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Workspace inspiration: A Norwegian design studio

Was it just me, or did the holidays go something like: 22nd December - BLINK - 10th January?! So typical! I've got so many work goals this year that I'm actually really excited to be back (is that annoying?!). My first goal (as always) is to re-arrange my office / studio space - perhaps I'll just get stuck on that for the year, who knows, but hey it's a start! This could be why my Pinterest workspace board has over 790 pins (obsessed, who me?!). I'm a big believer in how your environment affects you - and if you create a kick a*se workspace you can achieve anything, right?! This morning I stumbled across the beautiful, minimalist studio of Ask og Eng captured by Holly and Hedda of Avenue Design Studio. Norwegian duo Kine Ask Stenersen and Kristoffer Eng founded Ask og Eng in 2016 having built several sustainable kitchens and furniture for their own homes. Today they design and create bamboo kitchens and furniture for a wider audience out of their pared-back studio in Drammen, Norway. The studio has an airy, minimalist aesthetic with striking contrast. No guessing that Kristoffer is a trained architect (oh, how I could use a skill like that!).  








Photography: Avenue Design Studio

Kind of an easy space in which to keep a clear head wouldn't you say?! Love that there's no clutter too (although I know, personally I do like to have a lot around me!). How about you?

What really caught my eye is how their beautiful furniture and kitchen take centre stage - acting as a constant reminder of their vision. Definitely something to think about in our own workspaces?!

Is there anything that stands out to you?

I spy the DCW, ERA chair and Menu WM String chair and an old dutch teapot.

See more pics of Studio Ask og Eng over at the lovely Avenue Design Studio

If you're looking to give your workspace a bit of a spring clean (or total transformation - hey, why not?!) - there's loooooads of beautiful inspiration in the studio archive.

My workspace actually once rocked up on the front cover of an interior book (Everything in its Place) which I'm still so proud of today! Even so, I'm thinking it could use a little wood for warmth (vintage pieces?) and some colour too - what do you reckon? Thoughts welcome!

Have a wonderful day!

PS I really had better get packing now (see earlier post). I'm off to Hamburg first thing in the morning  and then will be heading to Hannover in the evening, quite the German adventure! If you feel like tagging along I'll be posting on Instagram stories along the way!

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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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Workspace envy: Studio Slow

Gooood morning! I'm flying back to Sweden today after an incredible few days on set in Upstate New York. I'm so happy with the results (you can catch a glimpse of it here). All will be revealed soon - I hope you like the space as much as Emily and I do!). Tomorrow I'll be back in the office again, but I've been thinking perhaps it's time to get a studio in town - what do you say? I'm kind of thinking something like this incredible work space of Slow Studio in The Netherlands (hey, a girl can dream right?!). We've seen this space before, but being designers extraordinaire that they are, it's constantly evolving. It's where the talented Studio Slow team work to develop interior design, styling and graphic design concepts - and turn visions into reality with a strong sense of sustainability - love that! Let's take a little peek....














Interior design / work space: Studio Slow

Could you imagine working here? It certainly gives 'open-plan office' a whole new name!

How I'd get the look in my new studio (stil dreaming....): Z1 pendant light (it's no secret that I loooove this light - as you can see from this and this post of my home!), yards of grey linen (beautiful!), lampe gras wall sconce, old dutch teapot, Eames lounge chair and ottoman, Lisabo side table.

My workspace envy also includes the creative space of Katrin Bååth, Avenue Design Studio's converted loft and Studio Hear Hear. Don't get me wrong, I love my little home office, but it would be fun to have somewhere fabulous to go each day and be able to chat to other creatives! Don't you agree? Any tips Malmö friends?!

How does your workspace look? Do share below!

Have a lovely day!

PS Thank you so much Valentina for including both Modern Pastoral and The Scandinavian Home
in your list of 'the best interior design books you can't live without' - such an honour to be among such good company!

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A small, yet truly inspiring studio apartment!

I've shown many, many small spaces over the years - the majority of which are located in Sweden, but some have been in far away places too, like this tiny home on wheels!  And today I stumbled on another inspirational small space - the studio apartment of Lauren Maclean. Located in Montreal, Canada, Lauren's home is a mere 500 square foot (46 square metre).  Dramatic high ceilings and beautiful period features provide a striking backdrop for a blend of vintage and mid-century pieces as well as some striking works of art. It really does go to show, that some of the best homes come in small packages, don't you agree?!






















Photography - Lauren Maclean

What a great space? The more I look at the pictures, the more I notice! 

I particularly love the one-off vintage pieces, mid-century furniture and lighting (how fab is that Pelle chandelier ceiling light?!). How about you? 

A quick note on where some of the other key pieces are from: art (over desk) by Lysa JordanWishbone chair, modern dresser, sofa by design republic,

You can see more of Lauren's apartment over on her fab instagram feed, and a full interview here.  

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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