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BLUE

Sarah

Blue is reliable and responsible. It seeks peace and tranquility above everything else, promoting both physical and mental relaxation. Blue reduces stress – creating a sense of calm, relaxation and order.

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URBAN TROPIC

Sarah

The first thought that came to mind when seeing this one-bedroom apartment in central Stockholm was: urban tropic. That’s how I feel is the best way to describe the style of this funky home. What makes this home so interesting is that there is a clear mix of vibrant classic caribbean colours (the wallpaper behind the bed kind of also gives it away) and muted urban vintage/hipster accents. Not necessarily a combination I would have thought possible to achieve in an aesthetic way, but this homeowner has pulled it off marvellously.

This goes to show that dark wood flooring does not necessarily need to be limited to large, open spaces filled with windows and light. A dark floor does not necessarily darken, or make a space feel smaller, if done in the right way. The key lies, as always, in the foundation – the base – of the apartment. All mouldings and major finishes are in pure white, and the contrast of the dark wood floor gives the space depth and warmth, and the space is successfully feeling airy and cozy at the same time.

Kährs Oak Lava is a 3-strip floor with a brushed, black pigmented, matt lacquer finish, and is currently available in stock in Dubai. Visit our showroom today for a consultation with one of our Wood Flooring Specialists and to experience the wonderful world of Kährs wood flooring.


Kährs Oak Lava

Images by Fantastic Frank

 

RETRO COOL KIDS

Sarah

Your child’s room is their space to grow, discover and inspire creativity. But that does not mean that every square inch of your child’s room should necessarily be filled up with colourful objects. Too. Much. Information. Remember, less is more! Create a clean base where some colour can then be added in a strategic and harmonious way.

For example, we’re loving the retro cool look for kids rooms. It is a really great concept where you combine old with new in a fun, hipster kind of way. Keep a clean base with white wood flooring (such as the always fresh-looking Oak Nouveau Snow by Kährs), crisp white walls and large furniture pieces in white, for the room to feel light and bright. Liven up the room with either a wallpaper in a retro-cool print, paint one of the walls in dusty pastel colours, or hang some fun posters and quirky quotes.

Someone who does retro cool perfectly is Riika from Weekday Carnival, she’s a great source of inspiration for kids rooms, and one of our favourite interior design blogs to read.

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WE’RE HIRING!

Sarah

Are you interested in joining Nordic Homeworx dynamic and multinational team? We are currently seeking:

ASSISTANT ACCOUNT MANAGER – WOOD FLOORING – COMMERCIAL: Please click here (PDF) to view the job application for this position.

ASSISTANT ACCOUNT MANAGER – WOOD FLOORING – RESIDENTIAL: Please click here (PDF) to view the job application for this position.

RECEPTIONIST: Please click here (PDF) to view the job application for this position.

If you feel that you are the right person to join our dynamic team, please send your application today! Should no answer have been received within three weeks, please consider your application non-successful for the position we are seeking to fulfil.

Learn more about Nordic Homeworx & Kährs wood flooring here.

Images by Studio Zee for Nordic Homeworx

 

DIY: IKEA FROSTA STOOL

Sarah

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: one of the versatile and fun objects is the IKEA Frosta stool made out of birch plywood. It can be used for anything from seating to storage to a fully-functional transportation device. I even have a pair that I use as bedside tables.

Yes, it is strikingly similar to Artek’s classic Stool 60, but at AED 39.00 per piece, this stool can definitely become a fun DIY project and be converted/remade in a series of ways at a really affordable price.

If for example you simply want to “pimp” the stool to make it a personalised contemporary piece of furniture, you can simply do so with the help of a little bit of paint and a roll of masking tape. Here are a couple of great examples, as shown by Trendenser:

 

Another great idea is a little bit more complex, but totally cool and fun for kids: a dandy horse! Known as the forerunner to the bicycle (sans pedals), a dandy horse is a really fun toy and transportation device that kids love. Here’s a great DIY tutorial by Instructables (full instructions here), using two Frosta stools:

 

//BREATHE//

Sarah

When in doubt about combining colours, I always say it’s best to look to nature for inspiration. And why shouldn’t we? After all, nature is associated with harmony for a reason. Vibrant, manmade colours might be great for accents, but for a base that you will never tire of and that will certainly never go out of style, nature’s own colour schemes (and textures) are truly the best, and most sustainable, source of inspiration.

Combining soft greys, dusty-olive greens and rich cocoa brown patinas for your base, you will create a classically elegant combination that will definitely bring harmony to your home. Depending on your personal style, you can calibrate the masculine-to-feminine feel to this colour scheme – the key lies entirely in the finishing touches.

A beautiful wood floor such as Oak Ulf by Kährs Founders Collection is the perfect tone of olive/grey/brown. Handcrafted and deeply brushed to enhance the beauty and specific characteristics of each and every board.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Sarah

The Nordic Homeworx team wishes you all a Merry Christmas! In light of the festivities, our showroom and office will be closed on Wednesday, December 25.

Here are some fun pictures from our (slightly wacky) annual Christmas Party. Happy Holidays!

PANORAMA

Sarah

This apartment in The Fairways in The Greens district in Dubai not only has a breathtaking view over Emirates Golf Club and the towering skyscrapers of JLT and Dubai Marina in the horizon, but it also has incredibly beautiful, minimalistic interiors which we love.

The focus in this home is to keep everything white and bright and focus on the panoramic views, with the element of surprise seen in quirky and fun details such as the transparent Ghost chairs and vintage neon sign and candy dispenser salvaged from a flea market in the United States.

There was no doubt that Kährs Arctic Oak wood flooring was the perfect match with its white stained, rustic 1-strip design. Yet another great example of how a rustic floor perfectly complements and balances out contemporary interiors.

To view more images of this beautiful apartment, click here.

Kährs Arctic Oak

Images by Studio Zee for Nordic Homeworx

 

SWEDISH SAFFRON BUNS

Sarah

In Scandinavia and a few other countries, December 13 is known as Saint Lucia’s Day. On this day, a traditional kind of bun, Lussekatt (“St. Lucia Bun”), made with saffron, is normally eaten. Here’s a beautiful video showing how this delicious bun is made, and here is the recipe to make your very own Lussekatter!

Video by Green Kitchen Stories

 

IF YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT… KIDS ROOMS

Sarah

When searching for interior design inspiration for kids rooms, it is highly likely that you’ll find most images show anything from timeless soft pastel to scandi-cool monochrome colour schemes, with one common denominator: wood flooring. There’s a reason for that. Natural wood flooring is absolutely the best kind of flooring you could choose for your little ones.

Now, for some facts. Natural wooden floors are one of the easiest ways to uplift a space – and they’re surprisingly child friendly. Just make sure you choose a wood with the right high-quality surface treatment. Kährs engineered wood floors are not only 75% more stable than solid wood flooring, but they also come pre-finished in Kährs factory in Sweden with four different treatments: high-gloss lacquer, silk matt lacquer, matt lacquer and nature oil – all are suitable for a family home. In addition, all surface treatments are solvent free.

Kährs wood floors are softer (and thereby safer) than stone flooring such as tile or marble, more hyper-allergenic than carpet, and on top of that extremely cozy and environmentally friendly. The installation procedure is quick and clean, meaning we don’t use any toxic adhesives or chemicals that could be potentially harmful to your children.

After all, with so many harmful environmental pollutants in our day-to-day lives, both in the foods we eat and our outdoor lives, it is comforting to know that a wood floor is completely natural, enabling you and your children to breathe easy at home everyday.

All images via Pinterest