Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Indoors garden in an old carpentry

 This home in Sweden is a 300 m2 old carpentry that was renovated and is now for sale here.
Simplicity, bright spaces, black and white details, and green plants, are quite common when we are talking about interiors styling in Scandinavia. 
But this home takes the idea of an indoors garden to a whole new level. 

There are plants everywhere! 
I find it fascinating because I really love home plants but, unfortunately, I can't keep them alive for long enough to make it worth having them (except for the occasional bouquet).
Also, notice how the same tones can be found inside the home and outside in the garden. 
Styling: Sofia Odier

Monday, 26 May 2014

Chalkboard Birthday Cake

Let's start this week with cake.
How awesome is this chalkboard cake? 
You can even write on it with chalk candy!
It would look so damn cute at a vintage themed party.
And... seriously... a black and white cake! What's there not to love?

I found these photos on A subtle Revelry blog, follow the link to see how to make it (doesn't look overly complicated), both the chalkboard cake and the candy chalks.
Produced and photographed by Athena Plichta 
under the creative direction of Victoria Hudgins for A Subtle Revelry.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Beautifully Styled Apartment in Berlin

Another apartment beautifully styled for Fantastic Frank!
This time the stylist was the talented designer Sarah van Peteghem from Coco Lapine Design blog.

Clean lines and simple elements in a spacious and bright 'old canvas' give this apartment a cosy but light atmosphere. And the predominance of black,white and neutral tones makes it look very Scandinavian, even though it's located in Berlin (of course the use of so many Scandinavian design products also helps with that). 

If you are curious about some of the furniture or other products used in the styling of this apartment (like the leather straps in the workspace, designed by Mathilda Clahr) go check out Sarah's post here.
styling by Sarah van Peteghem
photos 1 | 2 | 3 | 5 | 8 by Magnus Pettersson via Fantastic Frank 
photos 4 | 6 | 7 by Sarah van Peteghem via Coco Lapine Design

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Milk Buns | Recipe

Today I'm very excited to share with you my latest culinary obsession - my little 'milk' buns (something like pain-au-lait in french, or pão-de-leite in portuguese). 
Now, making bread at home may sound like to much trouble when you can just go to the shop and get some...but trust me, these are no trouble at all and they're so, so worth it! 

The recipe is really simple and fairly quick, they taste great (especially with just butter, right out of the oven...hmmmm) and, as a bonus, your home will smell like a bakery! 

for 9 buns:
1 egg
50g butter (2 Tb spoons)
1,25dl water (1/3 cup)
1,25dl milk (1/3 cup)
25g yeast (fresh yeast)
60g sugar (5 table spoons)
500g flour (4 ½ cups)
pinch of salt
(optional: one egg yolk and sugar for the topping)

Start by dissolving the yeast in lukewarm water (about 30.C). I use water from the tap, it's perfectly fine. Then add the milk, also warm. Let that rest while you measure the other ingredients, so the yeast starts activating.

Put everything in a big bowl, including the liquids with the yeast, but leave about 1/3 of the flour out. The butter should be at room temperature (or 20 sec in the microwave if you, like me, always forget to take it out of the fridge in time). 
Mix the dough very well using the spiral attachment on your electric mixer (the one on the photo above). Add the remaining flour and mix all very well again. 

Cover the bowl with kitchen plastic film, or a clean plastic bag and a rubber band, and place it in a warm place. I normally place it next to the radiator, covered with a tea towel. Let it rest for about 30min to 1 hour. The dough should rise a lot and get full of air inside (looks kind of like an alien nest, but that's all right).

Shape the buns and place them on an oven tray covered with parchment paper. I roll them in a bit of flour to help shaping them. And they don't need to be very big, I normally make 9. Let them rest there for 30 more min. They will grow a bit more and look really pretty. 

Before putting the buns in a pre-heated oven at 225.C, you can get a nice finishing touch by brushing some egg yolk on top and then sprinkling it with sugar. I normally make half like this (because it reminds me of the buns I had when I was a child) and the other half just plain.

Bakes for 12 to 15 minutes depending on the oven.

photography by | life as a moodboard |

Pretty simple right? 
As always, if you give it a try I'd love to hear about it.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

White Kitchen in the Netherlands

A peaceful, relaxed and white kitchen in a Home in Delft.
Love the fresh atmosphere and the bench under the window.

The wooden stool and the leather handles are designed by Nathalie and Tessa from Nu interieur|ontwerp, who were also responsible by the interior design of the entire home. For more images go here or here (the living room, all in white, grey and black, is also worth seeing).

spotted in: Nordic Days blog

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Norwegian home in tones of grey

This home in Norway belongs to the owners of the fashion an interior webshop Bolina.

Grey tones and a quiet atmosphere are a constant presence in all rooms, but they are complemented with some colourful and whimsical details. 
(I just love the wall gallery in the first photo!) 
It's interesting to notice the contrast of simple and contemporary design pieces and home-made art or vintage findings. And it's also very beautiful the use of wood, concrete and marble in all those different ways.

If you want to see more go here.

photography: Birgitta W. Drejer/Sisters Agency
via: BoligLiv

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