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The Best of My Scandinavian Home 2020!


I can't believe 2020 is finally drawing to a close - after 19876549 days! I hope My Scandinavian Home has brought you a little respite from all the madness. I for one, have absolutely loved coming here each day to share Scandinavian-inspired inspiration. Thank you so much for all your comments, emails and social media messages - I've loved reading every single one of them and feel like I've made so many friends this year! 

It's always fascinating to look back over the year at the most popular posts. This year was extra special of course - and the top 5 blog and instagram posts of 2020 totally reflect this! Read on to discover the posts that topped the quarantine charts! 

The 5 Most Popular Blog posts of 2020:

5. A Rundown House Becomes a Fairy-tale Swedish Country Home

Coming in at number 5: Who doesn't love a fairy-tale? We loved reading about Johanna Berglund's renovation in which she turned a rundown property into a dreamy Swedish country home

4. The Eclectic Home of Jewellery Designer Andrés Gallardo

Could it be the books and pops of colour? Or perhaps it's the personal touches and relaxed eclectic vibe. Either way, the wonderful home of jewellery designer Andrés Gallardo brought a smile to our faces back in February.

3. 5 DIY Projects to Try During Quarantine


These 5 inspiring DIY ideas compiled by Ezz Wilson helped us to while away a few hours indoors  - and turn our homes into an even greater place to be! 

2. 5 Swedish Christmas craft ideas to make alone or with the kids


This festive season it was also all about the DIY - and I was thrilled to see how popular these simple 5 Christmas craft ideas were. Scraps of wallpaper (and loo rolls) at the ready! 

1. Small space inspiration from Swedish Attefall Houses


If there's one thing the Scandinavians truly excel at, it's tiny spaces. And in a year where we were all scrambling about trying to tuen our little homes into a space to live, workout, work, home-school.... where better to get inspiration than the Swedish 'Attefall house'. These little guest cottages occupy a mere 30 m2 and are pretty yet practical - and best of all make use of every square inch. No wonder, this post took the pole position!  

Are you ready to see what was popular on The 'gram

Best of @myscandinavianhome Instagram 2020

My blog will always be my first love, but I do like to dabble over at @myscandinavianhome from time to time (mainly to announce what's on the blog!). Having amassed an audience of over 345,000 (mainly my Mother under different synonyms), I was really excited to see what the most popular post of 2020 would be. And guess what? Out of all the professionally styled pictures I posted this year, the top spot is occupied by one I snapped with my mobile phone from the saddle of my bike! Lesson learned! 

Ready to take a look? Drum roll please...

5. The Music Corner


With so many more days spent at home than usual, we were keen to make the most of every inch of our living space. Little wonder this lovely 'music' corner' from 11 ways to make the most of awkward corners clocked in at number 5! 

4. Cat in the window



We all fell in love this this cat watching the sunset over the Swedish countryside. See the full tour over at a photographer's magnificent villa

3. Attefallshus




This wonderful little cabin (also known as a Swedish 'attefallshus') captured everyone's hearts. It's owned by Lina Kjellvertz whose wonderful Mallorca villa I featured here

2. Pink bathroom




Pink bathrooms were huge this year - and Ditte Gimm Larsen nailed the look in her charming Danish family home

1. House

And the number one spot goes too.... this tiny, cosy cottage decorated for Christmas, which I snapped with my phone while cycling through Malmö the other day. I was thrilled to see you guys think it's wonderful too!  

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What do you think? Were these your favourites too?

Curious to see what other years have looked like? Take a peek here: 


It's so interesting to see how the style has changed over time! 

I hope you enjoyed this review too. I'll be back tomorrow with my final post! See you then!

Niki

Photographer credits (from top): 2. Johanna Berglund 3. Edoardo Boillos 4. Christine Higgs 5. Malin Poppy Darcey Mörner 6. Lennart Weibull 7. Andrea Papini 8. @faringsohuset 9. Lennart Weibull 10. Ditte Gimm Larson  11. Niki Brantmark / My Scandinavian Home

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my home captured by karin: sitting room

Iiiiiit's Friday, woohoo! I'm looking forward to heading home and taking some down time with my little family. Maybe a walk in the forest with my three year old who's going horse riding, or wrapping up warm to take my elder daughter to her ice skating lesson - BRRRR! (I'll be battling with my man over that one!). Since home is definitely where my heart is today I thought it'd be apt to share the next in my mini series of 'my home captured by Karin'. This time it's my open plan sitting room in the spotlight....I hope you like it!







Pictures 1,2,,5,5,6  by Karin Björklund, Picture 3 by me. 

There's so much to do still - for example we'd like to paint the stairs white or light grey - any thoughts? Also we're in need of more light (especially as the days get shorter), I can't see a thing at night! OK, over exaggeration but...tips welcome!

I think Karin's done a sterling job on the photography. Thank you wondrful, talented K! Note though how my styling left a blanket all messy - just goes to show you can't miss a single trick in styling (I once read about someone who did a shoot over an entire day and then realised there was a bright red toy car under the sofa in every shot!).

