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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 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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An Unusual Journey Home - Part 3: Leaving Denmark

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An Unusual Journey Home - Part 3: Leaving Denmark

Mid way through our second week in Denmark, the state broadcaster DR (Danmark's Radio) announced that Prime Minister Mette Frederikson would be speaking to the nation that evening. Italy was already in lockdown and other European countries were closing schools and imposing restrictions on public gatherings. We already had a sense of what was coming. That evening, Denmark's remarkable young Prime Minister calmly, but with the appropriate balance of conveying the gravitas of the situation whilst seeking the buy in of her population, advised that the country was going into partial lockdown to try to prevent the spread of the virus. It...

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An Unusual Journey Home - Part 1: The UK to Denmark

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An Unusual Journey Home - Part 1: The UK to Denmark

We had long since booked in to spend the first two weeks of March with my parents in Denmark, sourcing stock and spending family time together. When we left the UK on the Euro Tunnel the Coronavirus was already in the news but didn't yet seem a reason not to travel the relatively short distance to my family in Denmark. Despite that, and with our thinking focused by the fact that I have asthma, we took hand gel/wipes, resolved to stop as few times as possible and to maintain social distance when we did stop. The journey to Denmark was relatively...

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