New-year inspiration from H&M Home

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As soon as Christmas is over and the decorations are packed away, I always find myself searching for ways to freshen up my home for the new year. These images of the latest collection from H&M Home provide plenty of inspiration and show just how easy it is to breathe new life into interiors with a few carefully chosen accessories.

They were taken at beautiful Lisbon hotel Santa Clara 1728 – one of my picks for stylish places to stay in the city. Its crisp white walls and swathes of natural stone provide the perfect backdrop for the range, which mixes natural textures with monochrome pieces and bold graphic patterns. There are also flashes of soft turquoise (a subtle, uplifting shade) and silver metallics, adding an elegant twist to the largely neutral, pared-back look.

It’s a stunning combination which makes the perfect antidote to dreary winter days and which will also work brilliantly once spring rolls around. And, this being H&M, prices start at just £3.99 – proof that eye-catching design can be affordable and accessible.

New-year inspiration from H&M Home | These Four Walls blog

New-year inspiration from H&M Home | These Four Walls blog

New-year inspiration from H&M Home | These Four Walls blog

New-year inspiration from H&M Home | These Four Walls blog

New-year inspiration from H&M Home | These Four Walls blog

If you want to recreate elements if this look yourself, here are a few of my favourite pieces from the collection. And you really don’t need much – a striking new vase or a few cushions dotted here and there really can  transform a space without adding needless, unsustainable clutter to your home.

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  1. Face-motif vase, £19.99
  2. Turquoise stoneware plate (matching items available), £6.99
  3. Black glass vase, £6.99
  4. Small silver glass pot (matching items available), £9.99
  5. Black and beige patterned cushion cover (also available in turquoise and white), £3.99
  6. Metal candle holder, £14.99
  7. Graphic-patterned porcelain plate (also available with face motif), £3.99
  8. Silver metal tray (also available in turquoise), £17.99
  9. Face-motif porcelain mug (also available with graphic pattern), £3.99
  10. Turquoise and white patterned cushion cover (also available in black and beige), £3.99
  11. Block-patterned hand towel, £4.99
  12. ‘Light mole’ cotton cushion cover (also available in black), £12.99

Or shop the full range here.

All images courtesy of H&M Home. Art Direction by Therese Sennerholt, styling by Pernille Vest and photography by Renee Kemps

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A Swedish Home With a Subtle Nod to the 1990's Trend

The fashion world has been channeling the 1990's for a while now and it was only a matter of time before it reached the world of interiors. Reminiscent of my secondary school years - but hopefully an improved version (!) - we're starting to see electric blue, orange, fluorescent shades, turquoise and green accents as well as patterns with triangles, zigzag lightening bolts, diamonds, free form shapes that overlap, and art and sculptures inspired by comic books and pop art. And those of you who held onto your Louis Ghost Chairs are also in luck - perspex items with a sustainable twist are also expected to hit the scene! Spotted over on Trendenser - this Swedish apartment bears a very subtle nod to the 1990s - can we call it minimalist Scandinavian modern with a 90's flair? Either way I'm kind of loving the playfulness against the backdrop of calm - and of course those period features!



I did say it was subtle - but did you spot the connection too?!

I love the playful touches (I keep noticing more and more things each time I look through the pictures!). Is there anything that stood out to you?

So, wonderful people.... it's the weekend! WOOOP! Any fun plans?

I'm off to Hannover to hang out with my favourite blogger friends Decor8, Happy Interior Blog, Vosgesparis, Passion Shake, Monster Circus and Trend Stefan at Domotex, the leading trade fair for floor coverings, where we'll be discussing the latest trends on stage.

On Sunday I head straight to IMM Cologne - I've never been to Cologne so I'm super excited - tips welcome! I can't wait to see what's going on at the fair too (if you're in the area pop along on the public days - it sounds like it's going to be truly inspiring event, more info here!).

But first I have a photo shoot at home that involves a GIANT chocolate cake and champagne. No way the props are going to last to the end of the shoot.... but if they do I'm going to have one very happy husband when he gets back from work!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Credits: Boukari / Styling Ahlqvist för Historiska Hem


11 Coffee Table Ideas For Every Style And Budget

Coffee tables are making a true style statement right now - and can give your sitting room a lift in an instant. The best thing of all this season? The options are limitless, and the rules are: there ain't no rules! As long as you love it and it serves its purpose you're all sorted! Here's my pick of 11 coffee table ideas for every style and budget.

