Home tour | A serene new-build apartment in Stockholm

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How do you turn a new-build property into a home? It’s something many of us grapple with, and a question I often get asked. Well, the subject of my latest home-tour post is a wonderful example of how to do it. Without any major decorating to do, Alison Khumalo (@that.minimalhome on Instagram) – a South African teacher currently based in Stockholm – set about personalising her just-finished apartment with carefully chosen furniture and accessories. Throughout, she focused primarily on how she wanted the space to feel, using soft textures, neutral colours and elegant materials to transform the empty shell into a calm, cosy haven which she loves to return to at the end of each day. What’s more, she avoided being led by trends or other people’s opinions, instead prioritising what she likes and what feels right for her – a refreshing and very inspiring approach!

Just read on to find out more about Alison’s beautiful home, her design ethos, and the fantastic story of how she came to live in Sweden in the first place…

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Hi Alison! Please can you start by telling us a bit about yourself and what you do?

“I’m a 33-year-old travel addict from South Africa, and I teach fifth grade (soon to be sixth grade) at a bilingual school in Stockholm. Though I’m a teacher, I also have an insatiable love for all things interiors and photography.

“Four years ago I decided to make a change and, literally sitting blindfolded with a map in front of me, I placed my finger down and landed on Sweden. So, I packed a bag and moved there!”

Where’s your current home, and how long have you lived there?

“Two years after arriving from South Africa I bought my little apartment in Stockholm, just a 15-minute drive from the city centre. But with feet as itchy as mine, I’m likely to make another move!”

Have you made many changes since moving in?

“The apartment I bought was newly built so, other than taking an empty shell and turning it into a home, there really hasn’t been any need to make changes.”

Home tour - a serene new-build apartment in Stockholm | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a serene new-build apartment in Stockholm | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a serene new-build apartment in Stockholm | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a serene new-build apartment in Stockholm | These Four Walls blog

In the main living area, Alison has mixed soothing whites and beiges with warm wood. Snuggly textiles sit alongside sleeker materials such as marble and glass, creating subtle elements of contrast, while a large rug breaks up the open-plan layout. The sofa, pendant light and mirror are from Habitat, and the round vase is by Cooee Design. A ‘Kizu’ lamp and ‘Aura’ table mirror from New Works complete the scheme.  

How would you describe your interiors style?

“I seem to have comfortably adopted the Scandinavian style in terms of interiors. I love the combination of white and other neutrals coupled with warm wooden accents and softer tones, and all married to the concept of minimalism. If you were to look up the definition of ‘soft minimalism’ then that would be right up my alley!”

What does home mean to you?

“One word comes to mind: family! That’s really what home means to me. However if we’re referring to a building that we go to at the end of the day, then I have three words: calm, quiet and peaceful. Home is where I can inhale, exhale and just breath.”

Where do you find inspiration for your home?

“I find inspiration from various Instagram accounts, Pinterest and magazines, but I mainly just go with what feels good with and for me.”

Home tour - a serene new-build apartment in Stockholm | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a serene new-build apartment in Stockholm | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a serene new-build apartment in Stockholm | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a serene new-build apartment in Stockholm | These Four Walls blog

Alison has used accessories to add character and warmth to the kitchen, incorporating leafy plants to offset the clean-lined units without detracting from the minimalist feel.  

What’s your favourite part of your home and why?

“Honestly, I don’t have one particular part that’s my favourite. But I love the feeling I get the moment I step in through the door after a hard day at work. Being in this calm, quiet space makes my home my favourite place to be!”

And your favourite piece of furniture or accessory?

“I’ve just purchased a beautiful marble-based table. It was meant to be a bedside table but its versatility has got me placing it in different parts of the apartment. I love it! But it wouldn’t be the first item I’d grab in case of a fire – a photograph of my grandmother with my youngest brother and sister is what I treasure the most.”

Where do you like to source items for your home – any favourite brands or shops?

“Where do I start?! Now that I’ve discovered online shopping, the list is endless! My absolute favourite store was UK-based Habitat, where I purchased my couch, coffee table and mirror, as well as some other smaller details. Unfortunately they closed down here in Sweden, and I’m adapting to the world of online shopping from various outlets.”

Home tour - a serene new-build apartment in Stockholm | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a serene new-build apartment in Stockholm | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a serene new-build apartment in Stockholm | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - a serene new-build apartment in Stockholm | These Four Walls blog

Linen bedding and a crumpled-paper light from IKEA (no longer available) create a relaxed, cosy feel in the bedroom. By the bed is the ‘Lato’ table, designed by Luca Nichetto for &Tradition and one of Alison’s favourite buys. 

Do you have any future plans for your home?

“Well, other than purchasing some proper ‘grown-up’ dining chairs, lately I’ve been thinking (seldom a good sign, as it usually involves drastic changes and copious amounts of money!) that I’d like to paint a wall in my bedroom, just to break up the white. But as you can see I’m not very brave with colour, so it might be a while before I get my painting overalls on!”

