Pia Wallen at Story North....

★ The amazing cross blanket - I now have one gracing my sofa ;)
★ Okay this is on my wish list...this stunning raw leather shopper....
★ This very yummy multi layer birch tray...
★ The simple and beautiful bible notebook...

....and remember your lovenordic 10% discount code LN10

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Light bulb moment, New year's eve inspiration

So, New Years Eve tomorrow. Yaaay! I am heading off to see a great friend in the countryside which I'm so looking forward to. Are you having people over? If so, how about these festive ideas with lighting or stars. Simple but beautiful. The perfect way to bring in 2012....
Picture: Wikstein studio

Picture: Varpunen. Lights: Granit
The setting in the picture above was created by the wonderfully clever Norwegian blogger, Heidi, at FruFly. Visit FruFly for more inspiration for your New Years Eve table!

Thank you so much for reading my blog in 2011, you've made me super happy! I'll be back with a beautiful home to show you on 2nd January. Happy New year!

Bath time!

With all the frenzied christmas shopping, decorating, baking etc behind us what we all need now is a little R & R (relaxation & recuperation) before the new year. And, seriously, I'm voting for one of these baths with a roaring fire to keep me cosy.

Picture: Nu by Staff  Woman

Picture: Via Brown Dress with White Dots

Picture: Via From Moon to Moon
 Tomorrow I'll be back with a little inspiration for New Years Eve! Have a lovely day!

Oh Deery me!

Hejsan, hejsan! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas? I went home to London with my little family. We stayed near a park with lots of beautiful deer which inspired me for this post. No home would be complete this winter without a deer. I love these 'ideers'. Deery deery me, just lovely! Ok enough...(to many crackers?!).


In my house


Via Utop-ian (Pinterest)
I think a friendly faux deer will definitely be a new addition to my home this winter. Any tips on great places to hang him/her?

Oh and don't forget to enter the competition to win a wonderful picky pic picture for your children's room. You have several more days to enter here and it's sooo quick and easy- how about the deer one?!

Back in a little. Kram!

Bonin Architects Hires Architectural Designer / Landscape Architect

NEW LONDON, NH – The architectural firm of Bonin Architects & Associates, PLLC, New London is pleased to announce the hiring of Architectural Designer / Landscape Architect Gregory Rusnica, of Newbury, New Hampshire.

Greg graduated sum cum laude from the University of Rhode Island with his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 2005.  After graduating, he joined a Rhode Island architectural firm where he worked on residential design projects, the I-195 relocation project, urban planning, transportation planning, and streetscape, park and waterfront design.  Greg has also worked on many Lake Sunapee properties relating to wetland planning and permitting in compliance with the Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act.

Greg has a well rounded knowledge of architectural and landscape science and practice and takes a sustainable design approach to every project. He is comfortable working independently and with the team in every phase of design and construction.

Greg lives in Newbury with his girlfriend, Pam, and his German shorthaired pointer, Wellington.  He is an avid snowboarder and also likes hiking, kayaking, gardening, and cooking. He enjoys New England history and following the progress on environmental protection and preservation.

About Bonin Architects & Associates, PLLC:
Bonin Architects & Associates creates innovative, energy efficient home designs and specializes in green, energy efficient homes incorporating recycled and energy efficient building materials and sustainable (green) energy practices.  Construction Administration is offered as a separate service and includes working with clients to determine budget requirements, material choices and product specifications for quotes, and working with the contractor throughout the construction process.


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Merry Christmas!

I hope you have a wonderful, toasty, Christmas!

Picture: Via Castles, Crowns and Cottages

I'll be back with a post on 28th December so pop by and say hi!

PS Don't forget, to enter the competition to win a Pick pic picture. You can enter until 31st December here!

Christmas hugs! 

AMAZING portfolio.

Hannah Lemholt - her blog is pretty beautiful too :)

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Win a fab Swedish Picky pic picture for your wall!

The incredibly creative and generous girls at Picky pic have offered one lovely reader a picture from their exciting Picky pic children's picture collection. See below for simple instructions on how to enter.

