Scandinavian minimalism by Annaleena

January 20, 2016

Minimalist Scandinavian living room of Annaleena Leino Karlsson

modern and minimalist living room of Annaleena Leino Karlsson


I have enjoyed following Annaleena Leino Karlsson on Instagram for a long time and from the moment she told about building the new house I knew that it will be a stunner. And I didn’t have to disappoint – today she posted first photos of her new home on her blog and of course I had to share those. Scandinavian minimalism in its perfection! Now I’m impatiently waiting the see the other rooms in this house! Sneak peeks can be seen on her Instagram feed.


// photos from Annaleena Leino Karlsson //

Adding warmth and texture with Icelandic sheepskin

June 13, 2015

Scandinavian style is well known for its simple and minimal yet warm and cozy feeling what is created by using different natural materials and textures. If you are a regular reader here you know how much I love Scandinavian interiors and that my own home is also decorated keeping Nordic style in mind. However, sometimes I feel that our home is little bit too minimalist and I have started to think about different ways of how to add more coziness and warmth to it. I’ve always admired beautiful long-haired sheepskins in different Scandi-style interiors and how they make monochrome and minimal interiors instantly cozier and welcoming. So I finally decided that it was about the time to get one for our home too. I was really happy when I found Furbazaar webshop with really good selection of different sheepskins.
monochrome Nordic living room, Icelandic sheepskin
Furbazaar is a Danish webshop offering skin and fur products for both interior decorating and fashion. The selection of interior products is really wide – from cow hides and various sheepskins to seat covers and cushions. And what made me smile was the free international shipping they offer! When talking about skins and fur, animal welfare is always a question for me and I was happy to find out that Furbazaar exclusively has products from certified suppliers who are subjects to strict regulations and requirements. So you can be sure that whatever you buy from them it’s coming from sustainable resources.

As there are many gorgeous sheepskins in variety of tones and sizes I had to thought long before choosing which one to take. Finally I decided to go for natural grey long wool Icelandic sheepskin – with white walls and white sofa in the living room I thought that something little bit darker would add more interest to the room. It’s 100% natural, undyed and organic and feels really gorgeous!

My new Icelandic sheepskin has found a perfect spot on our sofa, I think it adds the much needed coziness, texture and a little bit darker tones to the living room.
Scandinavian style interior, white sofa with grey Icelandic sheepskin

white walls, white sofa, grey Icelandic sheepskin

Natural grey Icelandic sheepskin

It looks rather gorgeous also in our bedroom, so when not on the sofa I use it there.
Simple Scandinavian bedroom, Icelandic sheepskin

Natural grey Icelandic sheepskin in monochrome Nordic bedroom

Simple and cozy Scandinavian style bedroom


This post was brought to you in collaboration with Furbazaar. Photos and styling by me. 

My home | On my String shelf

September 5, 2014

String styling from Decordots blog

String shelf styling from Decordots blog

Oak tree with acorn. from Decordots blog


It seems that summer has made a come back during the last days, but this corner on my String shelf where I put this little oak branch with acorn reminds me that actually it’s almost fall. So I try to take what I can from this sunny weather now and store this energy and warmth for colder and darker months ahead…

As it’s Friday (yay!) I wish you all a great weekend with lots of laughter and love :)


DIY inspiration | Two cool IKEA hacks

July 10, 2014

Scandinavian living room. IKEA TRENDIG side table hack. from AMM

IKEA TRENDIG side table painted white, Muuto Leaf lamp. from AMM

IKEA Vindalsö garden trolley hack from Valkoinen Harmaja

IKEA Vindalsö garden trolley hack from Valkoinen Harm


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? :)


Before I go, I want to introduce you a new sponsor on the blog! Norsu interiors is an online boutique selling a carefully curated collection of Scandinavian design delights. Their selection includes many things high on my wish list, for example Gran cushion coverPia Wallen Cross blanket and leather strap hangers from Matilda Clahr, which I wrote about here. The good news is that although based in Australia they offer also international shipping!

I wish you all a great weekend! :)

Light lightning inspiration | Cotton lamps

June 18, 2014

ay illuminate z1 cotton lamp, Scandinavian living room

Scandinavian living room, Ay Illuminate Z1 cotton lamp. from Forever Love blog

Nordic bedroom, Ay Illuminate Z1 cotton lamp

living room. Ay Illuminate Z1 cotton lamp. from Concept by Anna

Ay Illuminate Z1 cotton lamp

white living room, cotton lamp. Bodie and Fou

Mark Eden Schooley Koushi lamp in Elisabeth Heier's living room

Mark Eden Schooley Koushi cotton lamps

Cumulus pendants by Enoki © Brooke Holm Est Magazine


I’m quite obsessed with oversized cotton lamps these days! Simple, light and stylish, cotton lamp is a perfect way to add some texture and organic feel to the space. The photos above feature three of my favourite cotton lamps: Ay Illuminate Z1, Mark Eden Schooley Koushi lamp and Enoki Cumulus pendant. Which one of them is your favourite?


photos // 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 //


Leather chairs

May 19, 2014

Cognac leather Arne Jacobsen Egg chair, dining room leather chair

leather Swan chair nordic interior, leahter chair vintage leather chair, pia wallen cross blanket


Leather chairs are definitely among my favorites, be it a classical Arne Jacobsen Egg chair or Swan chair or some vintage chairs. Leather items add texture and warmth to any interior, but I think that they look especially good in simple and monochrome Nordic interiors where these beauties get all the well deserved attention :)


// images from 1. Bo Bedre  2. Me and Alice 3. Bukowskis 4. Stadshem 5. Trendenser //

A bright idea for coffee table styling

May 7, 2014

livingroom details. coffee table styling. from Stil Inspiration blog Glass box on a coffee table. From Stil Inspiration blog


Storing coffee table books and magazines in a nice plexiglass box is a brilliant idea I found today from Pella’s blog! I have small coffee table and it tends to be crowded with magazines, so that it’s hard to find a free spot where to put my coffee… This kind of box is a really good way to protect mags and books from coffee spills and to add some extra space on your coffee table as you can use it’s top as a free surface! 


// photos from Stil Inspiration //

Neutral colors and lovely textures

February 8, 2013

Oh my, this has been a busy week and I really missed my blog-time! By blog-time I mean not only time for my own blog, but also time to read other blogs, which are a great source of inspiration to me. Today evening I finally had some time to go through my favourite blogs and I really like what I found from gorgeous Kjerstis Lykke blog – photos of her living room in soft colors and with many interesting textures. And the combination of white with old-looking wood I’m always admiring… Calm and refreshing like a start of the weekend should be! :)

Have a great weekend everyone!

soft and neutral colors and different textures. from Kjerstis Lykke blog

old wood bench as side-table. from Kjerstis Lykke blog

details from Scandinavian living room. from Kjerstis Lykke blog

lovely handcrafted throw. from Kjerstis Lykke blog

// images from Kjerstis Lykke blog //



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