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A Swedish Home with a Touch of Blush

Blush is such a pretty colour and so on trend right now, but the chances are you're not going to want it on every wall in your home (although I'm sure done in the right way it could look pretty cool?!).  That's why I love how the owners of this small space in Gothenburg (currently for sale through Alvhem) compliment the blush in the bedroom with soft beige, green and deeper earthy pinks in the sitting room. Definitely a palette to remember!

Styling: Kristina Cuvier. Photography: Fredrik J Karlsson for Alvhem

So pretty don't you think? 

I love the combination of the golden brown throw (similar here), white linen bedding and blush walls in particular.

Incidentally - I painted my daughter's bedroom in a similar colour to the one seen. A word of warning, the right colour totally depends on the light in the room. Some looked like a lovely nude in the paint shop and then lilac on the wall (eeeek!), so it's best to check out a few before you commit! Maybe you have a fail safe tone you can recommend? 

Feeling inspired?! This pink trend post might give you some other ideas of ways to incorporate pink into your home (from more subtle hints to entire rooms in different shades!).

Have a lovely evening!

PS Don't miss tomorrow's tour of an artist's cabin - I'm so excited about it!

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How about a Sangria at this Mallorcan Townhouse?!

As the winter drags it's heels in Europe, is anyone else starting to dream of warmer climes?!   I stumbled across Casa Sa Mar in the beautiful village of Soller on the North West coast of Mallorca this morning and thought it could be nice for us all to pay a virtual visit?! Renovated by Durietz Design & Development, the 450 sqm (4833 sft) señorial townhouse recently came on the market (perhaps if we all chip in.... ?!).  I love the beautiful courtyard (those apricot walls!) and of course, that pool. Apparently it comes fully furnished too (with a lovely blend of Balearic and Scandi) - so all that would be left for us to do is sip sangria and maybe hit the beach. Who's in?!

Aaaaah. How I'd love to be hanging out here and feeling the warm sun on my skin, how about you? 

Other dreamy places in sunnier climes (which are actually available to rent rather than buy!) include Magnolia House, The Bower, and even your very own island get-away. How about it?!

Have a lovely day!

Photos courtesy of Durietz Design & Development

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A Danish Home That's Sunny On The Inside

I couldn't resist stopping by a second time today to share this Danish home with you. The lovely, sunny space belongs to artist Bettina Holst and is located in Haslev, Southern Zealand. On her instagram feed Bettina describes herself as 'creative to the bone' and her home reflects this with a beautiful mix of personal items, Danish design, Moroccan pieces and bright splashes of sunny yellow. Enjoy the tour!

All photography: Bettina Holst

Isn't it beautiful?! Looking at the interior you can't help thinking that spring has arrived (at least in Bettina's home!).

Did you spot the kitty cat?!

You can see more snapshots of Bettina's home on her blog and instagram and take a peek at her latest work here.

Oh, and as always, there are plenty more Danish homes to be discovered in this archive (hop over this if it pops up first!).

Have a lovely evening! 

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Pretty Wallpaper Inspired by Swedish Nature

What's your experience of patterned wallpaper? As a child in London I recall people covering lots of their home in a pattern of some kind (often DIY - which of course sometimes resulted in entire rooms of upside down roses!). I'm excited to see wallpaper steadily growing in popularity again (it makes me feel nostalgic, and done right it can look really pretty). So, imagine how happy I was when an invitation arrived from Sandberg wallpaper for the launch of their spring summer collection Arboretum at the beautiful Holmanäs Gård in Trelleborg. Small side note: if you're looking to get married in Southern Sweden, this place is your gig. It's so beautiful! I love everything Sandberg does so I knew I'd be in for a treat. Here's a sneak peak of the new wallpaper and some behind the scenes from the prettiest of evenings....

“This spring, we want verdant and patterned wallpaper on the walls. We have moved on from four white walls and we are much more adventurous in both pattern and colour. In our new collection, Arboretum, you can find everything from crisp to more dramatic colours which create a soft and fresh ambience in the home."

"We are leaning towards wallpapering the whole room. but there is absolutely nothing wrong with just papering one or two walls to give more life to the room." 

Wallpaper in order of appearance: 1. Harsyra 2. Harsyra 3. Hassel 4. Ek 5. Notebooks 6. Arboret 

Do you have a favourite? Being a softer tone kind of girl, my heart is set on the last one (Arboretet) -  it would look so pretty in one of my daughters rooms, don't you think?

The party was styled by the Sandberg team, led by creative director Katrin Bååth - who's studio I once featured (I sat next to Katrin on the night and she's so much fun too!). The food was created by the amazingly talented Diana Dontsova (AKA Diadonna) - such a treat!

Thank you so much to Sandberg for a wonderful evening!

(If you're feeling inspired and looking for more wallpaper ideas - there's lots in this archive. If this pops up first just scroll past!). Tempted?

Have a lovely day! 

