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Bring a Warm, Minimalist Touch to your Kids Bedroom

Calling all Aussie friends out there looking for fab Scandi-inspired children's furniture (that's gentle on the wallet too - got to love that, right?!)! Fantastic Furniture is a Sydney based sofa and bedding manufacturer with superstores in every major metropolitan city and regional town across Australia. Wander in (or take a look online) and you'll find all kinds of minimalist furniture for your children's bedroom including beds, storage units and desks (how fab is the Cabin Kids Bunk Bed for starters?!). Choose a classic white approach (which I have gone for in my own daughter's room) or warm it up with a natural wood finish. Bedding with colourful fun patterns and bold prints also add to the inviting look and feel - as well as provide a cosy place to curl up under and read bedtime stories together. Look out for my six tips on how to create a lovely Scandinavian style bedroom for your little ones below. In the meantime, here are some inspiring looks from Fantastic Furniture...

My 6 tips on creating a Scandinavian inspired children's bedroom
1. A child will enjoy their room if it's practical (and safe). Space permitting, try to ensure it covers all their needs including a zone to sleep, get creative, store and read. Plenty of storage places for all their bits and bobs (trust me - my girls have a lot of tiny little things!!) means that it's easier to keep the room neat and tidy, which in turn means they'll enjoy it more.

2. If you choose furniture with a clean design and neutral colours your little one can keep it for longer as they won't grow out of the look. Think classic pieces that stand the test of time and keep to a simple colour palette of white, black, wood etc.

3. Add a playful touch to the room by adding textiles featuring a pattern motif and colours. By getting your child involved in the process they will feel they have greater control over their environment and will be able to add their personal stamp on the room. Plus, these pieces can easily be exchanged / passed on as they get older and their tastes change.

4. Add your child's favourite colour to the room by creating an accent wall (you may like to paint a half-half wall, go for a playful geometric look. Removable wall stickers are also a great way to add a little colour. They are widely available, but if you feel like getting creative you can create your own using a stencil and tape.

5. Add layers of textiles in the form of cushions, blankets, and rugs to create a super warm and inviting feel to the room. That way you can cosy up together at bedtime.

6. Add plenty of lighting (including a mix of ambient and task) so they can enjoy the room after dark. Black-out blinds are ideal for a great night's sleep but don't forget the night light for little ones who are afraid of a monster lurking under the bed).

Feel free to add your own tips in the comment section below, it's always great to hear new ideas!

1. Cabin Single Bed
2. Aster Corner Desk
3. Cabin 3 Drawer Lowboy
4. Willow Double Bed
5. Jordan Single Bunk
6. Cabin Kids Bunk Bed

Happy shopping!

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Fantastic Furniture, however all words are my own. 

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The Ideal Christmas Present for Big and Little Travellers!

Know anyone (big or small) who loves to travel? If so, you'll be as happy as my family to discover interactive maps and posters by Bold Tuesday. Not only does the minimalist look and feel look fab on the wall (let's face it, this is important, right?!) they're also designed to 'incite curiosity and travel' (love this). So far we've accumulated the List of Countries poster (seen here in my younger daughter's room) and more recently the Colour World poster (a black and white world map waiting to be coloured in as you visit new places) in my elder daughter's room (below!).  I also love the idea of Find It -  a list of all 196 countries in a word search (seek, find, and highlight the countries you’ve visited or use it to choose your next destination) and Go World (a world map sticker poster that serves as a visual reminder of your travels). Simply peel away each visited country to slowly turn the map white. You can even save the countries you've visited in a journal. So fun! If you know someone with itchy feet who'd appreciate these this Christmas, you'll be pleased to hear the team at Bold Tuesday are offering 15% off any item in the shop with the code MSH2017 until 12th December, 2017! Yay!

Photography: Niki Brantmark / My Scandinavian Home. Styling: Sarah Brooks-Wilson

What I ordered:

Wooden Poster Rails (Natural) 70 cm / 28"

And just how cute is the packaging it came in?!

The guys below have been to all kinds of interesting places! It kind of makes me feel inspired to visit a few new countries in 2018 - any tips? I'd love to hear what's on your travel hit list next year!

Pssst.... a little birdie tells me country and state prints  are also now available in the shop ('Sverige' and the 'UK' being my favourites - but that might me being a little biased!!).

