Embracing the winter blues - Danish style

Despite not minding the cold - oh how I love to arrive home and put the kettle on! In fact, one of the things I love the most about January and February is a good cuppa (followed by comfort food under candlelight in the evenings!), how about you?! This definitely calls for some beautiful tableware to match the occasion! Danish brand Kähler recently introduced an indigo glaze to their popular Hammershøi tableware collection and it's soooo beautiful! Created by the designer Hans-Christian Bauer, the collection draws inspiration from the original works by Danish painter Svend Hammershøi, created in the Kähler workshop back in the early 20th century. The classic Hammershøi tableware collection in indigo combines beautiful silhouettes with iconic furrows and includes three different sizes of bowl, serving and milk jugs, a teapot, a thermal cup, a mug, a bonbonnière (this would be equally nice on a shelf to store little trinkets), eggcups, salt and pepper shakers and a cruet set as well as spice grinders, oiled oak paper towel holder and two lovely tins! Here's a sneak peek....

Aaaaaaah so pretty. I think afternoon tea would taste even sweeter with these on the table don't you?!

I received the tins just before Christmas (perks of the job!!) and they make the prettiest biscuit tins - I should really have given them away as a present with homemade goodies inside and a ribbon but the family kind of fell in love with them (not just because of what was inside - honest!). Nice idea though?

Are there any pieces in this collection which catch your eye?

All the items are available from the Kähler online shop - perfect!

Have a lovely day!

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Kähler, however all words are my own and I only ever work with brands I love and think you will too.

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Workspace inspiration: A Norwegian design studio

Was it just me, or did the holidays go something like: 22nd December - BLINK - 10th January?! So typical! I've got so many work goals this year that I'm actually really excited to be back (is that annoying?!). My first goal (as always) is to re-arrange my office / studio space - perhaps I'll just get stuck on that for the year, who knows, but hey it's a start! This could be why my Pinterest workspace board has over 790 pins (obsessed, who me?!). I'm a big believer in how your environment affects you - and if you create a kick a*se workspace you can achieve anything, right?! This morning I stumbled across the beautiful, minimalist studio of Ask og Eng captured by Holly and Hedda of Avenue Design Studio. Norwegian duo Kine Ask Stenersen and Kristoffer Eng founded Ask og Eng in 2016 having built several sustainable kitchens and furniture for their own homes. Today they design and create bamboo kitchens and furniture for a wider audience out of their pared-back studio in Drammen, Norway. The studio has an airy, minimalist aesthetic with striking contrast. No guessing that Kristoffer is a trained architect (oh, how I could use a skill like that!).  

Photography: Avenue Design Studio

Kind of an easy space in which to keep a clear head wouldn't you say?! Love that there's no clutter too (although I know, personally I do like to have a lot around me!). How about you?

What really caught my eye is how their beautiful furniture and kitchen take centre stage - acting as a constant reminder of their vision. Definitely something to think about in our own workspaces?!

Is there anything that stands out to you?

I spy the DCW, ERA chair and Menu WM String chair and an old dutch teapot.

See more pics of Studio Ask og Eng over at the lovely Avenue Design Studio

If you're looking to give your workspace a bit of a spring clean (or total transformation - hey, why not?!) - there's loooooads of beautiful inspiration in the studio archive.

My workspace actually once rocked up on the front cover of an interior book (Everything in its Place) which I'm still so proud of today! Even so, I'm thinking it could use a little wood for warmth (vintage pieces?) and some colour too - what do you reckon? Thoughts welcome!

Have a wonderful day!

PS I really had better get packing now (see earlier post). I'm off to Hamburg first thing in the morning  and then will be heading to Hannover in the evening, quite the German adventure! If you feel like tagging along I'll be posting on Instagram stories along the way!

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DOMOTEX Hannover, I'm on my way!

Tomorrow evening I'm heading to Hannover where I'll be attending DOMOTEX (the leading trade fair for floor coverings) along with fabulous bloggers Decor8, Happy Interior Blog, Vosgesparis, Monster Circus, Trendstefan, Passion Shake and The Ruggist.

At the fair we'll be participating in two panel discussions led by Holly Becker - 10.30 - 11.00 "How to Collaborate with Bloggers to Market Your Products" and a second at 3.15 - 4.15 pm "Interior Trends in 2018 - What We Love". We'll also be taking a guided tour of DOMOTEX to visit some of the stands.  Yay! I can't wait! 

