I always find it very hard to post something new if the previous update here has been so long time ago.. I don’t know where this month went so fast, maybe I was too busy with real interior projects and therefore had less time to post on the blog.
Anyway, this moody and dark and stylish place found in this month’s Residence broke the silence here. It’s a new apartment of Swedish super-stylist Lotta Agaton who’s work is a constant inspiration for me. Her previous apartment, which I shared here, was decorated in much lighter colours. The shift from lighter tones to darker shades is really dominant in Scandinavian style right now and this place is an extreme example of it.
Blue is a real big trend in interior design right now and tableware is no exception. We can see deep indigo tones and inky shades of blue both as patterns and as a solid colours on dinnerware from various brands. Updating your tableware collection with only just some pieces of new ceramics is a easy and affordable way to bring blue trend also to your kitchen and dining room. Here are some of my finds.
Beautiful tableware Nordic Sea from Broste Copenhagen. It’s soft shades of greyish blue with organic patterns and texture are just divine!
This little 36m2 one room (+ kitchen) apartment in Stockholm is a perfect example of how to fit living room, bedroom and home office into one room without the result looking too crowded. The key here is to keep consistent style and colour palette in all zones of the room, so that the entire space feels harmonious, cozy and stylish. There is also a built-in wardrobe in this apartment that helps to keep all things organised so that it would be easier to keep the clutter away – really important with such a small living. Decorated with a clever mix of IKEA finds and designer pieces (for example white Menu Afteroom chair in office corner and Hay DLM coffee table), this little apartment is a beautiful representation of modern Scandinavian style.
There are times when I see something online and I know from the first sight that I just have to share it. This beautiful Nordic style apartment is one of those. It’s located in Helsinki Kalasatama district and decorated by Minna Jones (you can see photos of her own home and read an interview with her here) for NCC housing. You can find more info about the furniture and accessories used in this apartment from Minna’s blog.
My lovely blog friend norsu interiors turned one on 1st September and what would be a better way to celebrate than releasing a gorgeous set of beautifully styled photos featuring their current range of products. Norsu’s selection includes many things high on my wish list (Pia Wallen Cross blanket, leather strap hangers from Matilda Clahr, Icelandic sheepskins and By Nord bedding just to name a few) and I’m happy to say that they have now added some gorgeous products from danish brand Ferm Living into their selection. For those of you living in Australia I have some really great news today – namely, norsu is opening a new bricks and mortar store in Melbourne in this October! So sad it’s this far away from where I live – I would love to visit this shop as I’m sure it will be as lovely as their online store!
I’m so happy that lovely ladies Nat and Kristy found time to answer also some questions.
Tell us a little bit of your background.
We both come from corporate marketing and communications roles within large multinational organisations. After both having our first children (Lachlan & Annabel) within a month of one another, we were introduced through a local mother’s group. We not only shared the experience of being new mums together, but also discovered a mutual love of all things Scandinavian design related along the way. Not long after returning back to our corporate roles after maternity leave, norsu was born. It provides us with a creative outlet that we were unable to channel in our corporate jobs, while also allowing us to utilise the skills we had gained from 10+ years in those roles. Nat also has an IT degree under her belt which has really come in handy with the website management!
How you came to the idea to launch norsu?
After continuously obsessing over Scandi blogs and interior mags, one common theme emerged – the lack of access that Australian consumers had to purchase beautiful Scandinavian homewares. We were initially going to focus on selling art after an overwhelming amount of feedback received for a piece of Marimekko fabric that was on display in Lachlan’s nursery, but the business concept soon evolved once we realised we couldn’t stop at art!
How do you balance work and family life?
This is very tough at the moment. norsu is growing at a rapid rate, and it is proving difficult for the two of us to keep up with the demand. In addition to norsu, Kristy is only just stepping away from her corporate role at the end of this month, and Nat has recently had her second child, Harvey, which is a full-time job in itself. We tend to take norsu one day at a time, doing what we can, when we can, but always ensuring it doesn’t encroach too heavily on our quality family time. This often means a lot of late night work when our little ones are asleep, to enable us to spend time with them during the day.
What inspires you?
We draw inspiration from many forums, but at the moment, our favourite would have to be Instagram! We love getting to know people from all over the world, and the insights into their lives that Instagram allows us to experience. As we are dealing with designers on the other side of the world, it is not always easy to keep across their new products and collections via traditional means such as magazines or email. With Instagram, we are able to gather this information as quickly as others living in the same city as these designers, and are finding it to be extremely advantageous in keeping a finger on the pulse of emerging trends.
What is your advice to someone thinking about launching an (online) business but still in doubt?
Go for it! If you have a strong passion and a great idea, you really have nothing to lose other than your time. With the amazing software available these days, a website can be very inexpensive to set up, and extremely easy to manage. Keep things simple, and make sure you utilise other online forums such as social media to complement your core platform. Above all, back yourself, and make sure you have some fun along the way… Good luck! :)
Thank you ladies, it was so nice to get to know more of behind the scenes of norsu!
Since I’m currently enjoying my time with family and friends in magnificent Cote d’Azur I won’t post here more during this week. So I wish you a great week and see you already on next Monday! :)
Muuto now has a beautiful new chair in its collection – the Fiber Chair made of recyclable plastic and wood fibers. Fibre chair has been designed to balance maximum comfort with minimum space. With a vast palette of shell colors, premium upholstery and leather options, and four different bases, it is quite versatile chair. Another new piece of furniture in their range is Airy coffee table, which comes in four different sizes and shapes and four different soft colors of grey, black, oregon pine or off-white.
In addition to new pieces of furniture, Muuto has launched also some really nice new home accessories. In line with the marble trend, they have launched Groove trivets made from white, grey or green marble. New candlesticks called Grip, and new set of Balance vases together with a tray on which they can be attached with a big hidden magnet. Finally, maybe my most favorite piece from their new products is the Push coffee maker which combines different materials and textures in its brown-grey stoneware body, its transparent lid and the beech wood grip. Looks good and definitely feels good to use :)
Today is a happy day for me as I received my long waited package from Heimelig shop and I’m more than satisfied! I’m really impatient to show you my new treasures, but as we just arrived home and I have loads of things to do here before leaving to our country home tonight, this must wait a bit. These beautifully styled photos above feature only some of the gorgeous products you can find from this lovely shop. I think you already imagine how hard it was for me to choose what to take and what to leave… :)
House Doctor‘s new catalogue Moments 2014 is now online and I have spent already a great amount of time flipping through it and adding some nice things to my wish list. The theme of this new collection is Perfect Imperfections to celebrate the beauty of imperfections. With this new collection they encourage to mix things up and add some quirky details to the scene that seemingly don’t really fit in – everything doesn’t have to be so serious and so perfect! But to me the new collection with it’s focus on imperfections seems still quite perfect! :) Click here to see the new catalogue.
Speaking of House Doctor, I have some great news to everyone living in Estonia! Strössel, a new interior design boutique in Tartu (which happens to be my home down, yay!), has a wide selection of House Doctor goodies in the store. And if you’d like to get something in the catalogue but not currently available in the shop, you can just order it. How great is that?
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!
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.
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!
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