I’m more and more into warmer neutral tones lately and with snowy weather we had today it badly calls for a moodboard with warm feeling. So here it is, my favorite things lately in a color scheme of beige, cashmere and taupe with some black details to give contrast and with metallic touches in silver and steel to balances otherwise warm look.
City map posters have been popular home decor pieces for some years now. Its minimalist design easily fits in different interior styles and adds some personality to a space as there’s usually a story behind the city chosen for the poster.
When Grafomap kindly offered me a poster of my choice I knew it would be a perfect gift for a friend moving away from Estonia very soon. I chose the map of Tallinn which is currently her hometown so that she can put it up on the wall of her new home in San Francisco as a sweet reminder of her hometown, family and friends there.
You can search your favorite places by the name of the city or even by aadress, there are basically unlimited choices for custom design of the poster.
Today a press kit from Norm Architects who is launching a new collection of sound absorbing cabinets for Zilenzio landed into my mailbox and I was instantly stunned by these beautiful photos taken in Kinfolk Gallery in Copenhagen. Tone cabinets have clean and minimalist look and they are designed to absorb certain frequencies of sound to make spaces acoustically pleasing. Stylish and practical way to tackle echo problems in homes and workspaces.
IKEA is launching a new collection called VIKTIGT in this May and deciding on what can be seen from the sneak peek it is a truly beautiful collection that will be at least as popular as their SINNERLIG collection currently is. Created in collaboration with Swedish glass and ceramic designer Ingegerd Råman, this discreet collection ranges from handmade glassware to furniture and home accessories woven from natural fibers. Simple stylish shapes, pure natural materials and items that are produced by hand – all that makes this collection quite perfect to me!
Danish interior brand Hübsch released their new collection Tendencies 2016 a few days ago and I found many things I like. Their ceramics is my special favorite – simple, practical and beautiful pieces easy to mix together like you can see from the photos above.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
It looks rather gorgeous also in our bedroom, so when not on the sofa I use it there.
This post was brought to you in collaboration with Furbazaar. Photos and styling by me.
Today I want to introduce you to something fun, nice-looking and useful I’ve had on my kitchen island for a couple of weeks – a Smart Herb Garden from Click & Grow.
Click & Grow is an innovative Estonian company offering automated indoor gardening solutions and what makes me really happy is that their products have beautiful design that is in perfect fit with minimalist Scandinavian style of my home. As we have sloped ceiling in our kitchen we don’t have window sills where I could place traditional herb pots and the north facing roof window over the kitchen island doesn’t provide enough light for growing herbs, especially during the darker months. So the Smart Herb Garden is a perfect solution for our kitchen as I don’t have to be concerned whether my indoor herbs are getting enough light, nutrients or water. Also, what amazed me was how fast the herbs were growing! These photos are taken approximately a week ago and by today the plants are at least doubled in size so we’ve had the first harvest already. And it looks rather stylish and beautiful too! :)
This post was brought to you in collaboration with Click & Grow. Photos and styling by me.
Today I want to share with you one of my latest online store finds – Frankie and Frenchie. I was searching for a new bedding for my two year old which would look nice to me and at the same time was fun enough to please my little one and I was lucky enough to stumble across Frankie and Frenchie and their gorgeous range of modern and playful kids bedding. In addition to modern minimalist Scandinavian style that I love so much, it’s also important to me that the textiles hugging my kid during those precious sleep hours wouldn’t contain any harmful substances. Fortunately, the bedding from Frankie and Frenchie fills this criteria as well – they use only GOTS certified organic cotton and water based ink to produce their textiles. Lovely designs combined with kid and eco friendly production – what else to look for? :)
Minnie and Dee, the girls behind Frankie and Frenchie, kindly agreed to answer some questions, so that we can have a peek behind the brand and get inspired by their story.
Tell us a little bit of your background.
We have known each other for more than 10 years and both reside in sunny Queensland, Australia. It was our similar interest in interiors, graphic design, fashion and all things pretty that brought us together to start Frankie and Frenchie. Since the business went online six months ago, it has been a crazy experience for us learning to juggle work, kids and family so it is no surprise when we say we sometimes are sleep deprived!
How you came to the idea to launch Frankie and Frenchie?
We both have allergy boys with eczema and we found it hard to source for organic bedding that was gentle on their skin but also cool enough to fit with our home interiors. A light bulb moment happened and like other businesses that started by identifying a gap in the market, we decided that with our background in interior design and marketing, we could fill that gap.
We sat down and put a few concepts down on paper and communicated what our philosophy was going to be. We both agreed that we wanted to stay ethical and support Australian businesses were we can. Hence Frankie & Frenchie is made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and printed using environmentally friendly water based ink. It is made and printed in Australia to reduce our carbon footprint.
How would you describe your style?
Our style would have to be modern minimalism with a dash of quirkiness. We try to incorporate fun into everything we do, because at the end of the day we are designing for kids.
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
Anything and everything! We believe that inspiration begins with a space that is filled with the things we love. We love things like interiors, fashion, graphic design and the cityscape. We can find inspiration from tile patterns to colour combinations on the catwalk. The one thing we always ask ourselves when designing is “will this work in the boys room and does it reflect their personality?” So our boys are our biggest inspiration.
How do you balance work and family life?
We make sure that we have days just dedicated to spending time with our family where we do fun stuff like having picnics in the park, going to the museum or just spending quality time at home.
It does get hectic at times but at the end of the day family comes first! So we find ourselves working during odd hours of the night when the kids are in bed. Other working mums with business can empathise with us on that!
We also are constantly messaging each other about ideas when we see something of interest or how we can do something better. Our brains never switch off!
What is your advice to someone thinking about launching an (online) business but still in doubt?
Don’t let fear stop you from doing something that you have been dreaming about. If money is an issue, start small then build it up by connecting with your customers and the online community. So stop dreaming and start doing, sometimes when you think about things for too long it becomes overwhelming. You’ll learn from your mistakes along the way, we sure have!
Thank you Minnie and Dee for your time to share the story behind Frankie and Frenchie. Be sure to check out their stunning bedding collection and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for lovely monochrome kids world inspiration.
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