Studio Office

This studio office is home to Dry Creative Projects in Stockholm and isn’t it just full of so much character! I love the feel of this office and think it would be a really cool space to work in. The kitchen with the cafe style tiles and open wooden shelving is great and love the colors used throughout the space!

 Photography by:  Mikael Axelsson

Source: http://decordots.com/

Nordic products Canada

We’re so excited that we have some great new products for you to look out for coming to the shop!

First I would like to introduce you all to Sne Design, a Norwegian brand that is passionate about functional, timeless design products that are also eco-friendly. They have a great variety of home good products available.  I am in love with the felt storage containers and organizers! Look out for more products coming soon.

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Sne Design Felt Storage Container.

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Sne Design Felt Organizer.

We will also have lots more goodies from Ferm Living popping up in the next month, they have a great spring collection out now, and we are excited to share these with you all.

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Vases, from the Ferm spring collection.

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Ferm Spring Collection.

In about a month we will be launching our new website, and can’t wait to share it with you all! We hope you are all having a great start to 2015, like we are!
Stay tuned for more exiting news coming soon.

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s almost that time of year again, where we will start to find the stores filled with foil balloons and chocolates! If you’re looking at getting your loved one something unique this Valentine’s day, we’ve put together our best four gifts for Valentine’s.

1. Star Cushion by Ferm Living – made of 100% organic cotton.

2. Peacocks Print by Kristina Krogh – this print has gorgeous detail and has been signed and number. It is a limited edition print with only 200 available world wide!

3. Tint Throw Blanket by Normann Copenhagen – curl up with your Valentine this year in this blanket made of 100% New Zealand wool.

4. Nocto Candlestick Holder by Normann Copenhagen – not only is this beautiful candlestick unique, but it is also great modern design on the classic chamberstick.

Have a very happy Valentine’s!

Green & Floral Nordic Trend

This year we will see lots of green and floral being used in prints and fabrics as well as plants throughout the home. I came across this gorgeous Nordic home of blogger Marthe Holien. She’s done a fabulous job styling this room. I’m in love with the mint pillow and throws, doesn’t it look like the perfect place to curl up and read a book? For a similar color of throw check out the Normann Copenhagen Tint blanket, made of 100% New Zealand wool, and the pillow selection by Ferm Living.

Photo source: http://marsipanogsmilefjes.blogspot.hk/

Fragrant Flowers for your Home

It’s always nice walking into a room and being hit with the fragrance of fresh flowers. Here is a list of five flowers you can find at your local florist, to make your home smell fresh!
1. Roses – A classic, pick darker colored roses for a stronger scent.

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2. Stocks – Such a pretty flower, it has a scent of clove’s, beautiful and inexpensive.

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3. Gardenia – Similar to the scent of Jasmine, this gorgeous flower represents love, harmony and grace, perfect for any home.

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4. Boronia – This lovely pink flower produces a sweet-woody odor, and is used in many perfumes.

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5. Lillies – strongest when they bloom and have been open for 24 hours, lilies not only look beautiful but will fill your home with it’s fabulous scent as well.

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Photo source: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/346355027563090876/ – Boronia
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/562387072191072887/ – Lillies
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/448178600391763395/ – Gardenia
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/506936501775956515/ – stock
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/424112489882903547/ – roses

Scotland…The land of Haggis and Kilts

I grew up in the far north of Scotland, surrounded by cows and sheep, before moving to Canada when I was nine! It was a lovely spot to grow up in and I have some great childhood memories, but it wasn’t until I grew older that I really start to appreciate the beauty of my home country. As I still have lots of family in Scotland, I often go home to visit and here are a few things I recommend trying when you’re in Scotland.
Try haggis with tatties (Scottish for potatoes) and neeps (turnips). It’s actually really good. The Last Drop pub http://www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/thelastdropgrassmarketedinburgh/ is said to have the best haggis in Edinburgh.
The Old Pulteney Distillery in Wick is my favorite distillery to visit, not only because it’s in my local area, but they have recently renovated this space and it looks fabulous. The tour is really informative, the whiskey is good and it’s off the beaten path with fewer tourists than other distilleries. http://www.oldpulteney.com/