To enter simply:
- Hop over to the Picky pic website and take a look through the picture collection (for non-swedes click here, here and here to see the picture collection).
- Leave a comment below telling us which picture you would most like to win and why!
- Enter by midnight (GMT+1) 31st December 2011
- Make sure you leave a way for us to contact you (e-mail, Facebook or Twitter)
- I'll announce the winner here on My Scandinavian Home on Tuesday, 3rd January!

Good luck!

PS Competition sponsored by Picky pic
-  T The frame is not included, but the RIBBA frame from IKEA fits the picture perfectly as shown in the pictures above.

Wintery Christmas detail

Brrrr! Picture: via Mud Puddle
This afternoon I love these 'wintery Christmas home' images . Simple yet beautiful. 
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Les Fifoles

Pictures: Lokal 54
Hey...who ate that Christmas tree?!

Tomorrow I'll be launching an exciting Christmas competition for all my lovely readers. Pop by to find out more and enter (after all everyone needs something new for the home to bring in the new year!).


Black and white home with a touch of vintage

How are you today? A quick breather from Christmas with this Houston home by interior designer Chris Nguyen. Clean lines, lovely use of monochrome and dark wood with vintage. I like it! I have my eye on the clock and the stool....

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All pictures: Interior design by Chris Nguyen Analog Dialog via 79 ideas.
In the two last pics is a throw over the bed which I recognise as I have it too - it's from IKEA! I'm not sure if they still sell it but it's worth checking out as it fits in well everywhere in the house.

Psst! I have an exciting Christmas competition coming up, so check back for details and to see if you can win yourself a little pressie for the new year!

Merry Christmas from my home to yours

CNN Money Reports Home Building Spikes Higher

CNN reports this morning that home building has spiked to its strongest level in almost two years.  Contributing factors are record-low mortgage rates and a surge in construction of apartments and condominiums.

Housing starts shot up to an annual rate of 685,000 in the month, up 9.3% from October and 24.3% higher than a year earlier. Building activity easily topped predictions of 627,000 starts economists surveyed by Briefing.com were expecting.

Building permits, a closely-watched reading that is less affected by weather than actual starts, also shot up, rising 5.7% from October and 20.7% from the year before to 681,000 homes annually.

"By historical standards, homebuilding activity is still very depressed, but at least it appears to be on an established upward trend," said Paul Diggle, property economist at Capital Economics.

Read the full article here.

New Hampshire home building activity has increased, too, as Bonin Architects & Associates have noticed in the Lake Sunapee area.  Many homeowners are getting a head start on the spring building season by starting the home design of their cottage remodel and cabins with Bonin Architects over the winter months. 

Exciting new interior shop / online shop in Stockholm

Hejsan hejsan! Swedish interior stylist and blogger Lotta Agaton is opening a really exciting interior shop in Stockholm. The interior shop will only be open on Thursdays but there'll be an online store too. Great news for everyone and one more reason to visit Stockholm. Just make it a Thursday!

Pictures: Lotta Agaton. Photographer: Pia Ullin via Anna G

Tuesday DIY: Neon Christmas decorations

With the winter stolsis only two days away, it's soooo dark here in Sweden. And there's nothing like neon themed Christmas decorations to brighten things up. If you click through to Sania Pell and Purl Bee you'll find some great instructions on how to make some of these fab neon decoations yourself (if you still have the time!). Happy DIY!

Picture: Apartment Therapy

Picture and buy: Etsy

Picture: Miluccia

Picture and DIY project: The Purl Bee 
Picture and DIY project: Sania Pell
Picture and DIY project: Sania Pell
Illuminate me here - are you a 'neon forever' type? Or is it more something you'd love to see....in someone elses home?!


Inspiration for edible gifts from Bo Bedre Norway
Find more here


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Pretty Christmas decorating with winter branches

It really is cold here this afternoon. BRRR! I think that's why I was drawn to these lovely white Christmas images. I love the branches with presents, 'pepparkaka' (ginger biscuits), fairy lights. stars and baubles. So pretty! My little three year old made a ginger biscuit house this year.  I really love it, it's all hickeldy pickeldy! 

Via Bohemian Sense
The beautiful sitting room of blogger at Anna Leenas Hem

Via Bohemian Sense 

Psssst! If you would like to make a ginger biscuit house but don't have the time to make it from scratch you can pick up a kit from IKEA!  You can also pick up pretty heart ginger biscuits to decorate with white icing. Perfect cheat!
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