1. Going boho (above) - the vintage chest in photographer Anna Malmberg's Stockholm home adds texture to the space and doubles up as storage! I'm sure it has plenty of stories to tell too!

2. On a highLauren MacLean rests her wares on a Superellipse Side table* from West Elm (the slim size makes it ideal for small spaces) in her Montreal apartment. For something a little lower, try the Superllipse coffee table*.





3. Vintage blues - queen of colour Sofie Amalie made her coffee table using a coloured laminate MDF board that she bought from a carpenter who had leftovers and attached it to some legs. "There are many great coffee table legs to be found online in places like Etsy," Sofie tells me. The table adds a pop of colour while balancing out the art work on the back wall in her wonderful apartment in the Danish capital.

4. Going Low  -all of the tables in Lovisa Häger's Stockholm apartment, including this 'barely there' low glass Lair coffee table, are her own fabulous design. 

5. Doubling up - Swedish photographer and visual storyteller Jasmina Bylund has combined a Menu Turning Table* with a By on design in her cosy Stockholm home (note - look for tables with different heights so they can overlap).

6. Keeping it clean - the super talented Katerina Dima has opted for a Menu plinth marble coffee table* in her minimalist Norwegian home, adding to the contemporary look and feel of the room.

7. A round-up - Laura & Nora of Design Tales and Our Food Stories fame have rounded up two lovely Frama Sintra Side Tables in their Berlin home. I love how they've combined black and white marble. Plus they can move them around depending on who's sitting where. Smart!

8. On a roll - Swedish photographer and stylist Karin Boo Wiklander has squared up with a FontanaArte Tavolo Con Ruote glass coffee table in her 'super snyggWest Coast Home. The shape works particularly well with an L-shaped sofa and large open space. Just make sure your kids keep their paws off, or there'll be a whole lot of polishing required!


9. Bench mark - I've been using a simple rustic bench as a coffee table in my living room for years and it's so handy. Not only is it extra long, it also doubles up as extra seating at the table and as a place for books and clothes at the end of my bed. These guys* sell similar (very beautiful) benches like this.

10. Cool Concrete - freelance interior stylist and CEO of Molge Decor Carla Sofie Molge has opted for a simple round Gallery Coffee Table from House Doctor, a contemporary, monochrome look which is perfectly in keeping with the rest of her soothing Danish home.

11. Feeling reflective -  and last but not least, perhaps one of the hottest trends right now, a Kristina Dam Mirror Table bounces light around in the heart of Sidsel Garsdel's elegant Copenhagen home.

Did you have a favourite look?

I love the mirrored ones - and I'll always have a soft spot for vintage!

Have a fabulous day friends!

Niki

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Snapshots from a Copenhagen Apartment With Warm Brown Tones

Last year, the visual marketing and visual director of Malene Birger Ellen Dixdotter and her family made the big move from Stockholm to Copenhagen. The family left behind a beautiful apartment that graced the pages of magazines such as The Way We Play and Residence (see the tour here).  I was curious to see how Ellen's style would play out in Denmark's capital city - and was excited to see she's already shared a few snapshots. Think statement furniture in warm brown tones, stucco ceilings, large windows and tremendously high ceilings. Here's an early sneak peek!

 Zettel'z 5 Chandelier, vintage Cameleonda sofa from B&B Italia, Frama Eiffel wall light*

Wiggle side chair, Flos Viscontea pendant*, art by Josephine Eaune

Definitely a home to keep an eye on (you can follow the progress here). I'm sure I'll be featuring it again at some point in 2019!

I'm loving the sofa, it's very cool and looks massively cosy too! It's a little like a big warm hug!

Is there anything that caught your eye?

Have a cosy day! Stay warm fellow Nordic friends!

Niki

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A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Yorkshire Dales. It’s where my late maternal grandmother was born, and she and my grandfather kept a holiday home up there for years. I have very fond memories of magical summers there as a child, paddling in rivers with my brothers, exploring hills and waterfalls, and tucking into cream teas in little village cafes. So, when I was invited to review boutique guesthouse Brownber Hall, which sits on the northwestern edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, I jumped at the chance to take my mum back to an area we both love for a much-needed December getaway.

