Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Amazing Dresses Of Irina Shayk

Irina Shayk is a Russian model and people all over the world are struck by her beauty. She claims that she has inherited her good looks from her father. These days websites and news papers write about her debut as a cover girl for Vogue for November 2013, but we are going to share with you some of the outstanding dresses of Irina Shayk . This beautiful girl attracts the attention of everyone

Sandy Lane, Luxury retreat in Barbados

A world-class premier luxury resort, the Sandy Lane Hotel and Golf Club When the cold starts to settle in and the sky turns to a steely grey nothing seems more inviting than the idea of escaping to a tropical retreat. Sandy Lane, located in Barbados is perhaps the answer to all these dreams.Built in 1961 the resort is everything that a high end luxury retreat should be. It is romantic and

Monday, 30 December 2013

All that glitters......

I can't believe 2013 has come to an end, it's flown by. I've had such a wonderful year, I hope you have too?! Now I'm gearing up for tomorrow night's new year's eve party which has to be a dipped gold glitter affair, how about you?

Dress designed by Jeffrey Monteiro for Bill Blass photo: Ann Street Studio


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In case you're in need of some inspiration, here are some of the fantastic ideas I found on Pinterest: Glitter dipped door keys, gold confetti dipped balloons and beautiful glitter dipped nails! In fact my search has told me you can dip just about anything in gold glitter to make it look fab - an old pair of killer heels, a stained coffee cup,  tea light holders, mason jars, paper, star garlands, cutlery. The skies the limit for a year that glitters in gold!

In case you're after some fab new year's eve table decorating ideas take a peek at what Nina from Stylizimo did last year - so beautiful! 

In Sweden it's customary to let off fireworks at midnight so the year really does start with a bang - how about in your country?

Thank you so much for reading my blog in 2013!

Happy New Year!

See you on 2nd January for the first home tour of the year :)

Niki

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Candice Swanepoel – Vogue Brazil Magazine, January 2014,

Candice Swanepoel seems to be everywhere these days! Not only did the 25-year-old model totally wow us at the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show when she opened the event as she strutted down the runway in the $10 million Fantasy Bra, but she also took it all off for her latest shoot in Vogue Brazil‘s January 2014 issue. The South African beauty wore nothing more than a sultry gaze and a

Chalet Eden in Courchevel 1850,France

 Chalet Eden is an elegant ski chalet located in Courchevel, in the French Alps. The chalet sleeps up to 10 guests in 5 spacious bedrooms. This exceptional property of 254 livable sqmt (2,734 sqft) is ideally situated in Courchevel, one of France’s premier resorts and part of the world-renowned Trois Vallees ski area. Located 300 meters (985 feet) from the center of Courchevel and less than

ABJ Elegante Stylish Jet Is a House With Wings

 Some of the most luxurious houses are expensive yachts and showed we you at least a few representative yacht here on fashion design furniture. But if the same treatment received the yachts and boats with the same luxury to offer, why not a mansion from an airplane? Today, we examine elegant Avro Business Jet (ABJ), a concept design Q and BAE Systems, who is considering a luxurious flying

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Leobo Private Reserve

 Designed by award winning architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, this private house is state of the art and even has a fully automated research-grade observatory tower to view the night sky in world class conditions. More info & Online booking Leobo Private Reserve is a vast nature reserve located within the malaria-free Waterberg region of South Africa. The Waterberg is a hugely

Creed Les Royales Exclusives, Gilded Edition

Creed Perfumes reinstates their position as the leaders in perfume innovation with their Les Royales Exclusives Gilded Edition. This Midas touched bottle is made from hand blown Pochet glass, dipped in gold and given a personal touch with the addition of a stamped monogram in block or script letters as per your preference. The ultra exclusive flacon is filled with a Royal Exclusives perfume

Gisele Bündchen for Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 Campaign

Gisele Bündchen is more than just a model. She is the goddess, beautiful and enchanting. The charm that she possesses is absolutely impossible to resist. Every single human being with more or less decent level of aesthetic appreciation falls in love with the Brazilian stunner. She graces numerous covers as well as gets featured in ad campaigns and lookbooks. Be it Mango, Chanel or Victoria’s

Friday, 27 December 2013

Expensive Francis Bacon Triptych Is Owned by the Qatar Royal Family

Not too long ago, Christie’s auction facilitated the selling of a spectacular Francis Bacon painting, which was bought off for the staggering price of $142 million. Up until now, nobody knew the identity of the wealthy art lover who purchased this exquisite piece, but the New York Post recently shed some light on the matter when it identified none other than Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad

Villa Vita Parc Resort in Algarve, Portugal

Hotel Vila Vita Parc celebrates the best of Portugal, immersing you in an ultra-luxurious and lush seaside oasis with every imaginable service, amenity, activity and pleasure. Portugal’s finest Five Star resort is the ultimate escape – to a pampered world of personalized and diverse experiences, flavored with Portuguese culture and hospitality. The ornate gardens with fountains and walkways

Oh so cosy Scandinavian log cabins

Hello! I hope you had a very merry Christmas and are enjoying the holidays?! We're having such a wonderful time with my family in England. The internet is so slow here at my parent's though I'm afraid I'll need to come back Monday with an extended post, but....

