guest bedroom inspiration

: : there's something about rooms with dark walls....having been inspired by the most recent domino issue [see post below] I am seriously considering painting our guest bedroom dark blue. I love the .soot. color by benjamin moore in the kitchen photo above. I like the contrast of dark walls and crisp white trims. and I'd love to add a bohemian feel with a mix of different patterns, gold and silver. I like the rug in the domino pic above. maybe I can even convince .iz. to let me put an open clothes rack in the room to hang my dresses, scarfs and hats on. .iz. could fit some of his suits too *smile*.

darks, lights & jcrew

: : i really enjoyed .domino's. featured article [this month] on the home of j.crew creative director .jenna lyons' home. I particularly enjoy the high contrast between dark and light colors in almost every room. and it really shows that they were selective and chose pieces with care. pieces that feel as if they are part of the apartment.

I was also interested to learn more about j.crew as a brand and company. they have come a long way in recent years. I apparently wasn't the only one who found their clothes "boring and plain" a few years back. whereas now, I can't even look through one of their catalogs without finding a few 'must-have' items [like the pink ruffled shirt in the top corner].

Good Light

No matter how big or small, if a room has large windows, it will probably look great. Nothing beats LOTS of natural light. I'm not a huge fan of the color gray but the gray in the first picture is very pretty with all the light coming in the window.

new england fall

: : October in Boston this year has been one of the best months of the year. we've had warm weather, sun, crisp air and all the beautiful colors that come with fall. I know this is the favorite season for many. For me, nothing will ever beat summers in Sweden, but fall in New England is in second place and getting better and better for every year.

we spent this past weekend with friends at a house on a river in New Hampshire. and had a lot of fun playing around in the leaves.

spice up a regular bouquet of roses with maple leaves and some greens.

Chalk Again

I know I've probably written about chalkboards before but I found some more pictures of them and these are some of my favorites. I love these shots a lot. I have used chalkboard paint in a few places in my house and use them all the time. They are great space savers for sure (not to mention paper savers). Chalkboard paint is easy and cheap to do!


: : I forgot to add my favorite image. here it is. a korvkiosk [hot dog stand somewhere in Göteborg]. It's so wonderful to recognize neighborhoods, stores, streets and parks in these photos. some places I used to walk by everyday.


: : Göteborg, my hometown

: : I've made a wonderful discovery of a new blog today [via .hei astrid.] The blog is called .smosch. by Sandra, an illustrator/artist who lives in .Göteborg., Sweden. My hometown! We didn't always live in .Göteborg., but it is where both my parents came from, grew up and where all of our relatives live. It's always been home to me. So finding .smosch. feels like connecting with a piece of home. .sandra. posts beautiful photos from her walks around the city, you can follow the changes of the seasons in her photos, and get a real feel for what life is like in the city. lots of fika [coffee breaks] at cafes.

I look forward to following life in my hometown through .sandra's eyes.

another great blog of life in .Göteborg., is of course, Elisabeth's blog .fine little day.

Holiday Ideas

Ok ok so its not even Halloween yet but its always fun to think ahead about decorating for the holidays. I will be adding holiday shots from time to time hopefully to give you all some ideas for decorating this year. Why not paint your front door a bright red and put a wreath up? Nothing says "Merry Christmas" quite like traditional red and green. Loving the clear lamps with a holiday scene. Simple is always fantastic. A green garland around the window and pass the eggnog!

new kurbits

: : I've created some new color combinations of my kurbits patterns as wedding presents and presents for friends and family. I particularly like these ones on a black base, in the traditional colors of the region .Dalarna.

searching for sheets

: : with the past 3day weekend, we tried to make some progress on the apartment. the bedroom is closest to being finished. although there was a small disaster this weekend trying to get our curtains up (I was swearing in Swedish on Monday night).

we've been searching for sheets for a while now but are struggling to find what we want. ideally we'd like them to be organic cotton, we want to stay away from the white, and I'd love a bold pattern like the one above in gold, from .dwell studio. I've also taken a fancy for a particular.amy butler fabric., which I think has the perfect color combination for our bedroom. making a quilt is much too ambitious although I love the one in the photos. but maybe I could make my own duvet cover in this fabric?

if anyone has suggestions/ideas for places to find sheets, please leave me a comment.

Urban Rustic

Loving the urban yet rustic look to these 3 pictures. A bit of old and new mixed together that makes a really warm yet sophisticated feel. Maybe that same feeling you get when you see grandma holding a newborn. It just makes you feel good inside!

one biker to another

: : [heard on my way in to work this morning. from one biker to another]
" nothing really seems so bad when you're on your bike".

it made me smile, in a time when the world is crumbling around us.... maybe I am just best off on my bike...

: : tina & hans : :

: : tina & hans got married on Oct 4th on an small island in the Swedish westcoast archipelago. their friends and families gathered on the cliffs by the ocean as the bride and groom arrived by boat just as the sun peeked through the clouds. beautiful pink, greys and blues throughout the wedding. the most beautiful wedding bouquet I've seen. blackberries and lavender mixed in with the table bouquets that tina put together herself. and of course, a beautiful bride and groom. a wonderful reception, with speeches, singing, dancing and games continued until the last ferry was leaving, by then the sunny weather had turned into storm and I returned home, my dress completely soaked. but that didn't matter. I had one of the best nights of my life. and I wish them all the happiness in the world!

: : louise & erik : :

: : two weddings, four of my very best friends, in one week. so many magical moments, laughter, friendship and love.

louise & erik married on Sept 27th. a beautiful, small, bright colored wedding set in the country by a large estate. louise was adorable in her sweet dress made by her grandmother. and erik more handsome than ever. the ceremony took place in a sun filled greenhouse, the reception followed in one of the old, stone houses surrounding the estate. the party went on well into the morning, the bride and groom left only 1 hr before the guests did. walking out hand in hand through the tall hedges, the sky filled with fireworks and their friends and families waiving from behind. a day to remember! I was thrilled to be able to be there, to be involved with the wedding, help with preparations and spend so much time together with louise, erik and their families. I wish them all the happiness in the world!

Dining in Style

Not really small but lots of WOW factor. I love them all!

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