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!
In the Swedish countryside of Skåne stands this lovely new bed and breakfast Fröken Hjorts. It took a year for Swedish interior stylist Marie Olsson Nylander and her husband to renovate this former farm into this raw bed and breakfast where concrete and wood are the main materials. The wonderful large windows give you a great view over the Swedish countryside and of course, like Scandinavian tradition, outside there is a sauna to warm you up. You can rent this beautiful designed Fröken Hjorts B&B on Airbnb.
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 sad week in the architectural world, Zaha Hadid passed away at the age of 65 last thursday. Zaha Hadid was an Iraqi-born British architect, she was the first woman and the first Muslim to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize and the first woman to receive the RIBA’s royal gold medal. To honour Zaha Hadid my sunday inspiration is entirely about her work.
Who doesn’t want a summer cottage with sea views? This beautiful monochromatic summer cottage by architectural firm ARDESS stands in the dunes in Skagen, Denmark. The cottage almost dissapears into the landscape because of the use of grey Cedar wood and the large windows that makes you able to look through the house to the dunes on the other side. The cottage is only 54 square meter but by clever use of space this summer cottage has two sleeping area’s with bathrooms and two seperate entrances so it can house two families. It’s a truly wonderful cottage so close to the sea and which fits beautifully in the surrounding landscape.
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.