Happy travels (and shopping)!

This post was created in collaboration with Bold Tuesday. All words are my own and I only ever work with brands I love and think you will too. Thank you for supporting the sponsors which make My Scandinavian Home possible.

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Morroccan design meets Scandi-style

Touches of Moroccan design can be seen in many homes right now  - and there are some beautiful shops out there selling all kinds of wonderful, unique finds. One of my favourites is El Ramla Hamra meaning 'the red sand', inspired by the "red city" of Marrakesh and the sands of the beautiful Sahara in southern Morocco. Based in Holland, owners Salahdin and Melanie are passionate about finding special Moroccan products and creating their own designs. And when you see these pictures you'll know why I love the Etsy shop so much. I mean, who wouldn't want their home to look just a little like this?!

Photography courtesy of El Ramla Hamra.  

So inspiring!

I particularly love the Moroccan blanket with pom poms and Beni Ourain double poufs.

Is there anything that catches your eye?

A few inspiring homes with Moroccan touches (I'm on a roll now.... and hey, it's always great to get some ideas on how to incorporate the look into your own home, right?!): the boho home of Carley Summers, a wonderfully relaxed Skåne home and Tamsin Flower's cheerful London home.

Have a lovely day!

PS El Ramla Hamra also sells through their webshop here

PPS We're heading off into the Arctic by sailing boat for four days (exciting!) - follow my trip on instagram stories! I'm hoping to post tomorrow but just in case I can't get online from Europe's most NorthWesterly point have a great weekend!

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My dream boudoir!

Baths in the bedroom. Some people love them, some people loathe them. Which camp are you in? If you fall into the latter camp, perhaps this lovely bedroom in The Apartment by The Line in New York will change your mind? Captured by Katarina Matsson, this beautiful boudoir has me dreaming of transforming my bedroom and hanging out there all weekend pampering myself, and reading books and magazines (I'd just need to do away with my office space to make room for the bath - but hey, who needs work?!). Could you imagine hanging out here?!

These lovely photographs were taken by: Katarina Mattson / Ett Rum Till

Oh so wonderful! Could you imagine?!

You can see a full tour of The Apartment here - and if you're in New York, it's a concept store not to be missed! Find out more about opening times here.

Get the look: Flag halyard chair,  Flos floor lamp, source a Beni Ourain rug here, white linen duvet cover.

If you're not in New York anytime soon, there are a few other wonderful 'apartment' style concept stores dotted around including The Apartment, Copenhagen and The Loft in Holland. Such an inspiring way to shop, don't you think?! 

I can't believe it's the weekend already - where did the time go? I'm certainly not complaining though - as my girls and I are busy packing for a long weekend in Mallorca to visit my sister and nieces. I'm already dreaming of a cool glass of sangria! How about you - any fun plans?

Have a fab one - and see you Monday! 

PS If you have time this weekend you must check out Katarina's instagram feed - so inspiring! 

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My sitting room update

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Decorating my home is like painting the Forth bridge - no sooner have I finished one room and I'm dreaming about renovating another! Do you feel like that too? The one area in our home which has been most neglected seems to be the sitting room - I've never really had enough shelf space. And the answer came in a mail from Tylko. For those of you not familiar with Tylko - you're in a for a wonderful surprise. Tylko makes functional furniture that's customisable to the space you have down to the last centimetre. I also absolutely love that once your design is ready you can use the app to see how it'll look in your home (and then tweak some more if required!) and that they're made from slow-growth wood from Finland's birch forests making them incredibly long-lasting.  Oh and they're delivered right to your door and slot together without screws. Seriously, what's not to love? Here's a peek at mine...

Photography / Styling: Niki Brantmark - My Scandinavian Home.  

Finally a home for all our bits and bobs (and this is just the start - I'm pretty sure in two weeks time it will be crammed with things, and I'll be back on the Tylko website creating myself another unit!).  FYI I went for the 'Sideboards' in white - but it's also available in a very smart black!

What do you reckon, something for your home?!

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Tylko. However, all words are my own and I only ever work with brands I absolutely love and think you will too! Thank you for supporting the businesses that help bring fresh content to your mail box and make My Scandinavian Home possible.

