HOW TO SET UP AN ERGONOMIC WORKSPACE
Can you feel it? That twitch in your neck, or that pain in your lower back? It might be the way you’re using your workspace. We can’t promise you less hours working, but we can help out with making a body and mind friendly office space that’ll cut down on that work fatigue.
Awkward no more: the spaces in between
Odd, tight and unusable. At first sight, that is. But those weird spots crammed between walls, doors, windows and pieces of furniture actually can make a world of difference if you plan smartly. Here’s how we did it.
Ideas to create a teen hang-out space
A child’s teenage years are when their desire for independence and identity really takes hold. Having a space at home to call their own helps. The size of the space is less important than a sense of ownership and being able to express themselves. Take a look at the ideas Lison (14) and her parents used to make her happy hideaway…
Create a communal kitchen
When it comes to planning a kitchen, start by thinking about what type of space best suits your needs. Incorporating your kitchen into another room can open up your home and make it easier to spend time together. Margo and her family moved their kitchen from a separate room at the back of their apartment into the living room. ‘An isolated kitchen just wouldn’t have worked for us,’ she says. Combining their kitchen and living room also freed up a spare room, so Margo’s son Bruno (nine) now has his own bedroom.
Secrets of a stylist: How to make a dynamic candle display
Like the look of lots of candles but not sure where to start? Check out this video with our interior stylist Anna. She’ll show you how to make a candle display to set the mood for everyday ambience or a sparkling special occasion.
The bright side: a vibrant home for a large family
Instead of moving to a bigger house for their growing family, Annemarie and Rembrandt bought the one next door and joined it with their existing one. ‘It’s a happily imperfect solution,’ says Annemarie. ‘The layout has its challenges – we have a small kitchen for a family of six and another kitchen upstairs that we don’t really use. But the pay-off is that the kids get their own rooms, I get an office-studio for my interiors blog and vintage webshop, and we get to stay in a neighbourhood we love.’
5 creative ways to use your ORDNING utensil holder
This sturdy, stainless steel piece is a definite must-have for any kitchen. But like so many of our other products, we just knew that there had to be other creative ways to put it to use. We asked a few of our coworkers to chime in and the results were awesome!
A collector’s apartment in Berlin
Photographer and blogger Jules used to run a vintage stall at Berlin’s well-known Mauerpark flea market, where she developed her love of interesting objects and keepsakes. ‘Our home isn’t typically German,’ she says. ‘It would be nice to think of myself as a minimalist, but the truth is that if there aren’t plants and interesting books in a home, I feel something’s missing.’ She invites us to spend a day in her personal and welcoming family home.
The ‘his and hers’ island bathroom
For such a personal space, bathroom’s tend to follow a pretty standard design. But who’s to say it has to stay that way? This ‘his and hers’ personalised island bathroom might just be the change you’re looking for.
The boutique open air wardrobe
Small homes are not exactly known for having ample closet space. But what if you didn’t need a closet at all? Check out this idea that uses clothes storage as a boutique inspired room divider.
A workspace in the bedroom
Dream of working from home but don’t have an extra room to spare? A home office doesn’t have to be a secluded space – it can easily be incorporated into one of your existing rooms. Artist and illustrator Margo shows us how she’s made working from home work for her, with a studio in her bedroom.
Quick meal idea: garlic shrimp salad
Heat, chop, dress and go! This quick and tasty dish makes a great lunch or light dinner option. When we visited Anikó, she whipped it up in 10 minutes, using the fresh salad ingredients she had to hand and frozen prawns from IKEA, quickly heated up.
A cosy outdoor space for autumn
Get your outdoor space ready for autumn. With a few additions, a garden or terrace can still be inviting after summer. Use nature’s colour palette as your inspiration and swap summer brights for warming natural shades. Sara turned the decked area of her garden into a welcoming place to linger over a coffee as the days grow cooler. ‘I like to mix cosiness with natural, rugged elements – weathered wood, stones and muted colours,’ she says.
Streamline your post-dinner clean-up
We’re big advocates of family mealtime. But cleaning up all those plates, putting away the leftovers, wiping down the surfaces? Not so much. Inevitably it always seems that one person gets stuck doing the job while everyone else disperses as quickly as possible. Enough of that. Here’s how we ensure it all gets done quickly and efficiently.
A new life for one in a small apartment
High above the busy streets of Rome, Elisabetta’s apartment of calming whites and greys is a tranquil, well-ordered haven – somewhere to take a moment, breathe, re-focus. Which is exactly what Elisabetta did when she decided she needed to change her life. ‘A year ago, I broke up with my boyfriend, lost over 20 kilos and began following my dream of running a supper club from home,’ she says. ‘She invites us inside...
