Category Archives: Interiors

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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Hotel Danmark | Copenhagen

March 13, 2017

Hotel Danmark | Copenhagen | These Four Walls blog

I have a bit of design-related travel news to start the week, as I’ve just discovered that Brochner Hotels, owner of long-time Copenhagen favourite Hotel SP34, is about to launch a brand-new base in the Danish capital.

Called Hotel Danmark, it’s due to open its doors to guests in April and, from the look of the press photos, it’s going to be stunning. The interiors blend sleek Scandinavian lines and mid-century modern classics with decadent touches, including four-poster beds, forest-green walls and brass accents. I particularly love the leather-padded headboards, which are softened by snuggly cushions in pale grey and mint green, and the striking dome-shaped bedside lamps.

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Six of the best…. Scandinavian shelving systems

March 10, 2017

'String' shelving | Six of the best... Scandinavian shelving systems | These Four Walls blog

Shelving may not be the most exciting item of furniture, but it’s perhaps one of the most essential – particularly if you yearn for minimal, clutter-free interiors. With that in mind, I decided to make versatile shelving systems the focus of my second ‘Six of the best’ round-up (you can see the first one here).

As usual, Scandinavia has produced some of the most stylish designs, all with the perfect blend of form and function. And once you’ve chosen your favourite, take a look at my recent guest post on Habitat’s brilliant blog for a few tips on styling it.

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Spring table styling from House Doctor

March 1, 2017

Spring table styling from House Doctor | These Four Walls blog

To mark the first day of March, I wanted to share a bit of spring styling inspiration from Danish homeware brand House Doctor, which has just released its latest catalogue.

These images show pieces from House Doctor’s tableware range, and I was instantly drawn to the calmness and simplicity on display. The collection was inspired by the idea of slowing down and savouring every moment – from that first sip of steaming coffee when you wake, to lazy evening meals with family and friends. It has a relaxed, organic look, with irregular shapes, mottled textures and natural imperfections. I particularly love the white glazed mug, with its curved form that fits snugly in your hand, and the matte grey plates and bowls, designed to resemble stone.

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New furniture & homeware finds | February 2017

February 24, 2017

Hans J. Wegner's CH23 dining chair for Carl Hansen & Son | New furniture & homeware finds | February 2017

Over the past few weeks I’ve been sharing some of the fantastic new-season homeware collections that have emerged from Scandinavia and elsewhere, but there are a few individual product launches which I feel deserve some attention, too. So, time for another round-up of the designs that have appeared on my radar recently…

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