26.11.19

Like a fairy tale – the De Gournay family home in London

De Gournay family home in London

Today we are going as far away from the Scandinavian interiors and design I often show you here on Tuesday as we possibly could. We stay in London and visit a very colourful home that could very well be part of a fairy tale.

Owners of this ‘Alice in Wonderland’ kind of place are Hannah De Gournay and her husband, Eddie Harden. Hannah is the daughter of De Gournay founder Claud Cecil Gurney. And Eddie owns and manages Nanhoron, a Welsh estate where his family has lived for some 700 years.

And since Hannah was brought up with these beautiful and colourful hand-painted wallpapers they were the first thing she decided on for every room of the house. Yes, every room is home to a different De Gournay wallpaper that became the starting point for everything else. Furniture, lighting, decoration, and mood.

The Victorian house in London’s Battersea neighbourhood was turned around completely to make it the perfect home for their family of 5. Let’s have a tour, starting with the kid’s rooms:

De Gournay family home in London

De Gournay family home in London

De Gournay family home in London

De Gournay family home in London
De Gournay family home in London

Why not bring Africa to your home? And how cool is that cute little canary-yellow built-in shelf?

And then there is the children’s bathroom, outfitted in a completely bespoke wallpaper featuring whimsical scenes such as squirrels skipping rope, foxes playing soccer, and mice pushing ice-cream carts.

I am pretty sure that many interesting stories and tales came up when looking at these wallpapers. From swimming with the turtles, to flying with the balloons, and watching the giraffes. Like I mentioned before – it is like a fairy tale in this house!

 

De Gournay family home in London

De Gournay family home in London

De Gournay family home in London

De Gournay family home in London

De Gournay family home in London
The other rooms are equally stunning (I am sure you did not expect otherwise) and so full of details.

More about De Gournay:

De Gournay is highly sought after among top designers and tastemakers, who wait months for each paper to be rendered by hand. It is coveted for its couture artisanship, unique and extravagant wallpapers. A brand that holds a special place in the world of interior design.

Are you interested in more colourful interiors? How about this dreamy home in Australia?

Photography: Douglas Friedman
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25.11.19

Gift Guides 2019 – Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

This coming Sunday will be the first of advent. For most, it is the invitation to bring out the Christmas Decorations. Putting on some festive music, lighting the first candle, eating a few treats, and turn the house into a magical wonderland.

Ok, the wonderland part may seem a little farfetched, but Christmas is the only occasion where we actually go a bit out and beyond in our house. How is it in yours?

We did put up some balloons and a spiderweb for Halloween, we will do something for Easter… but it is all nothing compared to Christmas. The tree of course, but I really like to decorate throughout the house. Of course, it has a lot to do with the season and the short days. We want our home to be extra cosy. Therefore I created a guide for Christmas Decorations this year as well.

Personally, I like to add a few special pieces every year. For example, our tree is decorated with the beautiful little hangings from Maileg. So, every year I buy another one or two and our collection looks pretty nice by now. (once our Christmas box is down I may take a picture)…

Enjoy decorating and yes, fabulous Christmas Decoration makes for a great gift:

1. Festive Reindeer Globe Ornament

2. We have this one already up and I love it! So colourful, stylish and sparkly. This chandelier is full of shimmering stars and moons crafted from foil and glitter and looks amazing at any celebration.

3. Hang this on your door and you will be the highlight of your street. Such a fantastic wreath*, bursting with pops of candy colour. Perfect for adding a touch of cheerful delight to your home. You can of course hang it on a window, above a mantel piece or on the wall too.

4. Christmas crackers are huge here in the UK. And so much fun. These cute woodland creatures* are filled with adorable key rings which is fantastic because many only include plastic stuff that goes into the bin shortly afterwards.

5. Maileg Winter Friend.

6. JUL, Scandinavian for ‘Christmas’ is a richly spiced candle with bold notes of baked gingerbread, melted honey, cloves, and warm gløgg.

7. One of the collections where I buy a piece every year. And the rich red is such a great colour and looks beautiful on the table. Folklore and fairy tales alive through functional, simple design. The Taika collection blends with a vibrant palette of colours to highlight the intricate owl pattern.

8. Pretzel embroidered ornament.

9. A mistletoe* that can be used year after year. Beautiful hand painted wooden mistletoe with the words “Christmas Kisses”.

10. Elegant baubles* made from paper.

11. Gingerbread House musical Snow Globe. (I love snow globes!)

12. Beautiful Christmas Tree base* that is a decoration item at the same time.

 

Gift Guides 2019 overview:

* Stocking Fillers

* Mum & Dad aka grown ups

* Christmas Decor

* Baby

* Kids

* Family Games

* Books

* Teens

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21.11.19

Gift Guides 2019 – grown ups

Gift Guides 2019 – grown ups

 

Oh the adult gift guide. My favourite, because I basically bookmark everything I would also love to receive.

Ha! Simple as that. Because we all the know the saying “Gift something that you would love to receive as well!” (of course there are exceptions and you can veto with a gift the other person specifically asked for).

So instead of writing a wish list for Santa, I am sharing mine here today.

