Danish Design: City Prints By Martin Schwartz

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Do you have a happy place in your home?! Mine is this corner which is always bathed in sunshine and sooooo snuggly. Sadly I never get there first (my children are like cats - they always curl up in the warmest spot in the house before I get there - and then you don't have the heart to move them!). Anyhow, our happy corner of my home has just got a whole lot happier with the help of a new print by local danish designer Martin Schwartz. Martin has a special gift to capture the soul of a city in a single print. Each drawing takes months to create and the buildings are carefully selected and illustrated down to the finest detail - "only then can it depict the true DNA of the city". There are currently 13 cites available with the recent addition of Stockholm!

 The level of detail is just incredible!

I also picked out the London city print to add a little piece of 'home' to our Malmö house! It'll serve as a perfect backdrop for when I ask my husband to play 'streets of London' on his guitar (you can imagine his eyes rolling!). But he does love this print at least! It's the small wins, right?!

Take a peek in Martin Schwart's online shop for the full range of city prints. Martin ships throughout Europe! 
Do you have a favourite? 
Niki
*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Martin Schwartz. All words and pictures are my own and I only ever work with brands I love and think you will too. Thank you for supporting the small Scandinavian businesses and local artists who make My Scandinavian Home possible.

My Scandinavian Home Studio Online Interior Design Service Now Live!! + A Tour of The Studio in a Converted Factory

I've pushed myself out of my comfort zone many times with my business over recent years (cue: heart thumping and eyes wide open while the rest of the house enjoys a peaceful slumber! - do you recognise the feeling?). But nothing prepared me for the amount of effort it would take to set-up a My Scandinavian Home online interior design service!! The reason was that I was really keen for it to offer just the right type of help you might need with your home - whether that's re-arranging the furniture you already have, creating a beautiful room from scratch that tells your story or simply adding that Scandinavian touch.

And today, the My Scandinavian Home Studio affordable online interior design service is finally live!! PHEW! And YAY! And everything in between!

You can find out more about the service and get help from my wonderful (and I mean REALLY wonderful), passionate, creative, professional Scandinavian interior design team over at the new My Scandinavian Home Studio website.

In the meantime, I thought you might like to see a few pics from the interior design team headquarters in a converted spinnery factory just outside Gothenburg!

I wonder if anyone would notice if I moved my bed in?!
I hope this interior design service is going to be everything you hoped for and more! Please feel free to share the news with anyone you know who might find my new service helpful. And also I'm always open to thoughts and suggestions - so if you have any feedback or ideas just drop me a mail! 
I am so looking forward to sharing your room transformations here on My Scandinavian Home and on Instagram! 
FYI if you'd like to be one of the first to use the service, please do send me a mail and I'd be very happy to send you a big discount code (five available!). 
Wishing you a very happy Friday - I think it's time to go and enjoy a glass of bubbles with a big 'skål' to all the team that made this happen - Emma, Sara, Tobias, Carl and Marcus (and my forever patient husband and children!). 
I hope you have a wonderful weekend - see you on Monday (I've got a beautiful home tour to share with you). 
Niki
PS Happy designing over at My Scandinavian Home Studio

A Playful And Relaxed Family Home That's Bound To Put a Smile On Your face!

Thursday totally calls for a little colour, don't you think? After all - we need to start gearing up for the weekend - only one day away friends, one day away! PHEW! I can't think of a better way to get into the spirit than by taking a peek inside the wonderful home of Ulrike Lea who goes by the hashtag #coloursaremytherapy. Ulrike, who describes herself as an 'interior design lover, cyclist, crafter, Mamma and nature addict' has decorated her lovely home in Aix La Chapelle, Germany using a mainly neutral backdrop and then add splashes of primary hues in the form of furniture, accessories, ceramics, art and flowers. The look is playful and relaxed - and offers great inspiration to anyone looking to add cheerful tones without going all out!

Tulip chairs* and table*, source a vintage filing cabinet here*.
Ceramics by Foekje Fleur and Can Family
One of the key kitchen trends this season is to do away with upper cabinets (not entirely practical if you have a small kitchen, I know! But Ulrike gets away with it beautifully in this space). 
Plates by Donna Wilson
This is a great source for boucheroute rugs*, pick up a vintage school chair here*, Love x Play poster from Odot studio. Source a vintage wooden racket here* (or just look in my Mum and dad's upstairs cupboard in London and you're bound to find a whole selection complete with towelling grips - John McEnroe style!!). 

A wall of art by Marta Abad Blay

My home suddenly feels so serious. I might just head on over to the websites of some of the artist's featured in Ulrike's home! So many fabulous ones here, and I've tried to name as many as I could!

Has this home inspired you too?

If you'd like to see more (and I can't blame you!) Ulrike shares daily snapshots of her home over on instagram: @donnerstagsonntag 

Happy Thursday guys!

Niki

PS I'm writing this post in the Malmö IKEA store restaurant having used my 'family card' to buy a great big semla (swedish easter bun-type thing) and a coffee (bargain!). It's surprisingly calm in here (I DEFINITELY wouldn't do the same at the IKEA on London's North circular!!).

