Tehnici de decorare prin șablonare cu Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Tehnici de decorare prin șablonare cu Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

noiembrie 23 @ 15:30 - 19:30

Veți face cunoștință cu diferite tehnici de șablonare pe care să le folosiți pe mobilă, pe pereți, pe piese mici de decor sau pe materiale textile. Veți exersa șabloanarea simplă, în 2 sau mai multe straturi, umbră, multicoloră și 3D. Vom lucra cu șabloane speciale, englezești, și cu produsele din Sistemul Annie Sloan. Este un avantaj dacă ați participat deja la Cursul Bază-1 – Tehnici de reînnore și antichizare mobilă cu Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™

Toți participanții la workshopurile noastre beneficiază de 10% reducere pentru toate produsele din magazin, timp de 15 zile, plus un voucher în valoare de 10 lei pe care să-l folosiți la un alt workshop organizat de noi.

Preț curs: 170 lei.

Având o experiență de peste 2 ani și mai mult 700 de absolvenți ale workshopurilor noastre, vă oferim un curs unic, interactiv la care obțineți cunoștiințele necesare pentru a șablona corect, prin diverse tehnici. În PLUS veți lua cu voi tablourile realizate! Toate materialele folosite vor fi asigurate de Rouge Boutique Decor.

Cursul durează aproximativ 4 ore, cu o pauză de cafea și snacksuri (incluse în preț).

Pe site găsiți căteva exemple de piese de mobilier (noi sau vechi) finisate de noi cu Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™. Click aici: Lucrările noastre

La cerere putem organiza și workshopuri private. Pentru detalii în legătură cu prețul și data vă rugăm să ne vizitați în magazin sau scrieți-ne mesaj.

Peste tot în lume aceste cursuri pot fi predate doar de către stockiștii autorizați Annie Sloan. Informațiile prezentate le-am adus direct din Oxford, de la Doamna Annie Sloan.
Dacă aveți întrebări vă rugăm să ne sunați la 0756 128 800, 0745 069 489 sau 0368 462 499, sau trimiteți mesaj pe contact@rbdecor.ro sau vizitați-ne în magazinul-atelier: Brașov, N.Bălcescu 62 (la etajul 3 al magazinului Star). La înscriere vă rugăm să achitați cel puțin 50% din prețul cursului, pentru a avea locul asigurat.
Din dorința de a avea rezultate cât mai bune vom lucra în grupuri mici de 3-6 persoane. Grăbiti-vă, locurile sunt limitate!

Contramandarea wokshopului: participarea la workshop se poate contramanda cu cel puțin 48 ore înainte de începere. În acest caz puteți alege să primiți înapoi contravaloarea sumei achitate. Dacă contramandarea are loc la mai puțin de 48 ore de la ora începerii, atunci nu avem posibilitatea returnării banilor, dar vă oferim o altă dată la care să puteți participa la cursul care vă interesează. Participarea la curs poate fi contramandată o singură dată.

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Cu vopseaua Annie Sloan se poate vopsi mobilier de PAL

Bucurie mare! Pot să vă dau o veste maaare! De acum se găsește vopseaua minune a lui Annie Sloan și în România.

Pentru cine cunoaște această vopsea, asta este între-adevăr o veste bună pentru că, asa cum spuneam în titlu, cu vopseaua cu pricina se poate vopsi (aproape) orice din casă: mobilier de lemn, se poate vopsi și mobilier de PAL, obiecte decorative din lemn, sticlă și metal (rame de oglinzi, vaze, fructiere din metal și multe altele), ba chiar și accesorii textile și obiecte din piele.

Cine nu știe nimic despre Annie Sloan și vopselele ei, poate o să ridice din sprânceană la citirea acestor rânduri elogioase. Așa încât, în locul unor cuvinte mari care să îi convingă și pe cei mai neîncrezători vă arăt câteva imagini cu obiecte vopsite cu această vopsea.

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În exemplele acestea (găsiți alte câteva sute pe Pinterest) s-a vopsit mobilierul, cada și, în ultima imagine, chiar draperia este vopsită cu Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Așa că, vedeți și voi, posibilitățile sunt infinite iar îndemnul meu, cum bine știți deja, este să nu aruncați obiectele vechi. Întotdeauna se pot găsi utilizări noi iar vopseaua asta chiar face imposibilul posibil, inclusiv pentru cei care nu sunt foarte îndemânatici sau care nu au foarte mult timp la dispoziție.

Puteți găsi vopseaua Annie Sloan în sfîrșit și la noi, deocamdată pe pagina de facebook și în curând într-un magazin online.

Am rugat-o pe Melinda, cea care a adus această vopsea în România, să ne povestească despre cum a descoperit ea această vopsea, cum a ajuns să fie distribuitor și ce presupune asta. Pentru că, se știe, Annie Sloan ține foarte mult să-i cunoască pe toți cei care îi vând vopseaua pentru a fi sigură că toate informațiile necesare vor ajunge la clienți.

