7 Beautifully Simple Easter DIY Craft Ideas From Scandinavia

Easter is a few days away (here in Scandinavia it's one day earlier since they celebrate on Påskafton (Easter Saturday). This year, we may not be able to enjoy large family gatherings, and some traditions may need to be put on hold for another year, but we sure can decorate our homes and bring a pretty touch that will put a smile on our faces! So, if you feel like a little Påskpyssla (Easter crafting), here are 7 of my favourite beautifully simple DIY ideas from Scandinavia, with love: 
1. Eggs with crowns: Boiled eggs with happy faces and pretty crowns like these ones by Norwegian Engla Monica Strand are sure to light up everyone's faces come Easter Day morning! 
2. Naturally dyed eggs: Get creative with the contents of your food cupboard and dye your eggs all kinds of natural colours for a pretty display like Swedish stylist and florist Malin Björkholm. Check out this guide on how to make natural dye

3. Hang paper eggs from branches: Follow this YouTube guide to make pretty 3D paper eggs and hang them from branches like Elin Wallin

 4. Wire feathers to branches: channel a popular Swedish tradition and wire colourful feathers to birch branches for a pretty display like Swedish set designer Marianne Wikner!

5. Make an Easter wreath: Decorate your door or brighten up a corner of your home with a beautiful Easter wreath like this pretty one by Kristin Østebø. This YouTube tutorial offers a great step by step guide. 

6. Get crafting with leftover wallpaper: It's amazing what you can create with leftover wallpaper. Malin Mörner shares a lovely DIY here (remember her Christmas wallpaper DIY?!) and Frida Andersson has created pretty birds for a flight of fancy display! The original DIY for these birds is in the book Hidden Places - but if you haven't got time to pick up a copy, I reckon you could wing it (see what I did there?!) by using a bird template for the body and the DIY from Christmas Snöblomma for the wings. 
7. Brighten up your home with paper daffodils! Take a leaf (sorry!) out of Helen Lyth's book and make these pretty paper daffodils. You can find a step by step guide here (it's in Swedish but there's always good old google translate!). 
I hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for your home this Easter. 
Are there any that caught your eye? 
You can find more Easter crafting ideas here: 

Wishing you a lovely day friends!

Niki

First picture by Anne Lemonfox and last picture by Malin Mörner


Home tour | A sophisticated turn-of-the-century Stockholm apartment

Home tour - a sophisticated turn-of-the-century Stockholm apartment | These Four Walls blog

Fancy starting the week with some more real-home inspiration from Sweden? Then feast your eyes on this stunning Stockholm apartment, which has recently come up for sale. It’s decorated throughout in soothing grey and griege, with rich brown accents and dark wooden furniture adding depth and warmth. There’s also a fantastic mix of period features and modern, minimalist furniture, creating a serene and very sophisticated feel. And although it might be a little grander than the average home, there are plenty of easy-to-borrow ideas that could be incorporated into other spaces, too.

Home tour - a sophisticated turn-of-the-century Stockholm apartment | These Four Walls blog

The living room is particularly beautiful. The ceiling has been painted in a darker shade than the walls to make the large proportions feel cosier and more cocooning, while semi-sheer linen curtains add softness and texture without blocking out any natural light. Sadly the original fireplace had been ripped out, so the owners decided to build a contemporary version whose clean lines contrast with the ornate plasterwork above. I’m not sure whether the wall panelling is original or not, but it’s surprisingly easy to replicate by gluing wooden beading to the wall and it’s a great way to restore lost character. It’s offset brilliantly by the soft curves of the furniture, which includes a pair of elegant ‘Crown’ easy chairs by Massproductions and a striking glass-topped coffee table. Petite Friture’s ‘Vertigo’ pendant lamp [AD – affiliate link], which also featured in my last home tour, is the perfect finishing touch – it’s large enough to make a real statement but has an open design rather than a solid form, meaning it doesn’t overwhelm or dominate the space. The floor lamp is the iconic ‘AJ’ model [AD – affiliate link] created by Arne Jacobsen in 1960.

Home tour - a sophisticated turn-of-the-century Stockholm apartment | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a sophisticated turn-of-the-century Stockholm apartment | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a sophisticated turn-of-the-century Stockholm apartment | These Four Walls blog

A similar selection of colours and materials is used in the kitchen, which combines pale-grey units, brown marble and rattan. It’s a fairly small room but a built-in bench seat makes excellent use of the space, as do the shelves installed in the awkward nook behind. Aestep’s ‘Model 2065’ pendant hangs low over the table, neatly defining the dining area and creating the perfect mood for relaxed meals.

