My Scandinavian Home - Best of 2016

Well friends, this has been one crazy year. I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed blogging in 2016 - it's been a little oasis of calm each day (I hope you've felt the same).  I've absolutely loved reading all your thoughts and ideas on here, Facebook and Instagram (if I've missed your page please leave your link in the comment section below, I'd love to check it out!). It's been a wonderful year of home tours, styling updates and give-aways. Here's a round-up of the...

Top six My Scandinavian Home blog posts of 2016:

 1. Serene, small space living in Gothenburg. Photo Alan Cordic, styling Emma Fischer for Bjurfors.

2. My home at Christmas - photo - me with help from my little six year old), styling Genevieve Jorn.

 3. Six beautifully simple DIY Christmas decorations - credit: Marij Hessel for VT Wonen

 4. My bedroom tour - photo by me, styling Genevieve Jorn.

 5. Decorating my home with posters - photos / styling  by me

6. A romantic Swedish home with vintage touches - home-owner - Cattis sold through Entrance.

I've also developed a slight Instagram obsession (haven't we all?!) and am so happy to have amassed over 50,000 friends! It's a perfect place to share little snippets of Scandinavian life  - including rustic cabins and wonderful corners of Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Looking at the top five most popular instagram posts of the year it seems you share this passion too...yay! Here's a round-up of my...

Top 5 Instagram posts of 2016

 1. A canoe trip in Finland - Photography - Henrik Koskelo / @hentus (featuring Konsta Punkka)

2.  Christmas in a cosy Swedish home - photo Carina Olander stylist Anna Truelsen.

 3. A snapshot of Nyhavn, Copenhagen I captured on a visit to Denmark's capital city.

 4. Pink chair by a desk - Photograph - Anders Bergstedt for Kverteret Mäleri.

5. A charming Little red cabin - this little pic has been separated from it's owner- can anyone help?

And last, but not least - Pinterest!! Where mood boards come together and ideas come to life (if you can tear yourself away from the screen!). Here's a round-up of the My Scandinavian Home...

Top 5 Pins of 2016

1. This little pic I took of a corner of my home has had over 1.5 million impressions in the last month alone! It must be that little guy at the top?

 2.  Quite a few (million) of you like the idea of a bench at the end of the bed like in this Swedish home captured by one of my favourite duos photographer Carina Olander and stylist Anna Truelsen.

 3. Stonewashed linens have been everywhere this year - and these lovely ones in the home of Vintage Piken are possibly yours and my favourite!  Photo by Line Kay.

 4. On Pinterest it's all in the pink it seems, as the fourth most popular pin was this lovely picture of an Amsterdam bedroom captured by my talented friend Holly Marder.

 5. And finally, we do love a gallery wall - and Maaike Koster of My Deer certainly knows how to create one! See the rest of her wonderful home here.

I have to say, these are also my favourite posts and pins from 2016 too! But do you have an absolute favourite?

On a different note, back in the spring I was excited to launch my first interiors book - Modern Pastoral (exploring my passion for rural retreats, and sharing beautiful homes like Milkweed Barn in the Catskill Mountains below!) it was such an amazing feeling to finally get it in my hands and I'm so happy to see others around the world enjoying it too! Thank you!

Photography: James Gardiner from Modern Pastoral by Niki Brantmark, published by CICO Books.

This summer we photographed 10 more fabulous homes across Scandinavia for my second book The Scandinavian Home - which will be out in the shops next March - I am so incredibly excited as I know it will be right up your street! Creating the book was the most amazing experience, even when lost on a Norwegian mountain in the dark. I tell you, the site of that magical rustic ski cabin full of layers of sheepskin at the end of the dirt track at 1 am is one I'll never forget! But more on this in the new year....

Before I head off I'd also like to say a huge thank you to all the amazing photographers, interior designers and stylists out there who have filled us with inspiration this year - and also to my wonderful sponsors who make My Scandinavian Home possible. Many of them are small online shaops, and when you buy something an actual person does a little dance!

