Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Shelter7, private apartment for rent in Ghent, Belgium

Shelter7 is a private apartment and meeting space for short-term rent, located in the historic city centre of Ghent, Belgium. The three level house has been beautyfully renovated and furnished with a mix of vintage and designer furniture (with names as Joe Colombo, Mathieu Matégot and Arne Jacobsen) carefully selected by Frederic Hooft and accessories by Veva van Sloun, from the online concept store I/Object. The interior architecture is also a mix between classic and modern, with old wood staircases and floors contrasting with clean lined concrete and metal.
concrete kitchen and wood staircase at shelter7

sphere shaped ceiling at shelter7

vintage chairs and wooden floor at shelter7

minimalist stairs against concrete wall at shelter7

vintage leather sofa at shelter7

black built in plywood storage in bedroom at shelter7

The new Menu, sneak peek


As I wrote a couple of weeks ago when I blogged about their new concept store, Danish design brand Menu has really stepped up in the last few years. Their collaboration with Norm Architects has developed this once pretty boring brand into something totally fresh and interesting. Now they are taking the next step in this development and in time for the autumn season they are presenting a completely new graphic identity together with furniture and accessories by some of the world's best designers like Cecilie Manz, Benjamin Hubert and Note Design Studio. Menu sent me a pdf of their new catalogue, styled by Pernille Vest and Norm (and I was happy to see they even included some of the pictures I styled for Höst last year), and their pictures are quite amazing. I can't share the whole catalogue here, but at least I can give you a little sneak peek!


Giveaway winners announced + Vacation

I think it's about time that I announced the winners from my latest giveaways, don't you agree? So without further ado, here they are:
The winner of the espresso set giveaway from Marimekko is Signe, congratulations!
Winner of the Fog Linen blanket giveaway from Babyssimo is Ellendellen, congrats!
Please email me with your address info so we can send you the prizes.
I also wanted to tell you that I'm taking a few weeks off to spend time with my kiddos, catch some rays, eat icecream and enjoy my city now that it shows itself from its best side. I have some posts scheduled for the coming week, but after that it might become a bit quiet here. I hope you take the opportunity to get off your computers and find something more exciting to do, like counting clouds, sleep or build sand castles. That's what I'm planning to do.
Have a fab summer, and I'll see you back here in a couple of weeks!
Mojito popsicles, recipe by Volevo Fare Lo Chef

Inside Maison Martin Margiela with Ivania Carpio


I follow very few fashion blogs, only a handful actually, but at the top of my list is Ivania Carpio's blog Love Aestethics. It is super minimalist, almost all white, and with lots of creative DIY projects making it perfectly attainable.  Ivania's sharp and consistent sense of style stands out in the crowd of trend hunting fashionistas, and has lead her to some very interesting places and collaborations. Her latest adventure was a guided tour through the headquarters of Maison Martin Margiela, located in an old convent, and as they are both very much in the same universe style-wise, the pictures she made are very representative of the Love Aestethics blog. There are more interior design themed posts on her blog, but the fashion posts are very interesting too, so don't miss the opportunity for a nice dose of inspiration while you are there.
Photographs: Ivania Carpio


Deko's house at The Housing Fair Finland

The Finnish interior magazine Deko is participating in the Housing Fair Finland with their own housing-fair home called Maja. The interior is designed by the residents themselves, with the help of the magazine's editor-in-chief Ulla Koskinen. A solid concrete floor, calm white surfaces and unique details make the place modern and minimal with an industrial touch. The black ceilings work beautifully here as the great height can actually stand the impression of weight that the dark hues add, giving the space a feeling of calmness and zen instead of weighing it down.
Via Deko


Giveaway: Prints from Arte Limited

Giveaway time! Let's have some fun on Instagram with Arte Limited, an online gallery for photography and illustrations, working closely with their artists to produce the highest quality of fine art prints. They represent both established artists that you already know and new interesting names that are on the way forward.
To enter the competition, snap a photo of the space where you would like to hang one of their artworks, upload it on Instagram, write which print you would want there, and tag the picture with #artelimited. Three winners will be chosen by Arte Limited in one weeks time, July 9. 
I was looking through the images on their site the other day, in search for something to hang on the wall in my three years old daughter's room. I found quite a few suitable prints, with illustrations cool enough for adults and at the same time interesting for children. But then I saw the one. You know, the perfect one. It's the big print in the collage below, with the horned girl. Not only is it nice to look at and has plenty of attitude, but it when I read the name of the illustration I just knew it had to be this one. You see, my daughter recently invented an invisible friend, and this friend's name is Arietta. I've never heard this name before, and I don't know where she got it from. Can you believe the name of the print is Ariete?! It just has to be my daughter's pretend friend in the picture, don't you think?

Kvarngården: country house the Lotta Agaton way

I saw some small pictures of this house in Southern Sweden yesterday on Lotta Agaton's blog, and thought it looked fantastic, but unfortunately the pics were too small to show here, and I was too tired to think of looking in Lotta's portfolio to see if they were to find there in a bigger size. Today my brain is working properly again, and the pictures were indeed uploaded to Agent Bauer's site, so I'm very happy to be able to give you this overdose of inspiration now!
I don't know how much of the interiors that are Lotta's work, they do look very much like her style and I recognize quite a few items from her shop. Or perhaps the owner of the house just shares her taste. Whichever the case, this is an amazing home dripping with inspiration in every corner. The balance between classic Swedish country style, design classics and a few more edgy accessories makes for a very relaxed and comfortable space with a modern feel.
My eyes were caught by the black wall with the white paint drips coming down from the ceiling, and I think this will be recreated in the kids room in my own home. I want to make a blackboard wall above a long work table in there, but felt that blackboard paint was kind of "done", we've seen it everywhere in the last few years. With the addition of the white paint though, this feels fresh and cool.