Friday, 29 November 2013

Manta Resort, Africa’s first underwater resort

Hotel Room with Underwater View, The Manta Resort A floating resort in the middle of the ocean waters of Pemba Island, off the east-coast of Africa. The Manta Resort offers an underwater bedroom that is four-meters below the water surface, built with glass walls so that visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of beautiful marine life that makes this part of the ocean one of the top dive spots

Velaa Private Island Maldives

Privacy, luxury and glamour meet the sublime waters of the Indian Ocean. Velaa Private Island is an exclusive new resort opening in the Maldives bringing a new meaning to ‘private moments’. Located on the unspoilt – and secluded – Noonu Atoll, in the north of the Maldives, the opening of Velaa Private Island is one of the most hotly anticipated events of 2014.Velaa shares its name and its home

A Skåne sitting room beautifully decorated for Christmas

Since many of us will be celebrating the first weekend of advent over a glass of steaming glögg this weekend it's time for a little more Christmas inspiration. These lovely pictures are from the sitting room of the talented and inspiring Swedish blogger Anna-Malin of Helt Enkelt blog from here in Skåne. I love the way she's styled her sitting room for Chrsitmas it looks so pretty and cosy don't you think?

Anna-Malin, Helt Enkelt with kind permission

I love the mini Christmas trees that are trending this year. I've started to dot a few Christmas decorations around our home but we won't head out to the forest to chop down a tree for a few weeks yet. When will you start decorating (if you celebrate Christmas that is :)?

In case you're looking for more beautiful Scandinavian Christmas decorating ideas check out this white home, this Norwegian home and this Swedish home. Oj oj oj so lovely and Christmassy!

PS if you're in need of a little present inspiration or looking for something new for your home, check out my latest guest edit (click on the My Scandinavian Home banner). So many great things! And if you love wrapping you'll love the personalised gift wrap you can find here, I'm on it!

I hope you have a lovely weekend and Happy Thanksgiving to those of you on the other side of the pond!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Tschuggen Grand Hotel Arosa Switzerland

 The Tschuggen Grand Hotel is a luxurious residence set in a spectacular Alpine location. All 130 rooms and suites have been completely refurbished and are thereby fashioning a contemporary fairy-tale and placing the Tschuggen Grand Hotel and its guests, resplendent in its new glory, at the heart of it.More info & Online Booking

Less talking, more doing!

So, I've got a little slack at posting anything particularly meaty in the last month - when you click onto my blog you will have been automatically taken to the ''my work/for sale'' tab - which is where you may want to spend most of your time anyway? Then if you want to have a poke around elsewhere, please feel free to.

Life is just particularly busy at the moment, with the weather so beautiful, we are all wanting to spend more time outside and I'm loving that - I'm still here though, still sourcing and painting......but just without so many words?!

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Sveti super yacht concept by Pastrovich Studio

 One of the latest projects of the well known Italian design studio Pastrovich is the 150m motor yacht Sveti. Providing the ultimate luxury beach onboard experience, the Sveti superyacht is an amazing mixture of the nicest features of the world’s most prestigious resorts. Pastrovich have looked at the finest features of the worlds most luxurious resorts and combined them to make the ultimate

A Swedish home with black floors and a mid-century touch

I arrived in London yesterday for an over night stay. It's always a treat to come home not least because my Mum is the best cook in the world! She also showed me something she bought at an antique auction yesterday and it made me think I should spend more time hunting for vintage / mid-century / antique items. there are so many beautiful items to be found! Today's home currently for sale through Fantastic Frank blends Scandinavian mid century furniture with modern touches and black floors. Perhaps dark floors are a great alternative to the latest trend in Scandinavia dark walls. I love the contrast but the apartment still appears lovely and bright. What do you think?

Fantastic Frank

Are you more of a light or dark wood floor person? or perhaps you have gone for carpets?

I spy: the SNOW chest of drawers, Svenskt Tenn elephant print on the chairs, and a lovely grey sheepskin rug. I find Lauritz a great source for Scandinavian mid-century furniture. I recently received a Frame 20 as a gift and it looks perfect on my mid-century coffee table - just a tip if you're looking to decorate your finds!

For a little inspiration on mid-century inspired homes check out these here and here. And other beautiful homes with dark floors here and here. I think I'm sold?

Have a lovely day and see you tomorrow for a Christmas inspired post!

