Workspace inspiration: an industrial style collaborative space

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The other day I went to look at an amazing creative work space here in Malmö. It was in an old factory with a black and white flagstone floor and formerly used as a boxing ring. Unfortunately the timing just wasn't quite right, but at some point in the near future I'd absolutely love to work in an industrial-style shared work space with other creatives like the one I stumbled upon. The Forge in Bristol, England fits the bill quite nicely in fact- and although in the wrong country, it would be an inspiring venue for an event, workshop or just getting together with others and coming up with new ideas! Absolutely loving the exposed bricks, spiral staircase and general relaxed feel of the space. Would it even feel like work if this was your studio?!

The Forge. Source: Found via Desire to Inspire with thanks.  

I am trying to dream up an event now, just so that I can hang out there for a few days there. Any ideas?  Blog workshop perhaps? See you there!

Get the look: DSR chair, source a vintage metal jug here, white sheepskin throw, this industrial floor light is similar, vintage crates.

How lovely is this vintage industrial swivel chair? Because.

Other fab studios and ateliers include the creative studio of Katrin Bååth, the home and studio of a Danish carpenter, and the fabulous studio of an interior designer. Imagine if your office looked like this? And if it already please!

Have a lovely day!

PS One word you should never use at work.  Agree or disagree?

A magnificent Finnish apartment

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Oh are we in for a treat today with this magnificent Finnish apartment! Not only does it have the most beautiful bones - large windows which flood the rooms with light, high ceilings, sculpted wainscoting, and original period features (just look at that ceiling in the bedroom!), but it has also been beautifully styled for sale through Bo LKV by the uber talented Marja Wickman (whose home I once featured here and here). Marja has used shades of grey and white and simple, contemporary pieces allowing the architecture to take centre stage. Unsurprisingly the space was snapped up in an instant (we'll have to be quicker next time!).

Source: Bo LKV, styling Marja Wickman. Found via Nordic Design with thanks. 

Is it worth me asking if you could live here?!

A few items I know and love: Thonet chairs, Cove print by Silke Bonde, ABCD poster - D,  cork bench.

For more beautiful Finnish inspiration it's so well worth exploring my 'Finnish home' archive (if the first home you see is the above one, just scroll passed it).... I know it's not the same as being there in person, but it will transport you to Finland in your dreams if only for a few hours!

Have a lovely day! 

Your island retreat on the Swedish island of Gotland?

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Hello! Having a bit of a Monday morning shock here after two very late nights in a row. Guh! Coffee. I hope you've had a great weekend too? Luckily I have something to brighten up the start of our working week. A summer home in Hamra, on the wild and wonderful island of Gotland (off Sweden's East coast)! The retreat recently came on the market through Fantastic Frank (and I'm pretty sure it will be snapped up in no time). The home is a blend of concrete and wood adding just the right amount of warmth. The look is simple and pared-back with soft linens and the obligatory Gotland sheepskin throw. Oh and did I mention a pool and small guesthouse too?!

Source: Fantastic Frank

Oh so lovely. The nature is just beautiful on Gotland.

Could you spend your summers here?

A few items I love from this home:  Gotland sheepsking throw, light grey linen bedding, g print, PH 5 pendant lamp.

*But where's that pool you mentioned?* - see a complete tour of the rural home here.

And more Gotland homes here.

If I've got you in the holiday mood you might also like to see this magical post- hey, shall we just forget the working week completely?!

Have a lovely day!

Reader offer: Grafomap poster

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Hope you're having a great weekend?! I might just have something to step it up one more gear!  Maps are becoming an increasingly popular display in the home - not only do they look nice but they can also tell the stories of our lives. And Grafomap - a tool which helps you create a map poster as a reminder of your special place - is offering all My Scandinavian Home readers 15% off! All you need to do is head over to Grafomap, type in a location, customise your map and add the code scandihome at check-out (valid until 3rd July, 2016). See you there?!

