Monthly Archives: July 2013

Missoni home

I’m at selfridges with my friend Vickan looking for a gift for her new nephew and passed the home department! Where we saw these things from missoni

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Jättefint!

This is the gift that Vickan bought

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upcycled ideas for the garden

My parents have been visiting from Sweden, which is why I haven’t posted anything for a while. But when they were here we visited some places that I want to share with you, like the café and restaurant Canvas & Cream which is here in Forest Hill. They have a beautiful backyard that is perfect for the summer and if you go there you will find loads of upcycling inspiration for the garden (or inside!).

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whiskey decanter as garden decor

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So if you have a garden, why don’t you hang some colourful bottles from a string, fill the garden with herbs, make some large wooden balls from sticks, change the door knobs to cute ones, randomly place some odd porcelain items you’ve found at your grandma’s and put whiskey decanters on handmade shelves?

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Numi the kitten & her food dish

We have a new family member, Numi! She’s 9 weeks old and the cutest little kitten ever!

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These are her food and water dishes, i didn’t have any actual cat bowls so we’re using my iittala candle holder and a sushi plate!

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I also think it looks a lot nicer with these than normal plastic cat dishes in awful colours

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gRetro – retro interior design e-shop

My brother has started an online business selling vintage things for the home! He has found lots of things at my parents house that they didn’t have space for anymore, plus he’s going to flea markets  on the weekends to get new things.

It’s called gRetro – Retro for the cool vintage things he’s selling, and G for Gustav, my brother’s name and Greta, our grandmother’s name. Check the site out at gretro.se

He’s selling some really cool stuff like this old retro radio from the 50s

Orange vintage radio from the 50s

 

or these old alarm clocks!

Väckarklocka från Comet  Junghans Bivox Runa väckarklocka

Diehl Alarmklocka  Rostov (Sovjetunionen) väckarklocka

Prim väckarklocka  Erevan 4 Jewels väckarklocka

 

and this little thing

Bonbonjär

Designed by Greta Runeborg 1938-9

The interior accessories and furniture can currently just be delivered in Sweden, but if you see something you like and you’re not in Sweden, I can ask my brother how much it would cost to deliver. Or email him directly at info@gretro.se

PS. 100 Swedish SEK is like £10,  €9 or $7.

I’m also blogging a bit on the website, as is my sister. And my brother is a great photographer and has put up some beautiful inspiration, like this one

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Glass jars

 

All the products are not up yet so there will be more things up on the site every week, like the glass jars above. When I go back to Sweden in August we will have a big garden launch party too! Let me know if you’re in the south of Sweden and want to come, everyone’s invited!

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7 ways to find interior design inspiration

You’ve got a house or a flat? Good start. You know you want it to look effortlessly stylish yet homely. OK. So where do you begin? Design inspiration can often strike in the strangest of places but while you wait, here are a few ideas to get you started:

 

Open your eyes

Ideas really can hit when you least expect them, so open your eyes and really see the things around you every day. Perhaps you’ve never noticed that shop display before on your way to work or the way your office reception is laid out? Just being open to ideas from your regular environment can be a great way to get creative.

Liberty window display – Picture from thewindowdisplayblog

 

Look to nature

Have you ever looked at a flower and thought ‘Ooh, I don’t like those colours together’? No, of course you haven’t. Mother Nature is pretty clever like that. Flowers, trees and even animals can be very inspiring particularly in terms of colour combinations so pay attention to your natural environment and you’ll soon start to notice colours and shades that work well together.

 

Take a trip to town

Shops and restaurants spend a lot of money on their design and layout so do make the most of this as a resource that’s at your fingertips. If you’re lucky enough to live in a vibrant city like London, interior design inspiration is not going to be hard to find, but even small towns and villages can hold hidden gems, even if not on such a grand scale. Look at details like lighting and the use of colour as well as getting a sense of the overall feel of a room. Check out my previous post with design cafes here.

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The Montage – cafe in Forest Hill

 

Real estate agencies

Many agents style the houses before they put them online. I’ve noticed that especially Scandinavian agencies (like Fantastic Frank or Erik Olsson) have loads of stylish homes you can browse through. Good styling by the agencies or do Scandinavians just have better style?

 

Random websites with beautiful interior design

I sometimes stumble across random websites that I get lots of inspiration from, like the company that specializes in renting out locations for film or photo shoots and events that I wrote about in the ‘A place for stories’ post. Airbnb is also a great place to find beautiful homes (that you can actually stay in as well!). I have a saved wish list with places that have great interiors. Interior design websites like Increation is another great inspiration source.

airbnb pool house

airbnb pool house

 

Get pinning

Pinterest has boomed over the last year and is the perfect platform to hunt out design ideas. Browse other people’s pins and create your own boards to gather together the things that inspire you. You could even think about developing several boards and organising them by different themes such as room or colour. Check out my pinterest page.

 

Go for it!

Sometimes you can think for too long about something and end up afraid to take the plunge, but how will you know if a colour looks good on all four walls unless you just bite the bullet and paint? What’s the worst that could happen? You don’t like the colour and you have to paint over it – no big deal, that’s just an excuse for a new set of Pinterest boards…

 

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apartment in Stockholm

We were in Stockholm about two weeks ago for my cousin’s wedding and stayed in friends’ flat on Söder at Skånegatan. It was such a beautiful flat and we were so happy we could stay there.

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The weather was beautiful.

Stockholm söder hus stockholm hus på söder I love the look of this house with the piles of books in the windows.

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The wedding was beautiful, taking place by a lake just outside Stockholm

Stockholm wedding

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