„Sunt manager relatii publice, dar in ultimii 3 ani jumate am fost in concediu de crestere copil – am doi copii mici. In acest timp am inceput sa cos si sa vopsesc. Da fapt de vopsit m-am apucat cand ne-am mutat in Ciceu intr-o casa veche, pe care am reinnoit-o. Am gasit in sura si in pod piese de mobilier vechi, care meritau o viata noua, asa ca am incercat vopseaua Annie Sloan si a fost iubire la prima vedere, adica la prima incercare.

Folosesc produsele Annie Sloan de trei ani, am vopsit foarte multe lucruri, am fost si la un workshop tinut de un stockist din Ungaria si am zis sa incerc si eu sa fiu stockist, ca nu se gasaste inca vopseaua in Romania.

M-am intalnit cu Annie Sloan si echipa ei in Austria, unde a venit pentru un workshop. Dupa aceea am facut o intreprindere individuala, pantru ca trebuia personalitate juridica pentru aplicare si am trimis formularul de aplicare. Toate aceste proceduri au mers prin stockistul din Ungaria, ea fiind cel mai apropiat reprezentant. Daca imi amintesc bine, m-au instiintat in septembrie ca mi-au acceptat aplicatia, astfel am inceput procedura oficiala pentru distribuirea vopselei. Nu a fost usor, a fost nevoie de o gramada de permise, inclusiv de la agentia de protectia mediului. Acum am deja in stoc aproape toata gama de produse Annie Sloan: vopsele, ceruri, lac, pensule pentru vopsea si pentru ceara, vopsea pentru perete, set de crapare, si ceea ce nu am in stoc, se poate comanda.

In octombrie am fost in Oxford la sediul Annie Sloan Interiors la doua workshop-uri tinute special pentru stockisti. Au fost chiar speciale, mai ales ca au fost sustinute de Annie Sloan in persoana. Ea e o femeie extraordinara, cu o atitudine extra pozitiva. Are cam 1500 de stockisti in intreaga lume si s-a intalnit personal cu fiecare dintre ei. Asta e politica ei de afacere. Am invatat multe de la ea si echipa ei si sper sa pot da mai departe aceste cunostinte si la altii prin workshopuri.”

Așadar, dragii mei, dacă până acum aveați rețineri în a vopsi diverse obiecte din casă, de acum puteți să vă apucați serios de vopsit mobilier vechi și ce mai vreți dintre obiectele care vă înconjoară pentru că această vopsea este foarte, foarte ușor de folosit (am vopsit cu ea vreo trei piese de mic mobilierul iar rezultatele au fost mereu încântătoare).

Produsele pe care le aduce Melinda le vedeți cel mai bine pe blogul ei,
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Spor la vopsit!

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New finds | November 2018

A 50th-anniversary edition of Verner Panton's 'Flowerpot' lamp | These Four Walls blog

The start of another month means it’s time for my regular round-up of design and lifestyle news. So, read on for a look at the latest product launches to catch my eye, together with details of a few events, magazines and books that might be of interest…

A blanket in aid of a good cause

First up is Ferm Living, which has launched a beautiful new blanket to support the work of the Danish Red Cross this winter. Called ‘Enfold’, it’s made from high-quality wool with a blue-mélange weave and looks wonderfully warm and snuggly. It costs €75 and all the proceeds will be used to provide aid and care to people around the world facing the cold months ahead without adequate shelter, clothing or heating.

Ferm Living's 'Enfold' - a blanket in aid of a good cause | These Four Walls blog

Ferm Living's 'Enfold' - a blanket in aid of a good cause | These Four Walls blog

Ferm Living's 'Enfold' - a blanket in aid of a good cause | These Four Walls blog

Ferm Living's 'Enfold' - a blanket in aid of a good cause | These Four Walls blog

New pieces from Normann Copenhagen

Another of my favourite Danish brands, Normann Copenhagen, has just announced details of two new pieces created by designer Simon Legald. The first is ‘Phantom’, a voluminous lamp whose dramatic silhouette was inspired by the opulent shapes of traditional chandeliers. It’s formed from a semi-transparent ivory-coloured resin, which is sprayed onto an inner steel skeleton and emits a warm, diffuse light. There are three different shapes and sizes to choose from, with prices ranging from €605 / £545 / $825 to €1,120 / £1,090 / $1,645.

The 'Phantom' lamp from Normann Copenhagen | These Four Walls blog

The 'Phantom' lamp from Normann Copenhagen | These Four Walls blog

The 'Phantom' lamp from Normann Copenhagen | These Four Walls blog

The second is ‘Studio’, a stackable chair consisting of a moulded plywood shell on a slender black-steel frame. It’s simple yet eye-catching and suits all sorts of different settings, from dining spaces to meeting rooms. It comes in five colours – oak, black, ‘oyster grey’, ‘warm caramel’ and ‘grass green’ – and is available with or without armrests; there’s also a bar-stool version. Prices start at €295 / £265 / $405.

