28 February 2015

Eclectic but Sparse

An eclectic home that is perfectly unified and on the minimalistic side is quite rare.  I fell head over heels for this refined eclectic home photographed by famed Danish photographer Heidi Lerkenfeldt.  She captured this heavenly place using her signature palette and visual eye.  I am loving the different elements in this home, obvious collections from various travels and perhaps a very carefully curated furniture choices through the years.  Going gaga over that dining mix and match set:  the Thonets, the rustic table top, the bench, and to-die-for pendants!

Photography Heidi Lerkenfeldt

21 February 2015

Reno Dream

I don't know how many renovation success stories I've read, but it seems most successful when you combine the talents of an architect and interior designer, husband-wife team.  It's two amazing brains combined to create the best of the best habitats!  This reno project is just that, with influences from architect Andrew Benn and designer Alice Penna.  An old workers' cottages from the 20s put together to create three separate homes.  Two of which are interconnected though the outdoor space (it opens up to the indoor space completely), which is my favorite spot.

I also fell for the smaller kitchen of the two, with the black backsplash and floating island.  The pairing of a wood finish together with white creates a sharp, krisp result.  If you recall I recently posted the new kitchen system from IKEA called SEKTION (METOD in Europe), as seen here, and the kitchen in this home can easily be duplicated using IKEA products.  That makes me very happy…  here I am creating the next dream small home.

Source The Style Files via Inside Out Magazine
Photography Prue Ruscoe
Styling Claire Delmar

15 February 2015

Trending: Introducing NIPPRIG

In case you missed it, a limited edition collection made of natural sustainable materials were introduced to the new IKEA range come this March.  A large collaboration with local artisans of Indonesia and Vietnam, it is no surprise that their traditional methods and artistry in weaving and furniture-making have proven the test of time, using indigenous materials such as water hyacinth, bamboo. Who didn't grow up with rattan furniture in their home? I was certainly surrounded by them growing up, both indoors and out.

IKEA has been known to produce products responsibly, and this continues today in their sustainable practices, both in manufacturing as well as showroom display.  They continue to educate their different markets sending messages pertaining to the environment.

My personal favorites are the pendant lamp, lounge chair, and dip-dyed baskets.  Have you made your choices?

14 February 2015

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Name that IKEA: Swiss Chalet 1912

On this cold sub-zero morning, I only wish I were sitting by the fire and looking out to the snow alps and gorgeous white landscape.  Don't you?  If it's going to be this bitter cold, might as well be somewhere where it makes sense, and not just in an urban, grey concrete landscape!

Luckily I found this tour of a 1912 Swiss Chalet with decorating style that is modern rustic, minimal, and yet so warm and cozy.  Oh how I wish I could be there right this minute!  What's even  more beautiful is that it is decorated with pieces that don't scream IKEA catalog necessarily.  You know me, how much I admire the trick in the mix…  the different textures, the high and low price range, the seasonality.

Can you name the IKEA pieces?

08 February 2015

Winter Weekend Inspo: Achromatic, Dark + Moody

This flat was captured so well in the the most moody natural light coming through.  Not only am I smitten by the composition in each room, the achromatic scheme is lovely and soothing.  My personal favorites here are the Cherner chair and the rustic trestle table (surprise, surprise).  What about you?

Styling Lotta Agaton
Photography Pia Ulin

07 February 2015

Ilse Crawford for IKEA

Stockholm Design Week has invaded the web world this week, and of course what caught my attention (as everybody else's) was Ilse Crawford's collab with none other than IKEA.  I much admire Ilse's resume, speaking as a huge fan.  Looove her palette, her eclectic but unified choices, and just her overall aesthetic philosophy.  If you are also a fan of Ilse Crawford's, she was previously featured on here.

Here are some top choices from the new IKEA Sinnerlig Collection, out fall 2015.  My personal favorites are the trestle legs table with cork top, and the Mid-century style woven bench.

Via Bo Bedre

03 February 2015

That Work Space!

I know, I know -- I was supposed to redo the work space at home, and supposed to have taken advantage of IKEA Family discount for ALGOT this January.  Before I knew it, it's now February.  The home office remains a disaster, and I'm hoping this month is less crazy.  Now that the IKEA SEKTION project has been crossed out of the list (see post here), maybe the home work space can finally be tackled.

Nothing beats IKEA for the home office.  Mixing that with iconic MCM pieces would do just the trick.  Found some inspo (I spy trestle legs, butcher block top, picture shelves - available at ikea.com)…  Now the formulas in my head resume.

Styling and photography Pella Hedeby + Marie Ramse

02 February 2015


Finally it's here!  Been busy these past weeks which explains the lack of posts.  At work the brain has been exclusively focused on SEKTION, the new IKEA kitchen system.  The tagline "endless possibilities"  has been engrained, and let me tell you -- It's true!