A spacious penthouse with a beautiful terrace

What I love the most in Swedish interiors is that, regardless of the apartment’s type or size, there is always an outdoor space, even if it’s a tiny terrace. Being closer to nature is vital for Nordic people, maybe this is one of the reasons that they can have that specific harmony with nature.

This interior sold by Alvhem is dated back to 1924 and it’s a penthouse with a super cozy rooftop terrace. The 101.2 sqm apartment has 3 bedrooms, 1 kitchen, and 2 bathrooms. The living room combined with the home office corner is on the top floor that takes you out to the terrace. The natural light/sunlight flows into the apartment abundantly, this turns the place into an airy and bright interior. I cannot decide if the terrace with its greenery or the curvy walls are more powerful focal points, I adore both of these, that’s for sure.

At the down floor, the spacious dining room, and the kitchen along with the smaller dining area, lets the owner decide where to have a cozy meal in case guests are coming over. The dominant white color and the light creamy tones go through the whole interior, making sure that the red line of the interior design is assured by the color palette. The bedroom itself is a calm oasis where a good rest is guaranteed.

I hope you like this calming tour, don’t forget to come back to my blog next week for another Nordic inspiration.

Photo credits: @Alvhem

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An industrial apartment with a sense of history

Ahoy, my friends! It’s a new week with another eye-catching interior. This is an 80 sqm apartment built in 1878 and renovated a few times since then, but with the maximum sense of history. The owners kept all the historical decoration elements giving a magical feeling to the interior. Believe it or not, this house served as a brewery, bakery, mechanical workshop, and dairy over the centuries. For many years, this place also served as a warehouse. The traces of the various activities still exist today in the form of iron and wooden beams, industrial windows, fastening devices, etc. The apartment has an open plan kitchen, living room and dining area, a bedroom, and a small home office.

Take the tour as I shared below a few useful links as references.

The lighting above the dining table is by Tom Dixon. I love the big windows and the rolling door (see below a closer photo of this) to the small home office. The chairs are the ever-green classic CH24 Wishbone chairs by Wegner. With this dining area design, you cannot go wrong for sure 🙂

The kitchen was renovated in 2019 and the cabinetry was done by the Swedish company, Ballingslöv. Check out their website, they are designing some marvelous kitchens. Take a look at the floor of this kitchen, it’s a real patinated beauty.

The living room’s sitting area is the absolute focal point of the open plan. The brick wall and the Butterfly chair (see a similar one in this interior) give a rusty feeling of the place. Check out the historical decorations on the left-hand side hung on the wooden beam.

The rolling door is a guaranteed design element in an industrial interior design. It’s also super practical as you don’t need extra space to open it. I suggested a similar door in one of my design projects shared in this article. The home office is a cozy place of this home, the vintage desk is beyond beautiful.

I love these candlesticks. The Devil is in the details. Small decoration elements make the whole “trick” in this apartment.

The bedroom is small, but it’s very functional. It has a decent size of the bed, wardrobe, some arts on the wall, and a few beams to keep the red line of the whole place. Every corner of this interior kept at least one wooden beam from the past.
The apartment is in Linnéstaden, Sweden and if it captured your attention, check it out on the Alvhem site as it’s for sale and there are some heavy biddings on it, you might want to hurry up 😉

 

Photo credits: @Alvhem
Styling: @heymansciarrati

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Beautiful Christmas trees to admire on Instagram

Christmas is one of the most inspirational holidays of all time. Suddenly or step by step, depending on if you are an early decorator or not, your house turns into a magical place. Candles, wreaths, and lights show up here and there, indicating that Xmas is around the corner. Then the cherry on the top is when the tree is up and shining in its festivity. I think the tree takes it all, so I did a bit of research on the IG to find out how it turned out for the bloggers and Instagrammers I follow.

Like with everything, the tree decoration is very much depending on your taste. In my humble opinion, everything fits well as long as colors, shapes, and styles are harmonized. It’s perfect even if you don’t do any decorations, the Christmas tree can be beyond beautiful even in its naturality, like this one, I love it.

#1 Yes, I do think that investing in a beautiful tree is worth every penny. Look at this miracle by @majasmissionshus with its subtle decorations. This is the tree that inspired me to write this blog post on the Christmas trees 🙂

#2 A tree with elegance and nude minimalism, as the whole home of @villahaven254, I love every corner of her interior, it’s is the pure definition of tasteful minimalism

#3 I follow Peter’s and Karsten’s IG feed for some time now. Their cleaned style is all over the place. This year’s tree is superb, not to mention the lovely sunny living room.