The 'Studio' chair from Normann Copenhagen | These Four Walls blog

The 'Studio' chair from Normann Copenhagen | These Four Walls blog

The 'Studio' chair from Normann Copenhagen | These Four Walls blog

The 'Studio' chair from Normann Copenhagen | These Four Walls blog

A 50th-anniversary edition of Verner Panton’s ‘Flowerpot’ lamp

Sticking with Denmark, &tradition has introduced a special high-gloss finish for Verner Panton’s ‘Flowerpot’ lamp to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this iconic design. Panton first created the lamp in 1968, blending a minimalist aesthetic with the freewheeling spirit of the ‘Flower Power’ movement to form a fun yet sophisticated piece which has been much loved ever since. The new finish is available on both the pendant and table-lamp versions and comes in a range of hues, from muted grey-beige to vibrant mustard and deep, dark green. &tradition is also showcasing the ‘Flowerpot’ at a pop-up installation and shop at Østergade 61 in Copenhagen until 31st December, so do pop in for a look if you’re in town.

A 50th-anniversary edition of Verner Panton's 'Flowerpot' lamp | These Four Walls blog

A 50th-anniversary edition of Verner Panton's 'Flowerpot' lamp | These Four Walls blog

A 50th-anniversary edition of Verner Panton's 'Flowerpot' lamp | These Four Walls blog

A 50th-anniversary edition of Verner Panton's 'Flowerpot' lamp | These Four Walls blog

The relaunch of the Eames fibreglass chair

There’s also news about another classic, the Eames fibreglass chair, which is being reintroduced by Vitra. Created by Charles and Ray Eames and first launched in 1950, the chair’s shell was moulded to fit the contours of the human body and can be combined with a variety of different bases. It went on to become one of the most iconic designs of the 20th century, but fibreglass was eventually replaced by cheaper and easier-to-produce polypropylene. Improvements in manufacturing techniques mean Vitra is now able to relaunch the chair in its original material, which has a beautifully irregular surface thanks to the visible fibres. The fibreglass version will be available alongside the polypropylene one and comes in six of Charles and Ray Eames’ original colours: ‘elephant hide grey’, ‘parchment’, ‘sea foam green’, ‘raw umber’, ‘red orange’ and ‘navy blue’. In the UK it will be sold exclusively at The Conran Shop until February 2019 before being rolled out more widely, and is priced from £500.

The relaunched Eames fiberglass chair | These Four Walls blog

The relaunched Eames fiberglass chair | These Four Walls blog

The relaunched Eames fiberglass chair | These Four Walls blog

The relaunched Eames fiberglass chair | These Four Walls blog

AYLE – a new Portuguese furniture brand

Finally, I’d like to introduce you to AYLE, a newly launched furniture brand from Penafiel in Portugal. It was founded by award-winning architect Pedro Miguel Santos and his partner Patrícia Correia, who struggled to find timeless, elegant and affordable pieces for their own home and so decided to create their own. Their debut collection consists of five products – a desk (€1,250), a bar stool (€290), a chaise longue (€2,200), a round coffee table (€990) and a rectangular coffee table (€1,100), all conceived to have long-lasting appeal rather than following fleeting trends. Admirably, they were also created specifically for production in local artisanal workshops, allowing smaller manufacturers to reach a wider global market. I particularly love the flowing contours of the chaise longue and the contrasting marble top and wooden base used for the coffee tables, and I can’t wait to see what Pedro and Patrícia come up with next.

AYLE - a new Portuguese furniture brand | These Four Walls blog

AYLE - a new Portuguese furniture brand | These Four Walls blog

AYLE - a new Portuguese furniture brand | These Four Walls blog

AYLE - a new Portuguese furniture brand | These Four Walls blog

A few other things on my radar…

  • London’s Design Museum has just opened a new exhibition in partnership with the IKEA Museum. Called ‘Home Futures’, it charts how architects and designers have shaped the way we live today, and explores how our homes might change in the coming years. It’s taking place until 24th March 2019 and it looks fascinating
  • The next issue of one of my all-time favourite travel magazines, Lodestars Anthology, is now available to pre-order. It focuses on England and is brimming with beautiful writing and photography to fire up your wanderlust. You’ll also find a piece from yours truly about the Peak District, the beautiful region where I was lucky enough to grow up…
  • Fellow blogger and stylist Hannah Bullivant has launched a wonderful new ebook called ‘A Soulful Gathering’. It’s packed with inspiration and guidance to help you host dinner parties and other events, and includes all the tips and tricks Hannah has picked up over the years. The aim is to take the stress out of entertaining and help you bring together the people you love. It costs £11, and you can get hold of a copy here
  • Talking of gatherings, interior designer Mathilde Kubisiak of MK Design is hosting two hands-on workshops on Christmas table styling at London furniture shop Case on 24th November. I went to one of her festive workshops last year and had a great time, so I’d thoroughly recommend them; there will also be goodie bags full of gorgeous treats! Tickets cost £45 and can be purchased here

All photography via the respective brands named above


Simple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations (+ giveaway!) with Cox & Cox

This is a paid partnership with Cox & Cox, but all words and opinions are my own

Simple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations (+ giveaway!) with Cox & Cox | These Four Walls blog

I know it’s only November, but there’s a distinct chill in the air and I can’t help getting a little bit excited about the approaching festive season. This year is going to be particularly special as we’ll be hosting Christmas for the first time, and I can’t wait to start decorating the house ready for the arrival of family and friends.

