Home Tour: Scandinavian Design on a Budget

11 Sep

Style at Home’s style and food editor Tara Ballantyne made over her 1980s 900 square foot duplex for under $10,000. She has been drawn to Scandinavian design for years and wanted to bring the style into her home. She created a wonderful space on a budget. I think you will all enjoy it! Take a look!

Tara’s style is modern and clean. She found those lockers at a local YMCA and re-finished them. Clever!

The tree stump tables were created from a fallen electrical pole that Tara literally pulled over on the side of the road to ask some city electricians for. They bring more warm wood (and inventive furniture options) into the room.

Tara painted her grandmother’s dresser and uses it as a sideboard. She freshened up the other furniture with a coat of paint to fit with the color scheme.

The house lacked closet space in the front entrance, so Tara took advantage of the landing (as you enter the main floor from the entryway) and created a functional nook with a wall-mounted organizer with small cubbies and paired it with a stepstool and a simple, oversized mirror.

The bed frame made of pallets is super cost effective and creates a great look!


Her home is light, bright, minimal, and warm. The way things are styled and put together is perfect!


7 Responses to “Home Tour: Scandinavian Design on a Budget”

  1. lessthanperfectmama September 11, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    love the chairs around the dining table. very soothing palette.

  2. apartments i like September 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    Reblogged this on Apartments i Like blog and commented:
    This home is so white and refreshing…full a great decor ideas for apartments!

  3. Planned Spontaneity September 11, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    so fresh and clean–obsessed with those all-white barstools in the 4th picture and that polka dot blanket is absolutely perfect!

    ||| tara | planned spontaneity |||


  4. intecoolochoberord September 12, 2012 at 3:59 am #

    Very nice and calm rooms with great creative ideas on how to make a home look great without a big budget!

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