Relaxed Living in True Scandi Style


With the kids having only just returned to school yesterday, and so much to catch up on I'm not feeling quite ready for the weekend, but I'll take it! Especially seen as we're celebrating another three-dayer here in NZ for Waitangi Day. Currently working through some blog content and planning for the year, I picked out this residence today because of its truly authentic Scandinavian style and relaxed, homely feel. I can imagine low-key family meals around the cosy dining table and hanging out in the beautiful, spacious living room. Inevitably my boys would take turns playing the guitar, and if it got a bit loud (which it would) I'd move into the gorgeously serene bedroom with a good read! 

Photography by Jonas Berg

White and bright with warm wood and leather elements, the artworks, books and plants add to the overall lived-in feel, while the seamless mix of old and new gives it loads of soul. Yes, I could certainly live here. 

Images via Stadshem

New + Noted


My kids went back to school today so while I am enjoying the peace, the to-do list is long, and I've hit the ground running! First up this morning was a telephone interview with the NZ Herald online, talking all things Instagram for small business, and now a post brimming with beautiful new designs from around the globe. Let's go.... 

In my last New + Noted post I introduced you to the beautiful Bellevue Lamp by one of my favourite brands, &Tradition. Two more additions to their 2016 collection include the stunning Passepartout wall lamp by Jamie Hayon and Moor Rugs designed by All The Way to Paris

Images via &Tradition

A new discovery for me, Rex Kralj is a furniture company that was founded in 1952. With a focus on simplicity, heritage and craftsmanship, their products are truly beautiful. Recently they teamed up with some talented creatives to produce a catalogue entitled Timeless.  Referencing both past and present, the central theme of Light & Dark is portrayed through the eyes of person going about their day, from morning to night. Together with stunning imagery, the result is simple yet captivating and I highly recommend you pop over here for a look.

Images by beeldSTEIL – Wendy van Woudenberg / Concept & Styling NU interieur|ontwerp, via April and May

by Lassen have launched Rimm, a collection of vases and flowerpots that "invite nature inside." As with the Kubus collection, the beautiful vessels have a graphic starting point but also encompass softer, rounder elements which I love. The colour palette is also very pretty. See the full range here

Images courtesy of by Lassen 

Recently featured on the blog in this post, Dutch lifestyle brand Crisp Sheets have now released their first capsule collection. This includes a striking range of watercolour posters inspired by the Zodiacs, and a stunning new stonewashed linen collection which I've chosen to share with you today. I absolutely love the colour palettes which make up two reversible duvet sets; Milky Way (grey and black toned duvet set with grey pillowcases) and Supernova (midnight blue and black toned linen with midnight blue pillow cases). 

Styling and photography by Elvera van Schaik 

Images courtesy of Crisp Sheets

A Unique and Cosy Apartment by FORM Architectural Bureau


The Kiev-based firm FORM Bureau completed this remarkable residential renovation project entitled "Ay" last year. With a focus on natural materials and fine detailing, lighting played an important role in highlighting the different textures of the white walls and ceilings, including distressed wood panelling and the apartment's original brickwork. There is such a vibrant feel to the imagery, I actually thought it was a 3D project at first!  

A white palette and simplicity in design became the framework, with black accents providing contrast and natural wood for warmth. The recessed marble flooring in the kitchen area is stunning and I love how they have suspended four Ay Illuminate lights at different heights above the dining table. An expansive modular sofa in the adjacent living room, and separate nook layered with comfy bean bags give the home an incredibly cosy feel.

The home features several bespoke pieces which give it a unique edge. These include the hand rails of the light and airy staircase, bathroom towel holders made from white painted tree branches hung on rope, and the luxurious bedroom hammock. 

Photography by Andrey Bezuglov and Gavrilov Sergey

The child's bedroom features a lovely mix of new and vintage treasures along with another gorgeous tree branch creation, this time as a clothes hanger.  

For more imagery and a full list of interior furnishings used in this project take a look here.

Images via Behance 

Modernism Reimagined by Menu


Returning from a very relaxing and enjoyable trip away, I'm fighting off the post-holiday blues by soaking up the latest design news. At the top of the list is Modernism Reimagined, the new Spring/Summer 2016 catalogue by Menu. Debuted in January at Northmodern in Copenhagen, the collection speaks of timeless and understated elegance with a focus on natural materials and earthy tones in a variety of finishes. These include wood, leather and metals, all of which have gorgeous imperfections, unveiling further beauty over time as they patinize. 

The styling as always is impeccable, and I love how the images have a moody yet sophisticated mid-century retro feel. 

Align daybed by Anita Johansen, Norm Wall Clock by Norm Architects and FUWL Cage Table by Form Us With Love

Harrison Chandelier by Soren Rose Studio, Afteroom Lounge Chair by Afteroom, Turning Table by Theresa Arns, Willenz Volume Rug by Sylvain Willenz

JWDA Metallic Lamp by Jonas Wagell

Cylindrical by Alexa Lixfeld, Turning Table by Theresa Arns, Willenz Volume Rug by Sylvain Willenz

Stackable Glasses and Water Bottle by Norm Architects

Hanging Vessel by WRK-SHP

So many favourites, but I think the hanging vessels above would be super versatile, while the Stone Lamp below is just stunning. Designed by the ingenious Danish du0 Norm Architects, with the Danish word ‘Hygge’ (roughly translated as cosy) in mind, the lamp recreates the beautiful atmospheric glow of candlelight.

Stone Lamp by Norm Architects

Conic Table Lamp by Thomas Bentzen, Norm Tumbler Alarm Clock by Norm Architects, Phold by Shane Schneck

Godot 01 Sofa by Iskos-Berlin

I also love the Corner Shelf and the new edition of the Willmann Vase below - the black finish is so sleek!  

Corner Shelf and divider by Kyuhyung Cho, Cube candle holder by Erik Olovsson

Antipode Candle Holder by Carsten Frank Gollnick, Willmann Vase by Hanne Willmann

Images via Menu


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