Month: April 2018

Weekend Mood

This beautiful vase by a Swedish brand Smaelta has been on my wish list for a long time. According to Lotta Pettersson, a third generation glassworker and founder of Smaelta, the Vako vase’s unusual shape symbolises the movement of water and ice in the Scandinavian forests. I cannot think of a more beautiful vessel for some weekend flowers.

Also on my sideboard are these gorgeous little vases by a Danish ceramist Anne Black. I adore the subtle colours and the elegant shapes. They are perfect for displaying those side-of-the-road flowers my daughter brings me almost daily.

Wishing you all a peaceful weekend full of love and laughter!

These beautiful vases were sent to me as a gift. For more information and to order, please visit Elevate Design.

Getting Ready for Winter

A little mid-week update (hello public holiday!) before work awaits again tomorrow. I spent a bit of time this morning getting our balcony ready for “winter”. Looks like we are finally heading towards cooler temperatures this weekend! The reality is, however, if it is a sunny day even in winter, it gets quite warm on our balcony. All my plants survive through the winter months, so there’s no need to take any of them inside.

I’ve also added a couple of throws around our home and taken out even more candle holders, all set for those dark winter nights. Needless to say I really love this time of the year!

Stay tuned for more updates at the end of the week!

Bedroom Decor Wish List

We are in the thick of planning our renovations and even though it might seem more like a “5 year plan”, I am really keen to get something started. I’ve been told that these things tend to escalate and so they have: from new floorboards, to perhaps painting the walls, to adding a whole new room and not just a room, but a mezzanine level (or a loft, as you may prefer to call it). No wonder we are not getting anywhere; we keep adding more and more to our already extensive plans.

To take a little break from choosing the right floors and wall colour, I thought it would be fun to plan a little wish list for our bedroom. A wish list for the bedroom decor, that is. Here are a few things I have earmarked for when we are ready to redecorate.

Let’s start with a new mattress – I am feeling really optimistic about this one: Hugo Sleep is Australian made (always a bonus!) and looks extremely comfortable. Guaranteed to provide 8 hours of solid sleep, amirite? Better yet, the mattress is delivered (free of charge!) in a box (whaaat??). I am excited to try this just for that reason.

Nothing better than new bed linen. Stone is a new colour by Australian company In Bed. With lighter floors and perhaps slightly darker walls, I think Stone would be a perfect match!

Optional, but highly lustworthy, are these gorgeous bedheads by Finnish company Matri (try rolling the “r”). Anything wicker/rattan, whatever one chooses to call it, is on trend and I want some! Let’s add the bedside tables and that beautiful end-of-the-bed bench while we are at it, please.

Last, but not least, I would add this coat stand by BEdesign. I have seen many stand alone coat stands over the years, but there’s something about the shape, along with the accessories, that I really like about this one.

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New Perfume Oils from Skandinavisk

It’s no secret I love everything from Skandinavisk. I honestly could not pick my favourite candle from their extensive range, they are all incredibly beautiful! I have talked about their new hand care range earlier, here, and now the perfume oils are the latest addition to the collection. I must admit I am extremely picky when it comes to perfumes and I tend to stick to just one I find suitable. I have loved the HEIA candle from the Escapes Collection, and always thought the scent would make an amazing perfume. Now, the HEIA perfume oil has become my new favourite. Its subtle scent lasts really well, and the rollerball packaging makes it perfectly portable. Most importantly, the scent reminds me of home and sometimes that is the perfect escape during a busy day.

Thank you, Skandinavisk, for this beautiful gift. As always, the opinions are my own.

Tangent GC

We’ve had a hot and dry summer here in Sydney and the temperatures are still in their high 20’s. Although I try to look after my skin, the harsh climate does make it extra challenging. Needless to say, good skincare is essential throughout the year. I love discovering new skincare brands and it’s always a bonus if they are organic as well. Enter Tangent GC – a Swedish brand that focuses on organic skincare products, but also holistic garment care (from shoe brushes to laundry detergents). Beautiful, minimalist packaging and high quality product makes this brand stand out and has quickly become one of my daily favourites. As the name suggest, the Tulip range smells like a big bunch of tulips – and I can’t think of anything better!

