A Warm and Inviting City Apartment For a Rescue Dog and Her Owners

A Warm and Inviting City Apartment For a Rescue Dog and Her Owners


Hi there kompisar! Scrolling through my instagram this weekend (as you do); I struck upon this dining room shot from the feed of Johanna Brüggemann, and it stopped me in my tracks. After a little messaging, I discovered that Johanna is founder of Studio Gingko - a digital creation agency, and lives with her husband and Spanish rescue dog Elli in Kiel, Germany. A quick google maps route finder search tells me that Johanna's home is a mere 4 hour's drive from where I live in Malmö, Sweden - which might account for the touch of Scandi (I'm seeing so many fab Scandi design pieces!). But let's not kid anyone here, Elli totally steals the show - I love that she's made herself completely at home in almost every corner of the home. Perfect Monday vibes!

In Spring and summer, the family head to their allotment cottage nearby. 

Such a lovely relaxed, vibe. Thank you Elli (and Johanna) for showing us how to do Monday in style!

Quick lamp round up as there are so many statement ones here: 

Were there any details in particular that stood out to you? 

A few other homes from north Germany today: 

Have a great start to the week! 

Niki

PS So many exciting things have been happening at our tiny cabin this weekend. We now have a bed (with lots of storage underneath)! You can see a very short film about it here


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Hygge living room

How to do Hygge: Create cosy and inviting interiors


You’ve Marie Kondo-ed and you may have even Danshari-ed (disposed of mental and physical junk). But have you Hygge-d?

Pronounced “hoo-gah”, Hygge is a way of living that was originally developed by the Danish in the 18thcentury. The word itself embodies well-being or using simple pleasures and inviting spaces to feel good.

Today Hygge is considered a defining feature of Danes’ cultural identity and an integral part of the national DNA, according to Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and author of The Little Book of Hygge.

We asked Lisa Paley, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Interiors Online, how we can embrace Hygge in our homes.

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Hygge living room
Image via Emma Melin

Let it glow

Candles can be used for both their perfume and their magical and soothing glow, especially when lit in groups. They are, in fact, one of the most essential parts of Hygge.  

Don’t feel you can only use them at night, or in company. Candles add a special atmosphere to breakfast, lunch or dinner; to a night alone or a party; or to a bath-time or relaxation ritual.

The choice of brand or scent is yours and some favourites include patchouli, ylang ylang, lavender and gardenia. 

“There are dozens of beautiful candle brands on the market, many of them high quality,” says Lisa. “Some of the best use pure aromatherapy essences to create an ambience in your home.”

While we’re on glow, think of other ambient ways to light a room, suggests Lisa.

“Floor lamps and table lamps can help you create warm lighting,” she says. “These can be vintage or new, as long as they fit in with your overall theme. Remember you can change shades on ‘found’ pieces to add style, ambience and an overall sense of Hygge.”

Shop the look: Hygge styling

Incense holder

Incense holder

I Love Linen bedding

I Love Linen bedding

al.ive blackcurrant & caribbean wood soy candle

al.ive blackcurrant & caribbean wood soy candle

Bronze rib towel set

Bronze rib towel set

Jute and cotton rug

Jute and cotton rug

Coffee table

Coffee table

Hide cushion

Hide cushion

White sheepskin

White sheepskin

Shallow timber bowl

Shallow timber bowl

Incense holder

Incense holder

I Love Linen bedding

I Love Linen bedding

al.ive blackcurrant & caribbean wood soy candle

al.ive blackcurrant & caribbean wood soy candle

Bronze rib towel set

Bronze rib towel set

Jute and cotton rug

Jute and cotton rug

Coffee table

Coffee table

Hide cushion

Hide cushion

White sheepskin

White sheepskin

Shallow timber bowl

Shallow timber bowl

Cosy autumn bath
Beautiful bath ritual courtesy of Polly Florence

Vintage rules

If you love combing St Vinnies, or other second-hand outlets for that special piece, you’ll love Hygge. “Now’s the time to show off your antique books, vinyl records or even old-fashioned pottery,” says Lisa.

Of course there’s a fine line between kitsch and cool.

“Just remember to consider it within the overall concept of your home which is to make it warm, comfortable and appealing.” 

Hygge home office
For the Home combines vintage with new in this cosy home office

Think texture 

“Opt for luxurious, natural textures in throws, rugs, cushions and more,” says Lisa. “Textured accessories are a huge trend right now.”

We love merino, cashmere, pure wool and linen. Mix things up and don’t forget to consider pattern and colour in relation to your overall decorating scheme. For example, a vibrantly painted room will need more restrained accessorising. While a neutral room can play with more patterned and colourful home decor.

Hygge is about quality minimalism not unrestrained maximalism.

