A Swedish home in the archipelagos

I'm a big fan of interiors which reflect the surrounding nature. And this one in Tyresö Skogsstad near Tyresö, Sweden is a fine example. The show apartment has been designed to reflect the beautiful Tyresta National Park and archipelago (think boating, cool dips and lazy days on the beach) on it's doorstep.  Line Sandberg has used natural materials such as wood, leather, linen and sheepskins and a warm palette of greens, browns and greys to bring the nature indoors. The mix of old and new furniture also helps to create a cosy, warm feel. It's hard to believe no one lives there, don't you think?

Photographer: Gustav Kaiser. Interior design: Line Sandberg, LOFT Homestaging. nspired by Hitta Hem, with thanks.

Imagine living in the archipelagos?!

I spy: Normann Bell pendant lamp in sand, Thonet 214 and 209 chairs and soft Linen bedding

Other homes which bring the outside in include this cosy weatherboard cottage, a rustic chalet in the Swiss alps and an idyllic Finnish cottage.

Have you brought the surrounding nature indoors into your home?

Next month I'm starting a new column where we'll take a peek into homes across Scandinavia and hear more about the home-owners daily lives. If you live in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland and you'd like to be a part of this column please send me a mail with some snapshots of your home and examples of activities you enjoy, I'd love to hear from you.

Have a lovely day!

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An eclectic home in sunny California

I love it when you've been looking for a solution and then you spot something in a home and think - why yes, of course! For example, I was drooling over this fab, eclectic family home of Amber Thrane, co-founder of Dulcet Creative on Glitter Glide, when I spotted the patio tiles...OK, her home is in sunny California, and mine's in southern sweden - but I think they could work in my own back yard, don't you? I live by the sea after all! In fact Amber's entire home is brimming with wonderful ideas. I love the mix of mid-century, ethnic, industrial and vintage too,  so I'm sure there'll be more ideas I'll be squirreling away on Pinterest, how about you?


Photography: Dulcet Creatives (shared with kind permission). Post inspired by Glitter Guide with thanks.

Wow, this home has everything. Even blue skies!

A few of the items I love: Night and Day Sofa,  Carmela coffee table, Karlstad sofa, Llapjung ruta pillow / cushion, Hektar floor lamp, the outdoor fireplace was a Craigslist find. Oeuf cot / crib, Eames RAR rocking chair.

The boho touches are spot on. This DIY macrame wall hanging is a perfect way to get the look, plus there are tips on where to buy kilim cushions and rugs in the lower part of this post.

Anything that stands out to you?

I absolutely loved following the discussions in the comment section over the weekend including a debate about the black and white fashion photography trend and whether or not to use carpet and rugs in the home. It's always interesting to hear your thoughts. Thank you for making this blog such an inspiring place to hang out!

Have a happy start to the week!

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A lovely Dutch family home

It's the weeeeeeeekend! The sun's out, the snow's glittering and Friday drinks are in the fridge. Plus I've founnd a fab home to keep us inspired through out the weekend (love today!). Owned by Maaike of art shop My Deer, her husband Jeffrey and two children in Holland, it's calm, relaxed and ever so slightly luxurious (bathroom in the bedroom, how lovely!). It's no secret that I like this home - I've previously shown one of the children's rooms here and the entire home here. And now Jelte Janmaat has captured the space from a new angle for vtwonen and I had to share the results! The white family home is filled with classic design pieces, rustic wood furniture, vintage items and the odd high street find. The perfect space for a weekend, don't you think?!

Photography: Jelte Janmaat, Magazine/blog: vtwonen. Homeowner: My Deer.

A few items I know and love: House doctor rug, Lounge chair, rustic workman's stool,  black work lamp and this glass cabinet is similar from IKEA, artwork and prints from My Deer Art Shop

I think the stand out piece for me is the 'Dipped girl' limited edition painting in the sitting room created by Maaike. It's based on ‘A Young Girl Reading’ or 'The Reader' by the French artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732 – 1806). Such a beautiful piece!

Is there anything that stands out to you?

I'm off to enjoy a couple of days with my parents who are over visiting from London. I think some sledging is on the agenda (with my girls), an outdoor barbecue lunch in the snow (are we nuts?!),  plus supper out at this fab restaurant (one day I must do a city guide for Malmö, what do you think?).  Have you got any fun plans?

Have a fab couple of days and see you Monday!

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