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Love lessons from the Hollywood stars

  Clint Eastwood and Dina Ruiz- Eastwood Age difference: 35 yearsIn 1993, Dina Ruiz interviewed Clint Eastwood for a local news show in Flagstaff, Arizona. At 63, he was 35 years her senior, but had an undeniably youthful energy, and each made an impression on the other. The two crossed paths over the next few years, and in 1996,

The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has announced plans to continue its rapid expansion in the Middle East with its first hotel in the capital and largest city in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.At the heart of the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a palatial retreat waiting to be discovered. The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh is a majestic and elegant oasis located within 52 acres of

Big Sky luxury holiday home in Montana

The Big Sky project by Len Cotsovolos and joined forces of  LC²Design Services created this amazing holiday home located in Big Sky, Montana, US.  A luxurious holiday home to express modern mountain luxury with just the right amount of Vegas ‘bling’.Built in between the tall pines of the Rocky Mountains, this luxury holiday home reflects characteristics of modernist architecture

Children's room from Bang Bang Copenhagen / Ollie & Seb's Haus

My older little girl is keen to update her bedroom and never one to turn down a decorating opportunity I've been pouring over children's room inspiration on Pinterest. One of the coolest children's rooms I've seen is from the home of Deborah of Ollie & Seb's Haus. The fab room has been styled for an A/W 2013 cushion shoot for quirky children's clothing and accessory brand Bang Bang Copenhagen.  Last week I was admiring the sofa in the kitchen - today I'm dreaming of my children having a big enough bedroom to fit a sofa like this one - so comfy!

Ollie & Seb's Haus, Bang Bang Copenhagen. with kind permission. 

I spy the white rabbit lamp (I also love this cute rabbit one from Made in Design and get 10% discount with code SCANDI-HOME!), apple papple print, and Brio stove (my little girls have this and I've had many a fake meal served to me from this oven, they love it!), Tam Tam stool (10% off with code SCANDI-HOME) and Bang Bang Copenhagen cushions

You can see more pictures of Deborah's little boy's wonderful room here as well as get some more tips on where to buy some of the items you see. 

Other children's rooms I love: this, this and this one. So fab!

Since it's the first advent this weekend I'm planning a Christmas post on Friday with lots of Christmas decorating ideas so if you're looking for a little inspiration pop back Friday with a cup of coffee. And of course there'll be tomorrow's usual Scandinavian home tour....

Have a lovely Wednesday!

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Celebrities show their love for Chopard at Cannes

 Victoria’s Secret model Erin Heatherton for ChopardAn array of A-list celebrities, a surprise cast of Victoria’s Secret models at the Amfar fashion show and two shocking jewellery thefts have helped make the Cannes Film Festival one of this year’s most talked-about events. We reveal the most dazzling Chopard jewels spotted on the red carpet at the annual film festival. Our favourite looks

The serene home of a Swedish fashion blogger

Hello! I can't believe how popular yesterday's home was, I really enjoyed reading all your comments both here and on Facebook (where it got over 245 likes!), it was indeed a beautiful apartment and I too could move in tomorrow. To continue the theme of homes for sale in Sweden I was extremely excited to come across the Stockholm home of Swedish fashion blogger Elin Kling which is currently for sale through Per Jansson. It's a picture of calm. I am particularly loving the bedroom - I'm sure it's impossible to have a bad nights sleep there, what do you think?

Per Jansson
Such beautiful images!

On Sunday we had a Facebook discussion on whether to go for less or more based on this post. Elin's home is definitely 'less' and the beauty of that is that it feels incredibly serene. Are you a less or more person?

Thank you so much to Sofia for today's tip. Have a lovely day!

Monday, 25 November 2013

Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives

Embracing “Art of Balance” as the key brand essence, Atmosphere finely balances bliss,  tranquility, fun and value.Opening in December 2013, Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives will be the first resort under the Atmosphere brand, bringing together a fine fusion of contemporary design and Maldivian architecture amidst uniquely rich tropical vegetation, whilst preserving the true Maldivian spirit!

A beautiful, classic Swedish apartment

Hello, how was your weekend? It's getting so cold here now BRRRRR and my hibernation instinct is starting to set in. This makes a cosy home even more important don't you think?! I thought I'd start the week with this very classic and beautiful Swedish apartment. Light wood floors, white walls, light coloured furniture, a white and light grey colour teme and there's that firepace (kakelugn)  in the bedroom again (imagine reading the papers in bed on a Sunday next to a roaring fire? Love that!). I could live here, could you?

I spy the Eames DSR and Thonet 214 chairs (15% off with code MYSCAN). The Cross blanket. Visit BLACK SHEEP (WHITE LIGHT) for beautiful sheepskin rugs. The armchair and blanket are both IKEA (I think). For beautiful prints try Silke BondeElina Gardin or OHMYHOME.

You can see more pictures of this beautiful home over at Alvhem. For more inspiration on white and light grey Swedish homes check out this and this - oj oj oj så fint! and actually, even my bedroom!

PS If you're looking to get organised in the new year you have just three days left to sign up for the Nest newsletter and be automatically entered into the prize draw to win a Uten.Silo (sign up before 28th November). Like!

Have a lovely Monday!

