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!
Want a bit of Scandinavia in your home? Then maybe a quirky wallpaper by Norwegian design company Scandinavian Surface is something for you.
“Based in Bergen the designers are always on the look-out for remarkable colours, patterns and forms in their surroundings, finding inspiration in the everchanging scenery and dramatic nature.” – Scandinavian Surface
I squint in the sunny glare.
Through frozen lashes the forest turns
into embroidery; split and hatched.
Major moose soundlessly emerges.
I hesitate, blinking it into memory.
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!
Have you seen the beautiful new shelving system by Danish Skagerak? It’s called Vivlio and is designed in collaboration with Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm & Margarethe Odgaard.
“Vivlio Shelf System is a flexible shelving unit that both showcases and conceals. The shelves come in three different heights and colours and may either present their open front to the room or face away to conceal their content. Vivlio’s colour options for shelves and frame create a wide range of options in a celebration of the flexibility and aesthetic of simplicity.” – Skagerak
I’m in love with this modern Scandinavian armchair designed by Swedish NOTE Design Studio for Fogia. The contrast between the hard metal frames and the upholstery in soft textile gives it a beautiful and gentle look.
It is available in two standard colours, but can also be ordered in different RAL Classic colours at additional cost. Find it here.