Monday, 31 August 2015

A delightful home in Finland

Hello Monday! I hope you had a fab weekend? My alarm went off at 5.30am this morning - not ideal but you know what they say about the early bird....and it certainly rings true this morning. This is the beautiful Finnish home of Riika Kantinkoski - photographer, artist, stylist and blogger extraordinaire.  Think light wood floors, soft greys, Scandinavian design pieces and impeccable Finnish style. Oh how I'd love to start my week in this home, how about you?!












Photos: Riika Kantinkoski, with kind permission.

Honestly, Riika's home is like a breath of fresh air...it's just so effortlessly serene!

I love the idea of grouping different shaped vases with flowers from the garden, so simple yet so pretty (more indoor garden ideas here).

Items I know and love (in order of appearance): String shelves, aquarelle print (by Riika), Hay about a chair. SINNERLIG table lamp, macrame wall hanging (by Riika). SINNERLIG stool. Bedside table, Linen bedding.

You can keep up to date with Riika's latest home updates, projects and designs on her beautiful blog Weekday Carnival.

More oh so beautiful Finnish homes here, here and here.

Have a wonderful start to the week!

PS so pleased to be invited to be a part of luxury online home store Amara's 63 beautiful kitchen ideas piece. And thrilled to be nominated for 'Best European Interiors Blog' in the Amara Interior Blog Awards. My voting page is here. Exciting!

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Bold and beautiful wall murals by Anewall

Hello there! I don't often post on weekends but after our discussion around Karen's home on Friday, I had to stop by and tell you about Anewall. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Anewall prints vintage art, iluustrations and photography and specialise in large prints including wall murals that are printed in house. I absolutely love their self adhesive banana leaf wallpaper, watercolour mural, and map of vancouver. All I need to do now is clear a large wall....





All photos: Anewall

I see they also offer a customised service - meaning you can turn your own photos, favourite quotes, or personal design into a wall decal. Oooo, interesting.

I was in a Danish home recently and they had a black and white wall mural of their three boys wading out to see - it was so personal and such a lovely way to bring a seascape inside, I've been thinking about it ever since.

Do you have a photo or design in mind?

The amazing guys at Anewall sponsored me to write this post - and for me it was a no brainer since I absolutely love what these guys are doing and really wanted to share their work with you! Thank you for supporting my sponsors who make this blog happen. 

Happy weekend!

Friday, 28 August 2015

Great Dane style in Copenhagen

High ceilings, large light-filled rooms and a spattering of mid-century cool. This is the fab home of Karen Maj Kornum, owner of design gallery and webshop Another Ballroom, and her partner and four children in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen. Karen describes her style as 'classic with an edge'. The space also serves as a showroom for Another Ballroom - which thrives on a passion for aesthetics, harmony, people, cultures art, design and alternative ideas of interior design - and many of the rugs, ceramics, and art photography are from the store (cleary one to keep an eye on!). Let's take a tour....






Nicoline Olsen with kind permission

It took me a few minutes to understand the backwall of the sitting room - at first I thought it was another room, and then a mural. And then a giant wall to wall mirror (I've had a long week!). And now after a great discussion in the comment section below - I'm settling on an art photography mural or 'Trompe l'eoil' - realistic imagery which creates the optical illusion that the objects exist in 3D. Thanks for all your help!

Another great idea - and quick fix this weekend - is to pick up a beautiful, bright, bold patterned printed textile and throw it over the sofa / arm chair. Try Etsy for bold fabrics.

Other amazing Copenhagen spaces to celebrate the weekend...the fabulous home of a Danish interior designer, a Danish home with a touch of homespun, and a home with warm tones and quirky touches. Oh Danes, how I love your style!

A note popped into my mail this morning about a blow-out sale with 30% off Normann Copenhagen accessories from Blackthumb Decor, oh yes.  Time to snap-up a couple of different colour Pocket Organisers (as seen in action here) and a Folk Candlestick.

And now....it's THE WEEKEND! Yaaaay! We're heading to a 'kräftskiva' or Crayfish party tomorrow evening- which means singing, schnapps (and if I kmow my friends rights - a whole load of dancing)...can't wait! Are you up to anything fun?

Have a wonderful couple of days! And see you Monday.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

A serene Norwegian home on a hill

I follow a lot of blogs, I'm talking ridiculous numbers (here's a list covering a few of them, and it doesn't even include the ones I come across through Pinterest, Instagram, my cat etc!). I like to call this (eh hem) research. They're all fabulous in their own way, but I truly admire blogs who take new, inspiring pictures of their homes daily. Norwegian blogger Nina Holst is one of these. Not only does she have impeccable style, she's also a great photographer - which makes for perfect bloggage over at Stylizimo.  I'm sure you're a regular follower already (at least of her wonderful IG gallery)- but let's just sit back and admire her beautiful Norwegian home on a hill (and that view) for another minute....













