Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Hotel Story, Stockholm

I'm still in that zombie like state that comes from no sleep, no time to eat and no talking to other grown ups for weeks... But I did find time yesterday to read some blogs, and I found this post on the blog Solid Frog about a new to me design hotel in Stockholm, and I thought it looked too good to not post here as well.

The hotel is called Story, and it's situated right in the city center, in the "posh" neighbourhood called Östermalm. It's filled with modern art, due to a collaboration with Wonderwall, a Swedish company specializing in affordable art prints from cool artists. Between the lobby and bar they have tucked a small boutique with carefully chosen clothing labels  and accessories from Milan and New York. And of course, the rooms are to die for!

"The philosophy of Story Hotel is to combine design and innovation with an attractive location in downtown Stockholm. Our mission is to offer a smart, stylish and new kind of hotel for today's traveler."

Thanks everyone!

I just wanted to pop in and say thanks to everyone who commented and left congratulations and well-wishes on my last post! And for those of you who wondered about her name... It's Lo. Translated to English that would be Lynx. Now I'll return to my sweet bubble of sleepless nights...

Elvis is a girl!

So there we went for nine months thinking the baby was going to be a boy, because that was what the two midwives at the ultrasound told us. We decided to name him Elvis. And when he came out, we realized that this Elvis was a girl!

That is the story of what happened when I gave birth to our beautiful baby daughter this last monday. She is now three days old and sleeping on my arm as I write this. We are all doing fine, but I'm not sure how much blogging I'll be doing in the closest future...

Home Made - A book

A little while back I wrote two posts about creative director/interior decorator/designer/photographer Anna Lilja, and also mentioned she would be coming out with a book. The book is here now, it's called Home Made (buy it here), and I recieved a copy in the mail! It is a great DIY-book on wood projects, with easy to follow instructions for all the things you see in the beautiful pictures. Now, I'm not very handy with tools, but many of these projects seem achievable even to me. And the photos are so inspiring! Take a look:

A little paint goes a long way...

Some time ago I got an offer from Beckers, a Swedish paint company, to use their paint for any project in my home, in exchange for blogging it here. Of course I said yes, since we are trying to renovate the entire upstairs on a very limited budget! I chose to paint our bedroom. This room used to belong to my boyfriend's brother, with whom we share the house, but now he's moved down to the basement because of the new baby coming. So we are taking his old room, my older sons are getting our old bedroom, and the old guestroom which my sons are currently using will be turned into a nursery for the new baby. A complete turmoil in other words!

The room looked horrible when he left it. The walls were very dirty and with hundreds of tiny holes everywhere, probably from the previous owner's daughter. Perhaps she collected postcards or something, and tacked them all to the walls at random... The wood trimmings were yellow, and probably not painted since the house was built in the fifties. Here are the awful before photos:

See? Horrible! It wasn't a room I wanted to live in. So we started to work, and now it's so much nicer! It's still not done, all the decorating is still left to do. You know, the lighting, art on the walls, bedside tables, shelving and so on... But I really like it, so far! Here are some after photos, please tell me what you think!

The white is a hue called Ada, and the warm light grey behind and above the bed is called Yvonne. I really have to recommend Beckers paints, they were so easy to work with, and great coverage!

Instead of a traditional pegboard or clotheshanger I came up with this. It's a just a raw wooden plank, painted in matte black, with some sturdy nails in it. We used the same black paint for the legs of the bed, which you can't see in these pictures, but it looks great.

For now, the baby's crib stands in our room, and will continue to do so in the next few months. That's why we can't finish the bedroom right now, because our bed is going to be moved later, so we can't put the lighting up on the wall above it, nor the headboard. (The quilt in the crib was a gift from my mother in law. She made it especially for Elvis. We got the lace bedlinen from her as well, it's the same sheets my boyfriend used to sleep in as a baby.)

Thanks Beckers for helping me transform this room!

Photographer Anson Smart

Australian photographer Anson Smart, who's work has previously been featured in magazines such as Elle Decoration UK and Real Simple.