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!
Yesterday I was doing my daily real estate stalking and I noticed the many pink sofa’s. It’s not strange of course Rose Quartz is one of the colours of the year, so a pink sofa is definitely according to style. But how do you style around your pink sofa? I’ve made a selection of inspiring spaces that rock a pink sofa.
Ever wanted to stay in a cave? Well thanks to Airbnb you can in France. Close to Amboise, where Leonardo Da Vinci lived, lies this room with open bathroom that truly embraces the troglodyte spirit. The room is furnished with only the essentials and it is perfect if you want to get away from your busy day to day life. You can rent the room on Airbnb for €75 a night, including breakfast (and wifi, if you don’t want to be secluded from the modern world entirely)
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!
Fancy a trip to Stockholm? Situated in a residential area in Stockholm stands this former private residence from 1910 by architect Fredrik Dahlberg, that is now turned into a hotel called Ett Hem (A Home). The owner of the hotel, Jeanette Mix, wanted to create a hotel that would keep the personality of the private house. Together with British designer Ilse Crawford from Studio Ilse (you can see her own amazing London apartment here) they truly created a hotel that feels like home. The hotel has 12 rooms with beautiful comfortable furniture and soft colours. Outside there’s a wonderful garden, ideal for a nice outside summer breakfast or a relaxing evening. I absolutely love this, hotels can feel very unpersonal and a bit cold, but this truly feels and looks like a home.
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!
Happy sunday! Here are pictures that inspired me this week.
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!