Built in 1860 for the local Fothergill family, Brownber Hall is a handsome grey-stone manor set amid a sea of rolling fields. It’s now owned by Peter and Amanda Jaques-Walker, who swapped hectic London lives for this remote corner of northern England in 2016. They fell in love with the house as soon as they saw it and set about transforming it into a modern take on the traditional country hotel. The finished result has been getting rave reviews in the press over the last few months, and we couldn’t wait to check it out for ourselves.

We arrived at dusk, winding our way up the driveway (past signs warning us to watch out for resident red squirrel Rusty) just as the moon appeared overhead. Getting out of the car, the first thing that struck us was the view: towering peaks silhouetted against a vast rose-tinged sky, with the tiny village of Newbiggin-on-Lune huddled beneath the slopes and clusters of trees dotted here and there.

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

The second thing that struck us, as we stepped inside to find coffee and cake waiting by the fire, was the homely, laid-back feel – this really is the kind of place where you can kick off your shoes, sit back and unwind. The ground floor has been turned into a series of interconnecting living rooms decorated in a wonderful mish-mash of old and new, with contemporary art alongside original William Morris wallpaper, mid-century sofas by vintage armchairs and giant potted plants on kilim rugs. There are also beautifully restored period features, plus tables and shelves brimming with books, magazines and board games. It’s not exactly the kind of pared-back style that I’m normally drawn to, but it’s a charming, eclectic and very inviting mix.

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

Our bedroom – one of eight – turned out to be just as pretty. Painted in a soft grey, it had a striking black-framed four-poster, a cherry-red velvet sofa, a smart ensuite shower clad in metro tiles, and a tall sash window gazing out over the hills. We shared a double room as it was the only one available over our preferred dates, but there are also twin and single options, plus two dog-friendly rooms.

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

Once we’d settled in, we headed back downstairs for G&Ts from the honesty bar (a retro 1930s-style affair), before wandering through to the dining room for a meal. There’s no formal restaurant at Brownber Hall, but on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings Peter makes sourdough pizzas topped with the likes of Cumbrian air-dried ham, goat’s cheese, gorgonzola and asparagus. They were delicious, as were our antipasti starter and seasonal butternut-squash side salad.

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

Breakfast the next morning was equally tasty. After an excellent night’s sleep (comfy bed, cosy linen, and no city traffic buzzing past the window), we were treated to toast with Amanda’s mum’s homemade marmalade, waffles with maple syrup and bacon, and steaming cafetières of coffee. It was tempting to linger over a second helping, but aware that a weather warning had been issued for later in the day, we decided to head out to explore while we could.

Brownber Hall sits in the Howgill Fells, with stunning scenery in every direction. We ambled for miles along the disused Smardale railway (now a nature reserve), without encountering another soul other than buzzards soaring high overhead and a few inquisitive sheep. When dark clouds began to roll in we made a beeline for The Black Swan in the nearby village of Ravonstonedale, where we feasted on a top-notch gastropub lunch before heading back to the hall for a lazy afternoon of reading.

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

By nightfall the storm had well and truly set in, but we didn’t mind. There was something special about cosying up by the fire as a gale howled outside, and we spent a happy evening challenging ourselves to Scrabble (I soon remembered why I no longer play with my mum – she’s far too good!) over more pizza and a bottle of wine. It was bliss, and just what we both needed in the busy run-up to Christmas.

We awoke the next morning to find the wind and rain had been replaced by crisp winter sunshine. Watching shafts of golden light dance across the hills as we sipped coffee in bed was the perfect end to our stay, although it did make dragging ourselves away all the more difficult come check-out time. I don’t think it will be long before either of us return…

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

A winter break in the Yorkshire Dales | These Four Walls blog

Book a stay at Brownber Hall here. Double rooms start at £90 per night (breakfast included). 

Brownber Hall kindly provided a free stay for the purpose of this post, but all words and opinions are my own. 

