Spring Wharf – a stylish rental development in Bath

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Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

Today I have a home tour with a difference to share, as it’s a property you could actually move into yourself. Set in the beautiful Georgian city of Bath, just 10 minutes by train from my own base in Bristol, it’s the show apartment for Spring Wharf – a brand-new and very stylish riverside development of one- and two-bedroom rental homes which I had a look around earlier this week.

Although Chris and I are lucky enough to own our house, we know from past experience what a hassle renting can be – the steep letting-agency fees, the fixed terms, the strict ‘no pets’ and ‘no decorating’ rules. But none of that is an issue at Spring Wharf. There are no fees, pets and personalisation are not only allowed but whole-heartedly encouraged, and the flexible contracts last anything from six months to five years. You can even choose whether to have your home furnished with bespoke, high-quality pieces or bring your own items.

What’s more, the apartments themselves are beautiful. Some have river views, others private balconies or terraces. The show apartment, for example, is a wonderfully airy and bright space, with grey-toned wooden flooring, crisp white walls and natural light pouring in through arched windows. I loved the elegant and understated furniture, which gives the whole place a calming and clutter-free feel.

Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

At the heart of the apartment is an open-plan living space with plenty of room for relaxing and socialising. My eye was instantly drawn to the minimalist grey kitchen units, which have recessed handles and sleek matching worktops. I also loved the mid-century modern easy chair and the slimline black-metal sideboard – definitely pieces I’d choose if I was moving in myself.

Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

The apartment also has two bathrooms (one ensuite) clad in timeless grey tiles, but my favourite spaces were the bedrooms. Each has a feature wall painted in deep teal blue or forest green – the kind of eye-catching yet soothing shade that even I can handle. They’re offset perfectly by brass accessories and pale grey wooden furniture, and banks of built-in wardrobes provide plenty of handy storage. I was particularly taken with the grey linen-covered beds (exactly what I want for my own home), and I could easily imagine myself lingering over morning coffee in either of them!

Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

I also had a peek at Spring Wharf’s communal facilities, which include a residents’ deck with allotment areas and a BBQ space, a lounge with hot drinks and super-fast WiFi, bike storage, a car park and even a gym. And the architecture – a mix of honey-coloured Bath stone and textured brick with black-framed windows – makes for a very attractive building outside as well as in.

Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

Spring Wharf - a stylish rental development in Bath | These Four Walls blog

What do you think? Would you like to live in a development like this? And have you experienced any property-rental nightmares that you’re keen to avoid in the future?

The Spring Wharf apartments are available now. Rents start at £1,075 per calendar month for a one-bedroom property and £1,750 per calendar month for a two-bedroom property. Visit the website for more information and to book a viewing. 

All photography by Abi Dare

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An Art Exhibition In Your Home? Meet the Danish Women Behind the Concept!

In celebration of International Women's Day, I thought I'd shine a light on two inspiring women from the Scandinavian art and design scene who I've been following for a while! Meet Mette Helena Rasmussen, a graduate from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and Anne Aarsland, an art history and Visual artist graduate from the University of Copenhagen. The pair met through a mutual client in 2017 and founded KUNSTSALONEN through which they curate public exhibitions in private homes across Denmark. To date, they've held five successful exhibitions (FREDERIKSBERG SALONEN, AMAGER SALONEN, AARHUS SALONENØSTERBRO SALONEN and KØBENHAVN K SALONEN (featured above) showcasing the work of over 35 artists at a time. I caught up with the pair to find out more about how the 'nomadic platform' works and their best tips for creating an incredible gallery wall!


A gallery wall in KØBENHAVN K SALONEN in the home of artist Lis McDonald (complete list of artists featured here). 

How did you meet?
We had been following each other on instagram for a while and met on a styling project for Artemide Lighting. The press event was held in Anne's apartment. 

A mother and daughter enjoy the exhibition in a private home in central Copenhagen last weekend. 
When did you decide to collaborate?
The press event turned out to be a cool experience and Anne enjoyed the guests, the talks and how her home was part of something different for a short period of time. We had a glass of wine (or two!) and talked about how we could do something together. We didn't really know what exactly, but came up with ideas for something like networking, exhibitions, social events, parties etc. 

Artists featured above all tagged here


How did you come up with the idea?
We wanted to contribute to the Danish art scene and somehow arrived at the idea of holding a curated art exhibition in Anne's private home. 


