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Menu SS17 reimagines products in marble, introduces brand new Tailor sofa

1.18.2017

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Running behind here with news from Menu's SS'17 line. There was a lot going on last week leading up to Elin's birthday party along with weeks and weeks of bad weather, the kids and I have been stuck indoors most days trying to find creative ways to pass the time. This isn't so bad but it has thrown off our routine and I'm left with less time to myself.

Danish furniture and lighting brand Menu has released images if their upcoming Spring/Summer line including an all new Cage table designed by Form Us With Love, in chrome and grey marble.

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The Tailor sofa is a sleek sofa with one single seat cushion, a sculptural yet spacious seating option with a thin wooden base.

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Meet bench comes with a removable wool pad, allowing you to use this as a table, storage or seating

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Their marble plinth tables are also part of the upcoming group of new items, perfectly minimal cubes in shapes to accommodate occasional or coffee tables. One of my personal favorites!
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Modernist jewelry

1.17.2017

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Sculptural, organic shapes and high shine metals, these are a few of my favorites to decorate your hair, wrists and ears.

Leigh Miller drop earrings | Sophie Bille Brahe eclipse opale | Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen bracelet | Leigh Miller bracelet | J.W. Andersen moon face earrings | Anna Quan minim earrings | Leigh Miller hairpin
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News from IKEA / part II

1.16.2017

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IKEA's news for 2017 has a lot of us excited, we love new things and I think we also love new storage solutions. We all have stuff and our stuff needs places to go to keep order in the home. As we've been talking about minimalism this could not be more appropriate. Having less is one part but I think being organized is an important part of minimalism too. When you can access your possessions easily and clearly take inventory of what you have, it helps cut down on unnecessary purchases.

The Nordli line from IKEA has expanded to included this platform bed with drawers. Perfect for small spaces where hiding bedding and extra blankets is crucial.

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The new Eket shelving system along with additions made for their Kallax system is most exciting to me. I get off on good shelving because it has to be most practical and aesthetically pleasing. I like seeing the different options for display or doors, drawers and baskets that can all live harmoniously in our furniture piece.

Watch out for more, slated to arrive in stores next month.

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The Mind Wanders / a visual journey

by Laura Short


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As I am getting very little sleep at the moment, I often find myself daydreaming about traveling. I have traveled abroad many times, I have seen many beautiful places but still I long to see more of the world. I would love to sleep under the stars, swim with whales and bathe in the Blue Lagoon.

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Anne Sophie Rosenvinge

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Nana Hagel

One thing that helps me with my daydreams, is Instagram. On this great little app there are many people who travel and document their travels by posting on their feed or blog. Ever since Nana Hagel went to NYC and posted about little coffee places, she filled my mind with new daydreams. When Anne Sophie Rosenvinge visited the Faroe Islands my heart just longed to be there. When I see the calmness that Kimothy Olsen is surrounded by in Norway, I want to pack my bags immediately and experience the sound of silence. Stella Maria Baer has me feeling the warmth of the deserts and Cereal Magazine's account is opening my eyes to lots of new places.

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My son has this really great book called Maps and I just love teaching him about the different countries and their cultures. We have many places that we would love to see: The Moomin house in Finland, the penguins on the south pole, the land of Heidi (also known as Switzerland) and the Loch Ness monster.
We also really love the books written by M. Sasek, like This is San Francisco. They have fantastic illustrations and great little facts about the different places. I would really recommend them.

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Traveling is something I will be doing much more of. In a society that often feels very materialistic to me, I seek for a balance between surrounding myself with nice things at home and saving up to make memories that are vivid and almost tangible years after. The way the wind blows, the sand between your toes and the feel of the cold water on a hot day in a remote place far from home are emotions and feelings you carry with you when you return after a holiday. They feed your mind and heighten your senses long after.
I look forward to new adventures with my family this year, inspired by all those who travel and document it. I might not be able to visit all the places on my wishlist but travelling of the mind will always be free!



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A Month of Minimalism / Caroline Brik Bahrenscheer of September Edit

1.13.2017


What does minimalism mean to you?

To me, minimalism is many things. It is not just a white image with some pretty objects. It is a lifestyle and a state of mine. Figure out what is important for you and essential for your wellbeing and happiness and focus on that. In a world where we are constantly trying to do more, I think iit is important not to forget what you want to use your time on. Otherwise time just goes by and you never really do any of the things that really matters, because you are always to busy.


How do you apply this to your own life, your schedule, how you eat, your style, the way you think about consumption?

When it comes to interior, I get uneasy when my apartment is too messy or if there are too many objects. I’d rather have less really good objects, than a lot of semi good ones. Compared to 5 years ago, I only collect and keep the things that I really love and that speaks to me in a very special way.

