Gift Guide – for the young at heart

zhengtichuguichang.comHere’s a little cyber love on this beautiful Monday morning. There are still so many great buys out there today, grab them while you can! Today, I’m sharing my picks for the woman who’s not faint of heart. She is daring, stylish and a trend setter. I’m about to order myself and daughter some roller skates for Christmas! 

Roller skate//Loeffler bag//pompom hat//kittyflat//ring//lip balm – addicted //the”it” bag//leopard coat – purchase provides one school uniform for a child in Africa, love this company//necklace – on my list – 40% off!

The art of Zen (and keeping it simple) in a Swedish home

When it comes to decorating your own home it can sometimes feel like such a tricky puzzle, can’t it? There are parts of my house I’ve been mulling over for months (maybe even years) without finding the solution (admittedly I’m a bit of a procrastinator!). But when I see beautiful, white homes like this a sort of light bulb comes on and it reminds me that it doesn’t have to be complicated. A simple colour scheme, some beautiful pieces, an unusual light fixture and some carefully placed pictures. How inspiring (and relaxing!), don’t you think?

Credits: photos – Jonas Berg,  styling – Greydeco for Stadshem (for sale here).

It reminds me just how much I love white. It makes a space so much brighter, especially in the winter when the sun never really gets high above the horizon.

A few items I know and love: dining area – this and this style bentwood chair (source lovely vintage ones here), can anyone advise on the lighting over the table? Sitting room – Söderhamn sofa from IKEA, moroccan pouf, Slit mirrored side table by Hay. Office – &tradition mass light. Bedroom: Menu light.

Mind if we dream over a few more white homes today? Like this serene home of a designer (that courtyard?),  this Malmö apartment (probably one if the most pinned of all time), and The White Room (from a few weeks back). *sigh* and relax.

I’ve learned one of the most important things about decorating with white is texture. I spotted these amazing macarame wall hanging specimens the other day and thinking of getting a large one for my stairway (what do you think?) and of course there’s always Gotland sheepskins (especially after yesterday’s Swedish island retreat!). And a digression I admit, but just how cute are these Danish baby’s sheepskin booties?! Perfect little pressie, hope my little niece isn’t reading! 

Have a lovely day!

Handpainted Walls // Hallway Makeover |

In the midst of all of the One Room Challenge madness, I decided to put more on my own plate… for absolutely no reason.  Does anyone else do this?!!  I get an idea & simply must act upon it, immediately!  Well, I am glad that I went with my gut on this one.  Even though I had absolutely zero “extra” time to do it.

A few years back now, I wallpapered our little awkward hallway.  Which resulted in pretty pictures for my site.  Behind the scenes however, while I was hanging the paper, we got a very personal, life altering call.  One of those calls that rips you to the core.  And from then on, the light and bright pretty wallpaper has retained those deep and dark memories.  So it eventually got to the point where I simply said, no more.  I recreated a wall treatment that I had done in our home years ago.  I had loved our wall!  It had brought me joy every time I looked at it, and knew that if I painted these walls in the same manner, the constant memory would dissipate.  And I was right. 
While the memory remains, I am no longer literally walking through it daily… It may seem silly to some, but to me it feels like a breath of much needed fresh air.

For the paint, I went out to our shed and pulled out a few leftover cans… I used Behr’s Whisper White on the walls (the same white that is in the rest of our home), and Farrow & Ball’s Borrowed Light for the brush strokes.  I simply dipped my brush and painted.  The paint led the way.  The ceiling also took on a new color, Pratt & Lambert’s Thyme Green.  So at the cost of some time & leftover paint the walls (& ceiling) were complete.

I kept our antique brass quilt rack, aka or towel rack for the adjacent bathroom, and added some new art & lighting.
The artwork is a print by the talented Hayley Mitchell.  You can find these prints on Etsy and even Anthropologie! (congrats to that Hayley!!) The colors spoke to me and tie the entire house together, which is nice as this is the very center of our home.  I could have gone with a standard white frame which would have been lovely, but rather I sent her off to my friends over at Framebridge and they framed her up in some burled wood loveliness!!!  I loved her before, but now 😍 she is a stunner!!  

If you are not familiar with Framebridge, they are one of my favorite online resources for custom framing.  You upload and image of the piece you want to frame, choose your size & then choose your frame and matting options.  You can then ship them your piece using your own packaging or they will even ship you one if needed.  Then they frame it up & poof! It is back at your door step to hang on your walls.