What inspired the name?
Our first exhibition was called FREDERIKSBERG SALONEN inspired by the salons in Paris and the tendency to use homes for literature gatherings, music and poetry events. We were also inspired by the fact that people are starting to rent personal spaces through Airbnb and Gomore.dk. 
Eye-catching art by Kunstsalonen co-founder Anne Aarsland (left) in the KÖBENHAVN K SALONEN exhibition. 
How did you organise your first event?
We invited several contemporary artists and all of them accepted. We installed the art in Anne's home (seen in the last two pictures in this post) and invited everyone we knew. It was a huge success and gave us confidence to develop this active, nomadic platform for showing art and arrange exhibitions in other private homes across Denmark. 
Making final touches to the AARHUS SALONEN exhibition
How does it work?
We curate and invite selected artists to showcase their work in a private home for a weekend. The generous hosts (who are passionate about contemporary art) invite us to use their homes for a week. People visit the exhibition and buy the artwork. It's a true pleasure to work on this project! 
A drool-worthy gallery wall in the home of Mette Helena Rasmussen.

How do you select the artists?
We mostly show Danish artists, but we have featured work by Swedish artist Johan Furåker, Norwegian artists Jeanette Sættre and Arne-Marius Skogås as well as Iranian artist Frank Shoi and Brit Nicholas Imms.

And finally, what are your best tips for creating a perfect gallery wall?
Our best tip is to collect great art! Organise your artwork in tones and colours that work well together. Combine large scale works with minor works and bring in three dimensional pieces to give the wall a vivid expression.

What a truly inspiring idea! Thank you for sharing this with us Mette and Anne!

If you're heading to Denmark, you might like to time your visit with their forthcoming exhibitions:

FUGLEBAKKE SALONEN, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen 10 - 12 May
MORS SALONEN, Jutland in August

Keep an eye out for more information here (and follow along on instagram here).

In case you're feeling inspired to create your own gallery wall this weekend - this guide might come in handy! Or perhaps, if you live in Denmark, your home might just be the location for their next exhibition! Would you be keen? I have a feeling I'd want to keep all the artwork!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend friends!

Niki

PS Stuck on a room and could use a little help? We're offering 20% off a new room design through My Scandinavian Home Studio online interior design service with the code MYNEWROOM until 7th May, 2019. We'd love to help you!

Photographs 1 to 6 by Tia Borgsmidt 


The Fabulous LA Home of Garance Doré With Peachy Tones

I'm actually breaking every rule in the 'working from home' book this morning and tapping away at my laptop from bed (shock, horror!). The truth is, it's pouring with rain outside (will it ever stop?!) and I just couldn't bring myself to hop on my bike (nor, so it seems, wonder down the stairs!). I have to say, as a one off, it's kind of cosy! Anyhow, my point is, I'm still craving a few rays of sunshine this week, which is why I thought I'd share the happy LA home of Garance Doré. Garance is a French photographer, illustrator, author, fashion blogger and the creative force behind Atelier Doré. When she moved into her new build she was keen to put her own personal stamp on the space and sought the help of interior design guru Sarah Sherman Samuel. Together they shaped the living space into a stylish, modern home. I particularly love the colour scheme which combines soft white, earthy neutrals, pale peach, light wood, muted pink and terracotta accents. Look closely at the furniture too - there are some fabulous pieces! Little wonder the home is currently featured in the spring 2019 edition of Domino magazine. Here's a sneak peek:

I love the peach accent, it's so fresh and yet fun at the same time. Understandably her breakfast nook is making its way around instagram at an alarming rate too, isn't it fabulous?!
Is there anything that stood out to you? 
The original feature in Domino lists many of the items here (in case you're curious). 
More peachy details spotted in these beautiful spaces: 
On an entirely different note, Per and I went to the cinema to see Green Book last night, what a brilliant film! If you haven't seen it, it's a must!
I hope your day is, well... peachy!
Niki
Photography: J.F Rothenberg for Domino magazine

KINFOLK GALLERY BY NORM ARCHITECTS

I'm sure I've posted about this place before (??!!) so maybe it's somewhere in the archives :/ but hey, it warrants a second posting just because its pretty amazing. Norm Architects designed this collaborative work-space for the people at Kinfolk. Their objective was to create a casual working space that felt more like a home than an office space. Employees even invite friends and family into the space to share ideas. 


