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inspired by Khaite's first resort collection

12.07.2016

inspired by Khaite's resort collection | AMM blog

Inspiration can be one of those frustratingly intangible things. When you need it inspiration is nowhere to be found and when you're not seeking it out, inspiration finds you. Or something like that.
Also inspiration can be directly unrelated to the subject you're creating; poetry can inspire music, food can inspire fashion, fashion can inspire interiors. Partially the latter is true in this case, images from Khaite's resort line that are reminiscent of centuries old oil portraits contain enough color and depth to draw from to create an interior space.


inspired by Khaite's resort collection | AMM blog


inspired by Khaite's resort collection | AMM blog

I love what Catherine Holstein, founder and creative director of Khaite had to say about this collection,

"With this collection arriving in the holiday season, the time of year when reflection is most relevant, warmth was the literal and figurative inspiration."


inspired by Khaite's resort collection | AMM blog


Found from The Line

Lighting Design Max Bernetz
Styling Vanessa Traina
Hair Rita Marmor at Streeters
Makeup Stevie Huynh at Bryant Artists
Model Mali Koopman
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4 minimal shelving systems

4 minimal shelving systems | AMM blog

Birthed from my own personal need for storage, here are 4 options for minimal storage systems. We have a great low profile shelf in our living room from Menu (which you can see here) but in our bedroom I'm looking for a taller and broader shelf unit to hold part of my vast collection of books and magazines. Some with thin lines that offers no unnecessary ornate details since our room is small and already filled with our bed, desk and chair, daybed and floor lamp I don't want to make it feel overdone.


4 minimal shelving systems | AMM blog

First image/ Montana's Read shelving

Second image/ Frama's Vinkel, IKEA's Draget and Ferm Living's Punctual
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gift wishlist

12.06.2016

WISH

A little wishlist for myself for Christmas, although I'd also be perfectly happy to simply spend the quality time with my family, any of these would also do! ;)


Young Frankk trine earrings | Roll-up sleeve blazer | Åsa Stenerhag, Untitled | Home by Petra Bindel and Emma Persson Lagerberg | Gubi Stay sofa | Accords perfume oil | Sarah & Sebastian face ring
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tour a brand new studio, just 20 mins from Stockholm

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You mentioned that opening your own showroom has been a long time dream of yours, now that your dream is coming true, what does this finished space mean to you?

Dreams must take time and allow themselves to be worthy of the anticipation. This has been my dream to open a studio. A studio that is bursting with energy and creates interior innovation. That's exactly what I want it to mean to others. You must allow dreams to take time, hurry slowly. I want my studio will be an incubator for what other creative dreams can be.


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Besides housing your amazing past and forthcoming design pieces, what other purposes do you intend to use the studio for?

My previous answer covers this issue. If everything within my creative path was only about me, I would not leave seeds for others. That's what I believe everything in life is about, giving further. I want to create a path for others to walk through.


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Can you tell us a bit about the location and why you chose it?

The studio is located a bit outside Stockholm city in a harbor and marina, which is perfect. It is right next to the water with a large roof terrace and is the optimal place for creative activity and creative work. We are as far from a busy urban environment as can be yet only it takes 20 mins to Stockholm city centre. I think that is the future value, peaceful environment. We have fantastic natural light in the studio that we can rent it out for photo shoots and will offer even greater daylight studio in the spring and summer months. More about that later though!

Along with your own creations, will you be carrying any other selection of items?

Absolutely. My design complements the others, vice versa. A Swedish saying goes, alone is not strong. The best way to show your own design is to place it next to the others. I have already begun to choose brands that I believe will be a nice complement to my studio and to present for my interior decorating clients. I can only hope that others love the result as much as I do.


You can visit Annaleena and her collection at:

B R Y G G A V Ä G E N 1 3 1 E , E K E R Ö
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a simple upgrade for IKEA's BESTÅ

12.05.2016

upgrade with Superfront

Superfront gives IKEA owners many options for updating their favorite pieces, enough that you can completely transform your piece into something new with doors and cabinet tops or if you want something more subtle you can add handles and legs. It's the best of both worlds, budget friendly and easily accessible IKEA blended with elevated pieces that make your furniture look custom.

We went for something more subtle, changing out the boring legs on the BESTÅ I inherited from my mom for these Slender Low legs from Superfront's bathroom collection. Beyond upgrading cabinets and credenza's the range also includes custom sinks and taps for your bathroom! We have the Holy Wafers in our kitchen, btw, and I love their low profile on all our bottom cabinets.

upgrade with Superfront


Below are a few favorites including the brass Balance legs, Mini Reflection, Parallels front kitchen panel.


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melancholic monday

12.04.2016

 André Kertés

Hopefully your weekend was better than mine, which was spent taking care of the kids at home while I felt sicker than...I can't think of a good comparison right now. My head is foggy and yet I have a short list of things I'd like to accomplish this week so whatever this illness is needs to be gone already.

Melancholic Tulip by André Kertés perfectly captures my current mood, but doing so with much more gracefully than me.
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countdown to christmas

12.01.2016

calendar candle | AMM blog


The calendar candle in my home, with tarnished silver and watched by two kids that cannot wait for the 25th to come.
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winter light

11.30.2016

AMM blog | appreciating winter light
AMM blog | appreciating winter light


It's really feeling like winter now. There's a bite of cold when you step outside and even in the middle of the day a dull grayness is all around. The corners and nooks of the house that would have been filled with summer light are now heavy with deep shadows. The window of time I have during the day to take photos is getting smaller and smaller. So my photos are more grainy, but I'm not apologizing for it because I like it. Winter has plenty of perks and while it can't boast sunshine and loads of vitamin D, it does have slow romance that I appreciate.

