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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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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 …


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 …

Hilda Grahnat for House of Rym

The Garden Issue by House of Rym

As soon as I saw a sneak peek of homeware brand House of Rym’s Spring/Summer 2015 catalogue, ‘The Garden Issue’ on Instagram – a picture of one of their pretty teacups, nesting on a spongy layer of green grass and accompanied by the cutest mound of petit fours – I couldn’t wait to see the whole shoot and share it with you as fast as my little fingers could type. Here, they have well and truly banished away the winter blues, heading to sunny Gothenburg and the west coast of Sweden for a day of creative workshops, open-air picnics, and of course, cups of tea. House of Rym’s five designers’ meet-up takes place in Emma von Brömssen’s stunning 1930’s home, situated in an old fishing village. For this season’s collection, Emma has created the pattern ‘Lit de la fleur’ (you can see her painting it below); as the name suggests (at least if you know your French) she got her inspiration from a blossoming flower garden, which becomes a bit of a theme for the …


I wish I lived here: a clean, white Swedish home

As soon as it turned January 1st I had the urge to tear down all the Christmas decorations and have a spring (or winter) clean. Just as people like to make resolutions for their body, to be leaner and fitter, so I like my home to go on a detox: clean surfaces, fresh flowers and new magazines on the coffee table. I would love my home to be as clean and white as this one in Gothenburg; I love the white washed floors and white walls. It just looks so fresh, but the suede sofa and rustic wooden table stop it from looking too cold. What I would do for that light turquoise Smeg fridge too! This leather chair looks so comfy, while the unit raised off the ground extends the room slightly and makes it look bigger.   These black cafe chairs and rustic wooden table look great against the white walls. I spy my favourite String shelving unit… All images: Stadshem


A Swedish townhouse by Elding Oscarson

Stockholm-based Elding Oscarson has designed a modern sleek white townhouse in the sleepy town of Landskrona. The very narrow site is squeezed in between two traditional homes in the centre of town. The interior space opens onto the street with a glass door and up above to a rooftop garden as well as a courtyard on the ground floor. Inside, alternating floor slabs are connected by industrial white mesh landings and steps. It’s beautifully simple don’t you think? Images: Åke E:son Lindman


I wish I lived here: A mish-mash of furniture styles in Sweden

I love everything about this apartment, the owner is a girl (or boy) after my own heart. Their home is set in an apartment block by Swedish architect Nils Olsson, and features an envious collection of Modernist and retro furniture, such as Marcel Breuer Cesca chairs, String shelves by Nils Strinning and an Eero Saarinen tulip table (the latter two I have myself). The parquet flooring is original from the 1940s, while the graphic wallpaper in the living room is Fan by Erika Wakerlys. I love the plants dotted around the place and the giant map of Paris above the bed. This is everything I would like my home to be– there’s even colour coordinated bookshelves! Images: Stadshem

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Fantastic Frank

When I visited Berlin and Stockholm for the first time, they were both places I thought I could easily live in. I fell in love with Stockholm, with its design shops, Northern light and rustic coloured buildings, so I couldn’t resist sharing these two beautiful apartments from the truly fantastic estate agent Fantastic Frank. I like how they photograph the homes as if they were in an interiors or design magazine, it makes them even more appealing! Berlin Home, Simmelstrasse 41, Berlin Stockholm Home, Beckbrannarbacken 6, Sodermalm, Sofia, Stockholm.    


Hyttgårdsparken, Sweden by 42 architects

My former Bartlett tutor’s latest project has been featured on BDonline. To read the article in full see: or see below. 42 architects has completed the first phase for a new 6000sqm activity park in Falun, Sweden. Hyttgardsparken is situated in a Unesco World Heritage Site surrounded by a former copper mine and old workers cottages. 42 architects was first approached in 2006 to build a new activity park with a focus on skateboarding. The first phase of the project features a sunken concrete landscape for skateboarders. 42 architects consulted local skateboarders in Falun and designed a skatepark with a focus on street skating more similar to normal city terrain.,On one side of the park, there are stairs, blocks and rails, while on the other side towards the former copper mine, there are sloping banked surfaces and carved forms. Johan Berglund, founder of 42 architects said: “We felt that many of the parks that are built around the world are very alien to their environment, and as architects we felt we had a responsibility …