Melia malmquist
Melia Malmquist

Melia Malmquist

July 2016

A Swede in London town

Melia is the blogger behind Contemporary Life, where she writes about "the small things that matter".

Having recently moved to London from her native Sweden, Melia is making her gorgeous Victorian rental her own with personal touches and lots of greenery.

Join us for a snoop around Melia's home and get her Little Black Book of London!


Kitchen my favourite spot lamp lee broom shade

A bit about yourself:

Daytime: doing Social Media for a home furnishing company.

Evenings and weekends: Blogging about the place we call home from a Scandinavian perspective and its connection to wellbeing.

Where you live and who you live with:

I live in a Victorian flat in North London with my husband.

Favourite/coolest item in your home:

I love our kitchen table because it took me a while to find someone who could make us a small rustic table.

It’s made out of recycled plank from Cornwall and the maker was really enthusiastic so I have very positive feelings towards it.

Fail-safe decorating trick:

Add something green. Every time a place looks a bit dull, adding a plant or a bunch of flowers always spruces it up.

Kitchen morning
Kitchen food memories
Kitchen morning routine pots ikea plant ingefara

First thing you though of this morning:

How much I love the green backdrop view from our windows, and how lucky I am to wake up here.

A talent you wish you had:

I wish I could paint or be a really good illustrator.

Advice to your younger self:

You are lovely the way you are. Focus on your strengths rather than to improve your weaknesses.

Living room space
Living room details malva vase karlskrona lamp sittning lilja skuluna

Favourite band of all times:

Probably Okkervil River or Bright Eyes.

Your style icon:

I don’t actually have one and don’t really look towards style icons in that way.

Nature, objects and people in general inspire me more.

Favourite /least favourite colour:

I like muted, natural colours. Colours that look unnatural don’t really appeal to me.

Best way to de-compress:

Aware that I’m a bit black and white in this aspect, I’d say either a glass of wine or a run.

A superpower you wish you had:

That I could time travel and didn’t have to spend time getting to places.

Cats or Dogs:

None of the above, not really a pet person.

Living room greenery all year around hay table thonet chairs
Styling seasons things i love to do
Styling seasons my little darlings antique victorian pots

Melia's Little Black Book of London

Coolest thing about your town

Oh, where do you start when you live in London? There’s so much to explore and all the areas in the city are unique and there’s always something to do.

There’s also all those things you’d never expect from a city like this, like really wild green spaces, the hills and all the beautiful old houses.

However more than anything what I love about this city are the wonderful people I’ve met.

Where you like to hang out  

When I’m not exploring east London like Hackney, Dalston or Stoke Newington, I love to get lost in the wild Hampstead Heath or swim in the ponds.

Favourite restaurant/ bar /café:

Two of my favourite restaurants are Palomar and Oklava.

I also have to recommend Towpath café in Haggerston along the canal, which is really nice.

Bedroom please let me stay bed linen ikea clean scandinavian bedline
Bedroom styling with plants fladis basket ikea nordli chest of drawers

Top 3 local stores

Future & Found

Address: 225A Brecknock Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5AA

Scandivian range with brands like Hay, Ferm Living and Muuto.

171 Shop

Address: Junction Road,171 N19 5PZ

New homewares store opening up that looks very promising.

Down to earth yoga studio – Small shop

Address:129 Fortess Rd, London NW5 2HR

It’s most of all a yoga studio but they also have a lovely collection of blankets, candles and homewares.

Top 3 online interior stores/brands


My favourite shop all times.

House doctor

Danish family run business that believes everybody deserves a healthy home.


Swedish shop with products for a basic and simplistic look.

Living room corner of mine string shelving system nipprig chair lamp
Living room family photo of my house plants dining table hay green


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