Surfs Up At A Boho Studio And Holiday Home Hideaway

How wonderful would it be to work for a few hours and then head out for a surf? That's exactly the set-up Dee Kawai Tang has created at Kawai Heart Studio! Located on the wild coast of Australia on the edge of Fremantle, the atelier was hand built in the 90's using recycled materials and has been lovingly converted into a light-filled photo studio and guest cabin - a few hundred metres from the sea. The family also rent out Lady California Bungalow a beautiful art-deco style property filled with natural light and birdsong. Here are a few snapshots of the two spaces. I could just imagine heading here to write a book (I've always loved the idea of a writer's cabin!), chill or simply head to the nearby beach - how about you? Oh and, please tread quietly - sleeping baby alert! 

How incredible! This relaxed style is right up my street. I'm pretty sure I could find a great rhythm of sleep, work, surf... how about you? 

See more of Kawa Heart Studio and take a peek inside Dee's own home over at @kawa_heart_studio

For more workspace / atelier inspiration check out:

Speaking of holiday home rentals, I'd be so happy if you could take the time to fill in this very quick questionnaire for me. It's a business idea I am thinking about developing and I'd absolutely love to get your thoughts if you have the time. You can find the survey here

Wishing you a lovely day!


Photography courtesy of @kawa_heart_studio found via SF Girl By Bay with thanks. 

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In Malmö, An Artist's Home and Atelier In A Converted Workshop

Do you keep an eye out for homes for sale in your area, even if you're not looking to move? I love to obsess over the pages of Hemnet (Sweden's estate agent directory). Obviously, it's all in the name of work. OK, who am I kidding? It's like a glossy interior mag! But it also provides a rare and wonderful opportunity to peek behind the facade of properties you've walked past a hundreds times. And maybe, just maybe you'll stumble across the home of your dreams! This weekend, I discovered this artist's residence behind a discreet gate, inside a leafy courtyard in the Triangeln area of Malmö. It's a part of town I walk around regularly, but I've never even noticed the gate! Laid out over three levels, the old converted carpentry workshop features whitewashed brick walls, tall windows and rustic wood floors interspersed with soft-cut concrete. The charming house has been enjoyed by an artist and furry friend for many years, and now it's time for someone else to take the baton! Could it be you? Or me?! Or perhaps we could all go in together?!

Kind of magical, don't you think? I love how Nordic minimalism and industrial rawness come together. 

And boy, could you have some great parties in this place! 

The property is currently for sale here. Sadly, the handsome dog doesn't come with it!

Other homes in Malmö to love today: 

Anyone would think I was trying to convince you to move to my town. Who, me?! Find my local guide here....

Wishing you a fabulous start to the week!


Photographs courtesy of Bolaget Fastighetsförmedling

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In Malmö, Gen's Inspiring Home Office / Guest Room Refresh

It's been a while since I visited Gen - and it's always fun as she's constantly updating her home! This time it was her home office that's been given the make-over treatment. For those of you who are new to My Scandinavian Home, Genevieve Jorn (@genevievejorn) is an ÜBER talented Canadian interior designer living in Malmö. I've been lucky enough to collaborate with Gen many times over the years.  I captured her home office a few years back. As beautiful as it was, it was fairly dark, and this room is quite narrow and doesn't get a whole lot of light. Recently, Gen replaced heavier dark details with soft, neutral textiles and touches of light wood and rattan and it has made a huge difference! A large white ergonomic desk stands in the centre of the room. The space also serves as a guest bedroom when friends and family are in town and when they're not, the bed becomes a perfect place for afternoon siestas or a quiet spot to read! I took my camera along to snap a few pictures...

Isn't it lovely? I seriously could have stayed all week (taking the occasional nap on the daybed!), it felt so serene!

If you're considering converting a room in your home into an office / guest bedroom I hope it's given you lots of inspiration! Here's the low down on where some of the items are from:

1. Studio Paradissi Pebbleface 04*
2. George and Willy Studio Roller
3. Ikea Ivar Cabinet
4. Grupa Arigato Table Lamp
5. Ikea Skarsta Desk
6. Ikea Långfjåll Chair
7. Studio Paradissi Abstract 402
8. SandSnow Linen White Linen Curtains*
9. H&M Bamboo Mirror
10. Tell More off-white Linen
11. Ab Småland Crinkle Sand Sheets
12. Gurila Portrait M
13. Grupa Arigato Wall Lamp
14. Kummin Cushion Linen Cover
15. Pismo Rattan Side Table

Also seen (on floor): Malene Birger No 03 print and Rubin Studio Composition 03

The wall colour is Antique White 1016 from Jotun lady.

