Short holiday. And Amara Interior blog awards

A little note to say I'm on a little holiday in England this week with family and friends. I don't think I've had a day off all year so it will be lovely to kick back for a few days, switch off and take it easy. Although admittedly, it's soooo difficult to leave My Scandinavian Home for a few days...while I'm in London I'll also be heading to the Amara Interior Blog Awards,  so exciting! Thank you so much for voting for me, I am so happy to be shortlisted.

A cabin in the Lofoten islands, Norway @dudelum

Before I take off here are a few links from around the web I loved and though you might like too...

I can't stop eating chocolate right now - could it be the cold weather kicking in? My mind is on this completely and utterly chocolate to end all chocolate cake and this s'mores cutard cake mmmmmm!

The beautiful book 'we are freckled' is available for pre-order here (a definite addition to my autumn coffee table display!).

I'm on a constant hunt for the perfect rug and this pretty one from the Azilal region of Morocco is fab (find similar here). 

This week I'm planning to put my laptop and phone aside, partly inspired by these intimate images  - pretty powerful and thought provoking, don't you think?

Speaking of switching off - have you been to Iceland? I went a few years ago and loved it. If (when!) I go again I'd like to stay here (the pool...!). Or this house with a sea view?

I'm also feeling inspired by instagram galleries Up kn√∂rth and Dudelum - the cabins and landscapes are a-ma-zing. I'd love to own my own cabin one day in the middle of nowhere like this one in Norway. *sigh* and relax! If this doesn't inspire you, these pictures of the Norwegian Lofoten islands might...infact I could go absolutely anywhere on my travel inspiration board. Do you have a favourite holiday /travel spot?

And finally - top five posts on my scandinavian home this month (in case you missed them): a Swedish apartment, an elegant home with touches of black and navy, a smart small space, a Finnish home in converted factory and a charming and relaxed Biarritz space. Did you have a favourite?

Have a wonderful week! And see you Monday! 


  1. Woohoo, little holiday in England, what a perfect place =)
    So enjoy it, it is also important to take some days off from blog and relax and get some new inspiration..

    We will not leave you ;)


  2. Enjoy your holiday. We are waiting for you to come back. :)

  3. Have a great time! You deserve a break. For the rest of us, I encourage those over worked and stressed out to read "Thrive" by Arianna Huffington! It pays to turn off and tune out! Also, Iceland IS on my bucket list!!!

  4. Happy Holiday, Niki. You definitely deserve a break. Looking forward to more posts upon your return. x

  5. I hear ya. There is something about the cold and sugar.

    I LOVE freckles.

    Oooo Iceland. Not yet but I'd love to.

  6. I hope to see you tomorrow! Good luck!

  7. Best cabins are always in lofoten - i love following your blog. Burcu (

  8. I saw a documentary about Ingrid Bergman recently and I fell in love for what she used to call the 'Lars Island' , the island where her last love, Lars Schmidt, had a house. It is a similar place than the one in your photo and I fell in love with it. The colours, the calmness, the remoteness of places like these really attract me.

  9. Enjoy the holiday Niki. And congratulations on the Amara honors!


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