Many of the things in my life, are minimal. I decorate with minimal colours, my wardrobe is becoming more and more minimal as well a long with my beauty products. I buy much more basic clothes instead of focusing on todays trends. Of course, there are some trends are inevitable, but good quality basic items really last a lifetime. I ad some contemporary statement jewellery to mix it up and give that luxury feel. I enjoy to know that the process of making the products and clothes, has been minimal. Instead of having ten beauty products, I’d rather have two that really works and fits my skin.


I take the cover of all of my books, because the cover underneath is often much more minimal and honest. I put them in backwards to the paper pf the paiges are displayed, instead of the name of the book. I like the clean and neutral look that the paper of the pages gives.


Over all, I think we need to buy less rather than more. Save up for the things that you really want and go for quality instead of quantity. The pleasure of having saved and getting the thing you have been eyeing for a year, is priceless and you will handle it with greater care.


How anyone can mindfully use these principles in their own lives?

When it comes to your clothes, clean it out and write down what you actual need. The perfect white shirt will never be there, if you keep buying black. Clean out all your drawers for odd things you have collected through the years. When you know what’s actual in your drawers, you will locate things much easier and some things are just not worth keeping. Stop multitasking and start monotasking. You would be surprise of what the outcome will be.

Decorate your home with colours that makes you calm. I go for a neutral base in the whole apartment, adding only two-three colours that will stand out.

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A custom desk in black marble

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News from IKEA

1.12.2017

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New coming next month to IKEA, styled by the wonderful Amanda Rodriguez.

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A Month of Minimalism / Aja from Minimalism & Co.

1.11.2017


During this series you will be hearing from others and their perspective on Minimalism with some of the same questions, allowing each person's perspective to add color and variation. Here, I speak with Aja Edmond from Minmalism & Co. to gain her thoughts on Minimalism and moderation.

What does Minimalism mean to you?

Minimalism is an ubiquitous term so when I decided it was a principle I wanted to adopt, I went through the exercise of defining it for myself (vs. automatically adhering to the perceptions and definitions of others).

To me it means three things: awareness, clarity, and focus.

First you need to have an awareness about yourself and how you perceive the world we live in (some may call this consciousness). From there comes clarity — about who you are, what you believe in, what you do and do not care about, etc. Clarity, then, allows you to have focus so you can prioritize and efficiently allocate your time, effort, and resources to what matters most.

Since the world turns and we all evolve, I regularly go through this exercise then apply it to every area of life, from work and finances to my style and relationships.

The result is that I've developed an incredible ability to simplify decision-making in most areas of life.


Is there a mental process you go through before buying or bringing something home?

Most of my purchases are made during set times a year (once at the beginning of each quarter) which helps check impulse shopping. I go through a thoughtful process of eliminating things I don't want or need, determining new things I want or need, and prioritizing based on what I have available to spend.

I don't own many things and rarely covet or yearn for things, so when I do I know it must be special. Therefore, if a few unexpected needs (or desires) come up I usually indulge them if I they work within my budget and the confines of my space.

I have a lot of respect for my few possessions. I think the one question I ask before making a purchase is: will I cherish this for years to come?





It's clear that minimalism is a way of life for you, would you agree that it effects all of your choices or just some?

My ability to simplify decision-making, as mentioned, is the most important and consistent benefit of my way of life.

Sometimes I may choose to overindulge or be excessive in different areas or at different times in life. However, it's the ease at which I'm able to make that choice that I care most about.

I love the quote by Oscar Wilde "everything in moderation — even moderation." In my quest for simplicity, I don't want to become too idealistic. So, yes, it's a way of thinking that's very apparent in almost every area of my life (but I have no qualms about contradicting it ever so often).

Does sustainability play a role in minimalism for you?

Increasingly so and I have to credit my partner for his insistence on us being mindful of the impact we are having on the earth. Right now our focus is on leaving a minimal footprint by not being wasteful or using resources unnecessarily.

Though, my partner is more adamant about this than I am. For instance, he doesn't want to get a dryer so we are rack hanging our clothes — and it drives me crazy. I definitely see some cultural differences (he's German, I'm American) in how far we're willing to adjust our lifestyles for this cause.

On my radar is the ethical fashion trend as well as some of the advancements in materials and production techniques being used across the consumer goods industry in general. If I must buy something new, I'll attempt to at least consider brands that are serious about the environment.

Overall, I don't think I'm doing as much as I could but I'm trying!


What goals do you have for yourself in the new year to make sure you continue to adhere to your minimalist values?

I haven't set any new major goals or resolutions other than allocating time to walk through the awareness, clarity, and focus process — and making a few adjustments in each area of life as needed.

