For the last few months Euan, mum and I have been living in a hotel while the renovations of our new apartment happen. Today, I thought I'd share with you some behind-the-scenes photos of the apartment as well as the inspiration behind the interior design.
For the interior design I adopted a Nordic aesthetic. Known for their minimalist approach, Nordic interiors have an simple yet sophisticated feel that focuses on functionality, clean lines, good craftsmanship and understated elegance. Primary materials are white tiles, concrete and wood and these, somewhat harsher elements, are offset by a muted palette.
The thing I love most about Nordic interiors is their ability to make a home look lived in but still retain a zen-like feel. Below is a mood board I put together at the start of the design process to help me get a better sense of what I wanted. Since then, I have been working closely with Phnom Penh-based architects Pool C and Alchemy Design Co. who will be making some beautiful custom-made pieces for our home. I can't wait to share the results with you.
For those of you wanting to incorporate Nordic elements into your space here are some tips to help you achieve this look.
>> Nordic design is characterised by SIMPLICITY, FUNCTIONALITY and MINIMALISM, so decorate your home with functional furniture, made using natural (or reclaimed) materials.
>> Don't feel the need to fill your space with stuff. Decorate MINDFULLY and apply the rule 'less is more' in your space.
>> Go NEUTRAL. Whether its cream, white, black, grey or charcoal, the Nordic colour palette is calm, muted and minimal.
>> Nordic homes always look light, airy and spacious, so draw back the curtains and let the LIGHT in.
>> Adopt NATURE. To achieve the natural Nordic look, decorate your space with clusters of potted plants.