Interior Inspiration: Mood Boards

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Tray table from Hay/Blanket by Pia Wallen/Cushions by Chhatwal & Jonsson/Sofa from Ikea/ Lamp by Sebastian Wrong for Flos

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Lamp by Philippe Starck for Flos/Bar stool by Hay/Sideboard from Ikea/Tulip table from Vertigo Interiors/Arne Jacobsen Seven chair

Just before Christmas, work started on an extension to our house that will eventually result in a new kitchen and playroom/family room. After two years of talking about it and another six months of getting the plans drawn up and finalised, it’s incredibly exciting to see it all come together.

This week we have just embarked on the difficult stage of  the building work where we lose our kitchen and are all confined to one room downstairs with only a microwave for cooking. The children are super excited at the thought of eating ready meals and takeaways every night for three or four weeks – me, less so. At least it means that the end is in sight and in a matter of weeks we will have a brand new kitchen without baseboards that fall off every time you go near them. And an extractor fan that works and a kitchen sink that doesn’t leak! This ‘compact living’ is also a great reminder that we don’t actually need a lot of the stuff we have accumulated over the years. While emptying out the kitchen at the weekend we discovered two or more of several things (including six biscuits tins – none of them containing biscuits!) as well as kitchen equipment that we rarely or never use.

As part of the new extension we are making the playroom/family room slightly bigger and linking it with the kitchen. Now that the boys are bigger most of their toys reside in their bedrooms but Clemmie’s room is tiny and she still prefers to play near me downstairs. We won’t be buying loads of furniture but a new sofa is definitely on the list as well as some nice cushions and lamps – at the moment we have no lamps downstairs apart from the ceiling spotlights! We already have a cupboard similar to that in the picture and I plan to replace the glass doors with chicken wire to make it suitable for storing toys in.

The kitchen we have chosen is white with built-in handles and light grey worktops. It will be lovely to have lots of storage space and a kitchen island where the kids can eat breakfast and do their homework. I doubt it will stay as clutter free as the pictures for long though!

Hope you’ve all had a good start to the week. I’m determined to get back to regular blogging so look out for more posts this week. X

Interior Inspiration: A City Chic Apartment

City living has many benefits – I’m an urbanite at heart and the proximity to shops, restaurants, museums and other amenities is a major draw for me. Before we had children, my husband and I lived in Notting Hill in West London and I have to admit that I was reluctant to decamp to the suburbs when we first decided to by a house. However, the thought of living in central London with three young children is less than appealing – all that traffic, pollution and general noise and stress. But if we ever decided to up sticks and move to Sweden I would happily settle for an apartment in central Stockholm. The city is much smaller than London with plenty of greenery and water surrounding it. If I had also won the lottery, this four bedroom flat in the ultra posh area of  Östermalm would be top of my list of dream homes. It belongs to TV presenter and journalist Ebba von Sydow and is currently up for sale (view the details here). With big, airy rooms, lots of original features and a separate entrance with a lift that takes you straight to the front door, it is the ultimate in city chic luxury.

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{I love the windows and wooden parquet floor}

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{Oh, to have the space for a bookcase like this!}

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{The rooms flow seamlessly into one another, creating an open and inviting living space}

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{A white kitchen has been on my wishlist for a long time}

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{More beautiful flooring and the white paneling adds a sense of calm}

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{I. Want. That. Lamp}

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{A traditional Swedish kakelugn in one of the bedrooms}

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{And finally a balcony with views over one of Stockholm’s loveliest neighbourhoods}

 

 

Interior Inspiration: Beautiful Boudoirs

We all know the importance of a good night’s sleep but lately I have to admit that I’ve been guilty of burning the candle at both ends with late nights and early mornings. It started on holiday when we would stay up late, drinking wine and enjoying the balmy weather and peaceful surroundings. Now that we’re back home I’ve ditched the wine but I’m still staying up late working, reading blogs and watching Orange is the new Black (I only started watching it a couple of weeks ago and am already on episode 9 of the second series..) With the holiday behind us, lie-ins are also a thing of the past especially as the boys start back at school tomorrow.

I know what I need to do: go to bed earlier, cut down on caffeine, avoid looking at the computer at least an hour before bedtime, have a warm bath in the evening etc. But in the meantime, just looking at these pictures of gorgeous, restful bedrooms (from my Pinterest board – where else?) is also helping me feel more relaxed. Which one is your favourite?

