my scandinavian home

The inspiring melbourne home of two architects

Friday, 29 July 2016

Friday? Woah! It doesn't seem fair that time flies when you're having fun does it?! Despite spending our summer holidays in Sweden and Denmark I love to travel abroad in the winter given the chance. And high up on my list is Melbourne, Australia (I've never been, have you?). Not only have I got some great friends living there, I also love the design aspect that's taking the city by storm. Take this lovely Victorian terrace house captured by Derek Swalwell, as an example. The black floors, the art and way it's been hung on the wall, the suspended fireplace....that entrance! Just about everything about this wonderful Melbourne home of architects Annick Houle and Stephen O'Connor is so inspiring! Let's take a tour....

Source: photography - Derek Swalwell (shared with kind permission), found via The Style Files with thanks.

What a great home!

Is there anything that catches your eye in particular?

Get the look: office - your local DIY store should have the wire and hooks you need to hang art in this way, rustic stool, Tom Dixon beat light, source a Beni Ourain rug here. Sitting room - lampe gras (light on wall), Ergofocus fireplace.

Other Melbourne spaces which have caught my eye in the past include an artist's home in a former factorythe home of an illustrator and bargain hunter, and a Scandinavian inspired home. I told you they've got it going on down under!

A little weekend link love:

10 unexpected places to add a spot of colour to your home.

This bath, that wall

Each of these beautiful rugs tell a story. 

How living like a Danish woman can make you happier. 

I can't stop looking at this image of snow and sea.

20 photos that will inspire you to visit Norway (as if we needed convincing?) - although I'm not sure about having my picture taken on that 'hanging stone' *shivers*.

Right guys. I'd better be off. But I'll be back tomorrow with a special reader offer, so do stop by! See you then!

Your own little fisherman's cottage on Sweden's west coast?

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

We're slowly touring the beautiful Swedish west coast - namely the Gothenburg archipelagos. It's a really special place for my husband and I since it's where we met. The waterways are dotted with little fishing villages with bright coloured 'fiskebodar' (fishing huts) and clapboard cottages perched on the rock face. Yesterday we visited picturesque Smögen where, the boardwalk bustles with people shopping, or buying fresh seafood by day. And by night it comes alive with restaurants and bars with live bands. If you're a party person, it's a must! But what's behind the doors of those little old clapboard fishing cottages? As you've guessed, many of them are just as charming on the inside. Here's a tour of a little white cottage in the heart of Smögen dating back to 1830....

Source: For sale through Stadshem, with photography by Janne Olander

Oh so charming! How wonderful would it be to have a little cottage like this to go to in the holidays? Your dressing gown hanging in the hall ready for that daily dip?

Get the look: I like this industrial pendant (keep an eye out for others here). Retro kitchen storage. Source a Swedish rag rug here (IKEA also sells them). 

You can see more pictures of this lovely cottage and the village of Smögen here

If you fancy touring the islands next summer here's a guide to some of the islands and places to stay. One of these days I'd like to create my own guide as there are just so many hidden gem!

We're heading south now (sniff sniff), and wifi might be a little touch and go. I'll do my best to post Friday but bear with me! 

Have a wonderful couple of days!

PS I also love this traditional Swedish cottage also near Gothenburg and this fisherman's cottage on the South coast. One day....  

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