All posts filed under: homemaking

Habits in our homes

A little while ago I wrote about habits and why they work harder for us than resolutions. Let’s not forget there is something positive in the intention that is driving us forward. This is such an important life force, but it’s also about how we help ourselves along the way and subtly arrange details around us to support the formation of a new habit. Look at the items in your home; everything has a certain feeling or a character and can help you create the atmosphere you want for a new, fresh start. In our home, cooking is very important to us and therefore I focus on the details in the kitchen. I’ve always had a dream of a kitchen with a long, rustic wooden table, where we could gather friends and family. However as our kitchen is small, without the space for a large table, I’ve managed to find a smaller table that fits in our home. Smaller scale but same kind of feeling. What we focus on grows One of the habits I will practice going …

How to create hygge at home

Last week I wrote a post about Hygge, a Danish word for describing the joy of everyday moments. It might be described as something uniquely Danish but all of these things can be found in other Scandinavian countries, as well as German, Dutch and in some way British traditions too. The sense of hygge seems to be an instinctive feeling that we all encompass. To continue on the same theme I thought I’d give you my five tips on how to introduce more of that warmth and cosiness as we approach autumn and winter. Don’t mind the weather You’re not really able to change it and it’s just putting you in negative frame of mind. Instead think about how you can make something really nice and special out of a rainy day. It might give you a perfectly good excuse to binge watch an episode of your favourite series, stay in and cook a stew or read the new book you just bought. Invest in your home/your sanctuary Even if you’re just renting a furnished room, you …

Decluttering our homes

Everything is competing for your attention and distracting you from your focus. My husband and I have practised the art of letting go in our two latest moves. We had a spacious two-bedroom apartment, but after a while we didn’t see the need of having a box room that just turned into a dreaded space filled with bad conscious and guilt. We felt that the money could be much better spent on one more holiday a year or savings, that’s why we decided to move to a much smaller apartment. We could only take the most functional furniture, which meant that we sold some really nice objects. We tried to be unsentimental about it and envisioning a simpler life. I can still regret that we didn’t keep a few of the items, however most of it I don’t even remember that we had. In the end I believe this is the right thing to do, I guess I found a slightly more balanced way of looking at what has true meaning and what is a …

My kitchen table

I enjoy my kitchen very much and love to spend time here. When we first moved in, my landlord left a foldable table for us to start with. It was a very practical copy of Sigvard Bernadotte’s design that we had in our home in Sweden that was an heirloom from Henrik’s grandmother. My intention from the beginning was to find another table for our kitchen, to enjoy breakfast and sometimes still evening meals for two. Since we decided to go for a generous and modern, dining table from Hay in the living room, I wanted something more rustic in the kitchen. I’ve been to countless vintage shops in London, where tables cost a fortune. I’ve browsed through basically everything at Gumtree, but all I could find were chunky cottage style tables. I’ve literally been searching on and off for a year. One day when looking at interiors on Pinterest I came across a table that had potential, so I got in touch with Craig who’d just started his own business with making furniture from …

The essentials

In general there is so much focus on style or function and I don’t think that we always focus enough on the tactile feeling of a home. In this series I’ll write about materials I love, and why they are important to choose with heart. To create the right feeling in a home, every single details matter. Not in a perfectionist way, more in a natural and personal way. Creating a beautiful and personal home is to me about being kind to yourself, using materials you love and only surrounding you with things that have a function and are beautiful to you. It’s also about allowing for life to happen and realising that a home isn’t completed without the people in it. I believe it’s about being mindful about all our senses, and how they come together in creating a comfortable space, not only for the eyes but also for your soul.