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A vintage-inspired family home in rural belgium

Hejsan hejsan! We've taken to the high seas (actually they're not that high- the Baltic sea is beautifully calm today) and heading to the island of RĂ¼gen in Germany - I've never been and super excited, any tips?! I hope you've got some fun plans for the week ahead too? Adventures aside, I thought we'd kick off the week with this lovely country house in Belgium. The home belongs to Liza van der Stouwe founder of Atelier Rozijntjes, her husband Vincent and their three children and has been beautifully captured by Avenue Design Studio. Think fabulous tiles, a wood-burning stove, vintage finds, modern touches and oodles of charm!

Styling/Photography: Avenue Design Studio

What a wonderful family home? I love the children's bedrooms - think I might have to steal a few ideas, how about you? 

And how about all those vintage touches? Liza finds many of them in second hand stores but I also find Etsy a wonderful source for everything from industrial pendant lights to reclaimed school desks and many of the stores ship worldwide. 

To get the full scoop, nip over to Avenue Lifestyle where the talented creative duo Holly Marder and Hedda Pier share some more info on this lovely home and insight on where things are from.

Looking for a little more inspiration from Belgium? Why not pour yourself a slow brew and take a peek inside the eclectic world of Bea Mombaers (you can stay there too!), and a relaxed Antwerp home (one of my all time favourites). Oh so fabulous?!

Have a wonderful start to the week!

PS If you're looking for shelving, I love Tylko - and they're offering an exclusive discount right now too. More here!

A lovely, laid-back home in Brooklyn

Hello FREDAG (friday), woooop! We're up at the family summer cottage on Sweden's Southwest coast and it's been pouring with rain all day. But sometimes don't you find that's totally OK? We've been playing cards, listening to music and baking a cake (not me - the man and our youngest - you might recall I'm taking a break from baking after a number of catastrophes!). There are some homes that look like the sun is shining even when it isn't though - and the apartment of Ana Fritsch is one of them. Ana lives with her husband and two daughters in a Brooklyn Brownstone from where she pens her lifestyle blog Lucky Penny and runs her shop.  The 74 metre square (800 square foot) apartment is blessed with high ceilings (seems to be a common theme this week!) and large windows which fill the space with light. Look closely and you'll also discovered layered rugs, quirky finds and patterned textiles - all of which add to the wonderful, laid-back vibe - enjoy!

Home-owner / design: Ana Fritsch. Photography: Heather Moore

Such a lovely home, don't you think?!

Those floors.....!

Get the look from Ana's home: sitting room - source a lovely kilim rug here and layer it with a jute rug, this grey armchair is similar, palms pillow, mustard pillow (similar), windson armchair. Bedroom - gold pig, ocean print, shibori dot quilt.

You can find out more about what Ana loves about her home here and see a full tour and interview over at the fabulous Glitter Guide.

I also really love the cheerful Brooklyn home of an artist,  the happy Brooklyn home of a Swedish expat and a calm Brooklyn home. Or for something a little Scandinavian (and different) - I never tire of a Swedish summer cottage!

Have a wonderful weekend!

PS OK rain, you can stop now....

A small, yet truly inspiring studio apartment!

I've shown many, many small spaces over the years - the majority of which are located in Sweden, but some have been in far away places too, like this tiny home on wheels!  And today I stumbled on another inspirational small space - the studio apartment of Lauren Maclean. Located in Montreal, Canada, Lauren's home is a mere 500 square foot (46 square metre).  Dramatic high ceilings and beautiful period features provide a striking backdrop for a blend of vintage and mid-century pieces as well as some striking works of art. It really does go to show, that some of the best homes come in small packages, don't you agree?!

Photography - Lauren Maclean

What a great space? The more I look at the pictures, the more I notice! 

I particularly love the one-off vintage pieces, mid-century furniture and lighting (how fab is that Pelle chandelier ceiling light?!). How about you? 

A quick note on where some of the other key pieces are from: art (over desk) by Lysa JordanWishbone chair, modern dresser, sofa by design republic,

You can see more of Lauren's apartment over on her fab instagram feed, and a full interview here.  

Have a lovely day!

Beautifully soft organic, linen bedding

One of the things I love most about my work is getting the opportunity to work with small businesses with impeccable taste and who's owners do an actual dance when you buy something. A fine example of this is SecretsAndThings, a beautiful Etsy shop selling handmade linen clothing, bedding, towels, tablecloths, and home decor. Owner Virginija makes the pieces to order and ships worldwide from Lithuania. I've had the pleasure of testing out her deep blue linen duvet cover and pillow case since I've returned from holiday and there's no going back (I was so meant to return the bedding but there's no way - sorry Virginija!). Not only is the bedding made from luxury, extra thick 100% organic Lithuanian linen, it's massively soft and comes with lovely buttons hand-sewn from leftover linen. Oh and I love the deep blue colour too! 

Photography / Styling - Niki Brantmark, My Scandinavian Home. 

Virginija also sells this bed linen in a choice of white, dusty rose (love!) silver, and dark grey (charcoal) - and in several different sizes.  

 If you're there, you might also want to check out some of her other items like the white linen tablecloth and dress / night gown - beautiful!

Hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine!

Have a cosy day!

PS - the asparagus at the end of my bed is my favourite plant of the moment and the open book is my very own The Scandinavian Home 

This post is brought to you in collaboration with SecretsAndThings, however, all words are my own and I only ever work with brands I absolutely love and think you will too! Thank you for supporting the small businesses that help bring fresh content to your mail box and make My Scandinavian Home possible.


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