A Warm and Inviting Home in Södermalm, Stockholm

There's plenty to love about the summer - but one of my favourite things is the light. You simply don't get that wonderful golden light in Sweden any other time of the year - and it gives everything such a wonderful, warm feel. 

This apartment in Stockholm has been captured at exactly the right time of day to capture it in all its glory. And I love the way the golden light hits the touches of colour: a red chair here, a yellow flower there to make it pop. Also, keep a look out for classic teak furniture, bold patterns (by the likes of Svenskt Tenn), the eclectic blend of furniture and playful details - as well of course, as the lovely balcony, which looks like a perfect spot for a Friday night drink or two! Skål!  












This is the second time in the past two weeks that we've seen a home with red accents - could it be a growing trend in Sweden perhaps? Either way, it definitely adds energy to each room! 

Is there anything in particular you love about this home? 

Here are a few other warm and inviting homes to put you in the mood for the weekend: 



In our house today it's a hive of activity since Hilton Carter (AKA the famous plant man from the USA!) is coming to visit and shoot something in our home for a forthcoming project. I've been a fan of Hilton's ever since I featured his former home which of course, was full of the most incredible plants! So the pressure is on, especially as Per and I only remember to water our plants when they're on the sad side! 

And then, I am looking forward to a very relaxing weekend with my family. Phew!

I hope you have a lovely few days, thank you for dropping by - see you Monday!

Niki

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A Warm, Bright and Cosy Swedish Home



It's Friday! Time to hang up your work hat, pull up a seat and sip coffee... or something stronger, and indulge in a little Swedish interior inspiration. 

Today that comes in the form of a warm and inviting apartment in Mösebacke, Gothenburg that's full of art, playful patterns and splashes of colour that breathe life and personality into the living space. In the sitting room, a traditional masonry oven adds a toasty feel in Autumn, while come summer the windows can be thrown over to allow the buzz of city life float in. 

Note the antique Swedish 'kökssoffa' (kitchen sofa) - also seen in last Friday's home tour, which adds a cosy spot at the table, but also plenty of storage too! But also keep an eye out for modern finds such as a stool / side table made from 100% recycled plastic. All in all, a lovely, personal space that's full of a wonderful golden light! Välkommen! 








Really loved many elements about this apartment. But I think what especially stood out was the yellow heart themed wallpaper in the bedroom, I've never seen that before! 

Did anything catch your eye? 

This is a quick post from me as I've just arrived on Lofoten in Northern Norway and am sitting in the klatrekafeen - a little cafe by the water to write this post - I'll share a picture in my instagram stories so you can see what I mean. It's been a lifelong dream of mine to visit this spectacular part of the world in the Arctic! 

I've loved reading all your comments as always - and promise to respond soon. Thank you for taking the time to leave your thoughts and observations, it means a lot! 

Wishing you all a really fantastic and relaxing weekend - see you Monday!

Niki

Photography courtesy of Historiska Hem (it's for sale!), with thanks. 

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A Cosy Small Swedish Apartment With Earthy tones

It's back to the city for today's post - and a tour of a charming boho Swedish apartment. 

The cosy space measures a mere 49 square metres (527 square feet) but it's been kitted out for maximum comfort with a kitchen, small dining area, sitting room and bedroom.

As with all small spaces, flow of light is important, and wide doorways and open shelving allow natural light to leak into every corner and create an airy feel. But for me, what really steals the show are the use of rich tones, and earthy patterns, all of which make the space warm and inviting!  

I especially love the nook in the dining area - made from an antique bench - I'd happily sit there drinking coffee and chatting for hours! 

Enjoy the tour! 


The apartment building dates back to the 1940s - evidence of which can be seen in the kitchen cabinets, windows and windowsills. 



Plants, books, art and other treasures give the home a personal feel, while plenty of storage ensures everything else can be hidden away to avoid a cluttered feel. 


A green corduroy sofa, amber cushion and dusty pink cushion add a hint of colour to the sitting room, while a sculptured table and ceiling light add plenty of personality! 


Spider plants (seen hanging beside the window) remind me so much of my Dad! He used to love them and they'd be everywhere in our home - even the bathroom! Do you have a plant that makes you feel nostalgic? 


Such a lovely home. The more you look, the more details you discover. 

Is there anything that stood out to you? 

If you'd like to see more small city apartment inspiration from Scandinavia this weekend, check out: 


I think that's it from me. It's 26 degrees celsius (78 F) in Sweden today, which is crazy, so even the badkruka (meaning swim pot, a Swedish word to describe someone that is wimpy about getting in cold water) in me might go for a swim. Watch this space! 

Have a wonderful weekend, thank you so much for stopping by! 

