my scandinavian home

A visit from Daphne

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Do you have a dog or friends with a dog? When people come over they often bring their furry friends and I always put a bowl of water out for them. But recently I've taken my 'doggy welcome pack' to a whole new level thanks to Kind - a fantastic Finnish lifestyle brand priding itself on 'sustainable nordic style for you and your dog'. Founded by Maarit Kallio, the items they sell really are as beautiful as the promise suggests. I promptly ordered a fluffy Höyhensaari dog bed and soft black and grey-blue linen cushions so that when Bibbi, Dino and Daphne come to visit, they've got somewhere to curl up and snooze! And actually, dearest poodle Daphne's already put it to the test - oh and the new kit is a big hit with my girls too!

Photography: Niki Brantmark. Model: Daphne and my wonderful girls.

Isn't Daphne just lovely? Her paws! She's such great company too. 

Did you spot the 'high paw' linen tote on the wall? It's so nifty as it doubles up as a portable doggy food container.  I think I might have to go back for the waffle line towels too - just because they look soooo nice!

Come and visit us again soon Daphne! 

This post was created in collaboration with the wonderful team at Kind. However, all words are my own and I only ever collaborate with brands I love and think you will too. Thank you for supporting the small businesses that make My Scandinavian Home possible.

A cocoon-like Swedish home in dark grey

Friday, 21 October 2016

It was a while since we headed over to the dark side here on My Scandinavian Home. And with Autumn in the air, and the need for a warm, cocoon-like space,  I feel it's definitely time, don't you! This apartment in Fredsborg, North east of Stockholm has been painted in a deep grey, providing a simple yet dramatic backdrop for softer textures such as white linen (cue the oh so beautiful Le Grand Air sofa) and rustic wood. Clean, modern lines are balanced with sculptures and rounded shapes from ceramics which have been arranged in clusters on coffee table, shelves and ledges throughout.  I think I could hang around here this weekend, how about you?!

Credits: Photos - Sara Medina Lind. Styling - Marie Ramse for JM. Found via TDC.

What do you reckon, could you imagine creating a darker ambience like this in your home?

Even if you don't go all out grey, you can still get the elegant look with some of these lovely pieces: sitting room - Le Grand Air sofa, the rug looks like a Private 0204, but correct me if I'm wrong! Lampe Gras is similar to the wall lamp. Dining area: Series 7 chair, bentwood chairs, Tulip table in marble. Bedroom - Linen curtains (lovely!) and stonewashed linen bedding in charcoal. Buy a simple row of wooden hooks from IKEA and paint it in the same colour as the wall (for a similar colour try samples from Farrow & Ball's range of dark colours)

For more 'dark inspiration you might want to have a nose around this lovely swedish space, an elegant Stockholm apartment and a beautiful house in France. The latter is one of my all time favourites!

It's nearly time for the weekend, wooooop! It's going to be terrible weather here (not so woop) so I'm planning on tucking into one of these 13 baked cheese recipes (the first one?!) while I wait indoors for some of my second hand finds from the week to arrive (exciting!). Have you got any fun plans?

Oh and they say it's tricky to work with children and animals - and I actually managed both yesterday (I know!). You can see the fruits of my lovely afternoon with dearest Daphne, the sweetest (and most elegant) poodle in town on the blog tomorrow....

Happy Friday!

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