COMING TOGETHER...


I´ve been working on a project for the champagne house, Hatt et Söner, helping a friend out with creating a champagne tasting venue. The location is a former office which means a not so interesting interior, to say the least. Hatt et Söners had wishes of transforming this dull and colorless space to a luxurious and vivid "come together" with an atmosphere comparable to the Costes hotel in Paris. So a lot of red carpets, velvet, gold and black are on the mood board. It´s slowly coming together and I really think the result is going to be amazing. The opening is next Friday, I´ll promise to post images of how it turned out, in the mean time, here are some from the work in progress...

The ceiling painted in a beautiful stormy blue grey shade.

The walls in this wonderful wine red, that really came well together with the blue shade of the ceiling.

Tromp l´oeil, don´t be fooled this bookcase is merely a wall paper.

REMAKE...


A couple of month ago we bought a pair of 18th century inspired chairs for the living room. The frames were gold and the fabric black linen. I thought they were a bit over the top, with all that gold. So I decided to paint the frame work in a light shade of gray. I only had time to paint one of them last night, the other one I´ll deal with tonight. I´m quite happy with the result, what do you think?

IT´S A WRAP...


It´s such an exhilarating feeling when the last photo has been shot. The last look is completed and outcome is brilliant. That´s just how it was on today´s bathroom photo shoot. Look after look feelt just soo right and everyone in the team delivered on top. Below are some sneak peaks, the rest will be published in Sköna Hem, I´ll let you know later on in what issue.

Now the weekend can begin... 

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Towels, towels, towels. The bed worked as storing area...

I love the Aesop products, they have a sustainable way of producing their products in consideration to nature and humans, their packaging is beautiful and they smell delicious.  

An ashtray from Zara Home worked as a container of bling bling.

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STUDIO ILSE


Stumbled on the image below when looking for some inspiration for our soon to be built-in bookcase. The image comes from "Ett Hem", a hotel, conference suite, meeting spot, garden, and restaurant. It´s situated a bit secluded almost hidden in a bit off center part of Stockholm. The neighborhood were it´s situated is built in the early 19th hundreds. The buildings are mostly red brick houses, rarely higher then three or four stories, often with beautiful gardens. The very talented decorator, Ilse Crawford is the mastermind behind the interior and founder of her own firm Studio Ilse. I love the way she mixes old with new, modern with traditional, always with a lot of focus on comfort and spaces where people feel at home. Please check out her site for more highlights, like the refurbishment of the motor yacht Shemara...

Interior at Ett Hem

Interior at Ett Hem

The garden at Ett Hem

The garden at Ett Hem

Exterior Ett Hem

Exterior Ett Hem

Bathroom junior suite Ett Hem

Bathroom junior suite Ett Hem

FRIDAY EYE CANDY


Just before Christmas this absolutely fabulous apartment came out on the market and just a few weeks later it was sold. What differed this apartment from the most other objects out there where not only the beautiful features of the apartment, the exquisite interior and carefully selected art but how it all came about. This very successful listing where the fruits of a collaboration between Stockholm based realtor Alexander White, interior decorator Walles & Walles, Dusty Deco and art gallery owner Belenius/Nordenhake. This is the second time I came across where a realtor in collaboration with an interior decorator, made not only an ordinary listing but an experience for all of us that are hooked on interior design and beautiful homes. There´s a saying that three is a trend, so please gives us more, because I really think this is a trend we´ll see more of.

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Engelbrektsgatan21_alexanderwhite_walles&walles_dustydeco_beleniusnordenhake
Engelbrektsgatan21_alexanderwhite_walles&walles_dustydeco_beleniusnordenhake

METALLIC


One of the trends spotted on the runways these last weeks are metallics, gold, silver and all in between. Metallics in fashion makes me think of spectacular looks and usually makes my mind wander to New Years festivities. But metallics can also be really beautiful as accents in spring and summer, think sandals, clutches and why not a swimming suit or bikini in silver? A great accessory to sun kissed skin. Interior wise we´ve seen the metallics for some time now but they are still hanging in there.  

