Scandi Style

It’s everywhere! Magazines, Pinterest and now the high street, for a while it seemed as if Scandinavian living was the only interior style choice worth considering. I have to admit I was taken in and I have invested in a few pieces that I do feel will stand the test of time.

Normann Copenhagen is definitely the go to store when it comes to the Scandi Style. Top of my wishlist was the Norm 03 lightshade.

I love it. I searched for weeks for an Irish supplier before finding one. After an initial call I received no further information from the particular shop so I decided to look elsewhere and I eventually bought it online. I got it sent to my brother in London (to avoid delivery charges) but it was too big for him to bring home on his most recent trip…so in London it remains! I purchased in the bigger size as I felt it would have a big impact. I haven’t decided where it will go yet…the landing as I feel it would cast the most amazing light all over the house or in the boys room with its high ceiling. Either way I will have to get it home first….and assemble – a fact that I have neglected to tell my husband…or electrician.

A few other items that I was delighted to be able to pick up recently in The Old Mill Stores on a trip to West Cork was the Normann Copenhagen dustpan and broom in light blue and the ballo toilet brush which was a bit of an indulgence but when I saw the baby put the toilet brush into his mouth a few days previously, one that can’t be accessed easily by tiny fingers was a no brainer!!

What do you think of Scandinavian style?



Scaffolding goes up

Scaffolding goes up

Fireplace comes down......almost

Fireplace comes down……almost


Partitions are up

Partitions are up


And went back up!

And went back up!

March was a buzz with activity. It was so encouraging to see the partitions go up. It gave us a real sense of how our home would feel and also how we would move through it. The ceiling in the middle room ended up coming down as many of the joices were rotten and in the few days that there was a huge void there I really loved the sense of space and the intense light that filled the house. I was really sorry to see the new ceiling go in and I really did feel a sense of loss…….a feeling of what might have been. However needless to say had there not been a budget we may have reimagined the space and so the flirtation with the double height space came quickly to an end.

As I said earlier March was really busy so watch out for more photo updates very soon!



Things pretty much stood still on site for about two weeks in January due to inclement weather. But by mid February the extension was built and we could see how big our kitchen/dining was going to be. The steel structure that would hold up the building where the corner window is was to be circular, however went in as can be seen in the photo. It was a mistake and was too late to rectify but to be honest I didn’t notice the difference and also I feel that actually the square version is in keeping with the feel of the extension as being more contemporary than the rest of the house.





I also realised for the first time when the kitchen area was built that I would have a lifetime view of the beautiful……….sheds. Seriously, I can’t understand how I missed this. I think I was so anxious to get started that I really didn’t consider what I would be looking at each and everyday! We will have to do the garden eventually and come up with some solution but for now I am putting it to the back of my mind and continue to concentrate on the house.

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend xx