And fyi… if you love the art as much as I do, you may want to watch my Instagram account this weekend.  hint, hint.

sources // 

Artwork via Hayley Mitchell // Framing via Framebridge // Towels via Target // Cone Light via Lucent Light Shop // Quilt Rack similar Wayfair // Domino Book via Amazon

Shelter Loves

Last Friday got away from me and I ran out of daylight yesterday. (Did you catch the super moon?)

Today I’m sharing last week’s LOVES. I’ve been pinning and tagging like crazy lately. My gift guides begin next week, so be on the look out for an array of goodies and beautiful ideas!!

Here’s what recently caught my eye:

1. It’s no secret that I love and collect jewelry. I too, use bowls and hooks to keep most of my pieces exposed but I think I need to up my game! I have some favorites that need more attention but they are not on display. Gen from Pencil and Paper Co.’s closet is impressive. I adore her (their) style.

2. These booties by M. Gemi! They are disappearing. The velvet is precious, I would live in the them, the block heel is perfect. Super high heels are not practical for me everyday.

3. Exposed brass zippers on pillows. (because good design is all about the details)

4. We miss you Maya.

5. Hayley Mitchell’s face paintings are so fun and colorful, no two are the same. Purchase one at Jamie’s pop-up shop. 

6. Lizzie Fortunado fringe earrings – The  black and blush are adorable.

7. Sometimes a simple delicate piece of jewelry is all you need. This bracelet by is a great everyday staple. From Moonstone Magic

8. Grace Kelly – need I say more?

A cosy Swedish home ready for Christmas

Hello there! We woke up to snow yesterday and today it’s sparkling in the sun, such a beautiful sight, but it’s coooooold! Brrrrrrr! The knits are out and snow boots firmly in place. At home there’s only one way to go at this time of year: sheepskins and candlelight. And Sandra Nilsson’s cosy Swedish home beautifully captured by Carina Olander has that ‘hygge’ feel down to a fine art. Natural materials such as linen, wool, and wood bask in the warm glow of flickering candlelight. Look out for the simple fir and moss displays and of course the Christmas tree. What’s not to love?!

Credits: Photography Carina Olander (shared with kind permission). Stylist Anna Truelsen. See the full feature in Hus & Hem 13/2016.

So toasty! And so many inspiring details. Yes, it’s perhaps a little too early for a Christmas tree but not for candlelight, subtle fir wreaths and textured moss displays.

I’ll be taking inspiration from these DIY ideas.

And there’s plenty more, beautifully simple inspiration to be taken from my Christmas board.

…..This will be us this weekend!!

Get the look: sitting room – chunky knits, white stonewashed linen by the yard, grey sheepskin cushion and linen cushions. Hallway / storage area – source a beautiful vintage mirror here (love the art deco ones!), galvanised buckets. These tall, traditional candleholders are lovely. Vintage apple crates. Dining room – grey gotland sheepskin throws, grey and white linen tablecloth.

You can see more of Sandra’s lovely home over on Instagram or blog Vintage House. Oh so lovely!

How will you be decorating your home this season?

Have a lovely day and stay warm fellow Northerners!

PS Get more tips on how to create a cosy home the Scandinavian way here. 

One Room Challenge Week 5 // The Shelves are Up! |

So last week I had this genius/insane idea to build a 12′ x 8′ wall of built in bookshelves with two weeks left of the One Room Challenge.  No big deal, right?! It’s only time.  Well, they are up and in record time!  And here is a breakdown as to how we went about getting them up.

I started off with a plan.  With these types of projects I have learned the hard way that a well thought out plan and purchase list are key!!  Knowing the exact amount of lumber and cuts helps on both time and money.  We ended up being $ 14 under budget and only had ten 9″ pieces of scrap wood left.  I consider that to be a well planned project.

I worked on numerous layouts for the shelves, but after measuring the space and working with standard widths of lumber we ended up with nine columns of shelves that are 16″ wide.  Each column then has offset shelves.  We stuck with this plan and moved forward to begin building.

Once we had the pre primed lumber from The Home Depot, and gathered up our nail gun and radial arm saw, we began framing out the shelves.  We blocked out the height of the existing baseboard, knowing that we would be adding a final piece of matching trim to finish off the bottom.