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{How could you fail to get a good night’s sleep in this serene bedroom?}

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{The bedspread, the bedside table, the lamps – I want it all!}

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{A bit too colourful for me but I love the picture above the bed.}

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{Now that the colder months are coming what could be more luxurious than a fireplace in your bedroom?}

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{I love the colour scheme, the touch of greenery and the balcony. Bohemian style at its best.}

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{This headboard is on my wishlist.}

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{Such a cute way of displaying your shoes.}

And on that note I’m off to bed! Early start tomorrow. Sweet dreams to you all! X

 

 

 

 

Interior Inspiration: Kitchen Thoughts

I’ve mentioned before that we are intending to extend our house this year to create another bedroom in the loft and demolish the hated conservatory. Well, planning permission has finally been secured and the builder has been booked for this autumn so now it’s time for the fun stuff like choosing the kitchen. We have never done a project like this before so it is a real opportunity to create the space that we want, but also quite daunting. A guy from one of the local kitchen companies came over today to do some measurements and give us a few ideas. As we don’t have tons of space or a limitless budget (I wish..) I’m sure that we will have to make a few compromises along the way but in the meantime I have been scouring Pinterest for inspiration (as you do).

Have any of you carried out major kitchen renovations? If so, what are the dos and don’ts? Please share as we need all the advice we can get! X

{Here are some of my favourite kitchen images. Find all of these and more on my Pinterest board My Dream Kitchen.}

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Interior Inspiration: Outdoor Living

The sun is set to make a welcome reappearance this weekend and immediately my thoughts turn to sprucing up our rather neglected garden. This time last year I was tentatively stretching my non-green fingers by planting pots full of vibrant flowers and clearing the borders from weeds and other debris like broken toys and ice cream wrappers that the children casually toss aside despite my admonitions. But this year, in between working and trying my best to keep up with everything else going on (I seem to be getting at least two emails a day from each of my sons’ schools about more things that need to be crammed in before the end of term) I simply haven’t had the time. To be fair, my husband has been doing a good job of mowing the lawn regularly and cutting back the big plants and shrubs, but he tends to leave the prettifying to me. Looking at these pictures, maybe this will be the weekend when I add a few decorative touches like potted flowers, hanging baskets, lanterns and string up some pretty coloured lights.

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{Striped hammock from Nordic House}

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{Large aged flower pot from Nordic House}

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{Garden candle torches from Nordic House}

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{Decorative zinc lantern from Nordic House}

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{Striped rocking deckchair from Graham and Green}

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{Dean St table and armchairs from Graham and Green}

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{Solvinden solar-powered lighting chain from Ikea}

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{Picture from Ikea}

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{Picture from Ikea}

Interior Inspiration: It’s all in the details

A beautiful home full of modern design classics. I love them all but if I had to only pick one it would probably be the Tom Dixon lamp. Which is your favourite?

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{I love these Ghost chairs by Philippe Starck}

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{The Eames rocking chair and the copper Tom Dixon pendant lamp are both gorgeous}

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{The Pia Wallen cross blanket has been on my wish list for a while now}

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{The Panton S chairs look great at the Eero Saarinen Tulip dining table and the kitchen is exactly how I would want mine to look}

See these images and more on my Pinterest board My Dream Abode

Interior Inspiration: Scandi Chic

Small but perfectly formed, I love the colour scheme in this Stockholm apartment. The furniture has been kept in black, white and grey tones and beautiful pastels are added through cushions, pictures and books. Framed posters are a great way to incorporate stunning art works into your interior design scheme without breaking the bank. And the Swedish ‘kakelugn’ (fireplace) in the last picture is the Pièce de résistance in my humble opinion.

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Source: Alvhem

Interior Inspiration: A Place for Everything…

…and everything in its place. Oh, how I wish that could be my motto! I really hate spending any more time than necessary searching for things, whether they are vitally important, like passports and tax returns, or more trivial, such as a favourite lipstick or scarf. With five family members and too little storage space, I sometimes feel that I am fighting a constant battle against STUFF. However much I try to clear out and give to charity shops, sell on eBay or just shove into the loft, there just doesn’t seem to be any respite.

