living room

Golden Details, Fall Vibes

October 31, 2019 • Home Decor

do you remember what it felt like first moving into a new home? were you like me – obsessing over every detail, trying to make every space look and feel as ‘lived in’ as possible right from the start? it doesn’t work that way of course – that true sense of ‘home’ needs to grow, as you learn more about a space you realize you need different things than you thought, and stuff that bothered you before stops bothering you after a while. and no matter how hard you try – you never ‘finish’ a new home. there will always be that one little detail you never took care of. a frame still leaning against the wall, waiting for someone to finally drill a hole in the wall and put it up? yeah, after five years you realize that’s not happening. or maybe it’s a light fixture you still need to go out and look for, to replace that stupid bulb hanging from a hole in your ceiling? yeah, that was us. did you know there is even a word to describe the ‘blindness’ you create to little details like that after living in a home for a while? i remember having read it somewhere, in a very clever essay in an anthology about interiors or homes. but i can’t for the life of me remember which book it was, and so i can’t even tell you which word. but you definitely recognize the feeling. right? (this is where you leave a comment to make sure i don’t feel like the only slacker in the world).

yet today i am so proud to say that i finally – after having lived here for five years – took care of that awkwardly hanging light bulb. after a friend remarked that it was not my style to let such a detail go unnoticed, i finally started browsing for DESIGN LAMPS and landed on the perfect one: the COLLECT SOCKET HIGH HANGLAMP designed by TRINE ANDERSEN. i knew i could size the cable to perfectly fit the awkwardly low height of our ceilings. most hanging lamps are way too long and hang too low for this area, which is not above a table but right in the middle of our living room where people actually walk through. add to that we’re both pretty tall adults, and you can imagine the head-bumping scenarios. so, this lamp was absolutely perfect in that respect.

but it was even more perfect in another way, thanks to the brass material, it blends into our living area so well. seamlessly, i’d say, if that didn’t imply that it becomes nearly invisible. i like how this lamp is very subtle, but it is decidedly beautiful in its own right. you may not notice it right away, but when you do, you realize it just ‘fits’. especially during this season, when i simply can’t have enough of the brass and messing details around. there’s something about the toned-down golden hue that just feels so cozy and festive – ideal for fall, but perhaps more importantly setting the right tone for the upcoming winter.

ok so now dish, please. what detail is still left unfinished in your home? what has been on your to-do list for so long, you don’t even notice it anymore? and i totally recommend tackling it this weekend – it gives such a ridiculous feeling of satisfaction to finally scratch that thing off your list!

photos by stephanie duval • FERM LIVING lamp kindly gifted by MISTER DESIGN

A Peek Into Our Living Room

January 30, 2018 • DesignHome Decor

you guys, do you remember when our living room looked LIKE THIS?? i could hardly believe it looking back at these photos. i mean, i still think it looks picture perfect and i am still head over heels in love with our sofa, but overall it looks kinda cold and not so cozy – right? our current living room looks a lot different… it is a continuous work in progress – if only for the fact that we keep most of juliet’s toys in here, so it feels like i spend half my waking time trying to control and clean up the mess she makes in here. i wouldn’t have it any other way though – for now, i can’t imagine her having a playing room somewhere else. i like having her close by and i love watching her play. besides, she’ll have plenty of time during her teenage years to lock herself up in her room as far away as possible from us, right?

so our living room has to be a kid-friendly place, but of course i don’t like to sacrifice our home’s style for that. so i am always, always looking for beautiful baskets to store juliet’s toys away from sight – is there anything uglier than duplo, i ask you? (luckily it’s also about the most fun toy that ever existed and juliet can play with it for such a long time). the teepee we’ve had since before she was born, and i love how it adds coziness to our large and open living space. juliet loves to sneak in there to do all the things she knows i would not approve of.

but the thing we struggled with for quite a while, is the coffee table. we used to have a fun little wire basket from ferm living, which i still love, but which didn’t prove to be very stable when a certain little human started pulling herself up by it. we’ve spilled everything from coffee to candle wax on our carpet because of it, and then finally decided it was time to look for a replacement. design webshop FLINDERS invited me to take a look at what they have on offer and i was pleasantly surprised by the sheer volume of beautiful brands and products they have on offer. i am a huge fan of HAY so i first looked at every little table they have – but it was THIS BEAUTY from muuto that i ended up falling in love with. sturdy and stable so we don’t have to worry it topples over, available in a variety of beautiful colors (we chose the oak, but i also really like the green!) and with a gorgeous design that is simple but at the same time interesting enough to not be ‘just another coffee table’. it’s also really big compared to what we had before, so we can have much more elaborate aperitifs (so, so important in life) and i can go to town decorating yet another little nook in our living room.

looking back on the photos of our old living room, it makes me realize what having a kid does to you. you collect a lot more STUFF, but you also invite a lot more coziness and warmth into your home. i will choose our current cozy mess over anything else, any day. i’ve tried to sum up below whatever else you can see in the photos above, but if you have any other questions don’t hesitate to drop them in the comments!

photos by stephanie duval • post created in collaboration with FLINDERS • brass and glass hurricane light from POMAX • brass round tray set from MALLING LIVING • moroso gentry sofa via MASTER MEUBEL • foscarini twiggy lamp via MASTER MEUBEL • björk rug from DESIGN HOUSE STOCKHOLM • cross blanket by PIA WALLEN • wall shelf from IKEA • moebe frame via NORDIC LIVING • brass square candle holder from MALLING LIVING • little wooden birds from KAY BOJESEN • leather mat in teepee from GATHRE • pink leather gathre mat in basket via ZOEN VOOR GUST • black aal82 chair from hay via MASTER MEUBEL • basket with handles from MALLING LIVING


Filter through posts by category.

The Road Less Taken

Travel through posts by city.


my name is stephanie duval, and i am a storyteller. this blog is where i share my favorite stories about design, travel, fashion and the nice things in life.


site by —
matthias deckx