A Beautiful, Spanish Style House in California

It's a little grey here in Scandinavia today so I thought I'd escape to Altadena, California for today's home tour - fancy joining me?! This beautifully renovated home is the work of interior designer Rosa Beltran of Homepolish. Rosa told Domino magazine that the "home was a badly done faux Mediterranean 1990's spec house" when she was called in to help. After countless structural changes, interior updates and newly sourced furniture and light fittings, the house has been transformed into a beautiful, light and modern Spanish architectural style house. Let's take a tour.

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The ceilings in the sitting room are 9 metres (30 foot) high - Rosa felt they made such a dramatic statement, the room didn't need many other elements. My eyes are also on that tree in the corner of the room - it's such a clever way to add a little height and draw the eye upwards.

Roost padron chair, Batik cushion*, Moroccan pouf*

The extra wide windowsill also doubles as a lovely nook - and a perfect spot for a morning coffee looking out over the garden. Imagine?!

Layered rugs soften the look of the monochrome stairwell, and the tribal fabrics add an exotic touch to an otherwise classic look.

Jute rug*, Kilim rug*

The high ceilings and spacious design of the bedroom allowed for a wrought iron four-poster bed - a material typically seen in Spanish style houses. I love the way this has been combined with other textural elements including a sculptural pendant lamp, Scandinavian style bench and linen curtains.

 The bathroom was inspired by the hammam experience - and features the most beautiful wall-to-wall mirrors (the patina!), a Moroccan style tiled floor and rustic wood elements.

Rustic wooden bench*, Light grey Clover tiles




Living here would kind of feel like you're permanently on holiday, don't you think?! How fabulous!

I've got a weakness for rustic wood (one of my favourite pieces is my bench / coffee table in my sitting room) and batik so I'll totally be pinning the sitting room and bathroom!

Is there anything that stands out to you?

You can read more more about this renovation and see a few more pics on Domino magazine. Thank you so much to The Style Files too (where I first spotted it).

Things are getting a little crazy around here as the summer holidays are coming up. Sweden pretty much shuts down in July and it's like the whole country is trying to get everything done before they leave - oj oj oj! It doesn't help that this is a short week too as it's midsummer's eve on Friday.

Speaking of which, I've been compiling a midsummer inspiration post which I can't wait to share with you over the next few days! Wild flowers at the ready...

Have a great day!

Niki

Photography Chad Mellon. Shared with kind permission from Domino Magazine.

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Summer News in the MSHB House!

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Hej hej! I added two new additions to the house over the weekend: some beautiful wild flowers (OK, they were from a local flower shop - but they could have been picked from a Swedish meadow had I lived in the countryside - and I'm hoping to pick similar ones for my daughters' midsummer crowns on Friday!). And the other? A new watch for the man about the house. It's called Raven Nevil and it's got a real summer vibe about it (I love the black dials and organically tanned leather strap!).


OK, it's not solely for Per - I like wearing it too as it's kind of over-sized in a cool way - and great with a 'boyfriend' shirt (that's two things I need to to nick from his wardrobe now - poor guy!). 



It's made by Swedish brand TRIWA (if you stop by regularly you'll know the name as I've been a proud ambassador for a while now), everything they do is beautiful and the straps are all made from organically tanner (and there's even a limited edition capsule collection made from recycled plastic!). I've got a small watch collection going and I love dipping in and out of it depending on what I'm wearing. That's not me showing off, it's just, that I don't normally have a collection of anything so I'm super proud - you should see my shoe collection, it's dismal!

No rest for the #husbandofinstagram! Is this picture cheesy? I couldn't decide! If so, it's entirely my fault as I'm way better at photographing interiors than I am people! Even so, he's very happy with his new watch. And he got a nice cup of coffee to go with it too (who says I don't look after him?!). What do you reckon, it kind of suits him, right?!

Oh and you might be wondering what room this is: it's my step sons (remember the make-over a few weeks back?) - when he's not here and we have guests, he's cool with us transforming it into a guest room. I'm still in love with the blue wall!


You can pick up this beauty - AKA the Raven Nevil here - or explore the summer collection here

Oh and, excitingly, TRIWA is also launching a new Humanium metal watch which is made from destructed illegal fire arms, to fight violence and poverty.  See the inspiring film, and sign-up to to get your hands on one of the first TRIWA x HUMANIUM watches here

Oh, and they offer free world wide shipping. Just saying!

Have a fab Tuesday!

PS I'll be back a little later with a home tour, see you then! 

This post is brought to you in collaboration with TRIWA, however all words are my own and I only ever work with brands I love and think you will too. Thank you for supporting the wonderful businesses that make MSHB possible! 
 

