One Room Challenge // Week 3 Freak Out Point |

In One Room Challenges past, I have been pretty cool calm and collected about my space.  Lets just say that is not the case this go around!  There is a lot of real life happening around us at the same time & I am just trying to keep my kids fed at this point! lol

For those of you that have been following along awhile will know that my father has had some health issues the past year.  Well, after a lot of planning and searching these past few months we have rented him a home 5 doors down from us!!!  It will be such a blessing to have him so close, but we are moving him (& his 150 bottles of bourbon) at the same time I am trying to finalize my ORC space.  So if I seem a bit scrambled this go around, this is why.

So in the meantime, I am tracking packages, unwrapping furniture & stuffing tons of pillows with down inserts!  We have both rugs down & the sectional is finally getting delivered today (after being lost in the freight warehouse for two weeks!)  Plus, we made a trip to a new local spot, Read Shop (see image above) & have all been inspired to incorporate a few more elements into the room.  Which leaves me simultaneously excited & terrified.  But the whole vibe in there is on point!

So for now, here are a few more items that have been finalized for the living room.
hahaha artwork via Minted | gold and black drum table via ATGStores
butler tray via AVE Home | lucite coffee table via AllModern
striped benches via Joss & Main
And be sure to check out the other participants progress as well!

Jana Bek | Chris Loves Julia | Shannon Claire | Coco.Kelly | The Curated House

Driven by Décor | The English Room | From the Right Bank | Sherry Hart

Hi Sugarplum | House of Jade | Hunted Interior | The Makerista | Making it Lovely

Marcus Design | Pencil & Paper Co. | Megan Pflug | Place of My Taste | Suburban B’s

Waiting on Martha  Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH

Love the look

Every year I purge my dated, worn clothing and add new classic pieces to my wardrobe. A good quality coat is an investment, choosing a look that is updated, well fitting and not overly trendy is always a good idea! I love it dressed up or down. Giorgia’s fuzzy version is AMAZE! (top right). Here are my picks for the timeless camel coat; a wardrobe staple for sure!


The relaxed, vintage inspired home of an artist

Why, hello there! I hope you had a wonderful weekend?! While photographing (some beeeeautiful) homes for my book a few weeks back it struck me that they were almost entirely filled with one-off pieces – picked up on travels or found in flea markets, which made the spaces truly special.  I stumbled across this lovely creative home on Apartment Therapy captured by Natalie Jeffcott the other day and it too, is filled with a unique array of treasures, all of which come together simply because the owners Ben and artist Heidi Yardley love them. Situated in a converted stable at the end of a quiet cobbled lane in North Melbourne (what is it with me and Australian homes right now – did you see last week’s posts?!), Ben and Heidi’s house has been filled with vintage and second hand finds, for a lovely relaxed, bohemian vibe which is as personal as it is fascinating. 

Photography by Natalie Jeffcott / Apartment Therapy.

Every time I look through the pictures I spot something new. Did you see the arm for example (it makes sense when you look through Heidi’s portfolio)?! And of course their very handsome cat Nico!

I love the colour scheme in the bedroom… so inspiring!

It’s these elements of surprises which make the home so fascinating, don’t you think?

Get the look: pick up a mid-century credenza here, macrame plant holder, this is a great source for vintage easels. Vintage tin boxes.  Heidi’s art. I love the round chair in the bedroom but haven’t found anything like it – any tips?

More beautiful artists’ home to feel inspired by: a beautiful Copenhagen home in a former sculpter’s atelier, an artist’s home and studio in Stockholm, a Swedish artist’s home in a former school.

Have a great start to the week!

PS Don’t forget my talented friend Maria is offering 15% discount off her fabulous designs in her shop until the end of October. To redeem simply enter 15RABATTSCANDI at check-out – I’ve already picked myself up the Little Darling lamp love it! (ships everywhere in Europe). 

Bathroom Shower Track with Ball Chain |

I wanted to answer some questions about one of my favorite elements of this space, the shower curtain track.  When trying to determine the perfect curtain rod, I knew I wanted something that would draw the eye up.  I considered a custom full length shower curtain, but felt that with these clients I could try something a little unexpected.

After some research I came across Trax and knew that this would be the ideal solution.  This product comes in a multitude of shapes and is also available in custom sizes.  The slimline track simply screws into the ceiling (using the proper anchors) and comes with glides that allow for some  customization.

After we received the track, I played around with the glides and learned that the components are easily separated allowing for new ball chain to be connected.  You must use a #10 or 4.55mm ball chain.  