Finally, what’s your top interior-design tip?

“Go with what feels right for you! Don’t deviate from that because of the latest trend or something you saw on social media. Be true to yourself.”

Very wise advice to end on – thanks Alison!

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See more of Alison’s wonderful home and photography on Instagram.

All images by Alison Khumalo

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Step Inside Dave's Light and Airy Munich Home

Is anyone else sweltering today?! I'm back at my desk at home and it's over 30 degrees (86 F) outside - kind of crazy for Sweden! We're soooo not used to this! I love it, of course - but it's so distracting as all I want to do is head down to the sea every five minutes and dive in. It's times like this, that carefully edited, minimalist homes really come into their own, don't you think? Take Dave's home in Munich, Germany. The living space, which Dave shares with his boyfriend Enrico and their golden retriever Bruno, has been carefully edited to include only pieces they truly treasure. There's nothing superfluous to need. No frills. Just simple, beautiful pieces of furniture, each of which are like a work of art. The result is a light and airy home in the heart of the city that oozes cool. I wonder if he'd mind if I pulled up a chair and stayed for a while. Anyone care to join me?

I'm feeling cooler just looking at these pictures, how about you? Although a nice cool drink (did you see the summer herb infused lemonade recipe I shared last week?) on the rattan chair in his garden wouldn't go amiss too!

I particularly love the sitting room with the mid-century credenza (source a similar one here*), jungle wall chart and snoopy lamp* etc. Is there anything that stood out to you? 

Here a few other light and airy homes to keep you cool today: 

A beautiful, simple white Danish cabin

The wonderful playful loft of a furniture designer

Angelina's breezy Munich home (look out for the snoozing pup!)

On that note, I'm off to grab my towel (actually my bath robe - here by the sea where I live in Malmö, us locals wonder down to the waters edge in a robe over our swim gear and no-one bats an eyelid!). 

Have a wonderful start to the week friends, stay well, stay cool! 

Niki

Photography: @daves_home

PS I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was having computer problems (thank you for your commiserations, it really is infuriating!). The good news is that Apple managed to fix my laptop, the bad news is they had to wipe EVERYTHING - baaah! If you spot a few typos in the post it's because I haven't downloaded the Microsoft office (where I spell check my posts). It's on my to do list though, I promise!

PPS I'll be back with a new home tour on Wednesday! The crazies start school next week so I'll finally be back to posting daily again. Thanks so much for bearing with this mamma of two! 


The Relaxed, Boho Copenhagen Home of a Plant Enthusiast

Have you got that Friday feeling? I'm feeling it friends - woohooo! I've been in sunny Denmark for the night - and I can't tell you how happy I am to return to this wonderful country! One of my favourite past times is people watching and there's so much to love about the relaxed, boho Danish style. This filters all the way down to their homes. Are you ready to take a peek behind the facade of a relaxed Copenhagen home? Louise Olofsson lives with her boyfriend Jonathan in a one bedroom flat in the heart of the capital. The self confessed 'Little Botonist', has a passion for greenery and filled her home with over 100 plants which nestle beside flea market finds and Scandinavian design classics. Welcome to Louise's urban jungle! 
"My passion for plants started around five years ago. My Dad gave me a mini orange tree that he owned but was dying. Somehow I managed to keep it alive and make it thrive again. It made me so happy that I had the power to nurture a plant. From that moment on, my love and passion for plants grew" - Louise


"We have over 100 plants in our two room apartment and I cannot imagine a home without them. They make our home feel alive and bring me peace" 

"I love to learn about biology and nature and spend a lot of time reading about and studying my plants. At the beginning I watered them every Sunday. Now I am somehow synchronized with them all and water them whenever I feel it's needed"
Thank you so much for inviting us into your urban jungle Louise!
Has this inspired you to introduce more plants to your home? I'd love to have more! I'm feeling a growing confidence having kept both a lemon and fig tree alive this year - miracles of miracles! Could this be my own 'urban jungle' year? 
See more green inspiration: 
Right friends, there are two little ladies waiting for me - sun hats on, beach towels draped over their shoulders. Time to enjoy our last day in Denmark (if you haven't been to Hornbæk, it's a must! So many beautiful interior design shops!).
I'll be blogging three days next week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and then the crazies go back to school so it'll all be back to normal with the five posts again. Thank you for bearing with me! 
I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 
Niki
Photography: Louise Olofsson

A relaxed summer celebration with Georg Jensen’s ‘Bernadotte’ collection

[Advertisement – this is a paid partnership with Georg Jensen, but all words and opinions are my own]

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It’s my 37th birthday tomorrow (I’m not sure how that happened – I was 21 and I blinked!), and after all the stresses and strangeness of the past few months, I want nothing more than a relaxed afternoon in the garden with close family and friends. But keeping things laid-back and low-key doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate in style, as my latest collaboration with iconic Danish brand Georg Jensen demonstrates.

