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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

At Home with Rikke from Rikkes Stil & Scandinavian Chic!

I'm proud to show you the home of SC contributor, Rikke from Rikkes Stil! Her home was featured in Maison's February issue, and I just had to share it with you!

Rikke and her friend Leo in her chic living room. The cow hide is dyed with silver paint splatters.

Rikke is a true representative of Scandinavian Maximalism, and her style is fun, cheerful and confident.

I'm absolutely loving the cobolt blue throw! Not to mention the kakkelovn, which I've talked about previously.

The Marilyns are now gone as is the charcoal paint color, and borth have been replaced with something new, which you'll get a sneak peak of in about a months time.

This credenza is amazing, and was actually an inspiration when I painted mine pink. Love the collection of photograpsh!

Fornasetti wallpaper, vintage origirnal photographs and a dash of zebra, makes the hallway a fabulous entrance to the apartment.

One of Rikkes vintage chair. The fabric is original and in perfect confition! The small bamboo side table is a flea market find.

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Don't forget to visit Rikke's blog here.


All images are courtesy of Maison Interiør, scanned by me

Monday, March 28, 2011

SC in Chile: A Norwegian paradise

Hola! Camilla here! It´s been a while now since I posted on Scandinavian Chic, reason being that we´ve hardly been online since coming to Chile. BUT - now that I finally gotten back online for more than five minutes, I came over an interior article on a famous, very rich Norwegian-Urugayan businessman called Alexander Vik. He's bought up acres and acres of land in the wine region here (Millahue) and plans on creating excellent wines. I think he will. 

He made a dream getaway with the help of architect Smilijan Radic, writes magazine VD El Mercurio.

(Photo: Courtesy of José Luis Rissetti, VD El Mercurio)

I think it looks absolutely fabulous - a touch of Norway in Chile with view towards the Andes. I wished me and hubby could have stayed here, because they're renting it out when they're not there which is most of the time. Check it out: vik.cl.

I mean look at the view! Love it:)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Svalbard 2011 (Warning: Picture Galore)

We arrived at Spitsbergen, Svalbard after a 9 hour flight (it usually takes about 4 hours, where I almost threw up (I never get travel sickness), but on the third attempt, our plane managed to land in a hurricane wind speed.

Who knew that there was a dash of glamour in Longyearbyen?

Locals said it hadn't been used for over a year, and that the owner is desperately trying to sell it ;)

It's true what they say, if you want to navigate outside the city centre (two small streets), you need to carry a rifle because of the 3000 polars bears located on the tiny island group.

On our way to the rented snow mobiles. NOKAS anyone??

The first day of our trip was cancelled because of the horrible weather, but day two was beyond amazing and better than we hoped to wish for. Completely untouched, with the only sign of man was out scooter tracks.

The ocean has an upper layer consisting of slush, and I guess you can say it looks like an ocean of ice cold smoothies :)

Our incredibly cool guides! They showed us around Spitsbergen with a fantastic enthusiasm and an impressive knowledge about almost everything :)

Barentsburg - Russian territory with a very visible nod to communism and Stalin.

Barentsburg is Russion territory, and probably the most exotic part of the trip. The architecture was incredible, but not very well maintained. 

There's been a lot of problems with the building structures, because the ground moves. This house was probably the most noticeable example. Strange, isn't it? The small town is inhabited with workers that used to work at the now closed/empty mines. The're now being really creative with finding new work, and placing a huge glass bowl over the whole town to start growing vegetables and fruits is one of the suggestions.

Radio Isfjord was the destination of our trip, and it's almost right across Spitsbergen from Longyearbyen where our base was. Radio Isfjord is a part of Basecamp Spitsbergen, and is an old radio station, that's been made over to a chic hotel. This is polar bear land, and you're not allowed outside the buildings without an armed guide.

You know I had to show you the interiors! They're by Fargerike's trend expert, Halvor Bakke. He's done a great job with the hotel, and the color palette is fresh and very appropriate for the environment. 

Game table!