These products were sent to me as a gift, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Nedre Foss

I discovered the Norwegian design company Nedre Foss a couple years ago and have loved their designs since. The notion of “The Century Object”, an object that will serve you for at least a hundred years, is in the core of the company and sits very well with my decorating philosophy as well. It also happens that the majestic cast iron candle holders “Ildhane” and “Glo” are designed by my favourite Norwegian designers Andersen & Voll. There’s something about cast iron that I love as a material. The heaviness makes it feel like a substantial object and fits any decorating style perfectly.

Sirkel” tealight holder is made from solid coloured glass. The intensity of the colour changes with the thickness of the glass. I love the way light shines through these tealight holders; they are beautiful on their own or grouped together. The colours are gorgeous and intense, something you can only achieve with a solid coloured glass.

Now that the days are getting shorter here in Sydney, I know I’ll be enjoying these candle holders every night. Thank you Nedre Foss for sending me these gifts. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Introducing Gejst

Fridays tend to be super busy. I always take on too many projects and ambitiously think I can finish them all. From catching up on emails to chores at home, sneaking in a long overdue hair appointment or a quick coffee date with a friend, it all happens on Fridays. Even though I like to think I’m an organised person (those who know me might or might not agree), things do go missing (the keys, the phone, my daughter’s hair elastics). For a while I’ve been on the hunt for a perfect storage system that would host the most important of daily essentials. Most of the storage options I’ve found have been way too bulky or just not right for our apartment, so when I came across the Flex system by a Danish brand Gejst, I immediately knew it would work.

Flex is a multi functional storage shelf with fully interchangeable components. The stylish timber hides an extremely powerful magnet that allows the elements to be placed just where you want them. You can choose from a variety of elements to compose a storage system that is perfect for you. I love how versatile the shelf is; I can see it working in any room of our apartment.

Hope your Friday will be a little smoother than mine – and have a great weekend!

The Flex was sent to me as a gift by Gejst. All opinions are my own.

Hello Monday

Early Monday morning in our home office. We are still having hot and summery weather, so don’t be fooled by the lit candle. I am obsessed with the pampas and even though they are making an absolute mess inside, I am determined to keep them for a little longer. I will be here, planning the busy week ahead and sipping my ice coffee. Stay tuned for more updates later in the week! I might even have some exciting news regarding our renovations…

For the Love of Iconic Designs

As you are probably aware, my love for iconic Scandinavian design goes back many years. Over time, I have accumulated a few classic pieces that I intend to keep for as long as I can. I have a tremendous amount of appreciation for the craftsmanship that goes into these pieces and I never underestimate the high quality and timelessness of their design. A great example of this is the iconic Bølling Tray Table designed in 1963 by Danish architect Hans Bølling.

Today, the Tray Table is crafted in Brdr. Krüger’s workshop in Denmark. An icon itself, Brdr. Krüger was founded by the Krüger brothers in the late 19th century. What was originally a woodturning workshop, has now become a self-producing design company that is still committed to the same high level of quality and craftsmanship.

This table is a great example of functional and honest design. It is so easy to put together, you won’t need any instructions. The materials, the finish and the assembly are the highest quality. It is also incredibly versatile; it works as well as a side table as it does as a serving trolley. You could even use the tray on its own for serving.

I apologise in advance for the frequency this table will feature in my photos from now on! It has quickly become an essential part of our home and I can easily see us enjoying it for years to come. The table was generously gifted to me by Brdr Krüger, but as always, these opinions are honest and my own.

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Learn more about The Bølling Tray Table

Long Weekend Favourites

A little late, but the Easter weekend flew past in such a hurry I had no time to post! It was relaxing, yet hectic (!) with family activities and other engagements. We had the most amazing weather; I don’t remember Easter being this warm and sunny in a long time. Summer is still here with little signs of autumn in the air. I cannot wait for the cooler weather – you can take the girl out of Lapland…

Stay tuned for another update later this week! And more about these beautiful candles a little later, too.