A super relaxed, boho cottage in Australia

I'm feeling all relaxed and inspired working from Djäkne, a café and communal workspace in town. It's amazing what a change of scene can do, don't you think? I stumbled across this lovely boho coastal cottage over at Apartment Therapy and it immediately matched today's mood! Situated in Victoria, Australia, the 100 year old home is rented by Kirsty Davey (founder of Otis and Otto), Simon Taylor and their daughter, Mali. The family lived in Melbourne and loved to come out here at the weekends before realising this is where they wanted to live permanently. The lovely, relaxed home is filled with vintage, reclaimed and restored pieces, works by local and overseas artists and a rich blend of textures to form a lovely base from which to enjoy surfing, cooking, gardening and other outdoor adventures. Let's take a peek....

Photography: Sophie Timothy for Apartment Therapy. With thanks.

Aaaaah, what a charming home, don't you think? 

Could you imagine moving to your 'weekend' retreat permanently? I shared this account by Sara Tasker recently who moved to the country and shared her lessons learned here. And this Swedish artist took up permanent residence in this former school house (honestly, I can totally see why!).

Where do you dream of moving to?

Get the look: Kitchen / dining: vintage Thonet / bentwood chairs (love these!), SMEG fridge,
Chemex brewer, Apollo coffee maker, source a beautiful range of copper pans here. Bedroom: white waffle bed spread. Porch: Hunter wellies, black plant stand.

You might also want to check out Kirsty's shop for lovely handmade pieces by local artisans (some of which can be seen in her home).  

You can also see more pics and a full write-up of this Australian home over at Apartment Therapy.

Other similarly relaxed Australian spaces you may have missed: a dreamy cottage,  a retro beach house and Kara Rosenlund's weatherboard cottage.  You might also want to get lost in my archive of  summer cottages for the longest mid-week coffee break ever.

Have a lovely day!

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Monochrome touches in a Stockholm pad

Well hello there! It's a beautiful sunny day here in Malmö - woohoo! (It isn't lost on me that some of you lucky people get sun everyday, but here it's a wonderful, rare thing!). Which reminds me, if you have questions about the weather or anything else Sweden related why don't you call the country. No, seriously! Sweden has just became the first country to have it's own phone number! I haven't put it to the test yet - if you do let us know what happens! Right, on with today's home tour. I thought I'd go slightly further north today with this turn of the century apartment in Vasastan, Stockholm beautifully styled by Emma Wallmén for Fantastic Frank. The space is a great example of the visual impact of using the full height of a room. I'm loving the monochrome theme too. Let's take a tour....

Photographer: Therese Winberg. Stylist: Emma Wallmén / Fantastic Frank

Is this your kind of style?

I especially like the sitting room and children's bedroom. 

A few pieces I know and love : SINNERLIG jar with lid and cork bench, grey sheepskins, spotted cushion, Eames side chairs, Arne Jacobsen cups with letters, Muuto dot hooks are similar. I love this vintage letter W light. Children's room: Harlequin wallpaper, black and white triangle basket.

Are you doing any renovating this spring? We're re-arranging our sitting room right now and trying to decide on a new coffee table (as much as I really love our mid-century one it's too big - HUMPH!) - what do you reckon, one roundish one or two nest style? Tips welcome! Literally as I wrote this, the courier arrived with our new Tom Dixon stool - *so excited* - I'm sure a pic will be up on Instagram shortly....

A few other links I love today:

I wouldn't mind using this hotel as my base in Paris, so chic!

Loving this boho bedroom...

Simple spring style.

One very cute nursery (using large and small triangular stickers).  And fab cribs!

My interview with Exclusive Magazine (thank you for inviting me to come and chat about Scandi design!). 

Have a wonderful day friends!

PS I can't believe I put up the wrong link yesterday , here it is again - 15 tips that will trick your house guests into thinking you have your sh*t together made me chuckle!

PPS right, off to unpack that new stool - eeeeeeeee! 

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