Designer Files: {The Well Travelled Apartment}

You may be sensing a theme around here and it has something to do with the fact that we’re addicted to the idea of traveling this year! It’s the one thing that will make you richer and fulfilled far beyond what any trip may have cost. The memories and self discovery will stay with you a life time. And one of the best ways to keep the experience alive is by collecting keepsakes from your travels in your home- one of the many reasons we’re obsessed with Naja Munthe’s Copenhagen flat!

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At first glance, the home is balanced and peaceful. The streamlined design and clean aesthetic capture you and the modern pieces make for beautiful statements throughout. But look a little deeper and you notice what really makes the space a home- objects and figurines, vases and baskets fill various corners and shelves, bringing life and history to an otherwise sparse space. Bet you won’t guess that the chandelier is actually a floor lamp that Naja decided to flip upside down and hang on the ceiling! No big deal.

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While the dining room with those bookshelves {holding over 500 books!} is utterly gorgeous, we can’t get enough of the bedroom! It’s a perfect example that you don’t need much more than a bed to make a space super luxe and relaxing. Naja’s room begs the question: who needs a headboard??

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And speaking of genius, we’re loving the little details in this bathroom. A lantern and tiny wooden stool in the shower do the trick. One or two thoughtlfully placed pieces can go such a long way- just take a look at that painted skull!

Now just because you haven’t taken a trip to North Africa or Eastern Europe doesn’t mean you can’t get a similar feel in your own home. Shopping vintage and antique stores allows you to get your hands on some one of a kind, well worn and well traveled pieces. But don’t forget that you need to mix in some modern pieces to keep your space from looking like a dusty old shop- think metallic accents, carved wooden pieces and dark, glamorous patterns!

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What piece do you have to have?!

images via Mad & Bolig

Designer Files: {A Stunning Swedish Sanctuary}

You know the feeling you get when you walk into a beautiful spa? That lovely, soothing sense of just…calm? The design of the space is bare and clean, there’s nothing to distract the eye, and all of the stresses of life just go away…

That is exactly the feeling that we got when we came across this stunning Swedish home. The idea of just having a few things in your home that you really, really love – fewer nicer thing s- couldn’t resonate more these days. The calming, sanctuary like quality of this home – where every little thing is treasured, is exactly why we love it!

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You’ll notice there isn’t a whole lot of fuss going on. There are hides and ceramics to add interest and texture, but other than the warm wood tones of the table and chairs, most everything else is very neutral, simple and clean.

The grey, white and caramel color palette works great with the natural light and almost has that cozy cabin quality to it. We’re obsessed with all of the black and white photography and most of all, the wire grid on the office space! We might be onto something for our own office makeover…But for that you’ll have to stay tuned!

What’s your favorite element in the space?

styling by Pella Hedeby // photography by Kristofer Johnsson // pictures for JM 

Feeling the Apartment Therapy Love!

This morning we’re forgoing our regular Tasty Tuesday post for some major news! I could not be more proud to show off a major accomplishment for our very own Editorial Manager, Bianca, whose apartment was featured on Apartment Therapy this weekend!

It’s pretty easy to see why – her place is GORGEOUS. She’s got that perfect balance of drama, glamour and comfort down pat!

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Her attention to detail is spot on.

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She even flexed her DIY muscle to fancy up her desk by painting the wall above her workstation with geometric black stripes. Respect!

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Don’t you want to enjoy a lazy morning with magazines and coffee in her adorable eating nook?

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And that headboard can only be described one way: DEAD SEXY!

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And finally the pièce de résistance: a closet that all fashionistas, myself included, dream of!

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A walk-in dressing room with amazing display options?! Le swoon. Who knew you could find such coveted treause in the Bay Area! I love that B and her fashion loving boyfriend Craig worked together to really maximize that space.

Bianca – you’ve done us oh so proud – oh and you are officially never allowed to move!

Be sure to head over to Apartment Therapy to get all the hot details about B’s space. Just prepare yourself for the decor envy!

images via Apartment Therapy // photography by Kim Lucian