Pick of the Pads: Northern Exposure

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'Northern Exposure' article in Elle Decoration magazine

Pick of the Pads is back with this stunning, light-filled home.

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It’s featured in the October 2015 edition of Elle Decoration.

Dining room in monochromatic home

The apartment belongs to Swedish fashion photographer, Maria Wretblad and her film photographer husband, Aril – the Northern Exposure title is a reference to its Stockholm location.

Dark painted walls in a monochromatic home

We love the pared back simplicity.

Dark painted walls with pile of books in a corner in a monochromatic home

Subtle, layered shades of white, black, grey and dusty pale pastels provide the backdrop.

Sitting room in a monochromatic home

Carefully selected classic design pieces are dotted throughout the apartment – some beautiful seating and lighting, in particular.

Work desk in a monochromatic home

Wood, textiles and lots of books provide warmth and homeliness; plants, seed-heads and feathers draw nature in.

Glass balloon light on a pile of books on the floor of a monochromatic home

It’s got a lot of impact but, at the same time, is calm and well-balanced – classic Scandi cool!

Pick of the Pads: Ski-lodge Luxe

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'Ski-lodge Luxe' feature from the December 2014 edition of Elle Decoration Magazine

For this month’s Pick of the Pads we’ve chosen this wonderful Alpine ski-lodge in Northern Italy owned by Laura & Maurizio Gasparini.

Cover of the December 2014 edition of Elle Decoration Magazine

It’s featured in the December 2014 edition of Elle Decoration magazine.

'Ski-lodge Luxe' living room sofas

This is no pine-clad monstrosity of floor to ceiling, orange stained tongue & groove. There’s no mistaking this chalet for a giant sauna!

'Ski-lodge Luxe' dark colours

There is lots of wood, but it’s this glorious backdrop of boards reclaimed from old barns. They have the subtle colour & texture variation produced by weathering & oxidisation. It’s not overbearing in any way.

collection of antlers above a bed

The silvery wood is complemented with furnishings in a cool palette of greys & creams.

bunk beds with cushions and furs

In fact, there are no bold flashes of colour at all… but it all works together so well.

'Ski-lodge Luxe' living room sofa

Natural light streams in through the huge windows and there’s the glint of metallics dotted around.

'Ski-lodge Luxe' decorative pieces

It’s quite pared back, but there’s interest everywhere – textiles, luxurious furs and collections of found objects. The spaces are so atmospheric.

'Ski-lodge Luxe' galley kitchen

What a wonderful place to relax after a day on the slopes!

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Pick of the Pads: Simply Beautiful

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Elle Decoration February 2014 magazine cover with pair of glasses

We’ve turned to the February 2014 edition of Elle Decoration for this month’s Pick of the Pads.

'Simply Beautiful' article from the February 2014 edition of Elle Decoration magazine

This wonderful loft apartment is situated in the Norwegian city of Stavanger and is the home of Mariken Steen and her partner Stian Einar Forgaard.

table and chairs in 'Simply Beautiful' article from the February 2014 edition of Elle Decoration magazine

Mariken is an illustrator & Stian a film director, so as they put it, “are exposed to a lot of visual stimulation” in their work lives. Their home is a retreat from this – calmness, simplicity & functionality are the words that spring to mind.

seating in 'Simply Beautiful' article from the February 2014 edition of Elle Decoration magazine

The interior is essential for their mental well being – an uncluttered house for an uncluttered mind, in effect.

Clothes on a hanging rail in 'Simply Beautiful' article from the February 2014 edition of Elle Decoration magazine

The apartment is decorated quite sparsely, but certainly doesn’t lack interest. In fact, the simplicity makes it easier for your eyes to rest on certain views or pieces. A great deal of thought & sourcing has gone into it.

Kitchen in 'Simply Beautiful' article from the February 2014 edition of Elle Decoration magazine

There’s a wonderful mix of vintage, recycled & contemporary pieces – a palette of greys, creams & browns runs throughout.

