An Elegant Copenhagen Home With Pink Accents

As lifestyles go, teacher and part time PR rep for Stolbjerg Sidsel Garsdal has it pretty sussed out! In the winter she and her husband Jason and children Carmen and Bror hang out in their beautiful, light-filled apartment in Copenhagen. In the summer they head to their summer cottage on a Danish island to soak up the sunshine and take in the nature. While both homes are fairly minimalist with a sprinkling of vintage finds, the family's city apartment has a slightly more contemporary look. I also love the soft pink accent throughout. Enjoy the tour!

Resting Feet print by Julie Pike, Mirror table - Kristina Dam Studio,  Hammershoi vase

 Pink suit from Mango, crinkle throw*

Neon sign from Neonskiltet

Sidsel often shares pictures of pretty corners of Copenhagen on her instgaraqm account - I love this one of a snowy day in the capital!

Such an elegant apartment, don't you think? - the pink accents are everything!

You can see more pics from Sidsel's lovely life here and more Danish homes here:

A rare peek behind the facade of Copenhagen's colourful Nyhavn
A Danish home full of vintage treasures
Before + After: A Danish 1950's house gets a fabulous make-over

Tomorrow is my last day on the blog before Christmas - can you believe it?! I'm thinking of celebrating with a 'Best of My Scandinavian Home 2018' -post, what do you think? I'd love to hear what some of your favourite posts have been!

Vi ses imorgon! 

Niki

Photography courtesy of Sidsel Garsdal with kind permission


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas from These Four Walls!

Just a short post today to wish a very merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates it, and a happy New Year to you all!

I also want to say a big thank you for reading These Four Walls over the past twelve months, and for your support and encouragement both here and on social media – every page visit, comment and follow really does mean a lot. And I’d like to ask a little favour: I was over the moon to discover that I’ve been nominated in the UK Blog Awards, but I need your help to get on the shortlist. So, if you like what I do, I’d be really grateful if you could spare a second to vote for me (and it really does only take a second, I promise!). Just follow this link and click on the ‘vote now’ button at the top before the deadline on Christmas Eve.

I’m going to take a break from blogging over the next couple of weeks and enjoy some much-needed downtime, but I’ll be back in January with more interior design, travel and lifestyle inspiration for simple, relaxed living at home and beyond. In the meantime have a very restful and joyful end to the year, and see you in 2019!

Merry Christmas from These Four Walls!

The ‘O’ candleholder shown here is by SHY Design Studio and was kindly gifted – read more and find out how you could win one for yourself here.

Photography by Abi Dare

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The Lovely Home of a Swedish Photographer and Stylist

Swedish photographer and interior stylist Johanna Hagbard spends her days capturing beautiful homes around Sweden for magazines such as Plaza Interiör. It's the type of job which could insight serious home envy should your own abode fall short. But this is not something Johanna need worry about! Hagbard shares her home in Majorna, Gothenburg with her husband Mattias and young sons Valter (7) and Ruben (4). Think cocoon-like dark blue walls (Illuminated Paris by Nordsjö), Morris & Co wallpaper, pretty wreaths, stacks of magazines and plenty of candles to keep the Nordic darkness at bay.

Is it time to hibernate yet? If so, I might just ask Johanna if I can hang out here this winter!

Isn't her home lovely?

See more of Johanna's Gothenburg haven here - and check out her portfolio here. Oh and Johanna is always looking for tips on beautiful homes to shoot, so do get in contact with her if you have any ideas!

Other charming homes with dark blue walls include a striking, small Stockholm space, Igor's happy, plant-filled home and Suvi's beautiful, modern home on Finland's west coast.

I'm off to my daughters end of term Christmas event now at her school - as always I've left it a few minutes late to leave, so if you see someone flashing through Malmö on their bike - that would be me! Go, go, go!!!

Have a lovely day!

Niki

Photography: Johanna Hagbard, shared with kind permission. 


