Travel Diary | Home Decor Edition

Jul 6, 2015

Hello again! We are back from our fabulous European adventure. After two wonderful weeks exploring and walking, tasting and laughing, we have returned and are happily back on Newfoundland soil (there's no place quite like home, even after visiting some very charming places!).

We crammed 5 countries into 2 weeks, starting in Sweden and ending in Belgium. We visited museums, parks, wineries and beaches; ate local food, drank local beers; slept in lovely hotels and not-so-lovely hotels; took a plane some trains and busses; and made many wonderful memories to last a lifetime.
Amsterdam stole my heart!
Of course, being the interior design enthusiast that I am, and more-so, the white and scandinavian decor obsessed person that I am, I just had to scope out some beautiful interiors while we were in Sweden.

This first home belongs to young, DIY inspired friends of ours who live in Gothenburg, Sweden. They were so lovely and had us over to their place for a typical Swedish dinner of herring, salmon, potatoes and salad. Needless to say, it was a delicious meal with great company in a perfect setting. Their apartment is a beautiful mix of DIY and repurposed decor paired with modern and sleek furniture pieces. Over the past few years with the help of their parents, they have been transforming their apartment into a spacious and stylish place to call home. Come on in and take a look!

The first thing I love about this bedroom is the simple and classic plank flooring. Secondly, I love displaying a few items of clothing on this black clothing rack. You might think that it would make the room feel cluttered but it doesn't have that effect at all. And thirdly, how fun is the artwork display above the bed? Simply hang a string using thumbtacks then attach your favourite pieces of art using binder clips or clothes pins. Easy, simple & attractive!

Scandinavian decor doesn't always have to be white (although it always has a lack of clutter!). Case in point, this very unexpected pop of turquoise on the ceiling, which is also mirrored on the top of the shelf above the sofa. There is a great mix of materials and styles in this room - from the glam chandelier to the wooden crates acting as storage - everything feels perfectly in place and comfortable without being matchy or boring.

This apartment is full of functional DIYs, like this unique shelf unit used for displaying books, plants and trinkets.  A few pieces of wood and some concrete paver stones and you've got yourself a one-of-a-kind display piece.

A shot from underneath the chandelier looking up at the turquoise ceiling.  Unfortunately we didn't travel with my best camera so some of the colour and lighting is not quite how I would like.

The living room for another angle.  It was probably around 10pm at this point and it's still extremely bright out! One of the many beautiful features of a Swedish summer. 

This is probably my favourite DIY of the day. Love the cooper, love the bulb! This lamp makes my interior design heart swoon. 

You might be wondering where the TV is - well, most Swedish homes opt for a projector and screen, which I am personally a huge fan of. I am really not a fan of decorating around a TV! The screen fits neatly under a bookshelf in this living room (you can see it in the second photo) and there is no TV to take up space or distract from the decor.  Needless to say, I'll be transitioning to a white screen and projector in the future.

And last but not least, another great DIY to round off this scandinavian inspired home tour. Concrete blocks hold cooper piping in place which then act as candle holders. I would really love to give this project a try!

So there you have it, the first update on our trip and a taste of Swedish decor. I'll be sharing more in the next few weeks plus some general photos of our travels.

We are home just a few days and are actively working on our garden and house. I'm excited to start some new projects over the next few weeks, as well as checking some others off our list!

Hope you're having a great Monday!

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