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An inviting Danish home with vintage touches

Hello there! I had a mail yesterday asking for advice on how to create a Scandinavian feel on a budget. Of course, there are many different looks (both dark and light) but I suggested starting with a light backdrop - white or light grey walls matched with a wood or white washed floor. From there you can make the space unique with a wonderful mix of vintage pieces (it's incredible what you can find at flea markets both at home and abroad, online auctions and one of my favourite sites - Etsy!) and combined with the odd highstreet ( IKEA find and fab new Nordic pieces. Keep textures natural using materials such as wood, leather and linen and add plenty of sheepskin and candlelight for that true hygge feel! What do you reckon? Is this your idea of a Scandinavian home? To my surprise, I found the most beautiful apartment today to illustrate my vision! Step inside the wonderful, warm and inviting home of Henrik Hemmingsen, director of Copenhagen boutique and online store Fil de Fer, captured by Martin Sølyst. I'd love to tuck into that breakfast in bed and stay all day, how about you?!










Credit: photography Martin Sølyst (shared with kind permission).

How toasty! And conceived from an entirely white backdrop too - it's amazing how vintage finds in wood and leather can add character and warmth to a space. Time to start looking for bargains? Or perhaps a visit to Fil de Fer is in order?!

A few ideas to steal from Henrik's lovely home: pick up a vintage punch bag here, cosy up with this grey sheepskin. Source a selection of vintage and antique brass candles here. The Norwegian cabin I stayed in last week had the same Tolix dining chairs (source vintage ones here and here - although you'll need to hurry, they only have a few left!) which they then softened with sheepskin seat covers. This dark grey linen bed cover and selection of cushions are beautiful.

A little note on floor paint. Rather than opting for white I went for a very pale grey (slightly confusingly named 'strong white' in my bedroom  - which I really love and can highly recommend.

A few more fab danish homes to drool over today: a lovely apartment with a relaxed vibe, the home of a Danish style icon and finally a danish home with dusty hues and a homespun feel.  Ahhh, so lovely, don't you think?!

Have a wonderful day!

PS I loved reading your 2017 home decorating goals in the houseology give-away, so inspiring! I'm excited to now have announced the winner here!

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A Stockholm pad in monochrome and 'tan'

Wake up, it's a beautiful morning.....plus I've got a fab flat to show you! This relaxed two bedroom space in Södermalm, Stockholm (styled for sale) is full of nice touches, and rocks many of the design trends in the interior design world right now. From a tan leather sofa and kilim rug to a washed linen tablecloth and an abundance of plants (it seems they have a fondness for Kate Moss too!). I especially like the second bedroom - it's not always easy to furnish a narrow room but this one looks fab, don't you think? Loving the low bed.  Let's take a tour....












Bo /Sthlm - Fastighetsmäklare found via (my) unfinished home with thanks

I love how easy it looks to live here don't you? A super comfy sitting room, relaxed place to eat, a work space....and pretty much bathed in pools of light where ever you choose to sit. So nice!

A few items I know and love: sitting room - source a similar kilim rug here, I love this tan leather sofa. The koushi lamp is similar. The Kate Moss book and 'life is a joke' print. Dining area - burlap grey linen table cloth (beautiful!), bentwood chairs, grey sheepskin rug, bell jar. Bedroom - washed linen bedding in white and dark grey. bedroom 2 - blue linen bedding (love this).

I'm also loving this fantastic Danish apartment in the same scheme - imagine?!

Today I've been invited for lunch at a small local communal workspace inhabited by a bunch of talented creatives including the designer behind Swedish Ninja (looking forward to getting a glimpse of the 'Little Darling' first hand)!

I hope you've got some fun plans for today too!

See you tomorrow!

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A fabulous home in Fontainebleau, France

Hello! It's Monday. It's November. I'm feeling the autumn inspiration, how about you?! It's great to be back after a wonderful week in London (I really missed My Scandinavian Home - is that weird?!). Although I must say, it's hard leaving London too - especially as my sister's expecting a baby anytime soon, so exciting! Do you have family in far away places too? Anyway, on with the home tour - and I thought I'd kick off the week with this rather fabulous 'maison' in Fontainebleau, France. I'm loving everything about the way Royal Roulotte have designed this space complete with monochrome and cognac colour theme, mid century geometric patterns and furniture, and vintage and antique touches - this home has it all!  Let's take a peek...









 

Home designed by Royal Roulotte. Found via DustJacket with thanks.
 
Oh la la! Think I might just move in if I may. That kitchen?!
 
Could you live here? 
 
A quick guide on where to buy a few of the items: source mid-century furniture on Lauritz. Bert & May sells similar geometric tiles. Black fridge freezer by Smeg. Vitra RAR rocking chair (15% discount with code MYSCAN).
 
