January 27, 2014

B & W


I thought I'd share a few recent snapshots from our home. I've slowly replaced a lot of the wooden features and decorations with mostly white ones and recently more and more black has crept in as well. I'm in no means making our home completely black and white, but I do love this combination with grey and wood. We still have a big splash of colour on our living room wall, provided by this Marimekko fabric (stretched over a frame) and although I am constantly keeping an eye out for new fabrics, I'm yet to find one to replace it.

           

Sewing a new cushion cover is such an easy way to update the look of the sofa; this time I used black and white fabric with little elephants in it. I think it brings a fun detail to our otherwise rather serious interior.


Once again, these shelves are the first to see the change. I made a quick trip to IKEA last week and bought more storage boxes for books, craft items, papers etc. I'm not a big fan of small decoration items, but I rather complete the look with a few simple vases in the same colour scheme.


Even my afternoon tea looks (unintentionally) matchy with the recent colour addiction! A few pieces of licorice with a cup of black tea, this gorgeous magazine and a black notebook on my desk.

January 24, 2014

Lundia


I just stumbled across the gorgeous Lundia catalogue while researching storage solution for our home. Lundia is a Finnish family business making wooden furniture; mainly shelving units, but also side boards and beds, even lighting. I love the simplicity and the amazing quality of these products and I'd swap all our side boards to these in a heart beat, if I could.

All product photos by Lundia








January 21, 2014

5 x Coffee Tables

1. DLM Table by HAY 2. Artek's Trienna Coffee Table 3. Block Table by Normann Copenhagen 4. Tablo Tray Table by Design House Stockholm 5. Tablo by Normann Copenhagen 

There are a few pieces of furniture we still need in our home. Firstly, I haven't been able to find bedside tables I really like (they are often too bulky in my opinion), secondly I would like to get a new dining table and chairs to replace our old ones and thirdly, we desperately need a coffee table. I've found most of the coffee tables way too big for our living room area, so we've been using these IKEA stools as a temporary solution. I really don't want a coffee table that sits in between the sofa and the TV, but rather a small side table that doesn't take too much space.

I really can't pick a favourite amongst the Scandinavian design pieces I've gathered above. They all have pros and cons, but I could easily imagine all of them in our living room. As you can see, I've already decided on the colour, but I'm indecisive of the style. For purely practical reasons, I could go with the Block Table from Normann Copenhagen (the bottom layer would be ideal for magazines, for example) or the Tablo Tray Table from Design House Stockholm (the tray is separate so it doesn't take much space), but the Artek table is quite a design piece on its own and I quite like the two other tables shown above as well. Decisions decision! I promise to show you the outcome once I've made up my mind.

Which one is your favourite? Or is there another coffee table you like?

January 17, 2014

SS 2014 Favourites from Scandinavia

All photos by the product suppliers

1. Ikono Lamp in Mint is by Normann Copenhagen 2. Gorgeous marble tray by Danish brand HAY 3. I am absolutely obsessed with anything from Kähler at the moment, this pink storage jar is available in March. 4. & 5. Copper candle stick and vase are both from the Danish House Doctor, another one of my favourites! 6. Copper eggs from Madam Stoltz would be stunning for Easter.

For the past few weeks I have been browsing and drooling over the new SS 2014 collections by various Scandinavian design companies. I can't pick my favourites so here are a few ideas of what's coming up in the Northern hemisphere spring and summer. There are still lots of pastels as well as copper/brass accents and of course marble which was a big hit already last year. 

Pastels would look lovely in a spring home in the Northern hemisphere and well, for us heading towards autumn those brass accents wouldn't look out of place at all, especially if combined with something like the Pantone colour of the year

I'm still waiting to see what else is coming up so I'll have to make another post in a few weeks time. In the mean while, I'll be adding lots more beauties on my wishlist for the coming season.

Photo by ferm LIVING
Photo by ferm LIVING
Photo by Broste Copenhagen
Photo by Bloomingville

January 15, 2014

Getting Organised Part 2


I can't think of a better motivator than a clean work space. I thought I'd show you a glimpse of my own white work space that currently carries some silver accents. I tend to use small cardboard boxes (available at most home ware stores and news agencies) for storing little items at my desk; ribbons, washi tape, stamps, etc. They are inexpensive and easy to change when you get bored of them (try covering them with cute wrapping paper or giving them a washi tape make over). I also find having a simple porcelain tray a gem for keeping things like notebooks and pens or other small accessories you might need handy. 

Whilst I was at it, I also finally organised the book shelves in our living room. As much as I love books, they can be a bit of an eye-sore and I've been wanting to tidy up the shelves for a while now. I went through some empty storage boxes we had at the attic and gave them a cleaner look with some white wrapping paper. I'm really happy with the outcome and the books are still there, just all neatly tucked away. 


I'm gathering some more storage and organising ideas under this Pinterest board

January 12, 2014

Scandinavian Mood Board: Radiant Orchid + Grey

All photos by the product suppliers

1. Iittala Aalto Vase in Purple 2. Normann Copenhagen Nabo trays in Grey 3. Ester & Erik candles in Bright Grey 4. Normann Copenhagen Brick cushion in purple 5. Muuto Elevated Vase in grey 6. Gerda woolen blanket in purple from Brita Sweden

Inspired by the colour of the year, I wanted to find a few examples of how to use purple at home. The purple of these products is pretty close to the one of Pantone's Radiant Orchid (although darker) and I just love how it pairs with grey. I think this is an especially tempting colour combination for the autumn 2014 here in the Southern Hemisphere! If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, however, you could go with the lighter shade of purple and combine it with pure white or turquoise/teal for a fresh spring look.

