Just let me know when I can move in and I'll start packing immediately! You can leave most of the furniture too. Those were my first thoughts when I saw this apartment for sale through Fantastic Frank. I love that the architecture is so simplified that one can't really tell the age of the building. And those white wooden floors get me every time. Throw some big windows, high ceilings and a terrace into the mix and I'm sold.
I've got some cool news for you! We, as in Design Bloggers United, are launching a scented candle in collaboration with Skandinavisk!
I am crazy about scented candles myself, the high quality kind that is, and I can already say that this one with a soft scent of amber, jasmine and vanilla will be a future favorite. We wanted to make a homey, welcoming scent, something that could represent our interests in homes and interiors, and chose a name to match. KOTO means home in Finnish.
This is how we like to describe our candle: A cosy refuge from the long dark Finnish winters, a seductress of scarce natural light, an intimate space to refresh the soul.
On a less poetic note, some basic facts: it's a big one, with four wicks and a burn time of 75 hours, and it will retail for around €60. Made from a mix of perfume, natural and mineral wax with wicks of 100% cotton, then poured into hand-blown glass.
KOTO will be presented next week at the Formex fair and is soon available in stores all over Europe, but you can already pre-order from Skandinavisk's own webshop.
Photos and styling by Susanna Vento, the newest member of the Design Bloggers United group. We are very happy she wanted to join!
Most Scandinavian summerhouses that we see on blogs are Danish, and while it might be difficult for an outsider to spot the differences in style between the Nordic countries, they are definitely there. I think this summerhouse, belonging to Johanna Lehtinen, is a great example of what I see as Finnish style. Compared to the Danish houses, this is more graphic, their use of black and bare wood is more courageous, and the overall style is a bit simpler, less over styled. Also not as sweet as many Danish houses are, with less cute vintage items and more rough things brought in directly from the surrounding nature. Don't get me wrong now, I love Danish style, but compared to this, it can sometimes get a bit too sweet.
Summery, but dark. Minimalist, but inviting. Yes, this is completely my taste! The new images from Kristalia's 2014 collection quite perfectly captures what I'm into right now. Concrete, unkempt plants, dark moody colours, and as always; minimalism.
Photographer Benjamin Bergh built his own Koushi lampshade and shared it on Instagram. His home looks very interesting, I'd love to see more!
As I've written here before, Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities, and I'll take any excuse to go there. Now I have two! We are planning the next blog tour there in October, and the new Volkshotel just opened, which I'm curious to see!
Located in a building formerly used as a newspaper headquarters, the interiors remind me a lot of the Michelberger in Berlin, but with the building's history showing in the details in between the raw materials such as concrete and plywood. And this hotel also has a rooftop terrace, complete with sauna and hot tubs, so definitely looking forward to trying that out! The Volkshotel claims to be a hotel for everyone, welcoming punk rockers, single moms, stockbrokers and poets, dandies and dishwashers, and with their opening offer of €69/room throughout July, I believe almost anyone could afford it too.
This house in Germany, called Strandwood House and located by the beach on Rügen Island, fulfills many of my summerhouse dreams. Simple natural materials, calming hues and interiors, lots of light and not much to distract you from living simply with only the bare necessities. If I would get a summer house, it would look very much like this.
Via Desire to Inspire with thanks!
Last week, while working on a project with photographer Mikael Axelsson, I had the pleasure of staying at STAY Copenhagen again. This time in the penthouse apartment, with direct access to the huge rooftop terrace, in addition to the two big balconies in the apartment. As my previous visits there were in the winter, I hadn't taken the opportunity to discover the roof terrace before, and I can easily say that it was a great bonus to our trip this time. They serve champagne up there every evening, and to sit there watching the sunset after a long work day sure was a lovely experience.
The apartments are huge and sparsely decorated in a minimalist black and white style, all furniture coming from Danish design brand Hay. While this might give an impression of being a little too minimalist for some, the place quickly warms up as you spread your own belongings around. At least that would be the case if you aren't like me, and all your stuff is also in grayscale...
Many of the post in the upcoming weeks will be about stylish places to stay when traveling both inside and outside of Sweden. One place I've been wanting to visit is Sågverket, Sweden's most stylish hostel. I was actually there a few years ago, before it was bought and renovated by the current owners. Although it was quite nice even back then, there were lots of things that needed improvement... Looking at the pics here I can see that they have all been taken care of, everything looks just perfect now! The place is up for sale again, so if you, like me, have been wanting to visit, I believe now is the time to go, because who knows what will happen when it switches owners again...
Sorry for disappearing on you, it wasn't planned, but I desperately needed a break. I'm back now though, with lots of things to share! I'll start with this image of a bed canopy created in a new and inventive way. I like that it's not as romantic as a traditional canopy, more haphazard and lazy, for all of us who like their interiors a bit more relaxed.
Image from H&M Home
Danish brand House Doctor just sent some sneak peeks from their next collection, the Fall/Winter 14/15, but I feel I'm not quite ready for those seasons yet... While I was browsing their site I found these images though, that feel more suitable at the moment with some great summer inspiration! Light and simplicity, natural wood against white, and a few green plants to bring summer inside. Anyone know the name of that tall slender plant in the first picture?
These images, styled by Studio Pepe for high-end bathroom brand Agape, aren't new at all, but they are all so timeless that they might as well have been shot yesterday. Serene and pure will never go out of style. There are so many ideas to pick up here if you are planning for a bathroom renovation, and small styling tips for the rest of us.
I love spaces for creativity, be it a nook in the living room, a big artist studio or an old garden shed, any place that gives room for being creative, and where one can leave everything out between sessions, is great in my book! This room here with plenty of storage, great light and a floor that doesn't look too precious, seems like the perfect spot.
The image is part of a series in Dutch magazine VT Wonen, and the theme is living with children, so if you'd like some stylish inspiration for that, do check it out here.
Styling: Cleo Scheulderman
Photo: Alexander van Berge
H&M Home's new Autumn collection was released a couple of weeks ago, and some items are already in the stores now. I found a few favourites that would be welcome additions in my home. Do you have any favourites of your own?