Boho interior inspiration with sustainable living tips and tricks

While yesterday's interior inspiration was about keeping it simple, today's is about keeping it real. And IKEA's new book Kinder Homes is absolutely crammed with inspiring, creative tips, tricks and ideas on how to do this. From saving water, energy and waste to recycling and reuse, the book helps us to lead a more sustainable life at home - and judging by the imagery, make our interiors beautiful at the same time. Really, what's not to love?!

I can't decide if I prefer the more modern look of the first three images or boho rustic look of the last three? - which do you prefer? Either way, it looks like there's plenty of inspiration for all and we get ideas on how to live more sustainably too. Perfect!

The book is available in IKEA stores, and it's worth checking out the IKEA website for some of the items you see in these spaces (I spy a lot from the lovely SINNERLIG collection), but for others I'm loving this vintage industrial desk chair (quick snap that up!), Swedish rag rugs, rattan daybed and a silk kimono rob.

Other links I love today....

Pretty balcony inspiration. Or....if you fancy staying in bed.

I've finally found where to buy those clay urns we keep seeing in home tours (beautiful?!)

Love the look of a kilim rug against concrete.

The cutest side table.

I do like the idea of throwing caution to the wind and buying an old bakery on the beautiful Swedish island of Gotland. how about you? Sadly this was sold a few years ago, but it doesn't stop me dreaming! More homes from Gotland (incase you missed them) include this, this and this - heaven!

Right folks that's all for me, have a lovely day and see you tomorrow!

PS To you wonderful style gurus out there, I'm looking for a spring bomber jacket for my 7 year old (who's more the height of a 10 year old)  - any tips? This one could be cute?

A lovely clutter-free, light and airy Swedish pad

Keeping it simple in Sweden today with this light and airy space in Majorna, Gothenburg. Decorated throughout with very light wood floors, the palest grey walls and a lovely mix of old and new, this lovely clutter-free one bedroom apartment is like a mid-week breath of fresh air! Oh and did I mention it's for sale?!

Kvarteret Mäkleri
....And breathe!

Just lovely! Makes me want to go through my wardrobes and have a de-clutter! How about you?

I know I'm likely to get the question - where are the rugs?! Firstly this apartment has been staged for sale so I'm guessing the guys at Kvarteret Mäkleri would like to show-off those beautiful floors (and who can blame them?!). And secondly, Swedish apartments are incredibly well insulated so the wood floor will be draft-free and lovely and soft and warm. Having said that, I'm sure the (lucky) new owner will add a few fab rugs - how lovely was the one in yesterday's post? Feel free to wade in in the comment section below!

Get the look: O coffee table, Patterned and Jacquard Weave cushion in white, Marshall speakers, this bed frame and clothes rail are similar.

Other mid-week links I love:

Ever wondered how the latest interior trends started?

I was so happy to see My Scandinavian Home was included in Swedish magazine Hus o Hem's list of 9 interior blogs to follow. Thank you!

Cute spring style (sneakers), And moodboard.

Wood's sneaking it's way into the home more and more. As seen in this lovely Australian home.

How quickly would you pulse come down in this pool?!

And for the little ones, how cute are these limited edition paddle people?

Have a lovely day!

An elegant, understated modern farmhouse

I was awoken by the eery sound of a ships fog horn cutting through the dense fog over the Öresund strait. It definitely made a change from the harsh trill of my mobile alarm clock, but being a sailor, the sound always makes me fill a little uneasy! The fog's lifted now and so have my spirits - mainly due to stumbling across this beautiful space designed by Griffiths Design Studio. Situated on the Mornington Peninsula, Southeast of Melbourne, Main Ridge Farmhouse is a lesson in elegant, understated style. The rich texture from the French oak floor, wood clad wall and sheepskins add warmth to create a relaxed modern home which reflects it's rural surroundings. Let's take a peek....

Photography: Tom Blachford. Design / Image Copyright: Griffiths Design Studio - shared with kind permission. Found via T.D.C with thanks!

What a lovely, elegant space!  I especially like the wooden side-table - it has such character!