"Much like human wellbeing, the essence of our work is found in balance – between richness and restraint, between order and complexity," said Norm Architects. "Our vision is to look beyond sight. We want to create spaces that feel good in every way. "


Images: Dezeen.


My Scandinavian Home Studio - Room By Room Online Interior Design Help!

Guys! I have some exciting news to share with you. Last January I sent out a survey to find out what you'd like to see more of on My Scandinavian Home - and I received so many wonderful, helpful replies! I noticed many said that although you enjoyed the inspiration, you still sometimes feel a little stuck with how to arrange a room, which colours to choose, or simply how to complete the look in a beautiful way (don't I know that feeling!). I also receive a flood of mails each week asking for similar advice. So, I put on my thinking cap.

One of the key philosophies of Scandinavian design is that everyone should have access to good design. And I felt the same should be the case with interior design.

So, I have launched an affordable My Scandinavian Home online interior design service from this fab studio. For a small fee, the team of highly qualified, passionate, über talented Scandinavian interior designers are waiting to help you pretty much wherever you are in the world!

All you'd need to do is visit the studio website, fill in a simple online form about the room you'd like decorate and complete a fun style survey on the bus home from work or from the comfort of your sofa.  One of the members of the team will then contact you to discuss your needs, before sending you a room layout, mood board and product list (if required) so you can get decorating and create the room of your dreams!

I hope you feel as excited as I am! If you are stuck on a room, We're so looking forward to helping you transform your home, one room at a time!

Niki

PS It's half term in Sweden next week so I am going to be giving my husband and little girls my full screen-free attention - do you think they'll recognise me?!  I won't be blogging but I might just sneak on to instagram stories from time to time (yes, I know, but!). I hope you have a really lovely, relaxing week too! 


A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast

Advertisement – this post is based on a press stay with Visit Sweden and the West Sweden tourist board

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

One of the joys of travelling to West Sweden is just how easy it is to combine city and countryside, so after three days in Gothenburg Chris and I decided to hire a car and embark on a 24-hour road trip along the beautiful Bohuslän Coast.

I always think there’s something magical about visiting the seaside in winter, when the water fades from deep blue to silvery grey and you have the beaches largely to yourself. And the Bohuslän Coast certainly didn’t disappoint. Stretching from Gothenburg all the way up to the Norwegian border, this string of rugged granite peninsulas, islands and skerries is backed by pine trees and dotted with pretty little fishing villages and quaint harbour towns.

Turning off the motorway an hour or so north of the city, we followed increasingly windy roads into the snow-covered wilderness, swooping over bridges, dipping in and out of forests, and skirting fjord-like inlets whose surfaces were a patchwork of broken ice.

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

Our destination was Lådfabriken, a unique B&B set just outside the tiny village of Edshultshall on the island of Orust. It occupies a former fish-box factory that was purchased in 2008 by Johan, a Swede who spent his childhood summers in the village, and his Dutch partner Marcel. They spent years transforming the run-down structure, and the results are nothing short of stunning. Wood-clad walls, suspended metal walkways and exposed girders remind you of the building’s previous life, but it’s now a stylish, eclectic and very welcoming place to stay.

The first thing that greets you as you step through the door is a kitchen made from stacked-up pallets and stainless steel; beyond, the space opens up into a double-height living area whose walls are adorned with oversized light-up letters. Easy chairs sit by picture windows gazing out to sea, and everywhere you look there are colourful artworks, quirky curios and iconic mid-century furniture.

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

Our room – one of four – was perched on a mezzanine, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking over the living area below (don’t worry – there were blinds for privacy!). A vintage gymnastics horse sat in one corner; in another, a chest of drawers topped with a collection of toy cars. The bed was piled with cushions and snuggly reindeer hides, and a private shower room lay just across the landing.

After settling in, we followed a path down through the trees for a stroll along the beach. I was struck by how peaceful everything was – frozen and still, with that muffled silence you get when the world around you is blanketed in snow. The sky was heavy with clouds, and the monochrome colours of the winter landscape broken only by a few red cabins huddled between rocks along the shore.

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

Then it was back inside to warm up with a coffee, before an informal dinner around the kitchen table. Johan and Marcel are passionate about showcasing local ingredients and treated us to a three-course seafood feast: crayfish (simple, juicy, delicious), catch of the day from the nearby harbour of Mollösund, and a rich apple tart to finish. We lingered for hours, chatting to our hosts and the other guests over wine and green tea, before heading upstairs for a deep, uninterrupted slumber.