Photography: Wallpapers styled by Sarah Widman and captured by Kristofer Johnsson courtesy of Sandberg. Party courtesy of Katrin Bååth

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A Magical Weekend at Wanås Restaurant Hotel

I love a weekend get-away don't you? A few weeks back I was invited to visit Wanås Restaurant Hotel, a design hotel on the Wanås estate, deep in the heart of the Skåne countryside here in Southern Sweden. The magnificent estate is also home to a fairytale medieval fortress, a Sculpture Park (Wanås Konst) and an organic farm. Doesn't that sound romantic?! And guess what? It also tied in perfectly with my husband's birthday! Needless to say, I was packing our weekend bag faster than I could say "Ja!". Here are a few pictures I captured from our magical stay.

Wanås has a long history of inviting guests and art lovers, however, it wasn't until May. 2017 the estate opened its first hotel. Located in a converted 18th century building, architect Kristina Wachtmeister (one of the members of the family seat who lives on the estate) joined forces with Amundsen + Jansson to create the eleven room hotel. The team worked hard to maintain many of the original details of the building, including 1 metre thick walls and beautiful beams and created an interior that combines "Nordic design and sustainability, with locally sourced materials".

One of our favourite rooms was the communal lounge. We completely made ourselves at home by the fire with a drink (so perfect for warming the cockles after a snowy walk through the sculpture park!).

Pictures: 'Pappa och jag' by Ylva Ogland and 'En annan väg' by Ann-Sofi Sidén to the right. 

Another thing that makes the lounge toasty is that guests are invited to pour themselves a cup of coffee (or something stronger from the bar) and curl up on the sofa with an art and design book from the library (I might even have added my own one!).  

Kristina was keen to use local resources wherever possible. The stairway leading to the first floor is made from oak from the estate.

All eleven hotel rooms have been individually decorated. Ours had high vaulted ceilings with original beams, as well as a small library of books, specially designed furniture by Christian Halleröd Design and a B&O Bluetooth speaker to play our favourite tunes! It would have been fairly easy to hang out there all weekend!

I LOVED the pink tiles with black grouting in the en-suite bathroom. How fab are they? I think I might just have to steal this idea at home? We were also treated to an Ifö roll-top bath (love a good soak, how about you?!). 

After a little chilling, we tucked into the most delicious brunch at the Wanås restaurant. The menu is influenced by its surroundings: "the forests teeming with game, mushrooms, berries, and the organic farm that produces milk and meat, as well as vegetables."

Pictured: RUBN lights & Hans Wegner sofa upholstered in leather from the Wanås estate. 

Note to Local friends - don't miss this brunch if you head to the sculpture park for the day!! Then again, you do kinda want to stay the night or you'll miss out on the four course supper - a true testimony to the chef's vision, and no doubt one of the reasons why the restaurant is included in The White Guide, 2018.

Skåne being Skåne, you can never quite rely on the weather. But as the famous Swedish saying goes: "there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing," and Wanås Restaurant Hotel has it covered with a very handy mudroom complete with Stutterheim raincoats (also available here) and different sized wellies for guests to borrow!

So, it was in this vein we wondered out to Wanås Konst which can be glimpsed behind the medieval fortress (home to the Wachtmeister family and often accommodating artists from all over the world working on their exhibits).

Run by an independent, non-profit foundation, the estate houses 70 site-specific contemporary artworks outdoors and inside the gallery. In the winter the indoor gallery (and shop) is closed for a few months (it's open between end of March until December) but there were plenty of incredible pieces to view in the park alone, including works by Anna Hamilton, Yoko Ono and Ann-Sofi Sidén.

Just as we stepped out the sun appeared from nowhere and the golden light filtered through the trees, placing a halo around the snowflakes falling from the sky. It was magical!

If you're anything like me and feel the need to touch EVERYTHING, you'll be pleased to hear many of the sculptures are interactive, with some artists even claiming their work isn't complete without people on them, in them or by them. This also makes it a GREAT place for families! 

Featured sculptures: 'Two Different Anamorphic Surfaces' by Dan Graham, 'Together and Apart' by Antony Gormley,  'Old Sow Between The Trees' by Hannelie Coetzee, and 'A House for Edwin Denby' by Robert Wilson. 

I have to say, we were sad to leave! If you're visiting Sweden I can SO recommend a weekend stay at this magical hotel - or if time is of the essence, at least swing by for brunch and a lovely walk (art and Swedish nature - what's not to love?!).

"This year will be colourful, sparkling and large scale. We're very excited," says Elisabeth Millqvist.

And who are we to miss out?!

A big thank you to everyone who made us feel so welcome at Wanås Restaurant Hotel including Kristina, Sofia and Elisabeth! It was an incredible weekend and we can't wait to visit again soon!

Photography: all pictures by Niki Brantmark / My Scandinavian Home except the kitchen, dining table and bathroom which are by Magnus Marding.  

*This was press trip to Wanås Restaurant Hotel, however all words are my own and I only ever recommend places to visit that I love and think you will too!

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