If you follow Blue House on Instagram, you may have noticed that I have finally upgraded our old IKEA Docksta table (though I did manage to eek out almost another year of use with this hack, sadly it did not survive the move out West).
I am now the proud owner of what I like to describe as a bona fide grown-up dining table. Personally I think it is splendid, and quite a few of you have been reaching out to ask where I found it so I have to assume you agree.
I have had my eye on this particular table, the Log table, for a good while now. The simplicity of the design, paired with the natural wood material, makes for an eye-catching piece of furniture that feels as though it invites you to come take a seat. It was designed by Julien Renault for Swedish furniture brand Hem, a company I first came across as we were putting the finishing touches on our little “hytte" in the woods, and very quickly became obsessed with.
First of all, their products are freaking gorgeous. From simple wall hooks, to modular sofas, to sleek side tables, to modern pendant lamps and lighting, Hem is developing some absolutely stunning furniture and home furnishings in Scandinavian style and in collaboration with some of the top talent in the design world. It is the first place I go when I am sourcing for clients, and their goods inevitably make an appearance on any product guide I put together.
Second, but perhaps even more important - they stay true to the fundamental principles of Scandinavian design, specifically the idea that home goods are meant to last, not be replaced. All of the furniture Hem produces is of contract-grade quality (this means it is designed to withstand heavy commercial use such as in a hotel or restaurant) and will last you a lifetime. I consider a purchase from Hem to be an investment, yet it is not prohibitively expensive.
Their designs may be minimalist but they are playful and bold in nature, and each individual piece can serve as an anchor point for the design of an entire space. Take the Palo lounger as an example. Not only would this sofa set the tone for your living room and give it a bit of Scandi character, but because it is modular, this seat is meant to grow with you and your needs. (You know we’re all about modular here at Blue House!)
Now with all that gushed, one of the services we offer at Blue House is sourcing assistance, across our own vendors and with trusted partner brands such as Hem.
Whether it is following a renovation, or simply in pursuit of a refresh to your existing space (let’s face it, we’re all getting tired of staring at the same old stuff day in and day out), it can be overwhelming to furnish an entire home or cabin, even just a single room. You may own cherished pieces from before that you want to incorporate into your new space, but it isn’t always easy to build a cohesive picture. What makes a house a home, is not just the fundamental pieces like a sofa or dining table, it’s also all the bits in between.
There are literally thousands of retailers out there today, many of whom have a spectacular offering, and we can help guide you to find those pieces that will help create that sense of “hygge” prevalent in the Scandinavian home.
We know that furnishing a home can be expensive, and we’re thinking about your wallet in more ways than one with our New Cabin Interiors kit. Design services are complimentary. During your virtual consultation we’ll work together to determine the overarching vision, build a mood board, and set your budget.
Before purchasing you’ll receive a detailed tear sheet with an overview of your customized bundle, and because we are working directly with our vendors and trusted partner brands, we are able to pass back savings to you in the form of trade and wholesale discounts.
So reach out today and shop Scandinavian by appointment with Blue House Goods. We can’t wait to help you make your house a home.