Georg Jensen has lots of beautiful tableware, but my favourite pieces – and some of the most timeless – form part of the ‘Bernadotte’ collection. It was created back in the 1930s but you’d never guess – in fact it’s just as appealing and relevant today as it was when it was first launched.

A relaxed summer celebration with Georg Jensen's 'Bernadotte' collection | These Four Walls blog

A relaxed summer celebration with Georg Jensen's 'Bernadotte' collection | These Four Walls blog

A relaxed summer celebration with Georg Jensen's 'Bernadotte' collection | These Four Walls blog

The man behind the collection, Sigvard Bernadotte, was the second son of King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden but chose a career in design over royal life (he subsequently lost his titles after marrying a commoner). He graduated from the Swedish Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1929 and in 1930 visited the Stockholm Exhibition, where he was introduced to the work of architect Gunnar Asplund. Asplund was part of the emerging Functionalist movement, which saw unnecessary opulence stripped away in favour of practicality, and his user-centred approach would have a lasting influence on Bernadotte’s own designs.

Bernadotte’s association with Georg Jensen began in the same year and his sleek, geometric pieces were a significant departure from the flowery Art Nouveau motifs that had characterised its products until then. Their balance of form and function proved an instant hit and also marked the start of a broader transformation for the company, whose aesthetic came to be defined by a pared-back elegance that’s still evident to this day.

The original pieces were made of silver but in 2002 Georg Jensen reissued them in stainless steel, creating a more affordable and easier-to-care-for collection without losing the essence of Bernadotte’s designs. It was updated and extended again in 2019 and now encompasses jugs, cutlery, salt and pepper shakers, serving dishes and plates, cake stands, egg cups, a bottle opener and a tea strainer, alongside more decorative vases and candleholders. Their characteristic grooves and fluting echo the Art Deco style that was so popular in the 1930s, but their striking simplicity means they haven’t dated at all.

A relaxed summer celebration with Georg Jensen's 'Bernadotte' collection | These Four Walls blog

A relaxed summer celebration with Georg Jensen's 'Bernadotte' collection | These Four Walls blog

A relaxed summer celebration with Georg Jensen's 'Bernadotte' collection | These Four Walls blog

I decided to honour the collection’s Swedish roots with an alfresco pre-birthday fika (coffee, cake and a catch-up). I used a variety of bowls in different sizes, together with the 0.8L thermo jug, which keeps liquid hot (or cold) for up to six hours – perfect if you want to linger for the whole afternoon! I also added the milk jug, which was the very first piece Bernadotte designed for Georg Jensen and which features a sweeping curve as its spout. The medium vase made the perfect finishing touch, and I loved the contrast between its clean lines and the slightly wild look of the grasses and flowers spilling from the top.

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A relaxed summer celebration with Georg Jensen's 'Bernadotte' collection | These Four Walls blog

A relaxed summer celebration with Georg Jensen's 'Bernadotte' collection | These Four Walls blog

Bernadotte’s attention to detail and focus on ergonomics mean every piece is a delight to use, but what I love most about the collection is its versatility. It works just as well for day-to-day meals and drinks as it does for celebrations like this, and it’s not the kind of thing you’ll hide away to gather dust in a cupboard. It looks wonderful left out on display when not in use, and I thought the mirror-polished steel and textured surfaces stood out beautifully against the matt ceramics on my dining-room shelves.

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A relaxed summer celebration with Georg Jensen's 'Bernadotte' collection | These Four Walls blog

A relaxed summer celebration with Georg Jensen's 'Bernadotte' collection | These Four Walls blog

So, if you want tableware that will make everyday moments feel that little bit more special – and last for decades to come – then the ‘Bernadotte’ collection is definitely worth the investment. Prices range from £14 to £245, and you can see the full range here.

And an interesting bit of trivia to end on: Sigvard Bernadotte’s great-nephew Carl Philip is one half of Bernadotte & Kylberg, the duo who created the ‘Helix’ collection launched by Georg Jensen last year. A love of good design must run in the genes!

All photography by Abi Dare

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Beautiful Danish Glassware and My Favourite Summer Drink!

After a tour of the Swedish West coast (travel guide to follow soon!), it's been wonderful to be back at our summer cottage for a few days. I spent a lovely afternoon with my friend Tove, catching up over a glass of herb infused lemonade. It was one of those afternoons which turned into evening... which turned into night (and may have eventually involved some Prosecco!). I'd invited Tove to come over and help me shoot a set of beautiful mouth blown glassware for Pernille Bülow (the glass workshop on the Danish island of Bornholm where the stunning SKY lamps are also made). And we decided to put the pretty setting and smokey ODIN glassware to good use in the process! Here are a few snapshots - and more details about the glassware, the lemonade and a few other pieces! 
I picked up the chairs at a nearby 'loppis' (flea market) - such a find! The questions is, do I re-paint them or leave them in their naturally dilapidated state? I'd love to hear your thoughts! 
On the table you can catch a glimpse of the handmade ODIN jug and drinking glass in grey, which have been designed in the Pernille Bülow atelier and handmade abroad. As with all their designs, I love how the ODIN glassware has a simple yet strong expression, and perfect for everyday use as well as special events (like catching up with friends!).  
My daughter Allie and I made the mint, dill and basil infused lemonade in the morning. The syrup is super simple to make, tastes really refreshing, and if you make a big batch can last all summer long! Oh and it's perfect for pepping up 'stronger' drinks - just sayin'! Here's the recipe: 
Mint, Dill and Basil Infused Lemonade Squash

