As the winter drags it's heels in Europe, is anyone else starting to dream of warmer climes?! I stumbled across Casa Sa Mar in the beautiful village of Soller on the North West coast of Mallorca this morning and thought it could be nice for us all to pay a virtual visit?! Renovated by Durietz Design & Development, the 450 sqm (4833 sft) señorial townhouse recently came on the market (perhaps if we all chip in.... ?!). I love the beautiful courtyard (those apricot walls!) and of course, that pool. Apparently it comes fully furnished too (with a lovely blend of Balearic and Scandi) - so all that would be left for us to do is sip sangria and maybe hit the beach. Who's in?!
Aaaaah. How I'd love to be hanging out here and feeling the warm sun on my skin, how about you? Other dreamy places in sunnier climes (which are actually available to rent rather than buy!) include Magnolia House, The Bower, and even your very own island get-away. How about it?!
I couldn't resist stopping by a second time today to share this Danish home with you. The lovely, sunny space belongs to artist Bettina Holst and is located in Haslev, Southern Zealand. On her instagram feed Bettina describes herself as 'creative to the bone' and her home reflects this with a beautiful mix of personal items, Danish design, Moroccan pieces and bright splashes of sunny yellow. Enjoy the tour!
What's your experience of patterned wallpaper? As a child in London I recall people covering lots of their home in a pattern of some kind (often DIY - which of course sometimes resulted in entire rooms of upside down roses!). I'm excited to see wallpaper steadily growing in popularity again (it makes me feel nostalgic, and done right it can look really pretty). So, imagine how happy I was when an invitation arrived from Sandberg wallpaper for the launch of their spring summer collection Arboretum at the beautiful Holmanäs Gård in Trelleborg. Small side note: if you're looking to get married in Southern Sweden, this place is your gig. It's so beautiful! I love everything Sandberg does so I knew I'd be in for a treat. Here's a sneak peak of the new wallpaper and some behind the scenes from the prettiest of evenings....
“This spring, we want verdant and patterned wallpaper on the walls. We have moved on from four white walls and we are much more adventurous in both pattern and colour. In our new collection, Arboretum, you can find everything from crisp to more dramatic colours which create a soft and fresh ambience in the home."
"We are leaning towards wallpapering the whole room. but there is absolutely nothing wrong with just papering one or two walls to give more life to the room."
Do you have a favourite? Being a softer tone kind of girl, my heart is set on the last one (Arboretet) - it would look so pretty in one of my daughters rooms, don't you think?
The party was styled by the Sandberg team, led by creative director Katrin Bååth - who's studio I once featured (I sat next to Katrin on the night and she's so much fun too!). The food was created by the amazingly talented Diana Dontsova (AKA Diadonna) - such a treat!
Thank you so much to Sandberg for a wonderful evening!
(If you're feeling inspired and looking for more wallpaper ideas - there's lots in this archive. If this pops up first just scroll past!). Tempted?
Have a lovely day!
Photography: Wallpapers courtesy of Sandberg. Party courtesy of Katrin Bååth.
I love a weekend get-away don't you? A few weeks back I was invited to visit Wanås Restaurant Hotel, a design hotel on the Wanås estate, deep in the heart of the Skåne countryside here in Southern Sweden. The magnificent estate is also home to a fairytale medieval fortress, a Sculpture Park (Wanås Konst) and an organic farm. Doesn't that sound romantic?! And guess what? It also tied in perfectly with my husband's birthday! Needless to say, I was packing our weekend bag faster than I could say "Ja!". Here are a few pictures I captured from our magical stay.
Wanås has a long history of inviting guests and art lovers, however, it wasn't until May. 2017 the estate opened its first hotel. Located in a converted 18th century building, architect Kristina Wachtmeister (one of the members of the family seat who lives on the estate) joined forces with Amundsen + Jansson to create the eleven room hotel. The team worked hard to maintain many of the original details of the building, including 1 metre thick walls and beautiful beams and created an interior that combines "Nordic design and sustainability, with locally sourced materials".
One of our favourite rooms was the communal lounge. We completely made ourselves at home by the fire with a drink (so perfect for warming the cockles after a snowy walk through the sculpture park!).
Another thing that makes the lounge toasty is that guests are invited to pour themselves a cup of coffee (or something stronger from the bar) and curl up on the sofa with an art and design book from the library (I might even have added my own one!).
Kristina was keen to use local resources wherever possible. The stairway leading to the first floor is made from oak from the estate.