The main problem areas are the kids’ rooms and playroom as well as our bedroom, which also serves as my office. I get sent a lot of press releases and look books which I print out (not the most Eco friendly way of working I know, but I like to be able to underline key passages and make notes in the margins) so at the end of the day my desk is often a sea of papers.

And as anyone with kids knows, however much you encourage them to tidy their room before bedtime by the next morning it inevitably looks like a bombsite again. After we spent hours sorting all his Lego into different boxes by colour, Cameron’s room is not too bad but both Casper and Clemmie still have a tendency to empty out every single toy on the floor when they’re playing.

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The answer, for me at least, is lots of spacious storage boxes that you can quickly scoop all the toys into. Zara Home has some of the best kids’ storage solutions on the high street, like these boxes on castors. The boys have one each in white and I’m tempted to get this girly one for Clemmie’s dolls and soft toys. The little suitcases are also from Zara Home and are perfect for smaller bits and pieces, like toy cars or dolls’ accessories. Danish House Doctor is one of my favourite brands for homeware and this striped basket to hang on the door handle is really cute. I think one of these on each of their bedroom doors would be great for dumping toys and other paraphernalia in after doing the ‘downstairs sweep’ while they’re all in bed, ready for them to put away the following morning. I also like these storage baskets in the bottom row of the picture (l-r) from Ferm Living (another Danish brand, what is it about the Danes and interior design?), The White Company and H&M (which also has a great range of affordable storage solutions).

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For the home office, House Doctor again has some of the best and most stylish accessories, like these Creative Play storage boxes (bottom row, middle picture) which I ordered today from Design Vintage to store all my work papers in. The nifty wall storage unit is also by House Doctor, as is the rustic wire letter tray (in the bottom left picture) and the magazine files (top right). The white lacquer trays (from The White Company) are perfect on a dressing table or on top of a chest of drawers to hold jewellery, candles or makeup. And one can never have too many baskets – I use them to store everything from shoes, hats, scarves and gloves to all the chargers and headphones for phones/computers/iPads as well as the kids’ paints and craft materials. I usually buy mine from Ikea but this one from The White Company has a lovely washed grey finish.

 

Interior Inspiration: Cool Kids Rooms

I have just spent an hour or so looking at kids rooms on Pinterest – funny how time flies when you’re on there, I always keep thinking, just one more pin! It’s so addictive..

I would love to incorporate some of these ideas into my own children’s rooms. At the moment, most of my planned house projects are on hold as the layout may change with our planned building work, which is taking far too long to come to fruition for my liking. Hopefully we will do our extension before they are all teenagers and have firm opinions of their own on what they want!

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{I love the colour combinations and this lamp, Liv by Jonas Bohlin, is my all-time favourite}

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{Pink & white – a classic girlie combo}

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{Beautiful floorboards and the teepee would be a fab place to chill out, read a book or listen to music}

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{I’ve seen this castle in interior magazines before and if you have the space I think it is a great way to fire up kids’ imagination}

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{Or how about a slide to help you get out of bed in the mornings? I would quite like one of these myself!}

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{A lovely workspace. The string shelf is a classic that looks good in any room}

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{Blackboard paint – a simple way to get the creative juices flowing and also handy for writing down reminders to bring in homework, PE kits, instruments, etc}

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{Another lamp that I really like}

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{Bold colours against a white background look fab in kids rooms}

For more pictures and inspiration see my Kids Rooms board on Pinterest. No doubt I will add more pictures before the week is over!

‘Til the next post. X

Interior Inspiration: A Touch of Monochrome

With a wardrobe that mainly consists of monochrome pieces with a bit of denim and neutrals mixed in, perhaps it is not surprising that I am drawn to interior schemes that also reflect my taste in clothing. Black and white is a timeless combination that can easily be varied and updated by adding colourful accessories.

All these pictures and more are on my Pinterest board ‘My dream abode’.

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{I love the lamp in this picture and the wooden floorboards}

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{A cosy and stylish living space}

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{The curtains, the rug and the lamp in the corner – it all works beautifully together}

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{I love the zebra rug and the Eames chairs. The kakelugn fireplace is a very popular feature in Scandinavian homes}

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{Marble worktops may not be practical but they sure do look stunning}

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{I would love a headboard like this in my bedroom}