32sqm Cosy Apartment in Sweden

small swedish apartment
small swedish apartment
small swedish apartment
small swedish apartment
small swedish apartment
small swedish apartment
small swedish apartment

I’ve been looking at a lot of home and decor inspiration lately, and there was something about this cosy apartment in Sweden that really caught my eye. At 32 square metres, one could argue that it’s beyond cosy (especially for two people…), but it makes up for what it lacks in space with beautiful design elements and furnishings, like the moody colour of the walls, and abundance of plant life haphazardly scattered throughout.

As someone who has generally always had the luxury of space, what I like most about this apartment is the carefully considered placement of the furnishings, which has the uncanny ability of making the apartment seem far larger than it actually is (in photos at least). And then there are the details; like the gorgeous parquetry in the living quarters, the natural wooden cupboards in the kitchen juxtaposed against the modernity of the marble countertop, the light pouring in from the street-facing windows, and that lived-in feeling which emanates from the residence.

all images via bolig

A Relaxed Weekend Morning Routine

relaxed morning routine maxwell williams
relaxed morning routine maxwell williams

If I had to describe myself, perhaps one of the first things I’d say is that I’m a morning person. Even on the weekend, I’m usually awake by 7.00am, and thinking about how I’m going to make the most of the day ahead. I often like to joke that I’m an active relaxer, but on those weeks when I feel like I’m practically living for the weekend, I like to take full advantage of those 48 hours of peace, before going back to the daily grind. So, I thought I’d share simple steps I take for a relaxed weekend morning routine…

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1. Forget the alarm

On any given weekday (and usually public holidays when I forget…), my alarm goes off at 6.00am. I’ll usually press snooze once or twice, but I’m always up early to squeeze in a little bit of work for my online space, before heading into the office. Weekends are an opportunity to forget the alarm, and savour those additional zzzz’s.

2. It all starts with coffee

I wouldn’t say I’m the kind of person who needs a coffee to function, but I do love the ritual of starting my morning with a coffee. During the summer time, I go for iced with a bit of maple syrup for sweetness, and once the weather starts to cool down, I like a black coffee with a splash of almond milk.

3. Breakfast in bed

Aside from having a good lie in, there’s nothing really much more relaxing than enjoying breakfast in bed (especially if it’s been prepared by your other half!). I like to go for something that’s easy to prepare and doesn’t involve too much fuss, whether that’s avocado on toast or a loaded bowl of crunchy muesli, coconut yoghurt and fruit. A second coffee is optional.

4. Morning walk

We have a three-year-old English Staffy, so Luke and I like to get him outdoors as much as we possibly can. A dog park is pretty close by to our home, so we’ll often drop down there so that he can let loose some of his energy.

relaxed morning routine maxwell williams

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5. Skincare

I might be up early most weekdays to work on blog posts, edit photos or work on a video, but I don’t tend to use much of that time to get myself ready – or go through all the steps of my skincare routine. Nine times out of ten, I’m usually in a scramble just to get myself out of the door on time. So on the weekend, I like to take a slow approach when getting ready, and take a little bit more time to focus on my skincare routine. My skin type is a bit of an oxymoron; it’s oily but dehydrated at the same time, so my skincare routine focuses on intensely hydrating moisturisers and serums. Lately I’ve been loving the moisture surge line from Clinique – the overnight mask is one of my favourites, and I’ve recently added their new 72-hour auto replenishing hydrator into the mix too as I adore the lightweight gel formulation.

relaxed morning routine maxwell williams
relaxed morning routine maxwell williams

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6. Read

My favourite thing to do when I’m in desperate need of a break – or just want to chill out – is to sit down and read. I’ve got a few books on my bookshelf that I’ve been working my way through, and I’ve also recently discovered Unconditional Magazine. I love the opportunity to relax and really immerse myself in a new read – it’s also a great way to get some inspiration! As I’m a big tea drinker, I’ll usually jump at the opportunity to brew up a pot to enjoy while I’m taking a little time out. This tea pot from Maxwell&Williams is a pretty good size for me, and I’m pretty smitten with the pink colour (sorry Luke!). As for tea, I absolutely adore the range from Storm & India; it’s a little more on the pricey side, but it’s totally worth it – trust me.

Do you have a relaxed weekend morning routine?

Minimal kitchen in sage green and marble

minimal scandinavian kitchen sage green marble decor
minimal scandinavian kitchen sage green marble decor
minimal scandinavian kitchen sage green marble decor
minimal scandinavian kitchen sage green marble decor
minimal scandinavian kitchen sage green marble decor

You could say that my home decor tastes mirror my wardrobe – minimal designs in a neutral colour palette – but there’s something kind of calming about this earthy sage green kitchen, in this charming Snickarbacken apartment. It’s that harmonious mix of ‘old meets new’; the original dark stained wooden floorboards, contrasted with the newly refurbished kitchen and natural wood island. Key features that I adore are the panelled cupboards above the work space, the bright gold fittings, and the grey marbled bench top and splash back.

images via ESNY

The Bower, Byron Bay

the bower byron bay
the bower byron bay
the bower byron bay
the bower byron bay
the bower byron bay
the bower byron bay
the bower byron bay
the bower byron bay
the bower byron bay
the bower byron bay

One stunning image can be all it takes to convince me of adding a new destination or hotel to my travel bucket list, but never has that been more true than with The Bower in Byron Bay. Curiosity always gets the better of me, and after learning of the suites from a dear friend who is headed to Byron to stay there in a couple of weeks (who I might add has impeccable taste), I found myself taking a quick peek at The Bower on google, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The beachside accommodation combines an elegant simplicity with the perfect mix of contemporary and vintage decor, striking a careful balance between the two.

