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.
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.
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
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.