I’ve never been one for flashy, throw-away Christmas paraphernalia, and I much prefer to use understated decorations that reflect the calm, minimalist look of our home. So, I was very pleased to discover the beautifully simple Scandinavian collection from online homeware boutique Cox & Cox, and I’ve teamed up with them to show how you can use it to create two distinct festive looks.

I styled the first look in our living room. It’s where we’ll be gathering for cosy evenings with wine, cheese and board games, so I wanted to create a snug and cocooning feel. Candlelight is key, so I started by placing lots of candles on the mantlepiece and then arranged sprigs of fresh foliage loosely around them to build up a festive display. I also hung some beautiful grey and white knitted stockings over the hearth and, because Christmas should always involve a touch of whimsey (even when you’re 35!), I added a trio of house-shaped tea-light lanterns.

Simple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations (+ giveaway!) with Cox & Cox | These Four Walls blog

Simple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations (+ giveaway!) with Cox & Cox | These Four Walls blog

Simple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations (+ giveaway!) with Cox & Cox | These Four Walls blog

Simple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations (+ giveaway!) with Cox & Cox | These Four Walls blog

To ramp up the cosiness, I also selected a velvet cushion and sheepskin for my Cox & Cox rattan cone chair, which is one of my favourite places to curl up with a cuppa and a good book. The mug is also from Cox & Cox and is the perfect size for festive hot chocolate or warming mulled wine.

Simple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations (+ giveaway!) with Cox & Cox | These Four Walls blog

Simple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations (+ giveaway!) with Cox & Cox | These Four Walls blog

Simple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations (+ giveaway!) with Cox & Cox | These Four Walls blog

I styled the second look in our dining room. This is a much brighter, airier space, so here I opted for a sleeker, more contemporary scheme using Cox & Cox’s wooden Scandi tree. It’s made from FSC-certified spruce and makes an eye-catching alternative to traditional trees if you want something a bit different (or you want to avoid having endless needles to vacuum up!). I also think it would make a great choice for children’s bedrooms, and after Christmas it’s easy to disassemble and pack away until next year.

Simple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations (+ giveaway!) with Cox & Cox | These Four Walls blog

Simple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations (+ giveaway!) with Cox & Cox | These Four Walls blog

Simple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations (+ giveaway!) with Cox & Cox | These Four Walls blog

Simple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations (+ giveaway!) with Cox & Cox | These Four Walls blog

To decorate the tree, I mixed touches of blush pink and taupe in amongst greys and whites carried over from the living room. Cox & Cox has a beautiful range of hand-painted glass baubles with just the right amount of sparkle, and I chose dove-greyIkat and speckled ombre designs which I know I’ll treasure for years to come.

Simple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations (+ giveaway!) with Cox & Cox | These Four Walls blog

Simple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations (+ giveaway!) with Cox & Cox | These Four Walls blog

Simple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations (+ giveaway!) with Cox & Cox | These Four Walls blog

Simple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations (+ giveaway!) with Cox & Cox | These Four Walls blog

The finishing touch in both rooms was striking grey and white marbled wrapping paper, which works brilliantly with either scheme. I paired it with natural grey twine, but it would look equally good with sumptuous velvet ribbon tied into voluptuous bows.

Simple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations (+ giveaway!) with Cox & Cox | These Four Walls blog

Simple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations (+ giveaway!) with Cox & Cox | These Four Walls blog

Simple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations (+ giveaway!) with Cox & Cox | These Four Walls blog

So, there you have it – two different takes on simple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations, without any tacky tinsel in sight! If you want to recreate either of them in your own home, Cox & Cox is kindly giving away a £100 voucher to put towards any of its festive ranges or homeware collections. To enter, just head to this Instagram image and follow the instructions. The giveaway is open until midnight UK time on Tuesday 13th November and the winner will be announced on my Instagram feed the day afterwards. Good luck!

All photography by Abi Dare

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Home tour | A minimalist apartment in Helsinki

Home tour - a minimalist apartment in Helsinki | These Four Walls blog

It’s time for another home tour and today I’m taking a peek inside the stunning Finnish apartment of Riika Wikberg, Head of Business Development at Marimekko, and her family.

I first discovered Riika on Instagram and I instantly loved the look of her minimalist, light-filled home, which has just undergone a top-to-toe makeover. In fact, before I knew it I’d lost hours browsing through her feed and her equally beautiful blog. Her style is right up my street: calm, relaxed and clutter-free, with a striking mix of restored period features and sleek, contemporary furniture. It’s the perfect blend of old and new, and just what I’d like my own house to be.

