Here at Houseology we love nothing more than discovering wonderful new sources of interior design inspiration and, over the next few weeks, we are going to be giving you an insight into some of our favourite design and lifestyle blogs from around the web!
It’s no secret that we adore Scandic design and so we were delighted to chat to the super stylish Niki Brantmark of interior design blog, My Scandinavian Home. From why she began her blog to her personal favourite interior tips, Niki gives us the lowdown on her inspirations and style secrets.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your blog, My Scandinavian Home:
A: My Scandinavian Home is a daily blog featuring ethereal home tours with a Nordic touch. I also love to share the latest Scandinavian design news, as well as hold discussions and fun giveaways.
Q: What made you decide to begin My Scandinavian Home?
A: I moved to Sweden over a decade ago and I was looking for a place to save and share all the wonderful Scandinavian interior inspiration I was encountering. My Scandinavian Home blog was founded four years ago – I can't believe how time has flown!
Q: Where do you think your passion for design comes from?
A: My mother has a great sense of design – my childhood home was filled with antique and vintage finds. As a result, my environment has always been extremely important to me and I love to be surrounded by beautiful things – both indoors and out! When I moved to Sweden, I couldn't believe how much effort people put into creating a lovely home and this took my passion of interior design to a whole new level!
Q: Where do you look for inspiration when you are creating blog posts?
A: My main sources include Pinterest (you could say I'm a little obsessed), Instagram, the portfolios of photographers, architects and interior designers, other fabulous design and homeware blogs and even estate agent websites. Sometimes readers submit photos of their own homes and I occasionally photograph homes myself.
Q: Can you describe your own home?
A: I live in a three-storey townhouse by the sea. I'm a big fan of the monochrome graphical look so our home has a strong black and white colour base, and then traces of colour have been thrown in using cushions, blankets and art. It gets very dark in Sweden in the winter so I've used a lot of white and the floors have been whitewashed too. I love to use candles, fluffy sheepskin rugs and chunky knit blankets all over the place for a cosy touch. By British standards I guess our home is fairly minimal but I don't think a Swede would say it is!
Q: Is your interior style mirrored in other areas of your life?
A: This is such an interesting question, I haven't thought about it before but – absolutely! The way I dress is very fuss-free with lots of black and white pieces, maybe with a touch of colour here and there but overall the look I go for is simple and 'clean'.
Q: Can you give us your top five home styling tips?
- Create a moodboard using Pinterest or magazine cuttings before you get started. This will be really helpful for forming the basis of the look you are going for.
- I try to follow the Scandinavian interior ethos of creating a look that is both functional and beautiful. Following this rule will make your interior more sustainable over time.
- Update the look for each season by introducing new textiles and cushions. You might even want to paint the walls or items of furniture to update the look too.
- I'm a big fan of bringing nature indoors. It's amazing what you can find in your garden, down the road or in the nearby park or countryside throughout the year to use as decoration.
- Don't be afraid to mix and match different styles. A home should be truly personal and filled with treasured items including photos, books you love and items you've picked up over the years – no matter which era or country they're from. These items are what make your house a home!