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Concrete, Wood and Sculptural Forms in a Striking Stockholm Residence

4.07.2020

Today I'm sharing a unique Stockholm residence, Projekt Brommabyn, by Swedish real estate developer Urban Properties. Designed by Architects Arrhov Frick, the concrete flooring, warm wood elements and textural walls provide a tactile yet discreet backdrop for bold furniture, lighting and sculptural pieces. An understated layering of textiles including cosy rugs and sheer curtains soften the spaces, while furniture with rounded forms and textured finishes add to the effortless feel and inviting atmosphere. 


The recently listed home which has since sold, (lucky new owners!), has been styled with a covetable mix of design classics, including mid-century pieces in a palette of darker woods. I particularly love the Pacha lounge chair by Pierre Paulin and Gräshoppa floor lamp designed by Greta Grossman, both by Gubi. The coffee table and daybed are by Niklas Runesson, and the stunning Morel Vase by Sofia Tufvasson. Paired with monochrome accents and dark blue seating, the living room below is elegant yet striking. The curved Italian vintage sofa, vintage Italian armchair and Sculptural Swedish root wood bowl are from Sjostrom Antik. The solid walnut Model A Stool is designed by Charles and Ray Eames, produced by Vitra, and the two Area floor lamps are designed by Mario Bellini and Giorgio Origlia for Artemide Lighting. The Murano glass chandelier is designed by Aldo Nason for Mazzega, the super soft wool carpet is from Knut Carpets, and the black ceramic sculpture is by the Mallorca-based, French ceramicist Stanislas Carrelet. 


The adjacent open-plan kitchen and dining area is flooded with natural light from the large feature window. Pale wood cabinetry further enhances the light and airy feel. 



A few more photos of the living areas to finish because I can't get enough of the furniture and lighting curation! If you'd like to find out more, be sure to check out the credits at the end of the post.

Styling and Interior Curation by Erik Bratsberg  of  The Moment Gallery / Photography by Adam Helbaoui

Images via Fastighetsbrian

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Ivywood Cottage by Studio Gabrielle

4.06.2020

A recent discovery via Instagram, Studio Gabrielle is led by Louise Parker, an award-winning Director who combines extensive international experience in high-end residential interiors, with a professional background in architecture. The UK-based studio takes a holistic and multidisciplinary approach, with a body of work characterised by an acute sense of detail, layered design and careful curation. Beautifully showcased in one of their recent projects, Ivywood Cottage, the Airbnb's nuanced and tactile interior features a cosy mix of old and new.


Located in Harleston, Norfolk, Ivywood Cottage is surrounded by uncompromised views of the picturesque Gawdy Hall Estate and a 15th-century church. Working within the bones of an existing Medieval build, the two bedroom cottage has been reimagined with luxurious warmth and thoughtful sensory experiences. With a calm, restorative and enduring connection to its idyllic countryside location, the interior draws from the rich tonal beauty of the rural setting. Organic surfaces such as natural plaster and warm timber are offset by fine metal detailing and tactile textiles. Touches of marble and rattan together with sculptural objects further enhance the spaces and complete the manifestation of understated luxury.⁣


Simple yet soulful, I love that this cottage offers plenty of inspiration while hunkering down at home. By focusing on small details and curating warm and inviting corners like this, you'll be happy to stay right where you are!

Photography: © Beth Davis

Images courtesy of Studio Gabrielle

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A Serene Stockholm Apartment

4.01.2020

With beautiful high ceilings and well-preserved architectural charm this apartment, currently for sale in Stockholm, blends classic design with modern functionality. In the living room the large niched windows and wall panel detailing work seamlessly with the simple lines of the fireplace, while the furniture is understated but rich in texture. 


I particularly love the Crown easy chairs by Massproductions, and the warm colour palette that combines soft grey tones with warm brown hues. An enviable collection of lighting includes the Louis Poulsen AJ floor Lamp designed by Arne Jacobsen, the Taccia table lamp by Flos, and the Petite Friture Vertigo pendant light



Though compact, the kitchen makes perfect use of space, accommodating a small but gorgeous dining area with a built in bench seat, a round stone table and rattan chairs. The built-in shelves make the most of the vertical space, and are styled beautifully with a mix of books, everyday kitchen items and quirky objects. The pendant light is the Astep Model 2065 designed by Gino Sarfatti.


A serene home that brings all the calming vibes we need right now, see the full house tour here. 

