my scandinavian home

A beautiful, laid back home in earthy tones

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

When selecting locations for The Scandinavian Home, I looked out for spaces that had a unique, strong consistent theme throughout - whether in the form of colour, style, material, texture and even a feeling. Although not featured in my book, this cottage belonging to artist and owner of fab lifestyle shop, General Store, Serena Mitnik-Miller in Topanga Canyon, California is a beautiful example of this! Formerly a hunting lodge, Serena and husband Mason stripped back the one bedroom house to it's bare bones before furnishing it with a beautiful mix of mid-century finds and items made by friends in lovely earthy tones. What a stunning, laid back family home?!

Credits:  photography Jason Frank Rothenberg for Domino magazine.  

How beautiful?! I absolutely love everything about it. How about you?

I've actually been following Serena on Instagram and at #OurTopangaHome for a while now (so worth taking a look)! You can also read the full article and see more lovely pictures of Serena's home over at one of my favourite magazines - Domino.

Many of the items you see can be found in General Store.

Have a wonderful day!

A small space full of light in Stockholm

Monday, 16 January 2017

Well hello there Monday! I hope you had a great weekend? I arrived back home from my trip at midnight last night and am on the 6.48 train to the IKEA headquarters for a presentation (definitely a double coffee and matchsticks (to keep my eyes open!) kind of morning but I'm kind of excited too!). It was well worth it too as I had such an amazing time - more to follow later in the week. I thought I'd kick off the week with this charming apartment in Stockholm. A relatively small 44 metres square (473 square feet), the lovely open plan space has been designed to slip through as much natural light as possible - including fabulous windows dividing the bedroom from the living room (I'd love some of these in my own home, how about you?). The palette has been kept distinctly monochrome and vintage pieces jostle for position with modern designs and interesting art for a lovely homely feel. Can I crawl back under those covers and spend the day here please?!

Credit: this apartment is for sale through Bo Sthlm

Lovely space! I find the shades of grey so calming, don't you?

A few items I know and love: dining area - house doctor molecular light, Bertoia side chair, bent wood chair, white sheepskin chair cover. Kitchen - Aesop hand washSitting room - Beni Ourain rug, source a vintage black leather sofa here. Sinnerlig cork bench by Ilse Crawford for IKEA. Bedroom - House Doctor wall light, light grey linen bed set.

And before I shoot off for the day here's a little link love to brighten up even the dullest of Monday morning:

I've always wanted to live in a London mews house like this one. Want to be my neighbour?! Imagine the street parties we'd have?!

8 fab IKEA hacks by interior stylists.

These kids rooms feature the most lovely wallpapers - and I love the mobile in this bedroom too (available here) - feeling inspired for to change my daughter's room!
Yummy looking healthy recipes to help recuperate after the holidays...

And finally - how graceful is this canoe scene?

Have a wonderful start to the week!

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