April 24, 2018

Bedroom Decor Wish List

We are in the thick of planning our renovations and even though it might seem more like a "5 year plan", I am really keen to get something started. I've been told that these things tend to escalate and so they have: from new floorboards, to perhaps painting the walls, to adding a whole new room and not just a room, but a mezzanine level (or a loft, as you may prefer to call it). No wonder we are not getting anywhere; we keep adding more and more to our already extensive plans.

To take a little break from choosing the right floors and wall colour, I thought it would be fun to plan a little wish list for our bedroom. A wish list for the bedroom decor, that is. Here are a few things I have earmarked for when we are ready to redecorate.

Let's start with a new mattress - I am feeling really optimistic about this one: Hugo Sleep is Australian made (always a bonus!) and looks extremely comfortable. Guaranteed to provide 8 hours of solid sleep, amirite? Better yet, the mattress is delivered (free of charge!) in a box (whaaat??). I am excited to try this just for that reason.


Nothing better than new bed linen. Stone is a new colour by Australian company In Bed. With lighter floors and perhaps slightly darker walls, I think Stone would be a perfect match!


Optional, but highly lustworthy, are these gorgeous bedheads by Finnish company Matri (try rolling the "r"). Anything wicker/rattan, whatever one chooses to call it, is on trend and I want some! Let's add the bedside tables and that beautiful end-of-the-bed bench while we are at it, please.


Last, but not least, I would add this coat stand by BEdesign. I have seen many stand alone coat stands over the years, but there's something about the shape, along with the accessories, that I really like about this one.


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March 17, 2018

A New Home


Scandihome has a new home! 

Whilst I'm still adding content and details on to the new site, please take a sneak peek at


March 12, 2018

Vintage Fritz Hansen


I spent most of Saturday restoring these three vintage Fritz Hansen chairs. They are the series 7 chairs, originally designed by Arne Jacobsen. I love the iconic shape, and together with the Super Elliptical dining table (Piet Hein for Fritz Hansen) they are my favourite. The table is also secondhand; it had been in one family for over twenty years and now hopefully in my home for the next twenty. 


Have a lovely week ahead! 

March 07, 2018

CULT 20


(This post is a little late, but I'm catching up on a huge backlog of posts!)

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the CULT 20 event that celebrated the extended showroom and the 20th anniversary of Cult. Cult hosts some of my all time favourite brands, including Fritz Hansen, Louis Poulsen and Carl Hansen & Son. With the extended showroom these brands, along with many others, are getting the breathing space they deserve. 


The new showroom is airy and structured, and I loved the subtle branding and clever use of the space. The brands flow from one to another, each completing a story. Some of these pieces I've never seen "in flesh", so it felt like I was in a room full of celebrities! 


Thank you Cult for having me and here's to another 20 years!

(all images by Cult)

February 27, 2018

Renovation update (or lack of)


As it turns out, renovations take a lot longer in planning than what I had anticipated. I am the first to admit that patience is not my virtue, but to my credit, I have been waiting for YEARS to get these renovations done. 

We will first get the floors done, but even that has been a lot more difficult than I expected. Turns out we have timber floorboards (well, I knew this) that might not be easy to remove (this I didn't know). I have had a couple of attempts to get them sanded and stained, but haven't been too happy with the results. So laminate it is and hopefully we can get them in without too much trouble (touch wood, pun not intended). We are going with a lot lighter boards (the reason I am changing the floors in the first place) and hopefully can get them done before Easter! 

Longer term plan is to create an extra room at the attic (which in the above photo is on your left) and place a permanent staircase where the dining table currently lives. Weather it is structurally possible and how much it would actually cost, will remain to be seen. 

Stay tuned for more updates and in the mean while, lets take a moment to appreciate the size of that Woodnotes basket. It fits magazines, blankets, toys, a four year old girl, just about anything. Like their ingenious beach bags, these baskets are also made from paper yarn. They are super durable and I just love the look of them. 

(Yes, the basket was sent to me as a gift (thank you Woodnotes!), but as always, all opinions are my own.)

February 23, 2018

Woodnotes


It's been a busy week, so this morning we packed up our bag and headed to the beach. It was so lovely just to relax a bit! 


My new go-to bag, weather for the beach or a weekend away is this one from Woodnotes. The bag is made in Finland, from 100% paper yarn. Woodnotes were the first to use paper yarn in a contemporary way like this, and in functional textiles (like bags and baskets). 


I absolutely love this bag; it is super generous in size, which is exactly the way I like it. It is ideal for the beach, the sand doesn't get stuck on the bag and is easy to clean up. 


Hope you have a lovely weekend ahead!

This bag was sent to me as a gift from Woodnotes. All opinions are my own.





February 12, 2018

Outdoor update


We have a spacious balcony (for an apartment) that doesn't always get the attention it deserves. I love having pot plants there, even though we have a very green scenery to look at as well. When we had family over at Christmas I bought a new sofa (this one from IKEA) and added an outdoor rug (also from IKEA) to give the space a bit more "sophisticated" look.

I am pretty happy with the outcome and we are spending a lot more time here enjoying the last days of summer. Hope you are having a great start to the new week!

February 07, 2018

New from Skandinavisk


It is the little things in life that sometimes make the biggest difference. Like a nice cup of coffee, a stack of magazines (or beautiful catalogues like in my case) and the best hand cream. I have loved the candles from Skandinavisk for quite a while now and was so excited to try their new hand care range*. They not only work wonders and smell amazing, the packaging is as impeccable as it is for their candles. I love the minimal design and their neutral colour scheme.  



* These products were sent to me as a gift with no strings attached. All opinions are my own.