The next morning we awoke to find the clouds had given way to a watery blue sky. Johan and Marcel decided to take the B&B’s kayaks out for a paddle, while we ventured into the village to explore. During summer, it’s home to several hundred people and 90 or so boats, but in February it was almost entirely deserted. We wandered along empty streets and boardwalks, peered through the windows of pastel-coloured houses and debated which we’d choose for ourselves, and stood at the end of the pier as a trio of geese flapped overhead in perfect formation. The rocks and water glowed rose-gold in the low winter sun, and every now and then we’d spot Johan and Marcel gliding across the horizon.

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

It was soon time to tear ourselves away from Lådfabriken and Edshultshall, but we had one more treat in store before heading back to Gothenburg: lunch at Salt & Sill. Located in the herring-fishing town of Klädesholmen on the Tjörn Peninsula, it’s Sweden’s first floating hotel and consists of a beautiful waterside restaurant, plus 23 rooms set on pontoons. There’s even a sauna, along with a rooftop terrace and hot tub.

The food was delicious – herring (obviously!), fresh prawns and succulent white fish doused in a Jerusalem artichoke sauce, all served up with stunning views. And I couldn’t resist a peek inside a few of the simple but stylish wood-clad rooms, which each have windows positioned so you can watch the waves from the comfort of bed, as well as a slice of deck with steps leading straight into the water.

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

As we drove back towards the city, we found ourselves dreaming of returning to the Bohuslän Coast for a longer stay – perhaps during the balmy days of summer. But the harsh beauty of the Swedish winter will always hold a special place in our hearts, and our brief February visit could prove pretty hard to beat.

A winter road trip along West Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast | These Four Walls blog

Lådfabriken is open year-round, and rooms start at 1,750 SEK (around £140 / €165 ) per night. For more information on the Bohuslän Coast, see the official West Sweden visitors’ guide.

Many thanks to Visit Sweden and the West Sweden tourist board, who kindly provided a free night’s stay at Lådfabriken, as well as car hire and lunch at Salt & Sill. We paid for flights and all other expenses ourselves.

All photography by Abi Dare

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15 Coastal Living Ideas To Steal From a Breathtaking Danish Home

One of the things I truly admire about Scandinavians is their ability to draw nature indoors. And it's all about subtlety. Sure, in some homes you might find more obvious touches like a fishing net, sail boat or even an anchor, but more often than not, the outdoors is seamlessly brought in through barely-there touches - designed to create a calm sanctuary and a connection with nature. The breathtaking Danish home of freelance interior stylist and graphic designer Pernille Grønkjær Taatø is a fine example of this. Situated in the historical seaside village of Hornbæk, North Zealand, the home perfectly encapsulates the subtle off-white shade of the shifting sands and serene blue-grey of the Öresund. Light and airy and pared-back, the space is inspired by Pernille's passion for a simple Nordic way of life. Here are fifteen inspiring ideas to steal to create your own waterside sanctuary! 

1. Once you've got over just how stunning Pernille's kitchen is (*gasp*) look closely and you'll see items found in the great outdoors such as branches from the nearby beach or forest. They've been weaved under open shelving and used to dry herbs.

2. The family dining table has been fashioned out of a beautiful aged piece of wood reminiscent of drift wood and perched upon a sturdy wooden frame. The imperfect surface breathes life into the space. 

3. White washed wood cladding has long been associated with the coastal vibe  - and also helps to create a more relaxed feel in a contemporary setting.

4. When my sisters and I were little my Father used to take us swimming on the British south coast. The building was inspired by the hull of a ship (I still remember doing backstroke (badly) and pondering this!!). If you look closely at the A-frame ceiling in this house, you might also make out the shape of a hull!

5. When you have a light, 'washed-out' colour scheme, texture becomes incredibly important. A simple grey sheepskin* has been draped over a wishbone chair* to amp up the cosiness and comfort! 
6. In Scandinavia I always perceive the sea as a beautiful muted grey-blue (as a sailor you can imagine I've spent many, many hours gazing out over the water - more often than not, over the rim of a gin and tonic!). The white sofa and mix of muted grey-blue cushions in this window nook are are spot on. Pernille has kept the look relaxed by mixing up different cushion styles within the same blue colour spectre. 
7. Simple glass vases filled with shells and pebbles offer a decorative touch on the coffee table. 
8. The windowsill is a perfect spot to display age old driftwood washed up on the nearby beach. 
9. Accessories such as this pretty ceramic vase reflect the beautiful grey-blue of the Scandinavian waters.

