Living With Kids: Mia-Louise of MisseMai Prints

January 3, 2012

To me, Denmark means Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales, Arne Jacobsen’s Egg Chair, and a whole lot of people happy to be living in one of the happiest countries in the world according to Forbes nearly every year. So it should come as no surprise that Mia-Louise is happily designing and illustrating the most darling collection of whimsical prints, memorable textiles, and even covetable lingerie in a corner of Copenhagen. There must be a little magic in the water!

In between running MisseMai Prints, she and her husband, Mark, are also raising a little guy named Herbert and waiting anxiously for the April arrival of their already-named son, Huxi. Welcome to their home. It’s quite a lovely mix of calm and graphically-charged elements, don’t you think?

Q: How would you describe your design aesthetic?

A: I love the clean look of black and white. I never thought I would introduce colors into my work, but after having Herbert I realized that a soft color works very well in a child’s room.

Q:  What are the pieces in your home that truly make it feel like home to you?

A: Being a  textile designer, I obviously love patterned textiles, and some of my favorite pieces in my home are the beautiful screen-printed Florence Broadhurst textiles I bought when I moved back to Denmark from London. Apart from that, I love the smell of coffee and scented Diptyque candles. But what really makes me feel at home is my husband, our little son, and our two fluffy dogs, Arthur & Freddie.

Q:  You seem to choose a lot of black and white and neutral for furnishings and your own designs, but infuse each room with at least one super-bold piece that really packs a punch.

A: I’m a very visual person, and I tend to get fed up with over-designed objects. All of my interiors are purchased purely because they are well-made and beautiful, not because they fit into a particular style.

The painting in the dining room is by a not-so-famous Dutch painter whose name I’ve forgotten; it’s called 83 Rainy Days, and I love it more every time I see it.

Q:  How do you feed your creativity?

A: I have a great admiration of H.C. Andersen’s beautiful old paper cuts. The poetic way they tell a story without the usage of words is an ongoing inspiration for me. Paper cuts have the greatest influence on all of my work.

Q: Give us your best advice for making your style work, no matter what changes are thrown at you in life.

A: Save your money and wait to buy the things you really love and want.

My home’s color scheme is from the UK painting company Farrow & Ball, and is a blend of classic and calm colors. The paint is expensive, but the matte look and the sophisticated shades of the colors are worth every penny. I’m right now saving up to have the living room painted in one of the new Farrow & Ball colors. I can’t wait!

Q: What was your goal for your son’s room? Are there changes in store as he grows?




A: When Herbert first had his own room, I made an effort to make it very child-friendly. I bought little boxes from IKEA, stuffed all his favorite things in them, and hung them as close to the floor as possible so that it was easy for him to grab his toys. I also bought the CD player from Muji that you can switch on and off by pulling a string; he spends hours playing his music.

One of my newest illustrations is called The World of… and is inspired by Herbert’s little world. He loves finding his favorite animals and the little magic creatures within the illustrations. I’ve placed the illustration above his bed and sometimes in the morning when he wakes up, I watch him from the doorway without him noticing me, and I can hear him say “Where is my tiger?” Then he points his little finger at the tiger in the illustration saying “Here is my tiger.” It makes me very happy to see him enjoy the illustration.

In a few months, he will have a little brother and they will someday share the room. I’m currently looking into having some sort of functional bunk bed made that can accommodate both children, and maybe work as a storage box for clothes and toys, as well.


Huxi will spend his first few months in the cot hanging above our bed. While we wait for his arrival, it holds all the little bits and bobs I have started collecting for him, like some Japanese baby bed linen and a pretty cashmere blanket.

Q:  Do you have a studio space at home for your art?

A: My studio is ten minutes away from home, thank God! I have tried working from home, and it doesn’t work for me; I can’t keep my focus.

I do have a lot of my own artwork in our home. I love each and every illustration I have ever made — not in a narcissistic way, but because they are each happy memories! Each illustration is inspired by a beautiful fairy tale or a person close to me.

Q: What’s your favorite way to spend time in your home?

A: At the moment I’m very much into the TV drama The Good Wife, by Ridley and Tony Scott.

