WINTER'S OPENING ACT

The first snow While we're trodding on ice and plowing through snow already here in the very North as usual, the rest of the country is mesmerized (agonized?) by the early show of snow. This is a photo from Steinsöya in Romsdal.
 IMAGE BY EGIL. G O VIA FLICKR

LADY MARMALADE

KORKEN Burk med lock IKEA Burken har ett luftätt lock, perfekt för konservering av din hemgjorda sylt och gelé.
One of my passions in life is... making jam and marmalades. It's a peculiar thing, I know, but I can't help it. This year I'm considering making a few jars as neighbour gifts with string, a simple tag and a sprig for embellishment. Pair with cheese and bread and merry christmas to all! Too bad I don't live even remotely close to an IKEA, where this perfectly sized and perfectly priced jar Korken is to be found. 
IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE IKEA.COM

DOWNSIZING

I have been wanting to try my hands at creating a Finnish himmeli this fall. So here I am, pacing around the apartment, trying to find a good spot for one. Can't say that it's going particularly well. I might have to settle for a bunch of small stars. Instructions from Slöjd i Väst HERE
IMAGE: SLÖJD I VÄST VIA 365SLÖJD.SE

WHITE AND BRIGHT



Speaking of glögg... Every year polls show that a great number of children in Scandinavia, and I bet it's the same all over the world, dread the holiday season. Since party season commences in November, consider this an early reminder. If your festivities include children, please adjust drinking plans accordingly.
IMAGE: PRESS IMAGE VIT JUL, PHOTOGRAPHER PERNILLA FÖRNES

PIXIE CUPS

Glöggmugg 12 cl Julträd VintersagaGlöggmugg 12 cl Julblomma Vintersag

Katarina Brieditis expertly combines modern and folklore influences, in this whimsical pattern for
Swedish porcelain producer Rörstrand. Rather charming. Because of the intense sweetness, spices, and strong alcohol, glögg servings are traditionally diminuitive. These cups hold 12 cl. 
IMAGE: PRESS IMAGE RÖRSTRAND

WINTER

PEM-CHA-GP0620 Krysset mellom Grønnegata og Rådhusgata Tromsö ca 1930.
IMAGE: PERSPEKTIVET MUSEUM

NEVER TOO LATE TO START ANEW?

Not one, but two macbooks committed suicide in our home, erasing all the hundreds of photos, images and interviews in store for this blog. I must admit it's quite a sordine on my enthusiasm.

After a few days on and off, our winter is finally ready for a serious commitment, blanketing the landscape and erasing the distiction between mountaintops and sky. I'll follow suit and fire up the engines again. By november, this blog should be back in full swing!

BUMP IN THE ROAD

Aaargh. Anyone who's been in my shoes will understand the frustration of complete hard disk melt down and the famous WSOD (white screen of death).

We'll be back soon, but not today. Sigh.

SHINE A LIGHT

Yesterday at the Nobel museum, one laureate communicated even to our three year old the concept of the field of work for which she was awarded. Mother Theresa was quoted saying: "Peace begins with a smile." 

Designed by jewish designer Josef Frank in 1938, this brass or silverplated candelabra was named the "knot of friendship" as a symbol for peace and friendship. Available at Svenskt Tenn.  
IMAGE: SVENSKT TENN

UNDERNEATH A CHESTNUT TREE

Under the Chestnut

If there is one thing I miss in the North during fall, it is chestnut trees. Today, this old knuckly tree is where we're heading after a stroll through the old town in Stockholm and visiting the Nobel museum.
IMAGE: JAF-PHOTO VIA FLICKR

PSSST...

The Spanish edition of IKEA's christmas catalogue has leaked... read it here.
VIA VÅR VITA JUL

WHO WHOO THERE?

Siluett Minerva Uggla

Not exactly a bird lover, I still adore the silhouettes from Wildlife Garden. Perhaps an owl would keep other guests away from our balcony. Scrubbing off purple bird poop stains during blueberry season is not a favourite activity of mine. A nice porch addition for those that are Halloweenishly inclined as well. 
IMAGE: WILDLIFE GARDEN WEBSHOP

HOMEWARD BOUND

fly

After a nice visit in Stockholm, it's time to plan for a return to the fjords and the mountains. Two different, but immensely beautiful, places. J'ai deux amours.

MY BUNS, MY BUNS, MY LOVELY...

bullis

It's cinnamon bun day in Sweden. What a country.

ORDINARY EXTRAORDINARY



The shape and the production is the same today as it was 150 years ago, and the raw material is local clay from Gränsfors. Gränsfors Krukmakeri is a small family business now in the hands of its fourth generation, and one of two remaining potteries in Sweden. That in itself is remarkable.
IMAGE: NORRGAVEL:SE

DRAG QUEENS


Furniture on wheels. The unsung heroes of compact living. Since the industrial trend caught on, these helpers don't have to be tucked away in closets any longer. I'm trying to locate the measuring tape and see if one of them can be upgraded into art supply cart.  The nice carts and baskets shown here come from GRANIT, the Swedish storage solutions company.
IMAGES: PRODUCT IMAGES GRANIT 

NEW HANG UPS

That heavy handbag that sits on the floor by the entrance at the end of the day door needs a space of its own. Regular hooks give the handles an ugly shape, and if it sits on the floor it loses it's structure and shape. This might be the perfect solution. Originally intended for metal baskets from Korbo, but considering the size of my handbags the difference might only be one of opinion. 
IMAGE: LÄNNA MÖBLER WEBSHOP

I LOVE MY HOME TOWN

Autumn Evening Stockholm City, this afternoon.
PHOTO BY AUGUST LINNMAN

MELISSA HORN: UNDER LÖVEN

Acoustic performance of Underneath the leaves, by Melissa Horn. Music for a chilly autumn day.
Grab that big sweater, a big cup of tea and cozy up.

 

From the album Innan Jag Kände Dig, released september 2011.

KARL ANDERSSON & SÖNER



In 1898 cabinet maker Karl Andersson began making furniture for friends and family. Four generations later there is nothing nostalgic about their designs, but a genuine love for craftmanship and quality remains. If you're tired of the ubiquitous Aalto and Jacobsen, browse around Karl Andersson & Söner to more contemporary favourites. I am in love with their tables.
IMAGE: PRESS IMAGE KARL ANDERSSON & SÖNER; USED WITH PERMISSION

JAG VILL GÅ I BARNDOM

Art: 92322-11 Amanda Svart

My first pair of shoes were from Kavat, the Swedish shoe company founded in 1945. They premiered their first collection for adults in 2011 and I am trying to hunt down a pair of Amanda this week.

Kavat in Swedish means bold, brave, or plucky, and I think I might need that in my stride as the fierce storms of fall are approaching the Norwegian coastline.  
IMAGE: KAVAT ONLINE SHOP

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!


Fiftyseven days until the Polar night falls. We enjoy every single ray of sun mirrored in nature's bright colours.