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Sundling/Kickén's Latest Project is an Example of More With Less

6.22.2018



How is it Friday?! Excuse me while I have a mini panic attack how the fact that the week is already over!

Ok, I'm good now.

Not sure how this week has been for you but it has, obviously, felt seemed to have flown by for me. The blog didn't get much love from me but I plan on updating it waaaay more next week so just sit tight for the weekend. ;)






This latest project from Swedish Duo Elin Kickén and Evalotts Sundling, also know as Sundling/Kickén, is a styling job for a new apartment in Uppsala, Sweden. You might notice the same Building Tables from Skagerak I've shared here in this interview with their designers and on Instagram are also used in this flat's bedroom as bedside tables.





Also find details like the Gubi's Beetle chairs in the dining room, Louis Poulsen NJP desk lamp, Ferm Living's Herman chair, Cap Table Lamp from Normann Copenhagen, pottery and Skagerak's Nordic bowl in the kitchen.







How nice are these details outside on the patio?




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Inspiration for Your Patio and a Grilling Giveaway!

6.15.2018


The spacious deck above features simple vertical slatting that extends up the side of the building itself, giving a very unified look. 

When you think of summer, chances are you see yourself outside. Maybe you love having a meal with friends outdoors, summer grilling, playing games, even gardening or just relaxing. Whatever you enjoy doing most outside, many of us dream of being able to do this in our own backyard. A patio or deck is the perfect way to bring a living space outdoors and make the outside more welcoming with things like seating, storage and lighting. I've gathered a few of my favorite patio/deck spaces that feature some of my favorite ingredients for a well rounded outdoor space like built in seating, a fire put, retractable shades and integrated lighting.



A good looking fire pit like this one let's you keep warm and well light in the evenings but also serves as sculptural detail when not in use. A win/win.


Shades like these give you a lot of flexibility to control light. Roll them completely out of the way for maximum light and draw them closed again for more diffused like. The look gives a slight beachy feel too. I prefer this sort of shade to a solid canopy that blocks light entirely.


Solid wood tables and benches such as these keeps the furniture feeling natural and understated but the benches also supply room for quite a few people.


Even a micro patio like this is a great place to have dinner for two.


This outdoor space extends porch living out into the garden with pea gravel and large cement tiles. The wooden bench and table acts as a softer contrast to the cool grey stone. The tiles create a pathway throughout the space.



Subtle integrated lighting can have big results. People often overlook outdoor lighting, especially beyond hanging lights and into the garden so this is a wonderful solution.


A stylish BBQ and food prep area from Roshults whose aesthetics won't interrupt your outdoor style.
And if your own grill life could use an upgrade (mine does!) then there's a giveaway you can enter here beginning Monday June 18th from Everything Kitchens, to win $270 worth of grilling accessories including:

4 piece BBQ tool set
charcoal skewer express
Chicken griller & jalapeno roaster
burger press
aluminum foil dispenser

Fill out the form and submit a photo of yourself to enter, and make sure to share with friends and family. The submission with the most votes wins!

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Earth Layers by Erik Jørgensen & Pernille Vest

6.12.2018



The showroom of Erik Jørgensen at Bredgade 76, 1260 Copenhagen K has turns one year old this month. One the one year anniversary however they have opened their doors to share a new holistic experience with visitors that feels earthy yet artistic.
The focus of this experience is to offer something continuous and united, uniting each room by complimentary tones. Erik Jørgensen has teamed up with Danish interior stylist Pernille Vest to create this look.





“The furniture appears as components in a landscape of complimenting colours, tone in tone. The aim has been through our choice of colours to create a soothing and inspiring atmosphere, which combined with the location of the various pieces of furniture in relation to their surroundings, provides an instant calm and serenity, “explains Niels Jørgensen, CEO of Erik Jørgensen Møbelfabrik.





Pernille created a space that blends soft clay tones and materials such as lime wash on the walls. She also removed curtains from the windows in order to play with and allow maximum light into the space. She then used strategically placed mirrors to then reflect this natural light streaming in varying rooms.





“Through the colour tones of the furniture, we have tried to embrace and substantiate their mood with naive objects formed in clay and stone. It’s the details and nuances that make the difference, and the overall experience is calm, sensual and down to earth, “explains stylist Pernille Vest.

Above are layered rugs like these from Hay with fringed ends, mirrored pedestals the iconic Corona chairs and the Ox chair with ottoman.





Throughout the sections of the showroom, different levels of the Earth’s clay layers such as ‘Sandy Dust’, ‘Stony Gray’ or ‘Warm Soil’ are seen reflected in the furniture and the accessories selected.





The furniture by Erik Jørgensen is carefully placed in a that is punctuated by artistic pieces, making the furniture itself appear to be works of art.





