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NORR 11

10.21.2017



Photos from Norr 11, who has stores in CPH, London, Berlin and Reykjavik, all shot by Heidi Lerkenfeldt.



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STODEOH, vintage accessories from Copenhagen

10.20.2017






Yesterday I stumbled across this Etsy shop with some great vintage treasures including Fog & Mørup lighting, Platner dining chair and a completely glass lamp with a slight mushroom shape. It's nice when you find a vintage shop like this with such a careful selection of pieces!
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Japanese cups of tea

10.19.2017



A little over a week ago we took the family out of town for a quick getaway. When we just want a short trip away from home we usually go to Portland because it's within driving distance. One of my favorite stores is Canoe, which carries a great variety of design from all over the world. Loads of Scandinavian and Japanese design fills their shelves and I picked up an extra large tea cup to go with my growing collection of Hasami mugs and tea pot. I really like this bigger size because normally I have two cups of tea every night but with this, one big one does the job! If you love Hasami pottery they're super easy to find now and with great variety like bowls, lids and plates.
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October cravings

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Eroding soap made from organic ingredients, antioxidants and mineral rich clays

10.17.2017



These functional and sculptural soap is made in San Rafael, CA as part of the Erode Soap Summit Series by UMÉ Studio. Each unique soap is hand poured, cured and polished. Basically Erode is a usable, nourishing sculpture for your home and body. We have the Linden soap in one of our bathrooms, which is made with linden, chamomile, Lemon, Macadamia and Cucumber Seed Oil.
Even though the soaps were not designed for kids, I keep one in their bathroom because they especially love to texture and tactile experience of using the soap. You should also check out the other colors and scents/ingredients that compose this Erode collection.


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The home of interior stylist Susanna Vento

10.16.2017




Susanna was one of the first bloggers I ever followed, years ago when I first began blogging myself. Her daughter and my son are just months apart in age so I remember seeing her baby while holding my own baby in my arms and feeling connected by this new experience with motherhood. Since then I've continued to follow her work, her books, and her incredible sense of style and her ability to make everything look so good. She also throws the best birthday parties for her girls, so is there anything she can't do well?

Pella tipped me off to this by posting the Livet Hemma feature of Susanna's home last night on Facebook as I was dozing off. Funnily enough I ended up dreaming that Elin and I were at her house for a birthday party! Everyone was speaking Finnish except for me but I didn't really care, I was just happy to be hanging with her cute family at a party. And that's how my Monday morning began!
The feature was a partnership with IKEA so the tour is heavy with IKEA product but you can still see Susann's touch on everything and has created a unique example of how to personalize furniture easily accessible to all.











Photos courtesy of Susanna Vento.
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All the right tones

10.15.2017



I found this image last week while looking for some photos for another post and its just stuck with me. The warm grey tones and minimal styling is just perfect, the more and more I look at it. The sofa, by Mass Productions, is called Dandy and the gorgeous velvety rug, suede boxes and glass table are from Annaleena's shop, who also styled the photo shot by Krisfoter Johnsson.
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Relaxed Elegance

10.14.2017



News from H&M comes with a collection of premium quality products from the Swedish retail giant that is known for their budget friendly prices. The collection was styled by Tina Hellberg, art directed by Therese Sennerholt, photographed by Pia Ulin. The bedroom is the home of interior designer Louise Liljencrantz, or at least one of her projects. The wooden dividers are from Dry Things Studio and have been on my personal wishlist since the moment they were released, I'm unfortunately too far away and I think shipping overseas would not be worth the effort.

Take a look at the rest of the collection below along with all the pieces you need to create the look for yourself and don't forget to check out the SHOP page for more accessories for you and your home!





















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Q & A with Finnish sculptor Kristiina Haataja

10.11.2017



I'm excited to share with you a brief series of questions I asked Kristiina about her creative process and ambitions with her art and sculpture. 
Scroll through to read the entire conversation and view photos of her beautiful creations! You can also purchase her work directly from
her shop and keep up with her on Instagram


Tell us a little bit about your background?

My passion for art has existed for as long as I can remember. Mum has told me that when I was really young and got ahold of crayons, I could sit for ages and create on my own. There has always been a propensity for learning about art so I started my art studies really early on. I was as young as 12 when I attended my first courses in oil painting and pottery.

During upper secondary level schooling I attended evening classes in painting and sculpture led by quite proficient artists in the area. Later on I went for a year all the way to New Zealand where I took exams in Art, a worthwhile experience.

After graduation I did a two year foundation course in Arts and directly after that Masters of Arts at University and credits in Design History and Graphic Design.

All in all, my educational background is pretty diverse in the arts but solid in composing my knowledge today. At a young age I knew that I wanted to share this awareness with others so I earned a teaching certificate and started my career as an Art educator. Ever since I began teaching I've had the urge to create my own brand. The desire to make original designs and art has always been there and I have never stopped doing my own thing. There has been a feeling is escape somehow, a studio to sit in and do what I love the most. Just looking at my CV I realize how many exhibitions and collaborations I have managed during the years, which is pretty amazing!




Where do you live and why?

I live in Nacka, which is a 10-minute drive from the city centre of Stockholm. It is a lovely place to live, the sea and nature is practically around the corner and this feels like the right place for me and my family. I just love to stroll in the woods or go for a quick run by the sea. These surroundings also help me to find new inspiration for my art work.

I moved to Stockholm from the west coast a few years back and the reason was to come closer to vibrant life of art and experiencing design and architecture but also to make a new start in creating my own art scene.




When did you to start sculpting or is this something you've done for a long time?

