House tour

A Danish home filled with light and soft colours

September 8, 2014

nordic living room with soft blue walls and white window shutters


colorful wall and display shelving in a Danish home

A Danish home


white kitchen with hardwood floors and wooden worktops

workspace. organised chaos

Danish bedroom with Bestlite wall lamps and pale blue wall.
This Danish home of textile designer and illustrator behind MisseMai, Mia-Louise Mailund Smith is a light-filled and vibrant space full of classic furniture and lovely displays. We are used to see mostly white walls in Nordic homes, but here you can see beautiful soft tones on the walls. The soft colorful background makes the beautiful white shutters of the windows to really stand out. I love the big display shelving in this home and this beautiful and delicate MisseMai Windy autumn tree print on it.


// photography by Martin Solyst, via Inside Out //

Modern summer home with a view

July 21, 2014

indoor : outdoor living minimalist living room with a view Danish summer home modern and minimalist kitchen + dining


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!


// summer home from Moenhuset by Lykke + Nielsen, via April and May //

At home with Michelle Halford from The Design Chaser

July 16, 2014

Scandinavian style living room of Michelle Halford from TDC

Living room details from Michelle Halford's living room

String shelf styling. by Michelle Halford from TDC

Michelle Halford's living room

Beautiful airy Nordic style open plan space of Michelle Halford from TDC


Kitchen corner of Michelle Halford from TDC

Kitchen details from Michelle Halford's kitchen

Home office of Michelle from TDC

details from Michelle Halford's Nordic style office

Office details from Michelle Halford's Scandi style office

black and white kids study space from Michelle Halford's home

monochrome kids study space details


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 are your favourite places for shopping things for your home? Any favourite webshops?
My favourite retail stores here in New Zealand include Indie Home CollectiveSimon James Concept StoreBLOCCult Design and Bauhaus. When it comes to webshops, there are far too many to name but one local favourite for Scandi finds is LET LIV, while overseas I’m currently browsing Urban Couture and Stillebenshop.

What is currently on your wish list for your home?
So many things! Bedding for my youngest son’s new bed, especially the latest designs from by NordMini Rodini, and Rebbeca Kiff. Chairs for both the dining table and office, in particular from brands Hay and Muuto but I’ve also been eyeing up the new Nordic chair from Timothy John for Paper Plane. Anything and everything from the new Menu collection but if I had to choose a couple it would be the Yeh Wall Table and the Marble Wall Clock by Norm Architects

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


// photos by Michelle Halford //

At home with Minna Jones from Time of the Aquarius

June 27, 2014

Nordic living room. from time of the aquarius blog

Scandinavian living room. from time of the aquarius blog

living room details. from time of the aquarius blog

kitchen from time of the aquarius blog

white modern kitchen. from time of the aquarius blog

display on String shelves. from time of the aquarius blog

Nordic style bedroom. from time of the aquarius blog

kids room. grey wall, bunkbed, String pockets. from time of the aquarius blog

kids room, String shelves

bedroom. String shelving system. from time of the aquarius blog

Black and grey and white in the bedroom. from time of the aquarius blog


This beautiful home belongs to the freelance stylist and writer Minna Jones who is the lady behind lovely and inspiring Time of the Aquarius blog. Her beautifully decorated home is in 50´s house in Helsinki, Finland. She has also a lovely cabin in archipelago, go visit her blog to see photos of it and read about its renovation process.

I have followed her decoration and cabin renovation journey for a couple of years and I was really happy when she agreed to answer some questions about her home and decorating. So here we go :)

Five words what you think the best describe your home?
Simple, modern, Scandinavian, sustainable design, vintage.

What is your favourite spot or favourite piece of furniture in your home at the moment?
Probably living room. There´s light and space and those both are essential to me.

What are your favourite places for shopping things for your home? Any favourite webshops?
Pino, Armas Design, Artek and of course flea markets and vintage design shops. I love shops where you can browse around things but Finnish Design Shop is my web shop favorite.

What is currently on your wish list for your home?
Right now nothing, but Muuto´s Oslo lounge chair could still move to us ;-)

What advice would you give to someone who starts decorating and wants to achieve the style similar to that in your home?
Be patient! Style takes time and you can´t buy it from one shop. Collect slowly things you like and love and if you don´t find what you need, do or design it yourself.

Thank you, Minna, for your precious time! It was pleasure to share your home and thoughts here! x


// photos by Minna Jones //


Charming and modern home in the forest

June 6, 2014

modern living room, BestLite wall lamps

modern interior, fireplace

open space home office

modern monochrome dining room with colorful kilim rug

modern sleek white kitchen, Hay Hee bar stools


terrace. outdoor dining room


This charming and modern renovated family home in the forest near Copenhagen has a truly amazing open space home office area, don’t you think? Also, the gallery wall with BestLite wall lamps caught my eye when I first saw this home.


// photos from Femina //

At home with Elisabeth Heier

May 28, 2014

I believe that interior designer, stylist and photographer Elisabeth Heier from Norway doesn’t need a long introduction to any Scandinavian interior design lover. I’m so happy to share her beautiful home today with you! In addition to the gorgeous photos, I’ve asked some home decor related questions from her, which she kindly answered (scroll down to read it).

