When a home is full of vintage finds

When a home is full of vintage finds, the whole vibe of the interior gets a magical vibe of ages. I admire those people who have the talent to harmonize an interior’s design with vintage pieces. I think it’s pretty challenging to find the right furniture on flea markets and still keep the red line in the apartment.

This 64 sqm apartment in Stockholm has this special vibe, with the earthy brownish tones, with the fluffy carpet in the living room, with the glass elements, like the chandelier and flower vase on the coffee table, and of course the vintage furniture, everything seems so appropriate together. The owners put every piece so well together. I love the dining area with all the second-hand Thonet chairs and greenery. The kitchen’s focal point is the small balcony with a view of the main street. What a lovely way to have breakfast in the fresh air!

The bathroom totally amazed me with its French vintage design, I particularly like the red and white floor tiles combined with the chic bathtub. The hallway’s design is boosted with the famous William Morris wallpaper which gives a super stylish feeling to the space. Got inspired already? See you next week with another inspirational article.

 

Photo credits: shared with the cordial permission of Historiska Hem
Found via My Scandinavian Home with thanks 🙂

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A Swedish interior for a fresh start

Let’s start with something fresh, like a bright Swedish apartment. I don’t do new year’s resolutions, I’m too old for that shit, but I try to find something that motivates me and inspires me. Blogging relaxes me, even if this is a few hours of work every week. It’s good for my soul, so continuing this it’s the best new year’s resolution I can have.

This 3 rooms apartment is a perfect trigger to continue loving Nordic interiors and to get inspired on how to combine old with new (look at those ceilings). The large windows let the natural light flow through the whole apartment, and removing the wall between the kitchen and living room made everything even lighter. This way it was possible to create the dining area between the kitchen and living room, assuring a great socializing spot. I love the vintage floor lamp and the gallery wall around the tv, the subtle bohemian touches like the rattans armchair and ceramic decorations add an extra style to the whole room.

The kitchen is a 100% Scandinavian kitchen. The cabinets, the handles, the light grey color, the built-in electronics, the glass lightings, and the oak floor are the bulletproof elements of this style.

This small room with a balcony turned out to be a combination of home office and leisure. The day bed with the powder pink bedding and the wall art hanging above it are a nice colorful touch in this room. I love the vintage desk and the wall art with cranes. The rug adds an extra texture to the room.

Simplicity always wins. I admire the Scandinavians for finding the simple white tiles so delightful. It’s the simplest way of having a clean design in your bathroom. Good old days when this tile was the trendiest one 🙂

And there is no Swedish apartment without a balcony; connection to outside/nature is mandatory for Swedish people. They learned to love and take in everything that Mother Nature tries to give us.
This lovely 73 sqm apartment is in Linnéstaden, Göthenburg, it has 2 bedrooms and an open living room combined with the kitchen, 2 balconies, and storage space in the attic of the building. It was renovated in 2018 when the beautiful oak parquet was restored too. It has a fresh, clean Scandinavian design, so do not hesitate to get inspired by this interior.

Happy New Year dear reader!

 

Photo credits: shared with the kind permission of Entrance

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A Norwegian fairytale-like home

What I love the most about my blog, it’s that with time passing, it becomes a platform where you can “travel” to lovely places and interiors. If you read my blog, so far we’ve been to Sweden, Poland, Denmark, Germany, Romania, USA, France, Australia and now we land in Norway, isn’t this nice? I’m more than grateful to all those people who let me into their homes.

Elisabeth’s home is the perfect match to continue the Advent. When I discovered her IG feed, it fascinated me right away, being a fairytale-like house without any exaggeration. You know that I love sneak peaking in people’s homes, rather than sharing newly built houses for sale where nobody lived before.

Many things from this home remind me of my childhood and my grandparents. What is super fantastic is that Elisabeth is a firm believer in sustainability, everything (furniture, ceramics, textiles, decorations, etc.) in this house is pre-owned/second hand, bought as used, and redesigned by repainting, remodeling, or sewing. This principle requires huge talent to turn randomly purchased items into a good fit for your home’s style. If something is new, it has been given as a gift, such as the tea/coffee pot from @jettestuen.no that you can see in a couple of pictures. I don’t think that the term “hygge” covers 100% the lovely feeling that this home has, so enjoy the tour, my friend 🙂

The kitchen and the living room are full of beautiful laces and textiles, as Elisabeth thinks that textiles are softening a room. Candles, the cracking stove, and hot tea are the ultimate extras to this warm interior.