Keen to soak up as much inspiration as possible, I chatted to Riika about the renovation project, where she finds such gorgeous pieces and her top interior-design tips…

Hi Riika! Please can you start by telling us a bit about yourself and what you do?

“I work as Head of Business Development for Marimekko, an iconic Finnish lifestyle brand known for its bold prints and colours. I feel lucky to work for a company where good design and aesthetics are so highly respected.

“Outside work, styling and photography are dear hobbies of mine. I share pictures of our new home on my Instagram feed (@CoterieOfficial) and on my blog, and I’ve also done a few interior-styling assignments for small Finnish brands. I’d love to do more if only there were more hours in the day!”

Where’s home, and how long have you lived there?

“I live with my partner and young son in the southern part of Helsinki, two blocks from the sea and surrounded by beautiful buildings from the early 20th century. There are plenty of small cafés, restaurants and lovely shops in the area, and we love it here. We’re definitely city people!

“The 121sqm apartment has four rooms, big windows and high ceilings. We moved in last July after it had gone through a full makeover. The renovation project took a year and everything was redone. I’m quite a perfectionist when it comes to material choices, so it would have been practically impossible for me to find a ready-made home. And I love planning and designing, so it was a win-win situation! The layout isn’t ideal, but I think we’ve made the most of it.”

Home tour - a minimalist apartment in Helsinki | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a minimalist apartment in Helsinki | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a minimalist apartment in Helsinki | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a minimalist apartment in Helsinki | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a minimalist apartment in Helsinki | These Four Walls blog

The open-plan kitchen and dining area pairs understated grey units with a circular table, Eames ‘DSR’ chairs and a stunning ‘Ellisse’ light from NEMO. Integrated shelving provides the perfect place to display a few well-chosen accessories. 

How would you describe your interiors style?

“I love to combine modern Scandinavian furniture with classic interior elements such as plasterwork ceilings, old wooden doors and high skirting boards. If you search #softminimalism, you’ll get a good idea of my style.”

Where do you find inspiration?

“Largely from Instagram and stunning feeds like yours [thanks Riika!]! I read (or at least browse) a large number of mainly Scandinavian interiors magazines as well, but Instagram is definitely the place where I get most inspired. In fact I think I’ve based all my purchases for this apartment on Instagram!”

Home tour - a minimalist apartment in Helsinki | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a minimalist apartment in Helsinki | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a minimalist apartment in Helsinki | These Four Walls blog

The living room is a sleek space with marble tables, sculptural accessories and a ‘Gatto’ lamp from Flos. Riika is hunting for another sofa to complete the scheme. 

What’s your favourite part of your home and why?

“At the moment it’s our bedroom, because I’ve put the most effort into the interior there. I also like sitting around our dining table, but there are still many unfinished corners in our kitchen so I’ll choose the bedroom! Our apartment is due to be photographed for my favourite interiors magazine in April, so that’s a good deadline for getting the rest of it finished!”

And your favourite piece of furniture?

“Hmmm, perhaps a Danish classic – the CH24 ‘Wishbone’ chair from Carl Hansen & Son. I bought one on an online auction and it’s in bad condition (one of the wooden parts is broken), but I can’t throw it away… That said, I’ve ordered a ‘Togo’ chair with greige alcantara from Ligne Roset and it should be arriving in December. I have a feeling that will become the whole family’s new favourite!”

Home tour - a minimalist apartment in Helsinki | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a minimalist apartment in Helsinki | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a minimalist apartment in Helsinki | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a minimalist apartment in Helsinki | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a minimalist apartment in Helsinki | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a minimalist apartment in Helsinki | These Four Walls blog

Riika’s favourite space is the master bedroom, which is decorated in a soft, soothing grey and has banks of built-in wardrobes to keep clutter at bay. It also contains her favourite piece of furniture – a vintage ‘Wishbone’ chair, designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son in 1950. 

Where do you like to source items for your home – any favourite brands or shops?

“This could be a long list, but I’ll try to keep it short! Of the Scandinavian furniture brands, Menu is my all-time favourite. We have their round ‘Snaregade’ table in our kitchen and the ‘Plinth’ marble cube as a side table. Other Scandinavian favourites include &tradition (I think I’ll order their ‘Loafer’ chair) and Mass Productions. The latter has one of the most beautiful sofas I’ve ever seen, the ‘Dandy’, but unfortunately the four-seater is a bit too big for us.

“I also love Marimekko’s interior items – I had plenty of their home products even before joining the company – and Swedish online shop Artilleriet. Bukowskis is a Nordic auction site for antiques and design classics, with super-convenient shipping and reasonable prices, and Finnish Design Shop has a great range of Scandinavian brands along with excellent customer service. Another favourite is Lokal, a Helsinki-based art gallery and store (both bricks-and-mortar and online) which represents many small Finnish brands and artists.”