Ingredients:
2.5 dl water
300 g sugar
2 tbsp fresh dill  
5 g fresh basil
5 g fresh mint
3.75 dl lemon juice
Method
Combine the sugar and water in a pan, place on medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Rip up the mint and basil leaves and add to the pan. Add the dill stems. Bring to the boil and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and place mixture in a container in the fridge for 60 minutes. Sieve the mixture to remove herbs. 
To serve: combine the syrup and lemon juice with 18 dl of water and serve on ice with a sprig of mint. 

Tove and I found the jug works perfectly as a vase too! The thistles and ferns are from our cottage garden.

As the sun sank lower in the sky we brought out an ODIN pillar candleholder and tea light holder in grey. There are also two lovely bowls in the range - the small bowl in grey which we used for crabapples and a large bowl

Such a memorable afternoon. I love it when a plan comes together!

You can find out more information about Pernille Bülow ODIN glassware here - and also take a peek at the SKY lamps which I've featured in my home here, here and here.

Thank you to Tove for a great afternoon, and also to my wonderful neighbors for the pretty setting!

Niki

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Pernille Bülow. However, all words are my own and I only ever work with brands I love and think you will too! 


Welcome Inside The Home of a Danish Interior Consultant

Why hello there, or 'hej' (pronounced 'hi' in Danish - which makes it pretty easy for us English speaking guys!). Today, I'm whisking you away to Odder, a small town in central Jutland, Denmark, which Cecilie Kovsted and her fiancé Magnus have made their home. Cecilie works an interior consultant at Tapetforum and as a sales employee at ARoS Aarhus Art Museum. Little wonder her home - which she frequently shows on her instagram feed @interiorunivers - is a real feast for the eyes. The duo have filled their 79 m2 (850 f2) apartment with ceramics, colourful prints and 'loppemarked' (flea market) finds -inspired by Cecilie's childhood home. Pour yourself a Danish-style extra strong 'kaffe', pull up a chair, and enjoy the tour! 
"I am in the process of changing our decor and I am trying to focus more on warm colours, Japanese ceramics and prints that match my 'theme'." - Cecilie. 

"Art means a lot to me, and as you can probably see, we have a lot of it in our home! Most of the prints are flea market finds or bought from interior design shops. I look for unique prints. I particularly love prints from Galerie Maeght and even visited their little shop in Paris - which I can highly recommend!" - Cecilie. 

Such an inspiring home - especially the art! 
You often see the same prints time and time again in homes, but I loved how Cecilie had sought more original art, particularly in her home office. 
Feeling curious, I scoured her instagram feed to glean some of the sources she's used for glassware, ceramics, prints and other decor:
Cecilie's Danish Interior Shopping Black Book

Kræss Store (glassware, ceramics, art etc!)
Le Klint (lighting)
Since my family and I are actually heading to Denmark today (WHOOPEE! I'm SO excited as we haven't been since the whole - whisper it, pandemic began - follow along on my instagram stories if you'd like to see a little of Hornbæk!), I thought it would be apt to go all out Danish today. Here are a few other homes I love:
And while we're on the topic of 'great Dane' style and design, I'll be stopping by tomorrow with an extra post to share some pictures I took near our summer cottage of some beautiful Danish glassware and one of my favorite Swedish summer drinks! See you then! 
Niki

Photography: Cecilie Kovsted

Casa na Terra – a unique holiday hideaway in Portugal’s Alentejo

Casa na Terra - a unique holiday hideaway in Portugal's Alentejo | These Four Walls blog

How does everyone feel about travelling at the moment, given the ongoing restrictions and quarantine rules? I’m still nervous about it, but that hasn’t stopped me browsing the net and dreaming about where I’ll go as soon as I feel a bit more confident. And my latest find, Casa na Terra in Portugal’s beautiful Alentejo region, is certainly fuelling my wanderlust.

I’ve visited the Alentejo once before, during a research trip for my previous job as deputy editor of a travel website, and I was captivated by its vast plains, rolling hills and open skies. I’d love to go back to explore at a more leisurely pace and this stunning holiday rental – the latest opening from Silent Living, whose portfolio also includes the renowned Santa Clara 1728 in Lisbon – looks like the perfect base.