If you are looking for their standard ball chain, you can order the glides with a custom length of silver ball chain directly from Trax.  But I was looking for the perfect gold to go with our faucets and hardware.  Fortunately, I stumbled upon this Antique Brown ball chain on Amazon ( I ordered two 10 foot lengths) and took the risk… hoping it would match.  It was perfect!  
Using wire cutters I cut 18″ length pieces and attached the existing hooks to the new gold chain using the metal couplers that came with the chain.  After they were hung, a few needed trimming but it was a relatively quick and painless install.  The entire project took about 30 minutes.  

Now I am off to take some measurements of the living room for the ORC!!!  I hope you all have a great weekend!!

xo – Kristin

Shelter loves

Hello Loves! The time I spend reaching out to you all via Shelter means everything to me. The creating keeps me sane, the gathering of images and ideas makes me happy and the writing has gotten me through some of the most challenging moments of my life. I’ve been so inspired by people’s stories, places, moments, spaces and my children lately! Peace out, wishing you all an amazing weekend! I’m off to pack my bag and head up north for a much needed long weekend!! Also, wishing two of the most inspirational, kind, and loving people I know a VERY Happy Birthday!! I love you Mom and Dad. I can’t wait to celebrate you this weekend!! xo

1. I feel a sense of calm the moment I cross over the border into Vermont. 
2. Tassel earrings? Yes, please.
3. I love layered, neutral interiors as much as colorful ones. The key is to mix and layer textures, pattern and color like David did here. And that tufted french cushion sectional?? Gah, I may need to design one for myself. 
4. THIS. (be patient with yourselves too)
5. We just ordered this gorgeous rug for under my client’s beautiful grand piano. I’ve been working on the Buckminster project for some time now. It’s going to be out of control when finished!! It has evolved over time, so we’ve carefully considered every detail.

A lovely Swedish space in white and wood (with lots of plants)

Is it getting dark in the morning where you are? When my alarm clock went off  this morning it was pitch black and I found myself humming ‘hello darkness my old friend’! Not kidding. Nothing that a few cups of slow brew coffee and a beautiful home can’t solve though, and oh do I have one today! This apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden has lovely period features, high ceilings and large rooms filled with light. And if that’s not enough, talented stylist Emma Fischer has gone and put her magic touch on it for Bjurfors too! Let’s take a tour…

Credits:  stylist – Emma Fischer photography – Alan Cordic / for sale through Bjurfors Gothenburg.

Lovely, don’t you think?

I think this is probably the nicest bedroom stroke work space I’ve seen – there’s so much room for each and the shelves bridge the two zones perfectly! Very inspiring (speaking as someone who has a desk in my bedroom). I also love the plants!

Is there anything that catches your eye?

Get the look – dining area: Hay about a chair, bertoia chair, thonet chair. bedroom – string shelving system, Kvist light by Jonas Bohlin this chunky knit throw is similar (and soooo cosy!), seagrass belly basket.

It was a while since I shared a little mid-week link love wasn’t it? How miserable of me! Here goes…

The perfect blue velvet sofa.

I’ve got my eye on this glass cabinet from IKEA.

This scene will have you dreaming…

The boho bedroom. 

How about this pretty hellebore wreath?

Have a lovely day!

Summer Home Tour |

Happy Summer!!  Well, not officially, but y’all know what I mean.  The kiddos are out of school for the next two months & we are trying to pack all of the fun into eight short weeks.  They go back August 1st, which seems like the craziest thing in the world to me… but that is the date, so we will be having fun while we can.

I am excited to once again be a part of the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour hosted by Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co.  And if you are stopping by after Michael’s tour from Inspired by Charm, welcome!!  

We haven’t had that many changes around the house these past few months, as I have been busy working with clients on some major projects that I can start sharing soon!!  So instead of a traditional Summer Home Tour, I am showing you what is really going on around here & some plans we have for the Summer.
We are at the pool nearly everyday and I truly think my daughter is part fish.  She loves to swim, so there is always a towel & swimsuit drip drying somewhere in the house (usually on the floor if I am being honest!).  And I may have stalked H&M to snag this darling swimsuit for my little lady… It sold out almost immediately, but I had to get it as it is in my favorite spotted print.  Very Kate Spade, no?!

Also, you may notice my newly stained black bathroom grout!  I still have to do a tutorial on that one.  I was so pleased with the results & still shocked you can stain grout.  

Speaking of Kate Spade, here is my little’s newish room which was KS inspired.  I redid her space at the beginning of the year & we are still adding fun little elements as we find them.  My favorite thing at the moment is that the right side of her closet is full of freshly pressed school uniforms that I don’t have to iron for two months!! { Insert hand waving emoji here! } I love the ease of uniforms, but those pleats!  They wear me out!!
pink lamps // spotted dresser tutorial // polka dot sheets // juju hat // bow pillow similar
area rug // floral fireplace
The latest addition to her room just might be the world’s cutest hamper.  I ran across this pineapple basket while at Homegoods and may or may not have run to it slow motion style to grab it!!!  I called my best friend Grace as soon as I nabbed it to share the news.  I may have looked like a crazy person, but it is so freaking cute!!!  And it fits perfectly in her little space.  

