The spring-summer 2018 collection from Menu

January 24, 2018

The spring-summer 2018 collection from Menu | These Four Walls blog

Today I’m taking a look at the latest collection from Menu, another of my go-to Scandinavian interiors brands. Year after year, Menu manages to deliver forward-thinking, minimalist furniture and accessories that fit seamlessly into everyday homes, and many of its designs – the ‘Bottle’ grinder, the ‘Tumbler’ alarm clock, the ‘Cage’ table – have quickly become contemporary classics. And it seems 2018 is no different.

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Ariake – an international design collaboration founded in Japan

January 22, 2018

Ariake - an international design collaboration founded in Japan | These Four Walls blog

Over the last few months I’ve seen lots of references to ‘Japandi’ – a fusion between Japanese and Scandinavian design which is inspiring interiors all over the world. In many respects it’s a natural pairing – despite originating on different sides of the globe, Japanese and Scandinavian design share obvious similarities. Both focus on simplicity and functional beauty, and both showcase an appreciation for natural materials and quality craftsmanship. But there are also differences: whereas the Scandinavian aesthetic tends towards neutral colours and smooth surfaces, Japanese design incorporates warmer tones and plenty of textured materials such as rattan, bamboo and tatami.

It’s a combination that I find fascinating. So, when an email popped into my inbox with details of a creative partnership between Japanese furniture factories Legnatec and Hirata Chair and a range of global designers, including Copenhagen-based Norm Architects and Swede Staffan Holm, I was intrigued.

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The spring-summer 2018 collection from Ferm Living

January 19, 2018

The spring-summer 2018 collection from Ferm Living | These Four Walls blog

It’s that time of year when homeware and furniture brands start releasing details of their upcoming spring-summer collections. I’ll be sharing some of my favourites over the next few weeks, starting with a Danish company whose ability to interpret the latest trends while staying true to its own distinctive aesthetic never fails to impress: Ferm Living.

Like its autumn-winter 2017 range, Ferm’s latest collection was styled and photographed inside its apartment-like Copenhagen showroom, known as ‘The Home’. Now decorated in muted shades of grey, blue and green with occasional splashes of burgundy, it has a smart, sophisticated air that shows off the brand’s designs to the full.

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10 Instagram accounts to follow for minimalist interiors inspiration

January 17, 2018

10 Instagram accounts for minimalist interiors inspiration | These Four Walls blog

Instagram is awash with envy-inducing interiors and over the years it’s become one of my go-to sources of inspiration for minimalist design. I thought it was time I shared a few of my favourite feeds, so scroll down to see 10 Instagrammers who are well worth following if you’re also drawn to simple, Scandinavian-influenced décor and calming colours.

And of course don’t forget to check out my own gallery, @thesefourwallsblog (above), where you’ll find photos of my home, my design finds and my travels, plus the odd guest appearance from Kanga the Bengal cat…

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Home tour | A minimalist house by a Norwegian lake

January 15, 2018

A minimalist house by a Norwegian lake | These Four Walls blog

It’s time for my first home-tour post of 2018, and I couldn’t resist kicking off with the Gjøvik House – another creation from one of my favourite design studios, Copenhagen-based Norm Architects.

Located an hour north of Oslo, on a wooded hillside overlooking Lake Mjøsa, this minimalist abode is formed from a cluster of six overlapping cubes of different sizes. Their varying heights prevent the building from looking too blocky within the surrounding landscape, and the façade is covered in wooden cladding which will eventually fade to a subtle silvery-grey.

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A home-office refresh with the Hairpin Leg Co

January 12, 2018

A home-office refresh with the Hairpin Leg Co | These Four Walls blog

I love starting a new year with new stationery, new notebooks and a crisp, blank planner – it always gives me a wonderful sense of back-to-school freshness and anticipation. But for 2018, I’ve gone one step further with a sparkling new desk for my home office.

I first shared a glimpse of my office a few months ago, not long after I started working from home. I loved the look and feel of the room, but the more I used it the more I realised that the desk I’d chosen was just a little bit too small – I didn’t have space for anything other than my laptop, and knocking over a full cup of coffee when reaching for my mouse was the final straw. So, when the Hairpin Leg Co got in touch asking if I’d like to try out one of their bespoke tables, it was the perfect solution.

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Interior-design trends for 2018

January 9, 2018

Interior-design trends for 2018 | These Four Walls blog

Back in November I was one of a group of bloggers invited to London’s Miele Experience Centre by the lovely people at Houzz for a roundtable discussion on interior-design trends for 2018. It was a fascinating evening: over a delicious meal cooked by Anne Hansen of The Modern Pantry, we chatted about what’s in, what’s out, and what’s set to stay around for a little while longer.

I don’t for a moment think anyone should slavishly follow trends, and personally I prefer a timeless look to fleeting fads. But it’s always worth keeping an eye on new developments, as you never know when they might provide unexpected inspiration or encourage you to think outside your comfort zone. So, here’s a round-up of the colours, materials and styles that have caught my eye for 2018…

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Reader survey + Hobo Soy Candles giveaway

January 5, 2018

Reader survey + Hobo Soy Candles giveaway | These Four Walls blog

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and now feel relaxed, refreshed and ready to take on 2018.

After a two-week break from my laptop, I’m back in the swing of things and brimming with ideas for how to take These Four Walls forward over the next 12 months and beyond. I first created this little corner of the internet back in July 2014, and I could never have imagined that three and a half years later I’d have left my day job to focus full-time on blogging and other freelance projects. It really is a dream come true, and although the last few months have been a steep learning curve, I’m loving every second.

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Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2017

Christmas | These Four Walls blog

Just a very short post today to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. I’m taking a break over the festive period to relax with family and friends after what turned out to be a momentous 2017 – I got married in May, left my job to blog full-time in August, and travelled to Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Italy and beyond. I’ll be back in early January with more design and travel inspiration, as well as a few exciting projects. In the meantime, thanks so much for reading These Four Walls over the past 12 months, and for all your comments and encouragement both here and on social media.

See you in 2018!

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Home tour | A stylish farmhouse rental in Wales

December 18, 2017

Home tour | A stylish farmhouse rental in Wales | These Four Walls blog

This wonderfully cosy Welsh farmhouse seemed like the ideal choice for my last home tour of 2017. Available to rent for short breaks and holidays, it forms part of Fforest – a collection of teepees, bell tents, eco-domes and cabins hidden among wild meadows and ancient woodland, just a few miles from the coastal town of Cardigan. I was lucky enough to have a peek inside when I spent three nights at Fforest for the Sisterhood retreat earlier this year, and I can think of few better places to hole up for a relaxing winter escape.

When Fforest’s owners, former textile designer Sian Tucker and her partner James Lynch, took over the site, the 200-year-old house was an unloved, derelict shell that had lain abandoned for more than two decades. They put their heart and soul into restoring it to its former glory, salvaging worn staircases and lintels, repointing lime-plaster walls, and removing the thick layer of bat droppings which carpeted the floors. The results of their efforts are stunning: a mix of Scandinavian simplicity and rustic Welsh character, with pine-clad walls, swathes of exposed stone and window seats covered in snuggly sheepskins.

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