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Design Covet | Living Rooms with Traditional Fireplaces


Slope Townhouse by nune and Frances Mildred Architectural Design

The Slope Townhouse living room retains heritage details that reflect its 19th-century Victorian brownstone bones. As part of the renovation, the fireplace was recovered by interior designers nune and Frances Mildred Architectural Design before the interiors were gutted. In this sense, the fireplace is a symbolic remnant of the home’s history, guiding the contemporary facelift.



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Smart Compact Family Living On a Budget, Swedish Country Style!

Smart Compact Family Living On a Budget, Swedish Country Style!



Sometimes the best things come in small packages. And this home is a perfect example of this! Located in Uppsala, Sweden, the 43 square metre (463 square feet) apartment is home to digital creator Emma Boman Högmark, her husband and their three children: ten-year-old twins and a four-year-old. 

"The hallway, living room, bedroom and kitchen are all one room," Emma tells me. "Our bed is behind the curtain, behind the sofa. And the kids' bedroom is in a separate room. The closet has been changed into a bedroom for our youngest daughter - so compact living, yeah!"

Looking at the style, which Emma describes as "country design and second hand - full of harmony, ikea hacks and warm colours", you'd be forgiven for thinking this budget friendly pad is in the countryside - but it's actually in a 90's block, right in the heart of the city! 

Ready to feel inspired? Pull up a chair, and take the tour! 

At mealtimes, the table is pulled out from the window to create seating for the entire family. 

One of the beautiful things about this apartment, is that there is storage almost everywhere (look closely and you'll see open shelves and rows of hooks on almost every wall throughout the flat). And yet it still looks uncluttered, cosy and charming. 


Behind the dining table you can glimpse Emma and her husband's bed by the window. 

Sheer curtains are ideal for flexible small space living. During the day, they can be pulled back to flood the sitting room area with light. By night, the curtains can be drawn across to create privacy while still slipping in soft, filtered light to the other half of the room. 

The corner of the sitting room doubles up as a dressing room. 

Wall-to-wall storage made from a group of Ikea IVAR cabinets painted in an earthy green provide storage for clothes, toys and other items. 

Above it, family photos and a selection of art add a personal touch to the room. 


Despite the small space, the apartment is dotted with  beautiful pieces that create a unique and homely vibe.

The twins sleep in an Ikea MYDAL bunkbed which Emma stained brown for an aged look: "I mixed a whole load of wood stains - using everything I had at home, some of which were different colours!"
On the opposite side of the room, more slim ikea ivar cabinets are used for storage, while a wardrobe at the end of the bed provides hanging space and a vintage suitcase* offers a home for smaller items.  

While the youngest family member sleeps in a converted closet. This is how it looked before the make-over: 


To make it more 'liveable' Emma removed the door and painted the interior in cosy two-toned walls and added small details such as a mini shelf, hooks, and a canopy. 



Compact family living at its finest! 

And also, a perfect example of how you don't need to go contemporary just because you live in a modern apartment in the centre of town! 

Truly inspiring, don't you think? 

See more snapshots of Emma's home and follow her latest ikea hacks and other wonderful home DIY projects at @emmahogmark
Intrigued to take a look at some other small spaces today? Head on over to this archive - it's FILLED with amazing Scandi style compact living ideas. 

Har det så fint! 

Niki

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Entertaining essentials for a relaxed gathering | est living


In our third instalment of est’s entertaining series, we take a closer look at the relaxed home get-together. Returning to Main Ridge in Victoria’s hinterland, this time we venture indoors. Our focus: the living room. Together with Australian home furniture purveyor King, we curate a living room edit ideal for ‘the casual gathering’, that sets the right ambience to encourage your visitors to unwind from the moment they arrive. King, known for their award-winning modular sofas with tailored, enduring fabric (removable for professional cleaning), means even cabernet sauvignon will be on the wine list.

Produced in partnership with King



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Reviving a Heritage Home for Modern Living


This early 20th-century home marks the 14th renovation project husband and wife team Nick Condon and interior designer Kate Beadle have undertaken in Melbourne’s Malvern and surrounding inner suburbs. Having completed heritage revivals of a similar nature, Nick and Kate instantly recognised the potential of the old home when they first laid eyes on it. 

