever and discover new details every time. 

photo bedroom lilla hyttnas larsson

The home’s interiors, with strong reds and greens, were designed by Larsson’s wife Karin, who was an artist in her own right. She designed much of the wooden furniture herself, as well as the fabrics, rugs, hangings, and the children’s clothes. Now a museum, you can still visit the family house, which remains largely unchanged (see above).

larsson inspired kids room shortcut to mushrooms

 Here’s an image of a little girl’s Larsson inspired bedroom I found. I love that timber panelling on the wall!

And here’s a little board I’ve done with Larsson inspired kid’s decor:

 carl larsson inspired kids bedroom

1. rocket and bear blankets  2. laurette armoire parisienne  3. rockid  4. kritter table  5. brunte horse  6. jeans duvet cover  7. check pillow case  8. vertbaudet summer bloom sheet  9. hemnes linen cabinet  10. stek children’s chair

If you would like to see more of Larsson’s work, have a look here.


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  1. Loving the drawings as they bring back fond memories of Emil from Loenneberg a book by Astrid Lindgren that was very much part of my childhood.

  2. Love your concept board- really quite different- colours are soooo calming!

    • Hi Susannah – thanks for stopping by by : ) It’s one of those boards that probably wouldn’t translate into a complete room – it would be too much – but I do like bringing in elements in this style. Hope all is well with you! x

  3. Unfortunately these days the first painting would be seen as pornographic… sad how things have changed!

    I absolutely adore the painting. The house is nice too and I so enjoyed seeing The Mackintosh House in Glasgow as both Charles and his wife were artists in their own right. I love collaborations between couples. It makes for interesting work.

    Lovely post. x

  4. lovely article – and love that green!


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