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A calm white Swedish home

Good morning and hello September! I read somewhere that September is meant to be the most relaxing month of the year. So let's put that to the test! Today's home tour is the picture of calm. It's been decorated in white throughout with just a touch of black and green throughout to create the perfect balance. A great way to start a relaxing month don't you think?!

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I had a long chat with a friend last night about whether she should paint her bedroom floor light grey or grey 'wash it'  (yes, we take these things very seriously!). Looking at this home, I think I know the answer. What do you think?

Love, love love the Pia Wallén Cross Blanket as seen in the bedroom.

Some exciting news: being British you can imagine how much I love my tea. I'm therefore delighted to welcome new sponsor LØv Organic, producers of the most delicious, refreshing and soothing organic tea (did I also mention the packaging is beautiful?!). So exciting!  This September they're holding a 'LØv is' campaign and the lovely LØv Organic team are offering us all 15% off with code SCANDINAVIAN. Yay! Since it's the 'relaxing' month I'm going for LØv is Pure and the LØv is Zen variety (although I also have a bit of a penchant for Ginger-Lemon green tea). How about you?  You can keep up to date with the latest Løv Organics blends on Facebook and their international newsletter.

Oh and another note Kids Brand Store are celebrating their 3 year jubileum with 15% off everything (including my favourites Noa Noa, Molo and ChillNorway) for the next three days. Just thought you might want to know...see you there!!

Have a wonderful start to the week!

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A fresh and light-filled Swedish pad

Hej hej! How was your weekend?! We had a lovely, relaxing time at the summer cottage - except for an hour or two following a burst pipe. I did learn a few new Swedish expletives from my ordinarily calm husband though so all was not lost!  It made sitting by the fire in the evening all the more rewarding too! Back home again and my thoughts are turning to the first flushes of spring - and a shiny new month - APRIL! Hurrah! This definitely calls for a beautiful, fresh, light-filled don't you think? This lovely pad in Gothenburg, Sweden is currently for sale through Stadshem. I love the contrast of traditional wood paneling and wallpaper in the kitchen with the clean, organised feel of the sitting room - and of course the serene looking bedroom.....












Photography: Jonas Berg for sale through Stadshem

Is there anything you love in particular about this space?

Get the look from this Gothenberg home: kitchen - wallpaper, gubi semi pendant, ant chair, bentwood chairs. Sitting room - this macrame wall hanging is similar, series 7 chair, cross blanket, le lampe gras wall light is similar, Gotland sheepskin throw. Try The Poster Club for similar art. bedroom - light box (love this!), source pure bed linen in beautiful earth tones here

This home reminds me a little of Johanna Bradford's apartment with it's delightful mix of vintage and modern (as well as lots of wallpaper inspiration) - don't you think?

Looking to create a feature wall in your home with wallpaper? Try this archive for lots more inspiration!


Have a great start to the week!

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A Swedish home in perfect harmony

Why hello there Monday! Can I just launch straight into the home tour today? Only because I can't wait for you to feel the harmonious vibe from every room in this beautiful Swedish home. The soft serene tones, the cosy blankets, that piano.  This space really is the perfect remedy for anyone having a hectic start to the week! Enjoy!











Credits: Photography: Janne Olander styling: Grey Deco for Stadshem found here with thanks.

....isn't this space lovely?!

My favourite thing has to be that piano, how about you? One of my little girls asked if she could start learning to play the other day and as you can imagine I was overly encouraging (you only have to see this Pinterest board to understand why!!)- and then PB informed me that they learn on keyboards these days. Seriously?! Please tell me this is not so?! 

Do you have a piano in your home?


A few other items I know and love: kitchen: dough bowl (if that one is sold try here for other beautiful ones) series 7 chairs. sitting room - blanket, linen cushions in muted tones, butterfly chair, karlstad sofa. Office / bedroom: white bentwood chairs, sheepskin throw, lovely heavy weight linen throw in black.

You can see more pics of this serene space over at Stadshem  (it's for sale....yup!). 

Have a wonderful start to the week!