I love the dark Scandinavian winter nights, when all the candles in the flat are lit, Herbert is asleep and snoring in his little bed, the dogs are splashed out on the sofa, my husband and I are drinking great coffee — my husband is obsessed with good quality coffee! — and watching The Good Wife.

Q: Tell us what’s on your wish list, either for your home or for you personally.

A: A romantic trip to Paris with my love, Mark, and textiles from the web shop Fabricworm to create bed linen for our new baby.

Thank you so much, Mia-Louise, for sharing your space with us. Your work does remind me of fairy tales, so I’m sending many wishes for your own happily ever after!

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I love that little baby cot hanging from the ceiling above Mia-Louise and Mark’s bed. It’s such a brilliant and stylish space-saver, isn’t it? Tell me, friends: Did you ever think black and white could feel so warm?

P.S. — If you’d like to share your home with us in my Living With Kids series, drop me a note. I’d love to hear from you!

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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rachel January 3, 2012 at 7:26 am

Oh wow, what a beautiful home! I love the pictures, and especially the hanging baby cot. What a fantastic idea!

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2 Christa The BabbyMama January 3, 2012 at 7:30 am

Black and white can look lovely and warm, for sure. I think looking at a ton of Scandinavian interiors convinced me of that :)

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3 jodi January 3, 2012 at 7:31 am

What a beautiful home! I love the clean, fresh look to everything. That hanging baby cot is my favorite too!

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4 susan January 3, 2012 at 7:40 am

I love these house tours. The rooms in the house are so calm, unlike the dot room yestrerday:), and stylish. What a great idea to hang that darling baby bed.

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5 Danielle Adonis January 3, 2012 at 7:48 am

Hi! Just wanted to say that I love reading your blog so full of heartwarming stories and inspiration. And a nice surprise to see a feature from my part of the world.
Hugs from Copenhagen :-)

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6 Design Mom January 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Thank you for the sweet words, Danielle. I sure love your part of the world!

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7 Chi @ Carousel January 3, 2012 at 7:56 am

I agree, Gabrielle – monochrome never looked so good! I’m a huge fan of this look and I think it works for them because their gorgeous home isn’t overly styled and super-pristine.

It is full of things that evoke calm and happiness and, no doubt, bring them pleasure daily. I love that it looks lived in and yet so stylish.

P.S. The hanging cradle makes me so very nostalgic! My little girl had one by my bed as a baby …

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8 amyks January 3, 2012 at 8:19 am

I love her illustrations, they are so beautiful.

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9 hyzen January 3, 2012 at 8:29 am

Really lovely–such a warm, clean, inviting space! And I’d love to know the paint colors, if you happen to remember them, especially the gray/greige behind the rocking chair.

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10 Tan January 3, 2012 at 8:52 am

Such a lovely home. And I am particularly drawn to that print of the dear and the tree/splatter paintings in Herbert’s bedroom! It’s absolutely gorgeous! Do you have any idea where it’s from?

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11 Erin January 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

Love this tour! I love all things Scandinavian, but especially home interiors…I could look at them all day long, so inspiring. The first link (missemai.blogspot.com) doesn’t work–could you provide us with her blog link? Thanks!

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12 Design Mom January 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Oh dear! I didn’t realize the link wasn’t working. I’ll fix it immediately. Thanks for the heads up.

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13 Erin January 3, 2012 at 10:37 am

A bassinet swing! Now I’ve seen everything!…I love where it is hanging too. Just close enough!

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14 Elizabeth January 3, 2012 at 10:38 am

I’d love to know the source for the hanging cot/cradle, it’s gorgeous!

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15 Ann January 3, 2012 at 11:07 am

I like so many things about this house! All the black and white, the crib with rounded corners fabric doll, and puffy clouds, and of course the bassinet swing and placement of – do they make those for adults?!!!

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16 Mia-Louise January 3, 2012 at 11:16 am

THANK YOU ALL for all the lovely comments! It makes me very happy to see you like my home so much :-) There has been a few questions already… The paint in the living room behind the rocking chairs is Farrow & Ball’s “Skimming Stone”. The address for my blog is http://missemai.blogspot.com -please do stop by :-) The Deer illustration in Herbert’s room is from my screen printed fairy tale collection and can be purchased at the MisseMai online boutique (www.missemai.com). For some reason I can’t remember where the swinging cot was bought… My mum gave it to Herbert when he was first born. I will do my best to find the cot retailer and get back to you.. HAVE A BEAUTIFUL EVENING Mia-Louise xxxxxxx

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17 hyzen January 3, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Thank you so much for the paint info!