Alongside painting, which has been my main focus many years with exhibitions since 1992, I have also been into sculpturing objects to go with the themes in my paintings but I have never taken it to the next level. Although, gradually a dream of becoming a sculptor grew in me but I didn't know how this could be possible.

Last year, Annaleena Leino, a talented stylist and designer, and a good friend of mine, asked if I could make a head sculpture for her styling. I thought this was a great idea because that meant I could start sculpturing more as my main focus which I've been longing for. It was an opportunity for me to explore the human body in my own art work.

The head was displayed in different places and Annaleena asked if I could do a few more sculptures and then we started to collaborate, me creating art for her styling projects. This is how it all started and now I have a space in her showroom where I exhibit art pieces and create my sculptures. I decided to open my own web shop and sell them to others. I hope the sculptures will be pieces to go to homes and styling projects where they can be appreciated as genuine and hand made objects as they are.





Tell me a bit about your process and routine, do you make a point to create everyday or is there a more process more organic process to how you work?

I am a thinker. This means that the process of my work starts in my head and often I have this idea of how I want the sculpture to look like beforehand. Sometimes I am too eager to create so I mess everything up and have to start all over again.
I would say that I am an perfectionist when it comes to finishing touches but I use clay with chamotte sand in it in order to create more rough edges and interesting surfaces. I also try to make the shapes and forms more simple and with not so many details. In that way the sculpture becomes more open for personal analysis.

I am always inspired to create art. Often I have so many ideas going on at the same time that I can't find the time to work on all of them. Having many ideas is also my strength in a way so that I always have something going on. It's a never ending machine.

Inspiration and motivation, where does it come from?

My inspiration to the art pieces come from differences of mankind, the shapes and figures of the body or influences from art history, mainly greek sculpture and cubist style. Although, there is another aspect. I try to accomplish art that is not just beautiful for the eye but also express a deeper sense of emotion. I have the sight of an spectator, a dreamer, a longing look of the head...I try to make my work be more alive, as if they have something interesting to say or thoughts to reveal. I hope people can see that, too.




What are some of your future professional goals?

Since I love teaching I am not going to leave that behind anytime soon, instead I have decided to stay where I am and choose to work with people around me. I am too social and restless to stay alone in a studio.

Although, my hope for the future is to broaden my availability to make both worlds meet, my teaching career and my own work with art. I think I am just taking one step at a time now and see what will happen.

I have a dream of working in much larger scale than I do today. Hopefully I will get the opportunity to do that and go really big with my sculptures. It would be great to make interesting projects and exhibitions with these objects.

I enjoy collaborations since I believe art making doesn't always have to be a one man job. It is a way of developing ideas and materials. I also find it fun to work with people who see the quality of hand made pieces but I don't have anyone particular in mind yet, when time is right and that spark of creativity strikes, I will just go for it.



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6 things I liked this week (from last week)

10.10.2017



A brief overview of some of the things I saw and liked last week, delayed because we went on a quick trip out of town last week and I was enjoying disconnecting for those days! The whole family visited friends, spent the day at the beach flying kites and ate at some new restaurants. It was nice to to step out of our routine and stay up late, eat candy (mostly the kids), and make it all up as we go along. But now we're back home and back in our rhythm so this is a catch up from what I saw online back then.

Nordiska Kok styled by the talented and dynamic duo, Sundling/Kickén.




Autumn news from COS, I like the brown tones in these images as well as that shaped skirt.




This Cobra lamp from Artilleriet swivels 360 ° around to project light in different directions. Cobra was designed by Elio Martinelli in 1968 and was of the first lighting fixtures made with a special resin casting system. Also it's this functional sculptural type of piece that I love so much right now.




Next-level 5 strand braids from the Jill Sander's runway, I'm putting this on my weekend to do list of tutorials to youtube!




Maiju's beautiful styling of Swedish Midnatt's new organic bedding line, this Dromedary color is heading for Elin's bed now and is a very simple way of making her room feel more seasonal Fall ready.




These clay, wax-filled jars from H&M are candles and they come in three color ways and two sizes, the largest being a lidded jar. I like that the candles can live two lives, once the wax has burned down clean out the remainder and reuse your jar to store small things like cotton balls or other toiletries!
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The Hepworth Collection is a series of affordable art from Copenhagen

10.09.2017



One of my favorite resources for beautiful printed photographs and affordable art (frames too!) is The Poster Club. They continuously add new work and mostly recently have added a series from Copenhagen-based Atelier by Mintstudio.'The Hepworth Collection' consists of five limited edition art prints celebrating the artist, Barbara Hepworth, who became a world-recognized sculptor during a time when female artists were rare.


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An afternoon DIY to get you in that Autumn mood


Swedish Photographer and super stylish mom of two, Ulrika Nihlén shares with us a simple activity that gets you into nature and crafting with you hands, a particular great one to do with kids.


So, this is nothing new to you but it is one of the cheapest and easiest things to craft with, using what is almost always outside. Especially when kids are involved, creating from nature is one of the funnest activities, letting them chose what to create with. Bill and Frances here collected a variety of leaves, branches and berries for themselves in a bucket and the we brought them inside to make art from it.



Of course it can create a mess but I believe it is really important to be allowed to use our creativity freely, whether you are 1 or 95 years old!





Bill however is 3.5 yrs old and is becoming more strict about what he wants things to look like and takes his time. But for me, I like to differ the leaf colors. This is so simple, you only need glue and pieces of colored paper. Another good idea is to take a photo of the art when it is finished, especially IF you have a tiny destroyer in your house who loves to tear the art apart afterwards. :)




For more check out my Pinterest board where I've been collecting clever ideas for your home, for kids and even ways to fix broken ceramics called Kintsugi!
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