Golf, I find this a great but very frustrating game! There are lots of famous courses throughout Scotland, and some fantastic courses still under the radar. They’re all great; you’ll be surrounded by history and amazing scenery. Here is a list of the 18 best courses in Scotland http://www.golf.com/special-features/18-best-courses-scotland.
If you can catch a Highland Games, do it! A fun filled day with pipes and drums, dancing, caber tossing, and more. The Cowal gathering brings out the best of the best in world class athletes and musicians. http://www.cowalgathering.com/

Edinburgh Castle is must see, as well as the rest of the city of Edinburgh. On my wish list is going to the Edinburgh Tattoo, all reports always say it’s amazing!
http://www.edintattoo.co.uk/the-experience/edinburgh-castle/
Visit Orkney, this little island has lots to see and do such as Skara Brea http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/skarabrae/ and the Stone Age Ruins http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/08/neolithic-orkney/smith-text. I always love taking the ferry over from either Thurso or John O’Groats (Lands’ End) http://www.visitjohnogroats.com/.

A walk along the beach…there are hundreds of stunning beaches in Scotland, my favorite is Dunnet Beach in the far north. Here is a link showing some of the others, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. http://www.scotland.org.uk/guide/beaches

Five Easy to Grow Herbs

Try your hand at gardening this spring, by planting these five easy to grow herbs in a container this spring!

Basil

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• Sow seeds 0.5 inches deep and cover lightly with soil.
• Basil is a tropical plant that likes the heat; it does not take kindly to the cold. It thrives in warm temperatures, a minimum temperature of 20 degree Celsius range is necessary. If you are growing basil in the winter, ensure it isn’t too close to a window that has a cold draft or frost build up.
• Place in a south facing windowsill that will get a lot of sun exposure. I usually place my basil in the east facing window for the morning sun and move it to south facing as the sun moves. If you’re going to be out all day, leave it in the south facing window.
• Check soil regularly and give small amounts of water to ensure the soil remains moist. If you overwater this plant it won’t be very forgiving.
• Fresh basil will make for a fabulous culinary explosion to your food. Basil is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, iron, potassium and calcium.
• Basil will be ready to enjoy in 60-90 days from seed. When the plant reaches 6″ tall you must pinch it to ensure that it continues to grow.

Parsley

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• Sow seeds 0.5 inches deep and cover lightly with soil.
• The best temperature to grow this plant is low 20 degree Celsius range. If growing parsley in the winter, ensure it isn’t too close to a window that has a cold draft or frost build up.
• Ensure that this plant gets 6-8 hours of sunlight a day so a south facing window is best.
• Keep the soil moist, it’s important to ensure that it doesn’t get to dry during the germination period as you don’t want the seeds to dry out.
• Parsley is rich in vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin K. Another interesting fact about parsley, if you suffer from hair loss rub some of the essential oil from this plant on your scalp, it will help prevent hair loss in the future.
• Ready to eat in 60-90 days from seed.
• This plant has a long root system and does not transplant well. By planting in a container you can leave it in will save you a lot of headache down the road.

Dill

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• Sow seeds 0.25 to 0.5 inches deep and cover with soil.
• The best temperature to grow dill is low 20 degree Celsius range. If growing dill in the winter, ensure it isn’t too close to a window that has a cold draft or frost build up.
• Like other Mediterranean plants, dill loves the sun and needs about 6 hours of sunlight a day.
• When watering wait for soil to dry before watering again.
• Dill has been known to help people with insomnia get a better night’s sleep.
• Ready to enjoy in 60-90 days from seed.
• Great herb for beginners to start with.

