We all know famous Swedish Real Estate Agencies as Stadshem, Alvhem Mäkleri and of course Fantastic Frank. But now a new agency has captured my eye: Historiska Hem. The name already tells you a lot about this agency, they only work with homes in the architectural style that they are passionate about. This means that they do not work with homes that were built after 1965. They invest in (among others) better photographers and interior designers and that shows in their photographes. As someone who lives in a home that is definitely not historic I always feel a ping of jealousy when I see homes that have wonderful original architectural details, it gives the home a natural warm feeling, don’t you agree? Luckily, even though you may not live in a historic home, you can definitely get inspiration from their wonderful homes, and at Historiska Hem they sure know how to style a home! I’ve already posted two homes of this agency on my Tumblr (here & here). And today they put up another home for sale and it’s stunning!
I’m multitasking at the moment, while I’m making this blogpost I’m also watching the Australian Open (Go Federer!), so to keep in the Austrialian spirit I will share an Australian home today. This Northcote home belongs to interior designer, stylist and retailer Amanda Henderson-Marks and her family. There’s a nice contrast in this home, while the living room and kitchen are very light they painted the bedroom a dramatic dark blue. Amanda herself describes her home as ‘chalky and neat rustic’ which is definitely true. I love how they were able to create such a warm living space with such neutral colours thanks to the different textiles, vintage finds and artwork. I am really loving blue lately and the bedroom in this home is such an inspiration. That little sitting space with the layered rugs is absolutely wondeful. Plus as a Dutchwoman I love the print of the Johannes Vermeer painting ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ which fits perfectly in this space.
The Swedes are well known for their light apartments and this one is no different. The apartment has beautiful big windows that let in a lot of light which is strengthened by the white painted wooden floor and the white walls in the living room. They created a bit more warmth in the bedroom by keeping the original floorboards and the light grey painted walls. The apartment still has original features such as panel doors, ceiling medallions, stucco and of course, in the living room, a traditional Swedish fireplace (I should make a post about Swedish fireplaces, they are so amazing!).
I’m feeling a bit under the weather today, so just a quick blogpost that I’ve also posted on my Tumblr page this week. Above the London headquarters of Etsy lies this amazing eclectic loft. It is decorated with wonderful eclectic furniture, vintage finds and personal items. But (in my opinion) the best thing about this loft are those A-MA-ZING windows, I’m so jealous!
I’ve loved Sweden for as long as I can remember, when I was young we went to Sweden on holiday multiple times and now as an adult it’s definitely a country I could see myself living in. I feel at home in city’s as Stockholm and Göteborg but I know how beautiful the Swedish countryside can be. The home I will show you today is situated in South Sweden near Ystad close to the sea. This farmhouse dates from the mid 1800’s but is beautiful renovated with large, light open spaces. I love how they were able to combine modern features with the traditional characteristics of an old farm. It combines modern concrete floors and stairs with wooden floors, exposed beams and exposed brickwork. Oh.. and did I mention a pool! Definetely a renovation done right!
I’ve posted homes by Berlin based interior designer and stylist Annabell Kutucu twice before on my Tumblr page (here & here) and today I browsed through her portfolio and got inspired by another home. This apartment of 150m2 with three bedrooms is situated in the heart of Berlin and is furnished in a beautiful dark eclectic style. Or as Annabell says herself ‘The eclectic design is an homage to Berlin and its creative diversity’. It’s no secret that I love dark (grey) walls and I especially like the map of Berlin in the bedroom, such a nice idea!
In the center of Paris two architects, Charlotte and Hugo, created a wonderful light apartment. The apartment, in Hausmannian style, is only 90 square meters, but because of the minimalistic decor it feels much bigger. They fell in love with the ceilings of 3 meter (who wouldn’t!) and they kept the original parquet floor, woodwork and stucco. The home is filled with vintage finds, from floormats taken from an old school to vintage classics like a Harry Bertoia chair and a Butterfly stool by Sori Yanagi. Not only does the apartment serve as a home, it’s also their workspace for their architectural firm. It certainly is an extremely inspiring place to work from.
I want to go to Switzerland. And not just any place in Switzerland but this place. Studio Ilse designed this Swiss chalet with views of the Alps. The family home has a warm and cozy feeling thanks to the use of natural materials, layers of textile and comfortable furniture. The entire home is filled with earthly colours but they used a nice pop of colour in the kitchen by using blue cabinets. Just imagine that you sit there by the fireside looking at those spectacular mountains. I’m in love.
Scandinavian homes are well known for their white walls & floor combination. Scandinavian winters are long and the sun sets very early in those months, so to counteract that darkness they decorate their homes bright & white. While I love the brightness of these homes, personally I like to paint the walls a darker colour (my own kitchen wall is a dark grey/blue). This home in the Swedish capital Stockholm has dark blue paint on every wall, with the exception of the wonderful small (but bright!) kitchen. This combined with the wooden floor and the rugs in the living room and hallway give the home a warm comfortable feeling. I’m definitely finding some inspiration for my own home here.
Sometimes you find a home that is just too perfect, it sticks with you for weeks and you keep looking at the pictures. I’ve been blogging for a few years now and this home is definitely one I will remember for a long time. Dutch company Scotch & Soda created a beautiful home in Amsterdam called Lola’s Place.