Category Archives: Interiors

Home tour | A loft-like Helsinki apartment

May 23, 2017

Home tour | A loft-like Helsinki apartment | These Four Walls blog

I’ve just got back from a wonderful week away – our wedding in Devon, followed by a quick mini-moon in Cornwall. More on that to follow, but in the meantime what better way to get back into the blogging groove than a tour around a gorgeous Nordic home?

Located in the hip Kallio district of Helsinki, this small but striking apartment was created by interior designer Laura Seppänen for Finnish composer and producer Hank Solo. Hank wanted a tranquil space where he could focus on his music, so Laura blended industrial and Scandinavian elements to create an airy, loft-like look.

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My home featured on Amara

May 4, 2017

My home featured on Amara | These Four Walls blog

I’m a big fan of online retailer Amara, which stocks a wonderful selection of furniture and home accessories from some of the world’s leading designers. So, I was very excited to learn that they’re launching a sparkling new section packed with home inspiration – and even more excited when they asked if I’d like to take part!

The new section takes the form of shop-able inspiration boards, with lots of ideas grouped by room and trend. There’s also a chance to peek inside the homes of several interiors bloggers, including that of yours truly. Here’s a taster of the images of my house, which I styled using some beautiful Scandinavian designs from Amara’s selection – a ‘Flow’ cushion and ‘Kubus’ candleholder from By Lassen; Norm Architects’ ‘Tumbler’ alarm clock for Menu; a ‘Dot’ cushion, ‘Lens’ storage box and ‘J110’ chair by HAY; and minimalist white ceramics from Skagerak. To see more – and shop the look for yourself – just head over to my Amara profile page.

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Home tour | A glamorous Gothenburg apartment

May 2, 2017

Home tour | A glamorous Gothenburg apartment | These Four Walls blog

I’m taking you back to ever-reliable Sweden for my latest home tour, and to a sophisticated Gothenburg apartment that blends classic Scandinavian minimalism with a dash of glamour.

Throughout, the owners of this beautiful pad have paired sleek white walls and breezy linens with gleaming metallic accents, plush velvet upholstery, cut-glass crystal vases and sumptuous rugs. It all works perfectly alongside the high ceilings, ornate cornicing, period fireplaces, parquet flooring and double doors, which lend an air of grandeur to the space.

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Alfresco summer dining with The White Company

April 21, 2017

Alfresco summer dining with The White Company | These Four Walls blog

During the colder months, I often feel like I’m living life at a million miles an hour – racing from one weekend to the next, with the days in between rushing past in a blur of deadlines, meetings and paperwork. But as summer approaches and the weather warms up, I always make an effort to slow down and embrace little everyday pleasures: morning cuppas by an open window, lunchtime strolls, even a picnic every now and then.

As the evenings get lighter, one of my favourite treats is dining alfresco. There’s something about eating outside that makes even easy weekday suppers seem special, so as soon as work is done for the day, Chris and I turn off our screens and head out into the garden. There, we linger for hours over food and wine, listening to birds and planes soaring overhead, watching the light slowly fade from golden to rose-pink, and chatting about life, the universe and everything.

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Home tour | A texture-filled Gothenburg apartment

April 19, 2017

Home tour | A texture-filled Gothenburg apartment | These Four Walls blog

I hope you all enjoyed a long, lazy Easter weekend? I’ve spent a few days away from blogging, catching up with friends and ploughing through the last bits of wedding planning (just over three weeks to go!), but it’s time to get back into the swing of things. And a peek inside this beautiful apartment in the Swedish city of Gothenburg seemed like the perfect way to kick off!

What immediately caught my eye about this home is the clever use of texture. There are different surfaces everywhere you look – exposed brick, polished concrete, rich wood, gleaming metal – but they’re broken up with swathes of white, which means the apartment still retains an airy, uncluttered and cohesive feel. I also love the period features – the ornate cornicing, the grand double doors, the parquet floor – which provide a striking contrast to the more industrial, loft-like elements.

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Design for wellbeing

April 10, 2017

Design for wellbeing | These Four Walls blog

For me, interior design isn’t just about the way a room looks, but about the way it makes you feel. It makes sense when you think about it: with ever-more stressful lifestyles, a turbulent political climate and technology that means it’s harder and harder to switch off, our homes tend to act as sanctuaries where we can relax and recuperate. So, the way we design and decorate them can have a huge impact on our health and happiness.

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend a talk on this very topic, organised by Hillarys Blinds to celebrate the launch of their very first showroom, located right here in Bristol. It was given by Oliver Heath, an expert on wellbeing in the built environment (who British and Norwegian readers may recognise from TV), and it had me nodding along in agreement from start to finish.

So, how can you create a happy, healthy home? Here are some of Oliver’s suggestions…

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Home tour | A house of contrasts near Copenhagen

March 22, 2017

Home tour | A house of contrasts near Copenhagen | These Four Walls blog

It’s time for another home tour and, inspired by the contemporary Suffolk farmhouse which I featured back in January, I’ve decided to share another beautiful house from Danish design gurus Norm Architects.

Set in the seaside town of Vedbæk, to the north of Copenhagen, it was originally built in 1853 and retains many period features, including exposed rafters and a stunning staircase which sweeps up to the first floor. Throughout, Norm Architects have paired them with modern elements such as concrete mantelpieces, pristine white walls and embedded ceiling lights. They’ve also added a new extension to house the kitchen and dining area, with walls of windows that let daylight flood into the once-gloomy interior, plus a glass floor that provides a peek down to the basement (now a wine cellar) below.

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Relaxed spring-summer styling from Tina K Home

March 17, 2017

Relaxed spring-summer styling from Tina K Home | These Four Walls blog

Today’s dose of interiors inspiration comes from Danish designer Tine Kjeldsen of Tina K Home. She’s just released details of her spring-summer 2017 collection, and it’s a real beauty.

Entitled ‘Boho’, it was inspired by the idea of slowing down, enjoying everyday life and focusing on the things which really matter – a theme that’s becoming ever more popular in this turbulent world of ours, and which has formed the basis of quite a few new-season ranges this year.

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