January 28, 2018

Mid-Summer Favourite


It's been warm and very humid here in Sydney for the last couple of weeks, so I've been craving cold drinks (anything with lots of ice!). I love this citrus reamer and cooling carafe from a Finnish brand Magisso* They are not only so functional, but look good as well! 


The citrus reamer comes with a little wooden stand, which I adore. It's perfect for my kitchen! Our daughter has been sick with a cold for a couple of days, so I'm making sure my husband and I also get an extra dose of vitamin C. Lots of lemons will do the trick just fine. 


*these were sent to me as a gift from Magisso with no strings attached. All opinions are my own.

January 23, 2018

Copenhagen Dreaming


Today I'm dreaming of visiting Copenhagen again, one of my favourite cities and in my mind, the mecca of design. My last visit to Denmark was well over a decade (!) ago, so a trip there is certainly overdue. 


I haven't yet decided whether I want to visit Finland this year, so maybe I'll consider another destination instead. In the mean while, I can flip through the beautiful Copenhagen city guide by Cereal - and just daydream. 


January 20, 2018

Weekend Mood


Nothing like a stack of books and a cup of tea to ring in the weekend. This beautiful tilted tea cup from Magisso Finland* is a new favourite of mine. It is a generous size and has an in-built filter for loose leaf tea. I love it! 

Have a lovely weekend!

* Magisso tea cup was sent to me as a gift with no strings attached. All opinions are my own.

January 14, 2018

Kid-friendly interior decorating


It can be hard adjusting your decor (as well as literally everything else) for kids, but it doesn't mean your whole house will have to turn into a playground. Our daughter is turning four in a couple of weeks and even though we might be over the worst "exploring" stages, there are still certain things I will have to be mindful of when decorating. 

Here are a few things I did and didn't do to adjust our interiors when she was born. I never got rid of rugs, even the one under our dining table. We sit down to eat with our daughter and clean up any mess she might make immediately. Our sofa has removable and washable covers, which has been helpful, but we also don't let her eat while sitting on the sofa (not just for the mess, but for general manners). We keep her toys in the cupboard or in baskets and clean them up together after play time. Limiting the amount of toys in the first place will help keep the mess to a minimum! She also has her own little craft table for "messy play", like painting. 


The only sharp corners we ever had to protect were those around the kitchen island, and even then she quickly learned to avoid running around that area. We didn't need baby gates, as there are no stairs in our home. I learned that investing in high quality pieces (such as sturdy chairs and furniture that might fall over) has actually been helpful. Often I hear other parents mention that they don't want to buy anything too expensive while the kids are young, but our daughter uses the Eames wire table everyday and it doesn't have a single dent on it. We have Artek bar stools in the kitchen and she can climb on them without me having to worry they aren't stable enough to support her.

I never used to put anything away, like glass or porcelain pieces, even when our daughter was starting to walk around and grab things. Obviously I can't speak for all the kids (especially when I only have one), but teaching them from a young age to differentiate between what is and isn't a toy can help. 


The things I am still mindful of, however, are the obvious things like leaving burning candles around (again, teaching them very early on can be helpful!), but those are the things I'd be mindful of even if I didn't have a child. All in all I don't feel like I've had to sacrifice anything in our home because of our daughter and at the same time we haven't had to limit her play or development in any way. 

Hope this helps and I'd love to hear how you've adjusted your home for kids! 

January 12, 2018

#finnishdesign


Supporting Finnish design became even closer to my heart when I moved to Australia 12 years ago. It isn't just the nostalgia I feel for these designs, but the aesthetics and the high quality that make them so special. I wanted to give you a little glimpse into some of my recent #finnishdesign favourites, for more inspiration, please head over to Instagram






January 08, 2018

A New Week


Happy Monday!

I'm excited to start a new week and looking forward to finalising some unfinished projects this week. This is the colour palette that I'm loving at the moment. Soft tones of timber, beige and grey work so well especially in summer. I still have a few black details here and there, the Artek bar stools and the Design House Stockholm wall rack in our kitchen, for example. With the new floors the overall look of our home is about to get even lighter!

Have a lovely week and follow me on Instagram (if you like!) for more photos and inspiration!


January 07, 2018

Home Renovations


I have a feeling I've mentioned home renovation dreams a few times before, but we've finally taken some steps towards making our dreams a reality. I have browsed Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration in recent weeks and months, trying to find the perfect flooring for our apartment. 

When we bought this place 6 years ago, we replaced the existing carpets in the bedrooms with matching floorboards that already existed in the living area. I wasn't really happy with the colour of the floorboards, but back then it felt like an easier option that replacing the entire flooring. Now that we are finally replacing the floors in the whole apartment, it feels like a huge responsibility to make the right decision as to what colour we should go with! 

I will forever dream of beech, oak or fir timber floors, but for a few reasons we will go with a much cheaper option, laminate. There are so many options available and it seems like the quality can vary a great deal as well. I am getting quotes and measurements next week and hopefully will get the ball rolling fairly quickly on this. I can't wait to show you the results! 

January 01, 2018

New Year Plans


I can't believe it's the new year already. Where did 2017 go? We had an amazing year with an unforgettable trip to Finland and Japan (being there for the cherry blossoms has been a dream of mine for many many years), and lots of other memorable moments to cherish a lifetime. I am looking forward to even more adventures in 2018; we are planning a trip to France later this year for my brother's birthday, and I am planning to finally get some home renovations completed (more on those later!).


This year I want to cherish the time I have with my daughter before she starts school, and make even more time for family activities. On a personal level I want to keep doing what I love; interior styling and photography, and develop those skills even further. I will try and be more active here on the blog as well! Here's to a healthy, happy year ahead!