Gen's used the white Arigato wall lamp and table lamp from Grupa - I like the way this brings the different corners of the room together (and there's no denying that they're pretty amazing lamps too!).

Curtains are often tricky but Gen found her beige* and white* ones at SandSnowlinen* on Etsy. They make lovely custom-made linen curtains to order.

Just wondering if there is anything else important to mention. Ah yes! The drawers under the bed - did you spot them?! They were salvaged from a vintage chest of drawers that Gen was throwing out. Love this idea!

You can also take a peek at Gen's bedroom, living room, kitchen and daughter's bedroom.

Have a wonderful day!


Photography: Niki Brantmark / My Scandinavian Home Interior design: Genevieve Jorn

Thank you to SandSnowlinen*, George and Willy, Grupa and The Poster Club* for contributing to this post. 

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An artist's turn-of-the-century house and studio

Morgon, morgon! How are you today? I've got a busy day ahead with photoshoots! I'm also eagerly awaiting the postman as I have a sneaking suspicion he might be delivering the first copy of my new book. Eeeeee - so exciting! I can't wait to finally get it in my hands! I'm settled at home this morning - wearing something definitely not deemed fit for the outside world! A few weeks back I mentioned that I'd love to move out of my home office (as lovely as it is) and work from a studio (yes, I realise this means getting dressed properly!). Having said that, artist Kate Tucker and her husband Tom Crago have solved this by building a modern studio in the garden of their turn-of-the-century Edwardian home in Fitzroy North, an inner city suburb of Melbourne. When they first bought the house it was in desperate need of repair. Even so, the pair lived in it for a while first - which helped them to determine which features they should restore and which to update. They ended up adding a modern extension as well as adding a separate atelier in the garden for Kate to sit and paint, yet also maintained many of the homes original features. The result is a beautiful living space which artfully combines old and new (with plenty of storage to boot!). Let's take a peek....

Photography: Sharyn Cairns (shared with kind permission).

Oh to have a big enough garden to create a studio (or 'she shed' - remember this and this one?!). I also love the bedroom and the shelving above the door - such a great use of space!

Is there anything that stands out to you?

Get the look from Kate and Tom's home: studio - find where to buy Kate's work here, source vintage armchairs here (how stunning is this pair - a one-off though so you'll need to be quick!). Sitting room -  pick up a scissor lamp here, the fabulous egg chair. Dining area - Eames chair, Y chandelier (love this!), source a teak mid-century credenza / sideboard here. Bedroom - this pink linen pillow case is similar (liking the ruffle!).

You can see the full feature of this lovely house in Dwell magazine.

Sharyn Cairns is one of my absolute favourite Australian interior photographers - I've featured a few other homes she's captured here on MSH - including a beautiful former miner's cottage and Cloverdel cottage and gardens - both of which are available to rent for short-term stays and photoshoots / workshops - could you imagine?!

Have a lovely day! 

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Creative work space inspiration from Studio Hear Hear

Hello, how are you today? This afternoon I've been invited for a fika at a local creative studio here in Malmö. I love going as not only are the girls super talented, the environment is really inspiring too. It always gets me wondering if I should exchange my home office for a beautiful studio somewhere. I have to admit this has been fueled lately by the recent discovery of Studio Hear Hear just outside Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The design studio belongs to Rena, a self-confessed plant enthusiast and founder of  Hear Hear, an online shop selling handmade ceramics, and a forever changing selection of bags, prints and other items selected for their simplicity and authenticity. The two floor space has been divided into a series of zones from which to run the day-to-day business, create ceramics, and other items and hold themed gatherings such as plant swaps and picnics.  What a wonderful place to work, don't you think?!

All photography y Rena / Hear Hear, except the 'overhead table shot' by Oak & Fir and 'table spread' by Food Bandits.

If I were to create a studio I'd like it to look like this! Industrial, slightly boho, an abundance of plants (did you spot the indoor climber?) - somewhere warm and sunny to relax, a great space for entertaining....

It reminds me a little of this fab Brooklyn home and studio of two creatives I featured a while back (also lovely!). 

Could you imagine working here? Or what does your dream work space look like?

Get the look from Rena's studio: the yellow patterned rug is from IKEA, pick up a similar vintage industrial cabinet here. Choose from a selection of vintage yellow table lamps here or pick up a new one here. Pick up beautiful handmade ceramics at Hear Hear.  

Looking for more workspace inspiration? Why not check out the atelier, studio and home office archives?! 

Have a lovely day!

PS I'm holding a really exciting give-away later today so don't forget to stop by!

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