WALK IN THE LIGHT


Today is Kyndelsmӓssodagen, and Christmas is officially over, but in addition to the catholic symbolism tied to this day, the sun has also returned to the polar regions. The polar night is finally over, even in Svalbard.

WEEKEND INSPIRATIONS


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

HOME EC 2.0


Hemkunskap is Swedish for Home Economics but the literal translation is "Home Knowledge". I am fully capable of feeding my family, but it is time to up my game in the kitchen. When a chef boasting two Michelin stars publishes a book about simple home cooking basics, I cetrainly expect it to elevate our week day dinners. Sample pages at Bokus
IMAGE: BONNIER FAKTA PRESS IMAGE

IT'S CLEARLY WELCOME BACK

I'm STOKED about the re-launch of Limelight by Kosta Boda. The glasses are the icons of the collection, but I adore the pitcher and the vase for roses. 
IMAGE: PRESS IMAGE KOSTA BODA

WEEK FOUR

Tulpanbukett i vittImage from page 506 of "Norway, Sweden, and Denmark: with excursions to Iceland and Spitzbergen ; handbook for travellers" (1909)

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 

IT'S A CATCH



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

GOOD NIGHT MOON



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)