Mint

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• Sprinkle a tiny bit of soil over these seeds.
• The best temperature to grow mint is low 20 degree Celsius range. If growing mint in the winter, ensure it isn’t too close to a window that has a cold draft or frost build up.
• This plant thrives best when it has lots of morning sun followed by afternoon shade; I recommend an east facing window sill.
• Make sure the soil remains moist.
• Mint can be used to relieve a headache or upset stomach. Mint tea is also great for the digestive track.
• Ready to enjoy after 60-90 days from seed.
• To extend the harvest life of your mint plant, pinch (remove) the flowers are they start to appear. If planting more than one herb in a container, think about leaving this one out as it grows like a weed and is known for overtaking and killing other plants.

Sage

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• Sow seeds 0.5 inches deep and cover lightly with soil.
• The best temperature to grow mint is low 20 degree Celsius range. If growing sage in the winter, ensure it isn’t too close to a window that has a cold draft or frost build up.
• Sage like most plants needs full sun to thrive.
• Keep soil moist during germination. Once the plant starts to grow into maturity only water soil when it is dry to the touch.
• Enjoy the antiseptic and antibiotic properties of sage oil.
• Ready after 60-90 days from seed.
• When starting sage from seed, you will need to have some patience as it can take a few weeks to germinate.

11 Must Have Items in your Travel Pack

1. Melatonin, unlike other sleep aids such as gravel, melatonin is a natural supplement that doesn’t leave you feel groggy when you wake, which is prefect for jetlag. I prefer the ones with B vitamins in them to give you more of a boost when you wake up.

2. Socks, sometimes when traveling in the summer you aren’t wearing socks when you board the plane, however it can be really chilly onboard, so by popping on your socks you can get more conformable and get more rest.

3. Sleeping mask and ear plugs, to keep out any light and sound in to the cabin.

4. Phone charger, many planes now a days have USB plugins with the entertainment system, ensure you phone is fully charged before you land, you don’t want to get lost and have no battery power left on your phone!

5. Travel Adapter plug, don’t forget this one! If you’re traveling abroad you will surely need this to charge your phone and other electronics devices.

6. Ibuprofen, always a must have, the reasons are endless.

7. Vitamin C sachets, it’s always important to stay healthy when travelling, and planes are full of germs, best to keep these on hand to keep your immune system high.

8. Hand lotion, it’s never fun having dry skin.

9. Lip balm, one again it’s not fun having cracked lips, and let’s face it, it’s not too attractive either.

10. A pen, to fill in any immigration or landing forms.

11. Glasses case, often times you might wear your glasses to the airport but put in contacts once you’ve landed.

Home of Photographer and Stylist Elisabeth Heier

Elisabeth Heier is a talented Norwegian stylist and photographer, with an exceptional eye for detail. Her work can be seen throughout the web and in print. Her style is simple and elegant as seen through the images of her home here. It’s so light and airy, I love the white and black used throughout. The flooring in the bathroom is fabulous, and all the light fixtures, as well as the floral scattered throughout. Simply bliss! For more on Elisabeth read this lovely interview with her by Anu and Decordots here.

Source: http://decordots.com/2014/05/28/at-home-with-elisabeth-heier/

Marble Inspiration

Marble has been around for years and having worked in upscale interior design projects where marble was often a choice for flooring, walls, reception desks, and more, it was no surprise to me when I saw this timeless material begin to pop up in homes more and more toward to the end of last year. If you’re looking at installing marble into your home here are a few pictures for inspiration. However, if you love the look but don’t want to spend that much to install real marble here are a few ways you can still bring the marble texture into your home in a simple and elegant way. Get the look with marble wall paper by Ferm Living, it looks like marble, you can contact us foe detailing ideas when for installation. The marble accented cushions from Ferm Living are made of 100% organic cotton and do wonders to brighten any couch, chair or bed.

http://www.studiomama.com/grade-ii-listed-apartment-renovation-in-stockholm – bathroom (gold)
http://adorable-home.com/decoration/marble-accents-latest-trend-in-interior-design-11526/ – other pictures

http://emmas.blogg.se/ – pink pastel

Styled by Tinna Hellberg marble inspiration photo by ferm http://gosto-design.blogspot.hk/2013/02/trend-marble.html