Do you have any future plans for the apartment?

“So many! I don’t want our home to ever be ‘ready’, because planning and choosing is a big part of the joy! I feel that I’m halfway there at most. At the same time, I don’t want to over-decorate the apartment. Having empty space around us is a luxury, and we like to keep it quite minimal. My next big task will be choosing a new sofa and a rug for the living room. I’ve been trying to find the perfect sofa for a year now!”

Home tour - a minimalist apartment in Helsinki | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a minimalist apartment in Helsinki | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a minimalist apartment in Helsinki | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a minimalist apartment in Helsinki | These Four Walls blog

Riika’s son’s room is stylish and fun, with beautiful wooden furniture (including the ‘Mouse’ chair by Nofred), gymnastic rings and plenty of space to play. 

Finally, what’s your top interior-design tip?

“Invest in good lighting! It makes such a difference, especially here in Finland where it’s very dark during the winter. I’ve created the lighting plan for all our apartments myself, so it’s not rocket science (my rule of thumb: when it comes to lighting, more is better!). But if you feel unsure, hire a professional. It will be money well spent.

“Even if you’re not renovating any time soon, you can do miracles with a few simple lighting tricks. Firstly, make sure the colour temperature of all your lights (marked with kelvins on the bulbs) is consistent across rooms. We prefer a cold colour, ideally 4000K, but we’ve settled for 3000K in this apartment because otherwise the selection of lamps would be so limited. Secondly, make sure there’s enough light! Check how many lumens your current lamps have, and choose new ones with higher luminosity if needed. And finally, buy smaller lamps for walls and tables etc to create a softer atmosphere.”

Thanks Riika!

See more of Riika’s beautiful apartment – and follow along as she continues to decorate it – on her blog and Instagram feed. And, if you like the sound of Helsinki, you’ll find my top tips for exploring the Finnish capital here

All photography by Riika Wikberg

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The ultimate minimalist IKEA kitchen hack from Reform using Dinesen wood

The ultimate minimalist IKEA kitchen hack from Reform using Dinesen wood
If you have an Ikea kitchen and need an upgrade then this option is for you. In general the carcasses of Ikea kitchens are so well made that there is little need to replace them. You can transform your kitchen by simply replacing the doors and fronts.  There are some amazing companies that make and create such products. Danish company Reform specialise in architect designed door fronts and countertops for Ikea kitchens. This focus on architecturally designed kitchens makes me very excited! Currently Reform have collaborated with Norm Architects, Bjarke Ingels group and designers such as Chris S Halstrom, Cecilie Manz and Christina Meyer Bengsston. Sustainability is a focus that I champion and gladly share especially in design. The architects at Lendager Group specialise in sustainable architecture, looking to explore new business models with an increased focus on creating a regenerative design. Lendager group have designed a kitchen in collaboration with Dinesen wood for Reform. The UP kitchen is made from Dinesen’s high quality surplus offcuts. “The kitchen consists of cuts that are left when Dinesen has supplied floors to galleries, restaurants, mansions and other premier establishments. Even though that wood has undergone one of the most extensive production process you […]

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Skt Petri – A hotel in the heart of Copenhagen’s Latin Quarter

Skt Petri - A hotel in the heart of Copenhagen's Latin Quarter
The Skt Petri hotel is in the heart of Copenhagen’s latin quarter. Within this area there are famous landmarks such as the Round Tower, Torvehallen and the lakes. Here I spent a little staycation time to learn more about what the hotel has to offer and its connection with architecture and design. a brief history of the building and how it became the skt Petri hotel.  Danish architect Vilhelm Lauritzen designed the building in the 1920’s as a department store known as  the Daelis department store. Nothing much compared to the hayday in 1970’s and with declining sales the Daelis department store closed its doors in March 1999. The 17,000 m² architecturally functionalist building  (Vilhelm Lauritzen’s heritage-listed building from 1928)  is now partly home to the Skt Peri hotel, along side a wine shop and restaurant. The building was renovated in 2002 – 2003 by Erik Møller Architects to become the Skt Petri hotel. The design was very modernist, functional and very Danish. I came to stay in 2015 and loved the clean design. Consequently as a result of the hotel’s years of popularity it inevitably needed a facelift. 15 years on from Erik Møller’s design the hotel had undergone renovation. In 2017 architect Hilde Aasbø of […]

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new designs | september edit

new designs | september edit
September is always a busy month for new designs and product launches. There’s no way I fit in everything that I’ve discovered. I promise that I will share them over time. For now I wanted to talk about a few products that I have on my mind. Particularly these designs with distinctive shapes. Blind Lamp designed by Johansen Faurschou for Munk Collective. A pendant lamp that can be adjusted, exposing the mouth blown glass bowl in three possible positions. This cleverly acts like a dimmer and can be used in various situations. The Ovo lounge chair designed by Damian Williamson for Erik Jørgensen. Inspiration can come from many places, this chair was originally inspired by freshly made pasta draped over a rolling pin. A highly sophisticated design with a large comfortable seat and the finest quality leather, making a luxurious chair. New designs like this from Erik Jørgensen fit in perfectly with their design ranges that are made to last. High quality home fragrance in the form of new scent diffusers from the Skandinavisk Escapes collection. The minimal details make this piece easily adaptable for any home. Made from mouth blown glass, this form is much like a vase and beautiful […]

