Swedish Residence magazine created this shoot to show us this spring’s top four trends. The styling is by Eva Lotta Sundling and Elin Kickén.
1 // LOCAL MANUFACTURING & FOCUS ON THE ENVIRONMENT
Our interest in locally made products with a focus on sustainability and environmental awareness is increasing. We want to know everything about what we have in our home; where things come from, how and under what circumstances they have been made. We therefore choose to furnish with items produced under good conditions, with long-lasting qualities and with as little impact on the environment as possible.
2 // TEXTURE & COLOUR
This spring its all about warm colours, different shades of beige and rusty tones mixed with simple colours like black and white. We experiment more with textures and materials such as velvet, leather, metal and chrome to create a feeling of depth.
3 // ELEGANT
We are seeing more and more influences of art deco in the accessories and furniture, and a grown-up elegance takes place in the interiors.
4 // UNIQUE & PERSONAL
We’re looking for a personal and unique touch to stand out from other and be different. There is a growing interest in ceramics, unique pieces and handmade crafts. By mixing different styles and eras there is more room for individuality.
So these are a few of my favourite things displayed neatly in my black Vittsjö shelf from IKEA. I have to say I am really impressed with this shelf so far, it looks very elegant and is very affordable.
💛 The yellow Unico vase from Kähler designed by Anders Arhøj. This vase is a pretty statement piece that has a unique glaze. At the moment I have a green branch in it which goes really well with the beautiful round shape.
💛 The poster I have is the ‘Norgesglass’, a typical glass jar from Norway, by Emmeselle from the collection Norsk Nostalgi. It is the perfect little reminder of my home country and a lovely piece of art. I’ve put it in a standard black frame from IKEA as a contrast in my mostly white flat.
💛 I have two of the Urbania lighthouses also from Kähler designed by Becker & Bache (I had three but one broke in half in the move..) They come in a range of different styles and sizes, and are replicas of modernistic apartment houses. In the evening its nice to put a tea light inside and enjoy the silhouettes and shadows created through the windows.
💛 Another candle holder I have is the Lup triangular copper holder designed By Shane Schneck for HAY. In it I have a grey tall candle and I love the simplicity it portrays.
💛 I had to have my trusted little wooden birds on display designed by Kristian Vedel and sold by Architectmade. The cute thing about these are that they can express happiness, sadness and curiosity depending on how you tilt their heads.At the moment they are having a little chat and looking quite happy I would say.
💛 I’m trying to add more green into our home and recently got a cute little succulent from IKEA. I put it in one of their standard white pots for now until I find a better solution..
💛 And last but not least; my hanging wooden monkey designed by Kay Bojesen!
A little home update; we have now been living in our new flat for about three weeks and love it. Even though there are still so much to get in place we have already managed to get it quite homely. I thought I would share a couple of images with you to show some of the details. More to follow when we are more settled in!
A temporary solution I have done is to use the KNAGGLIG wooden boxes from IKEA as nightstands. This has worked really well when putting them sideways, and as you can see here I have placed books and magazines inside while using the top to store anything like my glasses, jewellery and so on. This is a cheap and great way to have a unique nightstand while hunting for the perfect one.
One of the things I was really excited about purchasing was the Mountain ABC by Coco Lapine. It’s something that has been on my wishlist for so long, and I am so happy to finally have it. I found the perfect black frame for it at IKEA, the RIBBA 50cm x 70cm. It still needs to go up on the wall though as it is quite bare at the moment but it also looks quite nice standing on the ground.
Something else I have been drooling over is the new VITTSJÖ shelving unit from IKEA. It has black metal frames and glass surfaces which makes for an open and airy feel. A great display unit that can easily be built upon if we ever need to. A little tip; always go and check out the bargain corner when visiting IKEA! We went to buy this exact shelf, and was lucky to find that someone had returned their’s which meant we could get it 30% off even though it was brand new.
The flat is quite white and clean, so I have added a bit of colour with some pillows. The yellow one is by Maisons Du Monde, and the Norwegian pattern one is my own design which can be purchased here.
After looking for a while now for a space of our own we finally found it. It is in the perfect location in a cute little town here in Italy with good connections and a train station nearby so that it will be easy for me to get around. It is quite a small and cute flat, but it has everything we need. When looking for a flat we (or shall I say I) had a few criteria’s when it came to the flat itself, and I am happy to say that this one ticks most of the boxes.
✔ White space; I was looking for a flat with white walls to fit in with my minimal Scandinavian style. Sort of a blank canvas that will make the furnitures and objects we put in it stand out. This flat not only have white walls everywhere, they are also quite interesting too. As it is located on the top floor of a typical Italian building it has a lot of slanted walls / ceilings which adds characters and charm. It will definitely be a challenge to decorate with it, but we just have to be creative and find good solutions.
✔ Wooden floor; I am a massive fan of wooden floor. Growing up in Norway you rarely find a house or flat without it. I love the comfort and look of wooden floors, and it fits very nicely together with white walls. Our new flat doesn’t tick this box hundred prosent as the floor looks like wood but in fact its not.. Here in Italy its common to have tiles on the floor, and that is after my understanding because it has a cooling effect on those warm summer days. It does mean however that in the winter here in the North of Italy it can be freezing, and woollen socks are a must! Our floor is a new type of ceramic made to look like light wood, and it sure does as I thought it actually was wood when we went to the viewing before touching it. The good thing with it is that we get the positive aspect from both worlds; it looks good but it’s better suited for the climate here in Italy. And even better, there is underfloor heating everywhere, which will be nice and warm in the winter but can give off a coolness in the summer. Perfect!