Images via Innerstadsspecialisten

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Staying In | Rearranging Areas of Home to Create a Fresh Feel

3.31.2020

I’m trying not to count the days we are in lockdown, as I know it’s likely it will extend beyond the four weeks. It did however dawn on me today that it’s been a whole week since I’ve driven anywhere or been outside of my local area. I feel so lucky that we can still get outside and walk or bike down to our beautiful basin reserve - more often than not the sun has been shining and I find the water so cathartic - but feelings of cabin fever are starting to creep in. In my first Staying In post I touched on the subject of decluttering to help with your mental state of mind and keep feelings of anxiety at bay. Of course it’s not always easy with kids at home, and the chaos they create, but what we've found is that we can now invest more time in getting them involved in household chores. With our help, our youngest tidied and rearranged his room yesterday and it’s lovely to see how excited he is by the change. It's true what they say - change is good for the soul - and now is a great time to rearrange furniture to create a fresh feeling. We recently reconfigured our upstairs living room by moving one of the sofas and coffee tables, and it has made such a difference to the feel of the room.


Whether you have an open-plan space or separate living room, there is no set way of configuring furniture. While you will no doubt have fixed pieces, such as a wall-mounted television already wired in, or a shelving unit secured to the wall (like our String System above), work around these and try switching or moving pieces of furniture. For example if you have a sofa and two armchairs, you could switch these around. Move other pieces such as coffee and side side tables and rugs accordingly, and see how much even a simple change can invigorate the space. Other pieces I move quite regularly are our mirror (a change of reflection can be fun), our plinth and floor lamps.


In addition to reconfiguring pieces around home, it's also a good time to be resourceful. As a stylist in NZ (where we are so far from the rest of the world),  this comes with the territory and there has been many times where I've had to think outside the box because I haven't been able to source what I want for home or a shoot. After finally choosing a side table for our downstairs living room and waiting patiently through the long lead time (that has been especially long due to the pandemic), I was excited to hear today that it has arrived in NZ but must be held in the warehouse until couriers are safe to transport non-essential items. In the meantime I've improvised by stacking a couple of my extra-large cushions and I have to say, it's working pretty well. 


On a smaller scale, shelves are a great place to while away the time with some rearranging. Perfect for displaying books, flowers, ceramics and favourite objects, I find the best way to approach restyling of shelves is to take everything off, give them a good clean and then start from scratch. Get creative and display pieces in different ways, such as books facing out to showcase beautiful covers, or arranged according to colour. Change out your dried flowers or forage some simple branches from outside and play around with different groupings to create a nice balance of differing heights, tones and textures. It's also a good way to declutter, and more often than not I end up culling a few things to give to hospice, family or friends. Otherwise they are put in the 'props cupboard' in our garage to bring out when I'm doing another round of rearranging. Collecting pieces slowly, over time, means that you'll want to hold on to them for as long as possible. 

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford/TDC

For more Staying In posts, take a look here and here. 

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ALIUM Gallery

3.30.2020

Today I’m excited to introduce you to ALIUM, a new multifaceted art gallery blurring the lines between art, design and interiors. An exciting project by Thomas Nissen, founder of the popular Copenhagen-based online emporium The Poster Club, ALIUM is located next to Frederiksberg City hall in a historic building, and showcases a curated collection of rotating artworks and unique objects from a handpicked selection of artists.

ALLIUM Gallery //— Styling by Tine Daring / Photography by Emil Monty Freddie

The name ALIUM, meaning ‘different' or 'unlike others' in Latin, reflects the fundamental thought behind the gallery, and its mission to offer an experience that extends beyond the visual. Altering not only the way art is displayed, but also the storytelling behind the works, ALIUM delves deeper into the narratives that surround them.

ALLIUM Gallery //— Styling by Tine Daring / Photography by Emil Monty Freddie

Challenging the traditional way of showcasing art and breaking down the barriers between home living and conceptual art, ALIUM changes and encourages the way individuals experience and buy art, online and in galleries. Existing in the space between interior design and art, ALIUM creates a fluid transition and a timeless expression that inspires visitors. Combining its Copenhagen roots and Scandinavian heritage, ALIUM places a great emphasis on uncompromising craftsmanship, focusing on quality materials, shapes and a simple aesthetic.

ALIUM Gallery //— Styling by Tine Daring / Photography by Emil Monty Freddie


ALIUM represents both established and upcoming artists, with a current selection of works by Anne Nowak, Amanda Betz, Carsten Beck, Annette Hallbäck, Linda Weimann, Noa Noon Gammelgaard, Sofia Tufvasson, Rebecca Hein and Malene Birger. An exciting line up that will evolve over time, there will be many more artists announced in the near future. Besides original artworks and objects, the gallery also offers a permanent print collection, ALIUM Archive, which is a series of open edition prints created by selected artists, exclusively for ALIUM.

ALIUM Gallery and founder Thomas Nissen //— Photography by Sofie Staunsager

Artworks are available worldwide via aliumcph.com with selected pieces available at the ALIUM Gallery, now open by appointment. The gallery will also be hosting a variety of vernissages, exhibitions and events. Understandably all planned exhibitions have been postponed due to Covid-19, but you can stay up to date by following the ALIUM website and Instagram page. 

Images courtesy of ALIUM

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