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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 …

COS x HAY spring/summer 2017 campaign

Fresh styling from COS X HAY Spring/Summer 2017

Spring is very nearly here, the days are lighter and everything feels brighter. As we look ahead to the new season, here’s some lovely, fresh, spring-like styling from COS X HAY’s new Spring/Summer 2017 campaign. The love affair between fashion brand COS and Danish design brand HAY continues with deep green accessories for the home, pared-back neutral ceramics and elements for springtime rituals. The curated collection, now in its third year, is available in stores and online, offering simple, straightforward, functional designs at affordable prices. Says Rolf Hay: ‘We want people to buy things that they can treasure for many years, not throw away.’ I’ll now let the images do the talking… Here are some of my favourites from the Spring collection, lots of fresh greens and soft neutrals: Shop the COS X HAY collection in COS London High Street Kensington, Vienna Neubaugasse and Gothenburg as well as online across Europe. What are your favourites? All images courtesy COS X HAY

MÛR lifestyle lookbook

MÛR lifestyle lookbook

MÛR lifestyle is a Winnipeg-based lifestyle brand founded by husband and wife Danielle and Joël Cyr. I’ve been following them for a while on Instagram now, liking pretty much every photo they post, so I was delighted when they released their first-ever lookbook full of the most beautifully styled images you can imagine. Styled and shot in their own home, Danielle and Joël have a lovely, relaxed style – think clean white walls, nature textures, soft, muted tones and simple, functional objects. Their philosophy is something that I strive for in my own home; as they say: ‘Our philosophy is quite simple. We love beautiful and functional pieces that carry a timeless aesthetic. But more importantly we want to encourage people to move away from the “disposable culture” that is so prevalent and adopt a more mindful approach to buying.’ MÛR is French for ripe, it means ‘something that is developed to the point of readiness, fully matured like a pear that is ready to be picked and savoured.’ Their beautifully curated shop features carefully chosen pieces from small-scale manufacturers, artisans and designers who also subscribe …

Easy stylish Spring entertaining

Easy spring entertaining

Hurrah, the clocks have gone forward and we have an extra hour of sunlight! As soon as the sun comes out and the light evenings last a little longer, I always feel like it’s time to crack out a cold drink and gather some friends and loved-ones together. So, today I’m showing you how to style a lovely relaxed table for some Spring entertaining, using some smart Scandi accessories from Danish brand Lene Bjerre, available at Houseology. With an other half who is French, I’ve well and truly adopted the tradition of apéro, that time around 7pm when you can sit back, forget about work, open a bottle and enjoy some great food with great company. Taking inspiration then from the French, mixed in with some tapas-style dining from the Spanish, this look is really informal and laid-back. It’s more about bringing items to the table spontaneously in the moment, rather than neat, straight place settings that have a formal atmosphere. It’s about gathering over a platter of yumminess, everyone digging in and helping themselves, drinks in hand …

Styling a picture shelf

home tips: styling a picture ledge

Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what to put above a bed, do you choose a piece of art, a feature wall of patterned wallpaper or a fitted light for reading? What if you have a big bedhead that takes up all the space? Well if you’re a little undecided like me, and don’t want to commit to one piece of art, then a picture ledge is a great way to add a focal point without over dominating this sacred sanctuary of your home. Minimal and discrete, the slimline shelf fits neatly above the bed, providing a handy surface for pictures, books, plants and pretty trinkets. For me, it’s also a constantly changing canvas to switch up every now and then if you get bored, without breaking the bank and going out shopping again! Tired of that print you got last year? Want a little refresh? Simply, move things around and start again to give a completely new feel to the room. For ages in our bedroom, we didn’t have anything above the bed, we don’t even have a bedhead either, and I …