Built in 1906 and last renovated in the 1980s, Nick Condon refers to the original single-storey home as a “rabbit-warren” typical of the era; narrow hallways, dark and pokey spaces and an overall disjointed feel. “Although it had seen better days, the house had a lovely facade with a return verandah and charming Edwardian period detailing,” Nick reflects. 

In this feature, we explore how Nick and Kate brought the century-old home into the present day without compromising on character, the motives behind the “functional and equally-relaxing” central kitchen and how the pair cultivated a comfortable family retreat to raise their two boys. 

Produced in partnership with Liebherr



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Kitchen Closeup | Designed for Family Living | Poliform


From the outset, Nick was mindful of how the kitchen would be used, not only by Hilary and Adam but also by the children. For example, a machine for making smoothies can be easily retrieved from a cupboard in the island bench and connected to a concealed switch below (the couple didn’t want to see exposed sockets). Likewise, rather than finding a space for everything in the kitchen, much of the storage, such as the extensive collection of glasses and vases, can be found in the armoire, also designed by Poliform.



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Living Edge Welcome NYC’s Bower Studios | News


Bower Studios are a product design studio centred around the concept of the unexpected, established by Danny Giannella and Tammer Hijazi in 2013. The newest addition to Australian retailer Living Edge’s catalogue of authentic designer furniture and objects, Bower Studios challenges perceptions of depth, light and self through organic and sculptural shapes, focusing on mirrors.

Their latest collection, titled ‘Melt’, comprises 14 objects and furniture, each with a distinct ‘slumped’ form as if it were being pulled by a force of nature. A standout from this new range is the Melt mirrors. Draped over wall-mounted wooden dowels, the mirrors appear as though they’re crafted from soft, malleable materials instead of glass. Handmade in New York, the Melt collection aims to bring an element of surprise into the home.



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Entertaining essentials for a garden party | est living


We’re shining a light on outdoor dining in the second instalment of our four-part entertaining series. Our scene: Victoria’s Main Ridge. Known for its vineyards, fresh produce and expansive estates (complete with private herb and vegetable harvests), it’s an ideal backdrop for a garden party.

Together with King, renowned for their highly considered and comfortable furniture collection, we curate an ensemble of outdoor essentials ideal for a memorable affair. The King outdoor collection, fabricated to withstand Australia’s harsh climate, provides the ideal excuse to venture outdoors for entertaining in the comfort of your garden.

Produced in partnership with King



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A Beautiful Vintage-industrial Inspired Living Space in France

A Beautiful Vintage-industrial Inspired Living Space in France


Hej, or should I say 'bonjour! in the language of love - something of which I am hoping to spread today on Valentine's Day with this dreamy open-plan room in France! Alexandra - who owns online antique furniture boutique Petite Belette and runs online 'upcycling' masterclasses - describes her home and workshop as "a universe made of forgotten furniture, of raw and simple materials that respond to the adage: 'nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed,' (Antoine Lavoisier). I couldn't resist sharing this light-filled room, packed with personality - and yet at the same time cosy and calm. A perfect place to curl up with a book!

Eclectic furniture, industrial touches and rough walls rich in patina all help to create this wonderful room!


A library of books wait to be plucked from the shelf before curling up on the sofa. 

Beautiful. 

Imagine all that light! 

Could you imagine pottering around this room today? 

Wishing you all a happy St. Valentine's Day and a wonderful start to the week! 

Niki



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The Fantales Living and Study Space by YSG Studio


The Fantales House, designed by Sydney-based YSG Studio, explores how our communal spaces can better cater to our current lives. YSG Studio, known for their eclectic and expressive interiors, were tasked with designing a future-proofed kitchen with adjoining living and study area exclusively using Laminex laminate. 

After stepping inside the rich and soulful kitchen space, we enter the adjacent living and study zone, designed to meet the demands of how we ‘live, work and play’ in our homes. When space is at a premium, YSG Studio principal Yasmine Ghoniem says this multi-functional area proves it can work hard in different ways. 

