Artist Nina D in her studio, Altrincham, Cheshire. Hand painted tableware designs inspired by Nina's Swedish roots.

A Scandi table set for inspiration

I was born in Sweden and grew up with wonderful family traditions, especially from my Mother who delightfully set the table for celebrations and insisted we enjoyed everyday mealtimes together as a family. Rituals I recognised in England when I moved here twenty five years ago to study in London and also the spark behind my homeware business NINA D.

Each design is meticulously hand illustrated and inspired by a place or a person close to my heart back home in Sweden. During my Set & Costume design degree, I made the decision to always create my art by hand using watercolour and carefully selected paper. I have not once tweaked my artwork with a computer. Instead I create depth by layering to produce a striking two dimensional effect.

Our home is light and airy with wooden floors and furniture from our Stockholm apartment. It is accessorised with unusual pieces from my Russian grandparents such as an original tea samovar and the wooden Russian dolls. I live in leafy Cheshire with my son Lukas, who is nine years old.