All eleven hotel rooms have been individually decorated. Ours had high vaulted ceilings with original beams, as well as a small library of books, specially designed furniture by Christian Halleröd Design and a B&O Bluetooth speaker to play our favourite tunes! It would have been fairly easy to hang out there all weekend!
I LOVED the pink tiles with black grouting in the en-suite bathroom. How fab are they? I think I might just have to steal this idea at home? We were also treated to an Ifö roll-top bath (idea for a looong soak!).
After a little chilling, we tucked into the most delicious brunch at the Wanås restaurant. The menu is influenced by its surroundings: "the forests teeming with game, mushrooms, berries, and the organic farm that produces milk and meat, as well as vegetables."
Pictured: RUBN lights & Hans Wegner sofa upholstered in leather from the Wanås estate.
Note to Local friends - don't miss this brunch if you head to the sculpture park for the day!! Then again, you do kinda want to stay the night or you'll miss out on the four course supper - a true testimony to the chef's vision, and no doubt one of the reasons why the restaurant is included in The White Guide, 2018.
Skåne being Skåne, you can never quite rely on the weather. But as the famous Swedish saying goes: "there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing," and Wanås Restaurant Hotel has it covered with a very handy mudroom complete with Stutterheim raincoats (also available here) and different sized wellies for guests to borrow!
So, it was in this vein we wondered out to Wanås Konst which can be glimpsed behind the medieval fortress (home to the Wachtmeister family and often accommodating artists from all over the world working on their exhibits).
Run by an independent, non-profit foundation, the estate houses 70 site-specific contemporary artworks outdoors and inside the gallery. In the winter the indoor gallery (and shop) is closed for a few months (it's open between end of March until December) but there were plenty of incredible pieces to view in the park alone, including works by Anna Hamilton, Yoko Ono and Ann-Sofi Sidén.
Just as we stepped out the sun appeared from nowhere and the golden light filtered through the trees, placing a halo around the snowflakes falling from the sky. It was magical!
If you're anything like me and feel the need to touch EVERYTHING, you'll be pleased to hear many of the sculptures are interactive, with some artists even claiming their work isn't complete without people on them, in them or by them. This also makes it a GREAT place for families!
Featured sculptures: 'Two Different Anamorphic Surfaces' by Dan Graham, 'Together and Apart' by Antony Gormley, 'Old Sow Between The Trees' by Hannelie Coetzee, and 'A House for Edwin Denby' by Robert Wilson.
If you're visiting Sweden I can SO recommend a weekend stay at this magical hotel - or if time is of the essence, at least swing by for brunch and a lovely walk (art and and Swedish nature - what's not to love?!).
"This year will be colourful, sparkling and large scale. We're very excited," says Elisabeth Millqvist.
And who are we to miss out?!
A big thank you to everyone who made us feel so welcome at Wanås Restaurant Hotel including Kristina, Sofia and Elisabeth! It was a magical weelend and we can't wait to visit again soon!
Photography: all pictures by Niki Brantmark / My Scandinavian Home except the kitchen, dining table and bathroom which are by Magnus Marding.
*This was press trip to Wanås Restaurant Hotel, however all words are my own and I only ever recommend places to visit that I love and think you will too!
Did you know it's world sleep day? I've been thinking a lot lately about sleep (and lack of!). Firstly I'm the Mother of two, secondly I'm guilty of going to bed a little too late (I'm looking at you Netflix!) and finally, my husband and I have the worst bed E.V.E.R. Lurking under the beautiful set-up that is my bedroom is a double bed with one side slightly higher than the other and a super soft, 16 year old mattress! I kid you not! Knowing the importance of a great night's sleep (I even wrote about it in my Lagom book!), my new years resolution to look after myself a little better this year and the fact that we spend a third of our lives in bed, why do I put so much effort into creating a beautiful bedroom then scrimp on the most important thing?! Are you guilty of this too? This is my (surprising) journey in search of better sleep:
Now, you know me well. Comfort and good quality is essential, but it has to look pretty too. Which is how I discovered Carpe Diem Beds. After a little research (hey, I've been waiting 16 years, and it is after all, a 'big girl investment') I found that despite being a global brand (available in 20 countries) their beds are handcrafted in beautiful Lysekil in the archipelago North of Gothenburg, which is where my husband and I met! Fate?! A visit to Sweden's West Coast was totally in order (purely for research purposes, of course!).
