Interior decorating

Lapuan Kankurit at Scandihome

I may be biased (in fact I know that I am), but there’s something about the quality of Finnish (and more broadly speaking Nordic/Scandinavian) products that is just extraordinary. One reason might be that many Nordic brands have a history going back decades, if not centuries. It takes time to fine tune a product and these companies have done just that. Take Lapuan Kankurit, for example; a Finnish textile company with roots going back 100 years. They are well-known for their amazing textiles, including sauna towels, bed linen, aprons and much more. From impeccable packaging to the best quality linen I’ve ever come across with, Lapuan Kankurit has every detail tuned to perfection.

This beautiful Maija blanket is designed by Lapuan Kankurit and made in Finland (!) It’s become an instant favourite of ours and one that we will treasure for years to come.  I couldn’t think of anything more comforting than a soft blanket and sunshine on a day that I’m recovering from a cold.

Lapuan Kankurit kindly gifted me this product along with a couple of others, so stay tuned for more posts soon!

New Office Space with BEdesign

I can’t think of anything more inspiring than a successful business run by young entrepreneurs. Having grown up in a family of businesses, I have the utmost respect for those who have the courage to believe in their dreams and make them a reality. Hence I was deeply impressed to discover a Finnish brand BEdesign. Run by sisters Bette and Cilla, BEdesign is all about high quality, functional design. The sisters started the company in 2012 and have expanded their product selection steadily ever since. Bette is responsibly for the product design, whilst Cilla looks after the business development.

These Lume trestle legs from BEdesign are possibly the most versatile piece of furniture in my entire home. I have had many makeshift offices in the past and often move my desk around our home depending on different projects. Nothing better than a desk you can pack up or move around as you please! As a big bonus, all BEdesign products are made in Finland!

I’m in love with my new desk and once we get the flooring sorted, the office space will be my favourite spot in the house. Stay tuned!

The trestle legs were kindly sent to me as gift by BEdesign. As always, all opinions are my own! Take a look at the rest of their beautiful product selection here.

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…