Photography:  Ulrike Lea
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Top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg

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

Artilleriet - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Both Chris and I love travelling to Sweden. We’ve enjoyed a fair bit of time in Stockholm over the years, and I was lucky enough to be invited on a press trip to the southern region of Skåne back in 2017, but there’s still so much of this vast country to see. So, before heading back to the capital for Stockholm Furniture Fair and Design Week earlier this month, we decided to spend a few days exploring Gothenburg and the west coast – an area that we’d been longing to visit for ages.

After a quick hop across the North Sea (direct flights from the UK take less than two hours), we arrived to find Gothenburg blanketed in a fresh layer of snow, with candles glowing in restaurant windows. The first thing that struck us was the friendly, laid-back feel – it’s Sweden’s second-largest city, but you’d never guess from its carefree attitude and distinctive character. The second thing that struck us was just how pretty the whole place is. Crisscrossed with canals and flanked by a waterfront that acts as the gateway to a string of beautiful islands, it encompasses elegant architecture, swathes of green space and burgeoning design, food and art scenes. It’s also very compact, and everything is easily accessible on foot or via the iconic blue and white trams which rumble along the streets.

We spent three nights in Gothenburg, hopping between design shops and galleries, strolling through parks which sparkled in the snow and warming up with coffee and cinnamon buns in cafés, before embarking on a mini road trip along the coast. More on that to follow next week, but first here are my top tips for a design-led break in the city itself…

Top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Stay at…

Hotel Pigalle, Södra Hamngatan 2A

Occupying a 19th-century building just along the street from the central train station, Hotel Pigalle is a Parisian-themed hideaway with plush velvet curtains, decadent wallpaper, gilded mirrors, glass chandeliers and flickering candles on every available surface. It’s not exactly the kind of minimalist design that I’d normally opt for, but I loved it – there’s a gently tongue-in-cheek approach that avoids any risk of tackiness, and it made a very cosy place to stay on a freezing February weekend.  Our room was huge, with a heavenly bed and a pair of armchairs to sink into, and soundproofed windows meant we barely heard a peep from outside. Breakfast was a buffet feast spanning everything from healthy fruit and granola to filled croissants and lamb sausages, and we had a delicious meal in the top-floor restaurant on our first evening – more on that below.

Hotel Pigalle - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Hotel Pigalle - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Hotel Pigalle - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Radisson Blu Scandinavia, Södra Hamngatan 59

Set just across the road from Hotel Pigalle, the Gothenburg branch of Radisson Blu is a more affordable yet no less central option. We tried it out on our last night in the city and were very impressed with the rooms, which have all recently been given a smart new look with a sprinkling of Scandinavian design classics (Louis Poulsen lamps, Arne Jacobsen chairs). They’re also fairly large, and most have seating areas of some description; ours, a Junior Suite, came with a sofa and a little terrace gazing out over the rooftops. We slept very well and enjoyed making use of the spa, swimming pool and bar downstairs. Our only disappointment was breakfast, which was served in a cavernous space lined with cafeteria-style tables and didn’t make for a particularly relaxed start to the day.

Radisson Blu Scandinavia - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Radisson Blu Scandinavia - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Radisson Blu Scandinavia - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Other places which I haven’t stayed at myself but which come highly recommended include Upper House, Radisson Blu Riverside, Avalon and Hotel Bellora.

Explore…

The Garden Society of Gothenburg, Slussgatan 1

This leafy haven in the heart of the city is one of the best-preserved 19th-century parks in Europe, and it’s a joy to wander in any season. At its centre is an elegant old palm house filled with exotic plants, burbling fountains and lily-studded ponds. We spent a couple of hours soaking up the peaceful atmosphere inside, and there was something wonderfully surreal about basking in tropical warmth, amid towering palm trees and cacti, as snow fell outside.

The palm house - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

The palm house - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

The palm house - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

The palm house - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

The palm house - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

The palm house - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Haga

Set just across the river from the city centre, Haga is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Gothenburg. Its cobbled streets are flanked by traditional wooden houses and the main thoroughfare, Haga Nygata, is lined with independent shops and cafés. The area is also home to the city’s indoor fish market, Feskekôrka (‘Fish Church’), which gets its name from its soaring neo-gothic architecture. It’s a beautiful building and a must-visit for seafood-lovers; there’s also a first-floor restaurant called Gabriel for a super-fresh seafood lunch.

Haga - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

The Röhsska Museum of Design & Craft, Vasagatan 37-39

We couldn’t visit the Röhsska Museum during our time in Gothenburg as it was closed for refurbishment, but it’s since reopened and it sounds fascinating. It explores the role of design in society and covers everything from fashion and homeware to industrial and graphic design. Alongside permanent collections from Sweden and further afield, there’s a programme of temporary exhibitions and talks covering all sorts of topics.

The Frihamnen sauna, Frihamnen 7

Another place which we didn’t get to visit ourselves (it was closed for a winter break) but which I couldn’t resist including is this one-of-a-kind sauna, perched above the water in the old shipbuilding district of Frihamnen. It was built by German architecture collective Raumblabor Berlin and is mostly constructed from recycled materials – the changing rooms, for example, were made from 12,000 plastic bottles! It’s free to visit, with a choice between male-only, female-only and mixed sessions, but you’ll need to book online.

The Frihamnen sauna - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Eat and drink at…

Da Matteo, Vallgatan 5

With tables inside and out, this simple yet stylish café is the ideal place for a fika fix while shopping in the nearby boutiques. The coffee is excellent, as are the artisanal breads and mounds of sweet treats – we tucked into cinnamon buns, cardamom buns and a deliciously sticky pastry topped with walnuts and muscovado sugar. There are several other branches dotted around the city, too.