10. Artists often comment on the wonderful light in this part of the world - I regularly find myself stopping and commenting on how sharp it is in the summer months (often met by eye-rolls from my kids but one day I'm sure they'll appreciated it too!). A butterfly chair* has been deliberately placed by the window as a place to sit and contemplate. There's even a rustic stool* for your feet (or coffee!). 
11. Designer furniture-wise nothing says 'coastal' like a Danish flag halyard chair, the name says it all! 

12. A haul of pebbles and shells have been laid out on a desk beside two stacked pebbles (have you ever tried stacking pebbles? It's actually harder than you might think!). If you find the right ones though, their subtle patinas and sculptural shape are akin to a beautiful work of art!

13. Same desk, different day. Pebbles in two tones of grey found on the local beach sit beside art by Pernille which was inspired by the sea (Pernille is the artist behind all work seen in the house).

14. The blue-grey hue has also been injected into the otherwise all-white hallway with a striped runner. A long rustic bench* also adds to the coastal feel. 
15. A striped rug, white panelled wainscoting and a white, blue and grey bedding theme bring the 'by-the-sea' feel to the bedroom. I'm also loving the simple industrial stool (source similar here*) used as a makeshift bedside table, isn't it lovely?! It looks wobble-free enough for a morning cuppa too - bonus!

Living by the sea myself I feel so incredibly inspired by Pernille's home! We often sail to Hornbæk in the summer time as it's just up the coast too - it's a lovely place!

But even if you're not living by the sea, there are so many ideas to steal from her lovely home.

Is there anything that caught your eye?

You can find out more about Pernille's freelance interior styling and graphic design work and take a peek at her blog over at Nordiskrum (she's also on instagram here).

I noticed Pernille rented her home out last summer via Airbnb - RESULT! If you're visiting Denmark this summer it's worth keeping an eye on the listing, just in case she decides to throw open her doors again. Imagine?!

I think it'd be rude not to leave you with a few more coastal Scandinavian homes do dream over today - these are a few of my favourites:

A dreamy Scandinavian-inspired beach house
A striking Danish home by the sea
A Former light-house keeper's cottage on Gotland

Happy 'Lilla Lördag' (Little Saturday),

Niki

PS If you'd really like to captured the essence of the Scandinavian coast in your home - try the Skandinavisk's newly re-launched range 'Hav' collection? The fragrance is divine!

Photography by Pernille Grønkjær Taatø and Trine Bukh
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UP KITCHEN FROM REFORM + DINESEN

Are you looking for a sustainable / earth friendly makeover for your IKEA kitchen? Architects at Lendager Group have designed in collaboration with Dinesen this stunning recycled kitchen for Reform. Dinesen is a Danish family company that have been producing arguably the most beautiful wooden floors out there. The UP kitchen is created from Dinesen's high quality cut offs. 
 “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 can imagine it is impossible to completely eliminate waste. It is those pieces that we are able to give new life.”  – reform. 
Images: Reform.

Rustic Meets Refined In An Inspiring Californian Ranch

Boy oh boy, have I got a beautiful home tour to share with you today. I couldn't resist throwing in a couple of 'before' shots too - just so that we can all fully appreciate the amount of work that has gone into it! Located just 40 minutes north of Los Angeles, this 1959 post and beam Californian ranch house reflects owner Jennifer Maxcy's appreciation for timeless yet unique style. The rustic yet refined open-plan living space combines reclaimed, well-crafted and vintage pieces with new selections and clean contemporary lines for a relaxed yet lovely, fresh feel. Little wonder that the ranch serves as a family home (could you imagine?!) but also as a gallery space for Jennifer's marketplace collection of thoughtfully curated goods and a film and photo shoot location. Ready to take a peek?! 

Do you want to see a sneak peek of how the kitchen looked before the renovation?! It's kind of crazy, and so inspiring to see how a space can be transformed. Here goes...