Created by Aires Mateus and named Arch Daily‘s ‘Building of the Year’ for 2020, Casa na Terra overlooks the mirror-still expanse of Lake Alqueva, just outside the hilltop town of Monsarez. It was designed to blend into its surroundings and it’s near-impossible to spot from most angles – the rear is huddled into the terrain and covered with a grass roof, with only the white-tiled light wells and narrow, slit-like entrance providing any hint of its presence. It’s only when you reach the front that the cantilevered concrete structure reveals itself, jutting out from the hillside to form a series of inverted domes. It’s sculptural and highly contemporary, yet it almost looks as if it’s a natural part of the landscape.

Casa na Terra - a unique holiday hideaway in Portugal's Alentejo | These Four Walls blog

Casa na Terra - a unique holiday hideaway in Portugal's Alentejo | These Four Walls blog

Casa na Terra - a unique holiday hideaway in Portugal's Alentejo | These Four Walls blog

Inside, a central corridor zig-zags through the house, with the living area and kitchen opening out to the lake-facing terrace on one side and the three ensuite bedrooms tucked beneath the earth on the other. The cast-concrete frame has been left exposed throughout, creating a sleek, minimalist feel that’s enhanced by swathes of floor-to-ceiling glass and banks of built-in cupboards. Rattan pieces, raw timber panels and wooden chairs add texture and warmth, softening the overall look and providing striking elements of contrast. There are also lots of little touches that give a nod to the rustic setting, including gnarled antique furniture and hand-tied leather straps for door handles.

Casa na Terra - a unique holiday hideaway in Portugal's Alentejo | These Four Walls blog

Casa na Terra - a unique holiday hideaway in Portugal's Alentejo | These Four Walls blog

Casa na Terra - a unique holiday hideaway in Portugal's Alentejo | These Four Walls blog

Casa na Terra - a unique holiday hideaway in Portugal's Alentejo | These Four Walls blog

Casa na Terra - a unique holiday hideaway in Portugal's Alentejo | These Four Walls blog

I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a better place to soak up the tranquility of the gorgeous Alentejo countryside. Oh to be there right now, sitting back with a glass of local wine and watching the ever-changing light dance across the water…

Casa na Terra - a unique holiday hideaway in Portugal's Alentejo | These Four Walls blog

Casa na Terra - a unique holiday hideaway in Portugal's Alentejo | These Four Walls blog

Casa na Terra - a unique holiday hideaway in Portugal's Alentejo | These Four Walls blog

Find out more about Casa na Terra and make a booking here. Rates start at €350 per night, with a minimum stay of three or seven nights depending on the season. The house sleeps up to six, and breakfast and daily cleaning are included in the price. 

Photography by Nelson Garrido and Rui Cardoso for Silent Living

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A Lovely, Relaxed Artist's Home Full of Plants

Tjena! We've had a great week on Sweden's West coast - despite a few howling gales. Now, we're starting to wind our way back to Malmö across the Skagerrak, Kattegat and Öresund seas (it's a loooong sail!). I'm already dreaming about home and my warm, cosy bed - so it feels apt to start blogging about beautiful interiors again today! And what better way to kick off the week than an artists home full of plants, books and inspiring DIY ideas! Denise is a freelance illustrator and art therapist, who's watercolour box is her constant companion. Her light-filled home in Berlin has been furnished with an eclectic blend of pieces, and although pared-back, it's full of character and serves as a wonderful, relaxed space to live and paint. Welcome to Denise's world! 

What a great home! 
I love her DIY headboard against the textured bedroom wall. The futon style bed also emphasizes the tremendous ceiling height. 
Did you spot her amazing rubber plant? I'm not sure ours will ever be that tall!
Is there anything that stood out to you? 
Denise sells her beautiful watercolors through her Etsy shop KunstZimmerBerlin and is also a part of The Conscious Club, a studio and store in Berlin for mindfully designed and crafted products (one to visit if you're ever in town!). I also love her instagram @kunstzimmer - it's full of inspiration! 
How I love a Berlin home, do you feel the same? Here are a few others I've featured: 
The wonderful loft of a furniture designer (OK, I cheated a little here, this is not in Berlin - but it's well worth a peek!)
Have a great start to the week! See you Wednesday (I'll be blogging three days a week until Monday as it can be a bit tricky on the high seas!). 
I hope you're having a relaxing summer, and keeping well out there! 
Niki
Photography: Denise / @kunstzimmer

New designs from Kristina Dam

New designs from Kristina Dam | These Four Walls blog

Details of upcoming autumn-winter homeware collections are already beginning to trickle through and I’ll be sharing some of my favourites over the coming weeks. As always, my aim isn’t to make you want to rush out and buy lots of new things, or feel pressured into following trends (you can read my views on those here), but simply to provide a bit of inspiration. After all, you never know when you might stumble across an interesting idea for your home, or that perfect finishing touch you’ve been searching for.

The first new-season collection to catch my eye this time around comes from Copenhagen-based Kristina Dam, whose work I’ve admired for years. She’s known for her minimalist, sculptural style, often inspired by her background in graphic design and architecture, and many of her pieces feature strong lines and geometric shapes. There’s also a wonderful mix of materials, with smooth glass, marble and metal sitting alongside tactile earthenware, leather, textiles and wood.

