Launched in September last year, Hem which is Swedish for "Home" offers high-end furniture with a focus on easy assembly and elegant, affordable design. A collaborative project, you may recognise the designs of the Finnish design firm formerly known as One Nordic that I've featured on the blog before. Following Hem on Instagram since its launch, I've become a huge fan. Their belief that great design shouldn't cost a fortune rings true to their products in every sense, and my heart beats faster every time they post a new photo! 

Expanding its offerings with the introduction of seven new collections debuting at the international interiors show in Cologne, the furniture includes new stools, tables, sofas and shelving systems. I'm positively giddy! All designed for easy assembly, many requiring no tools, Hem also offers digital customisation so you can add personal design touches to the furniture, whether it’s the dimensions, colour, or arrangement of shelves. 

Images via Hem

The Key Coffee Table by GamFratesi and Pal Bar Stools by Hallgeir Homstvedt are high on my wishlist! 

Here are some of favourites from their initial debut collection, including the gorgeous Kuu Lamp by Kerstin Sylwan & Jenny Stefansdotter (formerly of One Nordic), and Bento tables and chairs by Form Us With Love. In addition to furniture and lighting, Hem also offer a range of homeware accessories including rugs, cushions, wall hooks and more. 

Images via @Hemishere

Currently shipping to over 30 countries from their online store, Hem have a retail store in Hamburg and another opening soon in Berlin as well as retail stockists. Fingers crossed they make there way to our shores soon! 

Hübsch | Danish Home Interior + Design


The kids are back at school next week which brings a sense of relief, especially as the workload increases and the year starts to build momentum. Today has been all about getting organised, picking up the school stationery order and buying a new school uniform. Next up I'd like to get the house in order. The endless picking-up-after-kids has worn very thin and I'm looking forward to having some time to de-clutter and sort out the mountain of toys! 

A recent discovery, Hübsch is a home interiors range designed in Denmark. With a strong focus on simple, functional and beautiful products that can enrich everyday life and make your home calm and simple, this is the perfect inspiration right now. Moving into the new year with their latest collection Tendencies, it includes 500 new designs that represent their evolving style, in a mix of materials, shapes and colours. Pretty ceramics in a palette of dusty blues, pale greens and soft greys sit alongside geometric designs peppered with metallic accents. There is also a stunning range of clean lined oak furniture, providing the perfect injection of warmth. 

Images via Hübsch / take a look at the full catalogue here

Naturally I'm hoping this beautiful brand will one day make its way to NZ!

Incy Interiors | Bed Collections


Initially specialising in beautiful designer furniture for babies and children, Australian company Incy Interiors have recently branched out to include beds for people of all ages. Something that founder Kristy Withers says was in response to the requests of their fans, this is great news for children and parents alike. I've picked out a few of their gorgeous beds to share with you. 

The Mia bed, just one of many designs on offer, is available in single, king single and queen size. Timeless in style and classic in white, this bed provides the perfect canvas for adding gorgeous layers of bedding and as much personality as you wish. Of course I'm partial to the monochrome styling below, but I'm fairly certain the pink and blush combo would be a dream for any little girl! What's more, you can purchase all of the bedding shown here from Incy Interiors. Along with their own signature collections, Incy stock a huge range of children's interior brands including Kip & Co, Kate & Kate, Aura and La De Dah Kids.

The expertly crafted metal and metallic beds come in a range of styles and colours. The Mae bed above takes me back to my childhood when yellow was my favourite colour. Oh how I would've loved this bed!

In really exciting news, Incy Interiors have recently collaborated with renowned interior stylist Megan Morton to create a Four-poster bed range for all ages. Giving this classic style bed a modern makeover without losing any of its luxurious appeal, I love its simplistic design and clean lines. Designed to compliment both classic and contemporary style rooms, Megan views the bed as the ‘little black dress’ of the interiors world. It's versatility means you can dress it up one day and give it a completely different look the next, demonstrated beautifully below. Made from aluminium that is cleverly flat packed, the beds are available in black, white and a range of custom colours

Images courtesy of Incy Interiors

In addition to the online store, Incy has retail stores in Bathurst and Chatswood, NSW, and a growing number of stockists. Incy Interiors will also be exhibiting at Life Instyle Trade Event, Australia’s destination for homewares and trends, Hordern Pavilion, 19-22 February, 2015.

