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My Day At A Charming Danish Cottage By The Sea

Collaboration* What does the sea mean to you? As an avid sailor and living by the sea in Malmö, Sweden, it's difficult to emphasise how much the sea means to me. The sound, the shapes, the light, the gentle saltiness. To gaze out to the horizon is to instantly unwind. Unlike the tumultuous waters of England's south coast where I spent much of my childhood, there's something disarming about Scandinavian waters due to the lack of tides and the beautiful blue-grey water lapping at whitish sands. It's incredibly grounding. I was inspired to discover Danish brand Skandinavisk has captured the impression of the Nordic coastline in a beautiful collection called HAV (meaning sea) - Distant Shores. On a recent visit to their atelier in Copenhagen, the team asked me what the sea meant to me and I felt it was easier to encapsulate in pictures rather than words. Here are some snapshots from my relaxing day in the pretty coastal village of Hornbæk, North Zealand, North East Denmark!

I was fortunate enough to hang out in this pretty cottage for the day belonging to Pernille Grønkjær Taatø's parents - Elisabeth and Per Grønkjær. The 1930's delightful cottage owes its charm to the blend of antiques, vintage finds, classic Danish design pieces and subtle treasures found on the nearby beach. 

The cottage was dotted with simple displays like this delightfully understated glass jar with pebbles and flora. 

Feeling instantly relaxed on this daybed - do you think they'd notice if I stayed all weekend, I would be as quiet as a mouse!

I felt my pulse lowering the moment I stepped in the door (not an easy feat right now with so much going on!). The soft grey-blue and white tones felt so calming! 

HAV scented candle (wonderfully subtle - and a new favourite!). 

The white washed wood cladded open ceiling gave the cottage a light and airy feel even on a fairly grey day! 

The HAV scent diffuser (seen on the shelf in. the entrance) is part of the Skandinavisk collection: "a new impression of the vast Nordic coastline - a meeting place where the cold Baltic and Atlantic waters touch the peninsula and the fresh wind and sea spray carry the resilient scents of the rugosa rose and hawthorn. from the shoreline." It set the scene for my afternoon by the water.

I love the beach in winter when it's at its most rugged. And although 'fresh', the local beach in Hornbæk on the shores of the Öresund sea proved to be the best spa afternoon I could have asked for.

It's not unusual to see Scandinavian people wondering down to the water in a robe. I wrapped up in a limited edition TEKLA x SKANDINAVISK bath robe "inspired by Scandinavian bathing culture - in all weathers" (softest thing E.V.E.R and a much needed hood to buffet the wind!).  

Cannot tell you how beautiful it was on this deserted beach. 

HAV hand cream - with extract of rockweed, designed to nourish and protect your skin from harsh climates (give me a load of that!). 

The beach was speckled with little white shells, a few of which recognised from Elisabeth and Per's cottage, larger rocks and kelp. 

I actually used to be terrified of seaweed as a child (I remember my sister chasing me around with it!) - did you?! These days I see it in a more favourable light as I read that scientific studies have shown that seaweed bathing helps to lower stress and relieve muscle ache and join stiffness. Isn't that cool?! On the Swedish west coast there's a place where you can go for special seaweed baths and they actually massage you with the seaweed! 

What a wonderful day!

I wish I could have stayed for the entire weekend!

If you haven't had the pleasure of visiting the Nordic coastline, you must come and visit us in Scandinavia soon. In the meantime, the divine Skandinavisk HAV - distant shores collection will immediately transport you to the Scandinavian coast and is available online here.

I'd love to hear more about your relationship with the sea / ocean - do you find it relaxing too?

Have a wonderful weekend friends - may your lie-ins be long, and your coffee be strong!


PS Win the complete HAV hand and body range over on my instagram this weekend!

PPS Thank you so much to Pernille Grønkjær Taatø (who's home featured in 15 coastal living ideas to steal from a breathtaking Danish home) and Elisabeth and Per Grønkjær for generously lending me their beautiful cottage for the day. Thanks also to my dear friend Anna Häggström who helped me document the daybed the sea (I've known Anna since I was five and we both felt so inspired by the location) - and of course Skandinavisk for capturing my love for the nordic coastline in a fragrance!

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with my wonderful partner Skandinavisk. However, all words and photos are my own and I only ever work with brands I truly love and think you will too!

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A Dreamy Waterside Home In New South Wales

I was scrolling through this home tour on Desire to Inspire yesterday and suddenly my jaw dropped. I don't want to give the game away - but I'm pretty sure you'll feel the same when you discover the moment too! There are many more reasons to share this fabulous home on Cremorne Point, on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, Australia.  Interior designer Sarah Davison has done a sterling job transforming the space into an incredible, light-filled home that combines mid-century pieces and fabulous lighting with a fresh, contemporary vibe. Are you ready to dream a little?!

What a dream! I can practically feel the warmth on my skin from the terrace! 

Oh please Swedish winter, go away now. I'm ready for bit of sun (do you feel the same?!) and when it comes, would it be possible to enjoy it at this house?

I wonder if the (lucky) inhabitants do home swaps?! In my mind I'm already on that terrace sipping agin and tonic! 

You can see load more pictures of this beautiful residence in Sarah Davison's portfolio

Have a lovely day!