New designs from Kristina Dam | These Four Walls blog

New designs from Kristina Dam | These Four Walls blog

New designs from Kristina Dam | These Four Walls blog

Among her latest designs is a stunning lighting range, which encompasses matt-black lamps for the wall, floor and table. All offset bold, rectangular frames with LED bulbs that emit a soft ambient glow, and some feature contrasting cylindrical or sphere-shaped bases, too. They’re incredibly versatile, and I love the way they balance form and function so neatly.

New designs from Kristina Dam | These Four Walls blog

New designs from Kristina Dam | These Four Walls blog

New designs from Kristina Dam | These Four Walls blog

New furniture additions include a white version of the existing perforated-steel ‘Grid’ cabinet, as well as the ‘Arch’ side table, which comes in a taller tobacco-brown option and a longer, lower beige one. They can be used on their own or paired together, and they create a simple yet very striking effect. The powder-coated steel ‘Bauhaus’ furniture collection has also been extended to encompass a table, dining chair and bench, all available in black or white and suitable for indoor and outdoor use. In some of the press photos they’re styled in a waterside meadow, and the contrast between their graphic forms and the gently waving grasses is beautiful.

New designs from Kristina Dam | These Four Walls blog

New designs from Kristina Dam | These Four Walls blog

New designs from Kristina Dam | These Four Walls blog

New designs from Kristina Dam | These Four Walls blog

Accessories-wise, there are two new sculptures – the arched, multi-section ‘Cupola’ and the sleek, sphere-shaped ‘Globe’, both of which come in a choice of colours and sizes. Curves also feature in the ‘Arch’ candleholders and double-layered mouth-blown ‘Opal’ bowls, while the ‘Sandstone’ desk organisers take their cue from the angles of ancient buildings.

New designs from Kristina Dam | These Four Walls blog

New designs from Kristina Dam | These Four Walls blog

New designs from Kristina Dam | These Four Walls blog

New designs from Kristina Dam | These Four Walls blog

My absolute favourites, though, are the ‘Architecture’ cushions and throws, which are available in a range of grey, beige and off-white colourways. They’re adorned with simple patterns inspired by architectural blueprints, and I love the way the crinkled cotton fabric of the throw contrasts with the straight lines. In fact I like them so much I’ve already started dropping a few hints to my husband ahead of my birthday next month…

New designs from Kristina Dam | These Four Walls blog

New designs from Kristina Dam | These Four Walls blog

You can see the full Kristina Dam autumn-winter 2020 collection here. Some items are already available, but if your favourite pieces aren’t among them you can sign up to be notified as soon as they go on sale. 

All photography via Kristina Dam

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Copenhagen’s Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens Copenhagen
Stepping in to Copenhagen’s Botanical gardens. A treasure in the centre of the city. A place of tranquility so very close to the bustling area surrounding Nørreport station. While entering the gardens the noise is silenced and grey streets turn into luscious greenery where wildlife quietly inhabit’s the lake and surrounding land. Over looking the 10 hectares of space sits the ‘Palm house’ dates back to 1874, filled with beautiful palms and botanical delights. It’s the largest Botanical garden in Denmark and in truth it’s a small Kew Gardens (London) but no less impressive. A place to visit to escape the shopping streets and enjoy lustrous nature while admiring the architecture of the glass house and the large variety of greenery it houses. Address ; Gothersgade 128, 1123 Copenhagen

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Home tour | An airy Altbau apartment in Berlin

Home tour - an airy Altbau apartment in Berlin | These Four Walls blog

Today I’m taking you to Berlin for a look around the beautiful home of American designer and creative Rebecca Goddard. The Altbau (period-build) apartment that she shares with her husband is a stunning mix of old and new, with soaring ceilings, parquet floors and lots of natural light. I love the way she’s kept pieces to a minimum, creating a calm and airy feel while also showcasing the many original features, but what appeals to me most is her considered, intentional approach to furnishing and accessorising it. Although the property is a rental and the couple intend to move on to a larger place at some point in the future, Rebecca focuses on choosing items with purpose and longevity – items that bring value to the space in which they sit, and that can be loved and used both now and in years to come. What’s more, she sources as much as she can secondhand, trawling vintage shops and classifieds before contemplating buying anything ‘new’.

Over to Rebecca herself for more…

Home tour - an airy Altbau apartment in Berlin | These Four Walls blog

Hi Rebecca! Please can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?

“I’m an American designer, creative and forever expat. I moved to Germany with my (German) husband a few years ago and I’ve been freelancing ever since. My background is in industrial design and I worked for several years in the furniture industry as a product development engineer and designer. Now, I work independently in all types of creative capacities, with a focus on design and interiors. Currently, I’m helping to bring a young sustainable brand called FORESTA to the market — we’re launching their first interiors collection that I’ve designed later this summer! I also author a lifestyle blog called RG Daily, where I share articles about design-focused living, style and travel, as well as creating stories and content for brands who share my zeal for conscious living and aesthetics. And sometimes I work with clients in Berlin on small interiors consultations and styling projects. I like to be busy!”

