Style tips to transform your space

Do you love the mid-century modern vibe? Perhaps soothing Scandinavian style? Or maybe a clean contemporary look with a 20th-Century twist? Well, let me tell you that you’re in the right place. I’m obsessed with design, and Boreal Abode is all about helping you decorate your home with style!

Make it your forever home

Boreal Abode - European midcentury style for the modern home

In Boreal Abode you will discover fresh home style tips on how to decorate your home and make the most of your space. From straight to the point how-to guides and mood board inspiration to in-depth articles. Always with beautiful photographs to illustrate the posts and inspire you.

Do you love a statement piece? You can find my favourite furniture items and accessories in my key pieces. I also share practical advice on homecare and renovation. Ideal for period and modern homes.

The mission

I created Boreal Abode with a clear purpose: to inject my passion for European mid-century style into your home. Mid-century is such a flexible look. If you combine it with the right contemporary elements, it suits period and new properties perfectly. All homes look amazing with mid-century, but small houses and compact homes can benefit greatly.

A particular style

The European branch of mid-century modern design incorporates influences from all over the continent. Including Scandinavian, Eastern European, Spanish and British modern design.

Good news! You don’t have to spend thousands on vintage mid-century furniture. It’s true that a few original pieces make a great impact and add character to a home. Yet, the best high street and independent specialised retailers offer furniture and accessories with a mid-century vibe. Often incorporating the latest contemporary trends.

Mid-century is everywhere — and it’s here to stay!

Juan Sandiego - Boreal Abode

The guy with the blue jumper

I’m Juan Sandiego, the man behind Boreal Abode. I’ve been blogging about a variety of topics since 2006. In 2017, I mixed my top three passions: photography, graphic design and interior decorating. When combined into one, everything exploded with bright northern lights glow.

And Boreal Abode was born.

Cardiff, Wales, is where my home is. It’s a pretty little city full of green parks and rows of Victorian/Edwardian terraced houses. Thanks to this city, I’m now also obsessed with domestic period architecture and bird watching. Too many obsessions.

It may sound cheesy, but this blog makes me happy. From taking the photographs to crafting the posts and sharing useful advice. I just love the entire process.

But enough about me — let’s talk about you! So, if you’re reading all this is because you’re also into home decor and interiors. Are you looking for practical style advice? Or maybe fresh inspiration for that overdue renovation? Read below and make your project happen.

Let’s get started

The easiest way to stay up-to-date with all the style tips, advice, and inspiration, is to join the monthly newsletter (sign-up form below). You’ll get an email the first Thursday of the month. Zero spam. Every three weeks I share the latest post on Bloglovin and Feedly.  Don’t miss it!


Next, let’s get social. I spend a lot of time on Pinterest and Twitter curating the finest examples of mid-century and contemporary interiors. In Instagram, you will find shots of my house and sneak peeks of future posts. You can catch me on Facebook too.

Don’t go without saying hello!

Do you want to chat or discuss a project? Feel free to ask me questions. Get in touch via the contact page or use the social media networks above. I’ll try to reply as quickly as I can.