You also might recognize this lamp above the desk from this and this post!\


Photography by Anders Hviid.
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June Wishlist

6.11.2018



It feels kind of crazy to type this but I've gathered my JUNE wishlist for you, and time is just flying by! With both kids home for the summer, truly my biggest wish is for a little peace and quiet throughout the day, but I'd also take any one of these items as well.

- I'm definitely wishing for another Akari lamp, like this large tabletop version or a floor lamp.
- A watch with a little bling in the way of a gold watch. Since I don't wear a whole lot of jewelry or very brightly colored clothes, a little bold metallic would just slide right into my wardrobe without being over-the-top.
- Aveda's products smell so amazing, like fresh botanicals and herbs. These are my favorite scents in the whole world, I'd probably prefer patchouli and tea tree to any other man-made fragrance. This oil is on my list for summer, a time when we all chase after that dewy skin look.
- I love a good screen or room divider, so I might have gasped a little when I found this oak one from Danish interior brand Hübsch at such a great price. You can use just one to create division in a space or line up several for a larger division and bolder look.
- Totême's beautiful Nerola skirt looks like the perfect soft, flowy piece to pair with sandals in the city or at the beach. The minimal style disguises invisible pockets underneath those pleats which make this practical as well. Dresses and skirts must have pockets, in my opinion!
- This cutout, single shoulder swimsuit by Solid & Striped is the best looking one piece I have seen all year. The color and shape are so flattering, plus it's on sale right now!
- Menu's Tribeca lighting series got a little upgrade with these opaque white light bulbs, this one is the Tribeca Chambers Chandelier. I'm a huge fan of these soft white globes and the contrast of the brass fixture.
- A rope and leather bag with circular handles from Mango is a great price and looks so fresh for summer!
- Cassina's 529 Rio table by Charlotte Perriand is one I still have a MAJOR crush on after seeing it in this home. The woven cane top and unusual shape with it's wedges of wood is a statement piece and yet simple enough to still be a great stop for keeping books, magazines and tea cups.



*This post contains affiliate and ad links, however all selections and words are my own.
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An Arched Mirror



On Saturday I shared this corner of our living room with a new arched mirror. I received a lot of questions about where I found the mirror so I wanted to share with you on the blog as well. The arched mirror was found here and it's a nice piece to add to a dark corner or wall to bring in a bit more light, though we also have this Flos lamp in the corner as well, the mirror adds extra light in the daytime when the lamp is not in use. Hardware for hanging or leaning came with the mirror too so I can attach this to the wall either way without worrying about it tipping over, a concern shared by parents and pet owners I'm sure!


A few other mirrors I'd recommend are:

an even larger arched mirror with brass detailing
Muuto's tinted Framed mirror (I have this one too and the rosy finish is so nice in person)
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A Minimal Spa and Retreat That Features Archways and Plastered Walls

6.06.2018



The Willow Urban Retreat in Melbourne, Australia has all of the crucial elements you could want in a relaxing spa environment. Pale, smooth walls, high ceilings and beautiful rounded archways throughout. The minimal design gives the visitor an immediate feeling of tranquility and calm.





The Spa was imagined by Meme Design and in addition to spa treatments, Urban Willow also hosts a wellness cafe, meditation studio and detox facility.





“Our process was to explore through the practice of design and how we can actively contribute to human health, performance and well-being by integrating the best innovations in building technologies, materials, planning and programming for a space that soothes the senses,” said interior designer Megan Hounslow about the project.










The duo that comprise Meme Design are interior designer Megan Hounslow and architect Melanie Beynon who really drew from a less-is-more approach, inspired by Ayurveda, Zen Buddhism and Wabi Sabi.





Get a similar look, try some of these items:




Found via Yellow Trace. Photography by Sharyn Cairns.

Find more Australian design from past stories or more examples of non-residential design features!
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The OGK Chair is a Danish Classic and Also the Easiest Lounge Chair for Summer!

6.05.2018



I'm sure at some point you've seen a photo of our OGK daybed, whether here on the blog or on my Instagram. If you're a fan of this simple but beautiful daybed then you'll probably be glad to know there is a chair version! Ok, maybe you already did know this but it's sort of the perfect summer furniture. Lightweight, easy to set up, take down, transport and woven in a breathable canvas that is ideal indoors and outside when it's hot. In the Winter we put a sheepskin over the top but during these months, a cushion and maybe light throw is all you need.




In our home this is a great reading seat and the natural colors blend happily with almost any others. Even though the Safari collection is Danish designed and produced you can still get your hands on it in the US. Camilla from Objects.nyc who I profiled just a couple weeks ago, distributes them stateside.


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