Where’s home, and how long have you lived there?

“Right now my husband and I live in Berlin. We’ve been here for almost two years but we only moved into our current Altbau in Prenzlauer Berg at the start of 2020. Berlin is a super-dynamic city and it took me a bit of time to settle in, but I really love our neighbourhood and apartment. It’s really the first time I’ve felt at home since leaving the US almost three years ago.”

Home tour - an airy Altbau apartment in Berlin | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - an airy Altbau apartment in Berlin | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - an airy Altbau apartment in Berlin | These Four Walls blog

Natural textures, earthy colours and wispy grasses feature throughout the apartment, here softening the clean lines and minimalist seating in the living area. A large rug adds cosiness and definition to the open-plan space. 

Have you made many changes since moving in?

“Since we’re renting, we haven’t done any big renovations. Before we moved in, I spent a few days fixing all the cracks and holes in the walls, and then we had it all freshly painted. We hadn’t planned on doing much else, but I got a bit restless during the lockdown and decided to take on a few more DIY projects! I painted the trim and woodwork throughout, and my husband and I painted the double-layered windows and balcony doors. I also spent quite some time polishing the original brass handles — I couldn’t believe how much charm and beauty was hidden beneath layers of messy paint and decades of oxidation!”

How would you describe your interiors style?

“Harmony is really important to me, both visually and as a feeling around me. I think our home is a reflection of that, and the result is an interior that’s calming, light, and a mix of classic and contemporary. I would for sure consider myself a minimalist, and I gain a lot of mental clarity when details are sparse and there’s not too much to overwhelm the eye. I try to create a stylistic blend in our home and bring together pieces that I find interesting but also functional. I love combining all types of materials, and while you won’t find many patterns or prints, everywhere you look there are natural materials and different textures. I think they give the space character and warmth in a really subtle way, without being super-deliberate — nothing really screams for your attention and I like that. Stone, glass, wood, linen, wool, brass, iron, velvet, ceramic, shells – they’re all harmoniously here.”

Home tour - an airy Altbau apartment in Berlin | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - an airy Altbau apartment in Berlin | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - an airy Altbau apartment in Berlin | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - an airy Altbau apartment in Berlin | These Four Walls blog

The bedroom is airy and understated, with calming tones of white and beige. Rebecca has plans to create a reading nook in front of the window.

Where do you find inspiration for your home?

“I find a lot of inspiration online of course, via Instagram and Pinterest. And like all good design enthusiasts, I have my fair share of interiors magazines to page through. Beyond that, I’ve always found a lot of inspiration through our travels and exploring new places. My husband and I love travelling and seeing how people’s living styles are shaped by their surroundings, climate and culture. I’m looking forward to being able to do that again when the world is a bit healthier!”

What’s your favourite part of your home and why?

“I’m obsessed with the old architectural features of our apartment. The first time we saw it, I instantly fell in love with the wonderfully tall and decorative ceilings, the beautiful rosettes, the double-layered windows and the herringbone parquet flooring. It’s pretty much my dream interior, and even though the place is old and wonky, it’s full of character and charm. Apartments like ours hardly exist in the country where I’m from, so to live here now feels a bit surreal and magical. I only wish it was a bit bigger so we could stay here forever!”

Home tour - an airy Altbau apartment in Berlin | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - an airy Altbau apartment in Berlin | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - an airy Altbau apartment in Berlin | These Four Walls blog

Rebecca was immediately drawn to the apartment’s beautiful period features, which include corniced ceilings (here offset brilliantly by a minimalist ‘Miira’ pendant light from Nuura), tall windows and doors, and brass handles that she’s polished and restored. 

And your favourite piece of furniture?

“Oh, that’s not an easy question to answer! I really love all the items we have because many tell a little story, or were a splurge to celebrate a life accomplishment or milestone. I particularly love our marble dining table, though. It was the first piece of furniture my husband and I bought when I moved to Germany with him. I found it secondhand in Hamburg’s classified ads and just had to have it. I saw a similar one in France while we were living there for a few months, and I love how classic the style is and how hard-wearing the materials are. I like to imagine that many cups of coffee and glasses of wine were shared over that little table before it came to us, and we’re now adding to that history. It’s really too small for a dining table, but it’s a piece we’ll always have a place for — perhaps in my future home office or in our future garden.”

Where do you like to source items for your home?

“I really love looking for secondhand pieces. I’ve spent a lot of time searching for interesting vintage shops and have discovered a few hidden gems, especially in our old neighbourhood of Wedding, which still has many undiscovered treasure-troves. I really hate the throwaway culture I’ve been seeing more of in interiors — in many ways it doesn’t feel that far removed from the fashion industry. If we’re in need of something, I always scout the secondhand shops or classifieds before I buy new. Practically all of our vases and glassware were found that way, as were our wire HAY ‘Hee’ chairs, Thonet-style bent-wood chairs, marble tables and large mirrors. I always joke that I’ve ‘willed myself’ these things, because they just seem to come to me. But the truth is I’m diligent at looking and patient at waiting for things I love — things I know we’ll keep for a long time.”