Da Matteo - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Da Matteo - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Da Matteo - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Restaurant vRÅ, Clarion Hotel Post, Drottningtorget 10

Hidden at the back of Clarion Hotel Post’s bar, this sleek little restaurant serves Japanese-inspired dishes made using Swedish ingredients. Head chef Sofia B. Olsson is committed to seasonal, sustainably sourced food, and much of the fruit, vegetables and herbs used are grown in a kitchen garden on the hotel’s rooftop. We opted for the four-course set menu, which included delights such as baked celeriac with soy mushrooms and roasted sesame seeds, and yuzu-baked apple with a Japanese whiskey and ginger ice cream. There are also à la carte and vegetarian options, plus an extensive range of sake. It’s deservedly popular, so book ahead.

Restaurant vRÅ - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Restaurant & Bar Atelier, Hotel Pigalle, Södra Hamngatan 2a

Hotel Pigelle’s buzzing top-floor bar and restaurant is a great place to linger over lunch, dinner and evening drinks, with banquette-style booths around the edge of the room and relaxed sofas in the middle. In winter, a fire crackles in the huge hearth at one end; in summer, there’s an outdoor terrace strung with fairylights. The inventive food showcases local ingredients, although they’re often given an international twist. We had cured cod cheek with pea puree and browned butter, baked salsify with silverskin onions, and a strange but wonderful dessert consisting of sweet cream and cranberries sprinkled with mature Swedish cheese.

The hotel’s ground-floor Bar Amuse is also an inviting spot, with leather armchairs and cosy window seats where you can watch the world go by over a G&T.

Hotel Pigalle - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Hotel Pigalle - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Saluhallen, Kungstorget

Gothenburg’s central market hall is a lofty, elegant space dating from the 19th century. There are more than 40 stalls brimming with cheese, cured meats, fruit, vegetables, bread, coffee, spices and more – ideal for picking up picnic ingredients or self-catering supplies. It also encompasses several cafes and restaurants where you can stop for lunch or fika.

Saluhallen - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

For more Gothenburg restaurant, bar and café recommendations, see this excellent post by food blogger Kym Grimshaw.

Shop at…

Artilleriet, Vallgatan 1

Renowned far outside Sweden for its range of lighting, furniture and accessories, beautifully curated homeware and lifestyle store Artilleriet is unmissable. You’ll find everything from candles, skincare and fragrances (including perfumes by Gothenburg brand Agonist) to ceramics, design books and chairs. It’s currently housed in a temporary location while the main shop is refurbished, but it’s still a wonderful place to browse – and sister shop The Kitchen, which stocks stylish cookware and tableware, is open as normal just around the corner. It’s almost impossible to leave either empty-handed!

Artilleriet - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Artilleriet - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Artilleriet - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Artilleriet - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Artilleriet - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Artilleriet - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Grandpa, Vallgatan 3

With branches in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Malmö, Grandpa sells homeware, books, lifestyle accessories and men’s and women’s clothing from a range of Scandinavian brands. It also has its own in-house label, Low Key, which encompasses stationery, leather goods, wall art, shoes, blankets and more.

Grandpa - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Rum 21, Kyrkogatan 20-22

Also stocking a fantastic selection of homeware and accessories is Rum 21, housed in a stone-walled space that’s arranged as a series of inspiring room sets. There are pieces from well-known Scandinavian brands such as HAY and Menu, as well as designs by smaller independent names. I was very tempted by the L:A Bruket skin and body care, which is made on the nearby coast using natural ingredients.

Rum 21 - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Rum 21 - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Rum 21 - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Rum 21 - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Emma och Malena, Vallgatan 4

This wonderful boutique was set up by designers Emma Landström and Malena Ostwald, who draw inspiration from the west coast and specifically the island of Käringön. Made for adults and children, their beautiful clothes and accessories are adorned with contemporary marine motifs – think jellyfish, lobsters, mackerel, seaweed, swans and more. I particularly loved the look of the silk nightwear and the silver shell-shaped earrings.

Emma och Malena - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Emma och Malena - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Rum för papper, Victoriapassagen, Vallgatan 19

If, like me, you have a slight obsession with stationery, then you’ll love this fantastic shop. Arranged into striking colour-coded displays, it’s brimming with paper, notebooks, planners, cards, pens, pencils and more. It’s a joy to browse, and the friendly staff really know their stuff.

Norrgavel, Magasinsgatan 22

Founded by architect Nirvan Richter in 1991, Norrgavel is the place to go for simple, elegant homeware which draws on Scandinavian, Japanese and Shaker influences. Everything is made with sustainability and high-quality craftsmanship in mind, and natural materials are a focus. As well as furniture, you’ll find textiles, tableware, books, candleholders and lighting, plus Cooee Design vases.

Norrgavel - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Floramor & Krukatös, Kaserntorget 8

Founded by a mother-and-daughter team (one a potter, the other a florist), this quirky little store is brimming with flowers, plants, pots, vases, greetings cards, candles and more. It’s set in a courtyard just behind Da Matteo, and in summer its wares spill onto the cobbles outside. I particularly loved the eye-catching displays of watering cans, spider plants and vintage stools hanging from the ceiling.

