Nordic design in nature – Swedish Lake House

This amazing lake house by John Robert Nilsson overlooking the Baltic Sea on the Swedish coast is one of my all-time favorite houses.

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Besides the spectacular views, the design incorporates a very thin line between the luxurious interior and the craggy coastline. I completely agree with ChicTip’s Chelsea Latimer that I would be taking more than a few “sick days” if this was my cottage!

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If you missed yesterday’s Nordic design in nature, check it out here.

Source: ChicTip’s

Nordic design in nature – Reindeer Pavilion

This week we will be sharing what we feel are the five best examples of Nordic design in nature!

This is the stunning Norwegian Wild Reindeer Center Pavilion located on the outskirts of Dovrefjell National Park about 2 ½ hour drive north of Lillehammer, Norway, the 1994 Winter Olympics host city. The access to this 1000ft2 observation pavilion is a spectacular 1.5km hiking trail. The design is absolutely breathtaking with the wood and the glass perfectly offset elements in this beautiful but harsh landscape.

Stay tuned for tomorrows design, it’s a beauty!

Source: http://snohetta.com/project/2-tverrfjellhytta-norwegian-wild-reindeer-pavilion

Four Easy to Grow Indoor Tress

In the spirit of Arbor Day, here is our list of four easy to grow indoor trees! 

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1. Money Tree – photo credit: Apartment Therapy

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2. Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree – the stunning big leaves make for a beautiful addition in any room. Photo credit: Apartment Therapy

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3. Rubber Tree – the deep green leaves are gorgeous. Photo credit: Better Homes and Gardens

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4. Lemon Tree – it’s always nice to think, if I keep this alive I’ll have some lemons soon! Photo credit: Pinterest

If you’re looking for some stylish pot covers, the eco-friendly Lagre and Hoop baskets from Sne or the organic storage baskets from Ferm are great choices and look beautiful when combined with leafy greens.

Happy Arbor Day! 

 

In the Press

We’re very honored to be featured in some of North America’s leading publications, design magazines, and blogs.

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Apartment Therapy
The Marion House Book Blog
(my) unfinished home
Style Redefine Magazine
Embark Magazine
Western Living Magazine
Nordic Design
Anthology Magazine

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Hong Kong

Often referred to as the concrete jungle, Hong Kong is Asia’s contemporary business and lifestyle capital. Having lived here for almost four years I’ve compiled a list of must see places for visitors.

1. For delicious dim sum check out Tim Ho Wan in IFC mall, you can always get takeaway and eat it at Red, the roof top garden at IFC and enjoy the view across Victoria Harbor. Red looks like a restaurant but is actually a public seating area, you can also bring your own drinks if you’d like!

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2. If you have a clear day The Peak is a slight to see, stunning views of the bustling city below. If you don’t want to be around crowds of tourists avoid taking the tram and the mall which is located at The Peak. You can take cab from Central for around $50 HKD that’s about $6 USD.

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3. Check out Ozone bar on the 118th floor of ICC on Kowloon side. Avoid the Sky 100, which costs around $120 HKD, instead you can spend that on a beer and take in the view from an even higher point! The highest bar in Asia, this hip contemporary bar is a great place to relax with a beer and look at the harbor below with stunning views of Hong Kong Island.

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4. Big Buddha on Lantau Island, you will really say ‘wow, that’s a big Buddha!’ A beautiful and relaxing atmosphere you can also check out the monasteries and feral cattle Lantau island is famous for. While you’re on Lantau you can enjoy the afternoon at Cheung Sha beach, where you can surf, stand up paddle or just take in the scenery. The best way to get from Central to Lantau Island is the Mui Wo ferry, avoid the slow ferry in the summer as the heat makes it a little unbearable. If you choose to take the cable car up to the Buddha you have to go to Tung Chung on the MTR, on public holidays and nice days it’s extremely busy.

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5. Hong Kong boasts a fabulous number of hikes throughout the city. One that’s sure to make good memories is the MacLehose Trail to the World War II tunnels. Take the MTR to Sham Shui Po station and leave at Exit D2, head straight ahead up Gweilin Street to Tai Po Road. Take any bus 72, 81, 86B and exit when you see the footbridge. Beware of the monkeys at the start of the hike and are a little more relaxed on a hot summers day. These war tunnels were built by the British during World War II, be sure to bring a flashlight if you want to go in and explore. The hike then continues on and ends at Tai Po Road.

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6. Mong Kok is a must see, try stopping into a local restaurant and try some noodles and beer before heading through the markets. Mong Kok means busy corner in Cantonese, and has been said to be the busiest corner in the world.

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Hope you enjoy your tour through Hong Kong. For more information check out the Discover Hong Kong website http://www.discoverhongkong.com/ca/index.jsp

History of Hans J Wegner

As one of the founders in shaping what is now known as Scandinavian design, Hans J Wegner crafted spectacular, purposeful pieces that set a new design era in motion. Wegner studied at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, then known as The Artisan College in Copenhagen. During his remarkable design career, Hans created over 500 chairs and over 100 of which were placed into mass production.

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One of his more notable pieces is the Chinese Chair, first designed in 1944, which was inspired by the traditional Ming chair.

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One of my personal favorites, the Wishbone Chair, also part of the series inspired by the Ming chair, was designed in 1949 and has been produced since 1950, how incredible is that!

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The Shell Chair was designed in 1963, the form and simplicity of this one is beautiful.

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The Easy Chair was designed in 1950, the wide arm rests and district legs make this chair incredibly comfortable, a true classic.

History of Hans J Wegner
With many of these chairs still used frequently in design around the world today, it’s safe to say that Hans J. Wegner was a true pioneer and legend of the design industry, creating beautiful, timeless and practical furniture for all. He exemplifies best what I believe modern Scandinavian design is all about and will continue to inspire me and other interior designs for years to come.

Image from http://bobedre.dk/boliger/helt-enkelt-danish

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