Other incredible French spaces include the home of French stylist (the black floor), the bohemian retreat of a fashion designer and a perfect Parisien home.
 
While in London I attended the Amara Interior Blog Awards and was incredibly honoured to be awarded 'highly commended' in the Best European Interiors Blog category! Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me, the judges, the category sponsor Missoni Home and of course luxury online homeware boutique Amara for a fab night!  I was so excited to meet so many talented bloggers, creatives and all round lovely people including Emily Quinton, Gudy Herder, and Natasha of CandyPop too.  Roll on IBA 2016!
 
I wasn't entirely off last week as I did do a little brainstorming - and I've got so many exciting plans for My Scandinavian Home this November - including a free gift for all of you (watch this space...), several gift guides (see how I avoided the C word there?! I'm not quite ready for it!) and fun give-aways. As well as lots and lots of fabulous Scandinavian inspired home tours of course. Eeee, can't wait!
 
Have a great start to the week!


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A serene Norwegian home on a hill

I follow a lot of blogs, I'm talking ridiculous numbers (here's a list covering a few of them, and it doesn't even include the ones I come across through Pinterest, Instagram, my cat etc!). I like to call this (eh hem) research. They're all fabulous in their own way, but I truly admire blogs who take new, inspiring pictures of their homes daily. Norwegian blogger Nina Holst is one of these. Not only does she have impeccable style, she's also a great photographer - which makes for perfect bloggage over at Stylizimo.  I'm sure you're a regular follower already (at least of her wonderful IG gallery)- but let's just sit back and admire her beautiful Norwegian home on a hill (and that view) for another minute....













Shared with kind permission from photographer / stylist Nina Holst / Stylizimo.
I love the black, white and light cognac combination, it's so serene - and that view from the terrace? Wow!

Is there anything you love in particular about this home?

Items I know and love: Dining area: wishbone chairs, Kubus candleholder, and Kubus bowl in grey, Eames House Bird. Sitting room: Saxe chair By Lassen, painting by Nina. Office: Alex drawer unit, Le Sac paper bag. Bedroom: wishbone chair, Louis Poulsen AJ table lamp.
 
Other wonderful home tours include the home of a Norwegian blogger, the home of a Swedish food blogger and the happy home of a Dutch blogger.

Have a lovely day! 

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A cool monochrome space in Brooklyn, New York

I had a wonderful day in Williamsburg, New York yesterday and found myself wondering how people live behind the brownstone walls. I'd love to think everyone has an apartment as cool as this one. Located in Brooklyn, the space was designed by Dan Mazzarini for owner Joe Mazias and combines accents of black, white, grey with cognac (one of my favourite combinations). Spot the half painted wall and black ceiling, pretty cool, don't you think?!









 



Photography Brian W Ferry. Original article appeared in Lonny / Mackenzie Schmidt. Shared with kind permission.

Is this your kind of look?

The Egg lounge chair in cognac is possibly my favourite design piece in the whole world. It's like art in itself! Is there anything that stands out to you in this apartment?

Other fab Brooklyn apartments include the home and studio of a creative duo, a space decorated with reclaimed wood, the four storey home of a photographer and an industrial style home and café. They've definitely got the style thing going on in that New York borough! If you're ever in New York make sure you take some time to visit and wonder around.

I'm busy packing now and fly back to Sweden this afternoon - so looking forward to seeing my family! (I'll miss this view though - look at that sunset!).

Have a lovely day!

PS If you're after some very cute children's clothes / decor -  Smallable have just started their summer sale with up to 50% off - bargain!

PPS Thank you to Traveling Mama for the inspiration for today's post.

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Love affair: St Pauls Blue and cognac (in a Swedish space)

Yesterday my heart belonged to monochrome and brass, but today I've fallen in love all over again with this bedroom decorated in St. Paul's Blue, a collaboration between paint brand Jotun and Copenhagen based Frama, and cognac. Sarah Widman and her talented team of designers / stylists have decorated the rest of the apartment for Alvhem in nuances of grey and white and an Eduards cognac leather bag as a statement piece (although I think it would look better on my arm, don't you?!).  Be still my beating heart....













Design / stylist; Sara Widman and team, Alvhem with thanks to Trendenser.

What do you think? Could you go to the dark side in your home?

I'm a big fan of the half painted hallway, something I've been considering in my kitchen.

Items I know and love: this Series 7 chair is not cognac leather but it is beautiful! Eduards vegetable tanned leather big shoulder handbag (handmade in Sweden). The bedroom light looks like the Baklava Tak lamp (correct me if I'm wrong!). Is there anything that stand out to you in particular?

Other homes in grey and cognac include this Copenhagen space, a Gothenburg apartment and a sunny Stockholm studio

I'll be back tomorrow with a fab weekend give-away so make sure you stop by!

Have a lovely day!

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