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18 Elizabeth January 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Thank you! Can’t wait for info on the cot, it’s gorgeous and clever.

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19 Laura January 3, 2012 at 11:16 am

What a lovely and calming home. And I love those tree prints!! And can so relate to watching “The Good Wife”. It is one of my must see shows too!

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20 Design Mom January 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I think I need to watch “The Good Wife.”

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21 Kira January 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

I love everything about this home!

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22 teresita January 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm

mia louise, your home is gorgeous!!!

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23 Mia-Louise January 4, 2012 at 2:02 am

‘The Good Wife’ by Ridley and Tony Scott is FANTASTIC!!
Im almost addicted – I most have spent half of my pregnancy watching the series :-)
I’ve manage to find a web site where you can buy the cot.
Click on this link: http://www.ogbrinch.dk/Til+shoppen/Børnemøbler/Milos+vugge+i+træ+fra+Sebra.html
The cot is made by a Danish design company called Sebra and the cot is called ‘Milo’. It’s a bit pricey.. around €270. Have a beautiful day. Mia-Louise xxxxx

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24 Elizabeth January 4, 2012 at 11:50 am

Absolutely gorgeous, I hope they’ll ship here!

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25 Meghan January 4, 2012 at 9:21 am

Gab,
Any idea what brand or where the little kitchen/washing machine in the first photo is from? I have an ikea kitchen set for my daughter, but the washing machine would be perfect!
Thanks so much!

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26 alix January 4, 2012 at 11:59 am

I want to move in!

Love it.

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27 Mia-Louise January 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm

The little kitchen & washing machine is from a Danish company called Carla & Co.
Im not sure if you can buy it online but click this link and get in contact with the company they might be able to help you.
http://www.carla-co.com/produkt/drewart/komfur.html

Mia-Louise xxx

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28 Stephanie Smirnov January 5, 2012 at 5:29 am

That’s it. I’m moving to Scandinavia. I assume it will instantly transform my life from chaotic and frayed at the edges to sleekly designed and well-ordered!

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29 Jamie S January 5, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I’m headed to Sweden for five months specifically to pursue this kind of serene and natural design. Your home is perfect!

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30 Adam Thomas January 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm

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31 Katie, UK January 7, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Really inspiring, thank you. I’d love to know where the rocking chairs from please? It’s the stuff of memories curled up reading books together :)

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32 Mia-Louise January 8, 2012 at 6:45 am

Dear Katie, Thank you for your comment :-)The rocking chair is from Gerversoni and it is FANTASTIC! Click the link below
http://www.gervasoni1882.it/gervasoni/scheda.php?id=227&lang=en

Mia-Louise xx

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33 Imke January 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Wow! Love it! And I especially love the white baby cot, can you tell me where it’s from? Or do I just start a new quest ;)

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34 Imke January 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I mean the white baby crib, not the hanging cot but the round white crib

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35 Rachel January 27, 2012 at 1:20 am

Where can I purchase the crib?

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36 Dorien July 1, 2012 at 7:10 am

Hi, love the foto’s, especially the boysroom. THE bed is Greta andere scheet aswell. But most of all i love the cloud lights., can you tell me where it is from ?..

Thx. X Dorien

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37 Dorien July 1, 2012 at 7:13 am

I mean the bed is great and the sheet aswell ( elephant),… my iPad sometimes makes huis own words haha

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38 Lora Logan August 12, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Where is the crib from???? Or the brand???

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39 Marisa December 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Speaking of suspended cradles, I did the test with a self-built cot, a very positive test, but I’m lucky to have a husband who is a carpenter ……
I am also always been concerned about the materials and harmful emissions, they may have.
I discovered this brand of eco-friendly products, their cribs and children’s beds are fantastic!
http://www.woodly.it/eng/baby-furniture.html

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