From faded red wooden houses dotted around the southern Swedish countryside and windswept seaside cottages fending off the water, wind and winter of the Baltic Sea to iconic inner city facades, every Scandophile knows there is something special about Swedish houses. Graphic designer Emelie Ek has translated that classic Scandinavian architecture into beautiful textiles and crockery, and design lovers around the world are buying her products like never before. But her career path was not always as set in stone as the subjects of her popular illustrations.