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There's a new Danish mouth blown lamp in town, and it's beautiful!

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You know that feeling when one of your favourite designers launches something new? That's how I felt when Danish artist Pernille Bülow (creator of the SKY pendant lamps over my dining table and vintage bar cart) announced the launch of her new SKY ceramic lamp this week. Yay! True to Trine's signature style, the beautiful lamp is made from mouth blown glass out of her atelier on the Danish island of Bornholm. It's also massively versatile: the lamp base comes in a choice of white, grey or anthracite and in sizes small, medium or large size and you can pair it with a glass shade in pink, turquoise, tea, recycled, golden, blue, bronze, clear or grey (also in small, medium and large). I immediately envisaged these beauties in Felicia Alm's home (Felicia is currently working with me as an intern and her taste is BEYOND!) - although I might just have to nab one or two for my own home , of course! Here are some pictures we took earlier this week...


We each had our favourite and this was mine: medium SKY ceramic lamp in anthracite. It looked perfect against the darker wall: subtle yet interesting but I could also imagine it silhouetted against a fresh white wall.

Felicia fell in love with the large SKY ceramic lamp with a tea coloured shade  - and I have to agree that it is very pretty! 

FYI it's common for Swedes to place lamps in the window (it makes a home feel more warm and inviting when you arrive home)  - and this lamp looked instantly at home in this spot by her dining table (you can imagine the warm glow at night!). 


And finally, we chose a lamp with a small SKY ceramic lamp in grey with a clear glass shade. It felt very dainty and perfect for lighting up a little corner of the home beside the TV. 

Isn't it pretty?

Do you have a favourite colour combination? 

The SKY ceramic lamp is available directly through Pernille Bülow's online shop - and they ship worldwide - hurrah

Where would you place yours?

Niki

Photography: Niki Brantmark / My Scandinavian Home. Styling: Felicia Alm

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Pernille Bülow, however all words are my own and I only ever work with brands I love and think you will too! 

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A Mini Yet Mighty One Room Swedish Attic Apartment

One of the things that first drew me to Scandinavian design all those years ago is just how clever they are at transforming cramped living spaces into practical, beautiful homes. Of course it helps that Scandinavian style is often characterised by light colours and clean lines which lends itself nicely to a small space. But there's also something else at play: their ability to whittle furniture down to the bare necessities and strike that perfect balance between form and function. And this lovely one room studio high up in the roof tops of Gothenburg, Sweden is a fine example. Enjoy the tour!

Check out how shelving has been tucked under the sloped ceiling to create space for little treasures! 


Try The Poster Club* for similar prints, white linen bed set*

Loose fit linen sofa cover and cushions from Bemz*, Knot cushion*, Formakami table lamp*


Anyone else considering down-sizing after seeing this?! Or perhaps you have a large attic space that needs converting? Either way, I find this space so inspiring and would quite happily turn in each night in that little bed nook, how about you?! 

Check out more small space living ideas here! And for small backyards - hop over to yesterday's round-up (in case you missed it!). 

It's a public holiday in Sweden today and we're gearing up for the arrival of guests from the UK. of course, me being me I can't stop at making beds, I have to dive into town to pick up flowers, some curtains as the bedroom is way too light in the mornings and some other KEY bits and pieces (cue: major eye-rolling from Per!!)  Anyway - we can't wait! 

I hope you've got some fun plans for the next couple of days too. I'll be stopping by tomorrow with a final post for the week, and I think it's a goodie too - see you then!

Niki

Photography: Maria Sahlander
Styling: Nouvel Interior

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16 Inspiring Outdoor Terraces for Every Size, Style and Budget

Outdoor spaces are fascinating - there are just so many alternatives and done right, they can become a wonderful extension of your living space. Whether you're influenced by the 'English garden' (my Mother's London borders are packed with blooms and you can't see the patio for pots!), the 'Scandinavian outdoor space' (more often than not: an understated, practical and comfortable affair) or the walled Mediterranean courtyard, where balmy evenings are enjoyed alfresco with a chilled glass of rosé - I hope you'll find inspiration in my round-up of 16 outdoor spaces for every size, style, budget and climate!