Home tour - a sophisticated turn-of-the-century Stockholm apartment | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a sophisticated turn-of-the-century Stockholm apartment | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a sophisticated turn-of-the-century Stockholm apartment | These Four Walls blog

The bedroom is also very compact, but bespoke wardrobes and a bed with drawers underneath help to maximise storage. Panelling has been added behind the bed, echoing the other areas of the apartment and giving the impression of a headboard without eating into valuable floor space, and there are wall-mounted Serge Mouille lights in place of bulky nightstands with lamps. I love the way a mirror has been incorporated into a peg rail on the opposite wall, and the way small and large Flos ‘Gato’ lamps [AD – affiliate link] have been clustered together in the window to create an eye-catching display.

Home tour - a sophisticated turn-of-the-century Stockholm apartment | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a sophisticated turn-of-the-century Stockholm apartment | These Four Walls blog

A similar approach has been taken in the second bedroom, which belongs to the owners’ young daughter. Here, the niche between the fitted wardrobes has been turned into a desk space, with a single bed (again with useful storage drawers) on the other side of the room.

Home tour - a sophisticated turn-of-the-century Stockholm apartment | These Four Walls blog

The bathroom, meanwhile, pairs bespoke wooden cabinetry with sleek stone tiles, creating a luxurious yet understated sanctuary with plenty of room to hide away bottles and other clutter. Cleverly, the deep windowsill has been integrated into the scheme, providing the perfect place to display plants and ceramics – and a handy spot for a glass of wine to enjoy while soaking in the tub!

Home tour - a sophisticated turn-of-the-century Stockholm apartment | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a sophisticated turn-of-the-century Stockholm apartment | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a sophisticated turn-of-the-century Stockholm apartment | These Four Walls blog

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All photography via Innerstadsspecialisten

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Johanne & Lukas' Beautiful Copenhagen Townhouse from 1927

Tjena! How was your weekend? The sun was shining here in the Öresund region which is just what we all needed to keep our spirits up! I say 'Öresund' because that also includes Copenhagen, which is just over the water from where I live - and the subject of today's home tour! Yay! You might recall the feature I wrote about Johanne & Lukas's apartment last year (in case you missed it, take a peek here - it's packed with fab small space ideas!). And now the pair, who are expecting a baby girl in the summer, have moved to a wonderful townhouse. Built in 1927, the property was in major need of renovation and I can't think of a better pair for the job than Johanne and Lukas. Snapshots on their instagram @femte.til.venstre reveal it's starting to take shape beautifully! Here's a sneak peek: 

I love doors with windows that open separately - they're perfect for springtime!

The wall looks very much like my new kitchen wall - I used chalk paint from the small Icelandic company Kalklitir who pretty much worldwide and do some beautiful shades! Plus, they are the nicest people ever! 

I'm such a big fan of this IKEA Gjöra bed - the high bar can be used for clothes, fabric and general customising (no doubt Allie would use it as a gymnastics bar given the chance too!).  It looks really pretty in this bedroom, don't you think? 

Oh, so beautiful - just as expected!

I love all the earthy touches and all the wood in particular, it's so calming. 

Is there anything that stood out to you? 

Excited to hear the baby news this summer, I'll be keeping an eye on their instagram like a hawk! If you're not already following Johanne and Lukas, you can find them at @femte.til.venstre.

How about a little more Danish inspiration this morning?

A cosy Danish loft full of plants and vintage finds
Books, art and golden tones in a Copenhagen apartment
A Copenhagen home full of Scandinavian design treasures

Have a great start to the week!

Niki

Photography: Johanne & Lukas / @femte.til.venstre


The best scented candles for staying at home

The best scented candles for staying at home | These Four Walls blog

At this time of year I’d normally publish my annual round-up of the best scented candles for spring. But, with so many of us around the world under lockdown of one form or another at the moment, this time around I thought I’d share a selection of the best scented candles for staying at home, instead.

