my scandinavian home

A lovely, light, Swedish split-level

Monday, 29 May 2017

Hej hej! I hope you had a lovely weekend?  It was a long bank holiday here and the Swedish sun shone down on us from start to finish so we did our best to soak it up and store it up! There's something beautiful about the incredibly sharp Nordic light and feeling the warmth of the sun's rays on your skin at 8pm - so magical!  This Swedish space high up in the roof tops of Gothenburg looks as though it might just be bright all year round though! Decorated in white and pale grey with sheer curtains and soft textiles throughout, it's a true oasis in the heart of the city!

Photography: Jonas Berg Styling: Grey Deco  / For sale through Stadshem.

It looks as though the second floor was created from converted attic space - hence the white spiral staircase (love that, how about you?!). The original pattern in the glass windows of the dividing doors and the coat rack in the hall caught my eye, lovely!

Any tips on where the coat rack is from? 

Is there anything that stands out to you?

Get the look:  sitting room - the söderhamn sofa from IKEA, Flos 2097 pendant light, Jetson armchair by Bruno Mathsson. Office: wishbone chair, lonely house print, source made to measure white linen curtains here. Bedroom - string shelves, söderhamn section from IKEA.

I'm on an all day photo shoot today - very exciting as it's been a while since I got my camera out! Go, go go! It's going to be hawwwwt again today so I hope I'll have time for one of these afterwards - I'll totally deserve it right? I think you should join me! yum?!

Have a great start to the week!

PS Thank you so much to Victoria over at wonderful blog SF Girl By Bay for the lovely review of
my book, you've put a smile on my face since Thursday!

An inspiring Berlin apartment full of contrast

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Every time I nip into German blog Herz & Blut I come away feeling truly inspired. Founder, Jules Villbrandt has a real knack for scoping out some of the coolest homes in Berlin (and beyond). A few weeks back I shared this pearl of a home with rich, warm colours, bold patterns and quirky touches (that boob pillow!). And today I couldn't resist sharing this fascinating two-room Templehof apartment belonging to Silke Leinstasse, co-founder of interior consultancy firm wit & voi. Silke's central apartment is both relaxed and luxurious at the same time. In the living room, fabulous 1970's wallpaper juxtaposes with a bare concrete wall and the space has been furnished with a beautiful mix of contemporary, vintage and traditional pieces. Look closely and you'll see plenty of small trinkets, flowers, books and art which combine to create a wonderful homely feel. What a great space?!


Photography: Jules Villebrandt - Herz & Blut / Home-owner and design Silke Leinstasse.

I find this apartment so amazingly inspiring! If I had to choose one thing I love in particular though, I'd say the dusty pink sofa against the bold wallpaper (any idea where the wallpaper is from?).

How about you?!

The concrete wall fascinates me. It reminds me of the lovely Norwegian home of artist Maria Overbye which we photographed for The Scandinavian Home. Like in this home, Maria has left the walls bare because she loved the contrast between the raw patina of dried plaster against contemporary items such as lighting.

Could you imagine having this look in your home?

Get the look from Silke's home: dining area - Tom Dixon copper ball pendant, glass cloche. Sitting room - Bolia sofa. Bedroom - source vintage suitcases here.

See more pictures and a full write-up of this lovely home over at Herz&Blut - and over 250 (yes, crazy I know!) beautiful international homes in this archive (if this home comes up first just scroll past).

It's a loooong bank holiday weekend here in Sweden so we're gearing up for a few days off in the sun starting from this evening -woohoo! I hope you have a lovely rest of the week and see you Monday!

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