Quite the transformation!
I can't resist sharing one more 'before' with you. We all know how difficult it is to find beautiful pieces like the table seen in the centre of the room (you can see the other side of it with drawers further up the blog. I've been looking for something similar for years and when I do come across something similar they're often eye-wateringly expensive! But Jennifer had the vision to upcycle the piece below and transform it into what she describes today as 'the workhorse' off the house.
They took off the backboard and then added it as overhang for proper seating. The top has four side boards which were sanded back to the natural wood and sealed with a matte polyurethane. 

The house is also leased for film and photoshoots (kind of makes sense - it's a perfect set-up and full of natural light). The picture above is an example of client styling in the ranch.

Contemporary touches like the Eames dowel-leg chairs* and Gubi semi-pendant have been combined with a vintage table and rustic bowls - a signature combination seen throughout the living space! The window nook looks so cosy - don't you think?! 

In a ranch where items are constantly moved around, you're bound to see different set-ups. In the above picture, the Eames chairs have been replaced by an antique / vintage stool and knitted pouf. 
I wish I knew the artist behind this painting. I've put the question to Jennifer (who's on L.A time and no doubt still asleep !) - I'll hopefully be able to pop back and update the post once I know more! 

In the bathroom a cabinet made by a carpenter from old scraps and a backsplash fashioned out of reclaimed planks adds a distinct rustic touch! There's a load of beautiful woven wall baskets like the one seen above available here*.  Just saying! 

Oj oj oj (as they say in Sweden!) - just how inspiring is this home? I love the vintage and handmade touches.

Is there anything that caught your eye?

See more pictures and find out more about Jennifer's interior design services, shop and the lease of her home for a film or photo shoot over at The Ranch Uncommon - and feel inspired by more snapshots of the interior on instagram.

It's raining so hard in southern sweden today, mind if we stay in sunny California for more inspiration?! I'm dreaming of rocking about in this serene home in Napa valley, kicking-back in this Spanish style house and hanging out on the terrace of this eclectic home.  Fancy joining me?!

There's also a load of homes with rustic touches in this archive!

Vi ses imorgon! 

Niki

PS It's the man's birthday today and I've made a cardinal error - I've got three hours to panic buy him a present. Eeeeek! Wish me luck!

Photography: Jennifer Maxcy / The Ranch Uncommon shared with kind permission.

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COPENHAGEN APARTMENT

I'm in love with so much in this beautiful 66 sq m apartment. From the tiny mosaic tiles in the bathroom and the pale chevron floors to the clever drawers hidden in the stairs in the kids bedroom. Not to mention that bed. It's truly perfect.

Design: Emil Dervish 


A Fresh White, Green and Brown Swedish Home Dotted With Plants

Hi there campers! How's your Monday going? I'm feeling way better since discovering this apartment a few hours ago. The light and airy Swedish flat is full of the joys of spring (in Sweden there's not a single leaf on the trees yet BUT the light and the birds are starting to return returned, and that makes all the difference!). Measuring a mere 62 metres square (667 sqf), the space has been decorated in a simple white, brown and green colour palette against a light coloured backdrop, and there's a beautiful plant  around every corner! I quite fancy a coffee in the morning sunshine on the balcony too, fancy joining me?!

How pretty is this kakelugn (tiled oven) with the delicate botanical detail?! 

Placing plants and 'outdoor items' just inside a balcony door like this is a clever styling trick. It adds to the flow - melting the outside with the outdoor space.
Mantis table lamp* (I've got the same one in my home and love it - it constantly gets moved around! The wall version is pretty fab too - as seen in the home of Lovisa Häger). 

Monday mornings are always tricky (you should have seen the chaos in our house this morning - both kids went to school with odd gloves on) but this lovely space has totally lightened my mood and got me in better spirits to kick off the week.

How has your day looked so far? I hope this apartment has given you a spring in your step too - or at least brightened up your day!

These homes are also great for inspiration:

All things bright and beautiful in a Singapore family home
A thoughtfully curated Dutch home
A charming natural family home in Normandy

Have a wonderful start to the week!

Niki

PS Thank you so much for your overwhelming response to my new online interior design service (which launched on Friday - in case you missed it!). It's made all the hard work worthwhile! If you know anyone who's stuck on a room and would love some help turning it into a beautiful haven, feel free to spread the word! And if you have any questions (or feedback) about the service please do drop me a mail!

