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The Gus* Grow Modern sale starts now! Save 15% on all Gus Modern products through January 26th.  Gus will donate a percentage of each sale during the Grow Modern event to help plant a tree for each product sold.  


January Hygge

by Summer Robertson



Twinkle lights, always / Paper Whites are a must / Sheepskin, of course / and all the warm drinks, especially this latte from Local Milk.

Embrace the Hygge (hue-guh) mood — A Danish word for mind or embrace translated in our lives today is a hug of light, natural beauty, a warm drink and something (or someone) cozy to curl up with. 



Natural & Minimalist Gift Wrapping Ideas

by Summer Robertson

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I had an aunt growing up that would wrap the most beautiful Christmas gifts. Today we might think of this type of wrapping as Scandinavian inspired or with a natural minimalist vibe but she didn’t bother with anything like that, she simply had a knack for wrapping her gifts the way she decorated her home — earth tones, lots of nature, cozy, not overdone. 

I’ve gathered a few inspirations that would be right of my aunt’s alley.

Lots of natural toned papers — kraft paper new or repurposed, white butcher style paper or newspaper even, as well as pieces of fabric and simple kraft paper boxes. 

A good selection of adornments — linen or cotton twine, silk or satin ribbons (new, saved or foraged from the depths of the craft closet), and a color or two of Japanese washi tape. 

A gathering of natural elements — branches, twigs & winter berries clipped from the yard or a pine cone even add a natural element that is undeniably thoughtful. 

Add in a gift tag & a possibly a trinket or two (tiny bells are always lovely) and you’re set. 

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Ferm Living Christmas Edit

by Summer Robertson

Every year I look forward to Ferm Living’s Christmas edit — I find it cozy and inspiring and the 2019 edit does not disappoint. 

Subtle touches of holiday cheer & elegant elements, yes yes! 

You can shop the complete collection of Ferm Living here

Simple ideas — Holiday Greenery

by Summer Robertson

Scandinavian holiday inspiration

Spare a few moments and tuck in a bit of foraged Holiday greenery — a snip of something here, a bob of something there. It’s simple enough and surely will add a bit of cheer to your day. 

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ferm living herman chairs & stools

by Summer Robertson

I get excited to see a whole collection come together & am especially loving the Herman collection of Scandinavian chairs, lounge chairs & bar stools. Available in several colorways, but isn't the black just striking?

The Herman Collection is designed by Herman Studio for Ferm Living, available in the shop.

Top 5 Interior Design Trends for 2019

by Danny Robertson

Novel interior design trends appear each year, which always makes one consider or reconsider updating spaces within your house. Knowing the current interior design trends offers inspiration that can help you update your home with ease and confidence. Some of the top trends of 2018 included rose gold, exposed lighting, and subway tiles. While these trends are by no means out of date now, we love looking ahead at what trends are emerging for the current year.

The new interior design ideas emerge each year and inspire fresh attempts on reworking classic styles. Also, many interior designers note that in 2019 there will be some excellent home interior design trends that we should pay attention to. Read on and find out about these design trends that might work their way into your next home design project.

Copper Accents

In 2018, rose gold was a popular decor trend. However, in 2019, there will be less prominence to rose gold and more prominence to copper accents as well as an assortment of other metals and finishes. With its earthly overall hue and orange and red tones, copper provides a breath of fresh air that is much needed for the new year. This trend will express itself through modern copper lighting and fixtures.

Brass Accents & Decor

2019 is going to be the year we see the back of chrome, stainless steel, and polished nickel; meanwhile modern brass lighting accents & decor will make way into our houses again. Brass will add an ever-present perception of elegance to even the simplest spaces because it is a subtle and unexpectedly warm alternative to steel accents.

Black and White Decor

Black and white is an evergreen design trend that should be on the list of trends that will continue to be popular throughout 2019. The contrasting colors of black and white decor provides a timeless graphic punch and also gives a sense of boldness and balance to your home.


This massively successful 2018 trend is seeing an increase in popularity due to the modern feel it brings about. Not only will this hue be a part of fashion and home decor, but in 2019 the pink shade will appear in unique and creative ways, offering you the opportunity to easily upgrade any space with wall coverings, decorative accents, and even mauve modern sofas.

Vintage Modern Lighting

This trend will shock many people by emerging again in 2019.  The vintage lighting will take the form of vintage sconces and pendants; it’ll be less exposed lighting. It would be accompanied by copper and brass finishes. In 2019, you can witness various design trends to unify.

The Philosophy Behind Slow Spaces

by Danny Robertson

Slow living is a philosophy that has been discussed a lot in recent years. Slow living is a lifestyle with a focus on slower approaches to normal routines and aspects of everyday life.  This philosophy has influenced many designers working today with an emphasis on creating "slow spaces". A slow space puts more emphasis on space rather than form. Like bodies, buildings have systems, bones, and skin. Interior decoration is equivalent to clothing; it is mutable and fashionable. The inside space represents the soul. It is the abstract feeling that is difficult to describe or photograph. Slowness is required to experience space. It is not promptly consumed, but once it is absorbed it is not easy to forget.

The approach of "less is better" was championed by Dieter Rams, one of the designers for Braun, in the latter part of the 20th century; and it’s all the more potent today. The problems of over-consumption, stress, exploitation, and waste can be addressed by putting more emphasis on quality rather than quantity. For us, it means designing fewer but high-quality and timeless buildings that will last for more than a 100 years.

Another characteristic of slow spaces is their holistic sensibility. We should view the systems and properties of life as wholes, instead of just a combination of parts. Architecture is different from a building in that it is a design of the whole, a space occupied and lived in. Rather than just the roof and walls, it incorporates the space, the materials, the feeling, the workers, the supply chain, and the impact on the environment.

In Slow spaces are enjoyable, feel calm, relaxed, comfortable, and happy. It could be your bedroom, a cozy cafe, the New York Public Library, or your church. Slow space is meaningful and deliberate, and is designed for you - and your experience. It speaks to your entire group of senses, including eyes, ears, nose, and skin, and leaves a permanent impression on your mind. It is a place to linger, inhabit, and experience, rather than just an object to look at or a place to pass through. Slow living expressed through the spaces we inhabit is the cure to our harried schedule and busy lives.