Cosy Hygge bedroom decorating
Hygge meets Boho style bedroom via Almost Makes Perfect

The KISS principle

Keep it simple. You don’t need to max the American Express card to achieve a comfortable, inviting Hygge home.  

“Again, textures can add the vital difference,” says Lisa. “Scandi-style wooden furnishings and rustic decorations suit the theme.”Think upmarket log cabin and choose warm woods such as walnut or maple.  

“Mirrors can be used to reflect light and brighten dark areas of your home. 

“It really goes without saying that plastic, or mass market materials don’t fit with the Hygge ideal,” says Lisa. “Think natural.”

Besides natural woods, a lush indoor plant, for example, can make a room feel welcoming. “It’s all about adding your own, personal details.”

Shop the look: Hygge styling

Incense holder

Incense holder

I Love Linen bedding

I Love Linen bedding

al.ive blackcurrant & caribbean wood soy candle

al.ive blackcurrant & caribbean wood soy candle

Bronze rib towel set

Bronze rib towel set

Jute and cotton rug

Jute and cotton rug

Coffee table

Coffee table

Hide cushion

Hide cushion

White sheepskin

White sheepskin

Shallow timber bowl

Shallow timber bowl

Incense holder

Incense holder

I Love Linen bedding

I Love Linen bedding

al.ive blackcurrant & caribbean wood soy candle

al.ive blackcurrant & caribbean wood soy candle

Bronze rib towel set

Bronze rib towel set

Jute and cotton rug

Jute and cotton rug

Coffee table

Coffee table

Hide cushion

Hide cushion

White sheepskin

White sheepskin

Shallow timber bowl

Shallow timber bowl

Get social

Hygge is about sharing the love. Add a couple of floor cushions for guests to relax on, host dinner parties for your favourite friends and decorate the table with natural and Scandi touches. Maybe even host a book club or a ladies’ afternoon tea.

“It’s all about sharing food, drink and conversation,” says Lisa. 

At the same time, it’s also okay to practise self-care and curl up on your cosy sofa with the latest bestseller, or spend time alone on a craft project or hobby. 

Of course getting friends around to make something together, while they eat and drink, would also fit very well with the Hygge concept. 

If Hygge suits your style, you may like to read more in The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well.

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About the author

Suni author

Suni Golightly has been a writer and editor for over 30 years, in Australia and internationally. Having studied interior design at the celebrated Enmore Design Centre, Suni has a special interest in design and architecture. She has written on the subject for a variety of magazines including Vogue, Luxury Home Design, Complete Home, Outdoor Living, and Style Magazine to name a few. Suni also has extensive experience writing about travel and lifestyle and was previously the editor of Weekend, and the Features Editor for APN Newspapers.

Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links. This means when you click on a link and purchase something from that site, we may make a small commission at no extra cost to you. This article was originally published in March 2019 and has been updated with new information and imagery.



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A Boho, Warm and inviting Home in Södermalm, Stockholm

A Boho, Warm and inviting Home in Södermalm, Stockholm


Who lives here do you think? Looking at the pictures of this charming apartment in the boho district of Södermalm, Stockholm, I can't help think it belongs to a creative of some sort - potentially working in the field of music. Right or wrong, the lovely living space might be on the small size (it's 40 metre square / 430 feet square) - but the clever lay out makes it a perfect home for a single person, couple or small family. And it oozes charm!  Keep a look out for the eclectic blend of furniture, walls painted in a rich patina, and the way they've worked with the original kitchen to create a cosy, warm and inviting space. I could totally imagine rocking around here after work, how about you? Just add music! 

A perfect example of how an old kitchen can be revamped without ripping out all the units and starting all over again (which can be eye-wateringly expensive). 


Exposed beams add to the charm of the space. 


A mezzanine floor over the living room provides space for a separate master bedroom (the high ceilings have certainly help facilitate this!). 



How lovely! I find this relaxed, bohemian style so inspiring, do you? 

A quick translation / Swedish lesson from the floor plan: 

I've found Swedish to be a very sensitive language. Speaking from experience, if you get the pronunciation ever so slightly wrong a Swede will likely not understand what you're saying (it could also be that my pronounciation is horrible!). All-in-all, it makes it a little tricky to learn. 

Do you speak a second language? Or perhaps a third, fourth or fifth like my linguistically skilled older sister? I'd love to hear about your experiences! 

And for more boho spaces today, check out these: 

There are plenty more lovely homes to feel inspired by in the bohemian archive too! 

Niki



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my scandinavian home: A Warm and inviting Home in Rural Sweden

my scandinavian home: A Warm and inviting Home in Rural Sweden


Hello friends. I'm back here after a week off with my family. Last night the Öresund bridge between Sweden and Denmark was once again lit in yellow and blue as we pray for peace and our hearts go out to all those affected. While I continue to share Scandinavian design inspiration here on My Scandinavian Home, please know you are never far from my thoughts. 

