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customizing a Summer picnic

7.29.2016

AMM blog | customize your Summer picnic


It's the perfect season for eating outside, with the long Summer days and warm evenings creating the ideal climate for taking your meals outdoors. On our small patio is a cozy place to grill and eat with the kids but it doesn't allow us to really spread out so when Shutterfly approached me to give my take on an outdoor meal I knew I wanted to be near water!


AMM blog | customize your Summer picnic

Do you remember when I talked about brainstorming ideas for an upcoming project? This is the article I was referring to. Shutterfly allows you to customize textiles, glassware and even plates to create something truly unique, allowing you to achieve whatever look you're going for. Here are some of the things I used to create this laid back meal with a view.

Of course you're going to want to be comfortable during a picnic so make your own cushions to lounge on and don't worry too much about getting them dusty, everything is washable. The blanket has an oversized poppy drawing on it, courtesy of my husband's skilled hand (above, left). Using the same drawing I also created a lighter version for a set of dinner plates. Staying with the organic/plant idea, the cushions are printed with a photo I took, a shadow of a fern plant in my yard.


AMM blog | customize your Summer picnic

Picnics are fun but can also be a lot of work. You need to carry everything needed to eat and relax comfortably, even though I forgot silverware this time (oops!) it's important to have some solid you carry heavy things in but that also creates a flat surface on the cushiony grass or sandy ground. A wooden crate carried food, candles, lemonade and plates but also created a solid place to keep drink or other items form tipping over. In case you're wondering I brought some fresh foods like zucchini noodles, jicama slices, fresh pears, parrano and a baby boule.


AMM blog | customize your Summer picnic

If you go out in the evening some candles are also a nice idea, or if you're bringing friends this would also make a nice gift. I went out in the afternoon so we didn't need to light them however, choosing the grapefruit scent I can tell you it smells so good, burning it inside makes my house smell fresh and slightly of citrus.


AMM blog | customize your Summer picnic

You can also customize stemless wines glasses with Shutterfly, I could't quite get a good close up of the writing but just know they were hilariously ironic.
Or just a simple monogram would also do the trick!


AMM blog | customize your Summer picnic

Some additional and slightly obvious tips would be to remember utensils (unlike me) including knives and/or a cheese slicer with a wooden board for cutting, bring a good book along with a wide brimmed hat and probably sunscreen, especially if you have time to spare and want to take a short nap. You can also listen to music but in my case, the sound of water was much more preferable!


AMM blog | customize your Summer picnic


This post is sponsored by Shutterfly. Awaken your space with your vision. Shop Shutterfly Home Décor for personalized home accents that are uniquely you.
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EAT / new restaurant Lou Lou

7.28.2016

AMM blog / new restaurant Lou Lou by Space Copenhagen
AMM blog / new restaurant Lou Lou by Space Copenhagen
AMM blog / new restaurant Lou Lou by Space Copenhagen
AMM blog / new restaurant Lou Lou by Space Copenhagen
AMM blog / new restaurant Lou Lou by Space Copenhagen

Yesterday morning (or maybe it was Tuesday?) I found photos of this new restaurant and was excited to get them posted immediately but Elin hasn't been sleeping well and even though I put this pressure on myself to try to get things posted as soon as possible life happens and that's real life.
So you're seeing this late today instead because I had to put her back to sleep last night, twice, only to have her wake up 6 more times before this morning. Then I went to my gym class, back home to shower and feed the kids, put Elin down for her nap then pick up after lunch...here we are now in the late afternoon trying to finish what I started yesterday!


Back to Lou Lou whose interior was designed by the fab Space Copenhagen (who also worked on Musling).
I love the art deco style mirror panels!
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SHOP / new in

new in the AMM blog shop!



Some revolving things I've dded to the shop, a selection of interior and personal items curated weekly by me.
A grouping of sandy hues from this HAY lens jar, Sika Design lounger and Skagerak coat rack.


