Have you visited Svenskt Tenn's new and improved webpage? Don't miss the "Inspiration" tab with new rooms every season. Available in both a Swedish and an English version.
THIS! How I long to visit Ulriksdals tradgård every time I go to Stockholm, and my web browser history proves it. Since I usually travel alone with kids, it's been about nine years since my last visit. Imagine that! Nine!
The Grand Hotel in Stockholm recently underwent a major renovation. The gallery showcasing their muted interiors are a delight.
IMAGE: GRAND HOTEL STOCKHOLM, WEBPAGE
IMAGE: BONNIER FAKTA PRESS IMAGE
The first month of this year is unusually warm in Oslo, but with the characteristic gray skies and icy gravel strewn streets of most Nordic urban winter days. I linger in the midwinter darkness, the cozy feel of wool blankets and resist the urge to welcome spring too soon. In a week or so I will begin to introduce white and green in the home again, to welcome the light. But not quite yet.
In the desperate attempt to declutter prior to a move six years ago I threw away the old maps I'd been saving to have framed. I'd torn out the original print from a book in an even earlier attempt to declutter. This was one of those maps, printed in 1909, and I miss it terribly. Perhaps it is time to admit to myself that I never grew up. I am one still of those who adore the treasures others call clutter.
IMAGES FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: BLOMSTERFRAMJANDET, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, USED WITH PERMISSION. MAP OF STOCKHOLM FROM THE INTERNET BOOK ARCHIVE
January, a.k.a. the bleak month post Christmas, is said to be the poorest month of the year for most Scandinavians. So here's a budget friendly tip: the coat hangers in iron that we bought for our hallway are a steal at JULA.
IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE JULA WEBSHOP
Much like the Chinese I name each year after an animal. Well,sort of, I name it after a room...or a project area.
2017 is the year of the bedroom. This is the year we'll establish better bedtime routines, ban late night netsurfing, upgrade bed linen and bedding, get cozy sleep wear and in short: sleep well every night and wake up rested and bright every morning.
One can at least dream, no?
Above, muted tones and timeless design from Åhlens, which I am considering for the children's room. But it might be the 2013 fall catalogue from Mille Notti that will be my style guide on the journey towards a bedroom where good sleep abides.
IMAGES: PRODUCT IMAGE ÅHLENS; (ABISKO)
Kom, vinter, med din vita ro,
kom, helg, med dina håvor!
Låt fattigfolk i fruset bo få del av dina gåvor!
Låt gammalfolk bli ungt på nytt
och minnas blott allt gott som flytt
och maka sig tillsamman i stilla glam och gamman.
Kom, jul -- må gamla hymner klart
av unga röster sjungas,
var själ blir lättad underbart,
som eljest hårt betungas av dagens ok
och aldrig ser en glimt av soln, förra hon går ner.
Nu soln ikring oss dansar
i ljus och och krus och kransar!
Kom, nyår, med ditt gryningsljus
och lär oss tro och hoppas!
Hörs ej en sunnans milda sus?
Snart nakna kvistar knoppas.
Kom, Ljusa Stjärna, med din glans,
kom Sankte Knut! En sista dans
kring gran i gårdens driva,
dær snart står vårens viva!
Swedish holiday poem "Kom, helg" by Karl-Erik Forsslund
I am particular about the timbre, height and phrasing of the soprano part in this piece, and had to search quite a bit before finding a performance where they are up to par. Malmö Akademiska Kör delivers this classic to perfection. Happy 3rd advent to all.
Plastic spray bottles are usually pastel or gharish neon colours. This one is neutral enough to be allowed to remain on the sink in between meal clean up for easy access throughout the day. Also available in clear and 2 other tints, from Clas Ohlson.
IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE CLAS OHLSON