All posts tagged: Scandinavian interiors

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On my radar: new furniture designs and home accessories from my favourites

Today’s ‘On my radar’ is a round-up of simple chairs, tables and accessories by some of my favourite Scandinavian brands. From Muuto and MENU to Fredericia and Ferm Living, there’s a focus on celebrating the honesty of natural materials and the craftsmanship that goes into making these designs. Workshop chair by Cecilie Manz for Muuto Workshop is a simple, new chair designed by Danish designer Cecilie Manz for Muuto. I spotted the design at Muuto’s new showroom in London (on Baltic Street East) and fell in love with its sturdy shape and clean lines. The chair’s frame and legs are made of solid wood, while the gently rounded back and seat are made of veneer. It’s an understated, honest design that celebrates craftsmanship, highlighting the beautiful, refined joints and natural grain of the wood. Manz says of her design philosophy: ‘I design things that have a meaning to me. My general idea is always to have a clear argument legitimising the designs that I make. Function is essential, and if I cannot formulate a good reason for a new product, it is better to refrain from making it.’ …

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Creating a calm haven with grey wood flooring

I love the look of my white painted wood floors, but to be honest they’re a pain to maintain, showing up every bit of dirt and starting to chip in places. Original wood floors look great, but if I could do it all again, I’d probably opt for a more durable oak flooring in a light stain. So when Woodpecker Flooring got in touch, I was intrigued to discover their range of grey flooring. Their warming ashen shades and dusky hues, hand-finished to perfection with lacquer or oil to bring out the natural texture, are timeless but contemporary. Each range, from Salcombe to Harlech, is inspired by natural landscapes, seaside towns and woodland forests, with the intention of capturing an element of nature and bringing it inside. Woodpecker say: ‘Our family grew up in the timber industry. Passionate about the personality, life and atmosphere that wood flooring brings to the home, we’ve loved working with this natural material for more than two decades, from our very first small factory all the way up to the thirteen manufacturing facilities that we have …

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

I wish I lived here: bright, white interior inspiration for Spring

I wish I lived here: bright, white interior inspiration for Spring

I’m back with another ‘I wish I lived here post’. And let me tell you, this one is the dream apartment – fresh, white walls, exposed, whitewashed floorboards and beautiful period details. Just look at the ornate frame around the door to the bedroom. The space is light, airy and perfect for some white interior inspiration this Spring. I can just imagine how the sunlight might flood in through those tall windows on a bright day, or coming back from a market with a big bunch of fragrant greenery and slouching onto that sofa with all its linen cushions. Bliss! There’s lots of simple ideas to steal from this minimal space, whether it’s pairing old with new – the gilded mirror and chandelier somehow just works with the sharp, white table and black bentwood chairs. I wouldn’t have put those in that space, but it adds a bit of detail without being over the top. Or adding lots of textures to the bed to make it look inviting, or even wrapping some cheap white cloth around an old pendant …

Travel: A stay at SP34 hotel in Copenhagen

Travel: An (honest) review of SP34 hotel in Copenhagen

The headboards at boutique hotel SP34 in Copenhagen are possibly the most instragrammed ever. I’d seen plenty of this hotel across social media, so it was first on my list of places to stay when I hopped over to the Danish capital for a work trip last month. The beautiful, minimal design lived up to all my expectations, with its pared-back style and relaxing, muted colours. There were a few things that could be improved that I’ll get onto later, but it’s still one of the best places to stay in the city. Part of the Brøchner Hotels chain, SP34 is designed for ‘luxury bohemians’ with 118 simple yet elegant bedrooms, a cosy entrance lobby and bar, a private cinema for 25 people and access to two stylish restaurants. The hotel, right in the heart of the historic city centre, opened in April 2014 and featured on Condé Nast Traveler’s list of the 60 best new hotels in 2015. Located on Sankt Peders Stræde, the name refers to its address at number 34. The bedrooms are the main draw of SP34. Minimal but refined with a …

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Minimal designs from Menu’s SS17 collection

