On the Greek island of Spetses stands this compound of villas that were transformed for one family by architect Nikos Moustroufis and decorater Isabel López-Quesada. This property consists of one main building and two smaller residences, each of them having their own living space, kitchen and bedrooms. The three buildings are linked together by connecting doors, interior and exterior staircases, terraces, and the courtyard. It’s like a little village where each has its own space but your still close together, ideal for family get-togethers without being on top of each other! The interiors of the villas are in a traditional Greek look with items from all over the world it gives the property a very laid back atmosphere with a hint of some bohemian touches. I love that they add colour by painting the floor and ceiling a lovely soft blue instead of the more traditional way of painting the walls, a very interesting way of adding colour to your home. Outside there is a lovely covered terrace and a swimming pool with seaview that I think will make everyone want a villa on a Greek island!
I love friday, not just because it’s the start of the weekend but because on friday a lot of homes hit the market in Sweden. Today a lovely light apartment hit the market in the center of Gothenburg via Entrance Mäkleri. The apartment has many windows and is decorated in soft grey and blue tones which gives the apartment a very calm atmosphere. I’m always happy to see a home that still has it’s original features such as the stucco and original fireplace that were preserved in this Gothenburg home. How wonderful to start the weekend with a beautiful Scandinavian styled home.
Swedish department store Åhléns is launching a partnership with City Mission (Stadsmissionens) to help create more comfortable homes in shelters for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. 1000 products on Ahlens.se have been marked with a red home and a heart and when a customer buys one of these items Åhléns will donate the same product to one of the shelters for vulnerable women and children. Interior stylist Lo Bjurulf has decorated one of the shelters with products from Åhléns as well as second hand purchases to show the difference these products can make to a shelter and aiming to make shelters a more pleasant and healing environment. Please support Åhléns by buying one of the 1000 products and make a difference for women and children in shelters.
This former coffee roastery in central Malmö is the home of interior stylist Isabell Andén and Joakim. They fell for the unique, raw and New York feeling of the factory and during the renovations they tried to maintain most of the factory’s original features. The couple is constantly changing the look of their home based on what they feel is important. The home already looks absolutely beautiful in this Scandinavian industrial style but the couple wants to make their space even more industrial by putting in metal doors and their basement walk in closet will turn into a wine cellar with dining space (wow!). I certainly hope this wonder industrial Malmö home will be photographed again after they finished those renovations because I’m very curious about the end result.
IKEA is launching a new book called Kinder Homes (Vänligare Hem) which is all about making your home more sustainable. It is part of ‘Sustainable Together’ which is IKEA’s new sustainability initiative. In the book there are many creative ideas and simple tips that cover everything from saving energy and water to waste reduction and recycling. Some images featured in this Vänligare Hem/Kinder Homes book have been made public and they are absolutely wonderful and inspirational. You can pick up a copy of the new IKEA Kinder Homes book (part of the Användbar collection) which will be available this april in your IKEA store and good luck making your home more sustainable.
That living in a small space doesn’t mean comprimising on style is something we’ve learned very well from the Scandinavians where studio apartments are quite popular. The studio apartment I’m showing you today is quite different from the Scandinavian design I usually post about. Designed by Elodie Sire of D.Mesure this studio apartment is located in Paris and decorated in earthy colours with a stone floor and rustic wooden elements. It’s and absolutely stunning Paris apartment and perhaps the size doesn’t really matter when you live in Paris!
Parisian decadence meets Scandinavian simplicity in this new Paris inspired collection by Lovisa Burfitt for Hemtex. Lovisa Burfitt is a Swedish illustrator who now lives in Paris, this collection is all about how she sees Paris ‘the cafés, the ivy climbing on the facades, light, chic mademoiseller and haute couture silhouettes’. As a Scandinavian she knows how important it is to bring light to Scandinavian homes so she combined the brightness of Scandinavan decor with Parisian decadence by using a bright and white style, complemented by dusty pink, gray and green. This combination resulted in a lovely collection ranging from bedding to crockery and many other items. You can see the full Paris Please collection of the website of Hemtex.
A stunning Stockholm apartment hit the market today through real estate agency Wrede. This used to be the home of Filippa Knutsson, founder of the Swedish fashion brand Filippa K. The home is decorated in a neutral colour scheme with black door and window frames which gives the home a very luxorious but comfortable style, but what I love most in this home is the wooden ceiling and the peek of brick work right below in the living room which gives this stylish home just a slight raw look.
Homeware and furniture supplier Hunting for George is collaborating with the Melbourne design studio Grazia & Co. Grazia & Co focusses on using quality materials and Australian craftsmanship in their timeless and elegant pieces, the collection with Hunting for George includes a range of wool and leather ottomans as well as a new upholstered addition to the Hunting for George Oliver bed. I fell head over heals with the images that come with this Hunting for George x Grazia & Co collaboration, this loft space is so beautiful and I love, love, love the windows it’s always been my dream to have a loft space with large industrial style windows like these.
This light coloured cottage in Brisbane belongs to stylist, photographer and author Kara Rosenlund and her husband. This workers cottage from 1900 still had its originals features which was very important for Kara and her husband. They renovated this cottage on their own with respect to the orginal Victorian features which they wanted to keep as much as possible. The home is decorated in the signature style of Kara with very light colours, vintage items and rustic details. It reminds me a bit of another Australian home I’ve blogged about which was also decorated in these light colours and with a rustic touch.