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Bathroom Everyday Spa

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To find small moments in our everyday lives that give a feeling of looking after yourself and doesn’t have to be such a big effort, after all. Not if you start including the little touches that makes it feel special in your morning/evening routine. You can create a quick 2 min spa routine anytime.  Here are some of my favourite products from Not on the high street and Swedish  La bruket and bathroom details I’ve discovered lately that make up the feel in our bathroom right now.

Hanging baskets from Bohemia
Adding some greenery gives a softness to harsh tile spaces and make it more like any other room in the house. I combined three natural woven hanging planter baskets to add something to the corner and window and also create a bit more storage. Bohemia is a small home wares brand from Edinburgh that I discovered through Not on the high street and they do lovely Moroccan inspired details for the home. Check out their Core collection by Bohemia. 

The beautiful brass mirror tray you see here is actually a mirror from Brass mirror Posh Dotty designs which I choose to place in our drawers to create a more luxurious place and the compartments are great for grouping things and making them easy to find.

Having a window in the bathroom was a dream and it does make a big difference. We chose brass details for taps and rails and they really make up the space. Seeing how they age beautifully with more and more patina everyday makes the quality worth its price. We’ve then paired back with a stone wash basin that imitates marble and a simple white storage unit from Ikea that fits this small corner.

The robe is from Caro London and the rails from a Swedish company called Byggfabriken.

Adding a tray over the bathtub means that I can have products I enjoy accessible to me everyday. It also make the tub look more inviting and warm through missing natural materials as bamboo.

I recently discovered the lovely brand of Corinne Taylor an aromatherapist from Brighton who creates really lovely handmade, natural and vegan body products. I tried the Soothe Himalayan Salt Scrub  and think it works great, leaves a smooth feel to the skin and smells absolutely heavenly.

La bruket has a great spa collection, one that reminds me of the Swedish archipelago. No wonder as their whole idea is about “Stories from the coast”. My two favourites are the natural sea salt and seaweed, these are spa treatments that have been used for centuries to soften the skin and revitalize your body and soul. What I enjoy most about La bruket products are that they are based on the natural ingredients from the sea.

Seaweed helps to stimulate blood circulation, relax stiff muscles and relieve aches and pains and it has great detoxing properties. But more than that it reminds me of home and Sweden and swimming in the seas of west cost archipelago. Love the Tångbad from La Bruket. 

Hope this gives you a few idea of things to create beautiful spa moments for yourself, whether it be quick everyday spa moments or indulgent pampering that lasts for hours.

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My Scandinavian home in London

Small rental apartment

I started thinking about our previous flat and that I haven’t shown that many pictures of it on the blog. We loved this apartment for its high ceilings and the beautiful light. There was a lot we couldn’t change, but we’ve learned to work with its limitations. We created a home in a small, rental apartment that I will always love.

Bring nature inside

My interest for plants and bringing nature inside came almost immediately after moving to London. To me it was a way to compensate that I no longer was close to nature.  It also helped to create a relaxing and comfortable space, and the plants loved it there with all that light.

Make more of a compact kitchen

We worked in simple ways to maximise storage, practicality and with personality. Magnetic wall strips for knives, rails for hanging pots, and wire baskets and racks are great, low-fuss storage solutions. I using menus of favourite restaurants as decoration on the wall, it’s completely free and keeps memories alive.

Set the scene
I love creating different scene and breaking the space up in beautiful corners to look at. A bare wall by your dinging table is the perfect backdrop for creating a special atmosphere for meals and gatherings, and means you can keep your settings simple. To add an instant seasonal feel, put up two hooks or nails, loop a piece of string between them and hang anything from fresh flowers to cuttings, and even bunting.

All photos credited: Michael Sinclair for IKEA FAMILY Live Magazine

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Shaker Lists in Our New Bedroom

Artilleriet Shaker List in Bedroom, via Scandinavian Love Song
Artilleriet Shaker List in Bedroom, via Scandinavian Love Song
Artilleriet Shaker List in Bedroom, via Scandinavian Love Song
Artilleriet Shaker List in Bedroom, via Scandinavian Love Song

Er det mon for sent at ønske godt nytår? Her kommer i hvert tilfælde lidt (efterhånden gamle) billeder fra vores soveværelse - hvor bliver tiden lige af? Måske I husker, jeg tidligere har skrevet, om udfordringerne ved vores soveværelse? Selvom vi ikke er helt i mål, synes jeg bestemt, det hjælper på det - særligt nu, hvor vi har fået vores knagerækker fra Artilleriet op at hænge. 
Too late to wish you all a happy New Year? Nevertheless, here are a few (somewhat old) pictures from our bedroom, where we finally got our shaker lists from Artilleriet up hanging. And I'm so pleased with them. I have previously written about the challenges with our bedroom, and although we're not completely done decorating it, I definitely think we are getting close.