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IKEA cabinets get a dark, sleek update by Reform

7.25.2016

AMM blog | IKEA cabinets get a dark update from Reform
AMM blog | IKEA cabinets get a dark update from Reform
AMM blog | IKEA cabinets get a dark update from Reform


Reform makes custom door fronts for IKEA kitchens to make them look like, well, NOT IKEA kitchens. I've seen these guys before so I assume this isn't breaking news for most of you, though I don't know that I've ever blogged about them though.

They created this kitchen with Norm Architects in the Ouur Studio and the dark oak with subtle oxidized brass pulls are really attractive. I like that the countertops are made of the same oak so the whole row of cabinets looks very polished and seamless.
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my saturday view

7.23.2016

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My morning view before we spend the most of the day outside. Hoping it's beautiful and sunny wherever you are.


Happy weekend!
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MAKE / creamy coconut & pineapple mini popsicles

7.22.2016

AMM blog | vegan mini popsicles

For me, Summer food is all about easy and fresh. I love eating fruits and greens when it's hot but the kids usually ask for ice cream, even though they don't get it too often. I've made fruit popsicles before and they were never too popular with the little ones, in addition they'd often eat half and let the rest melt in their bowls! Because of this I've been discouraged from making them again, it feels like a waste of time.
The other day I decided to gather enough courage to give it another try, knowing full well the critics who would be scrutinizing flavor and consistency. Also not wanting to see half a popsicle turn into liquid disappointment after they'd become too distracted with something more interesting than lick an icy stick for 20 mins, I also knew these needed to be smaller. Surpsisinlgy I found these tiny shot glass sized plastic cups at the grocery store and remembered my son had these mini craft sticks in one of his cupboards it seemed to come together naturally.


AMM blog | vegan mini popsicles

Do you keep a can of coconut milk in your refrigerator at all times or is it just me? This habit began after making vegan coconut whipped cream from the separated fat of the coconut milk. You need to chill it in the fridge for a few hours to cause the separation but then you just skim the fat off the top and whip.

With this on hand and some frozen banana pieces (I have these ready for smoothies) I just needed to pick up some fresh or frozen pineapple chunks.



AMM blog | vegan mini popsicles


Blend everything together, the whole can of coconut milk, pineapple and about 1 frozen banana (tear it into small pieces before freezing) in the blender, pour and stick the wooden popsicle sticks in. I could do this right away as the mixture was thick enough to keep the sticks upright. FREEZE and eat!

Both of my kids loved this creamy version, similar in texture to ice cream and NO popsicle puddles leftover.



AMM blog | vegan mini popsicles


Sweet success.

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mantis lamp



The beautiful Mantis lamp from Bernard Schottlander is definitely on my secret wishlist.
I also love the planner coffee table with this exposed fireplace, and low stools. I've included some items for creating a similar look below.




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workout gear basics / Reebok x FACE Stockholm

7.21.2016

AMM blog | workout essentials and Reebok x FACE Stockholm

This week I tried hot yoga for the first time. It was brutal. I was a panting, slippery mess and the last 30 minutes my head was consumed with the thought of running out the room doors, down the stairs and to my care never to return again! I resisted though and endured until the bitter, sweaty, HOT end with not much more than a soaked towel, empty water bottle and blotchy red face to show for it.
After about 10 minutes though I started to feel pretty good and I'm going again (can you believe it?!) later this week.

I decided to try hot yoga after because I feel like I've plateaued. After having the kids and going through some rough personal things, I really packed on the pounds and haven't felt at all like myself as a result. In January I started attending hour long interval training classes with 30 mins of cardio combined with 30 mins of strength training. I love it! It's a one-stop-shop for the total body and I leave feeling exhausted but invigorated. Sadly though, after 6 months of these classes 3-4 times a week I'm just not seeing the progress I want. Not one to give up on the goal I have of resembling my post baby self I decided to try incorporating yoga one or twice a week. It's too soon to report on any progress but if it goes well I'll let you know.


AMM blog | workout essentials and Reebok x FACE Stockholm


When I'm really lacking in motivation to go I try to envision the way I want to look and feel, strong and healthy and lean. On bad days though, or weak days, I need something more and nothing motivates me like new workout gear (hello white yoga mat)! Nothing. So I treated myself to new shoes (which I actually really needed) which are a result of a Reebok & FACE Stockholm collaboration. They are in the faintest mint color with a sort of retro shape and I think I'm going to wear them around even when I don't intend to work out.