Today, I felt like re-visiting Nicole's charming country home in North Sweden. It's one I think about often (who can forget the seat by the window from where you can sit and watch salmon jump from the river). Originally from Chile, Nicole has carved out a home in rural Byske, and set up Nicole's Lantgård - an online shop selling vintage and antique furniture.  Every room in Nicole's home is filled with an eclectic mix of well-worn pieces - each with a story to tell. The second hand finds create a sense of familiarity and come together to give the home a lovely soul - like a big, warm hug. Ready to see her latest updates?

This room is just beautiful - I can imagine the family spend the bulk of their time here (I would!), snuggled up on the sofa enjoying a book by the fire or playing cards at the table. 

I love how Nicole has chosen to paint the floor in a dramatic dark colour - helping to ground the space  and ensure a cosy feel despite the enormous ceiling height. 


Nicole sells all kinds of vintage and antique furniture through her online webshop Nicole's Lantgard. It's one of my favourite go to sources (she ships worldwide) - I often wonder how she can bear too part with some of the items. Needless to say second hand pieces can be spotted at every turn. 

Despite being far from a town, the house always feels full of life - with children playing and numerous pets occupying cosy spots around every corner.

What a truly lovely home. 

Warming in every way, and so inspiring to see how vintage and antique pieces can be adapted to every space. 

Best of all for me? The library! It's made me realise this is exactly what we need in our tiny cabin. 

Is there anything in particular that stood out to you? 

Stor kram (big hug) to you all,

Niki



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The Cosy, Warm and Inviting Home of A Norwegian Artist

The Cosy, Warm and Inviting Home of A Norwegian Artist


After a sharing a string of Scandinavian Christmas inspiration, I decided to take a break from the decorations today in favour of a very cosy, very lovely Norwegian home. The home in question is located in a beautiful 17th century building in Bergen and belongs to artist Marie Storaas, wife Ingis - a graphic designer, and their children Mille and Emil. Laid out over three floors, the unique living space combines Norwegian design with a hint of Italian and French countryside, giving it a wonderful warm and homely vibe. Photographer Gunn Kristin Monsen was there to snap these pictures. 

How beautiful! I absolutely love this home - such perfect feel-good inspiration with which to complete the blog week!

Is there anything that stood out to you?

And discover other beautiful Norwegian homes: 

Looking for some Scandinavian Christmas inspiration over the weekend? Check out the Christmas archive for tons of Scandi 'Jul' ideas! 

Wishing you all a great weekend, see you Monday! 

Niki



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Step Inside Verena's Relaxed, Warm and Inviting Home

Step Inside Verena’s Relaxed, Warm and Inviting Home


When I look for homes / interiors to feature I try to find ones that inspire with a certain lifestyle (a Swedish cottage by the sea, a magical mountain cabin or rustic country retreat for example). I also strive to find homes with a wonderful unique touch and bags of personality that are full of ideas. Today, it's the latter in focus (I'm sure there's a wonderful lifestyle here too!). I discovered Verena's German home on instagram a few weeks ago (if you have the time check out her inspiring feed hop over to @vren1984) and immediately fell in love with the warm, relaxed feel. Verona's eclectic home is the kind of place you can instantly feel at home. So, pull up a chair and enjoy the tour - I hope you'll walk away with lots of new ideas for your own home! 

Love the mix and match vintage dining set - it works because everything is made from wood. The sheepskins help to add a cosy touch. 

A real life scene - how refreshing! 

We drink the same Oatly Barista with our coffee - have you tried it? Word of warning, once you start, you can't actually go back to milk. It originates from right here in southern Sweden! 

An indoor swing - wonderful! We have one from Finnish brand Lillagunga in Ali's room and it's always been a big hit. 
I love a packed bookshelf, do you? The other day on instagram I asked how people chose to organise their books. Many said by theme and then author, others said by colour or language. But best of all - one person said that their husband loves to spend hours organising books - organising them according to theme, and then if he thinks the authors would get along and have a good chat he'll place them next to each another. How brilliant is that? You can see the post and read all the responses here

Great to see a rug / blanket used as art. Instant cosiness and colour! 

If you have the space - or like the idea of an open wardrobe, perhaps a DIY concept like this one could be something for your home? 

I DID enjoy this tour, I have to say. 

I hope you walk away with some nice ideas. Is there anything that stood out to you in particular? 

Want to hang around for a while? Excellent! Why not check out: 

Have a great day! 

Niki

Photography courtesy of @vren1984, shared with kind permission


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