my scandinavian home: My new book: The Scandinavian Home

My new book: The Scandinavian Home

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Today is a very exciting day here at home .... my new book The Scandinavian Home: Interiors inspired by light has officially launched (*does a little dance*)! It's been a year or so in the making - having visited homes across Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. From a magical mountain cabin in Norway and a contemporary Helsinki town house to a beach house on the North coast of Zealand, Denmark each dwelling is as incredible as it is inspiring and has a wonderful story to tell.  I've arrived home brimming with ideas - but most of all I've learned that it's amazing what you can achieve with a little imagination.  I'd like to say a HUGE thank you to all of you for reading my blog and your wonderful support over the years, without you this book would never have been possible. And I'd also like to pass on my thanks to all the wonderful home owners who so gracefully opened their doors and welcomed us inside. I dedicate this book to all of you! Here's a sneak peek....










The Scandinavian Home by Niki Brantmark, published by CICO Books £19.99. Photography by James Gardiner © CICO Books

This is only a small selection  - if I could I'd have shared the entire book right here on the blog with you! But there is something incredibly cosy about finding a quiet spot and enjoying a cup of tea and a good book, don't you think?

I have so many wonderful memories from the experience. One of the most memorable of which was visiting the home of Norwegian interior designer Tone Kroken on a beautiful summers day. Her house is on an island in the Norwegian Fjords and accessed by a floating pontoon pulled along on a rope. Tone's house was full of items she'd picked up at flea markets and auction houses from all over the world. But she'd also transformed new items too. For example she'd bought a mirror for its shape but hated it's shiny new look, so she placed it in the garden for two years where it lay under autumn leaves, a foot of snow and in the scorching summer sun. It now takes pride of place on the mantel piece looking like a prized antique!

On the same trip we visited the wonderful Norwegian 'hytte' of Marianne, founder of Slow Design Studio. Inspired by a 'seter' (a traditional Norwegian Mountain farmhouse used for summer pastures), the family has transformed a small rustic cottage into a state-of-the-art cabin. Not only does it have magnificent vista's over the valley, nearly everything within has been handcrafted by Marianne including cushions, throws, wall hangings, side tables and clothes hooks. Truly inspiring! You may recall that my family and I went back to visit the hytte in January for a few days and it was equally beautiful in the snow!

If you'd like to pick up a copy and browse all the homes, it's now available on Amazon here (among other places).

I really hope you feel as inspired as I did writing it.

Have a wonderful day! 


35 comments:

  1. Congrats! I am so happy for you. This is wonderful news. I'll see if it has arrived at my favorite bookstore.
    Here it's just an ordinary day after a long weekend (6:30am... It's snowing❄)

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    1. Thank you Poppy! Lovely of you! I hope you can get your hands on a copy. PS snowing still?!!

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  2. Congratulations! Your book looks beautiful.

    Ingrid | thatscandinavianfeeling.com

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  3. Congrats!! Your book is on my wish list and I can't wait to get my hands on it!!

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    1. Thank you so much Teresa! So wonderful to hear! I hope you enjoy it!

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  4. BRAVO!! I'M so happy for you!! I'M a long time reader of you blog... and i enjoy every time! I wil check if i can get it in Canada))) Very best!

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    1. Hi Clara, thank you so much for being a long time reader of my blog, that really means a lot to me! if you have any trouble finding the book let me know and I'll ask my publisher about where it's available. /Niki

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  5. Amazed by your energy, competence and creativity!! Well done!!��

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    1. Thank you Malin, what a lovely message!

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  6. Niki, congratulations, I wish it to you :-) Your blog is my daily inspiration :-) a book must be beautiful, I have to get one! a beautiful day

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    1. Thank you lovely Petra! Really appreciate your kind words :)

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  7. Congrats! I'm very happy for you. I can't wait to get it and find new inspiration. And I really think that all the time you have spent was worth it. Enjoy it, you deserve it!!!

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  8. Wow! Congratulations, so nice to hear! Looks really good! I hope to have a chance to see your book in Finland too! Take care!

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  9. Congratulations, just purchased from California. Have to support my favorite blogger. This is wonderful and know you will do well. Teresa

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    1. Teresa - lovely you! Thank you for your kind words and all the support - hope you're going to enjoy it!

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  10. Congratulations on your book, dear Niki! Can't wait to have a look on a copy, definitely loaded with tons of inspiration! xx

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    1. Thank you Anu - I hope it inspires you, I've got a whole list of things to do to my home now, but I got lots of ideas for small, immediate changes in the process too! N x

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  11. Congratulation, can't wait to have my own copy. Your blog brings me so much inspiration

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    1. I'm so happy to hear, thank you! I feel the book is like holding my blog in my hands and being able to put it on a shelf :) I hope you enjoy it too!

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  12. Congratulations Niki, and thank you once more for letting me be a part of this wonderful project!

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    1. Thank you so much for inviting us into your wonderful home - I can't tell you how much of an inspiration your cabin has been for my family and I :)

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  13. Congratulations! You're such an inspiration x

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    1. Thank you - so great to hear my work inspires you :)

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  14. Well done! It looks great. A real achievement for you.

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  15. Grattis! Shit va kul, den ser superfin ut!

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  16. Hej, I preordered your book. Knowing it will be wonderful.
    Just today I got a message from Amazon (there is no other way to get it in the Netherlands) saying : "Not yet available. We'll e-mail you as soon as we have a delivery date." I thought you should know we will be having stomach pains from excitement a bith longer ;-)

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    1. Thank you so much for pre-ordering my book - lovely of you! Fingers crossed it arrives soon!

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  17. Congratulations Niki! What a good job you have. :) I love your blog and thank you for all inspirations. Greetings from sLOVEnia! Petra

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Petra! / Niki x

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  18. woohoo! Big congrats!! I'm chomping at the bit to get my copy in the mail!

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