I keep it very simple when I workout with a hair elastic and water bottle and sometimes my Nike Fuel + band. I also don't wear any make up but I hate dry lips so I always, ALWAYS smear a bit of this La Bruket coconut oil lip balm on my lips. It's so nourishing and light and smells wonderful. You can see it's been well use as I've rubbed most of the label off now. Also these invisibobble hair fasteners work really well with my long wavy hair and don't slip out mid run, which is actually a big deal for me.


Hopefully this will give you some good ideas for workout essentials which will in turn give you more motivation to power through your workouts!


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6 favorite modern cabins

AMM blog | 6 favorite modern cabins

Most of the residences I feature here on AMM show the interiors exclusively because the challenge of organizing a space to live in is incredibly intriguing, with a real life application for all of us. Living with other people or keeping all of our possessions in order while also saying something to the world about the home's inhabitants and their lifestyle is all endlessly interesting. Interiors are often in a constant state of evolution as our needs and tastes change with time, with experience.

Exteriors and architecture are also very interesting as they can be interpreted a multiplicity of ways with dozens of materials, each of which can be treated with a different technique. Earlier this year we were in Portland and visited one of the Aesop stores whose interior is made completely of wood treated with a Japanese charring technique called Shou Sugi Ban. This can often be used as an exterior treatment as well however I also slightly prefer the look of weathered wood a bit more and even concrete or plaster as well.

I've been telling my husband for years that I want to build a little cabin somewhere for us. I'd be entirely happy with a modest place and sparse furniture, just so long as we can design the building ourselves. I'd want a lot of lumber, wood paneled floors and ceilings with built in storage. Furniture that serves dual purposes or at least collapse into a wall and a slim profile would be my ideal way of making the most of even a micro cabin. Some place near water and lots of tall trees, where we can all disconnect from routines and reconnect with nature. A big deck like the Nido cabin above from Robin Falck, would also be crucial because with a cabin it's all about blurring the lines between the indoors and outdoors.
Here I've collected 6 cabins or in some cases homes, with simple exterior styles of pitched, shed and flat roofs.


AMM blog | 6 modern cabin exteriors


Boat House in Svallerup Strand, Denmark by WE architecture / Casa Morran by Johannes Norlander Arkitektur in the Gothenburg Archipelago


AMM blog | 6 favorite modern cabins

Frankfurt getaway by NKBAK


AMM blog | 6 modern cabin designs

Summerhouse LAGNÖ by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter


AMM blog | 6 modern cabin exteriors


One more image from the LAGNÖ Summerhouse / Lake cabin by FAM Architekti and Fielden + Mawson in the Czech Republic



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black, brass and cobalt blue / Fitzroy House

7.20.2016

AMM blog | black & cobalt blue at Fitzroy House
AMM blog | black & cobalt blue at Fitzroy House


A project by design firm Fiona Lynch was featured in a recent issue of Vogue Living whose editor Annemarie Kiley had this to say about the residence,
“The resultant modularity, nodding to the late 1970s, was realised in a limited-but-rich palette, with stained American oak, honed stone and black paint prevailing.”

AMM blog | black & cobalt blue at Fitzroy House
AMM blog | black & cobalt blue at Fitzroy House

Earthy and dark this home is rich in materials such as black granite, oxidized brass, matte black surfaces with "painterly" details, a word Fiona herself used to describe the Fitzroy House. See the video tour of this place by Sirap.
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seaside tranquility in Knokke, Belgium / Vincent Van Duysen

AMM blog | seaside tranquility
AMM blog | seaside tranquility


Spaces that master the just-enough-but-not-too-much balance truly have my admiration. This Belgian residence by Vincent Van Duysen has minimal lines, wide open spaces and soft tones.


AMM blog | seaside tranquility
AMM blog | seaside tranquility

Notice the super long rug that connects both ends of the living space together with one continuous, unbroken line.
Or the kitchen with beautiful natural light and views (I imagine) of the ocean. The floor to ceiling doors and perfectly squared off long island and recessed sink that mimics the low bench with built in tub in the bathroom.