Ikea Livet Hemma | New for 2015


If you haven't yet discovered IKEA Livet Hemma you will no doubt be pleasantly surprised. In particular I love seeing their collaborations with different stylists who show their expertise by styling even the most basic IKEA products to maximum effect. While IKEA has not yet reached us here in NZ, there are a growing number of companies who ship in products to order. One is online store Akia who lucky for me have recently opened their first retail store near to where I live. I've since been popping in regularly and rarely leave empty-handed! 

Kicking off 2015 with loads of inspiration, here are my latest picks from Livet Hemma, where you will find all of the product details for each image below.  

Newly renovated this pretty kitchen belongs to stylist Frida who has mixed pastels with black accents and light wood. I especially love the two-toned wall and relaxed family vibe.

Styling and photography by Frida Eklund Edman @fridasfina  

A breakfast meeting at a fashion magazine was the inspiration behind this lovely styling by Maria Riazzoli of RIAZZOLI. It features calm colours, natural materials and the light that everyone is craving after a long dark winter in Scandinavia.

Styling and photography by Maria Riazzoli of RIAZZOLI

A must-have item in the 70's and 80's, the glass table is making a comeback as seen here with the IKEA VITTSJÖ.  A nest of tables in glass with dark graphite grey steel frame, I really like the minimalist design. The graphic picture wall in black and white is also spot on!  

Styling by Anna L-B and photo by Ragnar Ómarsson

Arriving in stores February, IKEA VALJE is a range of bookcases and wall units that can be easily combined into decorative and personal storage solutions. Easily assembled thanks to the clever construction of wooden dowels and cut-outs that simply click together, I predict these will be very popular, especially that pale grey wood.

Photo by Ragnar Ómarsson

This bathroom styling is a standout with it's bold monochrome palette and classic elements like the claw foot bath and subway tiles. It features the IKEA HEMNES series designed to organise your bathroom, regardless of size. I also love the smaller details like the GRUNDTAL round mirrors and the NORDRANA storage bags which would be perfect above our kids bath!

Styling by Hans Blomqvist and photo by Marcus Lawett 

All images via Livet Hemma

Homes to Inspire | Danish Summer House


It's Auckland Anniversary weekend and we spent a glorious day up at Omaha beach yesterday visiting friends. With very little on the agenda today, I'm stopping by to share this beautiful home with you, which seems very fitting during right now. An old summer cottage built in 1926, it has undergone a huge transformation by owner jewellery designer Charlotte Lynggaard and her family. Located on the East cost of the Danish island of Zealand, it is surrounded water and trees and bathed in natural light. The stunning light streaming in from the expansive windows of the living room below is what initially caught my eye. That and the breathtaking view which actually takes in the Øresund Ocean for as far as the eye can see, and a vague outline of Sweden on the horizon. Bliss!

Also light-filled, the generous kitchen has two dining room tables to accommodate big parties. The pitched roof, wood panelled ceiling and beams further enhance the space, while the beautiful wood flooring adds warmth to the monochrome palette. Elegant and restrained, the interior of this home features some interesting contrasts which add to its overall charm. Touches of Japanese minimalism mixed with classic design pieces such as Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair are mixed with vintage furniture, marble accents and a touch of blue. The overall feeling is one of relaxed calm, perfectly in fitting with the surroundings. 

Photography Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer via The Horserider's Journal and Nina Visits

Wooden decking runs around the house leads down the hip, to a small pier allowing the family to enjoy the ocean. All in all a dream summer house, wouldn't you agree?


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