All photography by Abi Dare

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Get The Look: A Bohemian Children's Room In Sepia Tones

I was so excited to share the *golden* home of Sarah Shabacon earlier today. But there was one room I held back as it was just to good to throw in all at once! Isaac and Ziggy's den! The shared boy's room is made up of a few carefully selected pieces all of which are fabulous! I mean, who wouldn't love an palm tree lamp?! And it's all in keeping with the muted, golden colour scheme of the home too. Enjoy the tour!



Get the look




Oeuf Perch Bunk Bed*
Ocean Palm Tree Lamp
Midnatt Pebble bed set
Round Pintuck Pillow
Hanging Wall Basket
Braided Water Hyacinth Storage Cube
Rattan Sunburst Mirror

My eye is still on that palm tree lamp, I feel like I need one of these in my life. Maybe in Allie's room, what do you think? I love the warm, natural tones too.

Is there anything that stands out to you?

If you're looking for a little more inspiration, you can always head over to this archive for more   children's room ideas and Sarah's fab instagram account (word of warning - you could be stuck there for a while!). You might also like to check out her shop BOHÈME to hunt for vintage finds for adults, children and the home too. Just saying!

Trevlig kväll! 

Niki

Photography: Sarah Shabacon
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The Golden, Vintage-Inspired Home of Sarah Shabacon

I feel like I totally lucked out on Instagram yesterday. I struck upon the account of Sarah Shabacon. Not only does Sarah totally rock all her outfits, she also has a gorgeous family (including husband Ryan and sons Isaac and Ziggy) and the most beautiful home just outside Vancouver, British Columbia. Her personal style and home is testimony to her heritage - her grandfather was a collector, her grandmother is "the most glamorous woman I know" - and she spent her childhood exploring vintage shops with her Mother. Sarah's shop BOHÈME - selling unique vintage items and ethically made pieces "with stories and lives lived far beyond your walls"  - was a natural evolvement. Welcome to a world filled with warm, golden tones and one-off treasures.

The Raffia Mirror is from Moroccan based online shop LRNC - warning: I just got stuck there for the best part of 30 minutes - they sell the most beautiful things! The cream pom pom cushion is available here*
Ikea svalnäs shelves are filled with vintage items and interesting curiosities.  

The kitchen / dining area is made up of almost entirely natural materials including wood, rattan and fluffy sheepskin.

I love how her son is sitting on his heels - no way I could sit like that even for a few seconds!

Print from vintage shop Counter Space (check out their current stock here).

How fab is this headboard? It's an IKEA hack made up of two Mandal headboards which Sarah picked up on Craigs List.

Source a wooden clothes rack here*. The fan is from Bohème.

The pieces hanging in Sarah's wardrobe represent the colour palette used throughout her home: rust, brown, cream and rose.

Ahhh, I so enjoyed this home tour. The warm tones, the one-off pieces, the natural materials, everything! How about you?

Could you imagine have a colour palette like this in your living space?

For more inspiration it's totally worth hopping over to Sarah's IG account.

Oh and look out for a mini tour of Ziggy and Isaac's room later (it was way too pretty just to throw in at the end of this tour!).

For more sepia-inspired inspiration, you might like to check out: Audrey Rivet's beige-tinted apartment (I never tire of her cat, he's amazing!), Chestnut tones in a delightful Swedish family home and a lovely Stockholm home inspired by imperfection.

Vi ses senare! 

Niki

Photography: Sarah Shabacon shared with kind permission


Scandinavian and Japanese aesthetics at London’s new Sticks ‘n’ Sushi restaurant


The new Sticks ‘n’ Sushi restaurant has opened on Kings Road in the heart of London’s Chelsea. If you’ve lived in London like me you’d say THE Kings road, pretentious yes but hey it is THE Kings road. The interior has been designed by Norm Architects whom I have talked about a lot on my blog. They have a knack for creating contemporary luxury in their minimalist Scandinavian style. And this restaurant is definitely something to talk about. Within the Sticks ‘n’ Sushi restaurant the rooms are painted in Jotun Lady Minerals paint which gives a warm yet raw finish. Custom made Japanese style lighting is mixed with Danish design, wood panelling, sculptural leather sofas and natural stone tops. These elements create the perfect mix of Scandinavian and Japanese aesthetics. The lower floor is designed in a darker tone in creating an intimate setting.  images courtesy of norm architects Stickd ‘n’ Sushi 113-115 King’s RoadLondon, SW3 4NT

