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Wishlist for Summer

5.23.2017



Things I'm longing for this summer include an easy striped wrap dress, Totême's Positano swimsuit, a Wide brim straw hat like this one, obsessed with all things from this Swedish brand I'm craving these All Blues Satiated Snake Carved earrings .
Another brand I love is Glossier and they just debuted this Glossier's Invisible Shield SPF 35 which I'm ordering before our LA trip next month. SMD's Tivoli flower pot, Petite Coral Vase from Artilleriet, Cold Picnic's abstract sand colored rug and Hay's Palissade Lounge chair with Quilted Cushion which feels like a nice and comfortable way to lounge outside.
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Minimal Elegance

5.22.2017



Newer styling work by the ever talented Amanda Rodriguez for Residence Magazine. Photography by Erik Lefvander and the stylist assistant is Åsa Lagerwall.



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Weekend Mode and Personal Health

5.20.2017



Saturday isn't over yet, or so I keep telling myself in regards to the to-do list I made yesterday that I have not even scratched the surface of yet. I'm a great list maker, sometimes it is the single motivation I need to get going on tasks, knowing that I get to tick off each item and by the end of the day I will have the physical proof that the day was not spent in vain.

Today isn't shaping into one of those days where I'll end up with a list of scratched off accomplishments because, I am tired. The truth is I'm tired a lot. How do you know when you're just tired from lack of sleep or mental stress or when it's your body's way of communicating with you?



For me, I've been tired for years but I also have two young kids and squeeze in work around their schedules so it feels validated to be perpetually tired however last Winter I felt pretty fed up and finally saw a doctor. It's taken from early December '16 until this just this last week to figure out what the heck is going on in my body and why I never seem to have energy and why I've not felt all that healthy, to be quite honest.

Though my test results are back I still have to wait another 3 weeks to meet with the doctor and see what she recommends. In the meantime I'm not going to feel to guilty for my lack of to-do list accomplishments. After all it is the weekend, the ideal time to do a lot little bit of nothing without feeling like a terrible adult.

Imager from Artilleriet and their appropriately named "Enjoy the Silence" collection.

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A new place to stay in Stockholm, Hotel At Six

5.19.2017



If you're traveling to Stockholm soon, you might want to stay in an old bank building that has been converted into At Six by London based Universal Design Studio. Located in Brunkebergstorg Square the former bank headquarters is now 10 floors composed of 343 luxury rooms, a penthouse suite, restaurant, wine & cocktail bar and listening lounge.







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Strata Collection by Fort Standard

5.17.2017



Brooklyn based Fort Standard has created a minimalist furniture collection made from raw brass, anodized aluminum and off-white powder coated metal which include a coffee table, side table and low shelving. Great attention to detail and quality that has built Fort Standard's reputation is consistently seen in these new additions.

"These pieces focus on simple connections that give rise to visually light weight structures, exploring machined metal components for the first time in the larger scale of furniture."







Photos by Brian Ferry
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A favorite smoothie bowl that's a staple at home

5.07.2017



If you follow me on Instagram, then you saw this smoothie bowl I posted on Thursday sans recipe. In case you're wondering how it was made I thought this would be a better place to share the recipe. We have some sort of smoothie almost everyday, blame it on a lack of time or a lack or motivation to make a proper meal, either way it's my quick way of feeding the kids without making a major compromise with nutrition. Also when it's hot outside, like it was for a couple days last week, something cold always sounds best.

A little side note, I always keep frozen banana pieces in the freezer. Not only are they essential for making smoothie bowls but when we have an ice cream craving I usually opt for making "nice cream" out of these bananas and almond milk instead. If you top it with mini chocolate chips, sliced almonds and coconut flakes it really doesn't feel like a compromise at all.




To make this particular bowl of blended food start with about 1 cup of almond milk, add in a handful of greens (usually spinach) and one pitted date. Blend these until the greens and date are basically liquified. Add your choice of protein powder, we use an vegan organic chocolate variety but it doesn't matter much what you use. I also included a spoonful of almond butter, a dash of ground cinnamon and a handful or more of frozen bananas. I also keep berries in the freezer, frozen blueberries are especially good in bowls like this! Usually I top mine with raw pumpkin seeds but we were all out this day so I used another seed mix with sliced almonds, frozen fruit and this amazing Nordic Honey! The color isn't the most amazing but of course that changes with your ingredients and ratios of each.

If you give this a try, take a photo and tag me in it. Enjoy!
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Christian Halleröd designs Totême's Stockholm store

5.06.2017



Totême is a Swedish brand created back in 2014 by model Elin Kling and her partner Karl Lindman, and she's partially to blame for our daughter's name as well. ;) The clothing line features that simple Scandinavian style you'd expect but that doesn't mean ordinary, the collections are luxurious (expect to pay upwards of $100 for a white tee) while maintaining an air of effortless, chic style.





Newly opened is their Stockholm store/design studio which was designed by the renowned Christian Halleröd. The purpose of the space was to allow visitors a place to see the brand up close, see some of the design process in action along with a self service station with mirrors and rack of clothes to try on in addition to pre-ordering items from upcoming collections.



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Saturday scene

4.29.2017



Our Saturday has been subjected to the usual routine of laundry and relaxing but we I also fit in a quick workout with the kids before nap time. Later tonight we're taking them to see a movie and a walk in the park.

I realize this photo doesn't depict any of what I just described but the Hellebore was cut form my garden and I feel particularly proud to be able to grow this beautiful dark variation of one of my favorite flowers.

Also, a handy shop-the-look is below if you want source any of these items. I earn a small amount from these affiliate links if you want to shop and support my site simultaneously!