Credit - unfortunately I cannot locate the details for this beautiful image, can anyone help?


.......until then, I'll love you and leave you with links to some oh so fab and cosy Scandinavian log cabins. Just add snow!

Loving this Norwegian bedroom with a ski chalet feel and the Norwegian cabin by the sea.

Or how about a romantic Swedish log cabin with a twist.

Perhaps a Finnish family retreat in the islands is more your style.

Or if you're up for an alternative ski holiday, how about Glamping on the slopes? I'm there!

Have a lovely weekend and see you Monday! /Niki

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Saint James - Paris, France

This top-of-the-line supercar is designed and assembled in Sweden. The main objective by Koenigsegg in creating this outstanding car was to make it available to various parts of the world including the United States. Thus, the maker achieved this purpose by designing its engine to run efficiently on 91-octane fuel, which meets the U.S emission

Dassault Falcon 5X

The New Dassault Falcon 5X was revealed at National Business Aviation Convention 2013 To demonstrate the dramatic new approach to cabin size and design of the Falcon 5X, the company built a full scale mockup that was presented at the static display. Hundreds of Falcon guests visited the mockup throughout the course of the show. The aircraft was introduced by Dassault Aviation’s new Chairman,

Amazing Wedding Dresses

Hey Divas, your Fashion Addict is obviously addicted to wedding dresses and today I present you some Amazing Wedding Dresses that will take your breath away. Are you getting married soon? Do you have some ideas for your wedding dress or maybe a dress from your dreams?  The wedding dress is the most important part of the whole wedding day.The bride is the center of the world and why not – it

Pronovias Barcelona Cocktail Dresses 2014

Divas, in this post you can take a look at 30 amazing cocktail dresses by Pronovias for 2014. Pronovias Group dresses women all around the world, in more than ninety countries. The company is founded by the family and they are still working on expanding it. The team, which consists of more than 800 members of 40 different nationalities, creates high quality dresses.They are stunning and fit

Monday, 23 December 2013

ETRO Spring/Summer 2014 – READY TO WEAR

Hey Fashinista, your Fashion Addict presents you the new collection of ETRO  Spring/Summer 2014. Etro is founded in 1968 by Gerolamo. This Family business today has 4 children, Veronica – the daughter on womenswear, Kean and Jacopo – 2 sons on menswear and homewear  and Ippolito – the 3rd son is CFO and COO. The Etro presents us stunning and beautiful prints with aisle a signature, gorgeous

Elie Saab – Wedding Gowns 2014

Is your big day coming up? If you want to look like a princess I suggest that you take a look at Elie Saab – Wedding Gowns 2014. The Lebanon fashion designer opened his fashion house when he was 18 years old and since then he doesn’t stop to create extraordinary dresses for the female population exclusively. The dresses are very famous especially for the specific details and strong materials

Atlantis, The Palm Dubai Resort

Atlantis, The Palm Dubai Resort is a study in world class, luxury vacation living. Dubai, located on the coastline of the United Arab Emirates has to be one of the top three sabbatical destinations in the world. A cooperative endeavor between Kerzner International Limited and Istithmar PSJC, Atlantis was constructed by Laing O’Rourke (the latest privately owned construction firm in the U.K.

Casa De Sierra Nevada in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico

 Casa De Sierra Nevada in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico astounds with its charming Spanish colonial architecture.  A top rated hotel, the location features a mixture of sixteenth to eighteenth century Spanish colonial buildings to include six casonas (mansions), a cooking school–Sazon and Laja Spa.  The luxury living quarters feature stucco walls, curved stone archways, warm wood detailing,

Roberto Cavalli opens the ‘Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge’ in Miami Beach

Anyone, who is a fan of Roberto Cavalli, knows that the designer never does anything halfway when it comes to his passion for design, luxury, and sensuality.  The case couldn’t be truer in his restaurants and lounges that have already begun cropping up around the globe in places like Dubai, Milan, and Saint Tropez. Now, his ardent fans who visit Miami Beach’s famed Ocean Drive can also have

Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4, the Gallardo’s successor

Lamborghini Gallardo made its debut in 2003 at the Geneva Motor Show and the company has produced more than 14,000 baby Lambos over the period of one decade. The Italian marquee announced the end of production of Gallardo late last month which set the stage for its successor to be unveiled. Lamborghini has finally taken the wraps off its newest offering which is also one of the most hotly

