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Family home in Copenhagen, Easter holidays Scrabble standoff

A superb start to the Easter school holidays, we had friends staying for two nights, very special people – we go back years and years, we don’t meet up as often as we would like but when we do it’s like we have never been apart. One of the reasons why we fell in love with our house when we first saw it was that we can double the numbers and still live comfortably.  Me and husband both have family and friends living far and away and when everyone has multiplied with several kids and dogs, we wanted a house that can store that extra volume, extra chaos, and have a bit of spare capacity for the inevitable game of midnight musical beds (small children ending up in parents’ beds, parents ending up anywhere between living room sofas and dog beds). We hiked en famille to the top of the steep hill overlooking Bigbury Bay, we cooked, we drank wine, we fell asleep on the sofas in front of the fire an hour after the kids had gone to bed, which is about the same time we used to leave the house to go out to bars and clubs back in the day. We sent our friends off on their drive home and finished the Saturday with a Scrabble tournament, and I wiped the floor with my opponents – husband and my 6-year old son. There was a bit of a disagreement regarding whether American English spelling was accepted, but I stood my ground, to ferocious accusations of cheating. I was crowned champion (deservedly). Life is good.

I saw this home featured in Bo Bedre, a house in Copenhagen designed for a family of four,  and thought that this would be great for gatherings. Space for children to run around, space to sit down with a cup of tea and a book safe in the knowledge that you can be together and be on your own at the same time. I love the black kitchen, let’s move away from the all-white interiors, my Nordic brothers and sisters.

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School design in Scandinavia

While we are on the subject of education

This is a nursery school in Fagerborg, near Oslo, design Reiulf Ramstad Architects

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and this is the Tellus nursery school in Stockholm, designed by Tham & Videgard (same guys who did this bad boy)

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and one in Finland, Ajurinmäki nursery by AFKS

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aaaand meanwhile, here in the UK…

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Concrete House in Lagnö, Sweden

Happy Friday! I could not sleep last night for all the BIG PLANS. Here’s today’s house porn, I shall wait while you pick your jaw off the floor…

This concrete wonder is in Lagnö in the Stockholm archipelago, and it is the handiwork of Tham & Videgård Arkitekter who are famous for reinterpreting traditional structures in a way that makes you go slightly weak at the knees. From the road, you see a concrete wall. On the other side facing the sea, a swimming pool and a sprawling partly glass covered veranda, massive floor to ceiling teak windows and a view to the sea. With a rather modest 100 square metres it manages to look discreet and not like a cold war mausoleum. Inside, it’s Artek-tastic. I love it. Can someone get a message to the owners that I would like to be their friend and come and live here? Please?

Featured in Residence magazine, styled by Lotta Agaton.

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Wild reindeer centre, observation pavilion

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*faints*

*composes self*

Dovre, Norway. A place to admire the magnificent Dovrefjell national park and its herd of wild reindeer (humans inside, reindeers outside). Design by snøhetta.

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