AMM blog | seaside tranquility
AMM blog | seaside tranquility


All of these seamless details are so beautiful and something I dream about having in a home someday.
Oh and also the sea, must have the sea!

/ found originally from Vosgesparis
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get the look...

7.19.2016

AMM blog | Riikka Kantinkoski for Kinnasand
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This isn't exactly new work so maybe you've seen these photos taken by Riikka Kantinkoski for Kinnasand and Danskina, part of a collection made for Kvadrat.
I thought I'd do a little quick 'get the look' with these, enjoy!






Also shown in the photos above are the Magis chaise and Ildhane candle holder.

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drawing inspiration from Calla Lilies / the creative process

7.18.2016

AMM blog | the creative process and drawing inspiration from the Calla Lily

These past weeks I've been working on a fun project for an upcoming post, which you'll see next week, and I needed a starting point for inspiration. This can sometimes be the hardest part for me and many times I've sat on work and pushed back deadlines for weeks, just trying to find a starting point or for an idea to simply find me. The challenge is to find something unique, or slightly unique which is challenging in this day when everything and everyone is so connected and we can views hundreds of ideas in seconds. It's easy to beat myself up over an idea that feels like something I've already done or something someone else has already done and this only leads to creative gridlock. Overthinking should have been my middle name because it is practically my approach to everything in life!
This project I needed inspiration for (and I probably shouldn't even be saying this just yet) is for an outdoor picnic, or rather my take on an outdoor picnic and is the result of a partnership with a brand (who I will obviously mention next week) to create some of the elements myself.

Without meaning to get too far off topic, I want to quickly mention that yes, I do work with brands   and companies because as most bloggers do I also rely on sponsorship to keeps this blog's lights on and continue to spend adequate time investing into the blog. Please know that I do my very best to be selective with the brands/products that I partner with, always keeping in mind how important it is that they align with the rest of the blog to give you my most honest views. I've said "no" to many offers because I knew it just didn't work well with the blog or because I don't want you to feel that I don't want to undermine your intelligence! Honesty is so important in a relationship, increasingly so between a blogger and their viewers. Ok, I derailed from topic a little bit but I hope you don't mind?!

I knew I wanted to use organic shapes for this project so I started a secret Pinterest board and collected photos of sand, of water that naturally lead to photos of plants and flowers. If you've been reading my blog for any length of time you know my tastes are a bit more demure, on the softer side and tone-on-tone with not too many very saturated colors, so with this in mind I wanted to find the simplest way to use this plant inspiration on print.
This lead me to the plant drawings of Ellsworth Kelly (see image to the right), of which I am now a die hard fan. I like the ease of the lines and the natural gradient of pencil trails left in each of his strokes. From here I knew I wanted to draw my own plant/flower shape so I picked up the most exotic flowers I could find at the store, which happened to be Calla Lilies and started photographing. The image on the left (color version here) was taken by me, in my living room and I used a plaster plant pot as the background. I must have taken over a dozen photos then carefully sifted through to find the ones I liked. From here I began sketching only to soon realize that maybe that the lily didn't have quite the shape I was after for the round materials they'd be printed on.  In no time I was voraciously pinning images of poppies and dogwood. From here I made some simple sketches and if you follow me on Instagram you may remember this.


Anyways, more of the finished work will be ready next week so you know, stay tuned!
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restaurant Musling

AMM blog | restaurant Musling
AMM blog | restaurant Musling
AMM blog | restaurant Musling
AMM blog | restaurant Musling


Overlooking Torvahallerne's food market in Copenhagen, Musling is a seafood restaurant designed by Space Copenhagen, who I've mentioned Space Copenhagen before a couple times. Space wanted to reflect the nature of the open markets of Torvahallerne where dozens of stands sell fresh produce and small plates.
Using materials like iron, leather, crumpled paper (see the lights above the bar) and oak flooring they achieved the goal of using simple materials and colors.
This is on my must-visit list for the next time we are in KBH!


photography / Joachim Wichmann
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