Category Archives: INTERIORS

THE FERM LIVING HOME IN COPENHAGEN

ferm LIVING has a brand new showroom in the heart of Copenhagen. The Danish brand has decorated a classic, old apartment at the central location Amagertorv. Here the ferm LIVING collections are on display which make it possible to get a sense of how the many designs (ranging from furniture over lighting to textiles) work together creating a warm atmosphere. You can see a video of the ferm LIVING HOME here on their website.

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THE ECLECTIC LONDON HOME OF DESIGNER MALENE BIRGER

You might know Malene Birger for her work in the fashion industry: the Scandinavian designer founded her first brand DAY Birger et Mikkelsen in 1997, her second brand By Malene Birger was launched in 2003. Now she has founded BIRGER1962, a creative studio devoted to design, interior and art. The studio offers a variety of opportunities: a complete concept and universe; individual commissions; design projects in co-operation with other creative companies; or simply a creative touch for those who wish to bring Malene’s personal interior style and designs to their space. A style expressed in her eclectic approach to interior and decoration, her strong influence from the Arabian and African cultures, and her love for original 70’s design furniture, timeless products and arty objects. Malene’s art and artworks are often strongly presented in her interior projects and some pieces are available through on her website Birger1962. Her London home, which is featured here, is a good example of her eclectic style.

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A BEAUTIFUL SCANDINAVIAN FAMILY HOME BY THE SEA

Swedish couple Åsa and Peter had been eying on this home, which was only 300 meters away from their old house, for a while. And when their dream house became for sale, they jumped at the chance and bought it. The home overlooking the sea dates from 1852 and needed a lot of work. But this did not scare the couple and they turned it into a beautiful family home. The decor is a lovely mix of old and new. I like that the interior feels modern yet cozy. Very Scandinavian! You can find some suggestions for how to create a similar look & feel below.

1. crosshatch chair | 2. cowhide rug | 3. wishbone chair | 4. brass side table | 5. round mirror | 6. Lampe Gras Model 214 Wall Lamp | 7. arm chair | 8. Icelandic sheepskin throw | 9. Muuto pendant light | 10. adjustable table by Eileen Gray | 11. Skultuna Karui tray | 12. Nakashima Straight-Backed Chair.

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A STUNNING LOFT IN LONDON SET IN AN ART DECO BUILDING

This beautiful loft in London is set in an old art deco building which has been renovated. The apartment has a modern look but also has features that are characteristic of the art deco era. Striking are the large windows, making this open planned apartment flood with light. The decor is a mix of art deco antiques, vintage finds and some industrial elements. The result is an unique and eclectic home, which by the way can be rented as a photo shoot location (through the location scout site Airspace Locations).

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DUTCH DESIGN WEEK: NLXL & PIET HEIN EEK DINNER PARTY

Last week I was in Eindhoven covering the Dutch Design Week with a group of 15 bloggers (#BlogTeamDDW). The blogging community has changed since the early years (I started blogging in 2006!) and to be honest I have had some moments doubting if I should continue with this blog. But I came back from Eindhoven fueled and inspired. I had missed this feeling and I loved being part of a group again. So thank you Holly (Decor8) for organising this great trip!

One of the highlights was a dinner organised by Dutch Company NLXL. For the introduction of their new wallpaper collection “Timber Strips” by Piet Hein Eek they did something special. Design legend Paola Navone came over from Milan to cook a dinner for a small group of friends and members of the press, which included our team of 15 bloggers! It was such a lovely evening with great food (Paola Navone made a delicious Risotto alla Milanese for us) and wonderful company (which included Rosanna Orlandi, Piet Hein Eek and XLNL founders Rick & Esther).

Timber Strips Wallpaper is a another collaboration with Piet Hein Eek. With this collection NLXL is going back to its roots: an esthetically strong collection of faux wood wallpapers. Rick Vintage, NLXL Creative Director: “Seven years ago our first collection, Scrapwood Wallpaper, proved to be a game-changer in the industry. It set the standard for digital wallpaper collections and is probably the most imitated wallpaper design to date. Today we introduce its successor: Timber Strips Wallpaper. The next step in hyper realistic faux wood wallcovering.” Piet Hein Eek: “This collection is more than ever inspired on the idea that our wallpapers should provide an artificial alternative for a wooden wall. In this case by using 3d timber strips.”

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A TYPICAL SWEDISH COUNTRYSIDE HOME (FOR SALE)

If you dream about Swedish country living then this 18th century house might be the perfect home for you! This beautifully restored house was built in 1785 and has well preserved original features. There are eight rooms with a total floor plan of 216 sqm. It is obvious that the current owners have put a lot of love in their home, it is so very pretty and it looks typical Swedish to me. The house is for sale, the price is around 1.2 million euro.

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A SERENE, NEUTRAL COLORED COTTAGE IN BYRON BAY

Lotte Barnes and Lia-Belle King, co-founders of stylish boutique Worn, have decorated their 1900s principal’s cottage in the Byron Bay Hinterland (Australia) in a neutral color palette. I love that they prefer handmade items or works that have a personal element to their creation and therefor they mostly buy directly from craftsmen and artists. The couple on their design aesthetic: “We like our home to be a harmonious reflection of the environment outside, but also of our personal and locational journeys. “The practice of wabi-sabi [beauty in the imperfect and incomplete] influences our aesthetic, making for a space that is humble and calm, but also artistically interesting.”

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