If you'd like to join in the fun, DOMOTEX will take place from January 12-15 in Hannover, Germany.  Come and join us if you're in town (if you're a blogger and fancy popping along, let me know before Friday and I can help arrange a pass for you!).

I've never visited Hannover before and am so looking forward to Holly's guided tour of the city on Saturday too (if it's anything like our trip to Helsinki it'll be so fun!). If you've got any tips, we'd love to hear them.

Live a little too far away? You can follow the trip on Instagram and the hashtag #domotex.

Better get packing....

 Photo 1 from 'Green Home Book' by Riikka Kantinkoski and Susanna Vento. Read more and take a peek inside here
Photo 2 - this lovely picture has been separated from it's owner on the internet - any tips for credits?

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Beautiful small space inspiration - Swedish style!

Hejsan hoppsan! When we were in Norway last week we shared a tiny log cabin with friends. At first we were in a bit of a panic about the size, wondering how we were all going to survive in such close quarters without a bun fight or two! Amazingly, it totally worked out and we put it all down to the owner's clever use of space (and one very relaxing sauna!). I wish I'd taken pictures now (although it does give me an excuse to return, right?!). I'm forever fascinated by small living spaces - and love how even the teeniest spaces can be beautiful (and practical to boot). This apartment in Gothenburg is a mere 38 square metre (409 square foot) and consists of one room and a kitchen, yet it looks spacious and calm thanks to muted, light colours and natural textures (loving the leather chairs!). I could totally imagine rocking about it here today, how about you?!

 Photography: Maria Sahlander Styling: By Bon interior for Bjurfors.

Oh, how I love this space! The tones (white, cream, tan, pale grey), the lovely light fixtures, the textiles. Everything! What a perfect little pad?!

Is there anything that stands out to you?

Get the look:

Main living room: white linen bed set, try My Own Bali for a similar wood and teak chair, ash hooks, the Schooley pendant lamp is similar, Söderhamn sofa (opt for 'without arms'), this blanket is similar.  Kitchen: pestle & mortar (love this!), Era chair, Georg Jensen candle holder (another favourite of mine!).

There are so many small spaces to love in this archive too. What they say about the best things and small packages - there's certainly some truth in that, wouldn't you say?!

Have a lovely day!

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Step inside Jennifer Harrison's bohemian style home

Hej hej och gott nytt år (happy new year!). I took a little bit of a longer break this year (I've found that when it comes to having your own business you've got to seize those quiet moments (plus it's a little easier when the boss is yours truly (the conversation goes something like: me - "Is it OK to take two weeks off" me: "Only two weeks?" I hope you had a nice break too? After new year we nipped to Norway for a few days skiing (aaaah, I'm so in love with that country, I can't even begin to tell you), and now feeling rested, invigorated and ready to go again (although oh so slow!). I thought I'd kick off the year with an inspiring home tour with a boho twist. The space is kind of apt as I reckon 2018 is going to be a lot about mixing in second hand, vintage and antique finds (more than ever).  This beautiful Cleveland, Ohio space belongs to Jennifer Harrison of Flea Market Fab fame. Jen describes her style as 'relaxed, curated and one that doesn't follow the 'design rules' and is a master at sourcing recycled finds which she combines to create a unique and cosy home (as well as to sell through her lovely shop). Let's step inside Jen's world.....

Aaaaah, I love this space. What I'd give to be able to live somewhere warm enough to warrant a porch / veranda like Jen's - how about you? Or perhaps you have one too?

And how fabulous is the vintage runner on the stairs? Apparently it was inspired by this picture (beautiful!).  

Is there anything you love in particular about Jen's home?

If you're loving this vibe - you can pick up beautiful Moroccan style rugs and poufs in her shop - and source other pieces here:

Living room - pendant lamp from Bisquecoffee table - West Elm, this striped linen (sold by the metre) is similar. Dining areaTulip table (I love this one with the brass base too!), black sheepskin throwSecond living room - sofa from Arhaus, Togo armchair. Source an industrial style cabinet here (this one is very similar). Porch - cushions from INDIEbungalow, I like this rattan coffee table.

Loving the boho style? You might also want to take a peek at this cosy, modern bohemian space,  the lovely home of Madewell's lead designer and a warm and inviting Danish home.

Have a great start to the week - it's great to be back!

PS - Looking for a new year's resolution? Vogue recommends taking a leaf out of my Lagom book (how fun is that?! ). Full article here.  

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