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An Inspiring, Serene Home in Napa Valley, California

Hello and Gott Nytt År! (Happy New Year!). I hope you had a wonderful time over the holidays? I totally managed to switch off thanks to a snowy ski trip to Hemsedal in Norway. I love up there and I'm feeling so revived now! The only problem is, I'm feeling sooo slow this morning.  Do you feel the same?! I'm on my third coffee (no 'buck wheat' New Year's resolution for this girl!) and there's no sign of any movement yet! But the good news is I've got a fabulous home tour to share with you! Yay! Captured by Thayer Gowdy for Domino, the house in question belongs to Minted founder and CEO Mariam Naficy. Located in Napa Valley, Mariam's home is absolutely perfect inspiration if you're looking to add texture to your home: think large fluffy rugs, knotted wallhangings, rustic beams and doors and fluffy sheepskins. It's also both colourful, yet calm, contemporary yet relaxed and full of items collected on travels far and wide. Keep a look out for the fabulous wall art which includes prints, wall-hangings, masks and murals too!

What a beautiful home! And all that wine on her doorstep too! *Bliss*!

Is there anything that stands out to you?

You can read more about Mariam's home and where items are from over at Domino here. Thanks also to Victoria of SF Girl By Home where I first spotted this space!

I'm a big fan of Minted, who sell art created by independent artists. I've been working with them since last summer. You can see some examples of our collaborations here, here and here. Definitely a great source for lovely pieces for your walls!

Oh and one more thing. Victoria noted that the mural above the bed was a perfect way to avoid hanging art over the bed in an area at risk of earthquakes. Smart! I also love the idea of a trump l'oeil - there's a beautiful example in the Danish home of Karen Maj Kornum (I saw it in real life when we photographed it for The Scandinavian Home and it was mesmerising!).

Not quite ready to crack on with mundane Monday tasks? You could always check out other beautiful California homes instead. I love this relaxed, boho-style in Orange County,  a beautiful Spanish style house in California and a 1920s storybook home in Oakland Hills.

Have a great start to the week - and here's to a fabulous 2019 friends!

Niki

Photography: Thayer Gowdy for Domino


10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019

10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Hello and happy new year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas break? Mine was just what I needed it to be – simple and laid-back – and I’m starting 2019 feeling refreshed, reenergised and raring to go.

I recently did a little survey on Instagram about what people would like to see on the blog over the coming year, and a recurring request was more travel content. I already have a few trips on the horizon which I can’t wait to share with you, but I want to start with a round-up of my favourite magazines for sourcing travel ideas.

As much as I love the online world, I always think there’s something special about picking up a crisp printed page and settling down to read (in fact I work as a freelance travel writer as well as a blogger). It’s been wonderful to see the boom in independent publishing over the last few years, and I’ve listed 10 of my top picks below. These aren’t the kind of magazines that you’ll read once and throw away; they’re beautifully crafted, thoughtful publications which you’ll want to keep and return to time and time again. Some are dedicated to travel; others cover wider topics but include plenty of content that’s guaranteed to fuel your wanderlust. I hope they inspire you as much as they’ve inspired me….

Faune

Founded in 2018 by London-based Ana Gomes and Aniruddha Satam, Faune is a biannual travel and wildlife magazine that explores the beauty of the world around us. It’s a stunning publication, with captivating photography, thoughtful words and a clean, minimalist layout, and it covers not only the wilds of the great outdoors but also the hidden nature in towns and cities.

The first issue is an absolute delight, taking readers on a journey to London, Scandinavia, India and beyond. You’ll find a piece charting how the weather has shaped life in the British capital, features showcasing the autumnal beauty of Copenhagen and Stockholm, and a photo essay about the elusive leopards of Jawai in Rajasthan. There’s also an entire section dedicated to the wintry landscapes of the Japanese island of Hokkaido, where foxes scamper across frozen marshes and cranes dance in the snow. I lapped it up from cover to cover, and I can’t wait to read the second volume when it’s published in spring.