#4 This is the cutest one with its wabi-sabi imperfection, @anangelinmyhome did a great job with only a few simple candles. If you are in the mood for further inspiration, check Mari’s feed, her photographic talent combined with the love for interiors is the perfect source.

#5 I love this tree with the white, paper decorations and very subtle lights on. I’m following @karlas_view a long time ago, and I love her attic home with its pure Scandinavian minimalistic style.

#6 This tree by @t.susanna inspires me for the simple fact that it’s placed in the kitchen. We tend to put our tree in the living room, but this is a fabulous idea to turn your kitchen into a festive place. The white decoration is perfect, and it’s impossible not observing the striped tablecloth. I absolutely love it!

#7 I recently discovered @vicisophie‘s IG profile, and I instantly gave a “follow” to her interior. I love the soft color combination of green, white and brown, it has such refined vibe.

#8 Ah, one of my favorites Instagrammers. @annkristinlhejl surely knows how to turn small or empty places into magical interiors. I would move into her previous or current house instantly. I love the red touches on her tree, she definitely can’t deny her Nordic origins.

#9 Helen’s interior is a recent discovery of mine, oh boy, oh boy, what a beautiful minimalistic home. I’m totally into this black & white decoration on the tree, it surely looks very fresh and trendy. Do not hesitate to go for it, Christmas decorations are not necessarily only about red.

#10 Our tree 🙂 It wouldn’t be fair not showing ours in this tour of Christmas trees, right? We usually go with Scandinavian colors, using a lot of matte white and dark green, boosting up the whole decoration with a touch of orange. The majority of the decorations were sent by my sister living in Germany, the rest is hand-made by my mother.

If you are here today, reading this article, I am thankful to you for spending time on my tiny little blog. I hope this collage of beautiful trees inspires you to get into the winter holidays mood.

Have a very Merry Christmas my dear reader!

 

Photo source: 1. majasmissionshus, 2. villahaven254, 3. house_of_peter_and_karsten, 4. anangelinmyhome, 5. karlas_view, 6. t.susanna, 7. vicisophie, 8. annkristinlhejl, 9. helen_wizemann, 10. focalpoint.ro

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10 beautiful bookshelves

This post is not a regular home tour, it is about beautiful bookshelves around the world. Since the last 4 days were about the 27th International Book Festival from Târgu Mureș, I thought it would be nice to share some inspiration for reading nooks and bookshelves. For those who don’t know, every year in November, we have this book festival in my city that turned out to be a wonderful cultural event for all of us. Book editors from this region and from abroad are invited to bring their latest publications, having the possibility of participating at book presentation events. Poets and writers are circling between the multiple cultural events, so everything has a real literary vibe.

My friends and I are copartners in this initiative, being responsible for the digital presence of this event, along with the cultural programs and activities for children. Since the pandemic, the last 2 years were pretty restrained due to the restrictions, but still we managed to organize the festival. I’m responsible for the website of the event, and I’m more than happy for being part of this great project. 

But let’s see those beautiful bookshelves I’ve piled up for you, dear reader, I hope you will find these as inspirational as I did.

#1 A super comfortable daybed and a bookshelf hung on the wall (I love this idea) @simonepolk

#2 A bookshelf in a home designed by Elizabeth Roberts, I love the ceramic lamp (unfortunately no clue about the brand), found via @archdigest

#3 Reading nook next to the window @thehalcyondaysofsummer

#4 A real urban jungle combined with books and a reading nook @wingardium.levanessa

#5 @i.tam.i.tu beautiful bookshelves whose home I featured last week on the blog

#6 A well designed bookshelf at @miascoziness, I love that big window 🙂

#7 @thistle.harvest small reading nook with vintage books, I featured this lovely home on the blog back in October, check it, they have a nice family story

#8 Bookshelf with a Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer, inspiration found @hgtvhome

#9 Bookshelf @hemmainteriors_com whose home I love a lot, especially that Matilda is a firm believer of sustainable interiors, having a lot of pre-owned items in her home too

#10 My bookshelf @focalpoint.ro

 

Photo source: all respected owners are linked in the references, the majority of photos (except #7, #9, #10) were found via @books.places.bookstores with thanks

 

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Finally, a Danish apartment on the blog

After many beautiful Swedish apartments shared on the blog, it is time for an interior from another Nordic country. If I need to pick my favorite place after Malmö, I think I would easily go with Copenhagen, no wonder why we’ve spent our honeymoon in Malmö with a short escape to the Danish capital back in September 2019. This is my first Danish apartment shown on the blog, so I was grateful to Line when she confirmed that I can use her photos. Line has a personal blog merimeri.dk, an Instagram account with daily posts, and she’s also the PR manager of 2 traveling IG accounts, no wonder how she can be so creative with her posts.

