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I wish I lived here: white and light grey create a calm interior

I wish I lived here: white and light grey create a calm interior

How about this for a lovely, calm Scandinavian interior? It’s so beautifully and simply put together, from the light grey walls and neutral-coloured furnishings, to the centrepiece sculptural objects and artwork on display. Stepping into this home, I imagine you would feel instantly at ease. There’s something very relaxed and inviting about that soft, beige linen sofa, the reclining, leather armchair and the artfully rustic, wooden dining table with its grey Fritz Hansen chairs gathered around it. I think it shows that you only need a few key, standout pieces – a delicate, glass bubble ceiling light, a well-chosen dining chair or even a giant shell! – to create a stunning, timeless interior. When can I move in? Shop the look: What do you think, could you live here? All images: Alvhem, styling Sarah Widman

My home on Amara's Home Inspiration page - Scandinavian style interiors - grey living room

My home on Amara’s Home Inspiration page

Wonder where you can get all your favourite Scandinavian brands grouped together in one handy place? Well, look no further than online retailer Amara. You might be familiar with them for their interior blog awards they hold each year, but did you know they’re also a one-stop-shop for home inspiration. With over 300 luxury homeware brands and 35,000 products on offer, their website is a treasure trove of home accessories and furniture designed for stylish living. They’ve just launched an exciting, new section to– a shoppable gallery of inspiring images with lots of ideas on how you can achieve the same looks in your own home. They asked a group of bloggers, stylists and designers (including me!) to style up some of their favourite pieces from the site in their own signature style. Arranged by room, style and trends, the new page takes you down a rabbit warren of inspiration, with examples from real homes showing how these products can brighten up a space. Below is my home, with pieces from some of my favourite Scandi brands. You might recognise …

Travel tips: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen

Travel tips: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen

A while ago in February I went to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art for the first time. Located 25 miles north of Copenhagen (about 45 minutes by train) in Humlebaek, it’s a lovely mid-century modernist building set in the woodland overlooking the Øresund sound, the stretch of water that separates Denmark and Sweden. It’s a very peaceful gallery experience, connected to the landscape and elements outside. And it’s fast become my favourite art gallery in the world. When I had visited Copenhagen previously I had never really had the time to get to Louisiana. But I really wish I had. It’s definitely one of those places that should be top of your list when you visit the Danish capital. I went in February to see an exhibition on the Chinese architect Wang Shu. It was snowing outside and the gallery was a welcome retreat from the cold. The landscape outside looked bleak but beautiful, the large picture-frame windows framing views of the frozen lake on one side and the mysterious waters of the sea on another, as if …

20 scandi-style candlesticks under £30

20 scandi-style candleholders under £30

I’ve had a couple of people over on Instagram ask me where I get my candleholders from, so I thought I’d do a round-up of some of the best scandi-style designs out there. Because sometimes these things can be hard to find if you’re not really sure where to look. I’ve scoured small, independent British shops and well-known Scandinavian brands to bring you 20 candleholders under £30. From bargain finds to handmade chunky concrete blocks and minimal black shapes, there’s hopefully something here for everybody. Here are some of my favourites – tea and kate’s grey, concrete-esque candleholder (d)  is the most like mine above (sadly the shop I bought it from in Wimbledon has since closed), but sculptural, curvy dishes from Muuto and Normann Copenhagen (e + p) also caught my eye. For something a little bit different, why not Future and Found’s house-shaped design? a. Chunk of concrete candleholder by MENU, £30, Scandinavian Design Center b. Candlestick Loop Black, £29, Cooee c. Candlestick for three candles, IKEA PS 2017, £10, IKEA d. Catherine Lovatt …

catesthill soft dusty pink bedroom makeover inspiration - Farrow & Ball Peignoir

Soft blush pink bedroom makeover – BEFORE

Since moving in July, the kitchen and living room have seen complete makeovers, and now it’s time to turn our attention to the master bedroom. During the building works for downstairs, when walls were knocked down, chimney breasts removed and the kitchen replaced, this was our sanctuary away from all the dust and destruction in many ways. I don’t know if sanctuary is really the right word, because at times it felt far from peace and quiet… but for some weeks, without a working kitchen and heating, it was the only liveable room in the house. We had everything in that room – two beds, the sofa, three chest of drawers, boxes and boxes, and all our worldly goods. Barely an inch of the floor could be seen and you had to climb over a sea of stuff to get to the bed. We tacked curtains to the window with nails and cooked meals from a small microwave in a strew of clutter for six weeks. It was horrible, but sometimes things have to get worse before …