Floramor & Krukatös - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Floramor & Krukatös - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Floramor & Krukatös - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Designtorget, Vallgatan 14

The Gothenburg shop of national chain Designtorget stocks an excellent range of interior, fashion and lifestyle pieces, with a particular (though not exclusive) focus on Swedish brands. It’s also a good bet for books, toys, headphones and portable speakers. There’s another branch inside the central train station if you need to pick up any last-minute gifts before heading home.

Granit, Vallgatan 19

Also a national chain, Granit is the place to go for great-value home and lifestyle accessories with a minimalist aesthetic and understated colour palette – think H&M Home meets Muji. Its office supplies, kitchenware and small storage solutions are particularly good, and I like to pop in whenever I’m in Sweden to stock up on things like tea towels, candles, picture frames and washi tape.

Take a day trip to…

Spinneriet, Spinnmästarevägen 2, Lindome 

Located about 30 minutes south of Gothenburg in the town of Lindome and reachable by bus or train, Spinneriet is a former textile factory that’s been transformed into a centre for design and creativity. It’s now home to numerous studios and shops, including renowned names such as Fine Little Day. My favourites were interiors boutique INRX, carefully curated vintage homeware emporium Östlinghs, and record shop, recording studio and café Spinroad Vinyl Factory. There’s also a restaurant in one of the outbuildings serving lunch and fika made from local, seasonal ingredients.

Spinneriet - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Spinneriet - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Spinneriet - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Spinneriet - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Spinneriet - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

Spinneriet - top tips for a design-led city break in Gothenburg | These Four Walls blog

The Gothenburg Archipelago and Bohuslän coast

Gothenburg also makes a great base for exploring the rugged peninsulas and islands of the wider west coast, meaning you can easily combine a city break with a dose of sea air. Regular ferries run from the centre to the peaceful, car-free islands of the southern Gothenburg Archipelago, but we chose to hire a car and head north to the stunning Bohuslän region. More on that in another post…

For more information on Gothenburg, see the city’s official visitors’ guide here

Many thanks to Visit Sweden and the Gothenburg and West Sweden tourist boards, who kindly provided a free night’s stay in the city, as well as car hire and a night further up the coast. We paid for the flights, the other nights and our onward travel to Stockholm ourselves.

First and third Radisson Blu Scandinavia images via the hotel itself; Frihamnen sauna image by Beatrice Törnros for Göteborg & Co; all other photography by Abi Dare

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An Idyllic Swedish Apartment In A Hidden Courtyard

I'm working from a little cafe by the sea this morning and the water is sparkling like diamonds. I can't tell you how wonderful it is to feel the warmth of the sun on my skin again! Spring is also in the air in this idyllic little apartment in Haga, Gothenburg. The wooden house is over 160 years old and still bears many original features including two lovely tiled stoves, wood floorboards and architraving. I particularly love the idea of sitting at the table by the window and looking out over the picturesque courtyard with a coffee right now, how about you?! 

I really like the idea of placing a shelf across the middle of a window for plants. I might do this in our summer cottage kitchen! Have you done this anywhere in your home? 
The wooden cabinet adds a lovely romantic touch to the bedroom. It's almost worth decluttering the wardrobe so you could down size to a unit like this - or perhaps create an overflow somewhere else in the home (Marie Kondo need never know!). 
This solar system mobile seem to be popping up everywhere right now. Are you a fan? If so - you'll be happy to hear it's available here*

How pretty is this courtyard? Just outside the muse gates are a load of little cafes, restaurants and boutique shops. 
I think this is my dream 'city' apartment. It's like a total oasis and just so pretty and full of light. I've always dreamed of living in a London Mews - but perhaps this is the way to go?! Slight problem with space - with one bedroom. Hmmm. Is it OK to an acquire a 'mammas escape'?! Perhaps we could do a time share?! 
Could you imagine living here too?! 
Ha det så bra! 
Niki
PS I've teamed up with a small local family run Malmö design firm to offer your the chance to win two lovely wool trivets over on instagram today
Photography: Anders Bergstedt,  Styling:  Nouvel Interior For Entrance
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Duvet Day In This Cosy 'Forever Autumn' Bedroom?

The walls in my bedroom were white for years (take a peek here) and it always felt so fresh and light. But it's only when I painted the back wall in a 'blushing peach' hue that I realised the power of colour - and how much more cosy a room feels with slightly darker, warm tones (I'm sure you've seen it, but just in case, there's a tour of it here). It's funny how that can happen don't you think? Yesterday I came across a tour of this beautiful bedroom belonging to Jeska Herne of Lobster & Swan and it reminds me so much of the colour in my bedroom - except she's gone all out. All four walls and the radiator have been painted in Warm Mud Brown by Cassandra Ellis. The result is a bedroom with a calm yet inviting 'forever autumn' feel and a warm, relaxed vibe.

Oh my word - while searching this picture for details to write about I spotted my very own book 'The Scandinavian Home' - what an honour! Thank you Jeska!

The pair are a big fan of antiques and many of the pieces have been collected on their travels to places like India. They also like to shop for fair-trade antiques at Ian Snow.