In case you're interested here are a few tips on where things are from: Sofa, Scandinavian mid-century table and drinks trolley were inherited, black chairs from a flea market, Diamond print, Wasp print, Chair print, Muuto socket suspension light, phone and coloured cushions, Did I miss anything?!

See also my bedroom, my dining area, and my kitchen if you like :) Do you have any photos to share of your home or one you've photographed / styled?

So, the weekend......so exciting! What are you up to?

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A Stunning Norwegian Home In Many Shades of Blue

This has been a really inspiring week on the blog, I hope you've felt the same! On Monday I was dreaming about buying this holiday cabin on the Swedish island of Gotland complete with sea view and sauna. Yesterday I felt the urge to pack up all my belongings and move to a tiny cabin in the woods and pursue a career in pottery and today, I'm thinking I might just stay put after all and paint my home in shades of blue! When you see the interior of this stunning Norwegian home you'll understand why! Former owner Jan Thoresen and his wife (the apartment was sold last year) hired Tone Kroken to design their beautiful home in Oslo, which she decorated using a range of blue shades, veering from a soft grey-blue in the sitting room and a vibrant middle blue-grey in the hallway to a deep blue in the bedroom. Cognac accents, contemporary art and piles of books also add to the wonderful, unique feel of the space. Så flott!


TIP: To achieve the same rich patina seen in the bedroom and hallway try a minerals based paint like Pure & Original (which was used to paint this home) Jotun Lady Minerals (seen in the first two Norwegian bedroom shots in this post) or Kalklitir powder based paint (which the girls from Our Food Stories used to paint their beautiful studio and home) - the latter ships worldwide. You can also add Roll-A-Tex to normal paint like I did with my dining area (although be warned, this last option is soooo messy!!). Notice how the skirting boards and architraves have been painted in a slightly different blue accent adding interest and depth.



My eyes on that hallway. BE STILL MY BEATING HEART! Anything with piles of books and I'm in (I know I'm not alone either, the open shelving in Katarina Mattson's home is still my number one most popular instagram post E.V.E.R!) - but in combination with the 'mineral walls' - simple amazing!

Is there anything that caught your eye?!

Kudos to photographer extraordinaire Yvonne Wilhelmsen who took these wonderful pictures and interior architect Tone Kroken, the latter of whom who I had the pleasure of meeting when we captured her former home on an tiny car-free island outside Oslo for my second book The Scandinavian Home. It was such a magical day! Check out their interior book here and see more pics of this beautiful home on their website here.

More blue interiors to drool over today: feeling the blue in a Swedish home, a striking dark blue Stockholm pad, the wonderful home of a Swedish food blogger and how to add colour the Danish way.

I hope you're also singing the blues after all this Scandinavian inspiration today!

Niki

Photography: Yvonne Wilhelmsen  Styling: Tone Kroken

PS We've been beavering away on all your new room designs - so fun, thank you so much for signing up! If you'd also like to give my new room design service a whirl, I'm offering a special kick-off discount of 20% off with code MYNEWROOM. Get started here, or read more about the service here

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My home captured by karin: bedroom

I hope you had a lovely weekend? I loved all your comments here and on Facebook about where you'd transport your house for the weekend! I stayed right here at home this weekend so I thought it'd be apt to show the second part in my mini series: my 'My home captured by Karin'. This is my bedroom. We've only recently moved up stairs to the top floor (from this room) and I am so happy we did. I love the high ceiling, floor to ceiling windows and balcony, it all feels so bright and airy.









Karin Björklund 

So many pieces I'm not sure where to start on the 'I spy' front! Chinese stools: Lovely & Company, Gold bedside table lamp: vintage, Wall light: Hay, knitted throw and linen bedding: H&M Home, Peacock chair: flee market find, Book shelves: DIY by my husband, plant, plant pot and pendant light: IKEA. Picture behind bed side table: Muuto designed by All The Way To Paris.

My bedroom is not really finished, the next step is a lovely new rug to keep us toasty this Autumn / Winter. Any tips?

PS If you're up for a great give-away today, enter here to win a fab Lee Broom Crystal Table Lamp (hurry, you need to enter by midnight tonight!). I don't know why I'm telling you, I'm hoping to win it myself!!

Have a lovely Monday!

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The cosy home of a Swedish stylist

Hello February! I'm excited as I have so many things lined up this month including my book launch next week (sneak peak tomorrow) and a holiday with my little family (to Sri-Lanka....have you been, tips welcome?!). I hope you've got some exciting things coming up too. But let's not get ahead of ourselves, as it's still Monday after all - always a tricky day?! That's why I've chosen this lovely home, belonging to Swedish super stylist Pella Hedeby to cheer us all up. I once featured her previous home here and her current home here (that daybed) but couldn't resist sharing these new pictures captured by Sara Medina Lind for My Home - an exciting new Swedish magazine that hit the shelves last week. Let's take a peek....







Styling / home owner: Pella Hedeby. Photographer: Sara Medina Lind. My Home Magazine.

