We're seeing a new trend here at the moment..... Swedish is out and Belgian is in! I absolutely love the rustic, slip-covered, easy going style. It's chic and sophisticated but comfortable and approachable too.
I love the mix of rough, over-sized wooden furniture along with the sexy hues. In today's economy when money is a little tight, then the Belgian style is a good compromise. You can get new slip-covers for your furniture, buy some rough pine furniture from a flea market or sand down some existing wooden pieces and hey-presto..... take a look at these lovely photos from www.housebeautiful.com for inspiration: