This month on 5 Good Things we’re thrilled to be joined by Danish fashion designer, interior stylist and DIYer extraordinaire, Lene Nissen. An expert in creating beautiful things, whether seasonal decorations or up-cycling flea market bargains, Lene shares her passion in her books, in magazines and newspapers, and on her blog www.peekaboodesign.dk. She loves to encourage people to have fun with different objects and materials, drawing on her background in fashion for ideas and inspiration on colours and textures.
From building a teenage annexe to pimping your hammock, Lene has a world of advice on improving and playing with your existing space. She has a great eye for fresh, quirky and charming design, and we thought you’d love to read more about what makes her tick. So, here are Lene’s 5 Good Things – items she can’t do without or that she treasures most:
In generel I prefer unique and handmade pieces where you can sense the person behind them. So right now I collect ceramics – both new and vintage pieces. Handwoven textiles in natural fibres or recycled fibres are also high on my priority list right now.
Oh, that is a tough question! I would prefer to always wear a pretty dress, but often end up in jeans, because they’re so practical. As I used to work as a fashion designer, and have seen so many clothes, therefore I now focus on the long lasting pieces, and brands that have a strong ethical awareness. We have to be much more aware of the environment in the production of textiles. This is also why fashion on my lifestyle blog www.peekaboodesign.dk only is mentioned if the thoughts and values represented are meaningful.
I always try to travel light, so I only have hand luggage. That means all my toiletries come in small travel sizes and I limit my travel wardrobe to a minimum. Although I don’t have one specific item I always bring, you can usually find me in a pair of sneakers because I like to walk around new places. That way you get to look into backyards and find the hidden places. I am a very curious person!
I love to cuddle up on a couch filled with pillows and blankets and a good book, knitting or drinking a cup of tea. That is pure wellness for me.
Everything inspires me! I mainly get inspiration from people I see on the street, art and colour combinations from old movies. But I find inspiration in everything. It can be the shape of a reflection or shadow, it can be the pattern that shows through the transparency of a petal. I find inspiration in every little detail I see on my way. It is all about being observant and letting the impressions guide you.
Thanks so much Lene! If you’d like to find out more about Lene’s tips for crafting stunning Christmas ornaments and decorations from things you have around you, check out this post and Instagram . And for a quick kitchen makeover go here.