Have a Look at our New and Bigger Family Sofa!

If you didn’t already know, we are a family of four! Obviously that isn’t a large family but it’s still important to me that I make sure everyone has room enough around the house. Each of the kids have their own bedrooms and places to sit at the table …

My May Wishlist

Jonas Wagell has designed the Julep sofa for Tacchini which was inspired by the Avant-Hard furniture of the fifties. The sofa is distinct by its soft, enveloping shape and romantic allure. Skagerak’s Georg stool, designed by Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm, …

All the right tones

I found this image last week while looking for some photos for another post and its just stuck with me. The warm grey tones and minimal styling is just perfect, the more and more I look at it. The sofa, by Mass Productions, is called Dandy and the gorg…

Mario Bellini

  Mario Bellini is an artist like no other. Both architect & designer, Bellini creates pieces and and homes that are so much more than meets the eye. Just like what you see here, the internationally renowned Italian designer has turned the conventional chesterfield into a modern-day piece of art. Functional yet beautiful, Bellini combines both architecture […]

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The difference textiles can make / new rug & sofa cover



Earlier in the month I talked about getting a new sofa look without buying a whole new sofa. I’m glad to share our own IKEA sofa that got a new look with a linen cover from Bemz. Possibly you may remember when we did the same for a, now discontinued, Karlstad chair. It had an entirely different look.


For the sofa we went for linen again, though I originally wanted velvet, ultimately I chose a light colored natural linen because the sofa, though near windows, sits just in the shady spot so that a dark color just gets lost. I know because we’ve tried it.
Our cover before this was sort of an ivory and while I liked that one too, the linen Bemz cover gives the sofa a much more unique look and very causal too. I also chose matching covers for our throw cushions, a feature I really love as well. Many times I’ve wanted to match the cushions to the sofa fabric and with Bemz it’s completely doable.



The rug that was here before was also nice however this natural fibered rug from Armadillo & Co seems to work much better with the natural linen and the paler color makes this corner feel even brighter. It’s also large enough to anchor our table, pouf and daybed together with more purpose. One of my favorite features of this rug is it’s surprising texture. Most natural fiber rugs I’ve felt are rough and course, shedding fibers, especially when I think of jute and sometimes wool. Even though it might not look it, this one is very soft and perfect for walking on bare foot!


The difference a new sofa cover and rug make are subtle yet impactful. I like the natural materials together and also think it will carry us easily into Summer when sometimes heavy fabrics feel uncomfortable. Be sure to check out Bemz’s wide range of covers, the looks you can create are nearly endless and they will cost you much less than buying a new sofa altogether.


Luxury apartment living in Stockholm

Scenic city views and luxurious furnishings, this KLARA VÄSTRA KYRKOGATA 17 apartment decor accessories like the Georg Jensen fluid pitcher, vintage velvet sofa, tables from Friends & Founders, Flos Snoopy lamp, Serge Mouille’s floor lamp, sculptural desk from NEB and Byredo in the bathroom.





Trends stand at the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair


The super stylist Lotta Agaton has created a living space complete with dining area, bedroom study and living room at the Stockholm furniture fair and it is, unsurprisingly, gorgeous. She has an ability to make everything so beautiful.

Do you recognize those Nikari April tables I love so much and mentioned recently in my round up of coffee tables?
Lotta also used Frank Gehry’s Wiggle chairs for Vitra, rug from Dahl agency, Alcro’s Shade of Grey Feather paint, velvet sofa from Monica Förster for Fogia, Saw Table/Bench from Friends and Founders, the lounge chairs are PK25 by Poul Kjaerholm and I think the pedestals are from Matti Carlson. Similar lantern pendant from New Works here.



Photos from Pella Hedeby and Elisabeth Heier.