I have tried locating the hamper online, but to no avail.  
painted umbrella and gallery wall details
The only changes in our bedroom have been the drapery panels… and the only change has been that I finally hemmed them to the correct length! Ha.  It has only taken a year and a half.  But at least it finally happened.  I actually went through and hemmed every single panel in the house.  It was not a fun day, but necessary.  It has been nice finishing up little tasks like this I have had on the old to do list for a while!

And I have yet to tire of these antelope walls.  They still make me smile every. single. day.
headboard // pillow // ghost chair // mirror // lamp // duvet cover 
We are also about to update our current ceiling fan situation… while not my first choice.  Ceiling fans are a necessity in the south.  So at least we will be updating to a sleeker option.
We are still loving our kitchen… and can not imagine how we ever made a meal in here previously with our 36″ or so of counter space.  The additional counters and storage have really improved our way of living.  And this banquette area became Kindergarten homework central this past year.  
flush mount fixture // tulip table // vintage runner // floral pillows // border pillow  
but our table currently looks like this! lol
We are party prepping for C’s 6th Birthday Party & decided to attempt a DIY Watermelon Piñata.  I am 3/4 of the way done and completely understand and appreciate the cost of custom piñatas on Etsy now!! These things are time consuming!  But at least it will be darling… 

We’ll be transforming our Bocce Court (for the party only!) and I am looking forward to seeing this space all dressed up in bright colors for the big party! But adore the classic black and white stripes for the rest of the year.
hanging chair
And finally on our Summer to do list is building a new outdoor dining table.  We have already picked up all of the lumber, so if the weather cooperates we should be eating at that table pretty soon!

Next on the tour is the super talented (& sweet!!) Sarah M. Dorsey!!  So be sure to head over to see her beautiful tour.

And if you would like to follow along, here is the entire list of participants.
The White Buffalo Styling Co.
Cuckoo for Design
Bliss at Home
Eclectically Vintage
Dimples and Tangles
A Designer at Home
Claire Brody
Julie Blanner

Nesting with Grace
Place of My Taste
Our Storied Home
The Chronicles of Home
Life on Virginia Street
Simple Stylings
Restless Arrow

Inspired by Charm
Hunted Interior
Sarah M. Dorsey
Primitive & Proper
Swoon Worthy
HI Sugarplum
Brittany Makes
Burlap & lace

My Sweet Savannah
Jennifer Rizzo
Circa ‘34
StyleMutt Home
SG Style
Bright Green Door
A Creative Day Blog

Craftberry Bush
The House of Silver Lining
The Makerista
The Wicker House
My Fabuless Life
Iron & Twine
House of Hipsters

Shelter Loves…

1. September has been warm, like really warm here in Boston! I’m sort of looking forward to the cooler weather due next week. I’ll be breaking out my cozy sweaters and plaid shirts fo sho. I’m a big fan of layering check and plaid shirts into a high/low look. Purchase this stewart plaid at J. Crew. It WILL sell out!
2. The concept of, La Latina, is great.  Grace Ramirez brings us on a cooking exploration through South America. I love Latin food and may just need to purchase this hot book! Here is the guac recipe. (I’m addicted to avocados btw)
3. I don’t always post food, but when I do, you’d better believe I’ll be whipping it up soon! In fact, I’m going to make this yummy sammy for my breakfast in the am. I love a good poached egg….recipe via.
4. I admire everything about this photo. We need to focus on more joy in this world, the news is so depressing. My favorite genre of photography captures people and their emotions. I also appreciate a time when everyone took the time to dress beautifully.
5. AMEN.
6. I usually combine modern and classic elements in my interiors. A box pleat shade on the right lamp is a gorgeous design detail. 
7. These cuties may need to make there way to my closet. 
8. I’ve long loved french designer Serge Mouille’s iconic “arm” lamps. They compliment both modern and transitional interiors. With his fame and the elegance of the design comes a hefty price tag. Here is an alternative if you can’t shell out $ 2500-$ 6000 for an original. We purchased the knock off for a client project. Room image by: Mark D. Sikes