Photography: Anders Bergstedt
Styling: Nouvel interior
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Home tour | A calm, cosy apartment in the Czech Republic

Home tour - a calm, cosy apartment in the Czech Republic | These Four Walls blog

Today I’m taking you to the Czech Republic for a look around the beautiful home of interior-design blogger and Instagrammer Lucie Vacková.

Lucie’s apartment first caught my eye because of its wonderfully calm and cosy feel. I love the way she mixes clean, minimalist lines with lots of snuggly textures and a soothing, nature-inspired colour palette of soft beiges and browns. The result is a perfect example of how neutral decor needn’t be cold or uninviting, and it’s the kind of look I’m always hoping to achieve in my own home. She also has a stunning Ragdoll cat, who’s very good at posing for photos!

Over to Lucie to tell us more…

Home tour - a calm, cosy apartment in the Czech Republic | These Four Walls blog

Hi Lucie! Please can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?

“Until recently I was an English teacher at a grammar school and now I’m working as a marketing specialist for an architecture office in Prague. Styling and photography are just hobbies of mine, which sometimes overlap with the business sphere.”

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

“Home is Usti nad Labem, an industrial town in north-west Bohemia in the Czech Republic where I’ve lived all my life. It’s had a rather complicated history. It was bombed in the Second World War and then the Communist regime left a noticable trace with its ugly architecture. As a result it isn’t the prettiest place in the world, but I choose to love it! It has a beautiful location and some remarkable buildings. I grew up and still live in the oldest quarter, which wasn’t affected by the troubled history so much. It’s actually very convenient, with my parents living within a two-minute walk, plus a cosy café, a Chinese restaurant and all the things you need nearby.”

How would you describe your interiors style?

“I would say it bears features of Scandinavian design and some aspects of Bohemian style, mixed with minimalist lines.”

Home tour - a calm, cosy apartment in the Czech Republic | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a calm, cosy apartment in the Czech Republic | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a calm, cosy apartment in the Czech Republic | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a calm, cosy apartment in the Czech Republic | These Four Walls blog

Like the rest of Lucie’s home, the dining and office areas combine soft browns and beiges with black and white furniture and lots of natural textures. 

Where do you find inspiration for the interiors?

“I find inspiration everywhere – in the homes of other people, when travelling, and from Instagram, Pinterest, books, the TV…!”

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

“Definitely my living room, where I spend most of my time (if you rule out sleeping in my bedroom!). I tend to furnish it with the best pieces – probably because I want to have them around me as much as possible.”

And your favourite piece of furniture?

“At the moment I’m loving my sofa, which I’ve just restyled with new covers. But my all-time favourites are my chairs and armchairs. I’m obsessed with well-designed seating!”

Home tour - a calm, cosy apartment in the Czech Republic | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a calm, cosy apartment in the Czech Republic | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a calm, cosy apartment in the Czech Republic | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a calm, cosy apartment in the Czech Republic | These Four Walls blog

Lucie has recently given her sofa a makeover with textured brown covers from Bemz, chosen to bring out the beautiful tones in the artwork hanging above it. New Works’ ‘Kizu’ marble table lamp and sculptural accessories by Cooee Design, Lyngby Porcelain and Kristina Dam Studio add the perfect finishing touches to the space. 

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

“I love to choose accessories from local e-shops such as Laladesign.cz and Designville.cz, as well as from Scandinavian brands – my current favourites are Kristina Dam Studio, Hübsch and lampemesteren.dk.”

Do you have any future plans for your home?

“I’m looking for a stunning pendant light for my bedroom. Also, I have a dream – the Knitting Chair’ by Menu… I hope to get my hands on it one day!”

Home tour - a calm, cosy apartment in the Czech Republic | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a calm, cosy apartment in the Czech Republic | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a calm, cosy apartment in the Czech Republic | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a calm, cosy apartment in the Czech Republic | These Four Walls blog

The bedroom is a relaxed and restful space, with dark grey linen bedding from H&M Home. The ‘IVAR’ wall cabinets are from IKEA, but Lucie has personalised them with pale beige-grey paint and brass handles.  

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

“I love to keep things airy by choosing light furniture, preferably with legs. And there’s nothing better than raw, solid wood. I also like to combine lots of different textures – marble, stone, velvet, linen – while keeping the overall colour scheme very muted.”

Thanks Lucie!

See more of Lucie’s beautiful home on her Instagram feed and blog

All photography by Lucie Vacková

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