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7 Styling Tricks To Learn From a Serene Swedish Apartment

While yesterday's home tour was all about colour and playful elements, this Swedish apartment is all about serenity. When I pour over the pictures of the milky white tones, minimalist decor and soft touches of light wood I feel my shoulders instantly relax. So, what's the trick to creating an oasis of calm for one? Here are seven clever styling elements at play: 

1. Keeping key furniture white helps to keep the look uncluttered, while mixing and matching different designs helps to keep the look interesting. 

2. A very large white fluffy, shag-pile rug adds texture and warmth as well as helps to dampen sound. 

3. Playing with scale immediately adds interest to a space. In the main living room / bedroom a large pendant lamp floats in the centre. 

4. Elfa storage is hugely popular in Sweden as it's really practical and can be tailored to the space you have. These shelves maximise storage by extending all the way up to the ceiling. And great storage also means a clutter-free room. I'd love to see a little more this space, preferably with some closed storage to hide a load of stuff! 

5. A mirror doubles up as a 'looking glass' but also as a tool to reflect light inwards, visually enlarging the room 

'You' print by Sofia Lind*

6. Bucket storage is ideal for storing books and magazines (I also love to use it in children's rooms as it's so easy to find what you're looking for!). This one is the Douve by Bloomingville*

7. Soft earthy colours help to break up the white look while keeping the aesthetic calm and natural. 

Arum wall lamp* by Ferm Living (I have the same one in my bedroom but in beige). 

Beautiful! I could totally imagine rocking about here, could you? 

It's a bit small for my family, but if you're interested, it's for sale here

On a different note - I'm not sure if you noticed my announcement the other day - but I'll be blogging four days a week for the time being, with Fridays off. So on this note - I'll leave you to have a fabulous weekend and see you on Monday! 

Niki

Photography: Alvhem
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Marilou's Wonderful Canadian Home - And Feline Friend, Denise!


As pretty as Marilou's Canadian family home is, I have a feeling a certain somebody might just steal the show. You'll see what I mean when you reach the end of the tour. But first, more on Marilou. An entrepreneur (edit: and well-known pop-singer), French-Canadian Marilou Bourdon is the author of four cookbooks, and runs the wonderful online store Trois Fois Par Jour. Despite a full family life with children and pet cat Denise, Marilou also finds the time to share delicious, healthy weekly recipes. But today, it's all about her home in Quebec. Whitewashed inside and out, the house is a perfect blend of vintage, mid-century and modern pieces. Outside, you'll discover vegetable patches, cosy spots to relax and a dining area designed to celebrate birthdays.... welcome to Marilou's world! 

What a lovely home! I particularly like the piano, children's bedroom and the bathroom! 

And of course, DENISE!! 

Is there anything that stood out to you?  

There are so many other lovely Canadian homes in the archive too. Here are a few of my favourites: 


Wishing you all a great mid-week! 

Niki

Edit note: this post was updated on 8th July to include that Marilou is a pop-singer. Also the facade of the house shown was not Marilou's, rather an inspiration image she had used (eeeek) so it has now been deleted. Sorry about that! 

Photography: @mariloubiz, shared with kind permission. 

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A Beautiful, Light-filled 19th Century Swedish Loft Apartment

Why, hello there! I hope you had a wonderful weekend (if I've got this right, I think many of you are off today too? In which case I hope you're having a fabulous day and the sun is shining for you like it is here Sweden!). I'm kicking off the week with this beauty of an attic apartment, tucked under the rooftops of Gothenburg. The building dates back to the late 19th century - and still bears many remnants from the past - including beautiful beams and a traditional Swedish tiled masonry oven. The simple white theme ensures a light-filled space and creates a beautiful contrast with the dark wood structure, while Swedish interior designers Emma Fischer and Linnéa Manaberi have worked around the low slanted ceilings and little nooks to create a practical living space. Ready to take a look around?

How lovely! It just goes to show how, with a little help from skylights and a white scheme, you can create beautiful light-filled home in an attic! 

I also love the beams, white wood panelled walls and fig tree! 

Is there anything that stood out to you? 

Maybe you can imagine living there? In which case, you might want to head over to Alvhem as it's for sale! Yep, I know! 

Fancy taking a peek inside a few more attic spaces today? Here are a few beauties: 

It's also worth taking a look at: 

Honestly, today is the warmest, sunniest day in Sweden we've had since last September. It's almost cruel that it's landed on a Monday! Should I take the day off? I'm very tempted! 

Wishing you a lovely, sunny start to the week! 

Niki

Photography: Anders Bergstedt
Interior design / styling: Emma Fischer & Linnéa Manaberi
For: Alvhem 

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A Swedish Photographer's Magnificent Pool Villa

This Swedish home of a photographer stopped me in my scroll on instagram this morning - and when you see the pictures you'll understand why! The contemporary villa is situated on the large island of Färingsö, South West Stockholm and enjoys sweeping views over the countryside. Inside, the spacious rooms have been carefully edited to include beautiful, unique pieces (my eyes are on that Camaleonda sofa by Mario Bellini - isn't it fabulous?). I'm also loving the stacks of books, the tall rubber tree and the four-legged friend watching the sunrise! Take a seat, you're in a for a treat - this Swedish country home is truly inspiring inside and out! 









What an incredible space! I think it's the sitting room area which really caught my attention. 

I'll never tire of a blend of old and new - throw in a mountain of books and other personal treasures, and I'm completely sold.  Come summer, I'd happily do a few laps of that pool too! 

Is there anything stands out to you about this home? 

I know it's not really the right time of year (unless of course you live in the Southern Hemisphere), but I also love this rustic summer cottage with a pool on the Swedish island of Gotland - and this Swedish summer oasis one might not have a pool, but it has a pink caravan - which in my mind, is on a par!

Have a lovely day friends! 

Niki

Photography: @faringsohuset - discovered via Trendenser with thanks. 

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A Lovely, Light And Airy Swedish Apartment

Who's ready for a lie-in? If it meant chilling here, I'd be happy to take an entire duvet day and make my way through the last episodes of The Queen's Gambit (have you seen it? If not, it's a must!). This week on the blog, we've been on a tour of a charming Stockholm apartment, an edgy Berlin flat, and a tiny house on wheels, so today I thought we'd take a breather and admire this light and airy space, where the beauty lies in the simplicity. Think milky white hues, soft fabrics and a whole load of light! 



Although not featured, I kind of want to go in and put a Samsung Frame TV (with light wood frame) on the wall instead of the picture. It would make a perfect TV corner and that's the perfect TV (I'm not sponsored to say that, even if I did do a collaboration around it back in 2016! - I just love it!). But maybe, it's because I'm still thinking about that series....

Got to love a plinth! They make such great plant stands, don't you think? 


Just the breather I needed! 

Love the dark blue kitchen cabinets too - they helps to break up the white. 

Is there anything that stood out to you?

I'll be back tomorrow with a colourful danish home full of art - I think you're going to like it!

Vi ses imorgon! 

Niki

Photos courtesy of Alvhem

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