There's a library on the second floor with some super comfortable winged chairs.

(click to visit)

The view from Isfjord Radio. I spent quite a lot of time looking relentlessly for polar bears. I didn't see a single one!

Spitsbergen is filled with small, abandoned hunting cottages that you can rent during the summer months (which are supposedly equally fabulous as winter!

Day three of our trip. Yes, it's cold. Freezing cold! Thank god for our layers of wool and fantastic snow mobile suits.

Driving snow mobiles is a LOT of fun, and it brought back good memories from my stay in Idaho when I was 17-18 yrs old.

This glacier was probably the best memory from the trip. The views were amazing, and our Guide, Charlotte (who's lived in Longyearbyen half her life), said this was the most beautiful she'd ever seen it (because of the fantastic weather and no sign of man before us)

Yes, I was cold, but well dressed. 

A "side view" of the glacier. Stunning, and looks almost like marble.

Stunning nature! The least comfortable part of the trip, you didn't really realize how cold it was until you take your gloves off.. Good dry tech food, but ridiculously cold!!

A carved map of Svalbard, where you see Spitsbergen (the island where Longyearbyen and Isfjord Radio is located) to the left.

Basecamp Fangstmannshotellet is another incredible hotel at Svalbard from the Basecamp group. Pretty cool decor, right?? :)

All in all, an AMAZING trip, and I HAVE to go back some day.
If you're up for an adventure, amazing scenery, high speeds, lots of fun AND loads of cool & rustic interiors, Svalbard is without a doubt the place for you.

Have a fabulous Sunday evening!!


Images Courtesy of Espen Stark, Lene Askevold and Dagny Thurmann-Hoelseth

Friday, March 25, 2011

I'm Back!

From one of the most amazing experiences ever! Svalbard was cold, eventful and lots of fun! Right now, I'm working on my magazine deadline, and I'll most likely be able to show you what I've been working on in about three weeks time. 

More pics from Svalbard will be coming your way sooner that you know, and after that, we're back to talking colors, decor and design.

Friday, March 18, 2011

I'm at the North Pole

Or very, very close that is... We juat landet in Longyearbyen, Svalbard a few hours ago, and it actually looks much colder than it is. (it's "only" -10 C / 14 F today, but we're looking at temperatures in the -20C / -4 F region tomorrow)

This is the sight that greeted us when our flight landed (after a 10 hour flight that was supposed to take 2,5 hours from Oslo Airport)

Pretty crazy, isn't it?? I've packed a HUGE suitcase filled to the rim with wool clothes and other superwarm items.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

How To Add Color To Your Home

on Monday, I talked about how to add color to your home over at Chic Modern Vintage. Adding color to your home, can be as simple or complicated as you want. You can start simple, or go all out.

Below, you can see fore easy, and one complicated way to add color to your home. The last and fifth option, is the one that's the most complicated, and you may require some help from a professional. The other ones are easy to achieve.

Colors usually bring life to a home, but they can also make it disharmonious and "noisy".  There's several ways and degrees of adding color, and I'm going to take you through a few of them :)

1. Colorful furniture - neutral background

Jewel toned furniture combined with a completely neutral backgrund, makes the home stylish and contemporary with a touch of Scandinavian Maximalism.

2. Colorful Artwork - neutral furniture

Colorful artwork combined with neutral furniture adds instant interest, and a very "easy to achieve" focal point of the room.

3. Colorful Wallpaper - neutral furniture


We all love Chinoiserie wallpapers, and even though they're wonderfully maximalistic and colorful, they can bring a stunning harmony to a home. Here with Danish mid century pieces.

4. Colorful walls 

There's no solution as simple or cheap as paint. I love the eclectic vibe of this home. Can you imagine how boring it would look with white walls? PS - the dark blue light fixture enhances the color of the wall and makes it even prettier :)

5. All out!

Here we're talking color on all surfaces! This home is moody, eclectic with a very European feel to it


Jewel tones again. Very easy to combine, they almost always look good together.

Good look on adding colors to your home!! :)


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