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Home tour - I wish I lived in this monochrome Swedish home

I wish I lived here: a monochrome Swedish home

I do love a home tour and good nosy in someone’s home. This monochrome Swedish home caught my eye on Pinterest for that beautiful dining table shot, with the painted white floors, striking Flos pendant light and Fritz Hansen Ant chairs. I love how dynamic the combination is, it’s almost as if the lights are having a little conversation with the chairs, they both have such character. The light grey walls and light floorboards are a little like what I’ve tried to create in my own living room. How I would love to cover my sofa in a soft, linen cover, I’ve seen this design everywhere and think it’s having something of a moment! For the moment, until I can afford a new cover, or even better a new sofa, I have a handful of linen cushions to try and recreate the look. The bedroom is kept beautifully calm with light grey walls and no artwork. A wire mesh pendant light makes a statement. It looks like a lovely, reflective space, with that big window letting in soft light. …

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My living room makeover – painted white floors and light grey walls

It’s been a long time since I shared the first photos of our new house in south London. It hasn’t been the smoothest of renovations (nightmare builders, endless delays) so I’ve been reluctant to share much of the progress, because for a while there wasn’t any! But, just before Christmas the builders were finally out of our hair and we could get on with the decorating and making it home. I’m so excited then to reveal the first of the spaces to be finished – the living room. After the builders had painted the ceilings and whitewashed the walls, it didn’t take long to put the final coat of paint on and see a real difference. I spent the days in-between Christmas and New Year painting the original floorboards white and after leaving it to dry and cure for a few days, with a new month and new year, we were ready to move our furniture back in and put all the finishing touches in. There’s still a few bits be done, and it’s still a work in progress, but …

I wish I lived here: a neutral, earthy home tour

I wish I lived here: a neutral, earthy home tour

By the time you read this, I’ll be sunning myself in Australia (sorry not sorry and all that…), so in the meantime, here’s a lovely Scandinavian home tour to keep you going until I get back from holiday. This one, a two-bedroom apartment in Gothenburg, is simply stunning – I really do wish I lived here. I could more straight in, no problem. In fact, when can I get the keys? The spacious rooms feature a beautiful, soft, neutral colour palette, that extends from a light grey-beige in the living room, through earth wood tones in the kitchen, to calming blue-greys in the bedroom. Natural textures provide a cosy, warm setting – I can just imagine sinking into that linen-covered sofa below or walking barefoot on that shaggy carpet. There’s something quite autumnal about the colours, while smart monochrome accessories – black and white framed prints and task lighting – keep the space contemporary. An aged table sits at the heart of the kitchen, surrounded by a mis-match of black dining chairs. The extractor fan …

I wish I lived here: soft shades of grey in Sweden

I wish I lived here: soft shades of grey in Sweden

I’m getting serious kitchen and bathroom envy here. How beautiful and calm is this three-bedroom flat in Gothenburg, Sweden? I certainly wish I lived here. The light flooding in, the soft shades of grey, the lime washed floorboards, the big connecting rooms, the list is endless, and that hexagonal marble floor in the bathroom, swoon! Most of all, I like the kitchen, with its simple, handle-less doors and smart marble worktop; I’m not sure if I could keep it all that clean but it looks a dream. I like how it doesn’t look to kitchen-y – all the appliances and kitchen clutter hidden away – in fact I can hardly see that hob it is so discreet. Definitely writing notes for my next kitchen. And the bathroom… oh so smart and oh so white. Really lovely and light, with the white walls, modern sanitary ware and a hammam-style floor; it looks like somewhere you could really pamper yourself even though it’s probably a really small space. That’s a great space saving idea – if you have a …

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Alternative Christmas decoration

The temperature has suddenly dropped in the last few days, there’s definitely a chill in the air and it’s making me feel a little bit festive. I’m starting to think about getting the house ready for Christmas and thought I’d share some inspiration for alternative Christmas decoration. Although I’m a traditionalist when it comes to the routine of Christmas Day, I prefer a more subtle, modern approach when decorating the home. I hate clutter and colour (I’m the kind of person who turns colourful books round the wrong way on shelves…), and all things kitsch and fake (except for Christmas jumpers of course), so for Christmas I look to nature for inspiration – lots of greenery, natural materials and cosy textures. Taking notes from Scandinavia and the Nordic countries, I’m thinking minimalist Christmas trees, monochrome wrapping and handmade paper folded decorations. But it doesn’t have to be cold or lacking in personality – I’m all for creating a festive atmosphere, with thoughtful handmade touches, a bit of creativity and a handful of Danish hygge. Instead of fairy …

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I wish I lived here: a home with vintage touches

This week, this lovely light home, in the district of Masthugget in Gothenburg, caught my eye on the website of one of my favourite Scandinavian estate agents, Stadshem. I love the contrast of the rusty brown furniture against the plain white walls- it has the perfect mixture of old and new. And those white tiles with grey grout- the Scandinavians just do it so well! Images: Stadshem

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I wish I lived here: a white Stockholm apartment

A new year calls for a fresh slate, out with the old and in with the new. This clean and white apartment in Stockholm from Fantastic Frank inspires me to strip back, paint everything white and clean everything up. I love the contrast of the bright orange Eames chairs with the whitewash floor and white kitchen cupboards. I would usually never pick orange chairs- it’s one of my least favourite colours- but this home could convince me not to be so grey and boring.   Images: Fantastic Frank

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Fantastic Frank teams up with Mes Dames

Mes Dames, the fashion house with both Swedish and French roots, has teamed up with Scandinavian estate agent Fantastic Frank to promote it’s new collection and show off a stylish apartment in Stockholm. The founder of Mes Dames, Lisa Wikander has opened two stores in Shanghai, one in Paris and one in Stockholm since starting the brand in Paris in 2009. For the Spring/Summer 2014 collection, Wikander was inspired by Estrid Ericson, the founder of Svenskt Tenn, a Swedish interiors and decoration firm. She says: Estrid was a female avant-garde entrepreneur with an exquisite sense of aesthetics. Her traveling and collection of beautiful objects, the reinterpretation of historical references, and the constant presence of nature particularly inspire us. The collection is built up around a pared down silhouette, well tailored in pure materials, with a light and natural touch, spiced up with objets de curiosité. The house itself dates back to 1912 and features two bedrooms, an open living room and kitchen as well as a small attic with a fireplace and balcony. It is for …

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I wish I lived here: a bright Malmo apartment

This early twentieth century apartment in the stylish Swedish city of Malmo is lovely and bright. It recently sold to one very lucky owner (you can see more pictures here). Set on the third floor of a housing block on Queen Square, the apartment features tall ceilings and beautiful herringbone floors. The owners have decked it out in typically Scandinavian style, with brightly coloured Marimekko cushions and early Modernist furniture by Charles and Ray Eames and Arne Jacobsen. I could definitely live here! Images: Bolaget