my scandinavian home

My Residence: an elegant Danish home

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

The beauty of jet lag is that you wake up a little earlier than normal without a double strength coffee - giving you a whole morning to rock about in a relaxed way (this must be how 'morning people' feel everyday?!).  So far I've managed a whole load of things - but my favourite moment of all was calmly leafing through the latest edition of My Residence (if you're not familiar with it - imagine one of Sweden's most beautiful interior magazines beautifully packaged in a Bookazine and written in English. Yes, I know!). In this edition I got completely stuck on the beautiful Copenhagen apartment of Kinfolk founder Nathan Williams. Think elegance with an edge, rich golden hues, beautiful architecture and lots of space to breath. Enjoy!

 Photography - Magnus MÃ¥rding Courtesy of Residence magazine.

So beautiful! I love how Nathan has selected only a few key pieces, allowing each to stand out. And although minimalist, it has a wonderful lived in feel too.

The Danish 90 degree floor lamp by Frama is one of my favourites - love how it's covered in books in this home.

Is there any inspiration you'll take away with you from this home?

You can order the latest edition of My Residence here. And see more pics of Nathan's home here.

Have a wonderful day!

The beautiful, nature inspired home of a ceramicist

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Hejsan, hejsan! Sorry for the silence, I've just returned from 10 truly wonderful days in Kerala, India. My grandparents (and Mother) lived in India for many years and I've always dreamed of following in their footsteps. My expectations, already high), were far exceeded - the sights, the sounds, the smells, the vibrant colours, the lovely people, just everything! Have you ever been? If not you must! We only managed to cover the very tip of the iceberg so another visit is definitely in order! Tips welcome as always! I thought I'd kick off the week with this beautiful country house in upstate New York designed and owned by ceramicist Kelli Cain and partner Brian Crabtree. The open-plan space includes 4.5 metre (15 feet) high ceilings, a cosy wood-burning stove and has been decorated using earthy tones and an abundance of natural textures and objects - many of which have been made from reclaimed materials - for a truly warm and inviting home. 

Photography: Pia Ulin - shared with kind permission.

What a cosy space?

I don't think I've ever seen a fireplace right in front of the stairs before, have you?  I love how the disused space under the stairs doubles up as log storage too - very clever. If I had a wood burning stove I'd have it going right now beside me while I sip coffee and tap away at my laptop, how about you?

I also love how the magnificent barn door made from recycled wood which can be pulled across to slip in light or closed to separate the home office from the living space.

Is there anything that stands out to you? 

Get the look: many of the beautiful ceramics (including the incredible geometric backsplash!) are by Kelli Cain.  Herman Miller saucer pendant light, Carl Hansen CH25 easy chair, natural weave basket (love this!).

You can see a full write up and more pictures over at Martha Stewart.

The space reminds me very much of another home in Upstate New York which I featured in my book Modern Pastoral - both of which truly embrace the idea of bringing the tranquility of nature indoors. So inspiring!

Have a lovely day!

PS I'm announcing not one, but TWO give-away winners to today - so keep an eye out on Instagram and this blog post to see if either are you. 'Holding thumbs' as they say in Sweden!

PPS It was a pleasure to contribute to Houseology's round-up of 51 Scandinavian design ideas

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