Category Archives: Interiors

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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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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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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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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New wall-art finds

October 24, 2017

Nadia Attura via Rise Art | New wall-art finds | These Four Walls blog

It’s that time of the month when I’d normally share a round-up of new furniture and homeware designs from recent weeks, but today I’m doing something a little different. I’ve spent the last few days choosing new prints to hang in our living room and I’ve come across some wonderful new artists and just-launched ranges, so I’ve decided to put together an art special instead!

Without further ado, here are my favourite finds…

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Striking Danish design from 101 Copenhagen

October 20, 2017

Striking Danish design from 101 Copenhagen | These Four Walls blog

Today I want to introduce a new Danish interiors brand that’s already generating a lot of buzz in the design world: 101 Copenhagen.

Launched at Maison & Objet in Paris last month, it aims to create timeless pieces with a focus on quality and craftsmanship – the kind of Scandinavian design ethos that I love. The first collection includes vases, coffee tables, handcrafted tableware, storage boxes, mirrors and home textiles, as well as bespoke lighting created in partnership with NORR11. The style is simple yet striking, with lots of organic shapes and muted colours, and many of the pieces have interesting textures such as suede, velvet, mottled concrete and richly grained wood. There are also flashes of brass and copper, often offset against smoky grey glass or matte white and black surfaces.

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Relaxed elegance from H&M Home

October 19, 2017

Relaxed elegance from H&M Home | These Four Walls blog

A bit of brand news for you today, as H&M Home has just launched a new range of premium-quality products for the bedroom. It’s called ‘Relaxed Elegance’ and it looks beautiful, with lots of soft, calming tones and natural textures that are ideal for snuggling up on chilly autumn nights.

The textiles are particularly pretty: washed-linen bedding and robes in muted greys and whites, cashmere-blend cushions and bed socks in dark charcoal, and a quilted satin bedspread with a stylish circle pattern. They’re complemented by striking accessories in luxurious materials, including brass candlesticks, porcelain mugs and plates, and a mirror, box and cushion covered in beautiful blush-coloured suede.

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Five stylish places to stay in Madrid

October 11, 2017

7 Islas Hotel | Five stylish places to stay in Madrid | These Four Walls blog

It’s time for another round-up of stylish places to stay in some of my favourite destinations, and today I’m turning my attention to Madrid.

I’ve visited the vibrant Spanish capital several times over the years – most recently at the end of the ‘Sunny Design Days’ tour in July, when I couldn’t resist tagging a quick city break onto the end of the week – and I’ve always been captivated by its energy. It may lack the major sights of Paris and Berlin, but it’s full of charm: maze-like alleys open onto grand boulevards and 17th-century plazas, and the whole place is brimming with innovative restaurants, cutting-edge boutiques and lively bars (this is famously a city which never sleeps). It’s also home to plenty of wonderful hotels – here are my top recommendations…

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