When it comes to DIY, Jeska and Dean are on a whole other level (their garden retreat which they created on a shoe-string budget is a fine example of this!). Dean made the bedside shelves in this room and Jeska pieced the lights together with various items collected over time. You can find similar pretty vintage lights like this on Etsy* (I particularly love this hand cut glass lamp*  and art deco vintage lamp* but you'd need to be super quick, there's only one of each!).

Sheer lace curtains (source similar here*) slip in a soft pool of filtered light giving a calm feel to the space and glass cabinets provide a place to store magazines and bed linen while keeping them dust free. 

Layers of linen complete the relaxed feel of the space (I love the look of this linen bedding*!). The picture above the bed is vintage. 

It seems like Jeska and Dean's cat Marlo looks totally at home in their new bedroom - and who can blame him?

Is it me or have feline friends been stealing the show in home tours lately? Just look at yesterday's home and Audrey Rivet's lovely apartment!

Are you a cat person? I grew up with rescue cats and my husband and I used to have a cat called Fredrik-Bo. He was a real character - he used to go to the local cafe and eat muffins. He was really charming when he wanted to be (namely when he wanted a muffin!) but was also massively vicious, to the extent that we had to run passed him when he wasn't looking for fear of being attacked!! Needless to say, my husband has vetoed ever getting a cat again. Bah! I miss them purring away while curled up on my lap and climbing over my keyboard as I type!

Back to this bedroom though - could you imagine spending a duvet day here? There's something so calm about it and it makes me feel really nostalgic - it reminds me a little of my grandmother's home on the South Coast of England, which was really lovely!

Oh and if you love the look of the Cassandra Ellis paint - Jeska's holding a very exciting give-away to win 10 litres of it on her blog here! Hurrah!

Have a lovely day!

Niki

PS Only three days to go before the launch of my online interior design service - scary Mary! There's only a couple of spaces left for the big discount - thank you so much to everyone who has signed up so far! If you'd like to be one of the first twenty to get help re-designing a room in your home from the My Scandinavian Home Studio team just send me a mail and I'll add you to the list and notify you as soon as it launches!

Photography: Dean Hearne for Lobster & Swan
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Duvet Day In This Cosy 'Forever Autumn' Bedroom?

The walls in my bedroom were white for years (take a peek here) and it always felt so fresh and light. But it's only when I painted the back wall in a 'blushing peach' hue that I realised the power of colour - and how much more cosy a room feels with slightly darker, warm tones (I'm sure you've seen it, but just in case, there's a tour of it here). It's funny how that can happen don't you think? Yesterday I came across a tour of this beautiful bedroom belonging to Jeska Herne of Lobster & Swan and it reminds me so much of the colour in my bedroom - except she's gone all out. All four walls and the radiator have been painted in Warm Mud Brown by Cassandra Ellis. The result is a bedroom with a calm yet inviting 'forever autumn' feel and a warm, relaxed vibe.

Oh my word - while searching this picture for details to write about I spotted my very own book 'The Scandinavian Home' - what an honour! Thank you Jeska!

The pair are a big fan of antiques and many of the pieces have been collected on their travels to places like India. They also like to shop for fair-trade antiques at Ian Snow.

When it comes to DIY, Jeska and Dean are on a whole other level (their garden retreat which they created on a shoe-string budget is a fine example of this!). Dean made the bedside shelves in this room and Jeska pieced the lights together with various items collected over time. You can find similar pretty vintage lights like this on Etsy* (I particularly love this hand cut glass lamp*  and art deco vintage lamp* but you'd need to be super quick, there's only one of each!).

Sheer lace curtains (source similar here*) slip in a soft pool of filtered light giving a calm feel to the space and glass cabinets provide a place to store magazines and bed linen while keeping them dust free. 

Layers of linen complete the relaxed feel of the space (I love the look of this linen bedding*!). The picture above the bed is vintage. 

It seems like Jeska and Dean's cat Marlo looks totally at home in their new bedroom - and who can blame him?

Is it me or have feline friends been stealing the show in home tours lately? Just look at yesterday's home and Audrey Rivet's lovely apartment!

Are you a cat person? I grew up with rescue cats and my husband and I used to have a cat called Fredrik-Bo. He was a real character - he used to go to the local cafe and eat muffins. He was really charming when he wanted to be (namely when he wanted a muffin!) but was also massively vicious, to the extent that we had to run passed him when he wasn't looking for fear of being attacked!! Needless to say, my husband has vetoed ever getting a cat again. Bah! I miss them purring away while curled up on my lap and climbing over my keyboard as I type!

Back to this bedroom though - could you imagine spending a duvet day here? There's something so calm about it and it makes me feel really nostalgic - it reminds me a little of my grandmother's home on the South Coast of England, which was really lovely!

Oh and if you love the look of the Cassandra Ellis paint - Jeska's holding a very exciting give-away to win 10 litres of it on her blog here! Hurrah!

Have a lovely day!

Niki

PS Only three days to go before the launch of my online interior design service - scary Mary! There's only a couple of spaces left for the big discount - thank you so much to everyone who has signed up so far! If you'd like to be one of the first twenty to get help re-designing a room in your home from the My Scandinavian Home Studio team just send me a mail and I'll add you to the list and notify you as soon as it launches!

