This Scandi Home's Rugs Serve A Surprising Stress-Busting Purpose

mbg Sustainability Editor By Emma Loewe
mbg Sustainability Editor
Emma Loewe is the Sustainability Editor at mindbodygreen and the author of "The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide To Ancient Self Care."

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The first thing you'll likely notice about Jan Skácelík's home is the floor—blanketed in layers upon layers of colorful rugs. As your eye makes its way up, you'll find a beautiful mix of vintage and new pieces that seamlessly come together to feel like another kind of textile. We asked the designer and artist who lives in Olomouc, a small city in the Czech Republic, all about how he uses Scandi design to craft his sanctuary.

What are a few words that describe your design philosophy at home?

Thrifted and new. I love adding vintage pieces to my interior, and I always prefer them if possible. 

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What's the oldest thing in your home? The newest?

The oldest thing is probably the apartment itself as it is from 1892. I also know that some of my vintage ceramic pieces are from 1950 to 1970, maybe even older than that. Newest would be definitely some IKEA pieces from the current catalog

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What noises can be heard in your home? What smells?

I have a grand piano in my studio room, and I play that a lot during the day. Smells would definitely be some ginger and cinnamon tones coming from the tea I am constantly drinking.

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Love all your rugs! What do you look for when buying a new one?

I love geometric shapes and bold colors. I buy what I like visually, so I don't worry much about their age or history—but they have to be hand-woven!

Tell me more about your design shop. Where do you find inspiration for your prints?

I started ReStyle back in 2010, when I was a big collector of Scandinavian midcentury design pieces. I realized that there really was not that much art available these days that is inspired by these prints, so I started my own small line. Then I gradually started adding pieces inspired by the other stuff I like: abstract art, pop culture, and more.

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How does your home reflect your personality?

I'm an old soul; I mostly like art, music, and design from bygone eras (luckily these styles are having a comeback lately), and my home reflects this. 

How does your home relax you? How does it motivate you?

Well, I put an at-home gym into one large hallway, which helps motivate me to stay healthy. The home also just has a very calm atmosphere, and the high ceilings (almost 13 feet) give it a nice feeling of space. Sometimes I just lie on the ground on some rugs and look up. I don't know why, but it is so relaxing.

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