Get children into growing
Show a child the fun they can have growing and enjoying plants at home – they’ll learn lots about nature and gain a real sense of achievement when the little seeds start sprouting lush leaves. Here are some of our favourite tips and ideas for helping children make a hobby of indoor gardening.
Open-plan, open house: host a relaxed summer lunch
Hosting at home doesn’t have to mean a three-course menu and hours in the kitchen the night before – if you’re more relaxed, your guests will be too. Margo loves having friends and family round for long, help-yourself summer lunches that are just as much for the host as they are for the guests.
Why ‘Matlag’ might be your new favourite Swedish word
Cooking, eating, hanging out with friends, it’s hard to choose which one we’d like to do most. Which is why we’re in love with the idea of matlag or food club. We met up with a group of young Swedes to learn how they turn a simple cook up into a super fun social event.
Create a nature-inspired interior
You don’t need any outdoor space to enjoy the beauty and benefits of nature at home. Margo uses the shapes and colours of indoor plants to make her minimalist home come to life – plus the plants clean the air in the family’s high-rise apartment, and give her son Bruno (9) an opportunity to learn about nature. Here are some of her ideas for decorating your home with nature.
Meet the new top chef: your kid
How to host a relaxed dinner party
When it comes to cooking, we’re all for letting kids take the lead. Just like Javin. He’s 11 years old and pretty in love with baking. His mom, Faith? Not so much. So we created an easy-to-follow recipe template that allowed him to choose his very own baking adventure. Your kid can follow theirs here.
Liz loves to cook and entertain and has joined the growing number of people who open their homes to friends and strangers for supper clubs. ‘I love to share. And I want people to get to know real Mexican food,’ says Liz, who cooks Mexican feasts for groups of guests in her 4m2 kitchen! We dropped by to see how she does it.
An open wardrobe for fashion lovers
If you’d rather spend your budget on clothes than on clothes storage, this open wardrobe idea might be the perfect fit. Come check out the video to see how to design your own.
Bedroom of a stylist - part 4
We’ve given some of our favourite stylists free reign over the last couple of months to design their dream bedrooms. In this final edition we’re looking at Cecilia’s colourful ode to travel and togetherness.
The pack-it-up-and-go home
Like to try out new places and spaces? We thought this studio apartment idea is smart for moving house a lot because it’s easy to set up and take down. Check out how we packed everything—even the entire kitchen—for a home that’s ready to go.
Find bathroom space you never thought you had
Bathrooms can seem like one of those spaces that always seem small. But how do you make the most of a really small bathroom? We met up with interior designer Mia to find out how to design a tiny bathroom with big organisation.
Dream on: how to get better sleep
Here’s a thought. If you live to be 90, that’s 32 years of sleep. So if you wake up a lot feeling drained or achy, why not make a change? We scoured our knowledge library and asked our interior designer Emma Parkinson for tips to guide you to better sleep—tonight.
5 ways to tame the weekday rush hour
Whether it’s back to school or just back to routine, the working week can leave our home’s coming and going areas with some major congestion. Here’s how to keep them running smoothly no matter how busy your household.
3 stylish takes on the RÅSKOG trolley
Tap RÅSKOG into a search engine and it’s quick to see that happily you love the trolley as much as we do. Here’s a couple of ways our interior designer Amanda Rodriguez would love to try it out.
Super smart ways to store your food
We all love to eat, and cooking for fun has become bigger than ever. On the flip side, that can mean an overabundance of food and, unfortunately, a lot of waste. If you need some help streamlining your food storage (and thus cutting down on waste), we’ve got you covered! Here are our best tips.
7 STYLISH WAYS TO ORGANISE YOUR DORM ROOM
It’s finally come! Exams are over, you’ve got your acceptance in the mail and it’s time to start college. But just because you’re moving to your first dorm room doesn’t mean you have to leave your personality at home.
3 sweet treats to beat the heat
Summer’s here! And you know what that means: It’s time for everyone’s favorite frosty treats. We’ve got three easy ideas that aren’t only refreshing, but also use ingredients that will keep your body temperature nice and cool.
Our try at shibori dye
9 PACKING TIPS FOR STARTING COLLEGE
Lately, we’ve seen lots of shibori dye—a centuries-old Japanese resist-dyeing technique. Our SOMMAR 2016 collection even has hints of it. We set our stylist Nathalie Kamkum on a shibori spree to see what she would dye. We hope the results inspire you to try, too!
Starting college this year and dreading the idea of packing everything up? We’re here to help out. Here’s our top tips to get your college room essentials travel ready so they arrive safe and sound. Whether they survive your first dorm room party however that’s another story....