Photography: Dean Hearne for Lobster & Swan
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Win a trip for two to Copenhagen | with Georg Jensen

Win a trip for two to Copenhagen | with Georg Jensen
AD – paid in collaboration with Georg Jensen You’ll probably be aware by know that my favourite city is Copenhagen. So much so that last year I packed my bags and said goodbye to smokey old  London, moving my life, my boyfriend and the cat to the Danish capital. Best decision ever! Copenhagen is a laid back city, filled with design, great architecture, culture (some of it quite odd), amazing food, harbours to swim in and lots of cycling, I could go on. It’s a city to be happy, inspired, considerate and creative. I simply love it! The Danes celebrate traditional craftsmanship alongside modern design and a healthy appreciation for nature and the environment. Georg Jensen holds those values close to the company’s heart. Celebrating true craftsmanship, honest materials, design history and collaborating with new designers. They are well rooted in Danish design history (more than 100 years) and recognised by all Danes. Even in my family too, my Mormor (Danish grandmother) had quite the collection. Which is why this competition is extra special for me to help promote. It warms my heart. Georg Jensen are giving away a trip for two people to my new city of Copenhagen! An […]

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The Charming Creative Home of a Polish Artist

Hej hej! How are you?! We had such a wonderful time in the Alps (I can highly recommend Obergurgl in Austria if you love skiing!) - and now we're back it feels like spring is in the air in Sweden - woohoo! (although I'm not going to get my hopes up just yet). I hope you've had a great week too! I'm excited to get cracking with my daily posts again and thought I'd kick off with a very special home. This lovely, relaxed apartment belongs to Polish artist Margo Hupert - and doubles up as a living space and creative studio. Think white floors, art (including some of Margo's own nature inspired pieces), interesting trinkets, plants, vintage finds and the cutest furry friends. Step this way for the tour!

Just how lovely is that vintage filing cabinet / plan chest? I did a little search and found similar ones  here*.

Margo makes use of light from her window to sketch. The sitting room area occupies the same space (try the Söderhamn sofa with a Bemz Urban Loose Fit cover for a similar look). 

 The shelves are from Tylko. Source a similar vintage industrial stool here*.

Hello there gorgeous!
That cat looks like he might have spotted something out of the window (my money's on a bird?!). My eyes are on the beautiful dining space full of one-off pieces, natural materials and plants. Just lovely!

Still gazing out of that window, huh?!

How lovely! There's just so much warmth oozing from this home, don't you think?

It's a perfect place to get creative too - there's so much light!

Is there anything that stood out to you?

Source Margo's art here and see more pictures of her lovely home here.

Would you like to take a peek at more artist's homes today? I can't think of a better way to spend a Monday, can you?! Certainly eases the pain! Here are a few of my favourites: a fabulous vintage inspired loft in a former textile factory, the lovely home of a Danish artist and an artist's studio and home in Stockholm. Time to pour a coffee!

Have a wonderful start to the week!

Niki

PS In case you missed it, the My Scandinavian Home online interior design service launches this Friday - weeee! So exciting (and of course a little nerve-racking too!). Thank you so much for the overwhelmingly positive response, you've made my week! By way of thank you, I'd like to offer the first 20 people to sign-up a very big discount (200 euros instead of 300 euros) on a room design! If you'd love to be one of the first please send me a mail and I'll reply with a discount code and notify you as soon as the service launches. 


A Present From Me To You: A Special Discount On Your New Room Design!



Tjena! Thank you so much for the hugely positive response to the new My Scandinavian Home Studio online interior design service! I've been smiling all week!

I loved hearing about which room you would like to re-design and why in the previous post as well as on Instagram and Facebook. We now have two sterling testers: Jodie Sperling and Nina Pethers!

Don't worry if that's not you! To celebrate the launch this Friday (1st March) we're thrilled to offer the first twenty people to sign up to a new room design a third off the usual rate (i.e. 200 euros instead of 300 euros).  All you need to do is send me a mail and I'll notify you as soon as the interior design service (and website) launches together with a special discount code. The service is available to everyone, pretty much anywhere in the world.

We're so looking forward to helping you turn your home into a beautiful Scandinavian haven, one room at a time!

Niki

PS Sorry for the radio silence this week, I'm so happy to be back after the holidays.  I thought I'd kick off the week with a beautiful home tour - see you tomorrow! 


A soft beige makeover for ‘The Home’ by Ferm Living

A soft beige makeover for 'The Home' by Ferm Living | These Four Walls blog

If you’re looking for some weekend decor inspiration, this might be just the ticket: the latest incarnation of Ferm Living‘s Copenhagen showroom, known as ‘The Home’.

Used to display the brand’s pieces in a real-life setting, the city-centre apartment gets a makeover at the start of each season and its spring-summer 2019 guise is perhaps my favourite yet.

The living room, dining room and master bedroom are all decorated in soft beige – one of this year’s key interiors trends. It’s a shade that many people consider boring, but I love it. It’s ideal for creating a calm, cosy feel and it has a warmth than many other neutrals lack. And, as long as you avoid the yellow undertones that have given beige much of its bad reputation, it can be a very sophisticated and timeless choice indeed.

What’s more, beige works well with all sorts of other colours: grey, chocolate brown, blush pink, rust red… Here it’s offset against furniture and accessories in black, white and cream, which give it a smart, striking edge and prevent any risk of blandness. Lots of texture – snuggly bouclé sofas, fluffy rugs, dried fern leaves, woven bedspreads, smooth marble, brushed brass – add depth and interest, while dark ceilings, doors and curtains create an element of drama.