And finally - thank you to you all for all your wonderful support and words of encouragement this year, you're wonderful!

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a *fabulous* new year!

PS If you feel like being horizontal this holiday (isn't that what they're for?!) but would still like to feel inspired, you can always explore my archives (full list to the left) - days of inspiration, I promise! And don't forget to enter the HUGE Houseology give-away to win an amazing gift voucher to spend on your home in 2017 (think all those Scandinavian design items you've always wanted!).

PPS see you on January 9th!


  1. Hey. How nice to see another blogger that adopted the Scandinavian Style. I am not originally from Scandinavia but I lived in Sweden (Malmo) few years and 5 years ago moved to Copenhagen. Your style is amazing and very happy for your number of followers. If you want you can check out my website and if anything feel free to write me. :)

    Happy Holidays:)

    1. HI Mihaela, lovely to hear from a fellow blogger just over the bridge, I'm off to check out your site! Wishing you a very merry Christmas! /Niki

  2. I discovered your blog recently and have been enjoying it since. Thank you for your warm and kind words and inspiring, beautiful pictures of interiors,design and decor.We're remodeling our house and they help me a lot to capture the Scandinavian style we started to love a lot. :)
    I'm going to miss your posts over the holidays and can't wait for the new ones next year! :)
    Enjoy your family, your trip to England and have a very merry Xmas and a happy,healthy New Year!
    Greetings from Long Island NY :))

    1. Thank you, I'm so happy you feel inspired by the content I share :). Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year! /Niki

  3. I like this round-up post, especially as I'm a new follower and haven't been reading here throughout 2016... nice to be directed around a bit! I love those natural christmas baubles (heading over for a read now), and I think it's interesting that your top instagram posts are all so different from one another! It just goes to show that variety is the spice of life here in England! Merry Christmas,


    1. Hi Flora, I'm so happy you found my blog. I thought the variety was great too - and very true about it being the spice of life! Wishing you a very merry Christmas! /Niki

  4. I have to say again how adorable is the photo of your daughter at the Christmas tree. I am loving it.
    The picture of Copenhagen made me automatically think of The Danish Girl movie; I am sure you saw it.
    Thank you, Niki, for a year filled with beautiful images - you are keeping my salivary glands in overdrive. I found the beginning of your blog and I am slowly working my way up from the very beginning - I am at the end of 2012.
    Best wishes of a Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    1. 2012? Oh wow, you've gone way back, how fun!! I loved The Danish Girl - especially the setting, scenery, interiors (of course) and costumes! X

  5. Another wonderful year of variety and stylish design...thank you so much!!!Have a great holiday season,and looking forward to more delights in 2017

  6. Simply adore your site- first thing I look at each morning! Thank you for inspiring and making me smile everyday in 2016❤️😘❤️😘

  7. Hi there and merry christmas! Your blog is my daily therapy and as you well described it - oasis of calm.
    And...although I live far away from scandinavia, my home has changed so much in the last 2 years thanks to your inspiring blog :))

  8. Maria Lorena Gonzalez De Leon23 December 2016 at 15:37

    Merry Xmas from a hot and sunny Buenos Aires!

  9. Love the combinations.Thank you for share'

  10. "My home at Christmas" is definately my favorite... Happy New Year!

  11. Wow! So beautiful! I love the photo with a Christmas tree. It is cool.

    Layla from Supreme Dissertations

  12. #5 Little Red Cabin belongs to Joerg Nicht from Berlin (i think). or on instagram: @jn
    I love your blog btw :)

  13. Thank you for sharing! The bedroom is so well done, I love the use of fur on the bed itself/foot of the bed. Really solidifies that scandinavian theme. The bedroom I designed in my new apartment is actually quite similar, I used a furnishing service to help the process a bit. The service I used is called Furnishr, they've got some cool designs at

  14. Thank you for the lovely round up of 2016 ! We love your posts, they are quite inspiring! Wish you a fabulous 2017!
    x Germarie

  15. Älskar Köpenhamn bilden :) Gott nytt år på dig:)

    Hälsar Maria på Inredningsvis


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