Home office inspiration | Le Sac en Papier paper bag

July 28, 2014

black and white home office corner. le sac en papier. from ollies and sebs haus

home office, Le Sac en Papier paper bag

Scandinavian home office. Le Sac en Papier paper bag. from Stilinspiration

Scandinavian style home office. Elisabeth Heier

light workspace, le sac en papier paper bags. from 101 woonideen

black and white home office. le sac en papier. from French by Design blog


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!

Have a great new week!


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

GIVEAWAY | Mathilda Clahr Strap hangers + Le Sac en Papier

July 25, 2014

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!


Win two Strap leather hangers and Le Sac en Papier paper bag!


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.


Mathilda Clahr Strap leather hangers

Strap hangers by Mathilda Clahr


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


This giveaway is now closed and winners have been drawn. The winner among blog entries is Johanne Dueholm and the one from Instagram is @cassjherrick . Congratulations! 

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

From my home | Bedroom

July 22, 2014

Black and white nordic bedroom. from Decordots blog Black and white bedroom from Decordots blog Black and white bedding. from Decordots blog


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!



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 //

My Deer Art Shop

July 18, 2014

Hey you print by My Deer Art shop Rebel postcards by My Deer Art shop Que le fuck print by My Deer Art shop Super hero postcards by My Deer Art Shop Tres important print by My Deer Art shop Ey' how you doing print by My Deer Art shop Hero dog print by My Deer Art shop


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.


// photos from My Deer Art shop //


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 //

White walls + white furniture

July 14, 2014

white living room. picture wall inspiration. from Strawberry dreams blog

Black and white living room. Annaleenas hem

White wall + white couch. Elisabeth Heier

white wall + white couch + white hay tray side table. from trendenser.se

white wall + white couch. from Ollie and Sebs house

White living room, House Doctor DIY lamp. from Helt Enkelt


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! :)


photos // 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 //

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! :)

Bedroom love

July 8, 2014

bedroom, soft hues. by Holly Marder

bedroom, neutrals, gallery wall. by Holly Marder

bedroom. by Holly Marder

neutral color scheme bedroom with open wardrobe. by Holly Marder

open wardrobe. by Holly Marder


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. 


// photos by Holly Marder //



Interior styling inspiration | Kitchen details

July 4, 2014

kitchen details. from therese sennerholt

kitchen details. from mariaemb blog

kitchen details. from weekday carnival

kitchen details. from trendenser

kitchen details. from Only Deco Love

kitchen details. from Stylizimo blog

kitchen utensils styling. from Mitt vita hus blog

kitchen details. from myliving.se

black and white kitchen details, mix of patterns. from Hallingstad blog

kitchen details in Josephin Haag kitchen


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!


photos  // 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 //

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