A soft beige makeover for 'The Home' by Ferm Living | These Four Walls blog

A soft beige makeover for 'The Home' by Ferm Living | These Four Walls blog

A soft beige makeover for 'The Home' by Ferm Living | These Four Walls blog

A soft beige makeover for 'The Home' by Ferm Living | These Four Walls blog

A soft beige makeover for 'The Home' by Ferm Living | These Four Walls blog

A soft beige makeover for 'The Home' by Ferm Living | These Four Walls blog

A soft beige makeover for 'The Home' by Ferm Living | These Four Walls blog

A soft beige makeover for 'The Home' by Ferm Living | These Four Walls blog

A soft beige makeover for 'The Home' by Ferm Living | These Four Walls blog

A soft beige makeover for 'The Home' by Ferm Living | These Four Walls blog

The kitchen has also had a revamp. Gone are the forest-green cabinets of before and in their place is a honeyed sand colour. It works brilliantly against the crisp white walls, charcoal-grey worktops and dark flooring, and the overall feel is much lighter and airier. Earthy ceramics and minimalist handles in brass and marble add the perfect finishing touches.

A soft beige makeover for 'The Home' by Ferm Living | These Four Walls blog

A soft beige makeover for 'The Home' by Ferm Living | These Four Walls blog

A soft beige makeover for 'The Home' by Ferm Living | These Four Walls blog

A soft beige makeover for 'The Home' by Ferm Living | These Four Walls blog

As for the bathroom, it’s brimming with leafy greenery – another great way to add interest and texture to a beige scheme. There are plants on the windowsill, the floor and the stool, and even plants dangling from the ceiling. A dark-grey feature wall behind the bath creates an eye-catching focal point.

A soft beige makeover for 'The Home' by Ferm Living | These Four Walls blog

A soft beige makeover for 'The Home' by Ferm Living | These Four Walls blog

Finally, we come to the children’s room. Here, beige has been given a fun, playful twist with the addition of striped wallpaper and a swathe of ochre on the lower half of the walls. It’s a look that would lend itself well to grown-up spaces, too – minus the kids’ bedding and toys, of course!

A soft beige makeover for 'The Home' by Ferm Living | These Four Walls blog

A soft beige makeover for 'The Home' by Ferm Living | These Four Walls blog

A soft beige makeover for 'The Home' by Ferm Living | These Four Walls blog

You can see more new-season inspiration from Ferm Living in this post. And if you want a peek at what the apartment used to look like, you’ll find photos from my spring 2018 visit here and images of the autumn-winter 2018 scheme here. I’d love to know which version is your favourite!

All photography via Ferm Living

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Highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019

'Spatial Sensibilities' by Frama & Andreas Martin-Löf - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

I’ve already shared my top picks from the Stockholm Furniture Fair, so today I want to focus on the highlights of wider Stockholm Design Week.

First held in 2002, Design Week takes place to coincide with the fair and has grown larger and larger each year. This time around was the biggest yet, with more than 400 events across the city – everything from pop-up exhibitions and talks to open studios and showroom tours. Here’s a look at a few of my favourites…

Frama & Andreas Martin-Löf – ‘Spatial Sensibilities’

I’m starting with what was possibly the highlight of my entire time in Stockholm – an exhibition from Copenhagen-based Frama in the newly renovated apartment of architect Andreas Martin-Löf.

The space itself was stunning. Located in a modernist building in the Kungsholmen neighbourhood, it had wide windows framing views out over the frozen water (temperatures in Stockholm dropped to -15C during my stay!) and an unusual mirrored ceiling that bounced light into every corner. I particularly loved the minimalist kitchen with its sleek matte-grey units, and the crittall-style double doors connecting it to the living room beyond.

Just as impressive were the Frama pieces on show, which included a few new additions: the ‘Farmhouse’ trestle table, new versions of the ‘Rivet’ side table, and the ‘A.M.L’ stool (designed by Andreas Martin-Löf himself). My eye was immediately drawn to the handcrafted ‘Otto’ stoneware, which combines a simple Scandinavian aesthetic with delicately speckled glazes. I was also very taken with a new chair design by Elding Oscarson that looked a little familiar, and I soon realised why: it was first created for the wonderful Skissernas Museum in Lund, southern Sweden, which I visited back in 2017. It’s a beautifully elegant and understated piece, so it’s great to see it now going into general production.

'Spatial Sensibilities' by Frama & Andreas Martin-Löf - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'Spatial Sensibilities' by Frama & Andreas Martin-Löf - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'Spatial Sensibilities' by Frama & Andreas Martin-Löf - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'Spatial Sensibilities' by Frama & Andreas Martin-Löf - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'Spatial Sensibilities' by Frama & Andreas Martin-Löf - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'Spatial Sensibilities' by Frama & Andreas Martin-Löf - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'Spatial Sensibilities' by Frama & Andreas Martin-Löf - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'Spatial Sensibilities' by Frama & Andreas Martin-Löf - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'Spatial Sensibilities' by Frama & Andreas Martin-Löf - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'Spatial Sensibilities' by Frama & Andreas Martin-Löf - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'Spatial Sensibilities' by Frama & Andreas Martin-Löf - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'Spatial Sensibilities' by Frama & Andreas Martin-Löf - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'Spatial Sensibilities' by Frama & Andreas Martin-Löf - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'Spatial Sensibilities' by Frama & Andreas Martin-Löf - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Ariake, Wästberg & My Residence – ‘The Fenix Palace’

