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Japanese favorites

6.23.2016

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At home these vessels are some of my current favorites, more to come on this soon...
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modern art with white balloons

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Beautiful DNA-like balloon installations by artist Charles Pétillon. Also check out his installation for Covent Garden Market.
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Muji's homeware collaboration, Tatazumai

6.21.2016

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Muji is working with contemporary Japanese artists to create a collection of handmade homeware out of glass, wood and ceramic. The teapot is by Keisuke Iwata and the pitcher is by Ryuji Mitani and will feature clothing from textile artist Akiko Ando.
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a new mirror table at home

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I guess I really like HAY's slit tables because now we have the mirror version in our living room! I can't remember when I decided I had to have it but it was a while ago and I haven't been able to get the image of this little reflective, geometric table out of my head. The price is actually pretty great and I got this one from Nest.co.uk, I like that it brings a bit of light shape to this corner. Of course it was immediately filled with fingerprints by the kids but since the newness has worn off they've kind of forgotten about it, for the time being.
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pairings

6.16.2016

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circle bag

6.15.2016

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Major purse love, this suede circle crossover from Baggu.
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bedroom of a stylist / Amanda Rodriguez

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A calm refuge from chaotic city life, styled by Amanda Rodriguez for Ikea.
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an instant corner

6.14.2016

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If I had only 10 minutes to furnish a corner of a living room, this is what I'd choose. Maybe that's because I literally put it together in 10 minutes while Elin built a tower of blocks behind me and I knew I had to seize the moment before it was gone.
Also, I've been looking to update some of our own furniture and am searching for the perfect lounge chair for the living room so I have a secret furniture wishlist as long as my arm. It's always an attempt to find a balance between what I want and what I know will work with two kids at home, so it needs to be durable and not too expensive or fancy because it will inevitably attract a stain or two (or a hundred).

These lighter warmer tones in taupe to mole grey are my jam right now. After going through a major period with lots of contrast in black and white I welcome these more tonal looks and the softness they bring. I'm looking for that balance at home, slowly adding in items in paler shades and different fabrics. We have a lot of linen currently but a new fabric I want to try is velvet. It has this lux/vintage quality to it and I'd love to find a giant ottoman covered in this material.
I also think knowing where to look or having trusted shops to go to makes such a difference. Locally we don't have great furniture shopping so I buy almost everything online. Recently I heard about a place called Danetti which sells more modern furniture if you live in the UK, but haven't tried them personally. In the States I really like A + R and MOMA, who has recently added a collection HAY pieces including the new outdoor line, Palisades. Globally I've also used Finnish Design Shop because they will ship even larger pieces to the US from Finland. Menu has also been a go-to as they have a US warehouse and stock a lot of the bigger items as well.
What are some of your favorite places to buy furniture?

Pictured above are Miro Miro / Laying On of Hands / E27 / Mega Armchair Offcut Table / Knockout side table
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weekend shelfie

6.12.2016

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The kids and I did a bit of cleaning yesterday, rearranged a few things and organized the pantry. Right now I like this white & brown combination, the natural warmth the browns give to white make it less harsh.

Below I've collected similar products if you want to recreate a similar look.

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human figure rug

6.10.2016




Probably my favorite wool rug at the moment, by Nani Marquina.
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a bedroom in soft, natural tones

6.09.2016

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Such softness, an ideal bedroom space styled by Elin Kicken and Evalotta Sundling for Residence. Photographed by Kristofer Johnsson.
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SAKHI / Danish based with eastern roots

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I'm so excited to share this brand with you because for the last two months or so my skin has been so funky. Normally I don't deal with breakouts on my face or too many blemishes or even rashes. I had sort of forsaken having nice, healthy skin until suddenly it wasn't anymore.

I noticed that I had begun breaking out on the right side of my face. After one pimple I still wasn't worried, after two I thought it was unusual but assumed it was stress related. After the third and then the forth I realized something strange was going on. I tried cutting out sugar, a good things to do even if you're not having skin issues! The I went to more natural products like coconut oil for removing my eye make up and moisturing right before bed. Still the break its persisted and gradually migrated to the other side of my face! Yuck.

Feeling genuinely discouraged I saw a friend share about SAKHI, a Nigella based skin and hair line from Copenhagen. At first the minimal packaging got my attention (I'm a little vain like that) but then the natural and exotic ingredients had me feeling I just had to try this line.

I spoke with Farah, founder and developer of the line, about my skin issues and she kindly offered to send me a range of her products. Now I'm not trying to convince you this is a magic cure or that everyone's skin will react just like mine, I can only tell you my experience with it. Beginning with the face oil and I've seen such an improvement in the texture and dryness of my skin. What a relief! I could probably shout it from the rooftops but I will restrain myself. Still, I'm quite happy to see that slowly my blemishes from leftover breakouts are starting to fade and I feel like "my" skin is starting to show through.

Also, I have naturally curly hair which is chronically dry. The hair potion is one of the most moisturizing hair products I've tried. For someone who also consistently looks for natural ingredients from food to cleaner to skincare, this is sort of a dream come true.

Read more about the power of Nigella Sativa and see the range here. And if you happen to try any of the Sakhi line, leave a comment below.
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melo's second collection

6.08.2016

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Melo has just dropped their second collection composed of a coffee table, magazine rack and orb, all made of solid ash.

"Melo’s first range of products, which are handcrafted on demand in the small village Mockfjärd in Dalarna, received order requests from all over the world. The company is now pleased to announce that it can deliver to the US and Canada, which means Melo, now has global distribution.

- Our ambition to create timeless furniture that last over time, with a strong Swedish identity - both in terms of design and craftsmanship - have generated interest worldwide. We’ve already sent products across Europe and now we’re proud to offer products to the US and Canada as well, says Axel Wennhall, co-founder of Melo."
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rose colored glasses

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I buy at least two pairs of sunglasses every Summer, it's not because I lose them but because I always end up buying $8 H&M shades or something else that seems like a good idea in the moment but have no staying power.
This year I really wanted to break that cycle of cheap sunglasses so when Triwa offered to send a couple pairs my way, I enthusiastically agreed!
I suppose this is a bit of a tease because this is one of two pairs but I really liked these Peach Nicki's since I predictably almost always choose black. They come in a firm case that for me is a necessity as they will got tossed around the inside of my car and purses.


/ Sponsored by Triwa however all words and opinions are my own :)


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serpentine summer houses by Barkow Leibinger

6.07.2016

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London's hollow brick Serpentine Pavilion designed by Bjarke Ingels is accompanied by a looping Summer house designed by American/German architectural practice, Barkow Leibinger.

What began as curving ribbons of paper has resulted in scale somewhere "between furniture and a very small building," Barkow explains.
The finished work allows you to view the structure from different angles, resulting in a multitude of unique perspectives.
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