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10 Monday Mix and match

Sometimes renovating my home feels like a complicated puzzle and some pieces simply won't fit. I've been scratching my head over the dining table and chairs for ages. Should they be a set of Eames? Wegner? IKEA? A simple rough wooden bench? And then my friend Sofia came over at the weekend and suggested a complete mix. YEEEESSSS!! It's so much easier to find a vintage bargain of just one piece too. Here's my inspiration.....I can't wait to get started!











I found all of these lovely pictures on Pinterest. And I feel incredibly guilty that just for the next couple of hours I'm going to have to credit them through my 'Fine Dining' board. But as soon as I find a quiet moment (I am at home with my two little girls this morning who are 3 and 1!) I promise to come back and credit each photo. 

See you shortly and Happy Monday!

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Pastels and white in Norway

Hej hej! And happy Friday! Today it's a very happy Friday for me simply because the sun is shining and spring is here. It's the simple things! And this home from the beautiful Norwegian blog Fryd og Design is the perfect home for a day like today. The pastels against the white backdrop are simply stunning.





Pictures Fryd og Design via 79 ideas
Jeanette of Fryd og Design is one of the key speakers at The Hive blog event in Berlin in a few weeks time. As is Nina of wonderful blog, 79 ideas. I'd sooooo love to go, I wonder if I can convince man that I need to do two trips in the month of May (I'm already heading to London!)?!

Have a lovely, inspiring weekend!

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Children's bedrooms, dutch style.

Sorry to do this to you folks, but I have just found the most incredible online shop! Now, I am not much of a linguist, trust me I tried 'google translate' but it didn't work....but I think this shop is based out of Amsterdam, Holland?! Any hooo if you have a child, neice, friend with a child, live down the road from a child, you'll love this shop Onszelf. Just in case you're not already sold, here are a few pics from the website...



Onszelf
FAAAB! The spotted duvet fabric from the Bambi collection is already on my little girls beds (in my mind) and I'm just planning where to add all the wallpaper and posters. Isn't this just really one of the coolest kids decor spots ever?!

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A Merry Mishap

Hej! I am very honoured to have written a guest post today for jewellery designer Jennifer, on her fantastic blog A Merry Mishap. I chose to write a post about the Swedish photographer Idha Lindhag (see my last post about Idha here!) and her images of Danish artist Tenka Gamelgaard's studio and home, You can check out my guest post here.


Jennifer's new jewellery collection on A Merry Mishap

I absolutely love the A Merry Mishap jewellery collection, and covet the coral pink and mint necklace, it would go great with my new mint skinny's from Zara! You must check out the shop here!

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The home of a Norwegian ceramic designer

I am just a little lost for words (not like me!). But homes like this Norwegian one of ceramic designer Silje Aune Eriksen featured in the Norwegian Elle Decoration is the reason I love Scandinavian interior style so much. This home is simply FAB! I love the colour combination of greys, white, neon, black and light wood and of course the beautiful ceramics!  








To see more pictures of Silje's home, (yes there's more!) check out her blog. Some of the ceramics you see such as the milk jugs and cup cake holders are Silje's own design - you can buy the ceramics she has deisgned over at Hvit! Warning! Dangerous online shop alert!

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Art & Vintage finds in a Chicago loft

While searching for a great print for my kitchen this week I realised finding the right art is one of the hardest things for a home. Art is so personal, and it's often a big investment (unless you decide to produce your own, which I've done here and there in my own place with various results!!). But this wonderful home of Chad and Margot in Chicago, featured in Design Sponge, get's it just right. I love the vintage touch too.  




Pictures via Design Sponge

Do you have any great tips on online shops for wonderful wall art?

Have a fab weekend everyone!

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Black and white in Stockholm

From one extreme to another. For the past couple of days I've been 'escaping' to a remote white washed beach home with views over vast expanses of sand dunes and open sea and then yesterday I slightly more 70's vibe with Svenskt Tenn. Today, a Stockholm apartment in monochrome with an industrial feel with lots of personality. This place is just a little more accessible than the home in Uruguay though as it's actually for sale and a mere 600 km away (from me at least!). 

With big thanks to a reader in the USA I can confirm that this is the apartment of multi-talented Jimmy Schönning who provides a step by step guide to the renovation of his home on his blog.








Via 20Kvadrat
I really like the eclectic lighting over the dining room table, especially the (DIY?) basket lamp. Open-plan is not always easy (I'm struggling with mine a little at the moment!) but this home-owner has created some great areas don't you think?

I am off today with my 1 and a half year old as she is a little poorly, bless her cotton socks!
Have a lovely day!

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Idha Lindhag for Svenskt Tenn

Morning! If you spend too much time looking at interior design pictures like I do, you'll have definitely seen some of Swedish photographer Idha Lindhag's images. Here's a shoot she did for Svenskt Tenn, a famous interior shop in Stockholm founded in 1924. I love, love LOVE these pictures.




Idha Lindhag for Svenskt Tenn
Svenskt Tenn has a distinct style with a combination of 'Viennese elegance and Swedish functionalism'. The webshop is so worth checking out - if only for the 2356 brass ceiling lamp.....to channel the brass touches in this home above. Any other brass tips for 2012?

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Beach retreat in Uruguay - Part two!

Who would have thought that there could be so many pics of such a small retreat (previous post). But the photographer Javier Csecs has just sent me these I immediately felt I should share them -MORE MORE MORE!...... if only to escape for just a few hours this Monday! I could really see myself here, pottering around, taking in the salty air, reading a book....basic yes, but the thought of no laptop, no mobile, no internet would suit me perfectly, at least for a couple of days!



Photography: Javier Csecs for Espacio Living

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A beach escape in Uruguay

Feel like you need to get away from it all this Monday morning?! I could certainly find solace at this beautiful retreat in Cabo Polonio, Uruguay. The home is 7km from the nearest road and accessible only by walking along the dunes or by 4 x 4. It has no electricity or running water (water is obtained from a well or collected rain water). I asked the photographer, Javier Csecs to describe how he felt on the shoot:

"That moment, when arrived at the cottage in Cabo Polonio, Uruguay, was so impressive that everything came easily,the atlantic ocean air, the hot summer sun, sand everyway you look, all do the magic. The owner was talking about the style and details like how decide decoration, but I just relax and let the feelings guide the camera, as if I lived there." Javier Csecs.





Photography: Javier Csecs for Espacio Living


Could you stay somewhere like this? Live even? It certainly is a beautiful home with spectactular views!
Happy Monday morning to you folks!

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