Home tour - an airy Altbau apartment in Berlin | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - an airy Altbau apartment in Berlin | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - an airy Altbau apartment in Berlin | These Four Walls blog

The marble-topped dining table is one of Rebecca’s favourite pieces. It’s secondhand, as are the Thonet-style chairs and many other items in the apartment. The wall lamp is by Swedish brand Pholc, and its sleek geometric lines contrast with the table’s classical style.

Do you have any future plans for your home?

“I’m always rearranging little thing around the apartment, so it’s never really ‘finished’. But right now I feel super-settled and can’t imagine changing much else. That’s partly because we don’t have much space to work with, and I feel like we have each area situated nicely. But I like the idea of hanging a few small pieces of art, and we want to find a more comfortable chair for the bedroom so that we can create a cosy little reading corner in front of the bay window.”

Finally, what’s your top interior-design tip?

“Free yourself from the things you don’t actually love, and only keep objects around you that make you feel happy. When I moved from the US to Germany I had to get rid of 80% of my belongings, and it forced me to say goodbye to a bunch of stuff I was just hanging onto because I had spent money on it, because someone had given it to me or simply because it was there. I understand just how mentally tiresome it can be to go through the process of weeding out what truly brings value to your life, but it’s so very freeing. It creates room to enjoy other things — people, your time, the little unnoticed details of your home — and it gives you more capacity to appreciate the things you do have.”

Home tour - an airy Altbau apartment in Berlin | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - an airy Altbau apartment in Berlin | These Four Walls blog

Home tour - an airy Altbau apartment in Berlin | These Four Walls blog

Thanks Rebecca!

See more of Rebecca’s inspiring home and creative work on her blog and Instagram feed

All photography by Rebecca Goddard

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Malene and Jeppe's Pastel Copenhagen Home - With Lots of Dots!

A few weeks ago Denmark announced that residents from Skåne county in Sweden are allowed back over the bridge! I honestly did a little dance. Oh, how I've missed my trips to Copenhagen! Until I manage to make the trip, I'm going to continue to get my fill of fabulous Danish design from the homes of creatives across Denmark - I hope you'll join me! Today, let's take a virtual tour of the fab home of Jeppe, Malene and their two young children Hugo and Sonja. The family live in a 200 m2 (2152 ftsq) apartment in Vesterbro, a hip neighbourhood in the Danish capital. Malene works as a production manager for achingly cool Danish clothing brand ENVII (check out @envii_official) and Jeppe is a carpenter. The latter comes in handy for their home renovations - which they do entirely by themselves. Welcome to a world of pastels, prints and lots of dots! 

"For us, it is important that it feels warm and cosy in our home. We love having friends and family over - and we like to ensure the furniture and styling doesn't feel too strict or 'smart' - you need to feel that people live here" - Malene. 

The dining room wall has been painted in Aloe Vera from Dyrup and a set of Hans J. Wegner wishbone chairs* have been arranged around the table. 
The prints are from Jenny Brandt Grönberg (who's sitting room I featured here), Nynne Rosenvinge, Clara Selina Bach and Galerie Maeght, among others. 

Malene picked up the little stool at Søstrene Grene and painted the legs lilac to match the cushions. 

In the master bedroom, Malene has combined beige 'Cuppa Coffee' paint from Dyrup with pink accents (including sustainable bedding from JUNA Design). The wall-mounted nightstand was handcrafted by Trævarefabrikernes and the wall lamp and stool are from IKEA. 

"I love pastel colours, and I fall in love each time I see something pink or dotty!" - Malene. 

In the bathroom, Malene and Jeppe have instilled tiles from Marokk and accessorised the space with an H&M basket and a Fine Little Day 'Swimmers' print

The hallway has been painted in Deco Pink from Jotun Lady and the wall-mounted unit is from Trævarefabrikernes (as before).

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Such a lovely home! I particularly love the pastels, they're fun yet calming all at once. 
Is there anything that stood out to you about Jeppe and Malene's home? 
See more pictures over at @londogmussehuset!
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We're currently island hopping on Sweden's West coast, sailing, swimming, crabbing and enjoying everything the Swedish summer has to offer (even if it could be a few degrees warmer and not raining like it is today - BAAAH!!). I've promised my little family to take next week off while we capture this wonderful area together to create a guide of our favorite islands once we return. I hope you'll feel inspired to visit once day!
In the meantime, you might like to explore the archives which hold THOUSANDS of beautiful Scandi-inspired homes - here are a few of my favorite categories: 
Have a wonderful week friends, I hope the sun shines for you (and returns here!!). 
See you Monday 3rd August. 
Niki
Photography courtesy of Malene & Jeppe / @londogmussehuset shared with kind permission.

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