Bedroom in 'Simply Beautiful' article from the February 2014 edition of Elle Decoration magazine

The space is full of natural light & materials, much of it provided by the structure of the building which the owners stripped right back during their renovations. Rooms are softened by textiles & candlelight.

Doorways in 'Simply Beautiful' article from the February 2014 edition of Elle Decoration magazine

Interiors perfection – Simply Beautiful – we love it!

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Pick of the Pads: Swedish farmhouse

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Elle Decoration Country issue one cover

This month’s pick of the Pads is taken from the launch issue of Elle Decoration Country.

title page of the 'Artistic Idyll' feature from the launch issue of Elle Decoration Country

This featured house is a beautiful converted Swedish farmhouse next to the sea – no wonder it’s referred to as an ‘idyll’!

page from the 'Artistic Idyll' feature from the launch issue of Elle Decoration Country

Owners Maria and Sam, respectively a textile designer and an artist, spend the summer months decamped here from Stockholm for 6 months of the year.

page from the 'Artistic Idyll' feature showing the home owners from the launch issue of Elle Decoration Country

It’s just about perfect for our taste. All the rooms in the house look so comfortable, cosy and lived in.

page from the 'Artistic Idyll' feature showing the sitting room from the launch issue of Elle Decoration Country

A natural, neutral palette with flashes of a brighter hue.

page from the 'Artistic Idyll' feature showing the hallway from the launch issue of Elle Decoration Country

Anyone who’s seen our house know we love bright colours in a kitchen and this one has got real punch!

page from the 'Artistic Idyll' feature showing the yellow and blue kitchen from the launch issue of Elle Decoration Country

The spaces are full of texture – the furniture, the crockery, decorative objects and fabric of the building itself.

page from the 'Artistic Idyll' feature showing a table and set of chairs from the launch issue of Elle Decoration Country

There are beautiful floors throughout, wide wooden floorboards and lovely, worn stone tiles…

page from the 'Artistic Idyll' feature showing a long shot through to a dinging room from the launch issue of Elle Decoration Country

…covered over here and there with various rugs and mats.

page from the 'Artistic Idyll' feature showing the outdoor patio area from the launch issue of Elle Decoration Country

A simple, unfussy outdoor eating area to take in the views rounds things off perfectly.

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Pick of the Pads: Beetham Tower

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Elle Decoration Magazine cover: September 2013

Welcome to our new blog series entitled ‘Pick of the Pads‘ where we’ll feature homes that attract us, captivate us, bewitch us… sweep us off our feet!

page showing view from Manchester's Beetham Tower in the Elle Decoration September 2013 magazine

This apartment in Manchester’s Beetham Tower does all of that in spades!

page showing living room and kitchen in Ian Sipmson's apartment in Manchester's Beetham Tower featured in the Elle Decoration September 2013 magazine

It’s a huge space, the penthouse duplex, taking up the whole of the 47th & 48th floors of the building. It’s the home of Ian Simpson, Beetham Tower’s architect.

page showing view across Manchester from the Beetham Tower featured in the Elle Decoration September 2013 magazine

As you’d expect from one of this country’s best architects, the apartment is absolutely stunning. There are scores of floor to ceiling windows allowing sunlight to stream through into double height rooms. And being so high up the views stretch right across to the Pennines!

page showing indoor olive grove in Manchester's Beetham Tower in the Elle Decoration September 2013 magazine

It even boasts an indoor swimming pool, terrace and olive grove – the trees had to be installed before the roof went on!

page showing living room area in Ian Sipmson's apartment in Manchester's Beetham Tower featured in the Elle Decoration September 2013 magazine

And of course it’s furnished with beautiful mid century modern furniture, artworks and decorative objects.

page showing the master bedroom in Ian Sipmson's apartment in Manchester's Beetham Tower featured in the Elle Decoration September 2013 magazine

For the full tour and more photos check out the September issue of Elle Decoration.

Update (3 April 2016): Here’s a new interview with the architect, Ian Simpson, in his penthouse apartment.

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