The gallery wall on the staircase is very creative due to the combination of things (heh, who would have thought that a pair of shoes can be so artistic) besides the paintings or photos. The wall arts with insects are by @emmasjodindesign.

I’m not fully ready yet to get into the Christmas mood on the blog, but feel free to check Elisabeth’s IG feed to see how nicely she dressed up her home into the winter holidays’ atmosphere. I’ve mostly chosen pictures from her home that show the house in a non-holiday mood, but this interior is already full of winter magic for sure. Ah, and by the way, I love every season in her home, summer, autumn, Easter, you name it.

 

Photo credits: @skogmesterboligen – shared with friendly permission

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The Charming cottage in the Carpathian Mountains

It’s been a while since my last blog post about a Local Treasure from Romania. When I’m looking for inspiration, I pay great attention to avoid kitsch, I rather go back to basics instead of presenting something that hardly fits into my “interior principles”. When I found this “Charming cottage in the Carpathian Mountains” (literally this is its name, how lovely, isn’t it?), I knew that this should be my next local treasure, especially that it’s located in a region from where I’ve never posted any interior, more precisely in Dâmbovița county, in Râu Alb de Sus, a small border village between Transylvania and Muntenia.

The owners, Cristina, and his French husband are living in Bucharest with their children keeping this as their own vacation retreat place. The country cottage consists of 3 small houses on a 15,000 sqm land, all 3 being separated with individual bathrooms, having a common, fully equipped kitchen and a hygge living room. In total there are 4 bedrooms, and the cottage can be rented on Airbnb.

The most beautiful part of this place is that once purchased, the owners made a huge effort to recondition the old wooden elements, windows, doors, beams, and porch. They bought pieces from demolished houses and recycled old doors here and there, some of these doors are used as wall decorations instead of paintings.

Originally the living room was the barn where grain was stored in old times. The couches in the living room are from Ikea, the rugs and textiles are all specific to this region. Wooden decorations on the wall are objects from the original house kept by the owners.

The tiles from the stove are hand-painted by a craftsman from Sibiu, who seems to be the last Mohican in creating these types of handcrafted tiles. I also know Teracota Mediaș, a company specialized in handmade terracotta tiles that are beyond being beautiful.

The beds from the bedrooms are the Leirvik models from Ikea available also in Romania. The walls are whitewashed and painted with ecological paints, keeping the authenticity of their surface.

The kitchen is furnished from Ikea, having a very original dining area, you know, those types that our grandparents had back then. So, if you are looking for some nostalgia, this is the place you need to be.

The main bathroom is fully functional, turned into a bathroom from the original kitchen, that is why the stove is there. By the way, this can be very handy during cold winters, listening to the fire cracking while you take a shower might be priceless.

The guests have a free pass to the garden full of seasonable vegetables and fruits, the breakfast is included in the price, and it consists of local goodies like cheese, bacon, bread, fresh milk, etc. Isn’t this a lovely “back to basics” place? The owners have my deepest respect for their great effort in keeping the place’s authenticity. Thank you, Cristina for letting us into your lovely country cottage 🙂

 

Photo credits: @Charming cottage in the Carpathian Mountains – shared with kind permission

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Five reasons why I’ve chosen this Polish interior

The weekend is almost ending now (writing this article on a Sunday evening), and it’s time to share another beautiful interior before it takes an end (damned Mondays). This week’s home is exceptional because it’s not in the Nordic countries, but still, it’s a total feast for the eyes. I’m happy that our trips on my blog take us now to Poland, as Justine’s home is in the Polish capital, Warsaw. I’ve been 2 times in this city, and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back there for the 3rd time.

I could enumerate many reasons why I’ve chosen her apartment for you, dear reader, but let’s see the most obvious ones.

#1 The Scandinavian style of the apartment

This interior has the Nordic hygge feeling and simplicity all over the place. This home has a gallery wall (that almost all Scandinavian homes do) mostly with pieces from Fine Little Day, it’s full of table-, floor-, and pendant lamps (this is a default in Nordic homes, lighting is vital for them), and the new meets the retro (pretty standard in Scandinavia). I always admire homes where the owners manage to combine old with new.
The white floor lamp is from Endon Lighting, the sofa is from the Polish manufacturer, Scandic Sofa.

#2 The classic Nordic design pieces here and there

I can spot a few original interior design pieces, especially from Nordic manufacturers. Justine has an Arum Ferm Living table lamp in the living room, a Shell Pot from Ferm Living on her coffee table, a Shorebird from Normann Copenhagen at the fireplace, her coffee table looks like a MUUTO piece, but not sure, a Muses Ania vase from Ferm Living on her desk (see below the photo), a PH5 Louis Poulsen pendant above her dining table in the kitchen.