Cosy autumn bedroom with Addition

Cosy autumn bedroom with Addition

It’s definitely that time of the year to snuggle down and prepare the home for winter – I’ve even been lighting candles during the day recently. The Danish call it Hygge, which roughly translates as cosiness but encompasses so much more – basically, creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. Not much to complain about that. So, as the temperatures drop, I’ve taken the opportunity to add a couple of cosy additions to my bedroom to make it look and feel warmer. I’ve recently discovered beautiful new online shop Addition, which provided the perfect excuse to have a little re-style with some of their products (psst… scroll down for a little giveaway too!). London-based Riti Kallas and her business partner Sri launched Addition in August. Riti, originally from Estonia, and Sri, from Singapore, have combined their two heritages from different sides of the world to curate a lovely collection of mainly Asian and Scandinavian brands. They sell everything from mid-century style patterned mugs and bowls, to Scandi-style candle holders, monochrome throws and utilitarian trays. ‘While …


Styling the Seasons: October 2015

This post didn’t get off to the greatest of starts. I wanted to feature a recipe for my October Styling the Seasons, to symbolise the change in seasons, the slightly colder weather and the desire to stay cosy and warm inside and bake. However my cookery skills had other plans… I had great plans for a beautiful fig loaf cake, with a jammy compote in the centre. It was all going so well until I got it out of the oven and it, well, sort of collapsed, with a burnt top and a wet middle. Suffice to say it was a DISASTER and no one wants to see that… I will not be getting star baker anytime soon. Running out of inspiration, and eggs, I decided to resort to my fail-safe recipe that I just love to cook over and over again – French Madeleines! You can always rely on your favourites right? That’s why they’re classics. Madeleines are surprisingly easy to make, super quick in to cook and taste buttery and delicious straight out the …


Urban Jungle Bloggers: Plants and Flowers

‘Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. […] There were flowers: delphiniums, sweet peas, bunches of lilac; and carnations, masses of carnations. There were roses; there were irises. Ah yes – so she breathed in the earthy garden sweet smell […] the delicious scent, the exquisite coolness. And then, opening her eyes, how fresh like frilled linen clean from a laundry laid in wicker trays the roses looked; and dark and prim the red carnations, holding their heads up; and all the sweet peas spreading in their bowls, tinged violet, snow white, pale – as if it were the evening and girls in muslin frocks came out to pick sweet peas and roses after the superb summer’s day, with its almost blue-black sky, its delphiniums, its carnations, its arum lilies was over…’ from Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf I’m just a little bit (read – ALOT) excited about this month’s Urban Jungle Bloggers theme, it’s plants and flowers! While I love to have succulents and cactuses dotted around the house, and try but fail …

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White to Bright Style Challenge: dark walls

When Chairish – a curator-approved, online marketplace for vintage furniture – emailed me and challenged me to step away from the basic neutrals and imagine a bold colour scheme for a room, I was a little hesitant – confession, I’m an absolute colour-phobe! Every wall in my flat is painted white, and if it isn’t white then it’s light grey, which to be honest, looks white most of the time… I’m really not very brave when it comes to colour, I play it very, very safe and this was just what I needed to shake me out of my self-induced rut. So, in a bid to go from ‘White to Bright’, I went into the complete opposite direction to light colours: the deep, moody, dark indigo blues and blacks. Maybe it’s because the weather’s starting to get a bit chillier and I feel the need to hunker down, candles burning, with a cosy blanket and a good book – a dose of Hygge the Dane’s would call it. It’s a tricky one to get right, but dark walls can really work, without …


Styled: COS x HAY’s curated collection

Beautifully simple and modern clothing brand COS has been subtly working with contemporary Danish design firm HAY for years, you might have seen their minimal HAY rails used in stores to display clothing for example. But in an exciting move, the two Scandi-style brands are teaming up to present a carefully curated collection of objects, available online and spread out in all their neat and organised glory in the COS Kensington High Street store. COS heads of design Karin Gustaffson and Martin Andersson have handpicked items from the HAY range, from their distinctive, colourful trays to unusual glassware, porcelain cups and cotton quilts – ‘We made sure we selected items from across the HAY range so that there’s something for every room, occasion and price point, we like to describe it as HAY seen through the eyes of COS,’ says Andersson. Mette + Rolf Hay, the co-founders of HAY add: ‘At HAY we see ourselves in between fashion and architecture and in working with COS we feel like we have found a perfect home.’ I think this really …