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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.

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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!



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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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Cool steel in Acne's Illum location

4.11.2017



The Copenhagen Acne store inside Illum is a thing of minimal beauty in wall to wall steel.



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The Oslo home of interior stylists and shop owners

4.10.2017



The home of Alessandro D’Orazio and Jannicke Krakvik who compose the Italian and Norwegian styling Kråkvik&D'Orazio, respectively.
It's a home I've seen before, bits and pieces thanks for Instagram and even some thanks to their collaboration with Frama's launch of their apothecary collection in the home.
This is more of a full tour though, allowing us to get a glimpse of their custom bathroom and the couple's store, Kollekted By. Found these photos thanks to a feature on the NY Times.

Also be sure to scroll down below to see a few of my faves from the weekend!








Benches by Max Lamb for Milan Design Week.

Skincare has really been on my mind lately, I'm sure the arrival of Spring has something to do with it. There are so many enticing products, where do I even begin? This one looks interesting, but maybe I'm only attracted to the packaging?
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On my travel list

4.05.2017





11 Howard is one of those places on my travel list. I've seen dozens of photos of the interior but of course nothing compares with visiting in person. This bedroom feels polished but slightly softer than most hotels with all those &Tradition pieces.
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The home of architect Joseph Dirand

4.03.2017




Starting the week with the elegant Bellechasse home of French architect Joseph Dirand. If this place looks familiar it could be because I featured his book in a reading list last year and part of his living space makes the cover.
What is better than that kitchen and dining nook? Scroll down to watch he video view as well.















Check out the full tour below.


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