my scandinavian home

A studio is transformed into a lovely guest room

Thursday, 19 January 2017

How wonderful would it be to have a dedicated guest room with a big double bed, made up with fresh, soft bed linen and light pouring in from the windows? For most of us this isn't a reality so we have to make do with the rooms we already have. But who's to say they can't be transformed into a warm and inviting guest room?!  My talented friend Holly Marder for example, uses a sofa bed in her studio in The Netherlands to transform the space into a private sphere for guests when they come to stay. Plus I noticed, that she has even left out a few noteworthy coffee table books (eh hem!) on the nightstand for them to peruse!

Credits: styling and photography Holly Marder / Avenue Lifestyle.

What a great solution? It helps that her studio is absolutely lovely too. I think it might be time I nipped over to The Netherlands to pay her a visit, don't you?! Te he he!

Get the look from Holly's studio / guestroom: wooden fold out sofa, stool cc (used as a bedside table),  wall sconce (find a vintage version here). Black linen duvet cover. Source botanical prints here. Modern Pastoral interior book.

You can see more pictures and the full feature here.

Any ideas to share on how to make a guest room inviting? I try to live by the following:

- Give a little guided tour when they arrive so they can find everything they need and feel at home
- Leave out a little welcome package in their room that includes: a towel, hair towel (better still, a hair turban - I love these!), dressing gown, slippers and wifi code.
- Place a pile of recent magazines (and a few coffee table books I know they'll love) on the night stand.
- Fresh flowers in the bedroom also add a wonderful touch!

Do you have any tips?

For bedroom styling inspiration I'd definitely recommend taking a look at Holly's own bedroom - one of my most visited posts of all time!

Have a wonderful day! 

A space in New Zealand with a warm, boho summer vibe

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Now I'd love to say that I find these dark, grey, cold January days here in Southern Sweden cosy. But sometimes they really can get the better of me and I'm starting to wonder if the sun actually still exists?!! On days like today I find escaping (virtually) to warmer, far off place helps to lift the spirits - how about you? Somewhere like this wonderful space in New Zealand, home to concept store Indie Home Collective. Think woven rattan, rustic wood, and layers of warm, natural materials against a dramatic backdrop of white, black and concrete. Roll on boho summer vibes!

Credits: photos from Indie Home Collective. Found via The Design Chaser with thanks. 

Ah so lovely. I can practically feel the warm breeze through the window, how about you?

Many of the items you see are available at Indie Home Collective (what a beautiful store?!).

I also love the boho-Scandi style seen in this Norwegian home of Vintage Piken. And if you're now in the mood, you can find 28 more beautiful boho home tours from all over the world in this archive. Oh yes! Is this your kind of style?

Have a wonderful day! Oh and fellow Northern 'hemispherers' (is there an official name for people who live in the Northern hemisphere?!) - stay warm!

PS This is not a sponsored post, I just found the pictures truly inspiring and hope you did too!

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