To add more color to this process it may be helpful to skim an essay I recently wrote called the Soul-Searching Strategy. Every year (plus during times of significant life changes) I think through these steps.


When you feel your life becomes too cluttered with unnecessary things, maybe not only objects but also commitments, what are some practical things or rituals you do to refocus on the essentials?

Oh I am ruthless about cutting things out of my life that don't need to be there — be it things, people, activities, or ideas.

I tune in to my gut because there's this nagging uneasy feeling that I get when something is out of balance. If I feel this for too long then I hone in on the culprit.

If it's an object I give it away without a second thought. However, some things (like people) can't just be cut at whim without causing damage. So I'm thoughtful about my approach (but once I make the decision they still have to go).
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Flooring ideas from bamboo to pastellone

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Old parquet flooring on one side, pastel long flooring on the other.

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We are planning a small flooring change at home this month, a fun collaborative project that will change the look of our bedroom and I'm excited to see how it turns out. Our pale, white washed floors have been a part of the house since before Elin was born and I'm ready for a change and love exploring different flooring options. In our next home I want a mixture of tile or stone with soft wood or hardwood bamboo flooring like above in this bathroom which I've read can tolerate more moisture than traditional wood.
In one room I'd like to continue the flooring up the wall for a wrapped look, which I've always found to feel very comforting even womb like and a little unexpected.

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Concrete floors have become very popular lately but unless they're heated from beneath, I'd don't know that I'd like them outside of a showroom setting. Anyone have experience with this in a residential setting?

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Examples of vintage flooring, refinished in a more natural and deeper stained options. The natural washed wood feels very soft and light while a darker tone, especially with a high sheen finish feels more formal and polished.

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Above are new floors that feel old in the Kinfolk showroom in CPH, greyed-brown tones with a matte surface that serve as inspiration for our own floor update. They sort of capture light rather than reflect it giving a completely different feeling than very bright, white floors.
Find these and more in my collection of flooring Pins.
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Fawn brown marble and hidden shelves

1.10.2017

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Now you see them...

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now you don't. 

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A fawn brown kitchen with hidden shelves | AMM blog

A perfectly streamlined kitchen in a warm shade of marble that gives you the option for shelves above the sink, or not! As someone who has become increasingly indecisive, I'd love this feature. It's also a nice way to hide in plain sight those things you use and still want to access easily.

A penthouse designed by Pascal François architects and photographed by Thomas De Bruyne.
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Warm and Natural

1.07.2017

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A little pick me up for those of you in a similar cold, snow covered climate like me. Dreaming of warmth and natural textures, inspiration for a bedroom renovation coming up.


Flack Studio kitchen | furry outerwear | a buttery sink | Axel Vervoordt Greenwich Hotel | Himla pendant light | rust colors head to toe |
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At home in Minimalisma

1.06.2017

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If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my 'Story' about the snow. We've had lots and lots of it in December and now into January. For our region we haven't had this much snow since 1984-85! Right around the time I was born.
Ill prepared and not wanting to drive on the ice (also we got stuck once when we tried to leave), the kids and I have been at home for several days now. We went for a walk yesterday and the snow reaches Elin's toros and my son's upper legs, so it's not even a fun amount of snow it's just ridiculous.
At home and trying to be resourceful homemade bread has been baked, a cake, a bean soup, movie watching and this morning cardboard mask making. Crafting got off to a great start but then the kids lost interest and I needed to help with cutting since it's so thick and soon our dining table was coated in paper scraps, paint, glitter and me along trying to finish. Elin wanted a simple heart and that did't take long, I glued ribbon to the back to keep it from sliding down. My son however wanted an owl, with feathers and black glitter.

What I am most excited to share is not our weird indoor activities but this adorable and simple blush pink dress from Minimalisma. With the series going on this month it made sense to share a minimal design for kids, the whole line is very simple like this. The small ribbing makes it very stretchy and comfortable and as a side note my daughter is obsessed with pink so she's particularly fond of this color. ;)


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A Month of Minimalism / Where to begin?

1.05.2017

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To begin this month I wanted to share my personal definition of minimalism, which will likely differ from others' view and that is perfectly ok. I am a highly sensitive person, coming to this conclusion has taken me years and even longer to accept. Shrugging things off easily is not familiar territory for me, my husband on the other hand is great at letting things go. I am also easily stressed because I overthink everything and frequently overanalyze situations or problems to pieces. Letting go is not a reflex for me, it is a practice which I must exercise on a daily basis. Understanding myself has played a key role in my own relationship with minimalism. I've found that having fewer things, subsequently fewer things to worry about and manage, greatly contributes to my own peace and to the peace of my family. There is something liberating about having what you need, or maybe it's about needing less?

