The Look: At her 19th-century home in Höganäs on the coast of Sweden, interior stylist Marie Olsson Nylander subverts the minimal-chic cliché of a pale and contemporary space by using a mix of textures, vintage pieces, and furnishings not normally found in the kitchen. An eye-catching, one-of-a-kind island pulls it all together.
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An antique chest serving as a kitchen island, a pretty vintage mirror, and a lounge chair add living-room coziness to a space.
White Tiled Walls
Ceramic white-tiled walls make for the perfect kitchen backdrop.
Clean white cabinets, without handles, melt into the background, letting unique pieces pop.
Aster Cucine custom cabinets, prices vary at Urban Homes
Arte Legno Spello Olive Wood Cutting Board
Beautiful cutting boards can be displayed with as much reverence as a sculpture.
Arte Legno Spello olive wood cutting boards, $40-$70 at Amazon
Concrete Dome Pendant Light
Against gleaming ceramic tiles, matte concrete pendant shades offer a textural contrast.
Concrete Dome Pendant, $245 at
Shades of Light
Soprana Solid PD-2 Pendant Light
Similar to the previous concrete light, this one comes from
SLV Lighting. Soprana Solid PD-2 Pendant Light, $550 at
Giant Flip Clock
Karlsson calendar clocks are out of production, but the classics often appear on eBay, or you can find similar clocks online, like the Giant Flip Clock.
Giant Flip Clock, $80 at
Little Clock Shop
Tuscan Medium Double Handed Urn
Give a rustic feel to your kitchen with hand thrown ceramics, such as this double handed urn. Tuscan Medium Double Handed Urn, $99 at
Pairing a luxe crystal chandelier with modern pendant shades and stainless steel spotlights provides a lively mix of styles and lighting heights.
Vestry Chandelier, $6,300 at