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A Danish Home Full of Vintage Treasures

As a London girl - I've always felt comforted by the fact that Copenhagen is just a short hop over the Öresund bridge from Malmö. Not only does it give me that big city feeling I sometimes crave, it also opens up a world of Danish design and vintage finds! It's like living in two cities (and countries) in one! One of my latest finds is Finderi, a secondhand shop owned by Josephine Ilmi Johansen selling a trove of vintage treasures. Josephine also works as an interior designer, stylist and writer, offering her services through Autent. It's little wonder her own home is full of the most amazing finds from across the eras, beautiful artwork and intriguing details.


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"I rarely hunt for anything in particular, so I often end up surprising myself with the objects I'm drawn to."

This little teak side table and original Hans Wegner sofa (that blue velvet is divine) were recently sold through Josephine's shop. Keep an eye out for similar on Etsy*.

These classic Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chairs* are possibly my favourite dining chairs of all time - I especially love the light tan leather! Would you also be quite happy to sit and dine on these bad boys each day?!


"Rather than chasing any certain trend or designer, I tend to just trust my initial gut feeling about a piece of furniture, pottery or art; I reckon that if I love it, It's by definition my style and I don't pay much regard to whether other people 'get it' or not."

How beautiful is the pink and dark teak wood combination in Josephine's kitchen?! I love the brass accent (thanks to a Bumling pendant light* by Anders Pehrson which has been transformed into an extractor hood!) and touches of emerald green velvet too (source similar cushions here*).

"Generally speaking, I'm attracted to round and odd shapes, great handcraft, vibrant colours and objects that seem to have a personality of their own."

And Josephine's tips for adding vintage finds to the home?

"In styling, as in most aspects of life, diversity is key. Combining objects that aren't an obvious match often creates absolute magic and adds a very personal touch. My go-to tips:

1. Incorporate elements from different design eras and movements
2.  Be bold with your styling in terms of mixing materials, colours and shapes."

Quarella worktops are a rising trend in Scandinavian homes and make a refreshing change from light grey marble - it's a super durable surface too!


Aaaaa, I do love this home, it's so personal!  Does it also make you want to head to Copenhagen and go searching for secondhand Danish treasures?

If you do,  make sure you stop by Finderi!

For more Danish home love this bright and sunny Monday - I'm taking a peek around this home and studio of a photographer, the fabulous home of a Danish interior designer and A Danish oasis in Cannes - come and join me in the archive! You can also check out Josephine's feed on instagram here.

Have a great start to the week!

 PS I'm sneaking off early today to watch Sweden in the world cup - heja Sverige!


Photography: 6, 7, 8 Anitta Behrendt for Alt Interior. Remaining by Josephine Ilmi Johansen.

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A White Dutch Home With Salmon Pink Accents

We made it friends, it's Friday - whopeeee!!! The crazies broke up from school today too (Eeeek, so early...!). Time to make some holiday plans. Have you noticed that the Instagram place to go right now is Tulum, Mexico? I visited around 18 years ago - and I have to say it was truly stunning! I promise there is a rationale behind all this chat. I was taking my usual evening scroll through IG yesterday (as you do!) and stumbled across Suzanne's beautiful feed. Suzanne is a stylist, blogger and Mother of two and snaps beautiful pictures of her family's adventures (of which the recent one was to, es, you guessed it, Tulum!) and their wonderful home in The Netherlands. The delightful living space truly puts children in the centre - which goes to show that you can have a predominantly white home and a little children running about! The fabulous salmon pink accent also helps to add fun pops of colour throughout. Enjoy the tour!



How fabulous is that salmon pink Orange Slice chair? It's like a work of art and transforms the entire space.

Rattan stool*, Block rug, macrame wall hanging*



I love the idea of having a children's desk in the corner of the sitting room - and this zone with a homemade desk is so pretty, don't you think?

Once again, it's quite incredible how one statement piece (in this case the patterned throw) can make such a big difference to an otherwise all white space! I'd love to know where this one is from - tips welcome!

Bamboo pendant* 


The little boy's room has been kitted out in a white, dark blue and mustard yellow theme (see this guide on to how to create a half painted wall). It looks as though the desk has been painted the same colour as the wall, which is a nice way to create a cohesive feel (we did this with the shelves in Albin's room, and Lovisa did the same with her bedside tables in her fabulous Stockholm home).



What a great family home, don't you think?!

I really love how the Dutch incorporate colour into their homes, it always looks so fresh!

You can check out more of Suzanne's shots (including that trip to Tulum I was talking about!) on her IG feed and blog Ensuus and explore more homes from The Netherlands here.

Right guys. I do believe that's it for the week!! Hope you've found the posts inspiring!

Have a wonderful weekend and see you Monday!

Niki

Photography: Suzanne / Ensuus shared with kind permission.

