Today is a very exciting day here at home …. my new book The Scandinavian Home: Interiors inspired by light has officially launched (*does a little dance*)! It’s been a year or so in the making – having visited homes across Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. From a magical mountain cabin in Norway and a contemporary Helsinki town house to a beach house on the North coast of Zealand, Denmark each dwelling is as incredible as it is inspiring and has a wonderful story to tell. I’ve arrived home brimming with ideas – but most of all I’ve learned that it’s amazing what you can achieve with a little imagination. I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to all of you for reading my blog and your wonderful support over the years, without you this book would never have been possible. And I’d also like to pass on my thanks to all the wonderful home owners who so gracefully opened their doors and welcomed us inside. I dedicate this book to all of you! Here’s a sneak peek….
This is only a small selection – if I could I’d have shared the entire book right here on the blog with you! But there is something incredibly cosy about finding a quiet spot and enjoying a cup of tea and a good book, don’t you think?
I have so many wonderful memories from the experience. One of the most memorable of which was visiting the home of Norwegian interior designer Tone Kroken on a beautiful summers day. Her house is on an island in the Norwegian Fjords and accessed by a floating pontoon pulled along on a rope. Tone’s house was full of items she’d picked up at flea markets and auction houses from all over the world. But she’d also transformed new items too. For example she’d bought a mirror for its shape but hated it’s shiny new look, so she placed it in the garden for two years where it lay under autumn leaves, a foot of snow and in the scorching summer sun. It now takes pride of place on the mantel piece looking like a prized antique!
On the same trip we visited the wonderful Norwegian ‘hytte’ of Marianne, founder of Slow Design Studio. Inspired by a ‘seter’ (a traditional Norwegian Mountain farmhouse used for summer pastures), the family has transformed a small rustic cottage into a state-of-the-art cabin. Not only does it have magnificent vista’s over the valley, nearly everything within has been handcrafted by Marianne including cushions, throws, wall hangings, side tables and clothes hooks. Truly inspiring! You may recall that my family and I went back to visit the hytte in January for a few days and it was equally beautiful in the snow!
If you’d like to pick up a copy and browse all the homes, it’s now available on Amazon here (among other places).
I really hope you feel as inspired as I did writing it.