We’re still in Spain and the sky is bright blue. As it’s hot in Spain, it’s nice to come back inside to a cool house. The town house my parents are renting was renovated last year. The entire home has light grey floor tiles, white walls and a neutral colours.  At first they only rented the town house for a few months, but now they have a long term contract, so it’s important to make the house feel like their home for the next few years.

They asked me what their home was lacking. It took me a little while, but I realised it was lacking the feel of a home. It felt more like a holiday home. We bought some neutral leather rugs in Malaga and it’s really changed  the space. The downstairs area is all open plan and felt a bit cold. With the leather rugs (a large one for the dining area and a smaller one for the living area) it now has more of a home like feel to it. Next on the list is to hang up some photos on the walls and buy some green plants.

leather rug and cos magazine

nordic living room cast iron teapot

nordic living room cast iron teapot

The bathrooms have light grey tiles and marble shelves. I found the teacup at Søstrene Grene. It’s perfect for toothbrushes too.

grey bathroom black toothbrush

We’ve really enjoyed our stay in Spain and I’ve lost count of all the sandcastles Magnus has built. On Tuesday it’s back to school again. I like the feeling of a good break as I always feel motivated and ready to get back to work again.. x

 

I’ve always liked buying little things when I go on holiday. Here’s my nice new Japanese cast iron teapot. I picked it up at a teashop the other day with some loose Chinese tea. Now I’m looking for some tea cups to go with my teapot.

cast iron teapot

I found this fun black and white postcard in a typical tourist shop. It was less than a Euro and I’ve hung it over my temporary bed here in Spain. The all white space was instantly changed and got a bit more attitude.

spanish black and white postcard

 Have a nice new week! x

If you read the Eclectic Trends newsletter you will have read that the green plant trend has gone from a micro trend to a macro trend. I couldn’t agree more I feel like half of my pins and photos include green plants these days. The last newletter was written by Urban Jungle Bloggers Judith and Igor.

In these photos we’ll even see plants in the bathroom. This isn’t any old bathroom, but a very trendy one designed by Australian Hearth. In fact, it isn’t just a bathroom, but also a laundry room. I love those black taps, patterned tiles and of course all the green plants! Not to mention major space envy!

Hearth_ParkvilleAve_green_plants_bathroom

Hearth_ParkvilleAve_green_plants_bathroom

Hearth_ParkvilleAve_green_plants_bathroom

Hearth_ParkvilleAve_green_plants_bathroom

all photos by Hearth

More green plant inspiration here.

black white and gold kitchen

black white and gold kitchen

Photography by Brooke Holm and styling by Marsha Golemac

I think this kitchen looks amazing. White, black, gold and wood, along with the marble makes it look very luxurious. I think the correct amount of gold has been added, any more and it would have been too much.

I’m visiting my parents in Spain at the moment and have picked up a set of gold cutlery and a black cast iron teapot (like the one in the photo). As we’re still renting, it’ll have to be details for me. Are you ready for gold kitchen units or would you go for details?

If you’re looking for more kitchen inspiration click here.

In fact, I’m not just dreaming of a mature garden, I’m dreaming of a garden full stop! It would be fantastic to have some outside space in the summer. What I miss the most from our home in France is the garden. I love eating outside and we used to do that 3 times a day in France. That and go outside for a coffee break. I miss that! Then again, in Scotland we don’t have the same weather of course.

I was searching for garden ideas for a friend and came across this cute garden on homify the other day.  I think this is a lovely solution for a small garden. The garden is nice and mature and I think the contemporary pergola in grey looks great. The view from the kitchen’s bi-folding doors makes the garden feel like it’s a part of the home. This would be my ideal way to live. To be able to open the doors and go out to the garden, even if it only is for a 10 minute break..

Contemporary pergola on homify

Contemporary pergola on homify

For a home with bi-folding doors it’s important that the garden looks nice all year round. It therefore makes a huge difference which plants you have in your garden. I’m a great believer in asking when I buy plants, as a gardener is normally very keen to suggest what’s best for you.

mature garden with grey pergola on homify

Contemporary pergola on homify

photo by Fenton Roberts Garden Design  / homify.co.uk