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

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

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 //

My Instagram | June

June 30, 2014

@decordotsblog Instagram feed


These are some of my favorite Instagram shots from June. It was a beautiful month, although cold and rainy (which has resulted in me being sick in bed right now… ).

So bye bye June and welcome July!


// photos from my Instagram feed //

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 //


Living with children | Monochrome + industrial

June 26, 2014

black and white industrial creative space. Kallax storage units black and white dining space with industrial feel IKEA Metod kitchen styling industrial kids space styling black and white kids room


This space from VT Wonen magazine is styled under the theme “Living with children”. The result is a playful mix of IKEA furniture and vintage finds with graphic and industrial feeling. My favorite is the creative corner with white IKEA KALLAX storage units – as a organizing freak I can imagine how good these would be for keeping everything in order in a craft room!


// styling Cleo Scheulderman, photography Alexander van Berge, photos from  VT Wonen //

Bedroom love

June 24, 2014

White bedroom, textures. Styling by Studio Oink


This bedroom styled by Studio Oink took me from the very first sight – I love the all white color scheme, I love the herringbone floor, I love the rich textures and I love the soft and cozy feeling it has! Gorgeous!


// photo from Studio Oink portfolio via Unfinished home //

Outdoor living | My balcony

June 21, 2014

outdoor living

balcony inspiration

balcony decorating

outdoor, details




So now it’s officially summer and what else suits best to welcome summer than some outdoor living inspiration! And this time it’s my balcony! :)

It’s really narrow (exactly 1 meter), which makes decorating a little bit harder and narrows down the possibilities. There’s a little table with some chairs and a DIY shelving unit for plants: upper shelf for those happy to bath in the sun and lower one for these preferring not to be exposed to direct sun. Since our balcony is facing south it gets a lot of sunlight  – good thing in spring and autumn and on colder summer days, but not so comfortable with hot summer weather (fortunately we spend these days usually in country side).

I hope you like it! :)I have thought about showing you my own home for some time now (I have shown a little bit of it here and here), but always feel that it’s not quite ready yet (I know, a home won’t never be ready, at least for decor freaks like us…) and I’d like to do this and that before sharing. I try to get over that feeling (which is hard for a perfectionist, but I’ll do my best!) and I hope that you can see some more photos of my home in the near future :)



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