Elisabeth Heier's home. Livingroom

Elisabeth Heier's home. Hay tray table

Elisabeth Heier's home. Dining area

Elisabeth Heier's home. Kitchen

Elisabeth Heier's home. Dining table

Beautiful home of Elisabeth Heier

Elisabeth Heier's home. Gallery wall

Elisabeth Heier's home. Indoor:outdoor

Elisabeth Heier's home. Office

Elisabeth Heier's home. Home office

Elisabeth Heier's home. Nursery

Elisabeth Heier's home. Kidsroom, chalkboard wall

Elisabeth Heier's home. Bedroom

Elisabeth Heier's home, bedroom

Elisabeth Heier's home. Bathroom, concrete floor

Elisabeth Heier's home. Bathroom with skylight

Elisabeth Heier's home. Entryway

Elisabeth Heier's home. Entry

Elisabeth Heier's home. Details on the drawer
Five words what you think the best describe your home?
Scanvinavian, clean, personal, white, nature.

What is your favourite spot or favourite piece of furniture in your home at the moment?
Right now, my favourite spot is the living room – and hopefully soon the terrace as well. We have huge windows that brings the garden into the livingroom and it´s amazing now when everything is green and in bloom. I am planning a new terrace right outside our living room and hopefully we will be able to get it built during the summer. I´m sure thats going to be my new favourite spot : )

What are your favourite places for shopping things for your home? Any favourite webshops?
I like to shop in many different kind of shops, Ølen Møbel is an amazing shop here in Norway, and also Brun’o Interior and Bolina are amongst my favorites. In Sweden I love shopping at Artilleriet. and have also webshops.

What is currently on your wish list for your home?
New furniture for our terrace! A combination of furniture from Fermob, Hay and self-built benches.

What advice would you give to someone who starts decorating and wants to achieve the style similar to that in your home?
I would say: Keep it simple! Bring pieces from nature inside, stick to few colors that will fit any time of the year and that offers endless variations. Choose good and timeless materials.

Huge thank you to Elisabeth for taking time to answer the questions! I’m sure her new terrace will look as gorgeous as the rest of her home and I can’t wait to see it on her blog! For more inspiration visit Elisabeth’s lovely blog and her Instagram feed.


P.S! I really enjoyed reading Elisabeth’s answers to the questions when I got her e-mail, so you can expect more similar home features with short question-answer sections here in the future. I hope you’ll like them as much as I do! :)


// photos by Elisabeth Heier //

Cool home of photographer Jonas Ingerstedt

May 5, 2014

Jonas Ingerstedt home, kitchen, light turquoise cabinets Jonas Ingerstedt home, white modern kitchen Jonas Ingerstedt home, pops of color Jonas Ingerstedt home, living room Jonas Ingerstedt home, workspace


The home of photographer Jonas Ingerstedt was recently featured in Elle and here are my favorite photos of this interior full of Scandinavian design classics. But what I like the most are these basic IKEA BESTÅ cabinets on the first photo. Jonas painted them light blue and added leather strap handles – great IKEA hack and a good idea to install these up on the wall!


// from Elle Decoration via Coco Lapine Design, photography Jonas Ingerstedt //

Relaxed coastal retreat in Sorrento

May 3, 2014

kitchen and dining, tan leather safari chairs kitchen. white, wood and light blue livingroom. fireplace and big window bedroom. cross blanket bedroom, white and pastel pink bedroom. bunkbed, white and light blue white and grey, simple bathroom bathroom details


I rarely post on weekends, but I think this house tour is perfect for Saturday morning and that’s why I had to share it with you today! Designed by Shareen Joel Design this beautiful and relaxed weekender in Sorrento looks really fresh and welcoming. The color palette of white, wooden tones and shades of blue makes me thinking about long relaxing sunny summer days… which fortunately are not so far away any more :)

I hope you are all having a good weekend!


// photos from Share Design, photography: Brooke Holm, styling: Marsha Golemac. via 79 ideas //


A Scandinavian home with a character

April 9, 2014

living room with Barcelona chair, Eames side table, playtype poster and DIY belt mirror Scandinavian living room. Hay tray table, Playtype posters, IKEA sofa, rug, floor lamp Scandinavian living room with dark wooden floor leather belt as curtain holder kitchen. white square tiles, black grout white Scandinavian kitchen with industrial touch open space kitchen and dining. Thinet chairs office corner. IKEA Gällö shelf, flea market industrial chair and Panton Flowerpot lamp Scandinavian workspace with industrial touch Bedroom. Grey wall, Muuto Dots details. Hay for hanging jewelry


Hello Wednesday! Where did Tuesday and Monday go so fast?!

This charming renovated Scandinavian home with a hint of industrial feeling is my today’s favorite. Decorated with IKEA pieces, flea market finds and designer items, it has a welcoming and lived in feeling. The office corner of this home has caught my eye before – I love the styling of the IKEA Gällö shelf and the space below it! And this grey wall in the bedroom reminds me again that maybe I should try grey also in my bedroom… The owners of this house say that at the beginning they were afraid to chose wrong colors and materials, but now they look at their home like it was their playground and a place for experimenting. Wise words, that I should remind myself when thinking too long about changes in my home!
PS! Pop over also to Terrys Blinds’s blog to read a mini-interview with me!
// photos from Hus & Hem //

Scandinavian family home with pops of colour

May 16, 2013

For a beautiful sunny day like today I have one renovated Scandinavian family home to share. It’s black and white with lots of colorful details and bold graphical patterns. And as it’s Scandinavian home it doesn’t come as a surprise that it’s full on light! The kitchen with the orange Kartell FL/Y pendant and yellow cupboard is especially sunny, don’t you think?

pops of color in white kitchen, Kartell and Muuto pendants white kitchen, colorful details. open plan living bold graphic black and white patterns. vintage attic living room space light and bright attic space details from living room entry with graphic black and white wallpaper colorful kids room bedroom, graphical and colorful bedding


// images from Hus & Hem, photos Sofi Sykfont //

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