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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 …

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I wish I lived here: a cosy, moody home in Gothenburg

Today’s ‘I wish I lived here’ is a dreamy monochrome home with dark wooden accents, soft grey touches and greenery galore. It’s cosy and moody, perfect for snuggling under a warm blanket with a cup of coffee. So let me tell you why I would like to live here. First of all, that kitchen, with its smooth marble top and sleek black shelf, isn’t it a beauty? I love it’s minimal look and am totally digging open shelving in kitchens at the moment (see my kitchen board on Pinterest). I think it looks so much smarter, opens a space up, plus you can display all your favourite possessions, pretty tea caddies and pots of herbs, freeing up the worktop for a clean, clutter-free space. I was talking about bar carts earlier in the week (see the post here), and here’s a perfect example of a metallic version used for open kitchen storage and coffee making. It also has hooks on the side for hanging tea towels and pots and pans.    Who’d have thought of putting …


I wish I lived here: a light workspace

Hello and welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely time over the holidays and are looking forward to what 2016 may bring. I’m back with my favourite type of post – an ‘I wish I lived here’ post, where I share some dreamy Scandinavian home I would like as my own. As it’s a New Year, and wanting to keep things all fresh and bright, I’ve chosen this stunning white workspace that’s giving me inspiration to get back into the swing of things after two weeks of lounging on the sofa and eating mince pies! I would love a little studio of my own, with a large table to spread my things out on and a beautiful designer task light to work with. I’d have all the clutter and ugly office paraphernalia hidden away in those discreet white cabinets and pin up inspiration on the gallery wall above. Especially after a break, I find a clean, light workspace makes things all the more productive – there’s something about having everything ordered, a clean …


I wish I lived here: monochrome living

Gearing up for Christmas and everything’s gone a bit manic, I know I can’t wait for the holidays to begin. In the meantime, in a quick little post, I’m finding peace and tranquility in this beautiful monochrome apartment in the trendy district of Sodermalm in Stockholm. I love the simple, neutral colour palette that comes alive with pops of deep, dark black and dashes of pattern. It’s kept warm with wooden floors, unusual wooden furniture, sculptural branches and plants. The old architecture student in me is loving that graph paper wallpaper, and aren’t those spotty plates to die for, very Jackson Pollock? Here I’ve picked some lovely things from my shop to help you get the sleek monochrome look:   Images: Fantastic Frank