3 super summery outdoor games
How does it look out the window? Sun shining, birds singing, all round summery feel? Then it’s time to grab the kids, unplug the TV and head on outside. To get you started we’ve put together three of our favourite activities we think could be perfect for family fun in the sun time.
Get your hallway storage in shape for summer
We love the great outdoors, well, except when too much of the outdoors finds its way on inside. Soil, sand and water can all be experts at filling the home. Here’s a couple of ways to keep them out right at the entrance.
A RESPONSIBLE HOME PART 4: JEANETTE’S EASY IDEAS
Jeanette, Peter and their daughter, Eja, rent a home surrounded by nature in the Swedish countryside. They’re dedicated to living a responsible and healthy life at home. In this post, we’ll get some of Jeanette’s easy, unexpected tips for living responsibly at home.
Make a flexible mattress sofa
Are you just as comfy spread out on the floor as you are lounging on a sofa? Check out this quick tip. This sofa’s made from mattresses. Its flexible backrest can be easily unhooked and taken down when you’d rather head for the floor.
STORAGE FOR PUZZLES IN PROGRESS
Ah, the glorious feeling of finding all the corner pieces. Or the stubborn piece that may or may not be lost. With this quick and easy puzzle storage idea that rolls under the sofa, you can skip thinking about where to keep your puzzle in progress and focus on the hunt!
THE ART OF ORGANISING: A KITCHEN
Is your kitchen cooking up more clutter than recipes? Getting everything sorted again might be easier than you think. Here’s our organising essentials to get your kitchen on the right track.
From seed to plate let’s grow!
Growing herbs and salads at home isn’t just good for you and the environment – it’s also convenient and affordable! And now you don’t even need any outdoor space to grow fresh, healthy ingredients at home.
A home for a green family to grow
To get to Lionel and Marie’s place, you wind your way along hilly French roads and down a gravelled path. Their home’s exterior is true to the era that made it – the 1970s – but the family has lovingly aged it by adding wooden shutters that keep the heat in during the winter and out in the summer. An organic energy flows from the garden and through the house, where growing projects are always on the go, everyone’s involved in family meals and a sustainable way of life is second nature. ‘Our dream was to make a simple, natural home,’ says Lionel. Here’s how…
Small family home, big retro vibe!
In a 66m2 apartment in Spain the past is still going strong. As soon as we stepped inside, colourful design icons from decades past caught our eye in every corner. But for Fernando and Diana, retro isn’t just a look, it’s a lifestyle. ‘First it was just music and clothes,’ says Fernando. ‘But now it’s what we do every moment we’re not working. When it’s grey outside, the vibrancy of our home makes me smile.’
A NEW HOME FOR A FRESH START
When fate shook up Paula’s life, she decided to change course and start over. That meant making a home in a new, smaller space – a two-bedroom apartment in the city centre. Seven months after moving in, Paula invited us round to see what she’s done with the space: ‘This is my restart! New beginnings make you strong and inventive.’
Five tips for growing your own
Put your green fingers to work this summer and you’ll get to enjoy healthy food picked fresh from your garden or windowsill, as well as the feel-good benefits that come from nurturing seeds and plants. Inspired to start? Try these five ideas from Marie and Lionel who have turned growing plants and vegetables into a part of their family’s everyday life in their French country home.
Celebrate midsummer, Swedish-style!
On the longest day each year, Helena gathers with loved ones for a traditional Swedish feast outdoors. ‘It’s a bit wild,’ she says. ‘We put a long table and chairs in the field outside our house with a smorgasbord of dishes that everyone can help themselves to. It feels free and joyful.’ From traditional food and customs to personal ideas, she shares her tips for a midsummer party.
Ideas from a city greenscape
There are lots of simple ways to create a natural oasis at home, even in the middle of the city. For Karin and Cord, growing is at the heart of their fifth-floor home in an apartment block built for greener living, which they helped to design. ‘We’ve created our own microclimate,’ says Karin. ‘Lots of bees and birds find their way up here.’
Sunshine in a cup: lemon mousse
Made with just a few ingredients, this light, fruity mousse is a quick and easy treat for any sunny gathering. Rober’s aunt shared the recipe with him at a family party last summer. His version is made with fresh lemons grown on the small balcony of the city apartment he shares with his partner, Libertad.
Extend your home outdoors
Libertad and Rober love the three French windows in their Madrid apartment: ‘Our home looks over the city, so it’s nice that we can see the sky from our balcony!’ says Libertad. Each window opens up onto a miniature balcony that they use as extensions of their open-plan living space. Here they share their ideas for making the most of their small outdoor space!