How to get a new sofa without buying a new sofa…

Not sure at this point if I’ve talked about this on the blog or if it was to a friend but when it comes to sofas I have my favorites! Pretty much all would need to be imported and are all what I like to call investment pieces, not budget friendly but certainly within the buy less, buy well school of thought. I like sofas with cushions built in or somewhat discreet, for example one long seat cushion rather than 2 or 3. My reality does not cease to remind me that as long as the kids are young and use the sofa for fort building and as a trampoline, my priority when it comes to sofas is not aesthetics first but primarily how washable and low maintenance the sofa is. We’ve had an IKEA Nockeby since Elin was just a few months old, somewhere around 2.5 yrs. It was a budget buy, large enough for several people to sit on or for one person to sleep on with generous cushions that aren’t too stiff but also don’t feel like sofa quicksand. You know the kind, the new sofa that looks deceivingly firm but as soon as you lean in sit down the sofa has tried to inhale you and regaining a standing position could not be achieved without the help or a friend. Well our Nockeby isn’t one of those either. Beyond the comfort and price we also like the Nockeby because it is from IKEA which means besides a warrantee you can also easily find custom covers from Bemz.

Two years ago our chair got a new look, and since then Bemz has made me a believer that being stuck with an IKEA sofa is not as uninspired as it sounds. In the last few years we’ve had multiple covers for the sofa, all from IKEA and all were less than thrilling. The colors were not quite right or the weave of another held onto crumbs or yet another pilled like crazy! Bemz has a much larger variety including velvet, cotton, canvas and linen. Bemz sent over some samples and I was happy to see that new velvet covers were available for the Nockeby! Ultimately I chose a different fabric because we have a velvet ottoman and our area rug has a very velvet-y texture. Trying to avoid velvet overkill I chose a linen blend, because I do love linen so.

Before & after photos coming soon!

Menu SS17 reimagines products in marble, introduces brand new Tailor sofa

Running behind here with news from Menu’s SS’17 line. There was a lot going on last week leading up to Elin’s birthday party along with weeks and weeks of bad weather, the kids and I have been stuck indoors most days trying to find creative ways to pas…

Ring in the New Year with comfort

In case you’re not out partying and celebrating the New Year, you might want to stay in, get cozy and welcome 2017 in comfort. That’s what I plan to do anyway! Getting the kids to bed early, eating some crab and some pasta, a bit of wine…then likely …

gift wishlist

A little wishlist for myself for Christmas, although I’d also be perfectly happy to simply spend the quality time with my family, any of these would also do! ;)

Young Frankk trine earrings | Roll-up sleeve blazer | Åsa Stenerhag, Untitled | Home by Petra Bindel and Emma Persson Lagerberg | Gubi Stay sofa | Accords perfume oil | Sarah & Sebastian face ring

old togo chair favorite

This morning I cleaned up some files on the laptop that were floating around aimlessly and came across this, something I had intended to blog about and then forgot about. I don’t know where it’s from anymore, who photographed or styled the image but I …

thala sofa

Sunday dreaming of this beautiful sofa. I like that it already has throw pillows and doesn’t really need any more. From French brand Caravane and sold at one of my favorite Swedish stores Artilleriet, it is patinated yet modern simultaneously and this …

living room dreams

This isn’t exactly a new find but this place in Barcelona has this beautiful kitchen I saw a lot of people talking about a few months ago and while the kitchen is a stunner in its own right I had not seen the living room and oh my! It’s sort of this harmonious blend of sophistication and minimalism that still feels sufficient enough despite not having a rug or throw pillows.
To me it seems like a room near perfection with soft warm tones and contrast between the spindly legs of the table, Prouvé Potence lamp, magazine rack and the soft edges of the sofa.

KBH sofa

A new velvet sofa called KBH 401 Dedar in medium oak by Københavens Møbelsnedkeri.

photography / Line Klein

right now

Right now Elin is asleep, Israel is building with toys and our kitten George sleeps next to him. I’m trying to tick off my list, answer some emails, plan for this weekend as I have a styling job for a furniture company due next week. It always feels a …

this morning’s living room

The title just about sums it up, need I say more? Ok.I was taking advantage of Israel’s playdate at a friend’s house to clean the floors and noticed the light flooding in from the windows. Also, the living room wasn’t littered with stuffed animals and …

tiki

I meant to post this Friday but then the weekend just got away from me and oops, it’s almost Tuesday!A lightweight, slender sofa designed by Andreas Elgesvik for Swedish furniture producer Fogia. The long thin legs create the look that the seats are fl…