It seems that you can find Le Sac en Papier paper bag in almost every Scandinavian style home office. No wonder, it’s both beautiful and has also practical value. If you don’t have it yet, you have a chance to win it (together with 2 gorgeous Mathilda Clahr leather strap hangers!) via my birthday giveaway here on the blog and also in Instagram! While there are many shops selling it in Europe, the good news to everybody living in other side of the world is that my lovely sponsor Norsu will be the first Australian retailer to sell the popular Le Sac en Papier paper bags!
As I said on Monday, this is my birthday week and I promised you a surprise, so this is it! One lucky person has a chance to win a set of two gorgeous Strap leather hangers designed by Mathilda Clahr (black and natural coloured) and Le Sac en Papier paper bag from my lovely blog friend Norsu. Scroll down to the end of the post to find out how you can enter!
When we were planning this giveaway it came out that Nat’s (one of the lovely ladies behind Norsu) little daughter will turn 3 on exactly the same day as I will turn 30! So this is a really special giveaway, celebrating two birthdays, nice coincidences and friendships found via blogging! Nat from Norsu took it all together very beautifully:
Never did we realise we’d have so much in common when we first met Anu. We had spent endless hours trawling through the blog, excited and giddy as each article was posted. We’d decided it was “the source” for everything Scandi. It was our go-to place for new and emerging designers, must-have products to bring to Australia, and most importantly, the place where we would go to escape everyday life to enter the world of beautiful and inspiring interiors. There was no way we could keep this gem to ourselves and we decided to share it with our loyal followers, and of course there was no better place than Instagram to do it. We posted one of our favourite photos from Decordots and that was the day we met our now lovely friend Anu. Since then we’ve exchanged emails, shared our favourite products, gushed over styled photography… and supported each other just like friends do. Not only does Anu share our obsession for Scandinavian design, she shares her birthday with my daughter Annabel. As Anu turns 30, my little lady turns 3. So today, we know there’s reason to celebrate. Not only to Anu and Annabel on their special days, but to everyone who makes new friends for life through a shared passion… just like us.
To enter the giveaway, the only thing you have to do is leave a comment to this post. (Make sure you enter your e-mail or url to comment form so it would be possible to contact you!) The giveaway is open worldwide and will be closed on Sunday, 3rd August midnight (GMT+2). The winner will be announced on 4th August here on the blog.
But this isn’t all! There is also a competition held on my Instagram account! We will give away one set of gifts here on the blog and one in Instagram, so make sure to also pop over there to double your chance to win! Good luck! xx
Today I’ll show you another corner from my home, this time it’s the bedroom. Some time ago I painted the wall behind the bed bright white (it used to be greyish pink) and I’m really happy with the result. I thought long about painting it with some shade of light grey and I’m sure I would have liked it also, but I think it will remain white for some time. Now it’s so easy to change the look of whole room by simply changing the bedding. I love the all white look with white bedding and white walls, but this time I used some black pillow cases to add contrast to the room. And of course, green plants are essential to me!
I hope you all had some good rest in the weekend and are ready for the new week ahead. I’m really excited as this is my birthday week – I will start my thirties on Saturday! I have also a surprise for you to celebrate it, so be sure to check back here on Friday!
This modern summer home caught my eye when going through my favorite blogs at the weekend. I like the modern simplicity of this cottage, it would be so nice and refreshing to spent relaxing evenings after long days spent outside in a place like this… Lots of light, clean lines and big windows offering a beautiful view!
For this Friday I have a lovely new art shop to share with you. Earlier this week, Maaike Koster from My Deer concept and design studio launched My Deer Art shop where she sells her own posters and postcards. It’s a must visit for everyone loving typography and graphic art! My favorite is You Batman Me Superwoman poster, it would be perfect fit for my bedroom! Also, I admire her styling skills, both on these photos above taken from her webshop and also on her inspiring Instagram feed.
This gorgeous Nordic style space located in Auckland is the home of Michelle Halford from The Design Chaser. We met online about the same time I started my blog, so she is definitely one of my oldest blog friends! I have admired her home from the moment she shared first photos of her newly built space in her blog and have enjoyed following the decorating process of her home ever since.
Michelle kindly agreed to answer some short decorating related questions to offer an insight into her decorating thoughts and resources! Five words what you think the best describe your home?
Scandi-inspired, light, bright and relaxed.
What is your favourite spot or favourite piece of furniture in your home at the moment?
It would have to be the String Shelving System in our main living area. Not only is it great for storage, it provides the perfect place to display the things I love including ceramics, books, art and plants. I get so much enjoyment from them and I’m constantly rearranging the shelves!
What advice would you give to someone who starts decorating and wants to achieve the style similar to that in your home?
White walls and pale wood or white flooring is a great starting point. To achieve a relaxed, Scandi-style look, think ‘less is more’ and layer in warmth and texture by way of natural materials like wood, wool, marble and metallics. For a monochrome palette stick to black, white and grey and add in subtle touches of colour like nude or rose pink.
Thank you, Michelle for your time to answer the questions and thank you for being such an inspiration with your lovely blog and home! xx
For today’s post I’ve chosen examples of interiors where white furniture is put against the white wall. And there’s a personal reason for this. Maybe you remember that I’ve talked long about painting our living room wall in some shade of grey. Well, it seems that it won’t be grey after all! I had already chosen two beautiful shades of grey and couldn’t decide which one to use, when I felt that I would like to have a living room with all bright white walls. And now after two days of painting (had to apply 4 coats of paint to cover the darker colour we had) I have bright white walls! And a total mess as all the stuff is placed in the center of the room. Since we have a white couch I wasn’t sure how it would go with white wall in the background (grey wall would have been a nice contrast…) and that’s why I collected some gorgeous examples of this combo to convince myself that it will look nice! :)
If you’d like to have a trolley-like side table in your living room and don’t want to spend too much, you can always go for IKEA pieces and customise them the way you like. This way you’ll get a piece of furniture that is in perfect fit with your interior and aesthetics without spending a fortune and without too much hands on time.
Jennifer from A Merry Mishap blog has painted a TRENDIG side table with bright white to give it even more minimalist and modern feel. Since we don’t have this table available in nearby IKEA stores I didn’t recognise it at first and wouldn’t have thought that it’s from IKEA – looked more like some expensive designer piece to me!
The second example is by Suvi from Valkoinen Harmaja blog who turned IKEA VINDALSÖ garden trolley into a beautiful white side table for her living room by simply changing the boards into plain white ones. Looks beautiful, doesn’t it? :)
This gorgeous bedroom with an open wardrobe belongs to an interior and design journalist, writer and stylist Holly Marder. I love the soft and neutral color scheme in this room and the cosy feeling she has created. Visit her blog to see more photos (including the before shots of this room, I promise you that the change is amazing!) and to read her interesting story about the bedroom makeover.
I have been down with a very disgusting cold since last Sunday… I’m not used to be sick in summer, but to be honest the weather has been more like late autumn recently. I planned to paint the living room wall during this week, but now this must wait. Actually quite upset about that, because I’m already impatient to see the result!
But to today’s post now… I have to admit that I have weakness for kitchen stuff and kitchen styling and these above are some of my current favorites. Speaking about kitchen details I want to highlight my recent crush on package of Nicolas Vahe products (also seen on some of the photos above) – so simple and so stylish! I wish all the things we buy from supermarkets would look so nice!
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