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I’ve been really pleased with the way our living room has looked and felt since we finished our makeover project last year, but until recently one final touch was missing: the right window dressings.
Like many Victorian houses, our living room has a bay window that’s very tricky to deal with. Curtains never looked quite right, as you can see in the photo below – they hung awkwardly and seemed to cut the bay off from the rest of the room. What’s more, finding a stylish curtain pole to fit the angles proved impossible. I’ve always loved the pared-back look of leaving windows bare (very common in Scandinavia), but that wasn’t an option either as the window faces the street and anyone walking past can look straight in.
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A new-build property provides the perfect blank canvas for creating a home that’s a true reflection of you, your personality and your lifestyle. After all, you’re not inheriting anyone else’s tastes, and you won’t have any stressful structural works to contend with before you can start on the décor. But knowing where to begin can be daunting when you’re faced with plain walls and empty spaces. To help, I’ve teamed up with David Wilson Homes, one of the UK’s leading builders of high-quality housing, to share a few tips on how to approach decorating a new home.
Apologies for the lack of new posts over the past week – I’ve been in Sweden, where I spent some time exploring Gothenburg and the west coast before heading to the capital for the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair and the city’s annual Design Week. I’ll cover more of my trip soon, but I want to start with a look at the trends and product launches which I spotted at the fair – one of the biggest events in the Nordic design calendar, and an occasion that always leaves my head buzzing with new ideas.
Before I go any further, I have to stress that I really don’t think anyone should feel pressured to follow interior-design trends or change their decor according to what’s ‘in’ and what’s ‘out’. But I do think it’s worth keeping an eye on them, as you never know when they might provide unexpected inspiration. And the fair certainly wasn’t short on that, so without further ado here are just a few of the things that caught my eye…
Today I have not one but two beautiful real-life homes to show you: a stylish family house and a gorgeous waterside cabin. Both are located in western Norway and belong to interiors consultant Astrid Marie Vie, whose gorgeous Instagram account first caught my eye when she shared the stunning sea view from her living-room window.
Astrid’s style is my idea of Scandinavian design perfection: calming colours, uncluttered spaces, cosy textures, and timeless furniture and lighting that will last for years to come. I chatted to her to find out more about her home and cabin, where she finds inspiration and her top interior-design tips…
It’s time for my monthly round-up of design news, and the recent IMM Cologne and Maison & Objet trade fairs mean there have been plenty of exciting product launches over the last few weeks.
I’ll have more inspiring finds to share in February, too, as I’m currently on my way to Sweden to visit the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair – the biggest event in the Nordic design calendar. Stay tuned for a full report soon, but in the meantime feast your eyes on these beautiful pieces…
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I’ve long admired the innovative work of Nanna Ditzel (1923-2005), who was a leading figure in the 1990s revival of Danish design, even though she was well into her 70s at the time. Over the course of her long career she created jewellery for Georg Jensen, textiles for Kvadrat and much, much more, but my personal favourite is her ‘Trinidad’ chair, designed for Fredericia and first launched back in 1993.
Formed of a wooden veneer shell on a slender steel frame, with an arched, fan-shaped back and a cut-out pattern, the chair has a beautifully elegant and delicate expression. It was inspired by the fretwork ‘gingerbread’ houses which Nanna came across while holidaying on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. She said: “I saw how the facades of the houses nearly dissolved into light and shadow – almost like lace – and I thought to myself: how can I use this for a chair?”.
After a funny old week (my mind’s been all over the place and I haven’t slept very well), I’m looking forward to slowing down and relaxing this weekend. So, today seems like the right time to share the inspiring new ‘Slow Collection’ from Danish interiors brand Tine K Home.
Every season Tine K themes its range around a particular mood, and this one caught my eye instantly – not so much because of the products (although they’re beautiful, of course), but because of the wonderful feel it evokes.
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The process of going through our house room by room and slowly making it our own continues, and next on the list is the hallway. It’s quite a challenging space to deal with, so I want to share my plans and the inspiration behind them.
Hallway decor is so often treated like an afterthought, and I’ve never really understood why. It creates that all-important first impression and, as it connects different rooms in the home, it helps ensure a sense of cohesiveness between the various spaces. But it’s about atmosphere as much as aesthetics, as Ferm Living so beautifully put it in its new catalogue: “It’s the manifestation of the feeling of coming home. The rattling of keys and that instant familiar feeling, letting you know this is where you belong.”
For my first home-tour post of 2019 I’m taking you to Stockholm, to a beautiful apartment designed for a family returning to Sweden after a stint living abroad.
Created by Refine Design Studio, the scheme balances the owners’ contemporary tastes with the apartment’s stunning period features. The result is a wonderful juxtaposition of old and new, with striking modern pieces alongside ornate 19th-century cornicing and wall panelling.
I’m ending the week with a look at the new-season collection from another of my favourite Danish interior-design brands: Menu. As always, it’s packed with elegant, minimalist pieces that are the perfect balance of form and function, and as always I’m already dreaming about adding a few of them to my own home!