MY STILL SPACE Thoughts on cre­at­ing a spot to re­treat to when you need to un­wind.

In the Moment - - Contents -

We chat to Niki Brant­mark, au­thor and blog­ger at My Scan­di­na­vian Home, about the spot she re­treats to in her home

when she needs to un­wind.

Look­ing out over the rooftops, you can glimpse the grey-blue of the Öre­sund sea. It’s very peace­ful,” says Niki Brant­mark as she de­scribes her favourite space at home – the top- oor bed­room she shares with her hus­band. Orig­i­nally from the UK, Niki has lived in Malmö for over 10 years, and has em­braced the Swedish way of life, ded­i­cat­ing her blog, My Scan­di­na­vian Home (www.myscan­di­na­vian­home.com), to the in­te­ri­ors of this stylish coun­try.

Niki works from home and says her days are varied, keep­ing busy with any­thing from a pho­to­shoot to work­ing on a book project. She has pub­lished two in­te­ri­ors books – Mod­ern Pas­toral and The Scan­di­na­vian Home (both from Cico Books, priced £19.99) – and is cur­rently work­ing on her third ti­tle, which is about the Swedish phi­los­o­phy of Lagom.

Niki works hard to t ev­ery­thing in be­fore her chil­dren re­turn from school, and says she’s al­ways striv­ing for a healthy work-life bal­ance – some­thing she’s learnt from the Swedes! Get­ting away from work, even for an hour, helps Niki to clear her head. “In the win­ter I’ll go to the gym, and when the warmer weather ar­rives I’ll go for a walk, jog along the beach or meet a friend for a nat­ter,” she ex­plains.

As a mother to three chil­dren, Niki’s fam­ily home can of­ten be hec­tic, not to men­tion noisy! So it’s in her bed­room where she nds a lit­tle peace and quiet. With oor to ceil­ing

win­dows, the spa­cious room is light- lled dur­ing the day, although black­out blinds en­sure a rest­ful night’s sleep. Niki has in­ten­tion­ally kept it clean and clut­ter-free and this, along with the pale grey oor and white walls, helps to bring a higher level of seren­ity. Rus­tic wood, sheep­skins and linen add tex­ture and com­fort. “I love to spend time here read­ing or chat­ting with friends in Eng­land over the phone – and, of course, sleep­ing,” says Niki.

De­spite hav­ing a beau­ti­ful, wicker pea­cock chair by the win­dow, Niki says it’s on her bed where she tends to curl up for read­ing and chat­ting. A cosy moun­tain of pil­lows atop soft, grey linen sheets is where she’s most com­fort­able, although on warmer days she of­ten uses the bal­cony to re­lax and en­joy some fresh air.

Plants and green­ery add a touch of colour to the neu­tral dé­cor. “I feel plants add calm to a space since they con­nect a per­son to na­ture,” says Niki.

“Stud­ies have also found that plants are great for clean­ing the air too.”

Na­ture has also been in­tro­duced in a more ab­stract way, with an art print called ‘Leaf me’ by Dan­ish artist Silke Bonde, whose work is heav­ily in­spired by the out­doors. Niki’s light­ing choices also re­flect her quest for a rest­ful space. The large bam­boo and linen pen­dant emits a soft, ltered light, and its dim­mer switch al­lows Niki to mir­ror her mood. Her bed­side lamp adds an in­dus­trial touch, and pro­vides the per­fect am­bi­ence for a few quiet mo­ments of read­ing.

In­te­ri­ors are hugely im­por­tant to Niki, both in her work and fam­ily life, and she agrees that the aes­thetic of her sur­round­ings re­flects her mood. “I am very a ected by my en­vi­ron­ment and like to keep things fuss-free and calm. It makes a big di er­ence when you start and end your day in a peace­ful space.”

“It makes a big dif­fer­ence when you start and end your day

in a peace­ful space.”

PICK YOUR

PAL­ETTE

Neu­tral hues, nat­u­ral

ma­te­ri­als and soft tex­tures com­bined with

nat­u­ral light cre­ate a serene space in which to

re­lax and recharge.

KEEP IT LOW TECH

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