Below you’ll find 15 options to enhance your mood in these strange times, many of which I’ve tried and tested myself. There are scents to uplift and energise, calming scents to soothe frazzled nerves, and cosy scents to help you feel warm and snug. I’ve also included a few fresh, nature-inspired fragrances that celebrate the joys of the season and maintain a bit of a connection with the great outdoors, even if we’re limited as to how much we can experience it in person. I’ve focused largely on small businesses as they really need our support at the moment, but there are a couple of stand-out candles from larger brands, too.

I hope you find something you like!

The best scented candles for staying at home | These Four Walls blog

  1. ‘Green Tea + Ginger’ candle, £16 for a medium jar or £12 for a small one, Cedar Lifestyle – a clean and invigorating aroma encompassing spicy ginger, zingy grapefruit and mandarin, and subtle notes of green tea
  2. Plum & Ashby ‘Seaweed & Samphire’ candle, £24.95, Trouva – a fresh yet woody scent that evokes salty sea breezes, wide horizons and crashing waves [AD – affiliate link]
  3. ‘Shinrin-Yoku’ candle, £20, Earl of East – a blend of oak moss, cedar and black pepper, inspired by the Japanese art of forest bathing and its stress-busting, immune-boosting powers [AD – affiliate link]
  4. ‘Aether’ refillable candle, £48, Essence + Alchemy – a combination of juniper, rosemary and peppermint, all used for thousands of years to cleanse the air and re-energise the mind
  5. ‘Spring’ candle, £20, The White Company – a light, delicate fragrance that combines honeysuckle, rose, jasmine and lilac with the earthy aroma of freshly mown grass [AD – affiliate link]
  6. ‘Hygge’ candle, £35 for a large jar or £18 for a small one, Skandinavisk – a homely blend of black tea, dried apple, wild mint and baked cinnamon, inspired by the Scandinavian art of enjoying the smallest everyday moments
  7. ‘Rest’ candle, £17, Hobo + Co – a mix of bergamot, lavender and patchouli essential oils that promotes a sense of calm and relaxation
  8. ‘Joy’ candle, £35 for a large jar, £25 for a medium one or £16 for a small one, NUI Naturals – an uplifting and mood-enhancing blend of organic sweet orange, bergamot and geranium, designed to balance emotions and aid wellbeing
  9. ‘Flore’ candle, £48, Evermore – a delicate union of lilac blossom, peititgrain, clove and ylang ylang that evokes spring morning mists. Throughout April, Evermore is offering 10% off all UK orders and donating a further 10% to the British Red Cross – just use the code ‘HOMECOMFORTS’
  10. ‘Bibliothèque’ candle, £57, BYREDO – a velvety blend of peach, plum, vanilla and patchouli, reflecting the quietness and comfort of libraries sheltered from the passage of time
  11. ‘Fresh Linen’ candle, £29, Helm London – a light and beautifully airy candle that fills your home with the smell of crisp white sheets billowing in the breeze
  12. ‘No.2 Sydney in Springtime’ candle, £30, Moments of Sense & Style – a unique, dreamlike scent reminiscent of blossoming flora and warm breezes, with a hint of sea salt
  13. ‘Maed’ candle, £37.50, Aerende – a light, uplifting mix of grapefruit, lavender and geranium, named after the Olde English word for ‘meadow’
  14. Aery ‘And Relax’ candle, £24.95, Hus & Hem – a blend of lemongrass, cedar and patchouli that creates a tranquil sanctuary where you can de-stress and unwind [AD – affiliate link]
  15. ‘Om’ candle, £20 for a large jar or £12 for a small one, Wxy – a calming and meditative neroli and bamboo-leaf scent that’s never cloying or overwhelming

The best scented candles for staying at home | These Four Walls blog

The best scented candles for staying at home | These Four Walls blog

The best scented candles for staying at home | These Four Walls blog

The best scented candles for staying at home | These Four Walls blog

Please note this post contains affiliate links (all clearly marked), which means I will receive a small commission on any resulting sales. You won’t pay any more by clicking on these links than you would if you visited the websites directly.

Top and bottom four images by Abi Dare; all other photography via the brands listed above

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My Home: Meet the CH24 Wishbone Chair - Birthday Edition!