It’s the kind of aesthetic that I find myself more and more drawn to, an earthier, rustic feel which has a sense of calm about it – the kind of accomodation where you’d feel like you could really unwind – which can perhaps also attributed to the laid back nature of Byron Bay itself. I don’t think I’d find myself ever wanting to leave. Safe to say I’m taking notes for our next move, as I find myself craving that warmth which comes naturally from the eclectic mix of old and new.

all images via the bower byron bay

Christmas Gifting with eBay

christmas gift guide eBay
christmas gift guide eBay
christmas gift guide eBay
christmas gift guide eBay
christmas gift guide eBay

The festive season is well and truly underway, and if you’re anything like me, then you’re probably stressing out about the perfect gifts to buy for your loved ones. Today, I’m teaming up with eBay Australia to share my ultimate gift guide for Christmas – from beauty, to fashion and accessories, homewares and tech. Personally, I prefer to skip the crowds and do my Christmas shopping from the comfort of my own home, so I can avoid the stress and inevitable queues that you typically run into when shopping in-store this time of year!
 
I’ve been shopping on eBay for years; it’s the perfect one-stop-shop that I know will have me covered no matter what I’m looking for, whether it’s a new purchase to fulfill my fashion fix, or a Christmas gift for a loved one. And with 80 of Australia’s top 100 retailers featured on eBay.com.au, it’s pretty safe to say that you’re going to be spoilt for choice. So keep on reading for some of my top picks for gifts this Christmas…
 
FOR THE FASHION LOVER
The fashion world seems to have gone absolutely crazy for straw bags, and as we near the height of summer Down Under, I couldn’t think of a more perfect gift for the fashion lovers in your life. This half-moon shaped bamboo bag is absolutely gorgeous, and would be right at home paired with a cute linen dress for a garden party or drinks with the girls on a balmy summer evening. 
 
If you’re after a gift that is a little more timeless in design, then it doesn’t get more classic than Daniel Wellington’s iconic ‘Sheffield’ watch. Personally I love the minimal and clean approach to the design, and it’s the kind of style that I think you can’t really go wrong with. If you want something a little jazzier, this gold option with metal straps is also a stunner.
 

christmas gift guide eBay
christmas gift guide eBay
christmas gift guide eBay

FOR THE BEAUTY GURU
If you know someone who is a massive beauty lover at heart, then Christmas is the perfect time to pick them up something new to add to their vanity, given how many amazing limited edition sets are released at this time of the year, it’s also a great opportunity to #treatyourself with something special – personally I love the look of this OPI Holiday mini set!
 
Personally, I love the idea on splurging on a couple of beauty products that have reached cult status, like the NARS blush in ‘deep throat’, or giving the gift of a little luxury with a gorgeous scent from Tom Ford – ‘Black Orchid’ is an absolutely beautiful option that has a rich yet deep floral aroma, perfect for an evening out.
 
If you’re trying to track down a gift that isn’t quite a new beauty launch or an a Christmas gift set but that would still be perfect for the beauty lover in your life, you could also look at picking them up a really gorgeous set of makeup brushes (these from Casper & Lewis are beautiful), or an upgraded mirror for their vanity. Lighting is key when it comes to applying makeup, which is why I absolutely adore this matte black mirror – it has in-built LED lighting to ensure that your make up is always on point, and also comes in a rose gold version too which is a home decor dream!
 

christmas gift guide eBay
christmas gift guide eBay
christmas gift guide eBay
christmas gift guide eBay
christmas gift guide eBay

FOR THE HOME
My absolutely favourite type of gift to give (and to receive!), is some beautiful home decor. I picked up this plush velvet cushion with gold zipper detail, and mongolian fur pillow from eBay, which I think would make a lovely combination in anyone’s living room – including our own! 
 
Throughout the year, I also love to keep fresh flowers picked up from our local grocery or the flower markets. For the friend who loves a little bit of colour, the dainty indigo-hued vase with gold trim above from Hard to Find makes a real statement, and it would also be a real stunner as a centrepiece on your festive season table this Christmas.

christmas gift guide eBay
christmas gift guide eBay

FOR THE TECH WHIZ
Finally, I wanted to talk about tech, as usually it’s around Christmas that I start to think about splurging on those bigger ticket items for my loved ones, and eBay definitely has it all. One of the game-changing gadgets that we’ve recently brought home with us is the Google Home Mini. It might look pint-sized but it really packs a punch; from playing chilled out jazz tunes in the evening, to effortlessly setting reminders and a quick check of the weather forecast for the week ahead, we’ve barely only scratched the surface on what this portable assistant is capable of.  Another Google gift I received recently was the new Google Pixel 2 phone; this phone has an absolutely incredible camera, which I’d say has completely upped my photo-taking game for on the go snaps.
 
You may be surprised to learn that during my teens, I was a major gaming junkie, and even now I still try to squeeze in a couple of hours a week to relax and play one of my favourite video games, so it’s little wonder that the latest RPG or adventure title would always be on my Christmas wishlist when I was younger. I’ll probably be looking to add Final Fantasy XV to my shopping cart for myself, but if you’re on the lookout, the EB Games store on eBay has a pretty incredible selection (The Sims is a classic you can’t go wrong with!).
 
Still within the tech space, I also think that a great pair of noise-cancelling headphones are also a great gift, and if you know of any aspiring photographers, I couldn’t think of a better time than the festive season to get your loved one started with a DSLR kit – this one from Canon is perfect for beginners!
 

 
With so many options to choose from on eBay.com.au, I have a feeling that it’s going to be hard narrowing it down to just a couple of gifts per family member, especially as the site is home to approximately 60 million listings at any one time. I hope that this post has given you a few ideas on what to get your loved ones this Christmas – wishing you all the very best over the festive season! x

Thank you to eBay for partnering with me on this post! x