Photos from the beautiful portfolio of interior designer Sarah Davison

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A Light-filled, Pared-Back Coastal Home In Halland, Sweden

If you're a long-term reader of My Scandinavian Home - first of all thank you! Second of all, you may well recognise the name 'Alvhem'. I've been covering homes featured by the Gothenburg-based estate agent for years - mostly because looking through their listings is akin to browsing a Swedish interior magazine! Needless to say, the home of Alvhem's founder and co-owner Sandra Guerrero is equally beautiful! Sandra lives with her partner Martin, their one and a half year old daughter Alma and dogs DJ and Ramón in Halland, West Sweden. With the sea lapping at the shore on one side and undulating meadows on the other, the pair have kept the interior deliberately simple to ensure it doesn't compete with the view. The spacious living area features white washed walls, a wide plank wood floor planks (love it!)  and subtle green, grey, cinnamon and dark brown accents. It's time to pour a coffee (I'm on my third  - can you tell I've been living in Sweden for a while?!) and take a peek inside! 

Söderhamn sofa, source similar prints from The Poster Club* (ships worldwide). This waffle blanket* is similar (this cinnamon coloured pillow / cushion* would look fab in this space too).

The wall in the dining area has been painted in Washed Linen 10679. I also spy Thonet chairs*and Ant chairs*

DJ and Ramón remind me so much of my childhood Springer Spaniel, Puddles. I miss her - she was such a lovely dog!

The classic, country-style kitchen cabinets have been painted in Hardwick White by Farrow & Ball. 

The back wall in the bedroom has been painted in cosy Ascott by Jotun. This brown linen bed set* is similar (dog optional!). 

Tip: notice how a marble top has been added to a vintage wood side table. This is a popular hack in Sweden and a great way to update vintage furniture. Check out your local flea market and antique stores for similar furniture and ask a local stone mason to cut a slab of marble to size for you. 

I love the simplicity of this home - it's a look the Scandinavians do so well! 

Despite everything in the home being incredibly well thought out down to the tiniest detail, Sandra admits that she couldn't resist the wood floor, even though she knew it might get damaged by DJ and Ramón's paws. Such a tricky one. Do you have dogs and experience the same kind of dilemmas? 

You can see more pictures of Sandra's lovely home and read the full interview over at Alvhem

Happy 'lillördag' (little Saturday) friends!


Photography: Annie Hyrefeldt
Found via Nordic Design Blog with thanks!
Affiliate links marked with *

PS I had such a wonderful day at the My Scandinavian Home Studio yesterday. Excited to see the first room designs taking shape! 

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An Inspired Bohemian Bungalow In Montana

There are some homes that you can imagine feeling at ease in straight away, this is one of them. Located in Missoula, Montana, the bungalow belongs to Bridget Ambrose - a healer and home stylist through Be Crow Be, husband Mathew, a product design director and their son Ryder. Among many other things (Reiki, integrated CranioSacral Practitioner etc), Bridget specialises in styling people's homes in a meaningful, sacred way. Her own home is a fine example of this. Plants, open shelving, layers of textiles and one-off vintage finds ensure a wonderful, relaxed, bohemian feel which Bridget describes as "a never-ending art project". While they may have amassed a fine collection of items, the pair also recognise the value of 'empty space' (a trick central to the Scandinavian style we all so love) - which gives the home its cosy and warm yet light and contemporary vibe. 

I love how Bridget has used wooden open-plan shelving, which she's lined with plants, baskets and decorative kitchen items, adding to the relaxed feel.  

I'm a big fan of nooks, especially when they help capitalise on space. Needless to say, this cosy built-in window seat around a custom reclaimed wood dining table is one of the family's favourite spots! A series of Tom Dixon Beat lights* have been hung over the table. 

How fabulous is this Mitt Accent Chair from Eclectic Goods?! I'm already wondering where I can put one in my own home, are you tempted too?! The painting is by Mel Remmers. Pick up a fluffy sheepskin like this one here*.

Rugs too small for the space? Just layer them up like this. Kisu rugs* sell vintage pieces like these. 

If you're going for a decluttered look, plenty of storage is essential. This Kinley Storage Unit adds to the room and also provides a perfect surface for art and plants. Perfect!

A vintage chest-of-drawers looks so pretty in the bathroom in place of a standard bathroom cabinet. I can't resist showing you the before (below) so you can appreciate the transformation! If you're feeling inspired, take a look at this complete guide to using vintage furniture as a bathroom vanity The vintage rug is from Jean Palmer Home

It's small hacks like the loo roll being hooked to the side of the cabinet that make this home so personal! 

How lovely! Do you see what I mean when I said you could walk into this home and immediately feel at ease? It's such a warm and inviting space!

See more of Bridget's home over at @becrowbe and read more about her services (some of which are remote) here.

Love a little boho? Take a peek at a creative warm and inviting family home, the golden vintage-inspired home of Sarah Shabacon and a cosy, boho Scandinavian family home.

Have a lovely day y'all!


PS I'm on an early morning train to the My Scandinavian Home Studio at Spinneriet just outside Gothenburg. We're going to take a look at some of the mood boards for the rooms we're currently designing - exciting! I love being at the studio, it has the most beautiful light (see the tour here!). If you're stuck on a room just give us a shout or read more about the service here - in celebration of the launch, we're offering 20% off our design service with code MYNEWROOM!

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