These are some of my Instagram shots from August. I can’t believe it’s already September – a true autumn month! It seems to me like the summer has just started and basically it is true since August brought us finally those long awaited warmer summer days. I really hope for long and warm Indian summer this year, I’m just not ready for cold, wind and rain yet.
With fall slowly but surely approaching I have started to come out from my summer hibernation mode and thinking about what things I’d like to change at home. One project that has been on my to do list already for too long time now is our living room picture wall. Right now we have only one big frame on the wall behind the sofa and for some time I liked it like that way, but now I feel like wanting to add some more pieces there.
When starting to plan a picture wall there are many decisions to be made. First, it’s definitely what to display. At the moment I have A Rose is a rose is a rose print from One Must Dash on our living room wall and I like how it stands out on a white wall. One Must Dash has added two new graphic floral prints (here and here) to their collection recently which I really like. I think they would be perfect to complement the rose print, if only we had more wall space for many bigger prints… (We have sloped ceilings in living room and this means not much space for picture wall.) Also, I have thought to add some beautiful minimalist black and white photo art, for example something like the prints of fine art photography by talented Nicolas Bell. He has some really nice pieces in his collection like The Abyss Fisher or Velvet Sunrise to name a few of my favourites. Photo art is timeless and I like the idea of mixing it with more abstract graphic prints. I haven’t decided yet if I’d like to keep my picture wall completely monochrome or add some subtle color. For example some lighter shades of pink would be nice. Australian online prints store Yorkelee Prints has some nice abstract prints with dusty pink details in their collection, for example this one. They offer affordable wall art prints also for kids rooms.
For me, the hardest part is definitely deciding the layout. I don’t know why, but I’m afraid of making holes into walls. So I want to make it right. Currently I’m more towards asymmetrical and effortless arrangement of frames, but haven’t made the final decision yet. And when where’s a question of whether to choose similar frames or combine different ones… So there is a lot to think about and therefore don’t expect to see the result too early. I have very little time for thinking lately :)
Below are some of my favourite picture walls from my Pinterest board where I collect gallery wall inspiration. I hope you like them too!
Here’s one lovely renovated Danish family home. The style is vintage-inspired with modern setting. Simple living room has white painted floor, different hues of grey, warm wood and a Flos wall lamp that adds instantly so much character to the space. The simple shelving system is an affordable way to display things and it’s also very easy to customise and change. (I have written the whole post about simple adjustable bracket shelves in living rooms here.) In the original article the owners of this apartment share some good decorating tips to achieve their home’s style:
– Go for Danish 60’s and 70’s style, use drift shops or online auctions to find vintage furniture.
– Decorate mainly with black and white and dusty colours, let a single powerful colour stand out in one room.
– Use your walls, whenever for shelving to display nice things or for artwork.
– Choose natural materials like wood, leather, clay and add simple industrial elements like stainless steel shelves or some old lamps.
Today I wanted to share with you this lovely family home styled and photographed by talented Daniella Witte. The whole home feels really light and fresh with lots of white and soft colors used throughout the house.
Today I want to show you some beautiful photos styled by Bianca from (my) unfinished home for a gorgeous new webshop S2 20. S2 20 is run by Hege Morris from interior design blog Hege in France and it features carefully selected range of products from designers and artists around the world. I really love the collection there and the overall look and feel of this shop. Take a look yourself here!
It’s a new month again and as a tradition I start it here with a flashback to the previous month in my Instagram feed. This time, instead of posting a collage, I share some of the photos from July in full size. Those of you who follow me on Instagram have probably seen these already, but I hope you don’t mind seeing the selection again – after all they look much bigger here too :)
This stylish two room apartment in the center of Helsinki is the latest design project of interior designer and stylist Laura Seppänen. The apartment is decorated in minimalist Scandinavian style and monochrome color scheme. Wooden flooring and some dark brown furniture pieces add some interest and warmth to the interior. Most of the furniture used is either handmade in Finland or from Finnish furniture brands such as Adea & Valanti. All posters are from The Poster Club.
August is just around the corner and it will be a really good month for IKEA fans looking for products with great timeless design. Namely new Sinnerlig collection which is a collaboration between IKEA and renowned British designer Ilse Crawford will hit the stores. Sinnerlig collection consists of approximately 30 new items embracing natural materials (such as cork, glass, ceramic, seagrass and bamboo), simple forms and timeless affordable design. Deciding on sneak peek photos it’s going to be quite fabulous and I’ve already spotted some things I’d like to bring to home with me.
A good thing about summer is that there are so many beautiful flowers in the garden and on the fields to bring inside, sometimes it even feels difficult to decide what to take and what to leave. Peonies (especially white ones!) are definitely one of my favourites for decorating – they look beautiful and smell heavenly…
In the baby news post earlier this week I promised to show you our nursery and here it is. Actually it is the room of our 2 year old son Tobias (baby Oskar is currently sharing a bedroom with us) and I don’t know if it’s right to call it a nursery – it’s something in between a nursery and a big boy’s room. It’s still work in progress, for example we are looking for a bigger bed right now and a reading corner is still waiting decorating. But this is how it looks right now. (Ok, I have to admit, it’s not looking quite the same at the moment, I did some styling before taking photos and with a two year old playing and using his room it won’t look that way for long…)
For these photos I styled the room to look more monochrome than it actually is as I love monochrome Scandinavian style kids rooms, but I know that in reality it’s quite hard to keep it that way. To be honest, I don’t think a kids room should be that monochrome and organised at all – some mismatching colours and details are actually quite cute if they represent that little human who lives there with all of his interests and preferences and toys :)
However, I like to keep the background simple and light so that the overall look of the room won’t be too busy for the eye. That’s why I have chosen black and white textiles for the room. This cute and fun bedding is a Zero to Hero duvet set from Frankie and Frenchie (who I introduced you here). I love it and so does Tobias! It’s really soft material, it has quirky design and as a bonus it’s made from organic cotton!
Another detail that Tobias love’s in his room is a Miniwilla Mr. Agent poster from The Poster Club. I chose it mainly because I liked it, but as soon as it arrived and we had it unpacked his face turned into a big smile :)
There are also some of my own designs – for example the little house pillow and the “T” cushion. I had so much fun sewing those, if only I had more time for making things for kids with my own hands… !
So this was a little nursery/kids room tour, I hope you liked it. I’d be happy to hear your thoughts about monochrome kids rooms versus colourful ones – it has been an inner battle for me for long time as I’m a huge fan of simple interiors decorated in monochrome or using subtle muted hues, but I’m not sure my kids won’t prefer more colourful room. And after all it’s their room and they have to like it :)
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