In between blustery cliff walks, boat rides and the odd sauna, I learned that Carpe Diem Beds was founded by local chiropractor Börje Thuleskär, who was soaking up the sun on a bed of wild heather (found in abundance on the islands) and noticed the flora supported him and moulded to his body. This paved the way for the Contour Pocket System: a unique individually flexible spring system which works to follow the contours of your body and relieve pressure.
The beds are also built using the highest quality materials including frames of Swedish pine, bolsters of cotton and wool and mattresses upholstered with Talalay latex, wool, and cotton. They're also marked with the Nordic 'Swan' eco-label and individually signed by the person who made it! This also means you can decide the fabric, headboard and legs (love that!).
By the end of my two days I was sorry to leave (I stayed in a hotel with a Carpe Diem Beds bed and it was like sleeping on a cloud. For the first time in ages I woke up rested - body and soul!). It's absolutely no coincidence that I have since became an extremely proud ambassador.
Which brings me to the most important step in my search for better sleep - which bed to choose (each one is named after a place in the archipelago). Here are a few of my faves:
Their most popular frame bed, Malö, has an extra-high spring system, giving you a feeling of being weightless (loving the sound of that?!).
Härmanö is a continental bed with separate spring systems and classic double mattresses for maxing out on the comfort and pressure relief (so tempting!).
Set to launch soon, Vindö is designed to look like it's flying and has an app that lets you adjust the beds position, lighting and massage functions! Could. You. Imagine?! Would you ever get out of bed?! Here's their complete range of adjustable beds (just saying!).
So, what do you think? Do you have a favourite? I have mine. And my husband has his. Let's see who wins (to be revealed soon!).
Sleep... I'm coming for you!
This post is brought to you in collaboration with Carpe Diem Beds, however all words are my own and I only ever work with brands I love and think you will too. Photography courtesy of Carpe Diem Beds.
Hejsan! How's everything with you today? I'm curious, do you have a city that feels like a home from home for no other reason than it feels right? One of mine is Brooklyn! I always get excited when I discover a home tour in the New York City borough, especially when it's as lovely as this one. Mallory shares her apartment in Greenpoint with her partner and two cats and runs The Reserve, a thoughtfully curated shop selling the most beautiful rugs, poufs and cushions made from vintage Moroccan textiles. Let's take a tour...
How would you describe your style? My style tends to shift faster than I can keep up, but I would describe it as eclectic meets Mid Century modern meets California cool (in New York, of course). I’m drawn to natural materials like wood, jute, and wool and I love designing our space with a soft color palette in mind.
Tell us about your passion for rugs:
"I'm a big believer that woven rugs can add so much character and texture to your home and alongside plants, make a huge style statement! I'm a fan of rugs in the dining room, kitchen, and layered in a living room or bedroom. My jaw always drops when I see a pop of colour in a perfectly worn runner lining a hallway or entry."
Rugs can be really tricky - do you have any style tips for us?
"My tip would be to invest in quality handmade pieces with a history. Beautifully worn Persian rugs or faded Moroccan Boujaad rugs are my absolute favourite to style with. One-of-a-kind always wins in my book."
Loving the poufs you sell, do you have any advice for anyone looking to buy one for their home (i.e. me!)?
With poufs, my advice would be to think outside the box! I use my floor poufs as additional seating when entertaining, as space holders for those awkward nooks and crannies in the house, as lovely-to-look-at pet beds, and I stack them up to use as ottomans for movie nights at home. I know many people that also use them in reading nooks for kids or as meditation pillows.
Urban Outfitters NYC paid Mallory's a visit a few weeks back and turned their bedroom into a 'floral wonderland! Love how Michael (one of their kitty cats) is taking shade under a cheese plant leaf on the windowsill too!
Photography courtesy of The Reserve (with kind permission).
Thank you for telling us a little about your home and sharing your tips Mallory!
Hands up who'd love one of The Reserve poufs in your home? (*own hand shoots up*).
You can see more of Mallory's home and keep up to date with the latest items in her shop on instagram.
And more fabulous boho homes here - just in case you're after a little more inspiration (if this tour comes up first just scroll on passed)!
Have a lovely day!
PS It's the final day to get 25% off posters* at Desenio with code 'myscandinavianhome. Here's what I did with mine. *Except on the handpicked / collaboration poster category and frames.
* This post includes affiliated links which means that I make a very tiny amount of money (perhaps enough for a coffee and a choccy biccy from each post!) if you click or buy some of the items. Thank you for supporting the businesses that make My Scandinavian Home possible.