New finds | December 2018

'Lair' - new furniture collection from An Interior Affair | These Four Walls blog

In between all things Christmas-related I want to squeeze in one last round-up of new finds for 2018, as there’s been a swathe of interesting product launches and other bits and bobs recently. So, settle back and feast your eyes on the things that have grabbed my attention over the last few weeks…

Brand-new designs (and a giveaway!) from SHY Design Studio

I’m starting with Glasgow-based SHY Design Studio, which has just launched its first own-label products after years of working behind the scenes for other brands: a candleholder called ‘O’ and a mirror called ‘Perlucio’. Both have an understated, timeless aesthetic that reflects the studio’s Scandinavian roots (it was founded in Sweden before moving to London and then Scotland), and are made by talented Scottish and Swedish artisans.

I was lucky enough to receive one of the first candleholders to be produced and it really is beautiful. A contemporary twist on a traditional shape, it’s made from marble-cast plaster and comes in a choice of three colours: ‘Ash White’, ‘Soot Black’ and ‘Charcoal Grey’. The mirror is similarly stunning. Produced from hand-drawn glass that’s water-gilded with pure silver, backed onto ebonized birch veneer and framed with oxidised lead, it has an irregular surface that creates the kind of distortion and shimmer you’d find on rippled water – a reference to the fact that the first mirrors ever created are thought to have been bowls of shallow water. As you draw closer, the reflections become sharper.

To celebrate the launch, SHY is giving away three candleholders worth £55 each, and one lucky person will also win a mirror worth £2,600. Just head over to their website for details of how to enter.

Brand-new designs (and a giveaway) from SHY Design Studio | These Four Walls blog

Brand-new designs (and a giveaway) from SHY Design Studio | These Four Walls blog

Brand-new designs (and a giveaway) from SHY Design Studio | These Four Walls blog

Brand-new designs (and a giveaway) from SHY Design Studio | These Four Walls blog

Brand-new designs (and a giveaway) from SHY Design Studio | These Four Walls blog

A new collaboration between The Poster Club and Malene Birger

Next up is Copenhagen-based online print store The Poster Club, which has just released an exclusive collection created by Danish fashion designer turned artist Malene Birger. Best known for founding clothing labels Day, Birger & Mikkelsen in 1997 and By Malene Birger in 2003, she now works from a studio on Lake Como, Italy, where she draws, sketches and paints. Her work has a graphic, abstract quality and this is reflected in the collection, which consists of six fine-art giclée prints in various sizes. All combine strong shapes with a monochrome palette, and look stunning hung on their own or in clusters. Prices start at €49.

A new collaboration between Poster Club and Malene Birger | These Four Walls blog

A new collaboration between Poster Club and Malene Birger | These Four Walls blog

A new collaboration between Poster Club and Malene Birger | These Four Walls blog

A new collaboration between Poster Club and Malene Birger | These Four Walls blog

A new collaboration between Poster Club and Malene Birger | These Four Walls blog

‘Lair’ – a new furniture collection from An Interior Affair

Also brand-new this month is ‘Lair’, the first furniture collection from Lovisa Häger of Swedish design studio and blog An Interior Affair.

Lovisa has always believed that beautiful interiors can be created from anything, regardless of budget, and her varied work covers everything from decor projects to digital content. Her aim with Lair was to encourage creativity and sustainability by producing versatile products with multiple purposes, and the result is a range of table tops and legs that can be combined in numerous ways to form anything from pedestals and coffee tables to dining tables and sideboards. Lovisa says: “We believe that if we create pieces that can be the foundation in your home, they can stay with you forever.”

All the items in the collection are designed by Lovisa herself and made in Sweden by a passionate father-daughter team. Prices range from 890 SEK (around €86 / £77) to 6,990 SEK (around €680 / £610), and every piece can be customised to suit a particular space on request.

