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St Oak - a Dreamy Apartment and Holiday Home Near Berlin


Do you recognise the signature style in the picture above? Maybe this beautiful kitchen in a former schoolhouse, this Berlin apartment and country house or this charming cottage in Österlen, Sweden might provide a clue. 

Yep, Laura and Nora of Our Food Stories fame have been weaving their magic again. And this time it's in the form of St Oak Apartments in the charming town of Kyritz, North of Berlin. The pair started the renovation last February and now the loft is open for bookings! 

When it comes to beautiful design, they've certainly left no stone unturned. Not only does the 160 sq.m. (1722 ft.sq) apartment have a dreamy DeVol kitchen (the girls are chefs so they certainly know a thing or two about kitchens!), the apartment is full of Scandi design favourites including pieces from Frama, New Works and &Tradition

Laura and Nora tell me that the town is lovely and calm and there's a lake nearby for swimming and boating. So, I might just have to pay a visit soon. 

Take the tour to see if you might be tempted too! 














It looks like a trip to Germany might be in order, do you agree? 

Discover more about this beautiful apartment and book your stay here

To find out more about the furniture, head on over to @st.oak_apartments on instagram. You can also see other renovations over at @_designtales_

Have a great start to the week! 

Niki

Photography courtesy of St Oak Apartments, shared with kind permission. 

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A Dreamy Cottage by the Ocean Filled with Vintage Finds

It was the vintage zinc bath tub looking out over the ocean which caught my eye.

Instantly knowing that there was more about this home to be discovered, I delved deeper into the @thevintagerose_ instagram feed - and an entire coastal cottage filled with vintage treasures unravelled before me!  

The heritage cottage belongs to Amanda Skipper - who has lovingly restored the hideaway on the shore of Moulting Bay on Tasmania's east coast over time. Today Amanda and her partner can relax and enjoy in the views - whether from the veranda, sitting room or of course, the bath tub!

Ready to dream? 







Beautiful!

Having grown up sailing and now living a few metres from the Öresund in Malmö, Sweden, I find there is nothing more relaxing than looking out over the water. It's as if everything gets put into perspective and all worries fall away. Do you feel the same? It's my lifelong dream to live in a cottage like this. 

It's not just the view though. It's also the way it tells a tale of a past life through old brick walls, wood flooring, arches, a fireplace and all the other architectural details. And of course all the vintage finds!

Could you imagine relaxing here too? 

See more of Amanda's charming cottage over at @thevintagerose_. And just because we could all use a little dreaming this weekend, here are some more homes by the sea to enjoy: 


Right folks, that's it from me. The weather is so beautiful today, I might just switch off my laptop and head out doors. It's POETS day after all - (Push Off Early, Tomorrow's Saturday). 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

Niki

PS (contains ad for my own work) - While on the subject of relaxing by the sea - I've been meaning to say thank you so much to everyone who has picked up a copy of Njuta book - it really means so much!

Photography: @thevintagerose_, shared with kind permission

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A Beautiful Swedish Loft With Fabulous Dormer Windows!


Godmorgon! After my offbeat post on Monday (check out the amazing before and after pictures of a Swedish camper!), I am reigning it in a little today and landing back to earth. Not quite back to earth though, as this lovely home is high up among the rooftops of Gothenburg's Rosengatan neighbourhood.  

Sometimes great views come at a price - sloped ceilings. But the owners (or designer?) behind this beautiful apartment have worked around this in a magnificent way: creating bespoke cabinets and turning dormer windows into a wonderful feature. An open-plan living space, the bedroom alcove is separated by a glass wall - providing privacy while ensuring a flow of light throughout the home. Oh, and there are plants around every corner, so nature is never far away! 

Välkommen in! 











A perfect example that awkward shape spaces can also be beautiful, don't you think?

Is there anything that stood out to you? 

Looking for more inspiration similar to this? Check out: 


I also love this home - with it's stairwell library! 

Today is a public holiday in Sweden (we welcomed in spring yesterday with 'Valborg' - an evening of bonfires, marshmallows and singing!), so we're heading to Torekov for the day to enjoy a little sunshine - and I've also got a photoshoot for Skandinavisk (if you haven't discovered their Skog (forest) scented candle and Hav (ocean) body wash, you need to get on it, they smell absolutely divine! And that's not me being biased, I promise! 

Have a lovely day!

Niki

Photography courtesy of Alvhem, with thanks

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A Dated Swedish Caravan (Camper) becomes a Stylish and Cosy Home

Homes come in all shapes and sizes. And today, I'm excited to share Monica Karlstein's caravan. 

Monica is well known in Sweden for her DIY expertise - and recently transformed a dated caravan into a beautiful home from home in which to travel the country and beyond in comfort and style! 

Let's dive in to the before and after renovation: 


It's quite incredible what you can do with a few rolls of Sandberg wallpaper (I love the print we put up in the summer cottage bedroom!), a link of paint and layers of textile, don't you think? 

Tiered hanging baskets offer extra storage where needed, and since they move with the caravan, you can be sure nothing will fall in transit. We use baskets like this on our boat and they are so handy! 

Note how Monica has used strategically placed linen curtains to separate the cabin and sleeping quarters when needed. 


The kitchen fittings have remained unchanged, but a lick of paint has transformed the area into a light and airy space to prepare meals. A row of hooks provide space for tea towels and other small items. 


The dining area now has uber comfy seats for evenings indoors (when the weather isn't behaving), while seatbelts can be used for passengers when in transit. 


Small touches like braided decor and baskets with plants help to make the space feel homely. 


Such a beautiful renovation. And best of all, they'll have a lovely place to stay wherever they go! 

Could you imagine touring Scandinavia in this caravan too? 

You can find more details about this makeover here (in Swedish but nothing that a few pictures and google translate can't solve!). 

I love to see what people can do with tiny spaces and have featured a few other 'homes on wheels' before  including a Swedish couple who turned a Mercedes Sprinter into a campervan and a tiny house built on wheels. Or for tiny home inspiration you might like to discover: dream life on a budget: a tiny home and pottery studio in the woods and a tiny Danish cabin that's big on style

I hope this post has inspired you today!

Kram! 

Niki

Photography by Monica Karlstein, shared with kind permission. 

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