Yasmine’s mission was to use Laminex through a new and exciting lens, bringing the same sense of playfulness that permeates the Fantales kitchen into the living and study zone. The desired effect: to create a sense of cohesiveness that wasn’t predictable or repetitive. 

We chat with Yasmine on the defining elements in her Fantales House living and study area and how her studio’s interpretation of the brief shines a light on the possibilities of Laminex laminate.

Produced in partnership with Laminex



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The Cosy Rural Home of a Swede Living by a Scottish Loch

The Cosy Rural Home of a Swede Living by a Scottish Loch


As a Brit living in Sweden for the past 18 years, I'm often asked which culture has influenced my home decor style more. I'd definitely say the latter, but I'm sure there's a deeply ingrained British touch there too (there's always a pack of Earl Grey tea in our kitchen cupboard for starters!). I love to see how other homes of those living abroad look. And today, the beautiful home of Patricia Amalia Rodi - a ''Swedish Frenchy in Scotland'' - popped up on my instagram feed. I caught up with Patricia to find out more about her home, how she renovated it on a tight budget and how her past has helped shape her present.

Can you tell us a little about your background? 

My dad is French and I spent lots of my time in France as a child (I even lived in Nice and Paris in my twenties), but I was born in Sweden and grew up there until I moved to Scotland - which is where I've been for the past eight years. I work as an interior stylist, blogger and content creator. 


Your house is lovely, where is it and who do you live with? 

I live in the Scottish countryside, more specifically in a Victorian house built in 1860, overlooking a loch in the Argyll and Bute area of Scotland. I live with my husband Patrick and dog Alva. 

How long have you lived there and did the house require any work? 

We bought the house two years ago and it was a total renovation project. We have restored the whole house ourselves, bringing it back to its former glorying using reclaimed materials. It's been a massive undertaking, but we have learnt so much in the process, from restoring windows, laying floors, plastering - you name it! 


That is an amazing feat! What did it look like when you first found it? 

The house hadn't been touched for over twenty years and was covered in awful carpets and plastic floors. However, some of the historical and traditional features were still intact - and this connection with the past was something we wanted to treasure. The renovation has taken us nearly a year. Since we didn't have the money for a grand reshuffle, or to pay builders (except for our amazing joiner Gareth), we kept most of the layout as it was and worked to preserve the period features. This meant removing the dusty old carpets, sanding floors, laying reclaimed floors, plastering and painting inside and out. It was really hard work but nonetheless incredibly rewarding when you stand back and realise that you have done it all by yourself. 

What have you learnt most from the process?

It has taught me not to rush through the process of putting together a home. Indeed, it can be hard to live somewhere unfinished, mundane, and chaotic. But I've learnt that I need to allow the home to slowly unfold over time so that it rhymes and changes with the patterns of our life. 

How has your background inspired your decor? 

I have always been deeply passionate about interior, food and nature - spending my childhood scurrying between my Father's restaurants in Gothenburg, Sweden where I grew up; the countryside of Southern France where I spent every summer with French aunts; and the seaside of San Remo, Italy, where I just ate too much gnocchi and burrata! My interior style is inspired precisely by my multicultural background and childhood memories of Italian tiles, French antiques and Scandinavian modernism. 

And finally, what do you miss most about Sweden?

Oooh the dreaded question! I love the Nordic farmhouse, vardagslyx (everyday luxury), and the mysig or hygge (cosy) approach to life. I miss these cultural components that are so entrenched in the Swedish lifestyle. I know that I used to take them for granted sometimes, but they really do have a calming impact on everyday life. 

As a Swede, I love to make our home cosy. I think that's why our home is always filled with people. There's always cake (or food) in the house, the candles are lit, the coffee is brewing and there's always a record playing in the background. I really like that Swedes know how to bring a special feel to mundane weekday life. 


Thank you so much to Patricia for inviting us into your cosy Scottish home.

I love the idea of living in a Victorian house beside a loch - it sounds so romantic, don't you think? 

I loved hearing about how Patricia's past has shaped the decor and feeling in her home. How do you think your past has shaped your home? I'd love to hear in the comments below! 

Would you like to see a few other homes belonging to Scandinavians living abroad? Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cuppa and feel inspired by these: 

Happy Lillördag friends! 

Niki



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