She is living in this apartment with her husband and their two little girls, Nola and Evi. This is one of the reasons why I’ve chosen her interior to show it on the blog. I think I mentioned before, that I love those families who have homes full of joy, calm and real signs that actually somebody is living there. Anyhow, let’s dig into what I like the most in their lovely home.

First things first, this gallery wall captured my attention instantly in their dining room. Many items on this wall are possibly from Papercollective, I particularly like the Matisse artworks. I’ve also spotted a Balustre table lamp that adds a cozy feeling to the windowsill. The Hay dining table is a perfect combination with the CH24 Wishbone chairs. This dining area is next to their kitchen that has a particular shape and I think they were super creative in terms of how to maximize the space.

Their living room is full of natural light, books, and iconic design decoration pieces. I see a Ferm Living Shell Pot and the famous Finish Wooden monkey by Kay Bojesen on their bookshelf. On the bamboo coffee table, a Lily Candlestick by Skultuna is shining in every sense of the world. Finally, I see a traditional drier too, such a lovely picture of their everyday life. I have a similar one, and it’s one of my favorite household pieces. On the floor, you can see baby Evi, the youngest member of the family.

As you probably know, Nordic people prepare themselves for the long nights during the winter. Hopping up on the windowsill with a hot coffee and a good book, it’s just an instinct of them. This one is a good idea of how to enfold a radiator elegantly and create a hygge corner for darker days.

Their bedroom corner is boosted up with a Ferm Living Pond mirror. The space below the bed is used as a storage space thanks to these very popular plastic boxes. If you are from my region, feel free to check these on Jysk.ro as you can find multiple sizes.

The lovely furniture for kids is from the Danish brand, Nofred, and the carpet with the dots is another beautiful piece from Ferm Living. The built-in shelf is a genius idea to gain more space in the room.

What an inspiring and lovely interior, thank you Line to letting us into your home!

Do not forget to come back around the weekend (pfuu, not again Zsuzsi, your parents-in-law are coming in the weekend, when are you going to have time to write another post on the blog? you’ve promised this article for the past weekend and today it’s Tuesday…rolling eyes) for another warm interior from northern Alabama. Yepp, you heard me well, I’m jumping to another continent, this is going wild 🙂

 

Photo credits: @merimeri.dk – shared with her friendly permission

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Fairytale Villa in Maramureș

It has been some time since I posted a local treasure on my blog. This week’s interior is from one of the most beautiful regions of Romania, Maramureș…, especially in the autumn. If you ever visit my country, make sure you visit Maramureș.

So the story of how I found this Fairytale Villa is simple. For Christmas in 2019, we gifted, my parents and my parents in law, a trip to this nice region having the accommodation arrangements in this villa. The plan was to go there in March 2020, but then the Coronavirus did its magical entrance and the rest you know, it’s history.

I was happy when the owners, Ana and Edina, the twin sisters, confirmed that I can share the photos on my blog, as I’m in love with the interior, no wonder why I’ve chosen this place for the family trip. The girls are renting out this place since 2016. The living room with its stove it’s simply magical in all seasons, the typical Romanian traditional style is combined with subtle Scandi elements and this gives such a nice vibe to the villa. Imagine having a glass of wine next to the crackling fire on a long winter night, or on a hot summer night. The traditional rug, the sitting area, and the ceramics, here and there, are exactly enough to create a hygge interior. The big windows allow natural light to flow in, but at the same time, you have a full view of the woodsy surroundings.

 

The kitchen is nest to the open space living room, having a dining area too. It’s fully equipped, so cooking a good meal has no boundaries here.

My favorite sport in the villa is the relaxation corner from the top floor. The rug is beyond beautiful. The traditional pillows and the duvet make you remember that you are in the Maramureș region.

Lake Friza is close to the place, it’s only 300-meter distance, so in a few mins walk you can have this gorgeous view or a good swim.

What a pity that we could not have that trip. Anyhow this place is bookmarked on my Airbnb maybe one day we’ll actually get there. If you like this place, do not hesitate to book a trip on Airbnb and send my greetings to the girls if you’ll meet them.

 

Photo credits: @Fairytale Villa – shared with kind permission

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