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Menswear store W19 by Frama

4.27.2017



Frama does more than design shelving, lighting and interior accessories. It's more than just an apothecary, a kitchen and store front, they also design for the interior architecture of commercial spaces as well. Take the Wardrobe 19 store at Istedgade 64 in Copenhagen for example, where custom countertops and shelving blends with preexisting products from their collection to create a unique, minimalist space for the menswear clothing and accessories. The exposed and rough concrete floor was left alone while walls and brick were painted white. The result is a combination of soft fabric fitting room covers and Douglas Fir among concrete and original ceilings to give an inviting and pleasant experience to visitors.








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A bedding favorite, for kids

4.25.2017



At home sometimes it can be challenging to find the right balance. I'm not talking school schedules or work or things like that, I'm talking about in your personal home design. Achieving that right combination of things, colors, textures, and placement can take work and time. It seems that once a new items enters a room the other pieces feel sort of "off" or that changing one element leads to inevitable other changes. And so you can understand how getting to that place where everything seems to coexist harmoniously may take more than one attempt.

In my daughter Elin's room I've found that getting that balance just so, the right combination of things to be both practical and pretty has been a longer process than I'd expected from myself. I've painted her bed now three (!!) times and changed the bedding a few more than that. We've switched the rug twice and just recently I painted a space around her bed frame in a warm taupe color. Not every change has been the result of purchasing more stuff though, often times it's just been a matter of moving things from one room to another or taking from storage to try out in her room.
I think though we've found an equation that really works now and I don't feel the need to alter anything more. Recently I added this duvet cover and pillowcase from Ferm Living's Hush collection whose pattern is called Milky Way. It looks like something between Terrazzo and paint splatters but the pattern is small enough and subtle enough that it works with her rug, grey bed and the new taupe wall. My goal for her room has always been to create something not obviously girly but soft, subtle and light.





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Favorite personal care products

4.21.2017


Yesterday I booked our airbnb house for June, we're going to LA with the kids that week. It's been a while since we've had a proper vacation so I'm looking forward to this very much. With the trip planned along with the weather changing I've been thinking more and more about getting myself ready. Starting a new workout routine (so hard to stick to for me) and of course being conscious of my diet for starters but also I'm realizing my skin and hair have taken a harsh beating from the dry winter and not exactly beach ready, yet. This week I booked a hair appointment and next week the dentist, something I've put off for months because I hate seeing the dentist. HATE it. Being an adult is so...overrated.
So I thought I'd share with you a few of my personal tried-and-true favorites, things I've bought again and again because the work so well for me.

Aesop B & Tea toner - this has been one of my favorite go to's for everyday but especially when I feel a zit coming on.

Iris Hantverk face brush - nice for exfoliating with a gentleman cream cleaners, like this one for example.

Ouai hair masque - my hair is naturally curly so it dries out and breaks faster and easier than most hair. I use these twice a month which has given me noticeable improvement in the texture. Along with several other leave in products, this makes me hair feel softer and healthier.

Ritual essential for women - this offers longer term benefits but taking a multivitamin is crucial for me because I know there are some days my diet isn't perfectly balanced. This one is specifically for women and I do love the minimal packaging (a plus)!

Glossier stretch concealer - On a normal day I wear very little makeup. I'm not having my picture taken nor do I see a lot of people who I need to impress. ;) I do however have some small scars and redness but I'm not going to spend 30 minutes carefully layering a lot of makeup for a perfect finish. This is ideal for me to dab on with my finger, it gives a natural coverage and blends easily. No doubt the best concealer I've tried yet. It's a keeper.


Mario Badescu drying lotion - a good friend suggested this to me, besides the toner it's the other product I use if I feel a pimple coming. I had moved this apparently too aggressively for the photos because I somehow mixed the ingredients but you're not supposed to. Keep the pink sediment at the bottom and dip a q tip all the way through. This can be applied as a spot treatment and really does the job. Sometimes I can keep a pimple at bay with only this stuff.

French Girl lip polish - one of my newest purchases, I wanted something to scrub my lips with because I noticed they get cry a lot. I know I need to drink more water but when I'm in a pinch this helps.



If you have any favorite person products you want to share, feel free to leave it in the comments section below. Nothing is better than personal recommendation to me so please do tell!


Avail personal care product at discount rate from Debenhams.



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Kovac Family's 25Lamp

4.20.2017




Recent styling work I did for Kovac Family and their wonderful 25Lamp. It comes flat packed and you only need to gently pull the sections apart to create this shape. They're coming out with some new products soon so stay tuned for that as well!
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News from Muuto

4.17.2017





See more from Muuto here. Sorry to keep it short, I'll be back early tomorrow!

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Easter inspiration

4.14.2017



This weekend we are not hosting any sort of Easter dinner, all our activities will be at relatives houses so it's only a matter of bringing candy for all the kids. If we were hosting a dinner this weekend here is the sort of look I'd go for accentuated by natural textures, small branches, shades of white with a small bit of butter yellow and of course quail eggs. These egg shells will be attached to string to hang on a larger bundle of branches I grabbed earlier in the week. Sometimes I have the kids make or decorate eggs but this year I'm taking the easy route and simply glueing ribbon and feathers to these.

I'll post photos from our weekend on Instagram so follow along if you'd like! For more Easter related ideas, check out my Pinterest board.





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The minimal designs of Nicolas Schuybroek

4.12.2017




More minimal inspiration but this time in a home rather than retail setting like yesterday's post. This from the talented Nicolas Schuybroek.


















Photos © Claessens & Deschamps/Thomas de Bruyne.






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