Niki

Photos: Johanson, photography: Lindholm for Historiska Hem. Found via Nordroom with thanks. 

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A Bright White Swedish Apartment Where Old Meets New

Last Tuesday I celebrated my twenty year anniversary of living in Sweden. Can you believe it? I simply don't know where the time has gone. But it's been two wonderful decades! Over my years here, Scandinavian interiors have evolved a lot. Even so, there are some looks that are timeless - and one of those is what I like to call 'the Scandinavian blonde look'. 

Think a less is more approach where light colours and blonde wood take centre stage. The look is bright and airy, with touches of nature found around every corner. 

This lovely two-floored Swedish maisonette offers a beautiful bang up to date version of this style, complete with a contemporary stainless steel kitchen,  traditional wainscoting, wood beams, and a painted checked floor. Ready to feel inspired? 









You quite often find a painted wood floor like this in Swedish homes - particularly in the countryside. It's a technique that stems back to the olden days when tiles were considered very expensive, so people would imitate with paint. Today, it's a well loved feature - and relatively easy to achieve with some stencils and a little patience! 




I've seen more and more green tiles like these appearing in homes lately (only last week we saw something similar in St Oak apartment!). I love the old school touch! The loo with the raised cistern reminds me so much of the ones we had at my primary school too, although I'm sure the owners of this place have better loo roll!! 

All in all, a beautiful home, do you agree? 

Take a look at similar 'blonde wood' Scandinavian-style homes: 


But the look isn't reserved for Scandi homes - take a peek at the kitchen of this Normandy family home

Wishing you all a bright start to the week! 

Niki

I am home with a very tired gymnast today. Thank you for all your well wishes! We had a great weekend - it was so fun to watch Alice and her team perform - and we were so proud of them for coming 5th in the nationals (although it will take a while for my pulse to drop!)! Per and I also spent some time afternoon in the breath-taking Stockholm archipelagos too - it's so peaceful there. If you haven't already, I hope you can visit one day!

Photography courtesy of Fastighetsbyrån, found via Nordroom with thanks

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Colour Inspiration From a Lovely Swedish Apartment

Hello! How are you this bright and sunny day? In recent years, the interior world trend has edged away from a less is more white space (although they'll always feel timeless to me!) towards more of a mix and match menagerie of bold colours, patterns and prints. 

If you feel you're being carried along by the tide and looking to inject a little more colour into your home, this Swedish apartment might just serve as the perfect inspiration. Read on to discover which tones they have used and other smart uses of colour and contrast! 


In the kitchen, the cabinets have been painted in a soft shade beside a bolder blushing peach by Jotun. I used the latter in my bedroom, and absolutely loved it. Stupidly I painted over it on a whim and now I really miss it! 

A lovely mid blue has been used on a dresser by the window - which pairs beautifully with the peach - a very Scandi combo! 

Note how a shelf has been placed across the window, turning storage out of a disused area. If you have a window looking out onto a pavement, shelves like this can help shield you from prying eyes while still allowing light to come in. 

The sitting room wall (and hallway) have been painted in seashell by Becker. I would so love this shade at our summer cottage, if only for the name! So pretty, don't you think? 

Notice how they have brought in yellow as an accent colour. The trick is to bring in at least three pops for a cohesive, balanced look. Here, it can be seen in the blanket, flowers and a picture frame. 

Playing with scale is a great way to add interest to a space. Here, an oversized lamp makes a statement in the hallway. 


In recent years, paint has moved on from just the walls - and people are going wild with doorframes, wainscoting and other features. When done right, it can make a great impact! 

The wainscoting has been given a lick of 'dark teal' and the walls have been painted with 'rooibos' - both by Becker.



And finally, the children's bedroom has been painted in linen blue by Jotun - an incredibly popular shade in Scandinavia as it's incredible calming. Note the blue and pink combo has been repeated here. 

All in all, a lovely home, full of inspiring ideas!

Are there any paint combinations that stood out to you? 

Perhaps you have a favourite colour in your home that you'd like to share with us? 

In case you're looking for more colour inspiration, here are some Norwegian homes with very pretty schemes! 


Before we all shoot off, a little note to say, it's a public holiday here in Sweden on Thursday and Friday and Alice (my youngest daughter) is competing in the nationals in gymnastics - so we're heading up to Stockholm to cheer her on. It's always a joy to watch her and her team mates and the other young gymnasts in action, if not highly emotional - I'll be needing big sunglasses! 

This means there'll be no post on Friday - but I'll be back again on Monday! 

Have a lovely few days! 

Niki

Photography courtesy of Nya Kvadrat - found via Nordroom with thanks

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