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New Interior Design Book: Modern Macramé

A new interior design book arrived on my desk this week and it's an absolute beauty! If you love the fine art of knotting and swoon-worthy boho interiors, you'll love Modern Macramé: 33 stylish projects for your handmade home* by Emily Katz. Not only does the tome include page after page of inspiring living spaces, it also offers a contemporary guide to the traditional art and craft of macramé. From wall hangings and plant hangers to lampshades, swings and even a tent (who knew?!), the book includes 33 achievable projects as well as ideas on how to incorporate the custom hand knotted pieces into your home. Time to get knotting!

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Just looking at these pictures alone, which include a wall hanging, plant hangers, a day bed and bath mat makes me feel there's no end to what you can achieve with a little rope!

Feeling inspired?! Pick up a copy of the book here*!

In case you're on the look out for more interior design books for your wall of books or coffee table, there are a ton more to choose from in this archive.

If you have any great book recommendations (interior design or simply great summer reads) I'd love to hear about them in the comment section below!

Have a lovely day!

PS Did you recognise the home of Malia Grace Mau in the third picture down? I featured their beautiful Topanga Canyon home a few months back.

Featured with kind permission from Modern Macramé: 33 stylish projects for your handmade home* by Emily Katz, copyright © 2018. Published by ten speed press, a division of penguin random house, inc. text and tutorial photographs © 2018 by Emily Katz; interior design photographs © 2018 by Nicole Franzen.

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The Fabulous Stockholm Home of Lovisa Häger

Hello there! Kind of tricky business this hump day, don't you think? It's when you realise there's only a few days left until the weekend and yet you've got about a week's worth of stuff to do - bah! In my lagom book I wrote that no matter how busy you are - breaks are essential and will actually make you more efficient - and who am I to ignore this?! So, let's down our tools, put our feet up and take some guilt-free minutes to admire Lovisa Häger's beautiful Stockholm apartment! Lovisa is a Swedish interior designer, blogger, artist and economist! The contrast between creation and structure in Lovisa's daily life is reflected in her interior and art where she looks to combine classic design furniture with unexpected details to create an artistic and personal home.

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Lovisa's home is made of off neutrals and a dark grey accent. I LOVE the way Lovisa has used the accent shade to create a dramatic, yet cocoon like feel in the bedroom and cleverly carried it through to the main living area in the form of skirting boards and window frames for a truly striking effect! 

Intrusion print, mantis wall lamp*, the Härmanö bed in Zaragoza Eggshell and washed white linen bedding* are similar. 

 "The (interior) style that I'm going for is classical and Scandinavian with an edge! I love soft colours and tone-in-tone, and I try to compliment it with natural materials and a few favorite designer pieces. I love things that you spontaneously want to look twice at, perhaps to understand the construction or origin, and that's one of the main reasons why my focus over the years has become DIY. When people enter our home they always have to go on an 'exploration' to see my latest projects, as our home is in constant change they are always very curious to see what has happened since last time they visited!"



Floatation print, Lovisa made the table herself, Wishbone chairs*




Serge Mouille wall lamp, Atollo table lamp, Abstraction print


Lovisa made the coffee table herself, source a similar beige waffle throw here.

Lovisa has recently joint forces with Wall of Art to convert her beautiful artwork into large scale, limited edition prints.

"The idea behind my art was really to create something that would compliment the interior in my own home, where the focal point is colour and structure - a feeling - rather than a motif. I have been craving large paintings for a while now, I want artwork that isn't afraid to be noticed but that still isn't overpowering, so I've been working a lot with trying to find that balance through size and soft tones. When working with interior design, I'd say that artwork is the best way to transform a space and add new dimensions, and that's why I was so excited to take on this project!"

I was so busy admiring Lovisa's artwork that it took me several moments to notice the cane radiator covering  - I mean, how beautiful is that?! Trying to think where I can incoporate the same idea into my own home. Hmmm

Flos Snoopy table lamp*



 Source a similar vintage credenza here*, Perception print

In the last picture you can also see a close-up of the beautiful parquet floor which looks like it's been sanded down and white washed, it looks especially great next to the dark grey skirting boards.

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I must say I've got a serious case of home envy over this one - anyone else feeling the same? So much so, that I might just have to hop over to Lovisa's 'An Interior Affair' instagram and blog (I need to find out more about the DIY tables!) - see you there?!

And for more Stockholm apartments like this I'd recommend these tours: Karolina Modig's creative home, a striking Swedish home with a wall of books and the beautiful Stockholm home of Amelia Widell.

Happy hump day!

(is it just me or is this term a little awkward among Brits?!).

Niki


Photography: Jesper Florbrant / Lovisa Häger 

FYI - some if these pictures have been taken from Lovisa's instagram which have been taken over time. This is why you might see the same item appear more than once (The Kinfolk Home*, I'm looking at you!). 

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