I love this space. To me, it has the perfect mix of vintage, quirky and designer pieces. And the wood / natural materials give it a warm and cosy touch....perfect home tour to kick off the week don't you think?!

Get the look: sitting room - Bertoia side chair, Kubus candleholder, Lohals rug, this concrete coffee table is similar, BestLite wall lamp. Dining room: Wishbone chairs, vintage chopping boards, sheepskin rug. Bedroom: Koushi lamp, dark grey bed linen, source a vintage step ladder here. Bathroom: Aesop hand wash.

Sara (the photographer behind this shoot) has a lovely home which I once showed here and here.  She was also the photographer behind these pictures of a Santorini hotel (imagine?!).

Speaking of getting away from it all - those of you following me on instagram, will know I've got a slight obsession with the Faroe Islands right now. I've been dreaming about skipping the working and staying at this cabin with a turf roof instead - what do you think, fancy joining me?!The plane leaves at 7......

Failing that, I'd be happy to wile away the day in this pool looking out over the ocean - or maybe this natural pool - I'm not fussy....

Elsewhere....

This moss bubble house is crazy and beautiful, all at the same time!

Love this pretty pale blue work space wall (check out the full tour of The Brunswick studio of ceramicist Lucile Sciallano here).

And just how fabulous is Lino Bo Bardis' glass house?

Have a great start to the week and if it's a tough one remember....this.

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Details from a lovely, relaxed and vibrant family home

After yesterday's 'man cave' (aka the fabulous Stockholm home of a fashion stylist), I thought today it was only fair to go for something a little more feminine. Situated in the 'sunshine state' of Florida, this home belongs to photographer Jen Smith, her 'handy' husband and two children. Pitched against a mainly white background, the beauty of this lovely light filled space lies in the detail. Bold textiles, artwork which pops and botanical touches add a ray of sunshine to every corner of the home. In fact, I couldn't imagine that this space is anything but sunny even on a rainy day, could you?

Homeowner: Jen Smith. Photographer. Brittany Ambridge. Domino Magazine
Homeowner: Jen Smith. Photographer. Brittany Ambridge. Domino Magazine
Homeowner: Jen Smith. Photographer. Brittany Ambridge. Domino Magazine
Homeowner: Jen Smith. Photographer. Brittany Ambridge. Domino Magazine
Homeowner: Jen Smith. Photographer. Brittany Ambridge. Domino Magazine
Homeowner: Jen Smith. Photographer. Brittany Ambridge. Domino Magazine
Is this your kind of style?

I used to be colour shy but recently I've noticed bright hues are slowly creeping into my home (I'm particularly fond of pinks). And now that spring's on it's way (I say, optimistically) I'm loving oh so fab Boucherouite or vintage kilim rugs, bold Turkish Kilim and intricate threadwork pillows / cushions from Thailand. And even weaved wall hangings such as these by MaryanneMoodie and this DIY Macrame one (project for the weekend perhaps?!).

Another touch I'm looking at for my home is sea-scape artwork and Jen's shop will be my first stop!

More bright and beautiful homes captured by Brittany Ambridge include this wonderful mexican space,  the Californian home of Annie Ziegler and the zen home of a LA fashion designer.

Have a lovely, bright, sun-shiny day! 

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A vintage inspired Swedish home full of soul

Every now and again I stumble across a beautifully unique, creative, Swedish home that's full of soul.  This is one of them. Tuva Minna Linn, husband Peter and their two children and dog live in a former missionary house in the countryside in Southern Sweden. The house dates back to 1921 and is teeming with vintage treasures and beautiful patterns, and designed throughout so all the family can feel happy and relaxed. So wonderful! A few weeks ago photographer Kristin Lagerqvist (who's home I once featured here), paid a visit.....















Photography: Kristin Lagerqvist Interior design: Tuva Minna Linn

So lovely! And so lovely life!

The wallpapers, the textiles, the quirky art, the one-off pieces. It's all so inspiring, don't you think?

Is there anything that catches your eye?

Get the look from Minna's home: Boucherouite rugs (this one is beautiful - it's a one-off though so you'd need to be quick!) and vintage kilims (love these!), this leather chesterfield is similar, Minna sells vintage kimonos in her online shop. Children's bed canopy and bunting. Try William Morris for similar wallpaper (Hyacinth is a pretty one). 

You can see the full tour of Minna's home here. You might also like to check out Minna's lovely blog, instagram and online shop Oddlovin'

Other homes captured by Kristin include the lovely Swedish home of Johanna Bradford, the boho home and studio of an artist and florist and a dairy in the Swedish countryside. Sooooo beautiful, in a fab boho way.

Have a lovely day!

PS With my favourite month of the year just round the corner there are so many exciting things coming up on My Scandinavian Home  (even if I say so myself!) including a big give-away this evening and a tour of my home with Christmas touches tomorrow (I've been busy with my little elves! Always nerve-racking to share too - eeeeek!), as well as lots of other Nordic Christmas inspiration (and of course the usual Scandinavian inspired home tours)....soooooo excited!

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