Selasa, 30 April 2013

Swedish apartment: black, white and texture

I spotted this beautiful apartment over on Emmas Design blog this morning. The kitchen and bedroom in particular are soooooo fab. Bistro style dining chairs are quickly becoming the dining chair of the moment and I love the contrast of the black against the otherwise white kitchen. The wood effect wall (wallpaper?) also adds warmth to the room.  Having seen the painted grey floor in the bedroom I am seriously tempted with my own bedroom! And what about how they've cut a square out of the plaster to expose the brickwork?

What do you think?

An important announcement - thank you so much for all your wonderful entries to win the Vitra L'oiseau from Designcollectors. The winner of the beautiful birdy is Karina from Makao Home! Congratulations! I wish you could have all won :)

Here in Sweden my family and I are heading up the coast to celebrate Valborg (Walpurgis night) with a huge bonfire and singing. Do you celebrate Walpurgis night in your country?

Senin, 29 April 2013

Ausbau apartment by Studio Oink

Hello Monday!! How are you all? I hope you had a lovely weekend. For those of you struggling with the start of the week, don't worry, I have the perfect home tour; the Ausbau apartment in Wiesbaden, Germany. The brief was to create a quiet and bright space and designers Studio Oink (love the name!) have achieved this using whites and pale wood for a calm and bright atmosphere. They have also added a touch of nature, and a mix of Scandinavian designer, mid century and vintage pieces for a relaxed vibe.


Studio Oink with kind permission. Via This is Paper

I spy the Vitra panton chair, the EA117 office chair (15% off with code MYSCAN). The industrial style Hay lamp in the kitchen (I've got one of these here, it's fab!), String pocket shelving , and painted dining chairs (just like mine! I picked them up for 30 quid at the local flee market - bargain!). Have I missed anything?

What do you reckon? Do like the light wood touch?

Jumat, 26 April 2013

A Finnish log cabin

Doing anything fun this weekend? I know one family in Finland who will spend the weekend in this beautiful 48 metre square cottage. I showed a few pictures of it here and today the lovely Minna from Time of The Aquarius has given me permission to show a few more. Complete with two bedrooms, tiny kitchen and a sitting room with a cosy fireplace and a sauna and guest room, the cottage has no running water. It's small for a family of five but that's the idea, they can be close and spend quality time together. Apart from the incredible decor, I think it resonates with me because I love the idea of weekends away with nothing but family and the nature for entertainment.

Time of The Aquarius

Could you spend time in a cottage without running water?

Do you remember this incredible Finnish cabin I showed a few months ago (also without running water?

If you're up for some simple but very cool DIY this weekend check out this cool project.

I love this incredible wooden box house, it's such a refreshing take on architecture and design!

I spy the very cool Vitra L'oiseau in these pictures. If you haven't entered the give-away to win one of these cooly birdies hurry! You have until Monday! :)

Before I head off, I just wanted to mention you've probably noticed my blog is going through a bit of a facelift at the moment, bear with me, the wonderful Ana from blog milk is working on it and it may look a little strange for a few days!

Have a wonderful weekend all!

Kamis, 25 April 2013

The Apartment, Copenhagen

An exciting invite plopped into my mail box last week to attend a preview of the Sarah Becker exhibition at The Apartment. For those of you are unfamiliar with the concept, The Apartment was founded by Tina Seidenfaden Busck and Pernille Hornhauer and exhibits 20th century funriture, contemporary art and design in the setting of an 18th century apartment in the heart of Copenhagen. Here are some pictures of the forever changing space which is slightly more flamboyant than the usual Danish style we are used to seeing but nevertheless beautiful.

The Apartment

What do you think of the space, does it reflect your personal style?

Unfortunately I couldn't make the preview as I was rushing off to London, but the exhbition is on until May 8th for anyone who's interested.
I'm heading home today and sooooo looking forward to seeing my little family! Thank you London for a wonderful stay, you'll always be my favourite!!

PS Don't forget to enter the give-away if you haven't already!

PPS Excuse the layout changes this evening - we are just trying to figure out a slightly new and improved layout and it's a bit of a work in progress! 

Rabu, 24 April 2013

Keeping it simple in white and wood

This apartment is great inspiration for someone who likes to keep it clean, or is simply a little colour shy. The white and wood theme is so relaxed and warm in this Swedish apartment for sale through Fantastic Frank.

Fantastic Frank via wonderful blog 79 ideas
I think my favourite picture is the last one thanks to the beautiful Swedish 'kakelugn' in the corner and the pretty collection of glass bottles used as candle holders on a perspex side table - clever!

What about you? Could you do white and wood?

Sorry if you had a few problems entering the give-away yesterday (there was a technical problem for a few hours and me and technical don't mix very well!). The problem is solved so if you'd like to enter to win a fab Vitra L'oiseau worth 100 euros stop by here, I'd love you to join in the fun!

I hope you have a lovely day (20 degrees and sunny here in London - now that's more like it!), let's hope I take it back with me to Sweden tomorrow.....

Selasa, 23 April 2013

Fab Give-away: L'oiseau

Designcollectors, stockists of the largest Vitra range in Europe, are excited to announce that they will now also sell fab brands Artek and Thonet in the Designcollectors online shop. They have also recently launched a Designcollector's Facebook page for all the latest product info and interior inspiration - yay! we like!