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Luxurious Square Nine Hotel, Belgrade

    The Square Nine Hotel by Isay Weinfeld in Belgrade, Serbia Image Courtesy of Square Nine HotelImage Courtesy of Square Nine HotelIsay Weinfeld is undoubtedly one of our favorite architects.  His architecture is always clean and modern, functional and contemporary, and in ‘fashion’ even twenty-years down the road!  Designed by Brazilian Architect Isay Weinfeld, the Square Nine Hotel is a

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Villa Belle in Koh Samui, Thailand

Luxury is defined by the craftsmanship of some skilled professionals. Villa Belle in Koh Samui, Thailand deserves its name because it was designed with dedication and passion. Every detail illustrates the culture of the country and provides comfort for all its guests, courtesy and impeccable services being the main characteristics in the area. This impressive villa is situated near the most

Victory V Superyacht by Lamda N. Shipyard

Available for charter in Greece, Victory V is a beautiful luxury yacht, built by Lamda N. Shipyard.  The 170-foot vessel is large enough to comfortably accommodate up to 14 guests in seven lushly appointed cabins. A crew of 11 is there to welcome you onboard and tend for your every need during an unforgettable vacation. The owner’s master suite is located on the main deck and the VIP cabin

Friday, 22 November 2013


Located a few hours away by ferry from Athenes, the Greek island of Paros is worth the trip if you are after a genuine escape.In today’s post we will present one of the many elegant villas around the area mixing traditional charm and contemporary opulence. Almyra borrows its name from the many tamarisk trees grown here and is idyllically situated in the quaint fishing village of Ambellas,

Oberoi Vanyavilas in Rajasthan, India

Located near Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan, India, the lavish Oberoi Vanyavillas is a perfect destination for truly memorable vacations. Being part of the famous Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, the retrat offers excellent accommodation, flawless services, and an overall wonderful experience.It is a highly ranked destination, a place where old times seem to come back into the present through

A Swedish country-style Christmas

Here in Sweden people general start decorating over the first weekend of advent so I thought we're in need of a little inspiration, what do you reckon? This beautiful Swedish country home of stylist and photographer Marie Delice Karlsson and her family is beautifully decorated using a green and white theme. I love the simplicity of the decorations which include bare-branched Christmas trees (which I'm sure smell divine) - who said you should only have one tree and that it should be in the corner of the sitting room? And I love the demi-john as a candleholder on the table. 

Styling and photography: Marie Delice Karlsson with kind permission. Lantliv

Anything you love about this home in particular?

It's got me thinking about Christmas trees. Here's a picture of our Christmas tree from last year which we cut down from a nearby forest (our annual family tradition!)...and here's a little inspiration on Scandinavian style Christmas trees....or for a more modern Christmas tree. What does your tree look like?

Oh and if you're shopping for advent calendar's this weekend I'm loving this pretty white linen advent calendar from The Linen Works (and their linen tablecloth is perfect for Christmas too!).

Or perhaps you'd like to create your own advert calendar?

Have a lovely weekend!

PS You can see more lovely images and read about this home over at Lantliv.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Moët & Chandon Champagne Vending Machine at Selfridges

Moët & Chandon has unveiled the world’s first Champagne vending machine at Selfridges on Oxford Street. Just in time for Christmas, Moët & Chandon’s mini bottle vending machine offers sparkling stocking stuffers. Simply press the red Moët & Chandon button and watch as the golden arm carefully selects your bottle and elegantly delivers it via a glowing cylindrical window. Each 200ml bottle,

Beautiful Dutch monochrome spaces by My Deer

Although not Scandinavian, Dutch homes have been featuring on my blog a lot lately (here and here), simply because I keep coming across so many fab ones! These pictures are from the portfolio of Dutch concept, interior design and styling company My Deer. The spaces below reflect the My Deer vision: to transform spaces into inspiring concepts, amazing creatives and sophisticated spaces. So beautiful!

My Deer

Thank you so much to Maiike for sending me the pictures, there's so much inspiration here! White floors are certainly number one my hit list (one day....). And we all love a little monochrome? But I particularly love the use of wall space. How about you?

I'm finally succumbing to a Christmas post tomorrow (the first day of advent is only 10 days away after all) with a beautiful Swedish home tour all decked out in the festive spirit so if you're looking to get a little Christmas inspiration come and join me over a cup of coffee.

Before I head off I'm really excited to introduce a new sponsor: Urban Trait who sell amazingly cool watches. I'm the proud owner of this watch - I haven't worn a timepiece for years and now I wouldn't be without it, it's my latest piece of statement jewellery. Other watches I love are these by Daniel Wellington  (especially this one!) and for something a bit cool this watch. Urban Trait are offering 10% discount with code MYSCANDIHOME until December 15th - perfect for a Christmas present!

Have a lovely day!