Faune - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Faune - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Faune - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Faune - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Faune - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Faune - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Lodestars Anthology

Lodestars Anthology is a travel magazine with a difference. Each issues focuses on a single country and delves deep into its culture, landscapes and quirks through a mix of writing, photography and original illustration. The result is a truly personal, beautifully crafted and slow approach to travel journalism that Editor Liz Schaffer describes as ‘a scrapbook of place’.

Lodestars is printed here in my home city of Bristol and I’m very proud to have written for a number of volumes, including Sweden, Canada and Japan. Coming up this year are Portugal and Switzerland, and an updated version of the very first issue, England, has just been released (look out for a feature on the Peak District by yours truly!). There’s also a fantastic online journal with even more travel inspiration, together with a book, Pathways, which charts 12 journeys across 12 different countries and the personalities, landscapes and traditions encountered along the way.

Lodestars Anthology - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Lodestars Anthology - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Lodestars Anthology - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Lodestars Anthology - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Lodestars Anthology - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Lodestars Anthology - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Rucksack

Originally launched as an online journal in 2016, with a biannual print publication following a year later, Rucksack is driven by a passion for adventure and storytelling. It’s another magazine that I’ve contributed to myself, but it would be a firm favourite even if I hadn’t.

Each issue explores a specific theme such as ‘journeys’ and ‘islands’, and contains an inspiring mix of words and photography. Wild landscapes and the joys of slow travel form a particular focus, and the diverse destinations covered include Scotland, Canada, Svalbard, Iceland, Hawaii, New Zealand and many more. Volume four is due out later in 2019 and the first, The Winter Issue, has just been redesigned and reprinted in response to high demand; the website is also brimming with inspiring images, interviews and essays.

Rucksack - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Rucksack - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Rucksack - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Rucksack - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Rucksack - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Rucksack - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Northletters NL1

Published in Hamburg by husband-and-wife team Melanie and Thomas Kettner, just-launched ‘bookazine’ Northletters is dedicated to everything Nordic: stories, nature, culture, lifestyles, ideas, attitudes and more. It’s as much about wellbeing and state of mind as it is travel, and it really is inspiring, thought-provoking stuff.

The first issue, NL1, explores the colours, light and atmosphere of the long Nordic winter and features work from some of my favourite photographers, including Morgane Erpicum and Katherine Heath. You’ll find an interview with Arctic bear researcher Alexander Kopitz, photo essays charting Icelandic adventures and winter walks through Copenhagen, and profiles of artists who feel the pull of the North. It’s the kind of read that you’ll linger over for hours and dip into again and again.

Northletters NL1 - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Northletters NL1 - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Northletters NL1 - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Northletters NL1 - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Northletters NL1 - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Northletters NL1 - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Flourish

Created by Bath-based photographer and designer Lucy Saunders, Flourish is a travel and lifestyle magazine that focuses on outdoor living, nature, culture and sustainability. Each issue centres around a particular geographical location or continent, with a diverse range of interviews, personal stories, photo essays and thought pieces.

The first volume, A Snippet of Asia, is available to buy now and includes features on Tokyo, Osaka, the Japanese peak of Mt. Takao and the rice plantations of East Java, as well as a look at the influence of Asian cuisine on the UK. Lucy has also launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund publication of the second issue, which will focus on the British Isles, travelling from the Isle of Skye in the very north to the Dorset coast in the south.

Flourish - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Flourish - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Flourish - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Flourish - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Flourish - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Flourish - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Drift

Drift is devoted to coffee culture and each issue takes us to a different city around the globe. The subject matter may sound narrow, but in fact it’s anything but: by delving into what makes each location’s coffee scene tick, the writers and photographers provide a unique glimpse into the place, its community and the daily lives of its inhabitants.

Past issues of Drift have covered destinations as diverse as Stockholm, Havana, Tokyo and Melbourne. The latest focuses on San Francisco, one of the coffee capitals of the US, and explores how the city, its neighbourhoods and its coffee culture are rapidly evolving. It’s fascinating stuff, whether or not you’re a big coffee drinker yourself.

Drift - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Drift - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Drift - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Drift - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Drift - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Drift - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Ambrosia

Published by the same team as Drift, Ambrosia is a biannual magazine that eats its way around a particular region through photo essays, stories, interviews and recipes. It covers everything from roadside stalls to Michelin-starred restaurants, and pinpoints what sets each area’s cuisine apart from the rest. It’s ideal for anyone who loves travel and food – and, let’s face it, who doesn’t?