As a result we are indoors much more and looking for more creative ways to pass the time. In the past week our family has made cookies, ornaments, paper snowflakes and chicken soup. Their is a value that comes with this time of year that the warm sunshine does not bring, and I am reminding myself everyday, multiple times a day if I have to, that I am thankful to live in a place with 4 distinct seasons. Also thankful for vitamin D supplements, no joke!


Also you can find the HAY table and Menu vases here and here.
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Samuji comes to the States

AMM blog | Samuji opens first US store
AMM blog | Samuji opens first US store
AMM blog | Samuji opens first US store


Finnish fashion and housewares brand Samuji, directed by Samu-Jussi Koski who once worked creatively with Marimekko, has just opened it's first boutique in New York City earlier this month.
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an easy update with bedding

11.28.2016

an easy update with bedding | AMM blog
an easy update with bedding | AMM blog



We live in a smallish house and since I am home more often than not with the kids, the place often feels like it needs little refreshes to keep my interest. I can't replace all of the furniture on a whim, nor would I want to but I do like to make small changes from time to time. One of the ways I keep things feeling fresh is with different bedding. It's much easier to change your sheets than it is to say, paint your walls or buy a new desk chair. I can change the look of the whole room and everything in it by simply changing out the sheets.

This particular set is one of my very tip top favorites. In the past I've had linen sheets and a knit set but these warm grey cotton sateen ones from Brooklinen are my most favorite. They're smooth, soft and just so happen to match our walls perfectly! That might not be your taste, maybe you'd want more contrast but for me I absolutely love the tone on tone feel in our bedroom. For me this equals calm and tranquility, feelings that I value for my/our bedroom. Of course I can always add pillow and throw blanket in a different color if I really want to add dimension or color from the walls. Whatever your color preference, changing your bedding is an easy and cost effective way to change the look of your whole room. When you're tired of it, just wash and store for another time, easy as that!
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MAKE / cinnamon ornaments

11.25.2016

DIY cinnamon ornaments | AMM blog
DIY cinnamon ornaments | AMM blog


With Thanksgiving now over here in the States, it's officially Christmas time. Yesterday the kids and I made these simple DIY ornaments that made the house smell like heaven. The recipe or how-to is incredibly simple and you might already have everything in your cupboards now.

Mix equal parts applesauce and ground cinnamon (approx 1 cup each), adding a spoonful more of the cinnamon if the mixture is still to wet and sticky. I added some glitter also only because I had some leftover form another project and it was in the same tone as the mixture, but this isn't necessary. Roll out your dough and cut with cookie cutters, carefully transfer them to a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake 1.5 to 2 hrs at 200 F / 94 C. I let these cool uncovered overnight and then tied pieces of black twine through each.

We were a bit premature in making these since we have to buy a tree next week, but at least we will be prepared! If you make these and share them on IG, be sure to tag me. I'd love to see.

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clay inspiration

11.24.2016

Ana Dominguez for Apartmento | AMM blog
Ana Dominguez for Apartmento | AMM blog
Ana Dominguez for Apartmento | AMM blog
Ana Dominguez for Apartmento | AMM blog
Ana Dominguez for Apartmento | AMM blog



These clay slab sculptures created for Apartmento magazine by Spanish artist Ana Domínguez immediately captivated me. Such beautiful colors and organic shapes, they look like accidental creations and I love their simple imperfection.
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Acne's new store, in bronze

11.23.2016

AMMblog | Acne's new Madison Ave store
AMMblog | Acne's new Madison Ave store
AMMblog | Acne's new Madison Ave store
AMMblog | Acne's new Madison Ave store
AMMblog | Acne's new Madison Ave store



Acne's new Madison Ave store in NYC is filled with metal walls, bronze furniture, a black asphalt floor and semi-precious stones!
The designer, Max Lamb, worked with Acne's creative director Johnny Johansson to create this spectacular store including the the bright blue rugs.
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DIY advent calendar

11.21.2016

AMM blog | DIY advent calendar
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AMM blog | DIY advent calendar
AMM blog | DIY advent calendar

Since my oldest was a baby I started making Christmas advent calendars for him with small toys and gifts. Sure I could have taken the easy way out and bought one of those remade chocolate ones (why didnt I?!)but first it was fun. Now it feels a little obligatory because both he and his sister look forward to this daily opening of small packages. They enjoy it so much that every day in December I'm awoken early, by both of them who are so full of anticipation that they must drag me out of bed to open the day's surprise.

Do I sound like a scrooge? Actually I love giving them something to look forward to, but the last couple years I've been up late on December 1st frantically wrapping little things because I had forgotten. Determined, I completed a DIY advent calendar for both of the kids EARLY and it feels so good. Somehow I remembered to get this together with plenty of time to still share with you while there's time to make your own.

You might remember this brass Ferm Living candleholder from another DIY I made this Summer, but now it works perfectly for hanging the tiny packages. You can do the same using a similar hoop suspended with leather rope, satin ribbon and wrapped gifts.
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currently in SHOP

11.19.2016

new in SHOP

My curated selection of goods this week features Stelton's Kontra jug, & Other Stories Micellar Water from their skincare line, House of Dagmar's blazer, this sculptural glass vase from France, and Flos's Snoopy Lamp.
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