We use our home so much more these days, so it's only fair to treat ourselves, don't you think? This beautiful lady arrived from Carl Hansen & Søn a few days ago, and she's already a treasured part of the family! You'll no doubt recognise it as the iconic CH24 Hans J. Wegner (also known as the legendary 'Wishbone') chair. The Danish classic is instantly recognisable by its Y-shaped back, hand-crafted woven seat and sculptural curved back.  To celebrate the designers 105th birthday, Carl Hansen has launched this CH24 Hans J. Wegner birthday edition in a luxurious, glossy navy-blue, re-imagined by London-based designer Ilse Crawford and her multidisciplinary team at Studioilse. And she's an absolute beauty! 
Designer Ilse Crawford

Carl Hansen & Søn has a long tradition of manufacturing furniture with a great love for design and the history of the crafting process - using quality wood from sustainable forests. The Wishbone Chair has been in continuous production at Carl Hansen & Søn since 1950 (isn't that incredible?). This latest limited-edition piece plays testimony to the proud tradition of distinctive and beautiful craftsmanship where nothing has been left to chance. 

Most commonly seen in a classic wood finish, I love how the glossy navy blue contrasts with the earthy, hand-crafted woven seat! It's both bold and welcoming - and above all else, timeless! 
Oh, and the commemorative chair comes with a smart engraved brass plate featuring Hans J. Wegner's signature and date of birth - making it a true collector's item.  

I get a feeling we'll merely be looking after this chair for the next generation, don't you? And that's exactly what beautifully crafted Scandinavian design is all about! 
Read more about the CH24 Hans J. Wegner birthday edition - and pick up your own piece when it launches on 2nd April. You'll need to be quick, it's only on sale until April 30th, 2020. 
If anyone's looking for me this weekend, I'll be sitting right here. Unless the kids nab this spot first of course.... *rolls eyes*. 
Have a great weekend friends! Stay well! 
Niki
This post is sponsored by Carl Hansen & Søn, however all words are my own and I only ever work with brands I love and think you will too. Thank you for supporting the businesses that make My Scandinavian Home possible. 

Hans J.Wegner’s CH24 Wishbone chair goes blue for his 106th birthday

Hans J.Wegner's CH24 Wishbone chair goes blue for his 106th birthday
Advertisement –The birthday edition Wishbone chair post in collaboration with Carl Hansen & Sons. I’m excited to share and learn so much about the history of Danish design with Carl Hansen & Søn playing a pivotal part in Danish design history. Happy birthday Hans! Each year Carl Hanson & Søn celebrate the timeless design of the CH24 Wishbone chair on the late and great Hans J.Wegner’s birthday. Hans would have been 106 years old on 2nd April. And to mark this occasion Carl Hansen & Søn selected London based interior designer Ilse Crawford to put her designer touch to the Wishbone chair. a little history Hans J. Wegner first designed the Wishbone chair in 1949 and then manufactured by Carl Hansen & Søn in 1950. The chair has been production ever since. Wegner was part of the ‘Golden age’ of design, where modernist architects designed furniture and lighting for their architectural projects. Many of the designers during this ‘golden’ time studied under the most recognised ‘father’ of design Kaare Klint. And Wegner was one of his students, included on the student list were Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjærholm and Børge Mogensen.Klint taught the fundamentals of functionalism and practicality of architecture. He […]

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A Dreamy Hidden Gem In Menorca, Spain

This summer we planned to visit my sister and nieces who live on the island of Mallorca, Spain - who knows, maybe we'll make it later on in the year, I really hope so. But for now, I'll allow this beautiful Menorcan finca to whisk us away to the sunny climes of the wonderful Balearic Islands instead - come and join me! Let's dream of days by that pool with friends and family, casually trailing a hand through the cool water while we sip on a granizado. And when the midday sun starts to scorch - a cool, calm interior awaits for that all-important siesta! Ready to visit the hill top 19th century Es Bec d'Aguila? Let's go! 

Gaaaah, so lovely! 
I've never been to Menorca, even though it's not that far from Mallorca, but I've heard that it's a rugged, beautiful island and it's high on my list. Have you been?
If you plan on going, maybe this finca is one to squirrel away in the holiday file? You can find all the details here
Shall we pour ourselves another granizado and do a little more holiday dreaming today? Don your sunhat, and enjoy these beautiful places that await. After all, this too shall pass.  
Not too keen on the heat? How about this cool, Icelandic hideaway on the coast? 
Sending lots of love to family and friends in Spain today, we're all thinking of you.  
Niki
Photography courtesy of Es Bec d'Aguila - found via Style Files with thanks. 

