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Holly's beautiful sitting room make-over

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Hej hej! One of my favourite interior designers, Holly Marder, is doing up her house in Delft, Holland bit by bit and I'm glued to her blog Avenue Lifestyle, for updates! It's such a treat every time she completes a room (see Holly's beautiful kitchen, bedroom and studio and you'll know what I mean)! Today I'm excited to reveal Holly's lovely new sitting room where she has used white washed walls and sheer linen curtains (source similar, made to measure ones here) as a neutral backdrop for a beautiful blend of vintage, mid-century, and modern designer pieces as well as handmade ceramics and a selection of artowrk.  Enjoy!

Photography / interior design: Holly Marder - Avenue Lifestyle. 

Such a stunning room, don't you think? Relaxed, calm, interesting and above all else cosy!

Holly is a master at gallery walls (I also love the one she created in a client's bedroom in Amsterdam). Here she's combined oak, walnut and white frames with a mix of contemporary and traditional art including 'dragonfly' by Eile-Ethel Polli, 'nude painting of one minute pose' by Gretchen Kelly, and 'eye eye' by Fine Little Day. Such a lovely combination!

I also like how she has used a mid-century bar cart to fill the gap next to the chimney breast (I still love my bar cart but wondering where to put it right now since acquiring this brass one, I'm sure it'll find a home soon! Thoughts?!). You can source a similar vintage mid-century bar cart here.

Is there anything that stands out to you?

Get the look from Holly's sitting room: Flos pendant light, source a vintage Beni Ourain rug here, the sofa is from the SofaCompany.  These fab vintage mid-century trolleys / bar carts are similar. Flos parentesi light, African Bingan basket, hand turned plates on wall by Julie AlrichemGlass coffee table,  white plate from The Fine Store (on table).

The sun's shining here in Malmö so I've promised to take a walk along the beach before starting to write a chapter for my new book - Lagom (a Swedish philosophy meaning not too much, not too little - just right!). It feels apt in today's world where we're all rushing about and connected 24/7. The book is very much about slowing down and finding balance, the Swedish way - whether at home, or through activities like blackberry picking , kayaking, baking bread, swapping your car for a bike or even finding a beautiful old cottage by the sea in which to relax and unwind in the holidays! I hope you'll find it inspiring! 

Have a lovely day!

A Swedish home in calming green

Monday, 24 April 2017

Hello! Monday? Again? It really has been a case of - Friday *blink* Monday?! The entire weekend has been a bit of a blur except for a wonderful picnic in Rövearekulan national park  - so nice! Did you get up to anything fun? I thought I'd roll the 'green theme' onto to Monday and share this lovely Swedish home with you. The space has been decorated in a mix of calm earthy green tones and crisp white, with natural touches such as cotton, linen, wood and leather adding a warm and inviting feel. Above all else though - I'm looking at all that light (I've become a little obsessed since reading that if you sit next to a window to work you can boost your productivity by up to 15% - so glad I fought for that window sit in the open-plan office I used to work in now! - do you sit by a window?). I'm also eyeing up those beautiful young oak tree saplings.... so simple, yet so lovely!

Photography: Anders Bergstedt for sale through Entrance

What a lovely apartment?! 

The clothes rail in the bedroom is great (I feel more relaxed in the knowledge that there's a wall-to-wall wardrobe opposite so this is merely for tomorrow's outfit or favourite pieces!). Ferm Living sells one similar here. Loving the light twisted around the end, such a nice touch!

Is there anything that caught your eye?

A few items I know and love: lamp by house doctor, try The Poster Club for similar prints, Lampe gras floor lamp, feather duster.

Have a great start to the week!

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