my scandinavian home

Hello Monday, have I got a Finnish house for you...

Monday, 27 April 2015

So, it's straight off to Finland this morning (only virtually- but it sounds good doesn't it?!) and the lofty Helsinki penthouse of graphic designer Jirka Väätäinen and his partner, Pete Rahikainen who works in the fashion industry. Airy and spacious, the apartment has beautiful high ceilings and an abundance of light. The duo have artfully decorated the space with a fab mix of old and new. The underlying tone is Scandinavian which has then been diluted with vintage furniture, floral patterns, fascinating details and objects collected on trips abroad all coming together in these beautiful shots styled by Laura Seppänen and photographed by Pauliina Salonen. Let's take a tour...


 
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Home owner: Jirka Väätäinen. Photographer: Pauliina Salonen. Stylist Laura Seppänen (shared with kind permission).

This wonderful home makes me want to skip work and go on a trawl around the flee markets of Skåne / Copenhagen today, how about you?! If only! I particularly love the vintage sewing machine used as a side table and the small industrial trolley posing as a stand for the record player. But the more I look the more I see and love about the space.

Anything that stand out to you?

Thank you so much to Laura Seppänen, the Helsinki based interior designer and stylist behind this shoot for sending me these images - such a treat! Laura used to work for Deko magazine as a social media / web editor and recently started her own agency. She also works as a freelance on home editorials for various magazines and companies. I'll definitely be keeping up to date with her work on instagram from now on.

You can read more about this lovely home in this months edition of Deko magazine. And there are tonnes more fabulous Finnish homes to be found here (scroll passed the first one as it'll be this home).

Have a wonderful start to the week! 


The tasty home of a Swedish food blogger

Friday, 24 April 2015

I actually once linked to this wonderful home of food blogger Sofia Wood and her family, but today I realised this South of Stockholm space deserves a post of it's own. I mean, look at that blue sofa for starters! Before I even comment on the decor though, shall we begin with the breakfast? I mean, cinnamon swirl, blueberrires, chocolate and figs? I know what I'll be eating for breakfast this weekend, you?! Anyways, the home. What can I say? It's lovely - pared-back, fairly monochrome but with a lovely touch of mint green and brass in the kitchen - what a wonderful combination? I could certainly pad around here this weekend, how about you?!











Photo: Amelia Widell shared with kind permission.
Back to the sofa. I note how she has added a dark grey sheepskin - which against the dark blue is very now. To take the whole look a step further I will always love this and this home, with their dark, brooding notes through out. Could you go over to the dark side?

This and this sofa are similar.

Another thing that stands out is the way the books are stacked in the bedroom. They've gone for a similar look in this home. I love this informal way of storing / displaying novels, how about you?

Is there anything that stands out to you?

More photos and full interview with Sofia (in Swedish) here.

This morning I'm on my way to the IKEA headquarters in Älmhult. Which is exciting but in one way a shame too - I was looking forward to making my mad dash to nab a limited edition street art print at my local store this morning. Will you be going? If so, let me know how you get on!

Have a fabulous weekend and see you Monday!

PS I've had lots of questions about the fab print in yesterday's post - anyone know where it's from?


The Loft, Holland

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Hello. I'm in virtual shop heaven this morning. Enter The Loft, an oh so beautiful 'shop' in Arnhem, Holland.  If there's one thing the owners love it's to see 'spaces work their magic on people', and work it's magic it does  Set in a former school the owners hand pick design furniture, art and accessories and piece them together in a forever changing apartment to allow you to see how they work in reality. All items are available for purchase. This isn't the first time we've seen this concept, I've previously featured The Apartment in Copenhagen and The Line in New York. Could this be the interior shopping of the future? If so I'm in, are you?!









All images except the final one Maartje Van Suijdam (shared with kind permission)

What a shop?! Amsterdam is already on my travel hit list but seeing stores like this make me want to get straight on a flight and visit Arnhem too, how about you?! (I'd stay at this guest house and also pop into this shop- see I've already got it planned!).

If you're lucky enough to be living or visiting Arnhem you can buy all the items you see in the Loft (if still available). Otherwise here's a quick guide: Hay Mags soft Sofa, Normann Copenhagen bell lamp, Z1 cotton light. Source wooden benches and stools at Lovely & Co.

For more fab Dutch home inspiration today you might want to take a look inside this fab Amsterdam apartment, a beautiful white home and this lovely holiday cottage which is actually available to rent.

Have a lovely day!


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