The iconic CH24 ‘Wishbone’ chair turns navy blue

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The iconic CH24 'Wishbone' chair turns navy blue | These Four Walls blog

The CH24 ‘Wishbone’ chair is one of the most recognisable pieces of furniture there is, and it’s long been a favourite of mine. So, I was very excited when details of a new limited-edition version popped into my inbox.

Originally conceived in 1949, the ‘Wishbone’ was the first of five chairs created for Carl Hansen & Son by legendary Danish modernist designer Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007). His ethos centred around refining shapes, exploring the potential of wood and ensuring a balance between form and function, and in a bid to simplify the idea of a chair he combined the back and arm rests into a single, steam-bent piece. The famous Y-shaped support was added for stability and comfort, together with a hand-woven seat made from 120m of paper cord. The chair was put into production in 1950 and soon became a Scandinavian icon thanks to its purity of form and high-quality craftsmanship. It’s been manufactured continuously ever since, and is still largely assembled by hand at Carl Hansen & Son’s factory on the island of Funen.

Today would have been Wegner’s birthday, and each year Carl Hansen & Son marks the occasion by unveiling a special version of the ‘Wishbone’ that’s available for one month only. Previous birthday editions have included elm, ancient oak and walnut with a red-leather seat, and for 2020 – which also happens to be the chair’s 70th anniversary – it’s been reimagined in a glossy navy blue.

The striking finish was developed in collaboration with London-based designer Ilse Crawford, who took her cue from Wegner’s long-standing fascination with Asian crafts. She explains:

“The blue refers to a colour that has been so much a part of Chinese culture, from the blue and white china that obsessed the world for so many centuries to the dark blue of indigo textiles. Symbollically in China, blue is associated with the east, spring and wood. The high-gloss finish, meanwhile, references traditional Chinese lacquer.”

The iconic CH24 'Wishbone' chair turns navy blue | These Four Walls blog

The iconic CH24 'Wishbone' chair turns navy blue | These Four Walls blog

The iconic CH24 'Wishbone' chair turns navy blue | These Four Walls blog

The iconic CH24 'Wishbone' chair turns navy blue | These Four Walls blog

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to style the birthday edition in my own home, and I loved the deep and moody hue. I’ve never really introduced any blue pieces into my house before as I tend to stick to neutrals, but this particular shade of navy is sophisticated and incredibly versatile. It adds a subtle pop of colour to the monochrome scheme in my dining room, and it works beautifully with the natural oak table. It’s also a joy to accessorise: inspired by the contrast between the shiny frame and the paper-cord seat, I finished the look off by playing around with textures and materials, adding a soft linen throw, metals and matte and glossy ceramics.

The iconic CH24 'Wishbone' chair turns navy blue | These Four Walls blog

The iconic CH24 'Wishbone' chair turns navy blue | These Four Walls blog

The iconic CH24 'Wishbone' chair turns navy blue | These Four Walls blog

The iconic Ch24 'Wishbone' chair turns navy blue | These Four Walls blog

The iconic CH24 'Wishbone' chair turns navy blue | These Four Walls blog

The striking colour means the chair looks just as good on its own, and it’s comfy enough to lounge in for hours with a book and coffee. I can also see it sitting brilliantly with grey and beige decor, and I think the high-gloss finish would look wonderful against concrete, raw plaster or mineral-paint walls.

The iconic 'CH24 Wishbone' chair turns navy blue | These Four Walls blog

The iconic CH24 'Wishbone' chair turns navy blue | These Four Walls blog

The iconic CH24 'Wishbone' chair turns navy blue | These Four Walls blog

The iconic CH24 'Wishbone' chair turns navy blue | These Four Walls blog

The limited-edition ‘Wishbone’ chair is made from FSC-certified wood finished with a water-based lacquer, and features a discrete brass plate engraved with Wegner’s signature and date of birth. It’s available from Carl Hansen flagship stores and authorised dealers worldwide from today until the 30th April, with a recommended retail price of £632 / €720 / $950 (excluding VAT). It’s certainly a stunning reinterpretation of a timeless classic, and something to be treasured and admired for decades to come.

All photography by Abi Dare

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A Fabulous Danish Home In A Plethora of Colours!