Pictures © Johanne Dueholm

How to meditate at home

As commuters, most mornings we are glued to our phones: checking social media, listening to a podcast or music, reading the news or browsing emails. So when the mindfulness apps started flooding in a few years ago, saving us from the morning injection of instant stress, many of us saw that as positive news. In a lot of ways the apps help us to have a moment to our self and  disconnect from the surrounding, but then on the other hand I think the guidance was missing.

Mediation requires a bit of practice and if you’re a beginner, meditating during your busy commute might not be the best place to start. Sure it’s better than not doing it at all, but if you’ve tried that and felt that it’s quite hard, I’d suggest you try it in a more controlled environment.

Your home is the perfect place to start.

The benefits of meditation

Over the last decade there has been a lot of research about the benefits of mediation, covering all aspects of health, wellbeing and happiness.

Accordingly to Emma M. Seppälä who did her PhD research studying the impact of meditation at Stanford university, there are a number of scientific reasons why we should pay attention to how meditation boost our health and happiness. It improves sleep, helps us deal with stress and create healthy habits, enriches our social life and makes us more productive when working from home.

I see a link to how our home can be the centre stage for improving wellbeing. Different design elements help us to create a relaxing and comforting home and by focusing on the content rather than style we get better at knowing what we need. Through connecting with our most primal instincts, the senses,  we can then step into a different level of appreciation for our homes. Home and meditation are connected, it’s very much about opening up to the full experience. I believe that through noticing the feeling of home, we become more mindful and that we can transfer this into other aspects of life. You can see it as a playground for sharpening those qualities, same as meditation.

“Oh, for a life of senses rather than thoughts”

  • John Keats

Interested in trying it out?
Here are my 5 recommendations for starting, or getting back into, meditation at home.

Why I meditate

I started meditating just a year and a half ago after starting with yoga and it was love from day one. For me meditation is more than clearing out my thoughts and recharging my energy, even if these benefits are enough in themselves. I use mediation to connect spiritually, be more aware of the feelings I have (even the sub-conscious ones) and get closer to what really matters to me. Sometimes I have experienced a great moment where you kind of float into an in-between space that has no mind or body. This has only happened to me in guided meditation but most times there are just a lot of thoughts running in my head.

I’ve learned that it’s usually not so much about what goes on during the meditation but how I feel after and the quality of my day.

How to prepare for meditation at home

1. Find a space

I think it’s important to find consistency in where I practice so I don’t have to take long to get into it each time. Pick a spot where you feel comfort. I usually sit on our living room floor, facing the fireplace. I can close the door so it feels quite and private.


2. Find the posture

I have a couple of Kelim cushions that are a bit sturdier and I’d usually need two of these to sit on, but you need to find your own way into the postures. Some people prefer to sit on a chair, sit in lotus position or cross-legged. I choose the latter and make sure that the knees are closer to the floor than the hips and I’m not quite sure of the reason for this, but I believe it keeps you in a “comfortable” position for longer.


Kelim cushion covers bought in San Sebastian, Spain. 

3. Make it into a ritual

A big part of the practice is to also make it into a ritual. I use a few things to signal that it’s meditation time to myself. On my mantelpiece I have a Buddha status (no need for this but it’s just a symbol I really enjoy having in my home). I also have a candle and a stoneware plate with incense. I’m so nerdy with these so I actually have specific ones for meditation that I got in India and others I use for a room scent. No need to go that far but I find it good to have something to awaken the sensory feelings, especially as you have your eyes closed and become more aware of the ones we use less, such as smell.



My favourite incense brand – Sacred Elephant

4. How to start

For practical reasons I set a timer on my phone, usually not more than 20 minutes but occasionally a bit longer. I begin the mediation with finding the position, setting an intention (if I decide that I want to have one) and then I ring the chimes, take a deep breath and close my eyes.

5. When you can’t get into it at all

There are a few things you could try if you are like me and know that counting the breath isn’t really working for you.

Sometimes it feels like the thoughts are just everywhere and it’s really hard to get into the practice. Remember that this is also practising.

  1. Try different breathing exercise, like holding one nostril and counting your breath and then releasing the breath through the other nostril. Keep repeating this until you feel the breathing is more connected.
  2. Play mantras or relaxing music on your phone.
  3. Just sit and do a body scan, noticing how the different parts of your body are feeling.
  4. Use a meditation app. My favourite is Buddify, which works really well when you’re out and about as well.
  5. Go to a guided meditation class. These are usually quite effective, especially if you’re in the beginning and trying to learn how to meditate.
  6. Do yoga before you start. It helps to relax the body and connect the breath.

These are my tips on how to get started with meditation at home. It’s really not that much needed, only time to find your own routine. Let’s cheer each other on as we get lost on the way.

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