2 ripe avocados
½ red onion, peeled and diced (about ¼ cup)
1 jalapeño, serrano, or other chile, minced (optional)
2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro (coriander) leaves, plus extra leaves for garnish
1 tbsp fresh lime
coarse pink Himalayan salt (or flaky sea salt) to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tsp black sesame or toasted sesame seeds to garnish
1 tbsp pomegranate seeds to garnish
Halve the avocados. Remove seed and scoop flesh out, putting it in a mixing bowl. Using a fork, mash the avocado, adding some lime juice to prevent oxidation. Add onion, chile, coriander and lime juice, and season to taste. Keep the pomegranate and toasted sesame seeds separate until ready to serve. Just before serving, finish by garnishing with pomegranate and sesame seeds, some extra coriander leaves and coarse or flaky salt.
To prevent oxidation (browning), put the avocado seed in the middle of the guacamole. Acid also prevents oxidation, so feel free to add a thin layer of lemon or lime juice on top, folding this through just before serving.
If you need to refrigerate your guac for hours (up to 2 days), put it in a bowl that has a tight-fitting lid. Pack the guacamole tightly in the bowl, pressing out any air bubbles. Dribble in some lukewarm water, making sure that the water covers the surface of the guacamole to about 1 cm deep. Put some plastic wrap directly over the guac, then put the lid on and refrigerate. When ready to eat, take the lid off and and gently pour out the water. Stir the guacamole to incorporate any extra moisture.

Win £200 to spend at Houseology!

As I made my way across the Skåne countryside by train and gazed at the frosty fields yesterday morning I felt this innate desire to race back home and dive under a blanket. Don’t you find Autumn does that to you?! Time to make the home a little more cosy! That’s why I’m particularly excited that fab online homeware store Houseology (who sells a wonderful collection of designer furniture, lighting and accessories and stocks some of my favourite Scandi brands including Norr11, Normann Copenhagen, &Tradition, Bloomingville and Design House Stockholm) is offering you the chance to win a voucher worth £200 to spend in the online shop! Find out how to enter below. If only I could win it myself – Guh! Here’s a few items I’d choose if I did (yes, I’ve thought about it…): 

1. Yeh wall table and GM pendant both by Menu.  2. Dinnerware by Bloomingville. 3. Murmur Still Grey bed linen and Murmur towels. 4. Amp light by Normann Copenhagen.

…And maybe one of these cosy blankets too! 

To enter:

1. Visit the Houseology website and take a look around
2. Let us know what you’d buy with your 200 GBP voucher and why in the comment section below.

And that’s it!

The give-away is open to everyone and closes at midnight GMT, Sunday 2nd October 2016. The winner will be announced here on My Scandinavian Home on Monday 3rd October 2016. Good luck!

Terms & Conditions
You must be age of majority in your country of residence. We are not responsible for any duties, import taxes that you may incur. Only 1 entry per person. This prize is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for monetary value; No cash alternatives to the stated prize will be offered; Valid until 30th September 2017.

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Houseology.

Your very own garden retreat on a shoestring budget

Lately there’s been a surge of interest in the garden shed. But not in it’s traditional form. Sheds are being transformed into cosy spaces at the end of the garden to call your own. Somewhere to be creative, work or simply enjoy a cup of tea! Personally this type of garden retreat has always been a bit of a dream of mine, so I’m always inspired by people who have created their own. Jeska Hearne of Lobster & Swan recently collaborated with Waltons to create a a pretty space with a vintage-boho feel.  The summerhouse is full of whimsical florals and cheerful pops of colour and furnished almost entirely with flea market and antique finds as well as recycled / upcycled items.

Source: Lobster & Swan

Oh so lovely!

It would also make a great guest house (in the warmer months of the year), don’t you think?

If you already have a garden shed you’re in luck. If not, this one is a  contemporary summerhouse with side shed. Pick up vintage crates here.  There’s always a great selection of mid-century side-tables to be found here.  Buy classic books in lovely new covers here. I love pretty Liberty print fabric in florals (like the ones Jeska’s used for the cushions) – but you can use small samples of fabrics you have lying around at home – or search for vintage fabric online. Pick up a recycled blanket (and other items) at Jeska’s beautiful online shop The Future Kept.

You can see more pics of this make-over here. 

Other inspiring garden retreats include this fab caravan and a dreamy shed conversion.

Could you imagine having a little space like this to call your own?

Have a lovely day!

PS I’m exploring Helsinki today, so exciting (thank you for all your tips over the last few days – I’m actually in Café Succés enjoying ‘the best cinnamon bun in town’ and I can testify that it is the best one I’ve ever tasted – with a bowl of café au lait of course!). I’ll be walking around with a small skip in my step as I’ve just received the news that My Scandinavian Home has been nominated for Best European Interior Blog in the Amara #IBA16 – votes can now be placed here – I’d be so happy if you’d like to vote for me!