All posts filed under: styled by nature

Conservatory archieves

More people than ever live in cities and the pressure of urban living doesn’t seem to decrease any time soon. Despite the less positive consequences of living in smaller spaces and increasingly higher cost for living, there are also positive movements emerging from this change. The ‘Nature inspired home’ trend seem to be everywhere at the moment and we don’t seem to get enough of reconnecting with nature in our urban space. We see examples of this from the Urban jungle bloggers inspiring to ‘pool parties’ (putting your plants in the tub and giving them a shower). I’ve noticed communities and local neighbourhoods coming together to do gardening together such as Dalston Eastern Curve garden. Asif Khan, British architect, gave the Londoners’ a simple and achievable idea of breathing spaces amongst the concrete of East London with his installation Mini living in London design week this year. My feeling is that we’re just in the beginning of seeing concept shops that specialise in a botanical life style, like the Conservatory Archives in Hackney. Beautiful shop, …

Seasonal

The topic “seasonal” is very close to my heart. For me it starts with a wellbeing aspect.  I want to feel in tuned with nature. It doesn’t feel in sync to me to have bright coloured cushions when the leaves are turning into yellows, and brown. I prefer to follow the same rhythm and let nature take the lead. When autumn approaches, I make apple pie and preserve foraged blackberries, light some candles, bring out the rugs, have a comfy quilt and read books while drinking red wine. In wintertime I want to prepare for Christmas, compensate for the few hours of day light with fairy lights and layer up to stay warm despite the cold outside. When spring is here I get all those planting ideas started and I go picking my first spring flowers to give life back into the home. As summer approaches I try keeping things as simple as possible to have time to enjoy those long days. Seasonality can also be a very practical matter. When we lived in Sweden we had plenty of storage.  I …

House plants

I love surrounding myself with plants, they help me release stress and stay grounded. The green colour has proven to have many health benefits. Studies have proven that when people have been in distress, going through grieve or illness they have seen positive effects from walking in a forest and surrounding themselves in a room painted green. I have a friend who has studied interior design in relation to psychology and health, and this is quite an exciting area that addresses many of these aspects. Flowers are not just decorative, though a single plant can lift a whole room, looking more vibrant and fresh. As a tribute to my dear house plants, keeping us company in our home I’ve collated them all for somewhat of a family photo. Monstera deliciosa A grand, simple plant to care for. It doesn’t require much, just a little bit water now and then. It prefers a quite warm and humid environment, but who doesn’t? Mine seems finding it’s way in the British climate too. Medinilla dolce vita This is the diva of my houseplants, with its bright colour and extraordinary flowers it wins …

The Swedish summer house

People in Sweden love their summer houses. Many enjoy them all year around as a city escape in the weekends. There’s nothing better than going out to the summer house on a raw, rainy autumn day. Go for a long walk, winter bathing in the almost freezing water and then enjoy a game dinner with some red wine in front of the fireplace. My parents in law live in a city but also have a summerhouse on an island just thirty minutes away, which means that they can use the house all year around. On Midsummers day, every year since more than twenty years, they move out for a couple of months to fully embrace the long summer days in the north. To me this is the perfect seasonal mix and quality of life. Some people close down their summer house for the winter and come Easter they return to open it up for the season. That usually means turning water and heating on, airing out after the long winter, making the beds with fresh …