February 13, 2013
As you may well know, I have a love of all things Scandinavian and have wanted to visit for a long time, if only to confirm my love, like visiting a soul mate pen-pal for the first time in real life . Originally I had dreams of an epic journey across Norway and Sweden, however due to the fact that everything is double the price we settled for a four-day city break in Oslo.
Little red house
As soon as we flew over the silver birch coloured landscape my love was cemented, the train journey from the airport through the country filled my heart even more with each little red and yellow wooden house that slipped past and I began daydreaming about re-locating.
We had a wonderful time exploring the city, bitter air biting at our bones and blushing our noses, stopping in cosy coffee shops and stylish bars… in fact it’s true, It’s all so very stylish. My rose tinted vision from blogs and pinterest boards was confirmed – White washed and grey palettes with accents of colour (mostly, my favorite, yellow), sheepskins and throws, log piles, wooden furniture with that effortlessly cool curve, candles (even in the daytime) and sleek light fittings. Staying in what could only be described as My Dream Home only added to the joy of it all. And this is a city remember, I imagine things would get more idyllic for me in the country. One of the great things about Oslo in fact is that its only a 20 min journey on the metro and you’re in nature, pine tree forests and ski runs, the wholesome red cheeks of the inhabitants clutching ski’s on the bus says it all.
Our apartment for the weekend
We took the metro up to the 2km toboggan run – Korketrekkeren (The cork screw!) and sledged down a few times stopping for a hot chocolate and giant apple pie in front of a huge log fire in an enchanting log cabin restaraunt at Frognerseteren. Perfect.
Apres sledge hot chocolate
View from the metro
Other highlights included:
Snowy walks through parks
Cosy coffee shops
Vigeland Sculpture park
Mooching Grunerlokka; A vintage market
March 7, 2012
Marit Lissdaniels and Angelica Utterberg set up Little Studio in 2010, their playful designs are intended for adults and children alike and they take inspiration from children’s ability to see things for more than they really are, a triangle becomes a mountain for example, a concept I love. Their charming products include prints, cushions and cutting boards all produced in Sweden, they smack of that intrinsic elegance that comes with genuine Scandinavian cool. On my wishlist: The landscape tray.
Love this- Into the woods print: photo taken in the deepest magic forest of Dalarna, Sweden
February 11, 2012
One of my favourite designers Elisabeth Dunker of Fine Little Day and Anna Backlund have designed a new home wear collection for Rym. I am absolutely In. Love. The rug design is perfection in my eyes, and the crockery is elegant with a dash of curious whimsy and nature inspired goodness, I am also a fan of the mix and match concept. Wishlist.
‘Flaky fields and mountain drops’ rug
All images from the Fine Little Day Blog
July 17, 2011
I’m currently inspired by these Scandinavian folk art style beauties:
March 11, 2011
Of late I have developed an obsession with all things Scandinavian, I dream of living in a woodland cabin by a water’s edge getting rosy-cheeked doing wholesome things like chopping logs and yodeling, before retreating inside for a hot chocolate by the open fire to do some knitting etc etc…
At the moment these dreams are being fuelled by this beautiful blog I came across: Lovenordic Design
Until I run to the Swedish hills I shall have to be content with white washing my furniture, investing in a quilt and wearing as much fair isle as possible, all a bit more achievable. Anyhow I think what I love about the Scandinavian interior style most is its ethos and how it manages to create graceful juxtapositions; Folksy and modern, personal and uncluttered, airy yet cosy. It’s all about nesting, making the most of natural light and ensuring your living space is enjoyable, personal and above all comfortable.
Here are a few things I would put in my Scandinavian dream;
Marimekko is a Finnish textile company, they have some beautiful designs.
Green green fabric
And from SCP:
Frank pouffe by Donna Wilson
Jacob chevron blanket