'Lair' - new furniture collection from An Interior Affair | These Four Walls blog

'Lair' - new furniture collection from An Interior Affair | These Four Walls blog

'Lair' - new furniture collection from An Interior Affair | These Four Walls blog

'Lair' - new furniture collection from An Interior Affair | These Four Walls blog

'Lair' - new furniture collection from An Interior Affair | These Four Walls blog

Abstract prints from Coco Lapine Design

Another of my favourite designer-bloggers, Sarah Van Peteghem of Coco Lapine Design, also has new products out this month: a pair of abstract prints that add to her existing range of beautiful wall art. They reproduce collages made from ripped paper and, as each individual piece of paper has its own hand-painted pattern, the results look strong and graphic when viewed from afar yet beautifully detailed when seen close-up. The prints cost €42.50 each for 70cm by 50cm and can be shipped worldwide.

Abstract prints from Coco Lapine Design | These Four Walls blog

Abstract prints from Coco Lapine Design | These Four Walls blog

Abstract prints from Coco Lapine Design | These Four Walls blog

Abstract prints from Coco Lapine Design | These Four Walls blog

Abstract prints from Coco Lapine Design | These Four Walls blog

DOMO becomes Design Of

Finally, Swedish company DOMO, whose minimalist, clean-lined furniture is made entirely from solid steel, has rebranded as Design Of. Based in the largely rural region of Småland, it was founded by Johanna Haglund, who takes much of her inspiration from the area’s beautiful lakes and forests. It’s long been one of my favourites, so it’s exciting to see it evolving in a new direction.

The name change also brings with it a new online shop – the first time the brand’s products have been available to buy directly, without going via a reseller – and a couple of new pieces: ‘Chair 2’ (€330) and ‘Chair 3’ (€420). Conceived as slightly larger siblings of the existing ‘Chair 1’, they’re available in several colours and work brilliantly in dining rooms and workspaces. For added comfort, ‘Chair 3’ is upholstered, with a choice between leather or fabric for the seat and back pads.

DOMO becomes Design Of | These Four Walls blog

DOMO becomes Design Of | These Four Walls blog

DOMO becomes Design Of | These Four Walls blog

DOMO becomes Design Of | These Four Walls blog

DOMO becomes Design Of | These Four Walls blog

A few other things on my radar…

  • I love the new 55-page ebook from friend and fellow blogger Emma of Field & Nest. Called ‘How to Live a Slower Life’, it’s packed with tips, advice and practical exercises to help you make time to savour the little moments. It costs just £9.99 and you can buy a copy here
  • If one of your aims for 2019 is to launch or grow a business, you might be interested in an Instagram workshop that I’m running at The Forge in Bristol on 2nd March 2019. Designed to help you harness the power of Instagram by creating a strong brand identity, it will cover everything from image styling and editing to writing effective captions. Tickets cost £45 each and are available here
  • If you want to learn a new craft, how about a candle-making workshop with Earl of East London? I was lucky enough to attend one earlier this month courtesy of Vitra, and they’re huge fun! Dates for 2019 have just been released and you’ll find them here

All images via the respective brands above

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5 Mini Christmas Tree Ideas For Small Spaces

Who says you need to have a 12 foot Christmas tree to create a festive feel? These pretty mini tree are ideas are living (some are potted!) proof that you can still have a christmas tree in the smallest of spaces, and it can look as festive as can be. Oh and they make perfect Christmas pressies / holiday gifts too!

1. Mini Spruce in a vase (above): Not only is this tree in the home of Anna Kvarnström small enough to use as a table top decoration, you can enjoy your turkey / julbord around it and avoid all the faff of a tree foot too!! God rest ye merry gentlemen! Use real candles for an extra mysig feel (but never leave unattended!). See more subtle festive touches in Anna's lovely home here.

2. The tabletop Christmas tree:  little trees are perfect perched on side tables, stools and benches in places like the hallway. The clever guys over at The Merry Thought made the wooden decorations on this tree too - and have shared all the know-how in this film.