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Beyoncé to release new perfume ‘RISE’ in February

Beyoncé isn’t settling on just having out a new album. The international superstar, who recently set a record by selling 828,773 albums in just three days on iTunes, announced her new perfume, RISE, will be released in February. This will be her third fragrance.“The spirit of RISE encourages women to be all that we are,” Beyoncé said in a press release. The new fragrance is centered around

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Amazing House Lombardo in Switzerland

Perched upon a hill overlooking a tranquil lake in Vernate, Switzerland, the spectacular House Lombardo was sketched out by Philipp Architekten. The house features a white, minimalistic appearance on the outside, but on the inside, things are a little bit different.Even though the main living areas feature a predominant shade of white, they also boast super wooden furnishings as well as lovely

Elegant Nashville Estate in Tennessee, United States

 This elegant estate was inspired by the worlds finest residences.  Exceptional quality throughout.This luxurious Nashvile estate definitely looks like it should be inhabited by royalty, since it offers some of the most luxurious and sumptuous living arrangements possible.  Exquisite craftsmanship, utmost attention to detail and exceptional high quality make this particular home a delight to

Mercedes-Benz Aria Concept by Slavche Tanevski

This superb Mercedes-Benz concept was made by Slavche Tanevski , a Macedonian design student at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany. It was actually made for his Bachelor Thesis and his intention was to make a car with a timeless design. For this he found inspiration in things that are always beautiful, like musical instruments, hair flying in the wind, the female body and

EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style Helicopter

One year after its concept version was launched, the first EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style helicopter has been unveiled in Geneva at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE). Its modular interior was made in Como, Italy, at the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio, and it is inspired by the luxe saloons of the German automaker.Wood paneling and other fine materials have been

Frank Sinatra’s Exquisite Penthouse in New York City

 Celebrity homes are always a big hit on the real estate market and tend to garner plenty of attention. But when the celebrity in question is the Frank Sinatra, all that attention is well deserved. Few names from the music industry and Hollywood cut across generations and continents like Ol’ Blue Eyes! Frank Sinatra’s renowned New York City penthouse is now available for sale and costing a

Friday, 20 December 2013

A happy and relaxed Dutch home (and beautiful Christmas cards!)

It's Friday and the end of a very looong week - time to celebrate, yay! Although this beautiful Dutch home isn't decorated for Christmas it still has some lovely pops of red. Based in Amsterdam, it's the home of design duo Romy Boesveldt and Ilya Yashkin and their three children. I love the mix of colours they've chosen and all of the designer / vintage finds. They clearly have a penchant for Tom Dixon lights too (people after my own heart!). What a beautiful, relaxed home!





Holly Marder for Houzz

The space was photographed by Holly Marder from Avenue Lifestyle (who also photographed this fab children's room) for Houzz where you can also check out many more pics from this colourful home.

If you're looking for last minute Christmas cards I have just the thing. A great (and very talented) Swedish friend of mine Ulrika, has just finished her first graphic design course and designed these beautiful Christmas cards exclusively for My Scandinavian Home blog. There are two fab cards to choose from.To view and print them off all you need to do is click on the following links:



Here's some last minute tree inspiration (for the pared-back look) -  I love the idea of having real candles on a tree but wouldn't dare risk it would you?! And if you're in the mood for sprucing up your home it's worth checking out Design Collector's Christmas promotions too.

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Berta Bridal Winter 2014 Collection - Part 2

And now it is time for me to bring you the second part of the bridal collection, that has the wedding world going bananas for its beautiful numbers, Berta Bridal Winter 2014. I told you. This is one of those wedding gown collections that you tuck into your favorites file and revisit time and time again because the prettiness built into every last image is just about as breath-taking as it

Wild Child Bike by Indian Larry Is Being Sold For $750,000

Indian Larry was a highly appreciated motorcycle builder, artist and biker who became well known for his unique way of designing bikes and for its daring, often dangerous stunts. One of his most exceptional motorcycles is called the “Wild Child” and it represents a fantastic bobber-styled chopper that Larry built by hand in 2003 in Brooklyn, New York for the “Biker Build-Off” series of the

Galia Lahav : The Empress Deck Bridal Collection 2014

 Is your heart prepared to handle the breath-taking? Because it's about to get really sweet up in here.We are so excited to share with you these absolutely stunning and unique wedding dresses by Galia Lahav. The mini collection “The Empress Deck” is Galia Lahav’s modern and angelic take on an ethereal series of gowns. Worlds of fantasy and fiction collide, as the bride is invited to join the

