The Danish love of the chaise longue sofas

I have noticed in many of the Danish homes I visit or stay in how there is a love for a sofa with a chaise longue section. When staying in a Danish home (as we are currently whilst waiting for our house to be ready) as soon as I spy this spot I commandeer it as my own. I gather the best cushions and add my cosy blankets and make myself a really hyggeligt corner – a hygge krog if you will. My legs are stretched out, my back comfortably propped up and I am facing the room (and TV when it is on). living-room-1

I am assuming this choice of sofa also has its practical merits from the high hygge quotient  and also the versatile nature of the extra bit of sofa when you have extra people to seat without needing another sofa (great when space is at a premium). We don’t currently need a new sofa unless I do a lot of convincing but when we do I see one such as these beauties with a couple of comfy chairs for the overspill of guests.

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If you too like these kinds of sofas they can be spotted in Ikea (of course), BoConcept (any sofa a Mikkelsen brother has sat on is good for me as long as he comes with it), and IDEMobler

Postscript: Today marks the two year anniversary of my cycle accident, I am still not fixed and it causes me some angst so today I thought I’d think about sofas, hygge and Mads Mikkelsen instead!

 

Nur tray three ways

Wednesday was a wonderful family day celebrating our son’s fifth birthday. After baking almost fifty cakes for his birthday celebration at preschool today I decided rather than the blog post I had planned to write to share one of my favourite new things – my copper Nur tray. It is so versatile and I had a lot of fun playing around with different looks using it. Can you guess which one I settled on?

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A cup for charity at the VIPP store

I loved the VIPP flagship store on Ny Østergade when I visited it as part of the Meet the Blogger masterclass last month and decided I needed to go back to look at the shop and its products a bit more. I saw on Instagram that there were running A cup for charity at a pop-up coffee shop in the store  to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. As well as enjoying a coffee or tea and a cake you get to take home an elegant VIPP mug, plus the proceeds go to charity. IMG_6464

It was a gloriously sunny day when we visited and it was lovely to sit outside the shop enjoying the warmth and a delicious cup of Løv tea with a Strangas cake all in the name of charity. Definitely worth a visit, the pop up coffee shop is open during opening hours Monday to Friday 11.00 am – 6.00 pm (Saturdays 11.00 am – 4.00 pm), until September.
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Girlie Hurly – a place of beauty

Have you ever been in a shop full of such beautiful things and wished that you lived there? Girlie Hurly at Istedgade 99 is just that place for me. Everything is beautifully curated and selected in colour coordinating displays. The shop was the dream of one of the current owners who sat in the cafe opposite, Bang og Jensen, and dreamed of making the empty shop across the street into the beautiful place it is now. That was fifteen years ago and Girlie Hurly is still that beautiful place she dreamed of.girlyhurly

Whilst the top end of Istedgade close to the station is still a grimy area attracting the less pleasant elements of Copenhagen, this street towards the opposite end where Girlie Hurly is located is well worth a visit, with funky cafes, shops and coffee houses but still with the edge that the hipsters of Vesterbro are yet to banish.girlyhurly3If you want something pretty that makes you feel really happy, then take a visit to Girlie Hurly. I am planning to get some wonderful drawer knobs for my newly renovated furniture, to make them that little bit more special.

New apartment wish list – Danish iconic art

I love to have art on my walls and I especially like it when it gives me a sense of place. Moving to our own place means that we can really think about hanging pictures without worrying about filling the holes two years later. Danish design is world renowned and I have selected a few pictures I would like to grace our walls (although not all of them!) from a number of new artists and more famous iconic images.

Which would you chose?main art

Visse Vasse  retro take on well known landmarks, very famous Wonderful Copenhagen poster in home by Viggo Vagnby (more about this here), Kortkartellet maps of Copenhagen neighbourhoods.

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Two iconic images here- Arne Jacobsen chair poster (currently sold out) and Kay Bojesen monkey. Probably a lot less expensive that the actual items but I would love both – picture and real thing.

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Bright art deco style take on Copenhagen houses and all the Danish Lights  I covet in one place. (This is´currently not available but there are some other great posters that are on this website)

 

New apartment wish list – shelving inspiration

I love displaying my things and these ideas are perfect for our new apartment. I am very influenced by the Danish styles of white minimalist shelves and also ones mounted on the walls.

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To see more pictures that inspire me check out my Pinterest boards here and here

Photo credits: photo 1, photo 2, photo 3, photo 4, photo 5, photo 6, photo 7

New apartment wish list – Lights

I think I have mentioned briefly before that we are really happy to be finally getting our own apartment in Copenhagen. No more worrying about filling holes in the walls and we can decide on our own wall colours (although living in Copenhagen is there any colour apart from white for walls?)

In the next few months I am going to be sharing some dream wish lists for the new place which I hope as time (and finances) allow we will have. First up today are lights ….lamps 1 lights 2

Photo sources (first picture) PH lightsCopper lights,Single copper lightGrey lamps Second picture  Standard lampWhite spots, Two bulbs (no source), Flower pot lamp

I will be posting up lots of inspiration on my Pinterest board, I hope to see you there…

Designer Zoo

I love this place on Vesterbrogade. Designer Zoo is a combination of a huge shop with workshops attached. The shop carries the biggest selection of items by individual designers in Copenhagen. There are seven in house designers including ceramicists, jewellers and a furniture maker. Over its 13 year history, Designer Zoo has launched the careers of many well known designers including Anne Black.

If you are looking for the quintessential Danish item and want to catch the next big thing in interiors this is the place for you.CIMG3485designer zoo designer zoo2 designer zoo3

Why I love Danish apartments

I have written before about how the things I thought were strange when we first moved here have become part and parcel of my life. One thing in particular I love is the way Danish apartments are furnished and decorated and I really notice the difference when I am back in the UK but generally I don’t really notice how different things are, until we started to look at apartments to buy here.

There are few things that have really struck me about how Copenhageners live as I look at apartments on the estate agent websites.

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  1. White is really the only colour to paint your walls. When I look at a Danish apartment that isn’t painted white, I speculate that the owners can’t be Danish and I am probably right.
  2. There is probably about 50% less furniture in a Danish apartment than in a similar British home. In the UK if we have a wall we put furniture against it, plus things like coffee tables between.
  3. Hand in hand with the above is there is so much less stuff in a Danish apartment. Minimal clutter, clever storage and simply less. Possibly because buying stuff here is expensive but it seems people are just happy with fewer but better designed objects around them.
  4. I can’t recall ever seeing net curtains and rarely proper curtains in a modern Danish home. It is blinds (in white of course) all the way and sometimes nothing at the windows so you can catch glimpses of the hyggeligt interior.
  5. Carpets are another no-no. Beautiful wooden floors, whether painted or treated, are the norm with strategically placed and carefully chosen rugs.
  6. Tiny bathrooms. Many apartments buildings built in the late 18th Century and early 19th Century in the city would not have had a bathroom inside but outside privies. As demand for a bathroom in the apartment grew, space had to be found for it but with already compact floor space, this room would be functional and small so as not to steal too much important living space. There are bathrooms here that a literally a wet room with a toilet and sink in it with space for only one average size person at a time. And that’s OK.

I really love the Scandi aesthetic and can’t wait to get our own place here. I am busy pinning ideas so if you want to see more beautiful Scandinavian inspired rooms visit my Pinterest boards – living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and kitchens