Past volumes, many of which are still available to buy, have covered Mexico City, Denmark, Brooklyn and Baja California. Like its sister publication, the latest issue explores San Francisco and the Bay Area, unearthing everything from the origins of the fortune cookie to the vegetable gardens of chefs and local producers.

Ambrosia - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Ambrosia - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Ambrosia - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Ambrosia - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Ambrosia - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Ambrosia - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

In Clover

Originally launched as a final-year university project by Founding Editor Bryony Hipkin and now produced by an all-female team spread across the UK, In Clover is a biannual publication that focuses on slow living and offline pursuits. The beautiful writing and photography comes from a network of talented contributors, and the diverse array of content covers travel, food and ethical living.

The past two issues have included guides to Bristol, Somerset and Manchester, as well as escapes to the Cotswolds, the West Coast USA, India and lesser-known parts of Paris. What’s more, the most recent volume includes as an insert Table – a brand-new food, travel and lifestyle magazine from the same team that encompasses Sicilian markets, Sydney coffee shops, rocky Cornish coastlines and more.

In Clover - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

In Clover - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

In Clover - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

In Clover - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Table - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Table - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Open House

Openhouse is a twice-yearly magazine showcasing creative people around the world who open their private spaces to the public for various reasons. It was founded by Barcelona-based Andrew Trotter and Mari Luz Val, who decided to open their own apartment as a photo gallery and went in search of others embarking on similar projects. It covers everything from supper clubs and pop-up shops to artist-in-residence programmes and overnight homestays, and it’s packed with fascinating interviews. There are also tours of culturally significant homes around the world, including the Mallorcan base of Born Utzon (who designed the Sydney Opera House) and the French Riviera villa of Modernist architect Eileen Grey.

The magazine is a great way to discover people who can give you a different and more intimate experience of the places you visit, and you might even uncover suggestions for your own city along the way. You can buy the latest volume and order back issues here.

Openhouse - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Openhouse - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Openhouse - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Openhouse - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Openhouse - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Openhouse - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Oak – The Nordic Journal

Last but not least is another publication dedicated to the Nordic countries: Oak – The Nordic Journal. Published twice a year, it covers everything from architecture and design to food and travel and, interestingly, looks not only at the Nordic way of life but also its global resonance. It’s a unique take that will have you Googling flights to Scandinavia, Finland and Iceland in no time, as well as introducing you to Nordic-inspired spaces, people and brands around the world.

You can order current and past volumes of Oak here. There’s also a curated guide to the magazine’s home town, Copenhagen, which explores the city through the eyes of its female pioneers.

Oak The Nordic Journal - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Oak The Nordic Journal - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Oak The Nordic Journal - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Oak The Nordic Journal - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Oak The Nordic Journal - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Oak The Nordic Journal - 10 independent magazines to inspire your travels in 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Top photo by Abi Dare; all other images via the magazines named above

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Best Of My Scandinavian Home 2018!

I can't believe I'm wrapping up another year on the blog (I started My Scandinavian Home in 2011, isn't that crazy?). It feels great to be able to say that I enjoy coming here as much as I did when I first started. This is definitely thanks to all of you, who make this such a positive place to visit each day. I'm so grateful for all your input, comments and words of encouragement. And even if you're a silent reader, I see you (in my numbers) and I'm happy you're here! Hopefully you walk away each day with a spring in your step and a new idea for your home! I'd also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed and all the amazing creatives out there who have so generously invited us into their homes and given the kind permission to share pictures. And to all the wonderful My Scandinavian Home sponsors far and wide who make this blog possible. Tack så mycket and Skål to you all! On with this year's round-up...

Top 5 Blog Posts

5. If you want to keep warm, where else would you sit than a vintage radio? In fact, this mischievous cat is great at finding places to cosy up all round Antonia Schmitz's Cologne home.

Antonia Schmitz / www.Craftifair.com 

4. In the blog survey at the beginning of the year many of you said you were looking to learn more about interior know-how. Could this be why '10 interior Styling Tricks To Learn From a Swedish Home' went down so well? Or perhaps it's just the lovely decor. Either way, this number was popular!

