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}

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

Five on Friday

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{It’s mine! I finally got my hands on the Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream perfume – it smells so lovely and the bottle looks fab too.}

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{Another great purchase was the ‘family size’ paddling pool we bought this week. Hours of fun in the garden and keeps the kids cool in this hot weather.}

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{Long sunny days and evenings really are a balm to the soul. Last night I ate my dinner outside with a book for company while the rest of the family were glued to the Commonwealth Games on the TV.}

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{When my parents moved house they gave us their lovingly cultivated tomato plants. This week the tomatoes were finally ripe enough to eat and I have to say that they taste so much nicer than the ones from the supermarket.}

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{All packed and ready to go! We’re off to a wedding in Cambridge tomorrow so tonight has been spent getting all our finery ready. Dress from Asos (bought for Clemmie’s Christening three years ago), shoes and fascinator from John Lewis and clutch by Mulberry.}

Hope you have a fantastic weekend! 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}

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{We had some friends over for dinner last weekend and finally cracked open the big bottle of prosecco that my husband got for his birthday back in October!}

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{Now that the kids are back at school we have had some lovely sunny weather (typical!) so there have been quite a few trips to the park. Clemmie was really scared of going on the swings for a while but now she’s got over her fear and is even happy on the ‘big’ swing. She looks grumpy here because she wanted me to stop taking pictures and push her instead!}

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{Our dinner guests brought some beautiful flowers that have been brightening up my work space this week.}

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{When it comes to food, every week is the same for me. I start off with good intentions and make healthy meals like this smoked salmon and goats cheese salad for lunch…}

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{…and then, come 4pm, I inevitably give in to my sugar cravings. At least these apple crumble muffins are homemade AND have fruit in them! Marginally healthier than chocolate methinks.}

Hope you have a fantastic weekend! X

Five on Friday

Rush, rush, rush – that is how I would sum up this week. In between working, trying to sort out childcare, cooking, cleaning and making at least a half-hearted attempt at spending some quality time together, it’s been a struggle keeping up with the blog. Most of my time seems to have been spent refereeing various arguments that have erupted between the children. Half term + rain is definitely not a good combination, resulting in bored kids mooching around the house moaning that there is nothing to do whenever you switch the Xbox/iPads off. Throw in a few late nights – the boys are addicted to Britain’s Got Talent at the moment and have been staying up later than usual to watch the semi finals every night this week – and it’s hardly surprising that tempers have been fraying left right and centre the past few days. But we have had some good times too, catching up with friends, watching movies and playing board games at home. Yesterday and today I had to work so the boys went to football camp while my parents looked after Clemmie. It certainly did the trick as far as bedtime was concerned – Casper was so tired he asked to go to bed at 6.30pm yesterday!

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{We went on our annual family trip to Ikea last weekend. It was relatively painless as we got there half an hour after the store opened so managed to beat most of the crowds. As you may recall it is not everyone’s favourite destination…}

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{It seems ages ago now but last Monday was a Bank Holiday here in the UK. It was grey and drizzly so we went to nearby Hampton Court Palace where the kids took part in a digital fact finding mission around the palace. The boys were really happy as they got to use an iPad but hopefully they learned a few things!}

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{The burger chain Five Guys opened a restaurant near us a few months ago and the boys have been desperate to go so this week we finally relented. It was more expensive than McDonalds but the food was miles better. Clean plates all around}

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{I made another batch of my vanilla granola this week. Really enjoying it with fresh berries and Greek yoghurt at the moment.}

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{I also bought a couple of books, both on recommendations from other bloggers. I was going to save them for the summer holidays but I don’t know if I can wait that long.}

Happy Friday to you all! What are you up to this weekend? We have friends coming for dinner tomorrow night so I have an apple pie baking in the oven, which we will have for pudding. Apart from that, we are just hoping for some sunny weather so we can get outside in the garden.  X

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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