Fabulous grown up gifts for men and women:

1. Life is Fantastic tea towel! Such a cheerful design that will brighten up your kitchen and motivate you to wash the dishes.

2. Can you have too many cool t-shirts? No, you can’t! Hairy Styles*!

3. Hand wrapped tassel earrings* made from upcycled fabric in a floral print and mercerized cotton. Quirky and charming!

4. High performance power bank*. Suitable for smartphones, tablets, PSP, MID, MP3 and similar devices. And it has the capacity to fully charge your smartphone up to three times.

5. Beautiful and good sized glass teapot*.

6. I love a luxurious hand cream but would never spend that much money myself. And yet, I would be delighted to receive it as a gift. The Apothecary hand lotion provides a naturally fresh and aromatic hydrating experience that softens the hands. Bottled in custom coloured Italian glass bottles.

7. Organic Merino wool mittens*. Extremely warm and wind resistant!

8. The fun and fashionable stainless steel travel mug* keeps tea, coffee and hot chocolate warm for ages.
Comes in cute designs which wrap all the way around!

9. The Bowie Backpack has a unique closure inspired by a vintage music case as well as a unique design which makes for the perfect bag to hold your purse, phone and 15″ laptop.

10. Beautiful trinket dish* for all your accessories, keys, coins, or office accessories. Fantastic gift for minimal design enthusiast.

11. A love letter to London! This Cookbook* reflects the contemporary energy and culinary rebirth of this very international city. And an insider’s guide to its most delicious haunts, as well as a highly curated and tested collection of the city’s best recipes.

12. Delightful and unique table lamp*.

 

 

 

Gift Guides 2019 overview:

* Stocking Fillers

* Christmas Decor

* Mum & Dad aka grown ups

* Baby

* Kids

* Family Games

* Books

* Teens

 

 

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20.11.19

Creative DIY kits by Numero 74

Creative DIY kits by Numero 74

With a tween in the house who absolutely adores anything crafty, a great DIY kit is definitely a winning gift.

When the kids are small I find that it is difficult to have them follow instructions because they just want to have fun and make a mess.

Fair enough. A bit later, when the fine motor skills have developed, they are more keen but patience is often a tricky one. Still! And very often the result just does not look as seen on the box without mum doing everything. Tricky!

Therefore the time for some great DIY kits started now in our house. And when I saw that one of my favourite interior brands – Numero 74 – added kits to their line I had to find out more.

The new range*  has evolved out of the love of all things handmade and the wish to share creativity. And the kits are made from an array of materials. For example, cotton hand spun in Burma, weaving looms made of wood coming from old Thai houses, and embroidery fabric with patterns that are pre-printed using the ancient “silk-screen” process.

And there is no distinction between different levels of proficiency: beginners, intermediate or advanced. Instead, the photo tutorials are designed to show, if necessary, that anyone is able to do it.

Let’s have a look at the DIY kits:

 

Creative DIY kits by Numero 74

Creative DIY kits by Numero 74

There are various kits with different techniques. For example the flower kit* is a complete creative set to create floral cotton decorations that you can use for various things. You can make a mobile, or hang them on a canopy, or a wall…

Or the beautiful macrame craft kit*, where you can learn the ancient art of knotting cord with your hands and create wall decorations, a plant hanger, a keychain and a cable cover. Macramé will bring a touch of bohemian elegance to your world

 

Creative DIY kits by Numero 74

Creative DIY kits by Numero 74

Really loving the embroidery kits* where the result is one of these amazing wall hangings!

 

Creative DIY kits by Numero 74

Creative DIY kits by Numero 74
Altogether, the creative kits include all the tools you need to create your poster, a weaving, a macrame wall hanging, or some beautiful cotton flowers. Making something yourself that will decorate your room brings great joy!

And the kits make amazing gifts too…

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19.11.19

Beautiful harmonizing tones in this Stockholm family apartment

Stockholm family apartment

Oh my, when I started looking at this apartment I was just so charmed by the beautiful harmonizing tones.The wall colours are so well chosen. And reflect stunningly with the natural light. So inspiring!

And as a little pre-warning, today’s Interior Tuesday will be short (ish). I am volunteering a good amount of time at my children’s primary school and the big Christmas Party is coming up in less than 3 weeks. Which means I am in full Christmas Mood and there are many post its and other to-do lists decorating my desk.
But back to this stunning place, that next to the colour palette shows off some gorgeous original details, herringbone parquet, mirrored doors, high ceilings, and a fireplace. Oh yes, all of that!

Plus an extraordinary cute children’s room of course:

 

Stockholm family apartment

Stockholm family apartment

Stockholm family apartment

Stockholm family apartment

Beautiful teal walls, cute decor, simple and fun. True Scandinavian style!

The neighbourhood around Regeringsgatan is lovely and it is easy to forget that you are in the middle of central Stockholm. From parks, restaurants, cinemas, to cool cafes and little shops.

 

Stockholm family apartment

Stockholm family apartment
Enjoy this space and I am wishing you a great afternoon.

I have another gift guide for you as well as some fantastic DIY kits this week. Stay tuned!

 

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