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Snapshots from the dreamy home of a ceramicist

Godmorgon! Do you remember the delicate ceramic wreath in Daniela's beautiful North Germany house, featured on Friday? It's made by French artisan and interior stylist Kat, who runs an online boutique selling her wares here. Not only are her creations a feast for the eyes, I was excited to discover Kat treats Instagram followers to daily snapshots of her beautiful home in Paris which she shares with her husband and four children. Kat loves to 'mix vintage with more contemporary items that are simple and refined' and her fondness for flowers and nature is evident in her ceramic creations which can be seen throughout the apartment. Let's explore!


Photography: Kat / @katshandmadewithlove

Kat's handmade ceramics are of course beautiful, but what also struck me is her talent for combining colour.  From milky hues such as whites, creams and dusty pinks to deep blues and ochre, every space is carefully constructed using a variety of subtle nuances.

Is there anything that stands out to you?

Get the look from Kat's home: visit Kat's online boutique for ceramics including wreaths, mobiles and plates and vessels as well as artwork. Pick up a mid-century credenza here. Source mustard coloured linen by the metre here.

I hope Kat's home and instagram feed has inspired you as much as it has me today!

Have a lovely day!

PS It's heartwarming to see The Scandinavian Home appear in so many places - including this feature about 'Lagom' on German TV channel DW-TV, My Domaine and the coffee table of Britt Marie (beautiful instagram feed!). Thank you for all the love!

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Exclusive 20% discount at Absolut Art!

Exciting news guys! Absolut Art, a subsidiary of Absolut Vodka (selling fabulous limited edition artwork made by some of the art world's most prominent and promising artists) is offering you 20% off beautiful limited edition photo art by Ruvan Wijesooriva. Ruvan has collaborated with Absolut Art for the passed year with fabulous prints such as Girl and Window and Blue Water Dots (note: only four left of the latter!) and has recently launched three new photo art works: Palm Trees (seen in my home here), Shadows Above and Swimming Pool (available in two sizes: 50 x 40 cm or 130 x 95 cm) soon. And, here's the exciting part, right now you can receive 20% off any of Ruvan's prints exclusively through My Scandinavian Home - hurrah! Find out how to claim your discount below. In the meantime, here's a sneak peak of some my favourites:

Prints in order of appearance:  

Palm Trees 50 x 40 cm (available in XL here
Shadows Above 50 x 40 cm (available in XL here)
Swimming Pool 50 x 40 cm (available in XL here)
Blue Water Dots XL (only four left!)
Girl and Window

To claim your 20% discount off photo art by Ruvan Wijesooriva: simply enter the code MSH20 at check out. This exclusive offer ends 19th April, 2017

Absolut Art ships worldwide and sells many, many beautiful limited edition prints. If you're having a hard time deciding, the lovely team provide some very helpful tools including an advisory service which invites you to e-mail a picture of your wall and they'll help you find the perfect piece! How brilliant is that?! Or if you fancy getting creative, you can use their online tool to design your own gallery wall.

You can also get lots of inspiration and keep up to date with the latest news by signing up to the Absolut Art newsletter

Happy shopping!

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Absolut Art. 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 My Scandinavian Home possible.

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A little linen loving

Linen. Where would be without this beautiful fabric? Made from the fibers of the flax plant, not only does it look beautiful just the way it is (no iron necessary - oh yes!), it's also highly absorbent and valued for it's exceptional coolness and fresh feel in warm weather. Lately we've been seeing it all across the home in form of curtains, bed linen, table cloths, towels, aprons, lovely soft, muted, washed out tones. One of my favourite go to stores is the small independent Etsy store notPERFECTLINEN.  Founded by a very small family of creative people, notPERFECTLINEN focuses on creating simple linen pieces for people who appreciate natural things for their home and about their person, a relaxed look and long lasting garments. I recently bought these linen curtains (below and also seen here) and was so impressed by the quality and way they've been made to measure. Had to share their shop with you! I'm so going back for more!

Photography: Niki Brantmark / My Scandinavian Home

And other items I have my eye on in the range:

Images courtesy of notPERFECTLINEN.

Pefectly imperfect  - love it!

In order of appearance: made to measure white linen curtains / drapes, set of two bluish grey pillow covers,  large linen tote, natural linen curtains.

I think I might just pick up a pair of these too - perfect for the Swedish spring! Do you have your eye on anything?
Have a wonderful weekend!

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