3D paper Christmas decorations from Fabulous Goose

December 7, 2016

3D paper Christmas decorations from Fabulous Goose | These Four Walls blog

I recently stumbled across a new collection of beautiful 3D paper Christmas decorations from Scandinavian homeware company Fabulous Goose, and I couldn’t resist sharing a few photos.

The result of a collaboration between Fabulous Goose founder Valentina Albæk and Danish paper artist Theresa Jessing, the range adds a contemporary twist to timeless Christmas shapes. There are fir trees, pine cones and mistletoe in a variety of colours and sizes, all available as flat-packed pre-cut kits which take less than 15 minutes to assemble. They look fantastic hung in clusters from windows, ceilings and branches, or grouped together as table centrepieces.

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Home tour | A contemporary cabin in rural Wales

December 6, 2016

Home tour | A contemporary cabin in rural Wales | These Four Walls blog

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to ‘Weekend:In‘, a fantastic event organised by the lovely Olivia Tripp to bring together bloggers, influencers and independent brands based in the South West and Wales. I’ll talk more about the event itself in future posts, but first I want to share a look at the venue: a stunning contemporary cabin in the rolling Monmouthshire countryside.

It’s called the Chickenshed, and I’ve been Insta-stalking it for while now. As the name suggests, it’s a former poultry barn, but you’d never guess otherwise. Owners Sue and Nick have transformed it into a minimalist, 5-bedroom holiday rental that’s packed with sleek design, and I couldn’t wait to see it in person. It was just as beautiful as I’d expected, so I took the opportunity to snap plenty of photos and chat to Sue about the story behind it…

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Christmas gift wrapping with Inkifi

December 2, 2016

Christmas gift wrapping with Inkifi | These Four Walls blog

Gift wrapping is something I tend to put a lot of thought into, particularly at Christmas, when I love coming up with creative new ideas. After all, beautifully packaged presents always feel just that little bit more special, don’t they?

This year, I’ve decided to add a personal twist to the gifts I give by making tags featuring some of my Instagram photos from the last 12 months. It’s a great way to share memories and, thanks to UK-based company Inkifi, it’s also incredibly easy to do.

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New furniture & homeware finds | Christmas 2016

November 30, 2016

New furniture & homeware finds | Christmas 2016 | These Four Walls blog

It’s around this time each month that I normally share a round-up of interesting furniture and homeware finds, but as the festive season is very nearly upon us, I’ve decided to do something a bit different today. So, instead of the usual product launches and design news, here’s a peek at the 2016 Christmas collections from some of my favourite brands. There’s a lot to get through, so grab a coffee and settle in for a big dollop of seasonal inspiration…

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Christmas gift ideas

November 28, 2016

Christmas gift ideas | These Four Walls blog

Is it just me, or does anyone else spend the whole year spotting gorgeous things which they’d love to buy for friends and family (or themselves!), only for their mind to go blank when it comes to actually finding Christmas gifts? To make things a little easier for anyone suffering from the same affliction, I’ve rounded up a few ideas for fellow fans of simple, Scandinavian-inspired design. Time to start shopping – or dropping a few not-so-subtle hints, of course…

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How to style a coffee table

November 25, 2016

How to style a coffee table | These Four Walls blog

Over the years I’ve spent ages faffing around with the coffee table in our living room, trying to create something akin to the stylish displays which fill the pages of interior design magazines. As anyone who’s tried to do the same will know, it’s not very easy – you either end up with a pile of clutter, or something which looks lost on a sea of wood or glass. But I think I’ve finally managed to hone the look I want, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to share a few of the styling tips that I’ve picked up along the way.

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Nordic Christmas decorations with Rose & Grey

November 23, 2016

Nordic Christmas decorations with Rose & Grey | These Four Walls blog

Christmas may still be a little way off, but I know many people are already starting to think about festive decorations. So, in the name of blogging, I’ve taken the plunge and decked our halls a bit earlier than normal (I usually try to hold off until at leat the 1st of December) in order to provide some inspiration.

My Christmas decorations are heavily influenced by Nordic style, and I tend to shy away from anything overly glittery or gaudy. This year I’m focusing on simple shapes and muted colours, alongside lots of cosy candles and a few natural touches such as pine cones and seasonal greenery. My go-to shop for achieving this kind of look is Rose & Grey, and I spent an afternoon playing around with its beautiful Scandinavian-inspired range to come up with some easy-to-recreate ideas.

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Melo & Therese Sennerholt launch ‘Dark Edition’

November 21, 2016

Melo & Therese Sennerholt launch 'Dark Edition' | These Four Walls blog

Today I want to share some news from Sweden, where furniture studio Melo has just launched a new collaborative collection named ‘Dark Edition’.

Founded by a group of Stockholm-based friends, including designer and interior photographer Sara Medina Lind and furniture maker Olle Holman, Melo focuses on ‘handcrafted minimalism’ and has featured on These Four Walls before. Its latest range is a joint project with graphic designer Therese Sennerholt and features five of her distinctive geometric art prints alongside new black versions of Melo’s solid-ash coffee table, stool, magazine rack, mirror and decorative orb.

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Recipe | Baked stuffed onions

November 18, 2016

Recipe | Baked stuffed onions | These Four Walls blog

The festive period tends to mean lots of entertaining, so at this time of year I’m always on the look out for easy yet super-tasty dinnner-party dishes. The latest seasonal recipe from Kym Grimshaw of Bristol-based food blog On the Plate fits the bill perfectly – juicy baked onions stuffed with a delicousy creamy, herby filling and topped with smoked bacon.

They make a fantastic side dish, perhaps as an accompaniment to a Sunday roast or – dare I say it – Christmas lunch. Kym tells me they work particularly well with roast chicken and kale, which certainly sounds like a tempting combination. If you’re catering for vegetarians, just leave out the bacon.

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Home tour | A Nordic-style house near Melbourne

November 16, 2016

Home tour | A Nordic-style house near Melbourne | These Four Walls blog

You might be forgiven for thinking that this gorgeous abode is a remote cabin hidden on a forested Scandinavian lakeshore; in actual fact it’s located on the other side of the world in the Australian town of Red Hill, which lies on the Mornington Peninsula to the south of Melbourne.

Named Nord House and made up of three bedrooms, a bathroom and an open-plan living space, it combines a sleek monochrome colour scheme with relaxed, rustic touches. Whitewashed tongue-and-groove walls and floors are offset by striking black doors, black tiles and black kitchen units (which remind me of the VIPP Shelter that I featured earlier this year), and there are lots of cosy textures such as sheepskins and chunky woollen blankets.

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