3. The Windowsill Forest: Create a forest right there on the windowsill with fake trees in simple bark containers from Danish brand House Doctor - or create your own with simple cuts from outside (you can also try your local florist / nursery) - there's a great DIY guide here.

4. Mini Christmas tree presents: Heading to a dinner party? Why not give the host one of these little fellas instead of the standard amaryllis (although a salmon-apricot amaryllis is always a good idea!)? Simply wrap them in wax paper with a bow and you're all set. Plus the host can plant it and use it again next year -bonus! You might even like to add a few care instructions (read about how to care for a potted tree here). I wish I knew the credit for this lovely setting - please give me a shout in the comment section below if you are able to help!

5. Mini Christmas tree gift wrapping: Now, I pride myself on my present wrapping (I might even go as far as saying it's my favourite part of the pre-Christmas prep!) - but I've never seen this idea before. You just need brown wrapping paper, a christmas tree shaped cutting from a conifer tree like cypress or juniper and some glue! Get all the know-how over at A Piece of Rainbow.

Such simple, pretty ideas, don't you think?

Are there any that caught your eye?

For more inspiration you might like to take a little peek in the Christmas and Christmas decoration archives (if this pops up first, just scroll passed!).

I'll be back tomorrow with a beautiful home tour.

Look forward to seeing you then!

Niki


A Cosy, Rural Swedish Country Home At Christmas

Fanny Lindén's IG @hostedbynature profile reads "mother of three, collecting dust & memories". But there's so much more to her wonderful Falu red home by the sea in rural Västerbotten, Sweden. As one half of the creative design duo BYN Collective and blogger behind The Waves We Make, Fanny documents their sustainable daily life on the former farm, surrounded by antiques, vintage finds, handmade items and pretty festive touches. Pour yourself a steaming cup of coffee, it's time to get cosy!

Scandinavian homes are often synonymous with a minimalist look and feel, but this is living proof that you can find cosy homes with surfaces bursting with ceramics, utensils, trays and other items!
Those curls - so adorable! 
A week doesn't go by without baking in the Lindén household - and the pantry is brimming with ingredients! 

A vent on the Swedish masonry oven is used to hang Christmas stars, wreaths and other items depending on the time of year.

I was going to talk about the decor and then I spotted the kittens...
(source a similar round jute rug here*).  
How pretty are these hand-dipped candles?!  
I found similar on Etsy here*.  Lovely! 

Cats always find the cosiest spot in the house, don't they? These felines have made themselves at home on pretty striped linen bedding* while the snow falls silently outside.

Oh so beautiful! This home has left me with a warm fuzzy glow.

Hands up if you could also spend the entire Christmas holiday here...

Check out Fanny's blog The Waves We Make and Instagram @hostedbynature for more snapshots - and BYN Collective to learn more about her creative services.

Here's a little more inspiration I think you might love today:

A Swedish country-style Christmas
Rustic Scandinavian Christmas inspiration
Ylva Skarp's Christmassy Home

I'm starting to feel a move to the Swedish countryside is in order, how about you?!

Have a great start to the week - we're nearly there friends, five days to go and counting!

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Niki

Photography by Fanny Lindén
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The Prettiest Flower This Winter Solstice

I do love to fill my home with fresh flowers at this time of the year - how about you? White hyacinths and eucalyptus have always been a firm favourite. But this year another bloom has caught my eye - and it's selling out across Sweden! The Amaryllis 'Rilona' is a large apricot-salmon flower which looks equally beautiful on its own or mixed with chrysanthemums, eucalyptus or deep burgundy amaryllis   - and of course, the shade is perfectly on trend! Here is some inspiration from some of my favourite Swedish flower fairies!

So pretty, don't you think? I love the salmon-apricot hue!

What flowers do you like to fill your home with at this time of the year?

