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The Scandiwegians Return to The Gingerbread Cottage Part 2

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The Scandiwegians Return to The Gingerbread Cottage Part 2

All about the return of the Scandiwegians to our beautiful old cottage in Reigate Surrey England. We discuss our bathrooms and flooring choices on a tight budget. Our Gingerbread House is a bit of a mix of styles that we call Victorian Cottage meets Scandinavian Modern, which may sound strange but we think works rather well.

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The Scandiwegians Return to The Gingerbread Cottage Part 1

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The Scandiwegians Return to The Gingerbread Cottage Part 1

About the Scandiwegians return to their beloved house after nearly a year away while building work was carried out. In part one we discuss how the limited budget affected the build, especially the kitchen. Our Gingerbread House is a bit of a mix of styles that we call Victorian Cottage meets Scandinavian Modern, which may sound strange but we think works rather well.

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The Scandiwegians Become Cellar Dwellers

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The Scandiwegians Become Cellar Dwellers

And how we ended up taking our product photos in a very unusual spot! The Scandiwegians live in a beautiful 150 year old cottage and we absolutely love it. But it had some big disadvantages - it was very small, rather dark, ridiculously draughty and, most inconvenient of all, the staircase was so narrow and winding that we couldn't get furniture upstairs! To get furniture in or out of the upstairs rooms we had to remove the windows including the frames and hoist things through the first floor windows, which wasn't exactly practical.  So we saved and saved and saved and when...

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The Democratisation of Design in Northern Europe - Part 2

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The Democratisation of Design in Northern Europe - Part 2

During the 1960s and 1970s there was still a mass manufacturing industry in Northern Europe and the latest cutting edge designs began to be incorporated into everyday household goods. These new styles were often the work of graduates of the region's most prestigious art & design schools. Where once these avant garde designs would have been the preserve of the rich and privileged, now they could be bought on the high street and were within the reach of the masses.  To use a wonderful phrase that completely captures this trend, there was a democratisation of design.  Take the example of J&G Meakin and...

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The Democratisation of Design in Northern Europe - Part 1

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The Democratisation of Design in Northern Europe - Part 1

The 1950s-70s was a time of unparalleled creativity in Northern Europe. The war was over and there was an understandable sense of relief that turned into optimism and hope for a better future. The war had changed things. Huge social and cultural changes took place in the 1960s which, combined with technological advances and increased wealth & leisure time lead to a consumer boom. These were unprecedented times and they led to a surge of artistic creativity.

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