Is there anything that stands out to you about this farmhouse?

Items I know and love: sitting room - grasshopper floor lamp, rug by Halcyon Lake, muuto dots and vase, this cognac leather cushion is similar. Kate Moss Book, wishbone chair, sheepskin throw. Bedroom: Eames house bird, this grey linen throw is similar. By lassen frame box.

For more understated homes in muted tones try my monochrome archive (warning - it contains 107 homes - it could take a while!).  

Have a lovely day!

A Danish home with a lovely relaxed vibe

Hello! I hope you had a great weekend and feel all ready for the week ahead (although, does anyone else find that Tuesday feels like the real start of the week i.e. when you're actually ready to get anything done?!). Today I'd rather take it easy and muse over this beautiful Danish space. Located in Denmark and captured by Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer, I love the way the space is fairly minimalist and pared-back and yet lovely and relaxed. It helps that the apartment has beautiful high ceilings, herringbone floors and large rooms too!  Let's take a tour....

Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer / Sisters Agency. Shared with kind permission.

I especially loved the children's room (I like how it looks 'loved and lived in' in these pictures, so refreshing?!). Did you notice that little collection of hats too?! This room's going straight to my children's inspiration Pinterest board

Is there anything that stood out to you?

Get the look: Eames chairs, vintage demijohns in lovely blues and greens, pom poms, sheepskin throw, vintage school chair, Loom + Field sells Moroccan wedding blankets (seen on bed) as well as other beautiful things.

I'm still reeling just a little from Friday's post. And I was soooo happy that Cathy Pyle could tell us a little more about the owner / interior designer on Instagram over the weekend. It makes me realise what a great online network we all have!

Have a lovely day! 

PS Thank you so much to everyone who entered the Orchard Jewelry give-away over the weekend. The winner has been announced here. There's more good news - the team are offering all readers 10% off any item in the shop until 1st June, 2016 (simply enter the code MSH01 at checkout).  See more inspiration here. Perfect!

Weekend give-away winner: Orchard Jewelry

Thank you so much for entering the Orchard Jewelry give-away to win a necklace from the exciting new 'horsehair* tassel collection' in a colour of your choice! I'm delighted to announce the winner as Ivana Komatina (please send me a mail with your contact details) who wrote:

'I really loved all the jewelry with Madoo dove design, from a pin to the earrings. That short part of the text describing how detailed the wings are made me believe that a person wearing this jewelery would be able to fly as well. And good design is there to lift us up anywhere, anytime'.

I couldn't agree more. And the good news is, all of you can feel 'lifted' by the news that Orchard Jewelry are offering all readers 10% off any item in the shop until 1st June, 2016 (simply use code MSH01 at checkout). Yay! Time to treat a friend, loved one or yourself (hey, why not?!) to a new pendant, earrings, bangles or bracelet?  I especially love the acorns with cross-hatched caps, the intricacies of the cicada wing, and delicate curled string beans. Visit the shop here.

This give-away is now closed.

This post is sponsored by Orchard Jewelry

*The team at Orchard Jewelry are horse lovers and all horsehair products are produced cruelty free. 

A magical artist's home full of the joys of spring!

Hello April! How wonderful to see you! It would be rude not to celebrate with an absolutely stunning artist's home that's full of the joys of spring! The house, featured on JJ Locations,  has been decorated throughout with accents of green - whether in the form of lush plants, furniture, textiles or accessories. Combine this with the fabulous architecture, light flooding through the windows, mix of designer and vintage finds and art for a truly magical oasis in the heart of Camberwell, South London. Enjoy!

JJ Locations - shared with kind permission. Initially found via Design Attractor with thanks.

Beautiful, don't you think?! I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Get the look: Dining area:  Tulip tableEames chairs, source rattan chairs here and spray paint in shades of green.  Bedroom: Tom Dixon beat light, bertoia chair, rustic stool as a bedside table. Landing: This industrial pendant is similar, Beni Ourain rugs.

If you haven't discovered JJ locations before I can recommend pouring yourself a coffee and taking a look around their website this weekend.  Based in Shoreditch, the agency represents a select portfolio of professional photographic and film locations across London, the UK and abroad. See more pictures of this lovely home here.