To celebrate  the launch of the new brands Designcollector's and my scandinavian home have teamed up to offer you the chance to win this very cool Vitra L'oiseau worth 100 euros!

To enter all you need to do is:
- Visit Designcollectors website and check out theVitra, Artek and Thonet products
- Write a comment below stating which product you like the most and why
- Like Designcollector's Facebook page 

The competition is open to everyone and closes Monday 29th April at midnight GMT. The winner will be announced here on Tuesday 30th April.

Don't forget, if you're not the lucky winner you can always get 15% off on all products at Designcollectors with the code MYSCAN.

Senin, 22 April 2013

Bright, breezy and perfectly styled in Stockholm

Bright, airy and breezy and beautifully styled. This Östermalm, Stockholm apartment on the market through Alexander White is the perfect way to start the week!


Alexander White via Stil Inspiraton

Favourite items? Mine is the the beautiful leather chesterfield and the vintage fan. Incidentally, our new bedroom is at the top of the house and gets extremely hot in the summer - perfect excuse to invest in a vintage fan - any tips on where to source one?

I'm currently in London (my home city!) for a few days. I love being back, it's such a fab city in the spring time. Yesterday I spent a day in London fields, East London home of the Columbia Road Flower Market and a great local pub!

Did you get up to anything fun?

PS Tomorrow I'll be hosting a very exciting give-away so don't forget to stop by for your chance to win!

Jumat, 19 April 2013

A Swedish lesson in styling

HELLO FRIDAY! We made it! yay! This apartment is a lesson in styling. So very simple yet so very interesting. Colours and key pieces stand out against a backdrop of large white rooms with high ceilings, beautiful original flooring and large windows.

Styling: Jessica Clayton, Photography: Mikael Axelsson for Wendell via Feel Inspired
My favourite things: the portrait painting in the hallway and the bright, sunny, yellow eames chair! Yours?

Exciting news: Design Collectors are now stocking Artek (I love their tea trolley and Golden Bell light) and Thonet (get 15% of with code MYSCAN). To celebrate I'll be holding a give-away here on My Scandinavian Home next keep an eye out!

For those of you who understand Norwegian (or simply like looking at a fab home on film) check out Nina's home from Stylizimo's blog on Norway's TV 8 last week here!

Are you up to anything exciting this weekend? I'm heading to London on Sunday for a few days. It's been ages since I've been there so I am very excited!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! See you on Pinterest / Facebook / Instagram in the meantime!!

Kamis, 18 April 2013

6 Options for painting trim

  There are so many decisions to make when you begin decorating a new home or renovating. Something as basic as what colour to paint the trim often causes homeowners hours of deliberation.  How about you?  What decision have you made about painting your trim work?

1.  White/off white

This is  the most common solution to painting trim .  It works with every style and is fresh and crisp. 

Even if you have white walls your trim can also be white. Consider changing the paint sheen to semi gloss or gloss if you want to accentuate the trim in a white room.        

2. Wood - natural  or stained 

There was a period of time when many homes had natural or stained wood trim, but this trend has slipped a little in the last ten years.  When you have wood your decision is often to leave it natural or stain it.  When your floors are also wood, it can help you decide which stain option to go with.

 Contrary to popular belief wood trim is not sacred.  If you want to paint it don't hold back.  Interestingly enough it is mostly men who revere wood. When you choose this application your are making a decision to outline a room.  Make sure this is what you want to accomplish.

 Rebekah Zaveloff

 In this space the trim colour is in keeping with the floor tones and is just a little darker.  


With light wood floors you always have the option to choose your trim stain  to work  with your furniture. I think the omission of crown in this space really works well to provide a lofty look and keep the viewer's eye at living level.

Your wood trim  doesn't have to be dark to be effective.  You often see natural wood trim  in more modern spaces  where the walls are usually a  light colour  Hint. If you want to achieve a lofty look as in the previous room shown, paint your crown the same colour as the wall.

3.  Same colour  as walls
I often use this application in modern spaces or in rooms where there are too many doors.  When you do this a seamless look is created and the walls become the perfect place to display art without  all those lines you get with alternate colour trim. If you have a more traditionally styled home and modern furniture,  painting your trim the same as your walls will provide an updated look. 

Wondering about chair railing or other paneled effects ?  Rather than removing it, paint it the same as the wall.

4. Colours 

If you are someone who loves colour, this might be the look for you.  It also works well in kids' rooms.    Beware this application creates strong outlines in a room and can chop up your space. Some would say it adds energy because your eyes are always wandering.

5. Darker Than the Walls

This is a good solution in certain spaces. When you paint your trim darker, choose a colour that is roughly two values darker than the walls. This is a great treatment for modern spaces or commercial spaces.


6. Black
This is a daring solution for trim.  When used with white/off white  walls it provides a crisp look that is elegant and serious.  Black looks equally good with soft gray walls.

 Architect Neuhaus Design Architecture, P.C.

If you have very ornate trim , black can really accentuate this sculptural element in your home. Don't be afraid to use it. 

Lots of options....

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