Shared with kind permission from photographer / stylist Nina Holst / Stylizimo.
I love the black, white and light cognac combination, it's so serene - and that view from the terrace? Wow!

Is there anything you love in particular about this home?

Items I know and love: Dining area: wishbone chairs, Kubus candleholder, and Kubus bowl in grey, Eames House Bird. Sitting room: Saxe chair By Lassen, painting by Nina. Office: Alex drawer unit, Le Sac paper bag. Bedroom: wishbone chair, Louis Poulsen AJ table lamp.
 
Other wonderful home tours include the home of a Norwegian blogger, the home of a Swedish food blogger and the happy home of a Dutch blogger.

Have a lovely day! 

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Singing the blues in a Swedish space

Blue is stealing the show this year (I'm especially loving this blue / black outfit for autumn - could it be because that was the colour of my school uniform?!). And the kitchen in this Swedish apartment is fab  - I'm not sure if it's the combination of deep blue with aqua, the leather handles, the grey splashback, light marble work surface or simply everything? It really sets the tone for the rest of the the home too (loving the cluster light, touches of mid-century and the oh so light and airy home office). Let's take a tour...












Entrance

This home has been styled for sale so it's perhaps a little spartan -but the beautiful bones are there (those windows...), imagine what you could do with it?

The light grey floor in the study looks fairly similar to the floor in my bedroom (painted with 'strong white'). I like the way they've painted the skirting boards in the same colour. It also ties the room with the rest of the home (they've used the same colour on the doors and hallway floor).  I do love a light grey and white combo!

If you're in the mood for more blue inspiration - I'm also loving this elegant blue kitchen in a Brooklyn home and these blue kitchens - in fact, there's an entire archive dedicated to the colour  (skip the first home as it will be this one). Are you a fan of blue?
 
It's another extremely early start for me today - one of my friends calls them  'double coffee mornings' .... and as I look out of the train window I'm dreaming of a slow morning back at home with coffee gently brewing on the stove (or perhaps I could be in this Gotland summer home or this pretty swedish cottage or infact, any summer cottage for that matter!). Don't you love mornings like those?

Have a lovely day!

Monday, 24 August 2015

A calm Swedish space high up in the rooftops

I had a bit of an eye watering start today - my alarm went off at 5.30am.  Three coffees down and I'm still wishing I was back in bed. Or at least cosying up on the sofa in this lovely apartment nestled high up in the rooftops of Gothenburg, Sweden.  Exposed beams, arched windows, soft linens, neutral tones - there's something incredibly calm about the space. I love the black chalk wall in the kitchen too. I could definitely see myself padding around here today, how about you?










Stadshem. Photographer: Jonas Berg. Stylist: Emma Fischer

It's like a little oasis of calm! And despite the low, sloped ceilings it still looks light and airy thanks to the white washed ceilings, walls and beams.

A pile of magos and a simple tray has made a great bedside table for the low-lying bed. Also loving these spaces with low beds...here, here and here (love the white-washed pallets!). Perfect for a loft / attic conversion. 

I spy a Marshall speaker - I've got my eye on one of these for my sitting room. Love them!
Other items I know and love: sitting room - IKEA floor lamp, thonet 209 chair, this chunky knit cushion from H&M, LOHALS rug, Berlingske poster r, find similar blankets at lo+behold. Dining area: Ant chairs, chopping board. Bedroom: linen bedding, The Kinfolk Table book, I love the Nur tray.

Right...time for another coffee (or matchsticks..?).

Have a lovely, calm day!


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The happy home of Marij Hessel (volume III)

Monday's can feel a little 'meh', can't they? So this morning, I went in search of a 'happy home' to brighten up the start of our week. Marij Hessel's lovely Dutch space always does the trick (in case you missed them, see also volume I and volume II!). Marij loves to constantly update her home with flea market finds, DIY ideas, mid-century pieces and bright pops of colour which means it doesn't matter how many times you have seen her home, there's always something new to look at! Let's take a peek at what Marij has been up to lately.














Marij Hessel / Enter My Attic

Marij's home makes me want to pepper my home with colour, it really puts a smile on my face - how about you?!

She's added it in such a clever way too - whether through painted furniture, geometric patterned walls, flowers and accessories.

You can keep up to date (and feel inspired) by Marij's projects and updates over at her blog Enter My Attic. 

More cheerful homes to brighten up the start of the week here, here and here.

Have a lovely day!