So, mina raringar, here's the colourful Danish home I've been telling you about. And I wasn't kidding - colour fiends out there, are going to do a little dance when they see this!! It's fabulous! Located in leafy Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, this colourful bonanza of a home belongs to Cathrine de Lichtenberg, her husband and dog Pedersen. The trio occupy the ground floor and basement of the old Patricia villa which dates back to 1898! I caught up with Cathrine, who works at the fabulous flower design studio Poppykalas and also as an interior stylist, to find out more: 

Brumbury table lamp, Uno form kitchen cabinets, wall colour: Deco Pink 2782
Have you always loved colour?
Yes, in elementary school I would always colour match my belt, bag, socks, t-short and other details! The same with the colours on my bedroom wall - which were everything from pink to mint green- However, as a teenager, I became a little insecure (like most!) and found comfort in dressing like others. - so, I toned it down. But today I mix and match my clothes as I feel fit for the day, and I have a very relaxed approach to paint. If I have a feeling about a new colour, I just do it - it can always be redone! 

What are your go-to home decorating colours?
I don't think there are any main colours. However blue, light pink and lavender tend to appear in most rooms. 
IKEA stool painted in Dyrup metallic 'Shiny blue' 

Scandinavian homes are synonymous with being white or monochrome, would you say there's also scope for lots of colour? 
Yes, colours are becoming more and more normal in Scandinavian style. Having said that, I don't think we have a typically Scandinavian style. Ours is a mix of everything we like - no rules! 
What inspired the colours in your home?
A mood, a feeling, a fruit, a pattern, a photo, a dress, or whatever awakes the feeling in me and drives me to implement it in my home. 

Curtains from &Drape, pale blue bedding*
Do you have any tips for anyone looking to introduce more colour into their home?
Don't think too much, just do it! 
If four walls feel like too much, start with one... and if that still feels like too much, then add pillows and vases in the colour you love the most as a great starting point! 
I love using fruit and vegetables to add colour in the kitchen, and of course flowers! Place them in a colourful bowl on the table - it's an easy way to bring energy to the room. 
Well, well, well, where do I even start?! 
Maybe with Pedersen! Doesn't he look happy in this home? I don't blame him. 
I think the most exciting thing of all about stumbling across Cathrine's home on instagram (@cathdelichtenberg - in case you're curious!) is that it's unlike any Scandinavian home I've seen before. It really has put a spring in my step. 
I love her colour tips too, so simple! 
I'd love to hear what you loved most about this Copenhagen home! Has it tempted you to add more colour too?
In case you're feeling the colour therapy today, here are some other fabulous Scandinavian homes filled with colour:
Happy lillördag friends!
Niki
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ALIUM – a brand-new Copenhagen gallery

ALIUM - a brand-new Copenhagen gallery | These Four Walls blog

Travel might be out of the question for most of us at the moment, but today I want to share some inspiration for when we can start exploring again – a brand-new Copenhagen gallery that blurs the lines between art, design and interiors.

Called ALIUM, it’s located in a historic building next to Frederiksberg town hall and was the brainchild of Thomas Nissen, founder of online print shop The Poster Club. The name comes from the Latin word for ‘different’ or ‘unlike others’ and reflects the fundamental concept behind the project. Thomas saw an opportunity to present art in a more inspiring and approachable way and set about creating a multi-dimensional experience that goes far beyond the visual. The resulting space breaks down the barriers between art and home living, delving deeper in the narratives behind the pieces on display and encouraging visitors to linger and relax.

ALIUM - a brand-new Copenhagen gallery | These Four Walls blog

ALIUM - a brand-new Copenhagen gallery | These Four Walls blog

ALIUM - a brand-new Copenhagen gallery | These Four Walls blog

ALIUM - a brand-new Copenhagen gallery | These Four Walls blog

ALIUM represents both established and up-and-coming artists from across Scandinavia, and the current selection includes original works by Anne Nowak, Amanda Betz, Carsten Beck, Annette Hallbäck, Linda Weimann, Noa Noon Gammelgaard, Sofia Tufvasson, Rebecca Hein and Malene Birger. There’s also a permanent collection called ALIUM Archive, which consists of 10 open-edition prints created exclusively for the gallery and available from €79.

ALIUM - a brand-new Copenhagen gallery | These Four Walls blog

ALIUM - a brand-new Copenhagen gallery | These Four Walls blog

ALIUM - a brand-new Copenhagen gallery | These Four Walls blog

The space itself is beautiful, with a focus on simple shapes, quality materials and Copenhagen-based designers. There are geometric chairs and tables from Frama, sculptural lighting by 101 Copenhagen, and a Menu ‘Offset’ sofa where you can sit back and unwind. It’s homely and very calming – certainly a far cry from the sterile, pretentious and uninviting atmosphere of many other galleries.