Mine and my family's relationship with minimalism means we try to avoid all sorts of unnecessary excess. Do we sometimes splurge? Definitely. Do we each have collections of objects that aren't absolutely necessities? Yes. My husband collects notebooks, I am kind of a clothes horse, my son collects Legos and animals figures while our daughter collects things that are pink.

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Minimalism is not about achieving perfection or about never having fun. Rather minimalism is about being mindful about your choices and your consumption. We try to be thoughtful before making purchases, doing research and certainly reading reviews when possible. It means waiting a bit longer to buy something of quality rather than simply buying what is convenient. I've found that most impulse buys have virtually no longevity in our house and it's those things we saved for, patiently waiting for that have taken up more permanent residence.

Minimalism for me also means a more consistent or limited group of colors. It does not mean no color, but I do find myself repeatedly drawn to a certain set of colors that help keep otherwise odd items somewhat cohesive together. I've found I like working this way best because it is more calming than a lot of conflicting colors. Everyone has a different relationship with certain colors though and I've seen plenty of people who like greens, blues, pink and yellow or more saturated versions of color who still maintain an overall minimal aesthetic.

Minimalism also means editing our possessions regularly. I don't mark a certain day on the calendar but roughly once a season I purge the closets, kitchen, bathroom cabinets and collectively with the kids we also purge extras from their rooms. We recycle, sell and donate stuff we haven't used in a while and know we can live without. It's a great exercise in evaluating what is truly essential.

Minimalism has also meant better quality. When I was newly married I had these ideas that some things in your home only served an aesthetic purpose while tools and practical items only served a function. Through blogging and use of the internet I soon found that there could be a happy marriage of objects that are beautiful and useful simultaneously and you don't necessarily have to choose one quality or the other. This has resulted in owning fewer objects, the drawers aren't filled with lots of cheap and ugly tools that need to be hidden away but rather objects acquired slowly over time made of materials that typically lost longer.


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Living with less doesn't mean you won't keep some sentimental things or that every wall or shelf will be incredibly sparse. It does mean however that you mostly possess the things you absolutely love and use so that you are left with items that will be loved and cared for.
In our home minimalism doesn't always mean going without or that we never indulge in frivolous things however it is a frame of mind through which to pass many of our decisions, an intent to remain conscious to having fewer but better things.

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Here are a few questions I ask myself, which you can try as well, when keeping minimalism in mind:

Do I truly need this? (sometimes a good test of need is waiting, and if the item lingers in your mind for a few days then return to it)

Will this add value to my life?

Is this something that can do the job or two or more products, allowing me to donate the others and replace with one?

Will this endure through time? Could it be passed onto future generations?

Is it made of renewable materials or is it handmade?
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The Future is now / activities for the whole family

1.02.2017

by Laura Short

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The Georg Jensen, Henning Koppel jug is available here.

This year of 2016 is over and there are lots of things that have made the past year really great for me. Giving birth to a healthy baby boy is by far top of my list, but also the interaction between both kids has me thinking that the love between siblings is incomparable and the most beautiful thing for a mother to see. That has been my biggest joy over the course of 2016, which was also filled with many life changing events such as moving house and planning to move country.

Every year feels like a fresh start and although you can start a new every single day, for some reason, the beginning of January always seems to be more suited and you are more motivated as everyone is joining you in their resolutions.

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Over the period of Christmas, both my husband and my oldest son are off work and school. It is a time for us all to relax, revise and plan our future. But also to live slowly, and in the moment. We try to do something lovely every day and having two kids with an age gap really has its benefits but can be quite tricky too.

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Here are some things that we like to do which are fun for all ages and for the entire family:

- Forest visitor's centres

In every big forest you can usually find a visitor's center. They will have all sorts of brochures on the best routes to walk, showcase the animals that you can find in the area and usually have fun games like The Feely Log! Try finding some things in the Visitor's center that you are going to look for in the forest after.

- Swimming

Always a good idea no matter what age. Being with two parents also allows my eldest to practise his swimming abilities as my husband guides him whilst I am relaxing in the baby pool! There are also usually family tickets available to buy which save you quite a bit of money. It also might be useful to look up a chlorine free pool in your area, this is much better for your babies' skin.

- The Library

The smell of the wooden shelves, the books on offer and their cozy reading area make this our favourite place to be. Looking for books to rent out is a lovely way to spend your time and it also teaches children about looking after other people's property and responsibility. usually there is always a special section dedicated to a season or what time of year. For example, this year we found many lovely Christmas stories by Elsa Beskow and also classics like A Christmas Carol made into a cartoon, which Magnus is really into at the moment.

I hope that has given you some inspiration for time off with the children. I want to wish you all a very happy and healthy new year!



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