Fresh, clean, Scandinavian style and design can do wonders to refresh any mountain home. We love the simplicity and timeless classic quality of Scandinavian home designs and we’re always seeking it out in vintage and design shops around Europe.
It is easy to fall for the Scandinavian-inspired accessories for the home and garden offered by online interiors boutique Nordic House. Based in Cornwall, England, the online boutique is run by Sandie and Alan Wallman who nurtured a love for Scandinavian homewares when the couple worked and lived in Sweden.
Recently, Nordic House has redesigned their online boutique to give it a more contemporary feel, keeping navigation simple while still showcasing its Scandinavian-inspired homewares with fresh, inviting lifestyle images.
The Cornwall-based online boutique sells some 800+ products which include a large range of lanterns and hurricane lamps and beautiful tableware and decor for weddings and parties. “All products are sourced lovingly by Sandie and her team, with a focus on the original rather than the traditional,” says Nordic House.
What specific Scandinavian style accessories can you easily incorporate into the interior of your mountain home? Think about simple, rustic, vintage-inspired designs with fresh pops of color. Among the boutique’s more popular home accessory pieces are the knitted poufs, vintage-style zinc trunks and classic stainless steel lanterns.
Want some more Scandinavian design inspiration? Here are more home accessories from Nordic House:
Want to design your own camera? Then you might fancy custom building your own Pentax Q10. Photo credit: Pentax.
Most mountain travelers never stop taking photos of mountain landscapes, people, cultures and sports.
If you’re a design-loving mountain traveler looking for a pocket-sized camera, the small, design-your-own Pentax Q10 comes in 100 fab color combinations. The Q10 also has smart Digital Filters, Smart Effects and Bokeh Control shooting modes for enhanced creativity.
We love the design possibilities with the camera’s design-your-own element. You can custom build a camera by visiting the Q10 online simulator at the Pentax Australia website. With the technicolor rainbow of color options, you can mix and match the camera body and grip colors.
Features of the camera
This pocket-sized Pentax also offers excellent image quality with its 12.4 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor and fast autofocus. The in-camera high dynamic range (HDR) capture ensures the photos reproduce the same visions seen by the human eye.
If you’re an experienced photographer, the camera features traditional DSLR shooting modes such as Program, Aperture/Shutter Priority and Metered Manual exposure control. For snapshot travelers, there are user-friendly automatic modes including Auto Picture and 21 scene selections.
Other features of the Pentax Q10 include:
Q Mount Lens System – a selection of Pentax Q lens including prime, zoom, fisheye;
Shake Reduction (SR) – for sharp, blur-free images in a range of shooting or light conditions;
1080p Full HD movie recording + HDMI output;
High speed continuous shooting (approx. five frames per second);
A city + mountain design hotel: Adlers Hotel in Innsbruck, Austria. Photo credit: Tirol Tourist Board.
Looking for a luxury design holiday in Austria? In Innsbruck, the city’s much anticipated luxury lifestyle Adlers Hotel opens in summer 2013.
Called a design hotel, the company says Adlers Hotel is “Tyrolean quality materials meet trendy, urban design.” The 80-room and suite hotel has been designed to connect the city and mountains by utilizing stunning views, edgy design and excellent hospitality. Room prices at Adler Hotel start from €135 per room, per night.
Designed by Vienna-based architects Henke und Schreieck, it is considered Innsbruck’s tallest hotel. Adlers Hotel rises up from the 6th to the 13th floors, blending a contemporary glass facade with earthy tones. While on the hotel’s 11th floor, guests can relax in the spa area which offers sauna and massage facilities and sweeping panoramic city-mountain views.
On the 12th floor, the Adlers Hotel promises “culinary delights on the rooftops” and leaving hotel guests feeling on top of the world with unobstructed views from the restaurant, bar, lounge and sun terrace.
One of the city’s newest hot spots will be the hotel’s cocktail bar where travelers can “leave the day with delicious drinks, good conversation and cool rhythms.”
If they want to go still higher, they can head up to the hotel’s 13th floor and see panoramic 360-degree views of Innsbruck and its mountain landscape from the building’s roof-top terrace.
Kibo summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. Photo credit: Yosemite.
Kat Lewis wrote this guest post about the top natural attractions that will blow you away on Kilimanjaro.
While the views from the top of Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak are undoubtedly spectacular, this is far from the only natural sight that will impress you during your time trekking on the mountain. I’ve put together a list of some of the most amazing attractions to look out for on two of Kilimanjaro’s top trekking routes - Rongai and Shira.
What to look for on the Rongai route
The Rongai route is the only trail to approach Kilimanjaro from the north, which means many of the landmarks you pass differ significantly from the other tracks you can follow to the top of the mountain. Here are a few of its most impressive sights:
Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey - The Colobus monkey inhabits the equatorial forest that you’ll walk through early on in your trek. Keep your eyes peeled for these striking black and white primates in the tree canopy.
Mawenzi Tarn - Mawenzi Tarn is one of Kilimanjaro’s two extinct volcanic craters, with its rocky spires towering above the moorland that you’ll be walking across to reach your camp at its base. It looks spectacular, rising up ahead of you, and is equally stunning when you get a little closer. You’ll have a particularly amazing view of it when you reach Gillman’s Point on your summit attempt.
The Saddle - The saddle between Mawenzi Tarn and Kibo (above), Kilimanjaro’s dormant crater, is unlike anything else you’ll see on your hike. This landscape is often described as lunar thanks to the barren nature of this alpine desert. There is little life up here, but there are amazing views on every side, with the plains spreading out below you and Uhuru Peak towering ahead.
Three Sydney-based mountaineers took the Shira route on their climb of Kilimanjaro. Video courtesy of aussie7summits.
What to look for on the Shira route
The Shira route, which approaches from the west and leads you across the Shira plateau, also boasts its fair share of impressive sights. The following are among the most striking things to see:
Shira Plateau - The Shira Plateau is a stunning place to walk through, with this wild landscape offering amazing views in every direction. You can see the plains and farmlands on the slopes below you if you look to the west, while in the east you have an unrivaled view of the Kibo crater. On a clear day, you can also see Mount Meru in the distance to the west, with the peak towering above the clouds that hide its lower slopes.
Shira Cathedral - This is a rock formation that juts out of the moorland on the edge of the plateau. There are spires and towers surrounding the main rock that make it resemble a cathedral.
Western Breach - You’ll typically get the best views of the Western Breach on your fourth day of your hike on the Shira route. The Western Breach is a large crack in the Kibo crater wall that was created by a lava flow. The rock face is now covered in glaciers that provide a striking contrast to the dark color of the crater walls.
Stella Point sunrise - On your final day of hiking, you’ll leave your camp in the dark with the aim of reaching Stella Point in time to watch the sunrise over Mawenzi Tarn. This will provide a welcome rest before you continue on your journey to the Roof of Africa.