my scandinavian home

A cool vintage industrial style Stockholm pad

Friday, 17 April 2015

Oh hello Friday, how lovely to see you! And you brought the sunshine with you - you make my heart sing....! Today's industrial functionalist (or 'funkis' as the Swedes like to call it) apartment belongs to Hannah and Christopher Bastin and daughters Irma and Klara. Located in Vasastan, Stockholm, it's been artfully decorated with a cool industrial bistro style kitchen and a fab dose of mid-century throughout. I'm loving the plants, vintage furniture and pops of hot pink.  What a perfect pad for the weekend, don't you think?!  I've got my eye on those wine glasses....

Photography: Johan Sellén (shared with kind permission). Featured in Elle

Lovely, right?

Most importantly that wine glass storage: to get the look you can find a similar rack here. Or buy stainless steel prongs in a local hardware store and fix them to the wall like the owners have. On it!

Another nice detail (shown in the set of pictures over at Elle Decoration) is how Hannah has made a montage using menus from her favourite restaurant. Wat a great idea on so many levels?!

Many of the other items seen in the home have been found at flee markets all over the world - inspiration to go get hunting?! My favourite places online to find vintage / industrial items are Etsy, Ebay and Lauritz.

I love industrial style bathrooms with this one being one of my all time favourites, and I could soak for hours in this bath, beautiful right? I'm also a huge fan of outdoor baths and showers - part of the plan for my dream summer day! What does your dream cottage include?

Have a really fabulous weekend (I hope the sun's shining where you are too!). See you Monday!

PS A Dutch guy is selling his house and has found this entirely unique way of showing people around....genius?!!

The fab Brooklyn home and studio of a creative duo

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Recently I've shown quite a few makers' spaces. Having made the leap from the corporate world to starting my own business at home (tea, toast and laptop in bed on a snowy day - now you're talking!), I am intrigued by the worlds of others who combine their living and work space. Today's art-filled Williamsburg warehouse in Brooklyn is home and studio to creative duo Jessica Barensfeld and Simon Howell and cat Kooks. Jessica (a jewelry designer) and Simon recently founded Lynn & Lawrence - a shop dedicated to selling hand-knit alpaca and wool hats. The light, airy loft, beautifully captured by Emily Johnston, is adorned with surf boards, large-leaved plants and handmade pieces for a truly inspiring, characterful environment.

Home-owner: Jessica Barensfeld and Simon Howell / Lynn & Lawrence. Photographer: Emily Johnston (with kind permission). For: Urban Outfitters Blog.

Could you work/ live here?

What does your work space look like?

Although I love working from home, my ultimate dream is to share a creative work space. Is there anyone with the same dream? Or perhaps you're already there? Some of my favourite studios include this collaborative workspace in Brooklyn, the light-filled studio of Camille Styles and the industrial style atelier of Love Warriors. One day...!

For those of you looking for home office, atelier, and studio inspiration - there's a ton more inspiration here. Who needs open plan anyway?!

It's never wrong to take time to pour over a few converted warehouse homes too!
 If you'd rather think about anything but work today check out this camper-van / trailer with an unbelievable twist! Something for the summer holidays?!

Have a lovely day!

An elegant Swedish space in neutrals

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Oh to live in an apartment like this. The high ceilings, the beautiful wood floor, the original kakelugn (tiled fireplace). The space oozes elegance and serenity. The good news is it could be one of ours (it's for sale! - ha! Sweden anyone?!). The less good news is the furniture's not included- loving that safari daybed. Emigrating to Sweden or not, we all get to enjoy this beautiful space in all it's neutral glory right here, today. Could you see yourself padding around this apartment?

We might not all have a spacious, light filled space but we can take inspiration from the lovely details - for example, there's always space for the aforementioned daybed right? The lovely palm (in a zinc pot from Granit) and rugs (try Le Souk) add an exotic Moroccan feel. And I'm loving that nook - which is actually great small space inspiration - the owners have used the bottom shelf as a little spot for a coffee break - see other fab nooks here for inspiration.

Is there anything that stands out to you about this space?

Other spacious, light filled spaces include the beautiful Danish home on a hill and the breathtaking home of Danish novelist Annika Von Holdt (if you don't follow her beautiful life on instagram, it's a must!).

Have a lovely day! 

PS I was so happy yesterday's holiday home was so popular among those of you in Canada (in particular), thanks for all your comments. I've added Georgian Bay to my travel hit list!

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