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The Room Mixer: global farmhouse

16 Jan

Here’s a new post idea I’m playing with. Five rooms that could be in the same home, but aren’t, in an attempt to create the perfect blend!

I’d start in this hallway, with its red brick floor and painted tongue and groove…

Rustic hallway

{via Terrain}

…it would lead to this cosy living room with its lovely kilim on the floor…

living room with kilim and stove

{via Design Sponge}

…I’d cook my supper here…

rustic kitchen with reclaimed wood

{via Names Agency}

…and later, relax in a nice hot bath in here…

country style bathroom blue wall slipper tub

{via Inks and Thread}

…and finally snuggle up in this big, warm bed.

ethnic bedroom

{via The Gifts of Life}

Let me know if you’ve seen a room you love and I might just create the perfect home just for you!

House tour: Christmas Scandinavian style

3 Dec

December is here so festive planning has well and truly begun chez Decorator’s Notebook… and it also means I can share the first Christmas house of the season with you! It’s a Swedish villa that been decorated in quite a subtle style with lots of layered textiles and natural elements to create an oh-so-Scandinavian feel. A gentle introduction to all things festive.

scandinavian house in snow

hallway with small Christmas tree

scandinavian Christmas decorations

The white painted look inside (and out!) might be too clinical for some, but I like how the owners have included lots of antique furniture, rugs and seasonal foliage to take the edge off the stark backdrop.

Christmas table decor with natural touches

white painted scandinavian kitchen

cream painted kitchen Scandinavian style

The house belongs to Marie, a stylist and her husband Fredrick, a carpenter… how handy when taking on a renovation! I really love the handmade kitchen with its little drawers painted with the names of garden plants to give it that apothecary vibe.

white bedroom decorating ideas

glamourous vintage bathroom

{Photographs Marie Delice Karlsson for Lantliv}

How will you be decorating your home this Christmas? Will you go traditional and be decking your halls with boughs of holly or going to town with tinsel and glitter?

Dreaming of a white wood house

11 Jan

I stumbled across this lovely Norwegian home last week – it’s the kind beautifully put together house most of us can only dream about… freshly-painted wood panelled walls, time-softened linens, handfuls of wildflowers, zero clutter, restful rooms just for guests, vintage tat galore…

I have a bit of a thing for vintage maps – this one looks lovely against the pale blue and white striped wall. Even though I don’t usually like blue!

I really like the blend of white, off-white and cream paint – casual yet thoughtfully designed at the same time.

Great use of what I’m calling ‘Fortnum’s Green‘ in the hallway. It’s one of those colours I’m becoming mildly obsessive about at the moment.

Oh, to have a colour-coded linen cupboard like this! Even Martha would be envious!

{all Liv Sandvik Jakonsen via Livs Lyst}

The house belongs to interiors stylist Liv Sandvik Jakobsen and if this style’s your bag you’ll swoon over her blog too. And as if this wasn’t enough loveliness for one woman, Liv and her husband have recently bought a remote farmhouse they’re in the process of renovating too.

I’m so pleased for her I could actually weep.

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