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About. Alice in Scandiland

About. Alice in Scandiland

Hello and welcome along to my little blog world.

This is my place to share our family home in Cornwall, a way to document our daily lives, my love for interior design, photography and creativity. Within my writing I explore how these interests work (or occasionally don’t!) with two young children and a house that started out far from my dream property.

Alice in Scandiland is a multi award winning blog, incorporating subjects such as interior design, family life and all the ‘stuff’ that comes in between. You’ll also see my love for our beautiful home county and how living in this special part of the world impacts on our home life.

Born from the idea of a simple place to record some of my projects and memories, this blog has grown in a wonderfully organic way, I never had big plans when I started out, but as my following grew quickly, with it grew my passion for creating meaningful content. I suddenly found myself with a reason to push out of my comfort zone of Stay at Home Mum, to feed my need to redesign, improve upon, photograph and fill my life with a sense of place. I didn’t know how adrift I felt before, until I found my little niche writing here.

About. Alice in Scandiland

My husband has lived in our home for 20 years, I’ve been here about 12, but the real work didn’t start on renovating until about 4 or 5 years ago. Previous to this I guess I had just accepted the house was small and kind of ugly and that was that. Until something changed in me when I was pregnant with my second daughter Eula. I suddenly no longer felt attached to my collections of things, instead seeing how it cluttered and complicated our lives. Once I had a humongous life laundry, ridding our home of about 65% of our belongings, then I could see what the space had the potential to be.

I have no training or qualifications in Interior Design, Styling or Photography and all my photos are taken on my phone, but I think I am learning and expanding my skills every day.

We’re gradually working our way through the house, on a very limited budget, making Small Space Living work for us. We have chosen to stay put and invest our time in creating an environment that meets our needs, as opposed to overstretching ourselves financially and buying bigger. Within this blog you can expect to find some of my tricks and tips for how life can be improved greatly by playing on your home’s strengths, capitalising on what you have, as well as small, everyday celebrations of the environment around us. I’m a firm believer in creating special moments within normal daily life.

I’m very influenced and inspired by Scandinavian/ Nordic style, this is evident in most corners of our home, but I don’t limit myself to trying to fit within a trend box. I surround myself with what I like and feel the overall effect is a home that functions as just that, a home, a place that welcomes you and shows the story of who lives here, whilst maintaining an appreciation for beautiful design.

About. Alice in Scandiland

2017 was an amazing year for me, I decided to take Alice in Scandiland to the next level and was rewarded with an even greater influx of wonderfully interactive followers and ended the year as winner of Best Design Inspiration Blog at the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2017, plus winner of Dotcom Gift Shop Best Interiors Blog 2017.

2018 promises to be bigger and better, I have some exciting plans in the pipeline, work continues on the house and I look forward to collaborating with even more interesting people/ brands, so please feel free to get in contact if you’d like to be involved. You can email me – alicecollyer at hotmail.co.uk

About. Alice in Scandiland

My dream for 2018 is for my family to have a happy, healthy year, to take pleasure in the small things and reduce daily stresses. I’d love a new bathroom (this would certainly reduce my personal stress levels!)…but that really is a pipe dream at this point. I’d like to continue to inspire and be inspired by the wonderfully creative people I meet and read about and just overall be comfortable in my own skin.

You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter too, so come and say hello.

35 Comments Add yours

  1. Jane Wheeler says:

    Loving the look Alice. Looking forward to seeing more Janie x

    1. Thank you lovely xxx

  2. CornishDoula says:

    I’m loving the blog Alice and really look forward to your posts <3

    1. Thank you lovely lady xxx

  3. Amanda says:

    I really like reading your blog, Alice. Such lovely girls you have and a wonderful sense of style.
    looking forward to reading more.

    1. Thank you so much Amanda ❤😚😚😚

  4. Hey there – I wanted to let you know that I just listed your blog as one of my favorite inspirations for interior design in a post about how to save money and go green. If you want to peek, it’s at savingsarahgrace.wordpress.com. I couldn’t find a ‘contact’ button to contact you directly.
    Thanks for posting such inspirational content!