It's Friday friends - yaaaay! Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? It's snowing here in Malmö today, but we're still hoping to make it up the coast to a 'glögg mingel' (christmas drinks party)  tomorrow!

If you're planning on decorating your home this weekend, here are some inspiring links I think you might like:

5 beautifully minimalist Christmas trees
Cosy Winter Solstice / Christmas Inspiration
6 lovely, simple Scandinavian DIY Christmas decorations
A Stunning, yet simple DUY candle holder

And for cosy Christmas homes:

A Norwegian Home on Christmas Eve
A Swedish Country Home at Christmas
Dreaming of a white Christmas in a Skåne home

I hope your weekend sparkles - stay toasty!

See you Monday!

Niki

Photography: 1. Anna Kvarnström 2. Fru Vintage 3. Katarina GustavssoGertruds rum 4. Årstidens Bästa 5. Caroline Birgitte / Lily and Honey 


5 Great Reasons to Visit IMM Cologne 2019

Montage by Desiree / Vosges Paris

Wondering about the hottest interior trends for 2019 and beyond? Come and join me at the world's biggest interior show for the international furnishing market: imm cologne! The furniture fair takes place between 14th - 20th January (open to the public 18th - 20th January) at the Koelnmesse Fairground in Cologne, Germany. I've been super excited about it ever since the press conference in Madrid in September - here are 5 reasons why:

1. It's the place to be: imm cologne attracts more than 1450 exhibitors from 50 countries - from top players to exciting newcomers, all of whom will be showcasing their latest furniture, innovation and design lines. In other words, wear flats and bring your camera!








2. 2019 is 'LivingKitchen' year: The LivingKitchen Koelnmesse will showcase the latest news from the world of kitchens, combining business and trend research and all the latest developments from the international kitchen scene. Oh and you'll get to sample delicious titbits on your way round too (yum!).


3. The Stage: Rest your weary legs and settle down to enjoy talks on trending topics such as lighting, colour and materials, latest developments in interior design and a wide spectrum of issues such as sustainability and future forms of living. On public days, interior designers and design professionals will provide practical tips on home furnishing, colour, lighting and latest trends as well as share their expertise in furnishing. I might just camp out there a while! Read more about the program here.

4. #Zuhausesein: The Association of German Furniture is set to launch its new initiative: #zuhausesein (meaning 'be at home') at imm cologne blogger events. Join the conversation about #zuhausesein, and what home means to you - oh and follow the hashtag, Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest news!

To me, home is where my family is, which means I have one in Sweden and one in the UK - I've been known to refer to a hotel room on holiday as 'home' too! What does 'home' mean to you to you?

5. Soaking up Cologne Design Week: also known as 'Passagen', Cologne Design Week takes place across Cologne city centre and promises events galore! Meander through the salons, furniture stores, showrooms and galleries for inspiration among other interior-istas - and soak up the city at the same time!

The Old Town of Cologne with the church "Groß St. Martin / Koelnmessa
Koelnmesse

Interested to join, too? You can secure tickets for imm cologne here.

I'll be there at the start of the week - give me a shout if you'll be there then too, it would be so fun to catch up!

Niki

Photography: 1 & 2. Courtesy of Desiree / Vosges Paris 3, 4, 6, 7 - courtesy of Koelnmessa. 5: my own. 

This post is brought to you in collaboration with imm cologne, all words (and enthusiasm) is my own! 


A Minimalist Yet Pretty Holiday Vibe In a San Francisco Home

I remember my eldest daughter's first Christmas. The day felt extra special and I couldn't wait to share all our family traditions with her, and create new ones too. The memories came flooding back when I read Si's blog French By Design last week. Si has been busy preparing her home for an extra special Christmas: her first born daughter, Inès will shortly return home from college for the first time to spend the holidays with them. Here are some snapshots from her beautiful home where Si plans to enjoy a "slower pace, PJ days, Netflix binging, laughing and holding random cake baking sessions" with her tribe. Sounds perfect to me!

