POT PERFECTION


If you are looking for a timeless addition to your christmas home, consider adding hand made pots from Gysinge instead of mass produced knick knacks. Available in four colours equally perfect for Christmas as well as seasonal blooms around the year. The perfect gift to a friend as well. 
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DREAM ON, DREAMER

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Perhaps browsing the plans for the Industry hall of the Stockholm exhibition in 1897 isn't the most realistic ginger bread house planning one can pursue, but it might be the fanciest!
IMAGE: PUBLIC DOMAIN VIA THE CITY ARCHIVE OF STOCKHOLM

RING AROUND THE ROSES


For decades the Swedish advent candle holders sported four candles in a row, but the past five years the trend has shifted to circular ones. There are plenty of more elaborate ones from Rosendahl, Stelton and Georg Jensen, but this plain Jane from Lagerhaus is a great buy if you are looking for a cheap one to decorate with moss, gnomes, nuts or flowers to double as centerpiece through the holiday season.  
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WEEKEND READS


Foraging has always been one of my favourite activities, but I would like to learn more. Vildplockat gives a structured introduction. Savor Stockholm makes me home sick with its many brilliant photos from the city. It¨s the best free Stockholm guide available, and in both Swedish and English. A whole book dedicated to Swedish buns? Tis the season for carbs. Bullar by Daniel Lindberg. Follow links for sample pages. IMAGE: COVER IMAGES VIA ISSUU

JUST GIVE ME A REASON




Every time I pass by the hardware and home goods store I try to find the perfect excuse to get the soup/salad bowls from Bitz. The proportions are pretty, the glaze looks great. If ours were a single person household it would be the perfect size fruit bowl. Maybe I need a designated bowl for onions and garlic?
IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE JERNIA 

DAY OF THE DEAD

Standing stones, Greby grave field, Tanum parish, Bohuslän, Sweden

If you want a text book example of cultural imperialism via commercial mechanisms, consider the celebration of Halloween in Norway. If you want a text book example of how to honour your dead in Scandinavia, consider visiting an ancient grave site. Strewn across every landscape are the typical mounds and stone circles. These standing stones in Greby, Sweden, were painted in water colour by Olof Hermelin, most likely in the 1880s.
PHOTOGRAPED BY LARS KENNERSTEDT

NOVEMBER


The first week in November we remember those who have passed, honour their lives, and light candles in their memory.  A poetic line from an old Swedish folk psalm capture the mood: "Sorrow and joy they wander together".

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WOODLAND CREATURE CHRISTMAS


This is my kind of Christmas! Throw pillow Skogen from Åhlens can grace your home from October through March, look great in reading chairs, as well as the kid´s room.

KELP ME

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This is my colour inspiration at the moment. Kelp and seaweed under the frozen surface of the sea, mirroring the fading fall colours as nature shift gears from blazing October to quiet November. Photographed in Lauksletta in Troms County, Norway.
PHOTO BY L ORIOL 

TAKING THE TUBE

The boys are learning to light matches and love to cozy up with breakfast around candle light. The  card board tube to hold old tea light cups so they make it to the recycling, has been upgraded from wish list to need list. Made by Swedish FORMAT. 
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KEEP IT SIMPLE


The past few years coloured glass has become trendy, and I love myself some colour in the home. But  there is something to be said about clear glass and its versatility. Two BERAKNA vases from IKEA with is soft curves would look lovely filled with pine cones, perhaps on a moss green table cloth, surrounded by low pillar candles reflecting its light in the glass. Or the other way around, with pillar candles in the vases and pine cones strewn on the table. A great base for a seasonal setting without going overboard with Santas and reindeers.
IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE IKEA