Winter House Update - Creating Minimalism and Calm

*This post is made in collaboration with Bang & Olufsen. All images and words are our own.*

Someone asked us recently how we manage to live and work in the same space (and with so many plants) and still maintain a feeling of 'minimalism and calm' and a sense that some kind of interior style runs throughout. We thought that this would be a great time of the year to share a bit of a tour, albeit quite a short one because we only really have a couple of rooms to play with. Our home is rented so anything we've done is decorative and reversible! 

Our home is great to look at, or at least it is to us. We spend so much time here that we had to make it pleasing to our eye so that we don't go stir-crazy. We realised a long time ago that we could be the masters of our own environment so if we don't like something we just don't introduce it into our personal space and it turns out that we're aesthetically-engaged people so what we see means alot to us. It also means we keep the place mega tidy because clutter in our eyes makes our minds feel messy too.

Looking around us we can note a few things:

Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon

- We stick to a colour palette of whites, greys and greens. This helps tie everything together and feel like we have a coherent style. Working with a base of grey for our sofa means that we're able to change the accent colours really easily by swapping the cushions. 

- The sofa is a kind of textile playground for us; we mix it up with different throws, blankets etc and at this time of year anything soft and warming is very welcome. Hard surfaces are great for clean lines and defined edges but textiles are just as important on a sensory level. 

Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House

- There are no pictures on the walls... well, most of the walls. That way we keep a huge amount of space clear and it makes the rooms seem larger. We also love the way that the light moves across during the winter months which makes for it's own artwork in shadow-play.

It's not a steadfast rule because we love printed artwork but we haven't made anything on the walls a permanent fixture except for one slim wall in the bedroom; anything else we have on display tends to lean on top of a surface and we can switch it up regularly. 

Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House

- Our plants are collected in areas and we try to keep them off the floor. We have stopped counting how many we have at this point but grouping them together seems to help manage them. It makes for a feature display around our home and adds life to it. 

Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House

- Storage is key. Our house was built in the 60s/70s and has loads of built-in storage in the hallway. We also have the tiniest box room in the world in the middle of our house that serves us well as a library - books are the only thing we own aside from plants and we have hundreds of them so a place for them to live is essential. Yes they're organised in colour order and yes it is very much fun to put them that way. 

Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House

- We like simple design. Everything we introduce into our home is something we love; we lean towards clean lines, simple objects and natural textures. Magnus in particular has an interest in product design and likes to know how something is manufactured; we constantly ask questions and have watched hours and hours of How It's Made. 

Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House
Bang & Olufsen x Haarkon House

Recently we introduced the Beoplay A9 and Beosound 2 from the Bang & Olufsen Harmonies range - both in a rich dark green colour (they call it 'infantry green') which suits our muted palette and they both sit very happily in their respective jungles; one in the living room and one right next to the bed. We might try them out elsewhere to see how that goes but do far so good... 

I like to process images with the help of Einaudi or Karl Jenkins (it makes me feel like I'm a Bond villain or something) and the strings really sing for us with the Beoplay A9 - it's like having an orchestra in the room with us at times and that suits my taking-over-the-world fantasy quite nicely. Aside from sounding incredible, we've fallen head-over-heels for the sharp lines of the Beosound 2, or the Dalek as we call it, and love the way that the light travels up and down the aluminium shape - it's quite sculptural and the hard surface plays beautifully with the natural textures of our plant life. 

Hopefully that gives you a little insight into our interior design mantra and how we manage to live and work under one roof without letting the plants get on top of us... 

*This post is made in collaboration with Bang & Olufsen. All images and words are our own.*