Expanding on their ‘Modernism Reimagined’ range from last year, Scandinavian design brand MENU has added new products to its collection for Spring/Summer 2017. Appealing to the minimalists among us, these carefully-considered, beautifully simple pieces are functional and designed to last. More and more I’m wanting to embrace the pared-back, minimal interior, living with less, and investing in well-designed objects that live beyond trends and fashions. It might mean a well-loved chair you pass from generation to generation or a set of glasses you always get out at special family occasions. I was once talking to a Danish sofa manufacturer and he said that in Scandinavia even sofas are often passed down over the years, and because they’re so well made, they may only need a little bit of reupholstering every generation. MENU’s new products, here, all show an almost obsessive attention to detail and an exploration of material and memory. There’s the beautifully crafted Tailor sofa inspired by the designer’s memories of his grandfather, a mirror that explores the history of our relationship with reflections, …

I wish I lived here: a light, calm living room

I wish I lived here: 3 light, calm living rooms

We’re deep into our renovations of our living room and kitchen in our new house at the moment (I’ll share a little progress report shortly, once all the dust has settled… literally) so all my thoughts have been on the little interior finishing touches which will make it home; paint swatches and tiling patterns, lighting plans and deliberating over plug switches, trawling reclamation yards in search of the perfect-sized floorboards (plus the other uglier truths I’ll just briefly brush over… overflowing toilets, inexplicable leaks, holes in the ceiling, dirt, dust, more dirt, more destruction). Anyway, if I try to project forward to a time when it will all be clean and clear of workmen, I picture a light, calm living space, something a bit like these three beautiful rooms I came across on Stadshem below, I hope. In keeping with this light, bright theme, I’ve noticed lots of living spaces forgoing dark hues and moody colours in favour of white or cream sofas. Perhaps not the most practical of colours, but they do appeal to …

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I wish I lived here: open-plan living in Gothenburg

I haven’t done an ‘I wish I lived here’ post in a while, but this is a classic – a lovely, light, open-plan space oozing with Scandinavian style and beautiful touches. I think you’re going to love it as much as I do. Light grey walls – tick, smart white kitchen – tick, concrete worktops – tick and minimal furniture – tick! I’m particularly inspired by this Gothenburg home this week because of the way the kitchen and living room seamlessly connect, with different ‘zones’ for dining, relaxing and entertaining. We’re planning on knocking down the wall between the kitchen and living room in our new house and I can’t wait for it to come down and become one big space. At the moment we’re spending most of our time walking around the wall from one room to the other. Here, the kitchen is tucked neatly next to the door to the bathroom. The L-shape of the kitchen units creates the perfect spot for the dining table without blocking off the living space beyond. I love …


I’m dreaming of… a calm scandi-inspired living room

In the process of selling our home and searching for a new one, my head has been full of ideas of how I would decorate my next abode. I’m like a sponge soaking up all sorts of things from all sorts of places; Pinterest, Instagram, magazines – squirrelling away decoration tricks, beautiful designs and material combinations for the day when I finally move in and can get going. So, to that effect, with my head in the clouds, I’ve been dreaming of a calm, new scandi-inspired living room, with lots of relaxed neutral colours and cosy textures. Come take a little imaginative tour with me… it would be a lovely light room, with tall ceilings and big windows. There’d be period details, perhaps a little cornicing or a pretty tiled fireplace. Flooring would be white or light grey painted floorboards and the walls would be white. Calm, clean and cool. Can you picture it? I’d carefully pick furniture that would stand the test of time. I think that’s the beauty of Scandinavian homes, they seem effortlessly classic and timeless, with …

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I wish I lived here: playing with neutrals in a small space

Oh my I am just drinking in all the details of this little home, I am so in love with it’s soft, calming palette of neutral colours. Two words – yes please! It’s the home of Stockholm-based stylist Josefin Håågs, who blogs at the brilliant and inspiring 20 kvadrat (do check it out). Here, what the space lacks in size, it makes up for in quiet, unassuming style, monochrome colour blocking and cosy, soft textures. From the gallery wall of black and white photographs to the dark greys of the linen bedding and the vintage wooden accents, it’s a calm, cohesive space with perfectly styled surfaces that never feels cluttered. The white walls make it look light and spacious, while the framed prints unite the different functions of the space. Have a look and I’ll tell you some clever tips and tricks you can nick from this space-saving home…   I think it really shows just what you can do with a small space; after all this is essentially one 20 sq m room with a hallway and bathroom. So here’s what you …