Pantone Colour of the Year 2014

Photo by Pantone



I'm a big fan of Pantone colours and always looking forward to their "colour of the year" announcement. This year's colour, the "Radiant Orchid",  is such an easy colour for me to love. I could definitely use this colour in accessories like hangbags and jewellery as well as at home as an accent colour. I was half expecting indigo to take the top spot this year, so I'm even happier it turned out to be this colour instead (I'm not a big fan of blue for whatever reason). I love the idea of paring Radiant Orchid with pink and lavender and liven up grey and beige which I have a lot of at home.

What do you think? Are you in love with Radiant Orchid?

Check out my Pinterest board for more colour of the year inspiration!


Photo by Pantone

January 10, 2014

Go To Recipe: Blueberry Friand Slice


I am hardly experimental when it comes to baking something to a party or unexpected guests, especially if there isn't much notice. I don't generally like to offer just something I've bought, so having a few go-to, no-fail recipes (savoury as well as sweet) is a must. I need to trust these recipes will turn out good every time and it's helpful if they are not only easy, but also something I usually have ingredients for. 

This blueberry friand slice is my new go-to recipe. It is just so simple to make, turns out well every time and is even freezable for those days when you simply don't have any time to bake or even go to the store. It reminds me of  the Finnish blueberry tart, but the recipe is quite different (with the addition of almond meal) and these slices are so moist I wouldn't serve them with anything but a light dusting of icing sugar. 

Blueberry Friand Slice
(Recipe adapted from taste.com.au)

195g pure icing sugar
75g plain flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
110g almond meal
1/4 teaspoon pure ground vanilla (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
150g butter, melted and cooled
4 egg whites, whisked
150g blueberries (I used frozen)
icing sugar, to serve

1. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a 16cm x 26cm slice pan. Line the pan with baking paper allowing some overhang. 

2. In a large bowl, sieve sugar, flour and baking powder. Add almond meal and vanilla. Stir in the butter and the egg whites. 

3. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and sprinkle with blueberries. Bake for 30 minutes, then leave to cool before cutting. Dust with icing sugar to serve.

January 07, 2014

Getting Organised


My previous post sparked me to get organised around our home. I don't know what it is, but no matter how much tidying up I do there are always fabrics, craft items and props scattered here and there. I can't even blame my husband for the mess, since I'm the only one pottering around at home during the day. I've mentioned my Normann Copenhagen shelf system so many times before, but it really is a life savior of some sort. It has plenty of space for storage, all within easy reach, which is exactly what I need. 


I use these woven pine baskets from my online store a lot at home. They are great for storage, but also make cute picnic baskets for all those summer outings! 


Finally, these large rattan hooks (also available from my online store) are just ideal for hanging accessories in the hallway (I've featured the wooden ladder here before) or in the bathroom. They are a perfect size for towels, hats and whatever else I might have lying around.



Hope you are feeling as excited as I am about the new year!  


January 05, 2014

Girly Home Office Inspiration for the New Year


1. One Step Up Bookcase by Normann Copenhagen (see my bookcase here) 2. Block Table in coral by Normann Copenhagen (perfect little side table for any room, really!) 3. Grasshopper Floor Lamp in white from finnishdesignshop.com 4. Rita rug in mint from Brita Sweden (this I must have!) 5. 'Craftiness is Happiness' print from Typo - how true is that? 6. Storage boxes from House Doctor 7. Storage box from Kikki.K 8. To Do List Pad from Kikki.K 9. Wire Basket from Ferm Living 10. No office space is complete without some tea supplies - Winter in Lov Tea 11. A pretty tea pot from T2


Our home office is in dire need of some colour so I thought I'd put together a dream collection of inspiring items to liven up that space. I already have the Normann Copenhagen bookcase which works as both a storage space, but also a bit of a mood board for my work. I've been wanting one of those Normann Copenhagen block tables for a while now and this new coral colour is probably my favourite so far! It would be perfect for either as a side table in our home office or as a coffee table in the living room.

The Grasshopper lamp is definitely a bit of a classic and comes in a variety of colours; I love the sleek white look for this one though. And how gorgeous is that Brita Sweden rug? I've been wanting one for ages and their new collection is just so pretty! I picked Rita as my favourite, but Bobbi (in turquoise) comes as a close second. I could also easily imagine this print on our office wall - how true this is! I'm not sure my husband agrees with the slogan, but I digress.

As for the storage, I love the colourful House Doctor boxes, but also the classic white Kikki K. ones. As a side note, I also love having a few of those woven pine baskets from my own online store stacked in the bookcase; they are a perfect size for small craft items like stamps or fabric scraps. That Ferm Living basket could work as a paper bin, but also as a holder for my growing collection of wrapping papers.

Kikki K.'s notepads are just too adorable to resist! I'm expecting a busy new year (in one way or another) and I have a feeling I'll be needing a few of these To Do notepads to keep me on track.

No office space (in my mind) is complete without some supply of tea. I'm yet to taste Lov Organic teas, but I am totally smitten by the packaging. I can never resist gorgeous tins of tea! Sorbet pink tea pot from my favourite tea shop T2 is a must have. I think I'll have to add that on my shopping list straight away.

What do you think? Would this space inspire your work in the new year?

January 02, 2014

Pastel Tea Party


Happy New Year!

Just a quick post to continue with my tea party theme. I am completely taken over by pastels and cute polka dot patterns at the moment (I know I may be late to the party, but still) and I could not decide between all white theme and pastels theme, so I created both. I think this pastels theme could go so well for a baby shower, children's party or just a girly tea party for your friends. There are endless options for cute colour combinations and sweet treats like meringues, macarons or cupcakes.