One of the biggest talking points of Stockholm Design Week 2018 was a joint exhibition from Japanese furniture brand Ariake, Swedish lighting company Wästberg and interiors magazine My Residence (you can see my post about it here), so I was very excited to learn that they’d teamed up again this year. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Called ‘The Fenix Palace’ in honour of the venue – a former dance hall and entertainment space which closed its doors in 1940 – it was beautifully curated by My Residence editor-in-chief Hanna Nova Beatrice and stylist Annaleena Leino. The wooden panelling and ornate plasterwork provided a wonderful backdrop for Ariake’s minimalist pieces, which were created by international designers such as Norm Architects and Staffan Holm and which combine Scandinavian and Japanese influences. I particularly loved the table set-ups, which sat beneath Wästberg’s striking oversized ‘W151’ pendant lamps, and the screen-fronted ‘Kumiko’ cabinets, artfully styled with sculptures and ceramics.

The dark interiors made the exhibition quite tricky to photograph so the below images don’t really do it justice, but trust me when I say it was very atmospheric and truly inspiring!

'The Fenix Palace' from Ariake, Wästberg & My Residence - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'The Fenix Palace' from Ariake, Wästberg & My Residence - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'The Fenix Palace' from Ariake, Wästberg & My Residence - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'The Fenix Palace' from Ariake, Wästberg & My Residence - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'The Fenix Palace' from Ariake, Wästberg & My Residence - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'The Fenix Palace' from Ariake, Wästberg & My Residence - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'The Fenix Palace' from Ariake, Wästberg & My Residence - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'The Fenix Palace' from Ariake, Wästberg & My Residence - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'The Fenix Palace' from Ariake, Wästberg & My Residence - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'The Fenix Palace' from Ariake, Wästberg & My Residence - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'The Fenix Palace' from Ariake, Wästberg & My Residence - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'The Fenix Palace' from Ariake, Wästberg & My Residence - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'The Fenix Palace' from Ariake, Wästberg & My Residence - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

DUX & Norm Architects – ‘Into the Light’

Another fantastic installation came from Swedish brand DUX, which is largely known outside Scandinavia for its beds but which also produces a raft of other furniture. It has just announced a new collaboration with Norm Architects and so the two companies teamed up to curate a joint exhibition called ‘Into the Light’.

Hosted at stylish co-working space and members’ club Alma, the event focused on the transition between contrasts, offsetting strong lines with soft fabrics in soothing shades of beige, grey and taupe. The star of the show was undoubtedly the first piece created for the collaboration: a wood and textile headboard which draws inspiration from Japan and Scandinavia. Both it and the wider exhibition were beautiful, and I can’t wait to see what else this exciting partnership brings!

'Into the Light' by Dux & Norm Architects - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'Into the Light' by Dux & Norm Architects - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'Into the Light' by Dux & Norm Architects - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'Into the Light' by Dux & Norm Architects - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'Into the Light' by Dux & Norm Architects - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'Into the Light' by Dux & Norm Architects - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'Into the Light' by Dux & Norm Architects - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Liljenkrantz for Kvänum

Also blending Japanese and Scandinavian elements was a new kitchen design from Louise Liljenkrantz for Kvänum, which was launched at its Stockholm showroom during Design Week. I have confess that I didn’t really know much about this Swedish company before, but I was really impressed with its collection of kitchens and other cabinetry, available in a range of contemporary and traditional styles and made using sustainably sourced wood.

The new design was first created for an apartment which Louise was refurbishing, but it proved so popular that she approached Kvänum about putting it into wider production. The result is a striking mix of clean lines and richly hued oak which she describes as ‘Victorian manor goes Japan’. It looks fantastic offset by grey stone, and the detailing – leather draw liners, built-in seating – is beautiful. There are also optional open shelves and glass-fronted cabinets, which are ideal for displaying favourite items and which would add a cosy, less utilitarian touch to open-plan spaces.

Liljenkrantz for Kvänum - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Liljenkrantz for Kvänum - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Liljenkrantz for Kvänum - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Liljenkrantz for Kvänum - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Liljenkrantz for Kvänum - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Liljenkrantz for Kvänum - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Liljenkrantz for Kvänum - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Iittala – ‘Creating Atmospheres (When Eating Becomes Form)’

Last but not least is Finnish brand Iittala, which took over the Wetterling Gallery to showcase its new ‘Raami’ tableware range, created by Jasper Morrison. I covered the collection in my last ‘new finds’ post, so it was great to see it in person. What’s more, it was accompanied by a fascinating exhibition exploring the concept of eating and how the behaviour and social customs associated with it shape design. It included a look at what defines the implements we use when we dine, and how eating has changed over the years. There was even a glimpse into how the ‘Raami’ collection is made, with a display of the moulds used and a video showing a glass carafe being hand-blown.

'Creating Atmospheres' by Iittala - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'Creating Atmospheres' by Iittala - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'Creating Atmospheres' by Iittala - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

'Creating Atmospheres' by Iittala - highlights from Stockholm Design Week 2019 | These Four Walls blog

Most photography by Abi Dare; Kvänum images one-five via the brand itself

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