Home tour – a Swedish house with marble and brass

May 23, 2016

Home tour - a Swedish house with marble and brass | These Four Walls blog

Today I want to share a peek at the calming, pared-back home of Swedish blogger Nadja Mini Helminen, which is one of the most beautiful I’ve come across in a while. It’s set by the sea just outside Stockholm, and the whole place has been designed to showcase the wonderful Scandinavian light.

Inside, the house retains many of its original features, including wooden panelling and plaster ceiling mouldings which have been painted white to give them a contemporary twist. They look fantastic with whitewashed floorboards and sheer white curtains, and few other adornments are needed. In fact, the only artwork on the walls is a graphic map print by David Ehrenstråhle.

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Top tips for West Wales

May 20, 2016

Top tips for West Wales | These Four Walls blog

Our recent stay at Bryncyn gave Chris and I the chance to explore an entirely new area of Wales: Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. Neither of us had ever ventured further west than Swansea before, and we spent three magical, sun-soaked days pottering around crumbling castles, tiny market towns and hidden bays.

We were utterly enchanted by this beautiful corner of the country, and I don’t think it will be long before we return. In the meantime, here’s a round-up of our favourite discoveries so far… 

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‘Objects’ by Republic of Fritz Hansen

May 18, 2016

'Objects' by Republic of Fritz Hansen | These Four Walls blog

Another beautiful new product line has popped onto my radar – the ‘Objects’ home accessories collection by Republic of Fritz Hansen (perhaps the most famous of any Danish furniture manufacturer, and the company behind a raft of classic pieces).

Launched at the recent Salon del Mobile in Milan, ‘Objects’ encompasses 12 simple yet striking items created by names such as Jaime Hayon, Wednesday Architecture and Studio Roso. All are designed to showcase high-quality craftsmanship and materials which are appealing to touch – cedar, cashmere, merino, brass.

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A weekend at The Welsh House

May 13, 2016

A weekend at The Welsh House | These Four Walls blog

After a hectic few months – finishing work after 10pm most evenings and then finding ourselves too tired to do anything other than flop, zombie-like, onto the sofa – Chris and I started May longing for a break. So, when Dorian Bowen of The Welsh House asked if we’d like to spend a weekend at Bryncyn, one of his three remote Carmarthenshire holiday cottages, we leapt at the chance.

Last Friday evening we jumped in the car and headed west into Wales, driving to the very end of the M4 before plunging into a series of steep, wooded valleys illuminated by dancing shafts of sunlight. We felt like we were journeying into a hidden land: the road gradually narrowed into a single-track lane, traffic petered out, and our phone signal grew weaker and weaker before vanishing altogether.

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Home tour | A Danish cottage in calming greys

May 11, 2016

Home tour | A Danish cottage in calming greys | These Four Walls blog

I’m heading back to ever-reliable Scandinavia for my latest home-tour post. I’ve seen photos of this beautiful Danish kitchen popping up regularly on Pinterest in recent weeks, and I couldn’t resist taking a peek at the rest of the house. A restored 19th-century cottage in the Copenhagen suburb of Taarbæk, it’s the home of talented interior stylist Cille Grut who, by the looks of it, loves grey just as much as I do.

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Modern calligraphy with Megan Riera

May 6, 2016

Modern calligraphy with Megan Riera | These Four Walls blog

Have you noticed how calligraphy is surging in popularity at the moment? Not heavy, antiquated script, but a beautifully fresh, modern take that works on everything from wedding invitations to business cards.

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend a beginners’ workshop with talented London-based calligrapher Megan Riera (whose work I’ve admired ever since she collaborated on a series of bouquets with my friend Kirstie from Ruby & The Wolf), and it’s safe to say I’m now hooked too. There’s something incredibly relaxing about putting pen to paper, and the hours flew by.

After the workshop, I chatted to Megan to find out how she got started and how others can do the same…

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Swain House | Somerset

May 4, 2016

Swain House | Somerset | These Four Walls blog

A few weeks ago Chris and I spent a night at swish Somerset B&B Swain House – a handy stopover on a weekend-long, West-Country-wide hunt for our perfect wedding venue. It sits in the small harbour town of Watchet, sandwiched between the Exmoor hills and the Bristol Channel, and from the outside it looks like any other Georgian house lining the High Street. But inside it’s a different matter: dark and deliciously moody, with a dash of urban style.

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Home tour | A monochrome London apartment

April 29, 2016

Home tour | A monochrome London apartment | These Four Walls blog

Instead of my normal last-Friday-of-the-month ‘Room Envy’ post, I have another beautiful home to share with you today – the second London property which I was lucky enough to nose around during last weekend’s event with Function + Form and Houzz (you can see the first one here).

Set in a converted school in Hackney, this two-bedroom loft apartment is owned by interior designer Laura Lakin, who has renovated it throughout. The results are stunning, and it’s safe to say I loved every corner!

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Styling spring flowers with Addition Store

April 27, 2016

Styling spring flowers with Addition Store | These Four Walls blog

At this time of year I always feel the pull of the great outdoors – I want to be among the blossom, breathing in fresh spring air and enjoying the sudden hint of warmth in the breeze. Even when I have to retreat indoors, I like to have reminders of the season dotted around the house, so this week I’ve been experimenting with easy spring flower arrangements with the help of vases from homeware website Addition Store.

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Home tour | A restored Georgian townhouse in East London

April 26, 2016

Home tour | A restored Georgian townhouse in East London

I have a home tour with a difference for you today, as it’s a house which I had the pleasure of mooching around in person over the weekend. I was visiting thanks to Tiffany Grant-Riley of Curate & Display and Annie Kruse of Style Juicer, who have joined forces to launch a series of design-focused gatherings known as Function + Form. Their latest event, organised in association with home renovation platform Houzz UK, took a group of bloggers and photographers around two beautiful London properties, starting with the stunning Georgian townhouse of architect Chris Dyson.

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