1. The romantic urban oasis (above)
I had the pleasure of staying at Hotel Henriette in Paris for the launch of the French version of my Lagom book and it was even more magical in real life! Do as this wonderful boutique hotel and make a feature of a back wall using climbers, a mirror and twinkling fairy lights. Add vintage outdoor furniture for a romantic oasis right there in the city!

2. The urban side alley
Make the most of narrow spaces with slim borders a simple table and string lights!

3. The built in bench
When space is of a premium opt for a built-in bench that lines the wall or fence (it can also be used for storage!). Wisteria, seen in the far right corner, is a great plant for vertical greenery, and it's hardy too. We all know the real hero of this space though: the fireplace! How very hygge!  You can see the complete tour of this little garden here






4. The wood burning stove
An old wood burner has been given a whole new lease of life in this lovely Swedish backyard. Loving the bamboo furniture too.


5. The big illusion!
Mirrors can make a small outdoor space feel way bigger. I particularly love old repurposed varieties. This one is available at Aldgate Homes.


6. The window to the world
In an urban environment it can be tricky to carve out a private space. In this pretty Parisian courtyard which once featured on the front of Marie Claire Maison, glass windows ensure a light and airy feel while wisteria and potted Japanese Maples screen the patio from view. That bar table is great too, don't you think?






7. The natural canopy! 
This easy-to-care for space is a natural extension of the house. Vines have been trained along a trellis for natural coverage. Painting outdoor walls is also a great option if you like a little colour!







8. The all-weather 'garden'
This stunning space in Holland gives the illusion that you're outside while actually being housed in a greenhouse! Check out the tiles!


9. The boho-romantic patio!
Can you also feel the warmth and gentle breeze oozing from this sun-dappled terrace? Rattan furniture and bright coloured cushions add to the vibrant and relaxed feel. Word of warning - if you live in cooler climes, make sure you opt for rattan furniture designed to withstand all weathers.


10. The comfy diner! 
It's not always possible to squeeze in a dining area and comfy L-shaped sofa - so why not combine the two. This sofa has been made from concrete and then lined with pretty cushions. I also like that this Moroccan-inspired outdoor patio belonging to actress Shay Mitchell, has been made up of mix and match furniture and lots of vertical greenery for a wonderful, relaxed vibe! See the full tour over on My Domaine.






11. The treat your feet!
In the summer it's not unusual to wonder outside bare foot - so why not treat them to something soft? Rugs are a perfect way to make an outdoor space feel cosy. If you live in a rainy place (story of my life!) select rugs specifically designed for outdoor areas. 



12. Warm Minimalist
Who said minimalist spaces need feel cold? This beautiful, covered dining area has been created using palm woven chairs and a simple wooden table for lovely, long lunches alfresco. The towels on the wall give the impression that there might just be a pool lurking around the corner... nice! 

13. The Balcony jungle
Bring 'forest bathing' to your balcony with a load of beautiful plants (look closely and you'll see they are all low maintenance perennials - hurrah!). I also love how they've painted the wall dark grey to make the space feel more intimate. A set of string lights add a magical touch after sunset. 

14 . The DIY roof terrace
Unless it's your sole outdoor space, let's face it, roof terraces are often neglected! But there's a simple way to transform them into a comfortable oasis on a budget. This wonderful corner sofa has been cobbled together using a series of shipping palettes. Just add cushions and a pretty climber and you'll have a little oasis in no time. 

15. The hammock
Hands up who else would happily swap places with the person in this picture? We might not be lucky enough to have a pool like this (isn't it lovely?!) but there's usually a place for a hammock (I like this one*) - even on a balcony. Just add a great book! 



16. The pool garden
This would never fly in our garden in Sweden - but a girl can dream, right?! Plus, there might be some of you out there with a space and climate begging for a pool like this. If so, can I come over?! Oh, and it's made from a shipping container - can you believe that?!

Roll on summer and long lunches alfresco! 

For more outdoor inspiration today, take a peek at:

My small backyard gets a cosy make-over
7 boho ideas for outdoor spaces (big and small)
A charming Swedish garden
Alfresco showers!

I'd love to hear more about your ultimate backyard -  and what you loved most from these pictures. Weigh in below if you have the time!