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely words, a great read. I have neglected the main bones of my blog of late, I will get on there and update things like a contact button. Thank you xx

  5. Amy says:

    Lovely words, you should be very proud xx

    1. Thank you so much ♡

  6. Hilda Carr says:

    How lovely to read, Alice.
    You have a wonderful sense of style and a warm personality that shines throigh.
    2018 is going to be STUPENDOUS! XX

    1. Thank you so much lovely ♡ Here’s to a great year for us both 😗

  7. Emily says:

    Alice- I was talking to my nine year old son at bedtime, he just got new clothes because he grew and he told me he was sad to get rid of his old t-shirts. I thought of you! We talked about how if we had kept all his clothes from when he was a baby they would take up lots of space, and we should enjoy things for a time then let them go for someone else to enjoy once we had finished with them. Such a great philosophy! I hope your paint troubles are soon over and your living room is back to being a serene and beautiful refuge. Emily x

    1. Awww, thank you Emily, I’m glad I could help! I need to listen to my own advice as I’m in a bit of a clutter phase at the moment, I blame the school holidays.
      Thank you for your kind words x

  8. jyoti naik says:

    Hello Alice in Scandiland… Love it.. So catchy!
    I have been looking at Pinterest and google images for the longest time for a bungalow kitchen extension. I am wheelchair bound but very mobile. Interiors is my passion. I have decorated few lounge and restaurants sitting in my wchair. I loved reading your blog and the way you explained step by step progress on work and most of cost and emotions.
    Did u have to get planning or put up the beam for breaking the wall? I so desperately would like exactly what you have created but its so expensive.
    I am in Greater London .

    1. Hello, thank you for your kind words. No, we didn’t need planning permission and no beams needed, as they are already there (the windows wouldn’t be weight bearing). We had to be under Building Control, as it’s a highly glazed extension. They wanted us to have a door to close between the extension and house, but that was a big no for me. The cost was so worth it, I guess prices are higher in London, but it has transformed our lives

  9. Tracey says:

    I’ve just found your blog and it feels like coming home. We have the same taste except you have made it happen but my ideas stay in my head (or on my Pinterest boards ha)! I love your transformations! You have given me so much inspiration. We bought a 1980s house a year ago and I’ve run out of steam on what on earth to do with it. Thank you so much. You have totally made my day.

    1. Hi Tracey, thank you so much for your kind words, I’m so pleased you’re able to identify and use my blog as inspiration x

  10. Laura GREGORY says:

    Hi there,

    I can’t express how reading your article when you did your conservatory captured exactly where I am with my house, it was like reading my feelings exactly, even down to the loss of natural light worry. Anyway your design is amazing and just perfect for what we’d like to do too. But what I really wanted to ask about is your log burner/stove, as we really want one and had come to the conclusion we couldn’t have one if we wanted to extend too.

    How is the stove chimney Set up/fixed and where does it come through and to out and above the roof?

    Thank you


    1. Hello Laura, thank you for your kind words, I’m glad the blog post has been helpful.

      The flue for the Woodburner goes up through the ceiling in the sitting room and through the cupboard in our bedroom. It’s boxed in, but vented, so lets warm air into our room.
      It then goes up through the attic and out through the roof.

  11. A: I’ve seen your blog and refer back to it every so often. I like the way you write and enjoy your sense of style. I’d just like today say… some days all you can do is breathe.. and that’s okay…look around you and smile at your abundance of everything you’ve created. Oh and here’s a hug.

    1. Thank you for your kind words Louise xx

    2. Thank you so much Louise x

  12. Robert Leversuch says:

    Hi Need to know costs please
    Robert @ Morgan Ritchie.co.uk

  13. Elizabeth Bristow says:

    Hi, inspired by your blog, I am looking into a very similar extension but we live in Cambridge and I just hope we can find someone to do it for us. Hopefully there is a Network Veka specialist near here.
    Thrilled to find an alternative to heavy brick and also a shorter build time than with a conventional build.
    Fingers crossed!
    Thank you for the inspiration.

    1. So pleased you found this piece helpful, good luck with your planned work ♡

  14. Sophie says:

    Hi, Alice I’m trying to get hold of your mum to invite her out for my mums 70th. Would you mind passing on my number to her 07932735224

    1. Hi Sophie, I passed this on to mum, hope you are well? Xx

  15. Helle Thue Gregersen says:

    You have a beautiful poster called Bored of Sofia Linda. The one is hanging above a bed. Which size is it. 50×70 or 70 x 100.

  16. Jo Harvey says:

    Hi Alice
    Lovely order received today. I forgot to order slim candles to go in the candle holders. Please can you recommend the best ones to fit? Thank you. Jo Harvey.

    1. Hello Jo, so sorry I didn’t see this, it’s always best to email the shop.


  17. Brendan Brosnan says:

    Big Question; Has the glass created a heat issue in winter, ie. Does it suck the heat out of the rst of the house.
    Ps. This is my dream extension.
    Thank you

  18. Elizabeth Bristow says:

    Hi Alice, we have just completed the first phase of our building project inspired by yours.
    I would like to know where you got your pendulum light bracket from? (the light that is donut shaped.).

  19. Robert Leversuch says:

    Hi. I am not sure if you are

  20. Robert Leversuch says:

    Hi are you trying to contact me? Robert of Morgan Ritchie PS

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