How things can change in a year…….At the start of 2017 I didn’t think I was ready for change, “maybe in a year or two” I’d say, still not knowing what I the change will actually be. I’ve enjoyed seeing my friends happily move to the suburbs, having babies and buying homes. But wasn’t certain that it was something I wanted to do. We thought to spend the year enjoying work, travel and figure it out later.
So we did. We travelled and worked, basically flying to Scandinavia every month or so. I reviewed design hotels, explored Stockholm and Copenhagen more and attended some incredible press events. It’s been crazy busy and amazingly inspirational. Then it happened! We had the opportunity to make a big change in our lives, no babies or mortgages, Stephen was offered a great job in Copenhagen, so we chose to spend our money on relocating to Denmark.
Some people have asked ‘why?‘. A question I thought so strange as it’s obvious how incredible Copenhagen is. But I’ve come to understand the question a little better. I doesn’t come from a negative place like “why would you want to?”, it’s actually a question of intrigue and practicality. For example, is there a specific job I’m moving for or direct reason for the big move? My answer is a mix of everything. Work, love for the city, a need for change, a change of pace and a place to improve my health. In London, I had been struggling to balance lifestyle, work and health and only wanting to spend my time in Scandinavia. So moving to Copenhagen makes perfect sense to me.
The city and especially the people have welcomed me with open arms. I’m so incredibly thankful it’s hard to put into words. I instantly feel at home here and am excited to see where this journey will take me. Work will continue here and in the pursuit of learning more about Scandinavian design, culture and developing my interior styling. I now have the chance to live and breathe Scandinavian culture and learn so much more about the design world that I love. A dream come true and still sometimes hard to believe that I actually live in Denmark! Less stress, more rest, more creativity and just seeing where this crazy journey will take me.
I’ve put together a small selection of pictures from my year. Essentially to help remind me of what I did and where I’ve been. It’s important to look back and be thankful.
From my London bedroom at the start of 2017……
to exploring Swedish design and style at Stockholm furniture fair and a press tour with Swedish Design Moves.
Design hotels such as Hotel At Six in Stockholm….
and Stay Seaport in Copenhagen, where I cried on the balcony because I didn’t want to go back home to London.
Rediscovering the light and shadows in Copenhagen’s Round Tower.
Watching a breathtaking performance at Menu Space by the Royal Danish Ballet (during 3 days of design festival in Copenhagen).
Saying hello to the new Skandium in South Kensington
And an even bigger hello to my new house in Copenhagen!
An incredible press event with Fredericia and Georg Jensen
Collaborating with brands such as Fredericia, Dunlopillo, Ferm Living, Menu, Skagerak and more….
Capturing the incredible designs of The Krane.
and setting up my home studio… still in progress…
I’ve loved sharing my work with the amazing instagram community.
Goodbye 2017, I look forward to what 2018 has to offer. I’m ready to face 2018 with a list of goals and intensions (keeping them to myself), a positive mind, a healthier body, making new friends and working with great people. Let’s do this!
A huge thanks to everyone that has supported me and following me on my journey. xx
What an incredible year for you Hannah! I’ve really been enjoying following your new life in Copenhagen and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for you. Happy New Year!
You’ve done and achieved so much in a year. I’m so impressed. Missing you here in London but happy to know Copenhagen has made you so happy, xx