Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Some inspiration for you!

I'm only seven days away from my due date, and feeling more focused on the baby than on design and interiors (only natural I guess) so sorry for the lack of posts here in the last days. So here is a mix of both worlds:

family living

Saturday Sweets

Perhaps I should rename this category "Weekend Treats" instead of "Saturday Sweets"? Because often enough I can't seem to find the time to create this post on Saturdays, and it comes up on Sundays instead... Anyway, here are your treats for the week, I hope you like them no matter what day of the week it is:

Photographer Karin Björkquist

I was reading the latest issue of Swedish Elle Interiör, and there was this gorgeous apartment, shot by a photographer I've never heard about before. Unfortunately, I can't find any pics of the apartment online, but I did find the portfolio of the photographer, Karin Björkquist. I want to show you some of my favourites:

Stellan does it again!

I've written about photographer Stellan Herner before here and here, but now I found some new pics in his portfolio that I haven't shown before, så here you go, enjoy!
That last picture really inspired me to go into the woods and find some treasures of my own. Too bad I can't bend down to pick up things these days. My huge belly is in the way!

Blog tips!

Swedish stylist Jacob Hertzell just emailed me to tell me he has started a blog. Great news for all of us that are fans! of his work Go take a look at his blog, called The Interiornational, and welcome him to the blogosphere! Below are two examples of Jacob's work, and here is a post I've written about him before.

Another new blog I just found out about is Design Delight, authored by design journalist Sandra Nolberg. It's in Swedish, but there is always Google Translate, right? Oh, and the design of her blog is great, I love the style!

Superb styling by FriedaMaria

Dutch stylingduo FriedaMaria has some very inspirational pictures on their site!


Saturday Sweets

Ok, so while I really should be busy thinking about bedrooms and childrens rooms (we are renovating and redecorating all our bedrooms at the moment), I can't stop thinking about kitchens. I can't see the logic in that, but it's a fact. Here are some good ones:

stella nicolaisen

via remodelista

petra bauer in residence

Old school

Found this former school, now made into a home, in Sköna Hem. Got to love the high ceilings and huge windows, the mix of vintage and new designs, romantic pastels and minimalistic white.

Annamoa, new fabrics by Lotta Kühlhorn

Swedish designer Lotta Kühlhorn has designed five new fabric patterns for IKEA, which will be available in stores from Oct 1. The new patterns are called Annamoa, and was inspired by different environments around Sweden, both in Stockholm and the beautiful mountains up north. I like Annamoa, and I think many others will too...

Saturday Sweets

Uhmm, what happened? I thought I didn't like leather furniture! I guess I was wrong...

Christmas tree rug or nursery rug?

I recieved an email from Åhléns, a Swedish highstreet chain, with their new Christmas collection. I'm not one to decorate much for Christmas really, but I did like this rug they showed. It's supposed to be put under the Christmas tree, but I thought it might look nice in the nursery instead? It's made from wool felt, but it's not that "christmassy", don't you think? This rug is small enough (only 100 cm in diameter) to fit into Elvis' tiny room, and it's cheap, so I think I'll just buy it and see if it looks good...

Brilliantness from The Selby

As always, The Selby has some of the coolest interiors.

New paint collection from Beckers

I attended a press show at Beckers (a big Swedish paint manufacturer) today, to see their new A/W 09/10 paint collections. It all started with two presentations of the biggest trends in interior colors right now, the first held by Lotta Ahlvar from The Swedish Fashion Council, and the second one by Sofie Johansson, communication manager at Beckers. The three trends that Beckers have decided to focus on are:

Eco; celebrates natural materials and crafts, environmental awareness and a slower lifestyle. Dominated by grey, brown and other naturals colors combined with white, but with an added zing of green and yellow hues.

The new luxury; parallel with the down to earth eco trend comes a whole new trend, the nouveau riche lifestyle from Russia, Dubai and China, craving attention and getting it too. This shows deep, bold and sophisticated tones, accentuated by luxurious metals like gold, copper and bronze.

Colorful geometry; this is where you will find sporty, happy hues, used in an artful and free way with graphic shapes and stripes on both walls, furniture and textiles. Mixing different surfaces to achieve unexpected effects.

There was also a short trend forecast with more concrete examples of the colors that will dominate the coming season:

Blackened pastels with a bite: dirty pinks and greens, duck egg blue, khaki
Purple in a broad spectrum: from lilac to plum and aubergine
Soft grey: concrete grey with a hint of green, mixing cold and warm metallic shades
Play with white on white: mixing white hues with eachother in different finishes and glosses

All pictures are styled by Marie-Louise Douglas and shot by Mikael Fürster for Beckers.