Hej hej! How are you today? In the mood for a Swedish home tour? If so, you're in the right place! I love the relaxed feel of this two bedroom apartment in Gothenburg and the balance between new nordic (that &tradition light!), classic icons (Ant chair, I'm looking at you!) and vintage finds (credenzas galore!). Enjoy the tour!
Collaboration*: There are many elements which help to make a home personal. One of my favourites is art. And despite being so happy with our window nook at home, I realised this was exactly what was missing! I gathered the My Scandinavian Home team for this one since there was paint, prints and one very heavy vintage lamp at stake (and my husband does getjittery when it comes to drilling holes in the wall!). Here's what we did with a little help from prints and frames from Desenio:
I'm a big fan of art photography (probably because I love taking photographs!) which is why the selection is made up of this genre. I was also looking for something that reflected my love of light (hey, it's pretty dark in Sweden half of the year - it's hard not to become obsessed!) and nature - but also wanted to add a playful /strong element (hence the Red Bubblegum portrait). I was actually slightly nervous about this piece but it has become my favourite print (and that's saying something as I have many and love them all!).
It's easy to think changes in my home are a spontaneous, quick fix affair. This is sometimes the case, but more often than not there's so much that goes on behind the scenes! For the gallery wall Gen put together a 3D drawing to scale in SketchUp so we could see exactly how the prints might look across the two walls (I love a gallery wall that goes around a corner!).
Don't worry, you don't need to be a pro at this kind of stuff (I'm certainly not!) - Desenio has a great create your gallery wall tool which is really easy to use and perfect for figuring out which prints and frames go with which and the sizes you'll need to order.
Another great move (which I can recommend!) was to tape paper templates of the prints to the wall to see how they'd look and play around with gaps etc. The beauty of this, is that once you're happy with the layout you can hammer the nails through the paper and then tear it away - and then you're ready to go! Happy wall, happy husband!
So pleased we mixed and matched the Desenio frames (two oak and three black). The wood adds a lot of warmth which is important when the majority of the prints are black and white.
I hope you like the results as much as I do!
If you're looking for art for your walls, the code “myscandinavianhome” gives 25% off posters* at Desenio between Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th of March, 2018 (bargain!).
*Except on the handpicked / collaboration poster category and frames.
Now all that's left is for me to go and chill in my window nook for a few hours (now, wouldn't that be nice?! Bah! Not going to happen!).
Tjena, hur är läget?! Oh have I got the most inviting of home tours to share with you today! I was so happy to meet interior stylist Anita Yokota at the Domino Design Blog Awards in New York in December (Anita was the well deserved winner of the 'best new blog' category). I can safely say she's the loveliest of people and just SO talented! A quick scroll around Anita's blog will have you re-arranging your home in no time - and her Instagram feed will result in searches for Moroccan poufs faster than you can say "boho"! It was so fun to catch up this weekend to find out a little more about her lovely, relaxed home in Orange County, California where she lives with her husband and three daughters.
What do you love most about your home? I love that it speaks my style and every corner tells a story of why it functions for us as a family.
Do you have any tips for anyone looking to create a similar style? My holy trinity of styling is layers, textures and patterns. They can be tone on tone or wildly contrasting. As long as there is balance and clean lines are visible in the space, you are good to go!
Thank you so much for inviting us in and telling us more about your home Anita!
For more inspiration it's totally worth stopping by Anita's blog - which she started almost a year ago to share her passion for design in easy, relatable design tips that anyone can translate to their homes. And her fab insta feed!
Have a great start to the week allihoppa!
PS More beautiful bohemian style homes here (if this pops up first just head on past, unless you want to look at it all over again, which I'd completely understand!).
PPS So looking forward to showing you my new gallery wall over my window nook tomorrow!
*This post includes affiliated links which means that I make a very tiny amount of money (perhaps enough for a coffee (flat white!) and a choccy biccy from each post!) if you click or buy items - although this won't cost you any extra! Thank you for supporting the businesses that make My Scandinavian Home possible.
I think it's time for a new mini make-over episode, how about you?! This time I thought we'd head to Berlin and the awe-inspiring studio of Our Food Stories and Design Tales (take a look at previous before + afters in the series here and here). The brainchild of creative duo Laura and Nora, Our Food Stories is a culinary feast for the eyes and has garnered a following of close to 1 million Instagram followers who stop by each day to get recipes (read more about the pair and their work and take a look inside their homes in this interview). Let's dive in and find out how they transformed the first floor of a derelict warehouse into a stunning studio for cooking, food styling, photography, workshops and events.
Oh and thank you so much to the series sponsor Builders Bay - an amazing online marketplace for builders, renovators and DIYers where you can buy and sell surplus materials, architectural salvage and ex display stock! Perfect!
