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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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Argos Transform Your Room challenge

A little while ago I was challenged by Argos, along with two other lovely interiors bloggers – Caroline of Patchwork Harmony and Jesse of Hecticophilia – to style a blank room completely from scratch. The Transform Your Room challenge was such a fun, utterly creative project and I’m so pleased to finally be able to show you the results now, not only of the finished space, but a video of the design process – my first venture into vlogging! I think it must be an interior stylist’s dream (or perhaps nightmare, I don’t know!) to get their hands on a bare room that they can do whatever they like with. At first I was a little daunted by the task, I’ve styled bits and pieces at home and corners of brand’s shops for various blogger events, but never on this scale (and with a camera in my face!). Naturally shy, I’ve previously preferred to keep two feet firmly grounded behind the lens… But, in an exciting move, I had recently started advising friends, family and new-found clients on interior projects, so this was …


I wish I lived here: an eclectic old shop in Malmo

How charming is this converted old shop in Malmo? I wish I lived here, with its tall ceilings, mismatched mid-century and modern furniture (spot Aalto 60 Stool imitations), and cool white kitchen. I’m also a sucker for piles of magazines and gallery walls, a constant in my own home – and I guess you may be able to tell why I like the ‘C’ poster here?! I also like the idea of painting a wall half in one colour, here in a lovely light sky blue. It gives just a hint of colour for colourphobes like myself, while also giving a feeling of intimacy and cosiness in an airy, bright, tall-ceilinged space. Likewise, with the thin strip of dark grey tiles in the kitchen and dining space…    Images: Bolaget


I wish I lived here: botanical-inspired bohemia in Sweden

I’m not usually one for a boho-look, with lots of patterns and frills, I tend to move more towards white walls and minimal furniture, but I love the look of this lovely boho home. I can just about handle that touch of William Morris ‘Pimpernel’ wallpaper because it contrasts so well with the sleek modern kitchen, with its clean white tiles and stainless steel units. The deep, russet shades are further picked up in the dark wood shelving and mis-matched, mid-century furniture. Who’d have thought it could work? I also love how this home has embraced nature, not just with the floral, earthy wallpaper, but with plants dotted around the place and wild-looking bunches of eucalyptus – like they’ve just gone into their garden and hand-picked some sweet smelling blooms. There’s little vintage touches which make it homely too, such as the old candlesticks and faded wall unit, even the ladder propped, just so, against the wall. Would you like to live here?         Images: Anders Bergstedt for Entrance

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Swedish Summer at Heal’s 2015

Many of you will know just how much I love all things Scandinavian. Well this summer, Heal’s is hosting a Swedish extravaganza that is not to be missed. Swedish Summer at Heal’s, taking place from 27 July to 23 August, will involve a pop-up market showcasing Swedish designer brands alongside some of the country’s signature food, fashion and lifestyle. Eighteen Swedish brands will sell their wares, from furniture and lighting to textures, accessories and ceramics (House of Rym, Design House Stockholm, Skultuna and Swedish Hasbeens, to name a few), while there will also be networking events and workshops, including flower headband-making, Swedish embroidery and quilt-making. Ticket holders to events will also be treated to a cinnamon bun and a coffee – a little break in the day that the Swedes like to call ‘fika’. In fact, celebrating Swedish design is nothing new to Heal’s, following the introduction of Scandinavian furniture to the store, and the UK, in 1951, Heal’s hosted several Scandi events, including one in 1971 that had a smorgasbord on the fourth floor, a Swedish …


I wish I lived here: soft pinks in Sodermalm

I’ve talked about my new-found love for soft pink before (and it’s not going away any time soon) – the colour looks great used sparingly in rooms to give warmth and femininity, without being over-the-top girly, and this lovely Sodermalm home is a case in point. I love the little touches of peachy pink, from the textured, multi-colour rug, to the vintage blush lampshade and Japanese-style teapot. It’s styled by Emma Wallmen and photographed by Anna Malmberg, what a dreamy team. All images Fantastic Frank


I wish I lived here: all the right shades of grey and cream in Gothenburg

So it’s back to the grind for me, and back to lusting over dreamy Scandi homes (keep an eye out – there’ll be a few posts later in the week with some snaps from my trip to Malaysia last week)! This home is in Gothenburg and I love all the neutral shades of grey and cream, they’ve got it spot on with the colours in my opinion – the painted grey floorboards contrasted with the buffed-up vintage wooden furniture and the soft creamy accessories. The owners have also made the most of the little space they’ve got, with that teeny tiny kitchen tucked into an alcove, it’s small, just enough to cook up something for one person, but it certainly is charming. I could easily while away a cosy night in here, candlelit and with a glass of wine… couldn’t you? All images: Stadshem


GIVEAWAY: emerybloom scandinavian prints

Entries for this competition have now closed, thank you to everyone who entered. The winner is Hilary! Readers of the blog can, though, get 15% off emerybloom’s prints with code CATE15. Finding and sourcing affordable art for the home can be a nightmare – you want something unique, that no one else has, but not something that’s going to cost the earth. Emerybloom is a new discovery of mine: a company set up by Welsh graphic designer Gareth Emery and his Swedish wife, My, that creates beautiful Scandinavian art prints from Malmö, Sweden. Gareth graduated from Falmouth University’s graphic design course in 2007 and for the past few years has been working mostly with online digital media – emerybloom is his way of going back to his offline roots, working purely with print. Featuring graphic motifs, geometric shapes and circular maps, each piece is printed on 100% cotton paper, using eco-friendly inks and recycled packaging. My favourite is the jagged lines of the ‘Wilderness’ print (above) and of course, I would have to say, the minimal letter ‘C’. And at about £27 a pop (for an A4 …


Made by Hand

I love sharing new design discoveries. Made By Hand is a Danish design brand that I discovered at Stockholm Furniture Fair in February. Set up in 2013, it has a passion for craftsmanship and timeless, refined products that offer ‘a sense of harmony and comfort to everyday life’. Inspired by Scandinavian traditions and styles, all the products are made – (by hand) – by local craftspeople in Denmark and abroad. I love their ethos: At Made By Hand our design perspective is shaped by our Danish heritage blended with modern interpretations of design with a straightforward function. The Made By Hand project is our simple manifesto for selecting the right design direction, the right designers, and the right design idea – making sure every new Made bBy Hand product lives up to our design values. We represent a straightforward design approach with an appreciation of all the small details, the finesse and the quality work that goes into a design made by hand. One of Made by Hand’s first products was the Workshop Lamp (first image) designed by A. …


I wish I lived here: a pastel Scandinavian home

How pretty is this fresh, airy, pastel-shaded Scandinavian home in Sweden’s Gothenburg with its tall ceiling and large windows? It has just a hint of Spring –I love how there are little vases of blooms, tulips and crocuses dotted around the place. The gallery wall with that pale pink ‘un, deus, trois’ print and the cosy, inviting bed with the Alvar Aalto stool for a bedside table are perfect too. It’s styled by Emma Fisher, who has a lovely Instagram account. I would love to live here, wouldn’t you? Styling: Emma Fisher, Images: Stadshem