Form and Function

Annaleena Leino Clothes Rails 1

Annaleena Leino Clothes Rails 2

I fell in love with freelance stylist and designer Annaleena’s hand-forged clothing racks the moment I saw them, and I’ve been meaning to order one ever since. The minimalism and versatility really appeal to me – they strike the balance of form and function perfectly.

Annaleena Clothes Rails Image 3

Annaleenas Clothes Rail 4

Annaleenas Clothes Rail 5

In particular, I’ve got my eye on the rectangle hanger, available in both black and white. Although I’m in a black phase at the moment, I’m leaning towards the white rectangle hanger for my bathroom, which is painted and wallpapered in white, and features an old cast-iron bath and white, beach-cottage-style basin cabinet. The hanger would blend in  magically, giving a white-on-white, textured effect – especially if I contrast it with a handtowel or item of clothing. This hanger is just perfect for my small bathroom – I can utilise the height and position the hanger without having to waste valuable wall space.

Annaleenas Clothes Rail 6

How clever is this circle hanger? I love the fact that these hangers are hung from the ceiling rather than the wall – it makes them much more versatile, tidier and child friendly than the traditional freestanding hangers! I’ll put one of these in Imogen’s room, as the ladders I usually use for displaying her/my favourite clothing are definitely not safe for a climbing toddler.

For my studio, I will use a few of the black rectangular hangers to drape long drops of wallpapers directly off their roll. I’m moving to a new studio space soon, which is blessed with fantastic high ceilings, so I’ll finally be able to show off my wallpapers as I’ve always wanted to. The rails will look fantastic in the industrial-style space, with its concrete floors and raw concrete ceiling.

We’re going to be stocking all three models of Annaleena’s hand-forged clothing racks here at Scandinavian Wallpaper and Décor very soon! They’re easily installed by using screws and hooks or a ceiling hook. We’re here to help with installation if you get stuck, of course!

Images from Annaleena’s Blog.

Back In Black

Image from Fantastic Frank

Blame it on the rain, but I spent WA’s long weekend shuffling around the rooms in my house … again. And now that I have, I’m struck with an urge to paint the rooms all in black. Yes, black! After a lifetime of adoring white, I’m currently obsessed with and inspired by the colour black.

You can understand why, then, I was drawn to the daring and bold black-on-black styling of the entrance hallway in this third-floor, one-bedroom apartment in Stockholm. The 34-square-metre apartment was built in 1904, and the tall skirting boards and floorboards are all reflective of this period. As the apartment is for sale, it’s been cleverly styled by the creative team at Fantastic Frank, a real estate agent in Stockholm. The stylist decided that black was the colour to enhance the potential value of this gem, which boasts one of the most sought-after addresses in south Stockholm. I couldn’t agree more.

Image from Residence Magazine Photographed by Pia Uhlin and styled by Lotta Agaton

I am also in love with this light-hearted black-and-white hallway from the home of fashion stylist Sofia Ragnwald Odier and her husband, the fashion photographer Nils Odier. How great are the tongue-in-cheek white paint drips against the deep black wall? The vintage shoe nestled in amongst the couple’s shoes and accessories on the shelving unit from House Doctor (of course) adds to the organised clutter. Very cute. (Photographed by Pia Uhlin and styled by Lotta Agaton.)

Image from Vouge Paris Photographer Wichmann And Bendtsen Styling Helle Walsted

If I decide to not paint my entire home black, I’ll definitely be featuring a blackboard in a room (or two). If I used our magnetic chalk wallpaper instead, I could add photos and inspiring images for a whole new level of interest in either my bedroom, Imogen’s room or the home office. Look at the impact this blackboard wall makes in the spare bedroom/home office/dressing room of fashion designer Hanne Graumann … isn’t it just perfect?

Image 1. Image from Fantastic Frank. Image 2. Image from Residence Magazine. Photographed by Pia Uhlin. Styled by Lotta Agaton. Image 3. Image from Elle Decoration UK. Photographer Wichmann + Bendtsen. Styling Helle Walsted.