Our Food Stories started out five years ago from a small studio in the countryside, one hour drive from Berlin. The tranquil setting was wonderful since it offset the stresses and strains of setting up a business, "It really rescued us, since the first years of building up our own company have been so stressful." However, the blog became increasingly popular and they eventually grew out of it. "It made sense to look for somewhere closer to home, so in the summer of 2015 we started to look for a Studio in Berlin."
Since natural light is a key element in their photography, it was important to find a space with at least one North facing window. Known as 'reflected light', north light is popular among artists since it bathes the subject in the same cool ambience throughout the day - giving artists and photographers greater control over their work (this has got me thinking about using the North facing windows in my home more!). The space would also need a high ceiling to fit their enormous tripod!
The pair went to view another property which wasn't quite right. However, from the window they spotted a building 500 metres away and immediately fell in love with the windows and the building which combined "nice and neat with old school charm". They passed by on spec and found that the first floor was still empty and had the perfect light (two north-facing windows) and height. Result!
"When we saw the space for the first time we just could not believe it was still available to rent! The first thing we did was check the point of the compass and the second time we visited we brought some flowers and did a little test photo shooting."
Despite the incredible shell, the space was in desperate need of renovation. The walls were yellow, and some walls didn't even exist. It also had no bathroom.
Thankfully they would need to do little in the way of renovating themselves.
"If you rent a studio or flat in Germany the landlord has to give it to you in a good (renovated) condition. As a renter you don't normally have a big influence on the renovation, but luckily we could decide on a lot of the details, which we are very thankful for. "
The landlord prepped and painted the walls (white) and, at the request of Laura and Nora, installed an incredible concrete floor.
The original eight metre high ceiling was something of a photographers dream but they were warned by the landlord that their heating bill would be astronomical if they kept it and a result it was lowered by several metres.
"We would never have lowered it, but the landlord told us that it would have been impossible to keep the space warm in the winter because the roof has no insulation."
Overall though, the duo are delighted with the results of the renovation.
The pair used furniture and lighting to divide the vast room into a series of zones: "we created different corners, which allow us to create different set ups." But they were also keen to keep the space pared-back and clutter-free. "It’s very important to have a space that is not too packed, so when it gets messy during photo shootings, you still have enough space."
Being food stylists and photographers, the kitchen was a major focus. The pair spent a lot of time thinking about which kitchen to install, in the end settling on a kitchen from Frama. "It perfectly fits the industrial surroundings, we are so in love with it!"
Despite the white finish, Laura and Nora are pleased that they can see the outline of the original brick wall. The lines / texture also help to break up the empty expanse.
The pair had free reign to paint some of the walls and used paint from KABE Copenhagen to add nuance and texture. "We just chose by intuition which wall should get which colour."
This mammoth tripod is one of the reasons they needed a studio with such a high ceiling!
"The way we choose the style of the interior comes naturally and is also kind of indirectly dominated (in a good way) by the space itself, its aura and its architectural character."
"We love the mix of old and new! Our home in Berlin is more modern, with new danish design interiors, our home in the countryside more rustic, but also with a modern influence and our studio is kind of a mix of both with industrial elements."
"Some of the vintage furniture is from Ebay and a lot of the old tables and lamps were bought from J&V and Urban Industrial."
"We are so grateful and happy to work in this wonderful space."
Just WOW!! This is my absolute dream (I wonder if they need a kitchen hand - or even someone to do the washing up?!). Could you imagine settling in here each day?
In case you're looking to create something similar at work (or home), here's the low down on some of the items: GET THE LOOK
The pair love to collaborate with other local talents. This incredible pampas cloud installation created by Mary Lennox spread across Pinterest like wildfire back in the autumn (it's easy to understand why!).
For more mouth-watering recipes you must follow these ladies over on their blog and instagram: @ourfoodstories, and @designtales for interior inspiration! They also have a beautiful book available here.
Which leaves me with one question. Hands up who'd love to work from a studio like this and eat lots of cake?!
Thank you so much to Laura and Nora for showing us their studio!
Have a wonderful weekend!
All Photography: Courtesy of Our Food Stories / Design Tales.
* All words are my own, and I only ever work with brands and services I feel are of interest to my readers. This post also includes affiliated links which means that I make a very tiny amount of money (perhaps enough for a coffee and a choccy biccy from each post!) if you click or buy items. Thank you for supporting the businesses that make My Scandinavian Home possible.
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