I'm so curious to see which location you choose (perhaps you could share a quick snap of it on instagram  (#grafomap) - and tag me, so I don't miss it! You might also want to check out other maps people have created.


This post is sponsored by Grafomap. However, all words are my own. I only ever collaborate with partners that I love and which I think you'll love too. Thank you for supporting the sponsors which make My Scandinavian Home possible.

Welcome to the lovely world of Anna Kvarnström

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I thought we'd celebrate the fact that it's Friiiday by entering the lovely world of Swedish photographer, interior and food stylist Anna Kvarnström. Anna is one talented lady, who also counts 'designer' among her skills (many of her own prints can be seen throughout her home in Örebro and she also creates brochures, logos and other materials for companies). I love how Anna has decorated her home using rich contrasts, beautiful patterns and interesting pieces. Let's take a tour...

Soure: All photos by Anna Kvarnström / Concept by Anna. Shared with kind permission.

*sigh* simply lovely. There's something so romantic about it, don't you think?

A few items I know and love:  workspace - artist's wooden hand, Le paper bag, Helmut Newton poster. Kitchen / dining: linen tablecloth, Skultuna candleholder and Lily candlestick, Lindform vases (love these ceramics), vintage terracotta pots. Upstairs landing - Emma Von Brömssens 'Dancing Crane' wallpaper (beautiful!). Hall - William Morris 'Seaweed Silver' wallpaper. Bedroom - 'guide to manhattan' print.

You can keep up to date with Anna's latest projects (as well as beautiful snapshots of her home) over at her blog and instagram (see you there?!). 

And before I head off and leave you to have a wonderful weekend, here's a little link love to enjoy over the next couple of days:

Just how amazing are the colours in these rooms shared by Gudy Herder (who I had the pleasure of meeting at the Amara blog awards last year - she's awesome).

15 floors that totally steal the show! 

And this blue colour blocking?! 

Where I'd like to be right now.

My latest instagram find - Swedish blogger and photographer Jaquelina Mikuta. So inspiring!

Pretty weekend hair

Mouthwatering moments: no churn ice-cream and spice-rosemary and seasalt brownies mmmmm!

Have a great couple of days!

PS Don't miss the reader offer on Sunday....

Could you go grey like this fab (small) Swedish apartment?

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It's pouring with rain here this morning - in that cosy way you only feel when you actually don't have to go out in it?! I was actually planning on posting something vibrant today but actually this beautiful grey Swedish apartment matches the day far better  - so I'll park the other one for tomorrow's post! There's a lot to be said for grey - it's calm, it's elegant and it's sort of 'adult' in a way that I love. Do you know what I mean? This Swedish apartment combines grey (in the form of doors, skirting boards, radiator covers, window frames and textiles) with black and white and a hint of cognac leather. And there's some fab lighting going on too! Let's take a tour....

Source: Bosthlm

I love how the kitchen cabinets extend around the corner - what a clever way to add work surface and storage in a small space ( this home is a mere 38 square metres / 409 square foot)?

A few items I know and love: dining - Thonet chairs (absolutely love these!), aim suspension lights. sitting room - Sinnerlig daybed, linen throw, sheepskin throw, sinnerlig stool, leather ottoman. bedroom - charcoal linen pillow cases, light grey linen sheet (in fact my latest linen love has got to be anything and everything from this etsy shop - be still my beating heart!!

After something a little er brighter today? Why not dig into my (dangerous) archives for a few hours and check out this white Brooklyn home with vibrant touches, a Swedish home with black floors and fun, colourful touches, and the happy home of a Dutch illustrator (you can always count on the Dutch for some wonderful pops of colour!). 

By the way, I loved the discussion in the comment section yesterday (a home tour not to be missed by the way)  - so interesting! If you have any constructive thoughts on the homes I show, please do leave a comment in the section below and join the chat! It always adds a huge amount - plus it makes my day too! (if you don't have gmail you can click the anonymous box and then add your name or initials against the comment. 

Have a lovely day!

You can stop raining now Sweden.