Si's home is lovely at the best of times (see more pics here) - but I really love the additional festive touches, how about you?

Does it make anyone else feel like staining your floors black? I love the contrast with the white walls and how the floor makes everything 'pop' - very tempting indeed!

Take a peek at Si's blog French By Design and her book How The French Live for lots more inspiration!

You might also like: California dreaming in a monochrome home.

Do you recall an extra special holiday / Christmas too?

Vi ses imorgen! 

Niki

Photography: Siham Mazouz / French By Design, shared with kind permission.


Our Home - All Set For Christmas!

I might not have bought any Christmas presents yet (aaaaagh!), but I have decked the halls with boughs of holly (fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!). Actually, that's not strictly true, there's none of the prickly bush in sight. Instead a king spruce (which we chopped down at a local sustainable tree farm last weekend) stands proudly in the corner (I think she's a beauty - but that might be because of all the effort we went to sawing away in the rain!!) and I threaded my new hanging brass candle wreath with fresh eucalyptus. I only noticed afterwards that I've gone all out gold (mainly thanks to wonderful Danish brand Nordal!)! But it's not all bling, I like to think the pure linen tablecloth and sheepskins  give our open plan room a touch of cosiness too. Here are a few snapshots, I hope you like our Christmassy home (and holiday table) as much as we do!

It all feels especially cosy at night when all the candles are lit and the Christmas tree is twinkling (I love the dark evenings in the run up to the holidays, how about you?!). If only it could all quickly change back to summer time on Boxing Day, and then everything would be perfect!

I have to say, I'm especially happy with my new hanging candle ring! It was so easy to wire the eucalyptus to it (I used two branches which I placed opposite each other and bounded them to the ring using a thin wire). I then hung the ring a safe distance from the wall (around 30 cm) which seems to have done the trick. It's the first thing I light each day!

Could you imagine having one of these in your home too?

In case you're curious about some of the other items, here's the low down:

Get the look

1. Xmas deco tree
2. Hurricane glass
3. Circle candle hold (hanging)
4. Christmas hanger tree
5. Silver glass hanger
6. Brass trolley
7. Circle candle holder (on trolley)
8. Stoneware cake plate
9. Stoneware dinner plate
10. Clear cocktail glass with gold pattern
11. Clear glass with gold pattern
12. Cement candle holder
13. Tulip candleholder
14. Pure linen table cloth

I've mainly linked to the Nordal online Danish store, however they do have retailers throughout Europe - you can find your nearest one here.

Give me a shout in the comment section below if you're wondering about anything else. I'd be happy to point you in the right direction!

Right. I think its time to go and pour myself a nice glass of glögg and put some Christmas music on, what do you think? Oh no. Hang on. I've got a mountain of holiday shopping to do. Eeeeek! 

Niki

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Nordal. All words and creations are my own. Thank you for supporting the hand-picked brands that make My Scandinavian Home possible. 


Minimalist Christmas table styling with fir, candles & pine cones

Minimalist Christmas table styling with fir, candles & pine cones | These Four Walls blog

Now that our dining-room makeover is complete, I’m looking forward to styling the table for festive feasts – especially as we’re hosting Christmas this year. (Have I mentioned that before….? As you might have guessed, I’m a little excited!).

Creating a beautiful table is always something I enjoy, and it needn’t be time-consuming or expensive – in fact all you need is a bit of seasonal foliage and lots of flickering candles. To show just how easy it is, here’s a look at how I’m planning to dress my festive table this year.

Minimalist Christmas table styling with fir, candles & pine cones | These Four Walls blog

Minimalist Christmas table styling with fir, candles & pine cones | These Four Walls blog

Minimalist Christmas table styling with fir, candles & pine cones | These Four Walls blog

For a simple but striking centrepiece, I arranged sprigs of fir in bud vases dotted in clusters along the length of the table. I just snipped a few branches off the back of our Christmas tree, but if you don’t have a real tree you can pick up bundles of fir from most florists. Eucalyptus, soft ruscus and olive would also look wonderful.