The white sofa is from Sits Furniture.

#3 The earthy tones and beige color palette

You know me, I love everything in natural colors, you can’t go wrong with the earthy tones. I love the brown, the beige, the white, the orange, the black, and the few green spots here and there. What a great combination of colors across the whole apartment.

#4 Vintage pieces as focal points

Let’s hold on for a second for this beautiful red Smeg refrigerator. I wanted the very same for our kitchen, but it simply did not go through my husband’s “filters”. What a pity, we needed to change the whole color palette in our kitchen after renouncing this fridge.
The black&white floor adds a great vintage vibe to the kitchen. The floor and the Smeg masterpieces are bulletproof combos for getting some retro feeling in the room. I also adore the vintage desk in the bedroom made by Pastform. Look at those gorgeous glass pendants in the hallway, I wonder who is the manufacturer 🙂

#5 French chicness from the kitchen and the bathroom

In my humble opinion, the black and white floor tiles in the kitchen are extremely in French vogue. I rarely see this type of floor in my region, I wonder why people no longer like simple black&white tiles. The bathroom is a French chicness of the house where the retro free-standing tub takes all the attention. The shower faucet is from Domn w Retro, it’s from copper and it will nicely age with time.

The nightstands are from Zara Home, and the pendant above the bed is from Georges.

What a great home! I’m so grateful to Justine for letting me show you around her interior. If you would like to see more similar homes, feel free to click on the Vintage my love and Warm interiors tags to get to the archive of my blog.

 

Photo credits: @i.tam.i.tu – shared with friendly permission

 

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A home with beautiful neutral tones

Sometimes I have the feeling that beautiful stories find me without me doing any effort. As you know, the majority of the interiors shared on my blog are the homes of some nice people who I don’t know personally, but who are more than kind to let me showing around their interiors. This is the case also with Hannah, and her story has touched me deeply when I was doing my research on her blog. It takes a great courage to talk to the world about your infertility struggling and adoption of a child. If you have time, pour yourself a cup of coffee and read their beautiful story about how they became a family with their daughter, Collette. Such a nice story of people with pure souls.

And now, let’s take a look inside Hannah’s home with super relaxed vibes, neutral colors, and lots of textures. No wonder why this home triggered my attention, as her style is a combination of many things I love, Scandinavian style with the Mediterranean and French countryside touches. Their inner pureness is reflected all over the place. Hannah is living in northern Alabama with her husband, Josh, and their daughter, Coco. They renovated the house where Josh grew up, turning it into a modern, relaxed interior.

Their home is full of natural decorations, neutral colors, rattan baskets, and greenery. I love how they managed to incorporate the Samsung Frame tv on their gallery wall. Degas’ painting The Dancing Class turns out to be the best choice for perfectly fitting the Tv in the gallery wall’s style.

They created this reading nook during the Covid quarantine, and it turned out super nicely with their vintage green book collection. I could hop in right away with a good book, although I’m pretty ok with my reading corner as well 😉

The natural light is flowing abundantly in their living room. If I would have to define the focal point of this room, I could not do it, but according to Hannah the book shelf is the center of attention. The chairs are slipcovered and can be washed, no wonder why this was important to them when choosing this light color. The Gabriel chairs are from Sixpenny, the sofa is the Portola Slipcovered sofa from Lulu and Georgia. I think the coffee table, the wooden stool and the Evet rug from Lulu and Georgia are the perfect combination to get to this neutral living room.

The Z11 Black Silk White Pendant is the absolute focal point in their bedroom. The walls are lime washed and Hannah has chosen the Bone color from the German Bauwerk Colour. By the way, they are shipping worldwide, so do not hesitate to contact them if you fell in love with something from their color palette.

This is one of the most stylish, small bathrooms I’ve ever seen. It’s simply perfect. Most certainly, Hannah knows that the Devil is into the details 🙂

Their entryway is in full sync with the rest of the house. This beautiful door is a Farmhouse Dutch door from Rustica. The bench with its super clean lines is from Maker & Moss.

What a lovely home with warm vibes! I’m grateful to Hannah for letting me/us inside her house, but I’m even more grateful for the fact that her story found me in this period of my life 🤍
You can read more about their home and family life on her blog Thistle Harvest.

 

Photo credits: @thistle.harvest – shared with her kind permission

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