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A calm Swedish home in neutrals (and a fab fireplace)

Good morning Monday! The Swedish winters aren't always easy - and right now it's cooooold and dark. But occasionally the skies clear, the ground is blanketed with snow and everything sparkles like diamonds.  Yesterday was one of those magical days and we had such a wonderful day sledging and ice-skating on a frozen lake. Today is looking fab again but it's back to work for me - and a day at the IKEA headquarters - exciting! But first I wanted to share this Swedish apartment decorated in muted tones and for sale through Stadshem. I especially love the fireplace in the bedroom (imagine sleeping next to a roaring log fire - so romantic?!) and the reclaimed black wood floors in the kitchen and hallway - how beautiful?! Let's take a tour....












Photography: Jonas Berg. Stadshem.

What a perfect space. Is there anything that stands out to you in particular?

Get the look: kitchen - pendant light, Thonet chairs, Chemex glass coffee maker (I love these - perfect for slow mornings!). Sitting room - leaf light. Bedroom - Artek stool, source geometric cushions here (this one's especially lovely), white linen bedding, light grey throw. Hallway - black and walnut hang it all.

Other ideas from around the web today: 

This unusual brass vase is wonderful (I'll never tire of simple glass vases either). While on the subject, this picture is evidence that spring flowers look lovely against one of interiors hottest trends - dark blue walls.

 13 ways to re-think the foot of your bed I've been looking for a simple rustic bench for the foot of my bed for I don't know how long. Do you have anything at the end of your bed?

I'm such a big fan of cabins with a black exterior - we photographed several for my book, and I've been in awe ever since. In case you're undecided here are 30 houses in black. Or how about this A-frame house (the light)?

I'm on a mission to find the perfect pink / blush hue for my daughter's bedroom (loving the idea of a half/half wall like this). But so far I've been through 4 different test samples and it's still eluding me. Any tips?!

Do you have any of your own decorating conundrums right now? If so fire away in the comment section below, perhaps someone can help?

Have a great start to the week! 

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Two lovely Swedish kitchen tours


There's nothing like a warm, cheerful kitchen to brighten up mornings (and cosy-up evenings). One of my Mum's friends calls the kitchen 'the engine room of the house' - so true don't you think?! To round off the week I thought we could take a tour of two Swedish kitchens. Any Swede will tell you that this is a very classic shape for a kitchen in a city apartment - (eller hur svensk kompisar?). And yet these two spaces have been decorated and organised with subtle differences - both lovely in their own way. The first belongs to interior and food stylist and owner of shop Vintage Fabriken - Linda Hansson and the second apartment is currently on the market through Stadshem. Could you imagine enjoying a slow weekend breakfast here?














Credits:
Pictures 1 - 6 - Linda Hansson / photos - Sofia Byström
Pictures 7 - 12 - Stadshem / photos - Jonas Berg

I especially love the colours in the first kitchen - with the green, yellow and blue - so warm and inviting. A few tips on where thing are from - 'Willow boughs' wallpaper by William Morris, the children's chair is by Tripp Trapp, RANARP wall/ clamp lamp, oatmeal linen table cloth, Rörstrand mon amie tea cup,   white marble mortar and pestle, Le Sac paper bag, blue kitchen aid.

The second space is also lovely - so calm! Source vintage chopping boards here, This is a great source for vintage bread bins and tin boxes. If you're a fan of wallpaper you'll like the rest of the home too - check it out here.

For more kitchen inspiration today I like 11 ways to add a little shine to your kitchen (fab spaces!).

Other links I like from around the web today:

How cool are these fun black and white prints for children's rooms. In fact - this entire children / Mum blog is pretty great (love these kids sunglasses - might try to squeeze into a pair myself!).

Love these DIY mid-century planters - project for the weekend perhaps?!

With all this snow outside my door I'm thinking tonight could be a cosy one on the sofa eating this brown ale ice-cream with salty caramel and honeyed peanuts or perhaps pumpkin cookie butter ice-cream. Mmmmm!

This home in the outskirts of Malmö is for sale - I'm tempted to go to the viewing on Sunday - could you image the potential?!

I hope you have a really great weekend (up to anything fun?). See you Monday!

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