Here is a little sneak peak of the space, as you can see the slanted ceiling gives an interesting and quirky vibe to the modern and white space.
✔ Natural light; As I work from home and take a lot of photos at home it needed to have good natural light. The living room has two large doors that we can open up and the sun is shining in that way during the day. Which then leads me to…
✔ Outdoor area; One thing I said when living in Italy was that to have some sort of outdoor area, either a balcony or a terrace would be great. When we lived in London we had a lovely outdoor terrace but it was hardly ever used because of the typical British weather.. Now we have four (!) balconies, ok they are all tiny but at least I’m sure we can fit two tiny chairs and a tiny table of some sort on one. And being in Italy where the sun almost always shines I am sure we will get a lot of use of them, or even just have the doors open to open up the space a bit. Note to self; research tiny balcony solutions!
I can’t wait to share how I will make this place our little Scandinavian home here in Italy. For now, here is a little moodboard I put together to start the process!
I have been wanting to start a little DIY series here on the blog for a while now where I share some easy & affordable ways of making things for your home. I am by all means no DIY expert so it will be a case of learning while doing, and maybe we can help each other along the way if you also want to join in.
First up I got inspired by an image I saw in the IKEA catalogue which showed a custom storage solution. It is an easy & cool way to make storage that can adapt to any space, and also something you can change depending on your mood. So this Sunday I went to IKEA where I purchased a couple of items to create my own version;
The first thing I started with was to actually build the boxes, as they come in flat-pack true IKEA style. This wasn’t a difficult task but it did take a while to get all the screws in. The boxes are in solid wood, a durable natural material which is even more hardwearing and easy to look after if you oil or wax the surface. I have not treated them in any way yet as I like the rough style, but might do or even paint some in white or a colour later. They are are very sturdy when build, and easy to stack.
As I got 3 boxes I stacked them up together with one flat, one up right and the other as the main feature on the top. My idea was that the one on the top would be the one with the hanging light in it, and it fitted perfectly to hang the cord from and tie around the handle of the box.
FYI; the cord does not come with a plug attached to the end, so be sure that you know someone that can attach this for you unless you know it yourself. I was lucky to get help from my boyfriend who is quite handy.
The light bulb itself has a copper detail on the handle which I really like, it goes very well together with the light wood texture and the black & white pattern on the cord. Inside and on the storage I have put different items such as books, Kähler vases & a deer head.
Here is an image when the lightbulb is on so you can see. It gives quite a warm and yellow light which is nice in a white modern living-room, bedroom or hallway. But I even like it when it is not on during the day as you can still see the details inside the bulb.
This was quite an easy little project to get into the DIY spirit. My plan is to get more of the boxes, also in the smaller size, and build on this idea. I really like the way the MUUTO Stacked shelf works with the little clips holding all the boxes together, so this is something that might even work in this case.
I recently got a couple of new items for my desk, and I am particularly happy with this new pin board from Maisons du Monde! It’s so useful to have a board on the wall to hang up things for inspiration, cards you receive or other items you want to keep nearby. This one is great because of its thick frame and geometric pattern, and it ties great in with my white, minimalistic style.
On the board I currently have;
📌 New copper hairpins from Monki (so that I don’t loose them..)
📌 The cute ‘DONUT WORRY’ badge I got from Jesiiii
📌 FRIDAY’ necklace from H&M because who doesn’t love Friday’s right?
📌 Cards I got at the Norwegian Presence exhibition last year in Milano
📌 Cute postcard received from No Ordinary Tales
📌 ‘THANKS A MILLION’ postcard by Oh Corrin
📌 Lightning bolt earrings I bought at the David Bowie exhibition at V&A in London a couple of years ago (which was amazing!)
📌 A little inspiration from SKANDINAVISK
The desk itself is from IKEA, its just the right to store my essentials. I try my best to keep it tidy and not to clutter it up with too many things, but I am in need of some kind of storage / drawers to keep all the boring stuff in.
I try to keep my work space a bit fun because I think contrary to popular beliefs that its important to mix work & play! So on my desk-lamp I have my trusted little friend the Kay Bojesen wooden monkey hanging looking at me. The HAY ballograf is also just there mostly for decoration, as I feel almost like its too pretty to use..
The Kvissle desk organizer from IKEA is very handy to store both books & paper but also pens & rulers. In it I have a couple og books; the Wallpaper Milan city guide, a colouring in book I got for Christmas & a Scandinavian Design book. I also have some cute colour pencils I bought at the Edvard Munch Museum in Oslo last time I visited. Each of the colours are named after his paintings and he is my favourite painter so they always brighten up my day.
On the desk I also keep my trusted laptop which I couldn’t live without, my diary for keeping organized, my jug of water, another little glass for storing some more pens & usually some sort of snack to keep me going.
So there you have it, my little but fun work station!