We have a new, classic silver addition to our living room. Designed by Ivar Ålenius Björk for the world fair in 1939, the Lily candlestick was later produced by 400 year old Swedish brand Skultuna. I'm actually a little hesitant to put a candle in it because the metallic finish is so nice, sans fingerprints from my 2 year old.
You can find this along with other pieces from Skultuna in one of my favorite stores, Stilleben!
To say I cannot wait to go back to Europe would be a gross understatement. We haven't been on a trip for a while, though we've talked at length about whether we should go to LA or wait a bit longer and take the kids to Europe instead but part of me is ready to just jump in the car and drive any place, any getaway sounds great right now. It certainly doesn't help when I see places like this hotel in Münster, Germany.
Even though it's in Germany, there's quite a few Danish pieces that compose the interior including Gubi's beetle chair and lounge tables, Bellevue lamp designed by Arne Jacobsen and Panton's flowerpot pendant lamp.
The colors in the hotel are very inviting, ranging from muted pinks to brown to gold, the overall look is very elegant but also very comforting together.
These amazing bunk beds are the creation of Susanna Vento, a set of three beds that seamlessly floating on above one another. What really makes it though are the beautiful oak details in the side rails and ladder! The recessed shelves are also nice to keep each child's small small things within each. For my kids that would include cups of water and toys to sleep with and an oil diffuser, my son swears it helps him fall to asleep.
A couple weeks ago I shared a peek of this beautiful jewelry box from Bepart Studio. This genius wooden box comes with three tiers of shelves made custom for earrings, rings and other small accessories. There's also a single level version if you like to see all your pieces at once. The earrings, like this silver cuff style, are also from Bepart, a pair that I often receive compliments for when I wear them.
Please be sure to check out the very talented Petra and her wonderful store and beautiful creations. You can also easily shop below or in my shop!
Lately I have not been in the mood to cook or bake. This is partly due to the kids being picky eaters and it normally feels like a waste of time and effort. Other times the kitchen is a mess and I despise cooking in a messy kitchen, those are nights when we smoothies for dinner.
Today while sorting through bananas, we keep frozen bananas on hand at all times for blending into shakes or for making banana ice cream, I noticed an overly ripe bundle covered in spots. Banana bread, perfect for sweet, moist banana bread.
I googled a recipe and used the first one I found with a 5-star rating. This recipe calls for sour cream but I used plain, full fat greek yogurt instead. The result is a soft but dense bread that you can cut with a butter knife, or in my case a pie server. However you choose to cut it I like mine with an absurd amount of grass fed butter followed by a carb-induced nap. Kidding about that last part. ;)
1/2 cp butter, melted
1 cp white sugar 2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cps all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 plain greek yogurt
2-3 medium bananas, mashed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, stir together the melted butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix well.
Combine the flour, baking soda and salt, stir into the butter mixture until smooth.
Finally, fold in the sour cream, walnuts and bananas. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 60 mins, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool loaf in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Every year I sing the praises of Autumn, but I think it's because Fall is like a breath of fresh air and a relief from summer's heat and of course not as frigid as winter. I could live the rest of my life in Autumnal weather. I'm bringing out the knits and fur rugs from high in the closet where they spent the summer and now layering more throws and cushions to add that feeling of cozy.
Yvonne Kone's store, when it was still green-blue / one of Bermuda's beaches, photo from Refinery 29
Wouldn't it be great to get away in the coming months? Despite what you might think traveling and getaways are not just for the summer. My family and I haven't taken a vacation yet this year but we are planning a warm getaway around Christmas and if you're like me and haven't been able to travel and take a break you still have time to plan something. I am partnering with Bermuda Tourism Authority to inspire your own quick getaway. You might not know this but Bermuda is the perfect last minute getaway, only a two hour flight from NYC yet vastly different than a dense urban environment.
Getting swamped with commitments, or saving money by hosting friends at your place are all reasonable compromises if you can't take time off. However we also need (legitimately NEED) to detox from what is familiar and routine. We need those times of doing absolutely nothing, or submersing ourselves in a completely new environment which forces those parts of our brains that can go dormant when we are on auto-pilot to come alive. Just imagine the excitement of new smells, tastes and visuals. Even if you are consumed with trying to achieve optimal productivity, you are more likely to do so after a short break and new perspective.
Heidi Lerkenfeldt / Gretchen Jones NYC, Bermuda rooftops
Wouldn't it be nice to gain fresh perspective and see a new environment before the inevitable changes of fall and winter? For those who didn't get to your favorite place this summer or complete your summer bucket list, Bermuda is the ideal year-round destination full of inspiration and adventurous activities. Also, if I'm being honest I'd much rather prefer to travel now than during the peak of summer travel because most people have returned to school or work.
You can also bring the Bermudian getaway home by making some fresh and new changes in your space. The sights, smells, textures and landscapes of a new environment can be a great source of inspiration when redesigning your home. The vibrancy, the tiled roofs, the pink sand and turquoise water are so beautiful, it's easy to think of ways to recreate them.
J. Ingerstedt - Interior photography / Bermuda rooftops from Bermuda Tourism
Start by changing the layout of large furniture and rearrange it in a different pattern. Have a friend come over to help you, they can lend an outside perspective. Completely clear off shelves or cabinet tops and put everything back, chances are you will get rid of some things in the process and find a new way to rearrange what you want to keep. Maybe now is the time to add some new colors or remove things that might be adding to the decorative "noise" of your house.
Bermuda's famous pink sand beaches / Amanda Rodriguez for Friends & Founders
To help out with both inspiring a trip that will add length to your summer and rework your living space, I'm giving you some interior ideas that pair with scenic images from Bermuda. This is a lot like my pairings series, where similar elements in either color or shape connect the two images. Hopefully this can inspire all of us to seek out that easy getaway that will add time to one of the best seasons, or allow us to capture some of the essence for our daily spaces.
soft pastel hues from vtwonen / Bermuda's pink sand beaches
Casa Ljungdahl / Horseshoe Bay Cove
This post is sponsored by Bermuda Tourism. Book the getaway you deserve.
Velvet is one texture I'm really coveting this Fall, velvet to wear but especially at add at home and I'm seeing it pop up all over so the options are quite nice. I've gathered 10 items, thought I could have easily found 20+ that I think are easy velvet or velour additions to add to your current space or wardrobe.
Gubi's Beetle chair in velvet (similar here)| Broste Copenhagen quilt cushion cover (they have a great selection) | Normann Copenhagen's circus pouf | Wrap dress | Velvet trousers | Frette moonlight bedding set | Ace velvet chair & ottoman | Quilt bedspread | Velvet rectangular cushion cover | Fredericia's Swoon chair
Last week my son turned 7 and I really wanted to plan something special for him as the whole month of September he was counting down to his birthday. At this age he knows exactly what he wants and I did my best to accommodate, making Star Wars themed food for his party and getting his remote control bb-8 (for those who have seen the newest Star Wars movie) along with a huge Lego battleship set.
Now my goal is to find a new storage solution for the thousands of Lego pieces I trip over every time I walk into his room.
With his birthday over now I really want to turn my focus back to the blog, catch up on some work and begin by sharing this new design to their family of stackable chairs. Called PAIR these chairs are a nice addition to the minimalist classics from Fritz Hansen and designed by Benjamin Hubert from Layer.
Below you can see PAIR in Taarnet, featuring a wooden seat variation.