Next, I added tall candles in simple black holders, together with a few tea lights in glass jars. I also dotted pine cones around the table for an extra festive touch.

Minimalist Christmas table styling with fir, candles & pine cones | These Four Walls blog

Minimalist Christmas table styling with fir, candles & pine cones | These Four Walls blog

Minimalist Christmas table styling with fir, candles & pine cones | These Four Walls blog

For the place settings, I kept things equally simple with plain grey linen napkins folded in rectangles over the plates and topped with pine cones. I’m not going to bother with name cards as we’ll have no more than six people, but if you wanted to you could easily use the cones as holders and slot cards into the prongs.

Finally, to give the room as a whole a bit of impact I suspended a trio of paper stars from the ceiling using sewing cotton and masking tape. It’s a great way to make a feature from a bare swathe of wall, and the stars can be folded away and reused year after year (last Christmas I decorated the fireplace in our living room with them, as you can see in this post).

Minimalist Christmas table styling with fir, candles & pine cones | These Four Walls blog

Minimalist Christmas table styling with fir, candles & pine cones | These Four Walls blog

Minimalist Christmas table styling with fir, candles & pine cones | These Four Walls blog

If you want to recreate this look yourself, here’s a list of everything I used:

White linen tablecloth, £39.99, H&M Home
‘Burr’ smoked-glass bud vases, £12 for a set of three, MADE.com
Grey ‘Puritan’ dinnerware, £68 for a 12-piece set, John Lewis & Partners
Grey linen napkins, £3.99 each, H&M Home
‘HEDERLIG’ red-wine glasses, £1 each, IKEA
Ferm Living ‘Ripple’ tumblers, £35 for a set of four, Cloudberry Living
Black cutlery, £8.99 for a set of four knives, forks or spoons, H&M Home
Ester & Erik tapered grey candles, £2.35 each, Cloudberry Living
Black candle holders, £8.99 each, H&M Home
‘GALEJ’ glass tea-light holders, £1 for a set of four, IKEA
Paper stars, bought last year but you can find similar at Rose & Grey

All photography by Abi Dare

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Snapshots From Ida's Charming, Vintage-Inspired Dalarna Home

Is it just me, or is it getting harder and harder to get up in the mornings? It doesn't help that it's pitch black and minus temperatures outside (and of course nothing to do with the glögg - honest!). But this gives us even more reason to make our homes as cosy as possible, right?! In my mind nothing adds cosiness like loppis (flea market) finds (candles aside obvs!) and Swedish photographer Ida Gustafsson has them in spades! Ida lives in her 1920's house in Ludvika, South Dalarna with her sambo (a great swedish word meaning 'live-in partner') Tom, and children Maja and Henry. The house has been decorated with patterned wallpapers, a wonderful eclectic mix of colour and the odd Swedish design classic (I see you Lilla Åland chairs!). Ready to take a peek inside?

The wall has been painted in Heart Wood by Nordsjö, Source a vintage architects chair here*
Pretty paper stars can be seen twinkling in the windows of homes across Scandinavia at this time of the year. Three alternatives I love include this flower*, a classic paper star* and this lovely snowflower lantern (seen in yesterday's home). 


I have a bit of a weakness for 'blossom' wallpaper by Mr Perswall - isn't it pretty?


In the guest room, Ida has applied traditional Tessin wallpaper
Baby, it's cold outside!
Oh so lovely! Such a personal, warm and inviting home, don't you think?
Check-out more pics from Ida's home here
And for more vintage inspired scandinavian homes: an idyllic summer cottage (and pink caravan!), a Danish home full of vintage treasures and an inviting Danish home with cosy touches
Have a cosy day! Stay warm!
Niki
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