And once the exterior box was up, the vertical boards went in.  Using a nail gun, we toenailed the boards into the bottom and top of the framing checking to make sure everything was level.
At this point all of the vertical boards were in and my husband was unexpectedly called into work.  Ummmmm, it was time to get creative as a second pair of hands would have been super helpful!
I had gone ahead and cut down all of the actual horizontal shelves and they were ready to be nailed in.  But since my second pair of hands were gone, I cut down an extra 2×4 into two supports that were the height of my shelf.  Then I simply placed these two boards onto my shelf, placed the board I needed to nail in on top and nailed it in.  This acted as a stand for my shelf and kept the board straight and level for me to attach.  It also insured each opening was the same size.  
This process also made the work go pretty fast.  No need to stop and measure.
The shelves were all in and the final trim boards were attached.  Sucker was done!! And with no time to spare.  I am off to finish caulking and then paint.  I am going to leave you with a little more suspense on the color, but the Farrow & Ball cans are ready and waiting and I promise it will be dramatic!
Thank you so much to my friends over at The Home Depot for helping sponsor this project.  I really think this has made this space.
Wish me luck this next week!!  
T minus seven days until the final reveal and I am going to need every single minute of it!
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

xo – Kristin

Shelter + Ace Hardware + A DIY

The piece before 
Most of us LOVE a good before and after! I’m here to share a goodie with you today. Last week my assistant, Lindsey, (who rocks by the way) and I transformed her television credenza. The RH piece had good bones but she wanted to update and brighten her family room. We had the kids help out with the vignette part of the painting project. It was a fun way to spend a sunny, Thursday afternoon in October and the kids had a blast. The result? Well let’s take a look. You can also see the entire process on Ace Hardware’s Instagram account
Here we all are painting, spraying and gilding pumpkins. Because, anything gilded looks better!
I’m teaching Emerson the tricks of the trade early. She loved using Amy Howard at Home’s lacquer finish gloss. (Honestly, this paint is amazing)
Here I am styling the vignette. I had a number of readers ask me about my booties. Find them here, they are super comfy and work with so many outfits!!
A detail shot of Amy Howard’s lacquer gloss finish! It looks incredible on furniture!!!
Ta da!!! It’s amazing what you can do with a little elbow grease and a few cans of paint. The credenza is painted Clark+Kensington’s – chalk white and the inside is painted a deep shade called – balmy night
Here are the products we used. They are all available at your neighborhood Ace Hardware. 

The beautiful (and inspiring) kitchen of an interior designer

You can guess that someone who works in the world of interiors is likely to have a pretty great home. And my friend interior stylist Genevieve Jorn’s is a fine example of this! You probably recognise the name as we often work together on projects and I love visiting her apartment in Malmö (as you can imagine!). A few months ago I featured her work space, and this week I thought I’d share a tour of her fab kitchen. Despite being a rental space and a fairly narrow kitchen with some awkward angles, she’s been able to do so much with a few small updates, great items and lots of imagination. For example, a large window at the end of the room floods the space with light and bounces of a wall which Gen has painted in mat black and used as a gallery wall. And I love the little bistro table with just enough space for an afternoon fika (that stool!), the way the hanging plant catches the light, the row of hooks used for tea towels, and an iron trolley for extra storage – so inspiring! Let’s take a peek…

Photography: Me, Niki Brantmark / My Scandinavian Home). Home-owner / styling: Genevieve Jorn

Such a lovely space don’t you think?! The plants, wood and textiles bring just the right amount of warmth. And trust me, it’s such a great place to sit and enjoy Gen’s freshly baked pumpkin bread with her and her little girl, Olivia.

Get the look from Gen’s kitchen: 

1. Wall rack and hooks 2. linen table cloth 3.  Iron shelf on wheels 4. Tea towels 5. AURA wall lamp 6. Cast iron pot 7. Cast iron pan 8. Olive kitchen brush, spoon and whisk  9. cast iron tea pot 10. Black wood stool. Although not featured in the montage – I also love this round chopping board and sign.

More kitchen inspiration for the weekend: two Swedish kitchens, a French kitchen with a modern twist (this space had you divided), and a Scandinavian inspired Bulgarian kitchen (great light fixture!).

I’m so excited that Halloween is just around the corner – did you spot the green pumpkin in Gen’s kitchen? First one to find it and comment gets a surprise from Nordal in the post (don’t forget to leave a way for us to contact you)! If you’re thinking of making something pumpkin-based this weekend you might want to take inspiration from these pumpkin pancakes – and that setting?! – beeeeautiful! I like the look of this pumpkin cheesecake too yuuuum!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend –  the clocks going back here mean we get a whole extra hours lie-in – LOVE that! If I’m lucky I might even get this (here’s hoping….)!

See you Monday!

PS Since I’m in London for the kids half term there’ll be a few less posts next week but I will be dipping in and out so definitely stop by!

This post was created in collaboration with the fab Danish online store Nordal, selling unique furniture and decor. All words are my own and I only ever work with brands I absolutely love and know you will too! Thank you for supporting the brands that enable me to create fresh content for you to enjoy.

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!