Raw concrete interior at Restaurant 108 by Space Copenhagen - Joachim Wichmann14

On my radar: 5 homeware finds for April

While I didn’t get out to Salone del Mobile Milan this year – the annual furniture and design extravaganza – a host of new homeware launches have caught my eye recently. So here are five new finds for April, from affordable smart lighting solutions that can easily be incorporated into the home to modular sofas and simple side tables, enjoy! Lune sofa by Jaime Hayon for Fritz Hansen Fritz Hansen has launched a new modular sofa called Lune designed by Jaime Hayon. Born out of Hayon’s previous designs for the Danish company – the Ro wingback chair and the cocooning Fri armchair – Lune has the same curvaceous lines and smooth, sculptural contours. The name in Danish means the feeling of everything being just right or something being at an ideal temperature – a little bit like hygge, it could be lying on the sofa under a favourite blanket or the snow falling outside while a fire burns warm inside. The Lune sofa comes in a multitude of possibilities, from a small two-seater to a large, …

Maison Louis Carré by Alvar Aalto

Inside Maison Louis Carré by Alvar Aalto

Maison Louis Carré – Finnish architect Alvar Aalto’s only remaining building in France – is a modernist architectural masterpiece situated about an hour outside of Paris. Open to the public from March to November, it’s a must-visit, Scandinavian gem for architecture and design buffs looking to get a deeper insight into his design process. As an avid Aalto fan myself, I’d already visited his home and studio in Helsinki, and was keen to step off the beaten tourist trail of Paris and step inside another Aalto interior, which combined architecture, furniture and design into a total work of art. The house is located in the remote village of Bazoches-sur-Guyonne and was the home of French art dealer Louis Carré. He acquired the sloping site in 1955 and the following year met Aalto at the Venice Biennale while the architect was supervising his pavilion there. They immediately bonded over their love of fine things – fine art, good wine, the good life – and became friends for life. Carré commissioned Aalto to design him a house that could serve both as a private …

Muuto grey armchair - 10 minimal, grey armchair under £500

10 minimal, Scandinavian-style armchairs for under £500

I’m on the hunt for a new, minimal, grey armchair for my living room. We already have this vintage, mid-century number – a bargain find from eBay (see it here in my living room makeover) – but we need another one to go opposite the sofa to even the space out and fill that empty corner. So that when we have friends over there’s plenty of seats to go around and we don’t feel like we’re all squished in a row on the sofa looking at one wall. Or someone invariably gets the short straw and ends up sitting on a hard dining chair brought in from the kitchen. It’s a fairly small space and we don’t want something too overpowering – just a simple design, most probably in grey, with bold, clean lines and minimal, well-designed details. Not too much to ask for you would think, but a small budget makes it a little trickier to find just the right thing at an affordable price. So I’ve scoured the internet and picked out the best buys for under £500 in case …

Fredericia furniture: The Modern Originals of tomorrow

Fredericia furniture: The Modern Originals of tomorrow

I’ve introduced the Danish design brand Fredericia before on the blog, when I visited their beautiful, light-filled showroom in Copenhagen. Today I am excited to delve a little deeper into their furniture collection and show you some of their designs styled in my own London home. Fredericia was founded in 1911 and named after the small Danish town of Fredericia, on the eastern edge of the Jutland peninsula. It has always been a family owned and managed company, from its modest beginnings as an upholstery workshop to its role in the emergence of Danish modernism led by designer Børge Mogensen in the 1950s. Today, it is a key player in the international design scene, collaborating with a host of respected designers, such as Jasper Morrison, Space Copenhagen, GamFratesi and Geckeler Michels. The brand strives to create what it terms ‘The Modern Originals’ – high quality, timeless pieces of furniture that are built to last and become even more beautiful over time. In-house designer Børge Mogensen had a philosophy for furniture that was ‘unpretentious, pure and honest’, and that message has stuck with Fredericia. Their designs are finely crafted armchairs that …

The daily ritual of coffee making with Stelton - the Theo range by Stelton

The daily ritual of coffee making with Stelton

I used to hate the taste of coffee, now I can’t get enough of the stuff. My morning coffee is one of my favourite moments of the day and one of the first things I do when I wake up – a few quiet minutes of calm just to myself, to slowly wake up and come to before the day really begins. During the week I’m a get-up-and-go kind of girl, the more time spent in bed the better, so a quick touch of my coffee machine is my saviour. At the weekends, the pace slows down and I can brew a large, steaming pot to treasure over a big pile of books and magazines in bed. As my coffee habits have grown and matured, so has my eye for all the paraphernalia that comes with it – amassing dozens of teacups and mugs in all shapes and sizes, French presses and milk jugs in the process. But I always ended up using the same cup day in day out. Now, instead of leaving all the best …