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.
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!
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?
I believe I found what might become this week's most blogged real estate object, or what do you think? This 1920's apartment in Malmö sure has the potential to please most tastes with its amazing original details (think parquet flooring, high ceilings and skirting boards) and great interiors in a classic but a little quirky Scandinavian style with touches of colour here and there. It is actually a quite colourful place, but you know me, I picked the more neutral photos, so you'll just have to check out the rest for yourselves, here.
I have never really been one for wallpaper, too much pattern for me, and usually way too much color too. But this one, Bellewood from Rebel Walls, I could actually imagine living with. Maybe not in the living room, but in a kids room, or maybe the entrance? The style of the drawing reminds me of Maurice Sendak and the wonderful book Where the Wild Things Are (which I seem to appreciate more than my children, although we all agree that the movie is great!).
I love how relaxed and inviting the new Story restaurant and café in Helsinki looks. Designed by Joanna Laajisto, with a great feel for colours and materials, and a mix of stricter designer furniture, bespoke shelving and benches, and some fun lighting that looks as if made from crayfish cages. The fresh herbs and open shelves full of newly baked bread and simple brown paper bags filled with flours hint of the rest of the building's function as a market hall. Don't let the relaxed vibes fool you into thinking that the food is equally simple though; the chef has a Michelin star from his other restaurant. This place is definitely on my list of places to visit on my next trip to the Finnish capital!
Photos: Mikko Ryhänen
Found this dreamy loft-like apartment in Dwell. Some would say it looks unfinished, but that is exactly what I love about it. The use of raw materials like concrete and steel sheets gives it a relaxed, informal feeling, while the wooden furniture and the book piles on the bedroom floor efficiently take away the somewhat sterile or empty atmosphere that can otherwise be a risk when you go minimalist as the owner did here, stripping away all the unnecessary layers and details.
Photos: Dean Kaufman
Gant Home isn't a brand I usually fall for, they are a bit too New England for me. In this picture from their Autumn/Winter -14 collection, I believe the only item that is actually from them is the tea towel. The rest, a lovely mix of vintage chairs, warm natural hues, high ceilings, huge windows and a simple white background, is what I fell for. So, is this a job well done by the stylist, or did they miss the target when the room takes over from the product they are trying to show? What do you think?
This picture from A Merry Mishap showing Jennifer's livingroom, with a minimalist mix of Ikea, modern danish design and piles of inspiring books, looks just perfect to me. I have been looking at that trolley/bar cart since it was launched, but never really found the space for it in my own home. The same goes for the sofa. Maybe in my next apartment... As it is now, I would have to get rid of both my bed and my kitchen table to fit these items into my home, and however stylish they may be, it's not quite worth it, is it? Or maybe it is, I'll have to think about that one.
Have you heard of Behomm yet? It's a home exchange site exclusively for designers and visual artists, where you can switch homes with other style minded people around the world. So no more searching the net for hours to find a place to stay that looks decent enough for your next vacation, here you have a carefully selected collection of beautiful homes around the world, available for free in exchange for letting the owners stay at your place while you are enjoying theirs.
I always prefer to stay in private apartments when I travel as it makes you feel more like a local, and the freedom to sit at the breakfast table with messy hair and be grumpy until the coffee has kicked in is quite invaluable. Also, traveling with kids is so much easier when you have a real home to withdraw to after a long day out, instead of having to crowd together on the bed of a small hotel room where the only available activity is to watch tv...
Many of the homes on Behomm have been featured in magazines, and choosing which ones to show here was tough, but below is a small selection to give you an idea of what you have to pick from.
This post was made in collaboration with Behomm, but as always, the words, opinions and image selection are all my own.