Niki

Photo credits in order of appearance: 1. Herve Goluza / 2. Nanette Wong / 3 & 4. De Zanderik / 5 & 6 Peter Carlsson / 7. Aldgate Home / 8. Marie Claire Maison / 9. Unknown - can you help?! 10. Yvonne Kusters Interior / 11. Gypsy Purple / Katherine Ireland / 12. Shay Mitchell / My Domaine / 13. Unknown - please help me to match this picture with the owner! / 14. Tine K Home / 15. Unknown - can you help pair this picture with its owner? 16 Unknown - great if you can help! / 17. Haciendas Tentadoras - photo by Nils Preston Schlesbusch / 18. Tanqua pools (I am not sure if this is the original credit, if not, please give me a shout below!) 

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A Beautiful Danish Ceramicist's House By The Sea


If you take the coastal road just North of Copenhagen you'll find yourself snaking up the Danish Riviera lined with pretty hedgerows and incredible homes looking out over the Öresund strait, one of which belongs to Danish ceramicist Hannah Koppel. Perched high up on a clifftop with magnificent vistas out to sea, the home is understated yet full of art and interesting pieces - some of which were created by Hannah's Father - the late artist and designer Henning Koppel, who resided here until 1981. The light-filled space still serves as a home and ceramics studio today.


A stainless steel vase* and alarm clock* designed by Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen can be seen on the windowsill (we actually have one of his wall clocks* and barometers in one of our windows too!). The ceramic vase (used for pens) is one of Hannah's creations. 


Lovely to see another CD collection (this is the second time in the space of a week!) - it never fails to make me feel nostalgic, how about you? 

TIP - less is definitely more in Scandinavian spaces. Think about creating negative / empty space   around prized items (like the sculpture above) so that you can more easily admire the form. 

More items designed by Henning for Georg Jensen can be seen on the windowsill. A simple workman's stool provides a perch from which to gaze out into the garden. 

Vintage bentwood chairs surround a Tulip table*. In the far corner you can glimpse a Porcelight designed by one of Henning Koppel's contemporaries - Erik Magnussen. I've been a fan for years and have three over my dining table!

Hannah's studio can be found down a spiral staircase. Imagine having a space like this from which to create? A dream



What a stunning, light-filled home, don't you think?! 

Could you imagine working from here? Sure beats my former corporate workspace overlooking a motorway!

Find out more about Hannah Koppel's ceramics here (you'll need two translate the page from Danish). 

If you ever find yourself in Copenhagen why not hire a bike and head up the coast - I promise it'll be worth the effort! 

Other Danish homes to dream about today: 

Hav en dejlig dag!

Niki

PS I spy Swantje Hinrichsen sitting on the front steps. She doesn't actually live there but was invited on the same tour! :) 

Photography: Freya August for Scandinavian Standard, shared with kind permission. 
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Step Inside An Idyllic Swedish Country Home on A Hill

How was your weekend? We packed up and headed straight out to the Swedish countryside on Friday. I'd love to say it was relaxing, but the entire weekend was spent grafting on the kitchen renovation - I never knew such a small space could create so much work! I can barely keep my eyes open today! Has Monday come around a little too quickly for you too? If so, you might like to dream away with me about returning to the Swedish countryside by taking a peek inside this lovely torp (a small rural dwelling and agricultural unit in Scandinavia, similar to a croft). Martina Söderhielm lives with her husband Jacob and their three children high up on Billingen - the largest of thirteen mesas in Västra Götaland. Their home is made up of a pretty cluster of buildings dating back to the 1700s and surrounded by acres of rich pastures and a plucky brood of chickens. Välkommen in

Tripp trapp chair*, simple made-to-measure white linen blind* 



My daughter has the same Apple Papple poster in her room (she tells him all her secrets). I love the plum and dark blue combination in this lovely children's room! 

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Oh, so lovely, don't you think?

It honestly makes me wonder if my family and I should move out to the Swedish countryside for good (how many times have I spoken about that over the years?!). When you look at these lovely pictures, do you feel the same? 

See more snapshots of Martina's lovely home on her instagram @livetpastorekullen. And check out other beautiful Scandinavian country homes in this archive

Here's to a wonderfully slow start to the week! 


Niki

Photography: Martina Söderhielm shared with kind permission 

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