As I am currently in the process of planning the walls in my home I am always looking for creative solutions other than just framed photos. As soon as I saw this beautiful and simplistic Swedish home on Stadshem I was very drawn to it. I love the choice to only have a few framed images and the lovely mirror in the living room along with the idea of hanging books and magazines up, how creative! In the kitchen the owner has hung up a few items such as the colander, an apron and the lovely planter which gives a very personal vibe.
I don’t know about you guys but I am totally in love with these soft pink walls.. It works very nicely with the minimalistic and clean expression, and makes this sweet little flat something out of the ordinary.
Click through to see the rest of the flat or browse the many great ones on display on Fantastic Frank – a great source for inspiration!
It’s been a month since my first little home update so I though it was time to share a bit more. There is still a lot to do, but we are slowly getting there! I always find its better to live somewhere for a while to see what you actually need and get the feel of the space before you do everything.
I am all for affordable solutions, and knew that I didn’t want to spend too much on the dining table. Because of this we decided to get the basic IKEA table Ingo made of solid pine. It comes untreated, so we decided to do it ourself as I wanted a whiter finish. The process was easy but a bit time consuming as we ended up doing three layers of paint and sanding in between. I was so pleased with the end result, it is still not a solid colour so you can see the wood play through which gives a really nice effect. We also added a top coat to so that it is smooth and easy to keep clean.
Another affordable and great purchase we did from IKEA was the white Sprutt cabinet. It is made of thin steel and comes with label holders on each drawer to easy organise everything. At the moment I have yellow blank labels in it, but I am thinking about something creative to do with them..
This is our little music corner where the Crosley record player is the centre of attention. Over the shelf we have the small Mosslanda white picture ledge which gives the perfect space for displaying vinyl records as well as art or any small decorative objects. I love it because it gives me the freedom to change what I have on it quite frequently.
You might have noticed already that I love yellow, and this duvet cover gives the perfect splash of colour to the bedroom. We still have a lot to do in that room as we have been focusing mainly on the living room, so I’ll share more photos when it is ready.
Now I’m going to snuggle up on the couch reading the new Cereal magazine while listening to the rain outside..
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.