Laucala Island - Fiji

 Enjoying its own 64-acre peninsula on Fiji’s second largest island - Vanua Levu, The Remote Resort provides travelers with superb tropical landscapes, private white beaches and upscale accommodation in four individual, tastefully designed villas, right on the edge of the world-famous Rainbow Reef. Featuring beautiful island-inspired decors with magnificent ocean views, delicious local

Le Grand Bellevue - Gstaad, Switzerland

 Established in 1912 as a Cure House and Spa, Le Grand Bellevue reopens its doors restored and rejuvenated in the heart of the stylish car-free village of Gstaad. The hotel’s newly refurbished rooms and suites have been decorated with graceful furnishings and playful color accents to capture the chic and excitement of Gstaad, and to provide guests with innovative services and the highest

Villa Gella - Bulgaria

 Perched in the heights of Bulgaria’s picturesque Rhodope Mountains, near the famous ski resort of Pamporovo, Villa Gella offers elegant accommodation in six well-appointed double bedrooms with fireplaces and breathtaking mountain vistas. The décor throughout the property is an inspired mix of contemporary and traditional with colors that range from dazzling whites to soft mocha tones.Villa

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel - Alta, Norway - A Unique Ice Hotel

 This Igloo Hotel is situated in Sorrisniva, 20 kilometres from Alta town centre, in idyllic surroundings on the banks of the Alta River. The Igloo measures approx 2000 square metres and the entire exterior and interior is made of snow and ice: the rooms, the beds, even the glasses in the ice bar. The Igloo Hotel is the only one of its kind and is built for the 14th time in 2013. More info

A black and white home with a touch of pink

Hello and happy Thursday! It was a while ago I visited the fabulous Swedish estate agents Fantastic Frank and admired their wonderful styling and photography. This home stood out for it's colour palette (black, white, dusty pink) and the selection of fabulous lighting and furniture (the majority of which can be found at Nest), plus a few quirky touches.....








Fantastic Frank via Feel Inspired

I have bedding in that beautiful cassis rose colour and absolutely love it! The thing I don't have though are those feet - so fab and the stairs are such a great place for them (although I'm ot sure how long they'd last in that position in my home?!).

The Christmas tree in this post would work perfectly in this home, as would these decorations. So pretty!

If you're hankering after more Christmas inspiration for last minute inspiration you can scroll through ALL my Christmas posts from this year and last year here! Ho ho ho!

Have a lovely day!

Bentleys House - Zurs, Austria

Bentley’s House is a luxurious hotel made up of three individual chalets which can either be rented individually or together. The property has a central location in the chic resort of Zürs, directly adjacent to the pistes and ski lifts for maximum convenience. Bentley’s House is a unique setting with a refined ambiance. A cross between a hotel and a chalet, guests receive levels of service of

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Zuhair Murad Spring – Summer 2014 /Bridal Collection

Zuhair Murad is my favorite Lebanese fashion designer. And because  of that my Divas, today I introduce you the new Zuhair Murad Spring Summer 2014 / Gorgeous Bridal Collection!  Traditional cuts, intricate lace, tulle, dramatic veils, and modern looks dominated much of this new gorgeous collection. I retained my breath while looking the Zuhair 2014 wedding dress collection, for me the best

RITA ORA FOR DKNY

DKNY enlisted British singer Rita Ora for its resort 2014 campaign. Now you can see the print advertisements for yourself as the brand has just released the images starring the blonde beauty. Rita poses for Lachlan Bailey in a series of colorful images photographed around New York City. Alastair McKimm styled Rita in mesh tops, neon scarves and leather jackets from the resort season.

Wonderful Palladian style chateau surrounded by a beautiful landscaped park in the heart of French Entre Deux Mers region is on sale for €2,7 million ($3,65 million).Beautiful chateau nestled on nine hectares of grounds features 14 bedrooms (the majority of which have en-suite facilities) and a number of large reception rooms. There is also a separate two bed guardian house and separate

The zen home of a LA fashion designer and boutique owner

Hello! Only a week left until Christmas and today I'm feeling the stress! Working full time, rushing around buying last minute presents and packing for three people while trying to keep the day to day running of the house going. Is anyone else feeling it? :( Just in case, here's a little oasis of calm - the LA home of Chay Wikes, fashion designer and owner of this beautiful LA boutique with the eponymous name. I love the concrete floors, textiles, vintage industrial furniture, high ceilings. Transport me there!







Photography: Brittany Ambridge, Interior design: Lauren Soloff and Chay Wike Via Bliss Blog 

What do you love about this home?

Full article and more lovely pictures over at Domino (plus a very beautiful shop).

Other homes providing a picture of calm today....this, this and this.

And if these fail, how about a trip to this incredible Alpine spa.....oh how I'd love to spend the entire holiday season there right now!

1,2,3 and breathe....

Have a lovely CALM day!