A stay at Copenhagen’s Hotel Danmark

November 17, 2017

A stay at Copenhagen’s Hotel Danmark | These Four Walls blog

When inconvenient flight times meant Lou from Littlegreenshed and I ended up with a night’s stopover in Copenhagen on the way back from our recent trip to Skåne, I wasn’t going to complain. Not only did it allow me to spend 24 hours in one of my favourite cities, it also gave me the chance to stay at the beautiful new Hotel Danmark.

I first wrote a post about the latest boutique offering from Brøchner Hotels, who also manage the super-stylish SP34, when it opened its doors back in spring, so I was very excited about trying it out in person. I wasn’t disappointed.

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Our wedding

November 13, 2017

Our wedding | These Four Walls blog

Despite my normal camera-shyness, I’ve been longing to share some photos from our wedding back in May. I’ve had to wait until now because, excitingly, it was featured on a couple of wedding blogs and I wasn’t allowed to post anything beforehand, but now I’m free to reveal all! And for anyone planning their own wedding, I’ve added a few tips that we picked up along the way.

Chris and I both wanted our wedding to be elegant but also relaxed and intimate, and that set the tone for every decision we made. Being the minimalist that I am, I was also keen to avoid anything fussy or overly formal.

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Introducing vegan cushions from Vextile (+ giveaway!)

November 8, 2017

Introducing vegan cushions from Vextile (+ giveaway!) | These Four Walls blog

Today I want to introduce you to Vextile, an intriguing new homeware brand which produces vegan cushions using recycled materials. And just scroll down for details of how to win one for yourself…

Vextile was founded by Sophie Ebeling, who has always had a love for interior design. After turning vegan in 2016, she was disappointed to discover that almost all luxury cushions use feather fillings, leaving few options for those seeking stylish soft furnishings that don’t contain any animal products. So, she decided to create her own.

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The VIPP Loft

November 6, 2017

The VIPP Loft | These Four Walls blog

Danish brand VIPP has long been known for its pioneering design, evolving from humble origins as a manufacturer of metal bins to become a world-renowned company whose products encompass kitchens, bathrooms, furniture, home accessories and lighting. And its latest project, the newly opened VIPP Loft in Copenhagen, is just as innovative as I’ve come to expect from the 78-year-old family-owned firm.

The Loft forms part of the ‘VIPP Hotel’, which turns the traditional concept of a hotel on its head by offering private suites in separate locations, rather than lots of rooms in a single setting. You can already book the VIPP Shelter, an ingenious prefabricated cabin on the shore of Sweden’s remote Lake Immeln which I featured last year, and another project – a converted chimney house in northern Copenhagen – is due to follow in 2018. All three suites are intented to provide ‘curated design experiences’, as VIPP CEO Kasper Egelund explains: “Our destinations all share the same goal. We want to invite people to experience firsthand our philosophy of good design in a place that’s out of the ordinary.”

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Exploring Skåne | Malmö

November 3, 2017

Exploring Malmö | These Four Walls blog

It’s time for another instalment from my recent trip to Skåne with Visit Sweden and Visit Skåne (read the first here), and today I’m focussing on the region’s capital, Malmö.

Sweden’s third-largest city was once a thriving port and shipbuilding centre, but since its heavy industry died out in the 1980s it has reinvented itself as an edgy, cosmopolitan place with a wonderful mix of cultures. It’s home to a pretty old town with half-timbered buildings and cobbled squares, all sorts of fascinating restaurants and bars, and a redeveloped waterfront that was Europe’s first carbon-neutral neighbourhood. But the main attraction for me was its vibrant design scene, which has been fuelled by cheap rents, a supportive atmosphere that lures start-ups, and a collaborative approach that often sees studios team up to showcase local talent.

Malmö is connected to Denmark by the famous Øresund Bridge and you could easily visit on a day trip from Copenhagen, but I reckon it deserves a longer stay as there’s plenty to see and do. Here are my favourite finds…

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Home office styling with the IKEA x HAY ‘YPPERLIG’ range

November 1, 2017

Home office styling with the IKEA x HAY ‘YPPERLIG’ range | These Four Walls blog

I wrote a post a couple of months ago about the hotly anticipated ‘YPPERLIG’ collaboration between two Scandinavian greats, Swedish stalwart IKEA and stylish Danish brand HAY, and it’s great to see the range now hitting the shops.

Conceived as a collection of beautiful and well-made everyday products that can be used for years to come, it includes more than 70 pieces – everything from sofas and dining tables to smaller accessories such as blankets and vases. All display HAY’s signature simplicity and clean lines but, as you’d expect from IKEA, they come as affordable and easy-to-build flatpacks. As HAY co-founder Mette Hay puts it, they’re “really good products made by IKEA and sprinkled with a bit of HAY”.

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Recipe | Smokey bacon, carrot & lentil soup

October 30, 2017

Recipe | Smokey bacon, carrot & lentil soup | These Four Walls blog

With the clocks going back, the evenings growing darker and the weather getting chillier by the day, I’m craving comfort food at the moment – and what better than a big bowl of warming soup?

The latest seasonal recipe from Kym Grimshaw of Bristol-based food blog On the Plate is just the ticket. I normally find carrot soup a bit too sweet for my liking, but here Kym has paired it with smokey bacon and lentils for added flavour and a bit of extra bite. It’s incredibly quick and easy to make, and it tastes absolutely delicious. Just add a big chunk of crusty bread (smothered in butter, of course), a snuggly blanket to curl up under and a good book, and voilà! The perfect autumn treat.

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Exploring Skåne | The Wanås Estate

October 27, 2017

Exploring Skåne | The Wanås Estate | These Four Walls blog

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to Skåne in southern Sweden along with a small group of other bloggers – Sarah Akwisombe, Lou of Littlegreenshed and Kimberly of Swoon Worthy. The trip was hosted by the lovely people at Visit Sweden and Visit Skåne, with the aim of showcasing all the wonderful design, scenery and food which the region has to offer.

I’ve visited Sweden many times before, but this was my first stay in Skåne. I already know it won’t be my last: not only is it very easy to reach (just a 20-minute hop across the Øresund Bridge from Copenhagen Airport), it’s also incredibly beautiful. Our trip took in the vibrant city of Malmö, the elegant university town of Lund and more, but I want to start with a post about our first base: the enchanting Wanås Estate.

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