Photo: Fredrik Karlsson Styling Studio Cuvier for Alvhem

3. I'm such a big fan of Leanne Ford's work (the tour of a her woodsy cabin was one of my favourites). I'm happy to see her project - A Dated Home Becomes a Fresh, Modern Farmhouse - make it into the top five. That girls got style!

Photo: Alexandra Ribar

2. Some posts require a lorry load of work, and  '20 Instagrammable Places To Stay In Sweden' was one of them. I am thrilled the work paid off and will hopefully inspire you to visit this beautiful country! Make sure you come and say hi when you do!

1. And now for the most read blog post of 2018. Drumroll please... It was none other than the charming home of Johanne Landbo (titled '10 Small Space Hacks To Learn From A Danish Home). This was a personal favourite of mine too - great minds think alike! What a fantastic home!

Photo: Johanne Landbo

Top 5 Instagram posts of 2018!

Instagram has definitely been my favourite social media this year (after the blog of course - does that count as SM? Not really I guess!). Here are the top 5 posts on @myscandinavianhome in 2018:

5. I'm pleased you liked my new sitting room update which I shot for Bemz too! I plan on sitting in this little corner a lot over the holidays!

4. I can completely understand why this post was in the top 5 - I mean, look at that cat - isn't he handsome?! Of course, Audrey Rivet's entire home is just lovely too!

Photo: Audrey Rivet

3. We'd all love to live somewhere with large, spacious, light-filled rooms but that simply isn't always the case. And this box room in the Swedish home of Sara Margareta Hellman stole our hearts. It goes to show that mini can be mighty (and white isn't always the way to go in a small space).

Photo: Sara Margateta Hellman

2. Who doesn't love a gallery wall - especially one you can customise daily! Seems like we all felt truly inspired by the picture wall in the home of Janniche Kristoffersen!

Photo: Janniche Kristoffersen

1. Books are such an important part of a living space - and as an author I'm especially happy to see this picture of a set of shelves brimming with tomes in the relaxed home of Katarina Matsson inspire over 206122 people! Let's hear it for great reads!

Photo: Katarina Matsson





Top 5 Pinterest Pins

Got to love Pinterest. It's packed with amazing inspiration, do you find the same? I never know quite what will take off on Pinterest so I was excited to explore the top five:

5. I was hoping Louise's delightful, hygge Danish home might pop up somewhere in the 'Best of...' list - her use of colour is so inspiring!

Photo: Louise / Mor Til Mernee

4. If you're looking for a moment of calm this Christmas you could do well to pour yourself a cup of coffee (or something stronger) and click over to this Swedish home decorated in cream and caramel tones. A special shout out to the Karin chair designed by Bruno Mathsson - which made a huge comeback this year!

3. Linens, sheepskin, candles and a wreath - I couldn't think of a more perfect spot to chill than this one in the Swedish home of Anna Kvarnström.

Photo: Anna Kvarnström

2. This year, Genevieve Jorn and I made-over my teenage stepson's bedroom. It was such a fun project and I'm glad to see others feel inspired by it too! N.B. It definitely doesn't look this tidy today!!

1. Say the words 'mid-century meets boho' and you know you're onto a winner, don't you think?! If you haven't taken a tour of Mallory Fletcher's Brooklyn home yet, I suggest you hop over immediately! I'm not surprised her sitting room was my most pinned image all year, it's fabulous!

Photo: Mallory Fletcher / Reserve Home

I had so much fun putting this post together - I'd actually forgotten about some of these beautiful spaces / posts!

Did you have a favourite?

Right. I think that's it.

I'll be back on January 7th. But if you feel you'd like to stop by over the holidays for inspiration there are thousands of home tours and snippets of design inspiration to be found in the archive. Some of my favourites include:

Danish Homes
Swedish cottages
Norwegian Homes
Finnish Homes
International Homes
Vintage Inspired Homes
Bohemian Style
Rural Retreats

I'm off to tuck into turkey in London and maybe dabble in a little skiing in my heartland (Norway) (see Instagram stories for more!).

I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing holiday too!

Thank you for 2018!

Niki x