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January Cravings

1.19.2018

January marks an exciting time in the design world with many of my favourite Scandinavian brands launching new collections for Spring 2018. The design fairs have already kicked off, with new products launched at IMM Cologne, soon to be followed by Stockholm Design Week. Needless to say, the wish list is growing by the day. I've picked out a few favourites from Danish brands Menu&Tradition and Skagerak, along with some stunning new sculptural pieces from Swedish brand Odem Atelier



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A Beautiful Finnish Home with Clever Details

1.18.2018

Aside from the obvious interior beauty of this bright and airy Finnish home, the architectural elements are really interesting. At first I thought it was a new build, but judging by the original curved window in one of the living areas, it's more than likely a renovation, and an inspiring one at that. I've always loved built-in shelves but there are also little alcoves that cleverly break up the walls to let in light and provide little nooks for plants and objects. The interior features beautiful Artek furniture and lighting by Finnish designer Alvar Aalto - the Artek Aalto Tea Trolley never fails to impress. Along with classic Wishbone chairs by Hans J Wegner, Marimekko glassware and Dinesen flooring, the home exudes style, while timber elements and earthy ceramics bring in plenty of warmth.   


How amazing is the built-in wine rack? There's also a luxurious bathroom and sauna that you must see. Take a look here

Photography by Riikka Kantinkoski for Avotakka


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Tell Me More | News + Inspiration

1.17.2018

The Swedish interior brand Tell Me More have launched a new collection for the Nordic Springtime and the images are so pretty and textural I had to share. Founded in 2012 by couple Annalena and Marcus, the Tell Me More collections are a mix of earthy colours and patterns combined with a simple and light Scandinavian style. Working with craftspeople from around the world, the growing range of products includes gorgeous linen bedding, handmade baskets and ceramic pots. I love the dreamy bedroom below with the sun streaming in. The low bed is beautifully layered with a mix of bedding in crisp cotton and soft crinkly linen, atop the cosy Oyster Wool and Linen rug


The Tell Me More office and showroom is based in Gothenburg, Sweden, where they also run an interior store named Market 29. For more information take a look here.

Images via Tell Me More 

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At Home | A New Plinth for Downstairs

1.15.2018

It's no secret I'm a big fan of plinths, and at the end of last year I purchased another outdoor plinth to use indoors. It was a dark grey colour which was perfect for a bedroom shoot I was working on (coming to the blog later this year), but I was keen to paint it a softer colour afterwards for home, specifically for our downstairs living room. Using some leftover Dulux Kauri Cliffs Double paint from our downstairs makeover, the plinth provides a seamless look while still managing to elevate the room. I love that such a simple DIY can be so impactful. It also covers up the ugly power point and provides a place to display favourite objects, books or flowers.

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC 

As always I'm intrigued at how the paint colour in this room changes throughout the day in different light. I took these photos in the late afternoon with sun streaming through the windows and I love how warm and tonal the room looks. I had lots of queries about the shelves on Instagram yesterday, so in case anyone missed the original post, it is the BoConcept Bordeaux Console Table

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The Gjøvik House by Norm Architects

1.12.2018

A modern and minimal cluster house created by Norm Architects, The Gjøvik House is located on a majestic hill side north of Oslo, facing the Norwegian woods and Mjøsa lake. A humble structure made up of six interconnected blocks that act as 'cosy cubes', the property blends beautifully with the harsh yet peaceful surroundings. The simple interior blueprint showcases the soft minimalism that Norm is known for with grey textured walls, polished concrete, warm wood and earthy textiles in shades of sand and stone. Subdued yet cosy, the overall look and feel epitomises the Scandinavian concept hygge.  



Images via Dezeen 

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New Furniture Collection by Stylist Sarah Ellison

1.09.2018

Formerly the senior stylist for one of Australia's leading interior magazines, Real Living, Sarah Ellison recently launched her namesake interiors label. Based in Bondi Beach, Sydney, Sarah's debut collection, The New Wave, features a curated selection of modern, relaxed furniture and homeware pieces inspired by her city lifestyle by the beach, with a hint of 1970s. From sculptural, ceramic vases through to beautiful marble and brass shelves, a gorgeous terrazzo table, mirrored plinths and luxurious linen, leather and velvet seating,  the stunning collection provides a twist on the urban coastal look by introducing new materials and textures that are both contemporary and luxe. Here's a look at what's on offer. 



The New Wave Collection by Sarah Ellison is available exclusively through Clickon Furniture and Sarah's website.

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Instagram Loves

1.08.2018

Happy New Year! I hope you're all off to a great start. Currently in planning mode, I'm starting to get back in to the swing of things. I won't be full steam ahead until February when the kids go back to school, but I will do my best to blog regularly. While I've escaped the office and taken myself offline during the holidays, I have been checking into Instagram and as always, there's no shortage of inspiration from the pages that I follow. I find the 'save' feature really great as a reference tool, and when I look back over my saved images I see a beautiful curation of spaces, art, objects and fashion. Much like a (secret) Pinterest board, you can use this feature to help hone in on your preferred aesthetic, saving ideas for your home and wardrobe. Seeing my love of natural palettes, organic shapes and interesting textures continuing through to 2018, I'm really excited about the year ahead. With styling projects on my mind (and a change of climate when I travel to London at the end of the month),  I've picked out a few recent saves from some of my favourite Instagrammers.


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT
The home of Copenhagen-based architect Danielle Siggerud - @daniellesiggerud

Ryota Aoki for Ouur Homeware photographed by Lasse Fløde - @Ouur

Styling by Caroline Sandström Blasiak photographed by Martin Cedeblad for Nya Rum magazine - @carolinesandstrom_

House of Toogood featured in Open House Magazine photographed by Stefano Carnelli - @t_o_o_g_o_o_d

Sofa 190 by Pierre Augustin Rose - @pierre_augustin_rose

Naco Yeona via Style By Magazine - @styleby

The studio of stylist Susanna Vento - @susanna_vento

Styling by Annaleena Leino for Mass Productions, photo by Erik Lefvander - @annaleena.interiors
Styling by Danielle Witte for Elle Decoration - @daniellawitte


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