ALIUM - a brand-new Copenhagen gallery | These Four Walls blog

ALIUM - a brand-new Copenhagen gallery | These Four Walls blog

ALIUM - a brand-new Copenhagen gallery | These Four Walls blog

ALIUM - a brand-new Copenhagen gallery | These Four Walls blog

ALIUM is open by appointment, and there are plans for a series of temporary exhibitions and pop-up events starting later in the year. I can’t wait to have a look around when I’m next in Copenhagen, but if you can’t get there in person many of the artworks are available to buy online, too.

Photography by Emil Monty Freddie and Sofie Staunsager, via ALIUM

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A Cosy Boho Living Space With a Drop Of Golden Sun!

Hejsan! A drop of golden sun goes a long way to raise the spirits right now, don't you think? I stumbled across these lovely pictures captured for the Maison du Monde Spring Summer 2020 Tuscany Collection and could feel the warmth oozing from my screen, I knew I had too share them with you! The beautiful spaces have been furnished with a relaxed, boho blend of rich textures in earthy tones of ochre, burnt umber, rust, and sunset yellow - and are bathed in warm pools of sunlight! Pull up a chair amica, it's time to get toasty and dream of summer days alfresco! 

Can you practically feel the sunlight on your face?!

I love the sitting room in particular - I could totally get cosy there and wile away an entire afternoon (or two, or three) there, how about you?!

Did anything stand out to you?

I was going to show you a really colourful Danish home today but the post has got slightly held up - bear with me, I promise it will be well worth the wait later on in the week. Feeling excited about it already!

Have a lovely, sunny day friends!

Niki

Photos from Maison Du Monde / found via Planete Deco with thanks


Divide And Conquer: 6 Great Ways To Make More Out of Your Home!

Hello wonderful friends, how are you all doing? Over the weekend, I reflected on how staying at home more right now means our living space is having to work a whole lot harder - do you find the same? If you think about it, our homes have changed from a place where we cook, eat, sleep, relax, and do homework to somewhere that needs to cater for all kinds of extra activities like working from home (for those who can), exercising, home schooling, and much, much more! And don't even get me started on trying to carve out that all important 'me time'! Gah! 

In case you're feeling the heat, or simply want to make your living space go further  -  here are 6 simple ways to carve out zones for that online meeting, studying a new language, the kids' Joe Wicks PE class' (or more importantly, your morning yoga session!) or simply enjoying a heavenly siesta in peace! 
1. Shelf life: Shelves are a great way to divide a room in two but still allow the light to flow. Think about moving your freestanding shelves perpendicular to the wall or get crafty and build your own!

2. Vertical garden: not everyone can stroll to the park right now, but you can bring a little park life indoors. I love the idea of using shelves bursting with plants as a room divider. Plus, they'll help clear the air too! 
3. Temporary floating wall: for a more erm, solid approach - why not build a floating wall and split a room in two. I love this idea below! 
3. Screen from view: for a more temporary idea, wood, rattan or bamboo screens with fabric are great for shielding a space from view, and can be moved around the home (I think I might just carry mine around with me for permanent 'me time' - te he he!). You can also use them as a makeshift place to hang clothes, towels etc. 

4. The light screen: see-through screens are perfect for carving out a separate one without blocking the light (and plunging others into semi-darkness!). This lovely one says, "do not disturb morning yoga session in action". Who knows, later it might say "do not disturb: tick tock choreography in session" (likely in my home!). 

6. The peg board: ideal for kitchens and home offices, peg boards are really versatile. They make great room dividers too! 

7. Curtains: Easily forgotten but oh so useful - curtains are easy to install, perfect for privacy, act as sound dampeners and don't take up any space. I love how curtains have been used to turn a nook into a private bedroom below. Who needs a silk eye mask when you can nap here?! 
I hope you've found this round-up helpful. Are there any ideas you might steal for your own home?
I'm also really curious to hear how your home is having to work harder right now? 
In Sweden our children are still at school (for now) but Per is teaching his six-form-college lectures online - so I need to be careful not to whisk pass in my robe!! 
Looking for beautiful home tours to brighten up the start of your week? Here are a few of my favourites:
Speaking of home tours - I've got a really cheerful, colourful home lined up to share with you tomorrow so make sure you stop by. It's bound to put a spring in your step! 
Niki