Other homes with a splash of spring green include this Gothenburg home, and a Skåne home with a vintage touch.
More links from around the web to enjoy this weekend:

How to style a credenza.

What a lovely kitchen?!  I've got my eye on these wonderful industrial bar stools similar to the one seen.

I love this funky Finnish children's bedroom inspiration.

My latest Tumblr find.

If you do one thing this weekend - bring in some pretty cherry blossom to divide between vases.

Books stored with their pages facing outwards look lovely but aren't entirely practical. And then someone told me on instagram that this is exactly what they used to do in the national library to preserve the jackets. Could this be the excuse I needed?! Loving the 'casual pile' too!

I was sad to hear the news of architect Dame Zaha Hadid, the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2004). Here are the 10 magnificent 'curvy' buildings she will be remembered for.

And finally....the night and morning routines of successful women including Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Anna Wintour- and guess what? It doesn't say that much about getting up early (I read about an entrepreneur who gets up at 3am everyday - I mean, really?!).

So that's it from me. Have a wonderful, *sunny* and relaxing weekend! 

PS Oh and I'm holding a fab give-away this weekend so make sure you pop by to enter!

A Swedish apartment with dramatic dark shades

Why hello there Thursday! Is it just me or is the week whistling by?! It could be that time flies when you're having fun and yesterday I had a great day with Valentina Fussell (you might recognise the name from this piece I shared the other day). We're working on an exciting project which is well overdue. I can't wait to share it with this space! But back to the here and now - and today I thought we could take a tour of this fab home in Gothenburg. Think beautiful dark wood floors, dark grey / blue kitchen units, black accent walls, bold shelving and rich textures such as concrete, wood, sheepskin and leather. So dramatic and so lovely! Let's take a look.....

Stylist: Emma Fisher, Photography: Alen Cordic - Bjurfors

What a great space?! And what a contrast to yesterday's light and airy apartment. Which look do you prefer?

Get the look: Tom Dixon beat lights, super front door handles, Gotland sheepskin throw (how have I never discovered this beautiful Etsy shop before?!), diamond black and white rug.

You can see the full tour of this apartment over at Bjurfors (yes, it's for sale!).

Oh and off topic, but if you're up for a little DIY project  - how fab is this wall with painted 'eyes'?! Something for the weekend perhaps?

Have a lovely day! 

A Swedish apartment bathed in light

Hello! I hope you had a wonderful time over Easter (for those of you who were off)? Thank you so much for entering the big Easter give-away, what an overwhelming response! - the winner has now been announced here (the suspense....). I'm back in sunny Sweden and enjoying one of my slow coffee mornings (cue - children and man out the door, coffee on the go, First Aid Kit on Spotify - bliss!). I thought I'd share this lovely apartment in Sweden today. I know exactly the spot I'd sit and enjoy a coffee - can you guess?! And then I'd pad around on the beautiful light wood floor, or snuggled up on the sofa reading in the natural light pouring through the window. Want to join me?!

Entrance Fastighetsmäkleri

What do you say? Somewhere you could wile away a morning?

Get the look: striped rug, mid-century modern coffee table, sheepskin chair seat, Thonet chairs, graphite linen pillows and white bedding, black and white striped wallpaper.

A couple of other things I love from around the web today:

12 unique you have a favourite?!

Navy tiles and black clawfoot bathtub - what a fab bathroom?!  There's also this bathroom, if you prefer a slightly more traditional touch.

The perfect bedroom?

Work space inspiration - those shelves!

I've always wanted to own my own Kiln (could this be the year?!) and fantacise about sitting in a studio exactly like this one. I'd then store all my new creations here - of course!

Have a lovely day!

PS If you didn't win last weekend's give-away, no fear - there will be another one this weekend!.....Ooooo.

PPS I'm sure you were as surprised as I was about Instagram's algorithm announcement...if you like to keep up with my latest posts, click on the three dots to the top left of one of my posts and click 'Turn on Post Notifications' to ensure you receive them in your feed.