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In our hallway I´ve used mirrors in different shapes and sizes to create something fun and inspirational to a space usually not considered high priority. Which is too bad since it´s the room you first enter when inviting someone home. Please don´t pay any attention to the sofa, it´s my next make over project...

sheikh zayed mosque

sheikh zayed mosque

Candlesticks from Svenskt Tenn.

Candlesticks from Svenskt Tenn.

Sven-Harry´s Museum with it´s brass exterior.

Sven-Harry´s Museum with it´s brass exterior.

Gold dress from Zara

Gold dress from Zara

YSL AW 2017

YSL AW 2017

FINISHED... OR NOT?


A couple of weeks ago I posted a project of mine. The challange of camouflaging the TV. I´ve now finished the painting, or at least I think it´s finished. It has to be enervating being a painter not knowing when your work is finished, you can pretty much go on forever, painting layer over layer if your not quite satisfied. It has to be real hard knowing when to stop, when to realize THIS is the best version, not the one where I´ve just added this stroke or that color. I would never be able to determine if my work is complete or just half done. Well, anyhow I´m not a painter so I decide this is done, for now... What do you think? did it turn out ok? hit me with your thoughts.


THINK PINK


As I wrote in the previous post one of the more significant upcoming trend is pink, pink and more pink. All shades are represented, but I´m especially hooked on the more dusty pastels.

Apartment of the founders of Fabrique bakery.

Apartment of the founders of Fabrique bakery.

Pink magnolia.

Pink magnolia.

Wouldn´t mind this workspace. Image from  Ladolcevitablog

Wouldn´t mind this workspace. Image from Ladolcevitablog

MY PINK WISH-LIST

FURNITURE FAIR FAVORITES


Checked out the Stockholm furniture fair yesterday. The upcoming trends were a lot of pastels, in particular light pink, shades of grey and blue. Fabrics like velvet and leather. Still lot of stones like marble, but also some Terrazzo, that is clearly having a comeback. We also saw chevron inlay on both flooring and tiles, really nice. Check out my favorites below.

Lamps from Giopato &amp; Coombes

Lamps from Giopato & Coombes

Chair from Gubi

Chair from Gubi

Carpeting from Bolon.

Carpeting from Bolon.

Giopato &amp; Coombes

Giopato & Coombes

Chevron oak flooring from Kährs.

Chevron oak flooring from Kährs.

Tiles from Centro kakel.

Tiles from Centro kakel.

Desk lamps from Anglepoise.

Desk lamps from Anglepoise.

Table and setting from Friends Founders

Table and setting from Friends Founders

STRIPES


Lately I´m into stripes, in all forms. Both in fashion and interior. Stripes is for me highly associated with spring and summer. The classic white and blue stripe always feel crisp and fresh. Earlier this week a went by Ikea and checked out their summer textile collection, beautiful, fresh and affordable. You can never go wrong with stripes. 

Ikea summer collection 2016

Ikea summer collection 2016

AS IF BY CHANCE


Architects Mikael Bergquist and Olof Michrélsens take on Josef Franks Boudoir.

Architects Mikael Bergquist and Olof Michrélsens take on Josef Franks Boudoir.

Started of this morning by having breakfast at Svenskt Tenn and checking out their new exhibition "As if by chance". The quote comes from Josef Frank and gives an understanding of what he wanted to say about his philosophy "Accidentism". Josef Frank wrote in his book with the same name "...we should shape our surroundings as if they had arisen by chance". A philosophy that makes a lot of sense when viewing decor and furnishing that was composed by Josef Frank and Svenskt Tenn founder Estrid Ericsson. Don´t be afraid to mix old with new, colors with patterns and furnitures from various eras. This philosophy is still today very much the essence of and can be found at the establishment and store Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm. The exhibition shows from 9th of February - 29th of March, don´t miss out!

Åke E:son Lindman

Åke E:son Lindman

What is rarely mentioned and often forgotten is what a talented architect Josef Frank was. Hi created a collection of beautiful houses, most of them early in his career when still living in Austria. One could only hope that some developer would take on the challenge and build from Josef Franks drawings...

UTOPIAN BODIES-FASHION LOOKS FORWARD


Kick started the weekend by checking out the exhibition Utopian bodies-Fashion looks forward on Liljevalchs. A both educational, beautiful and humoristic show. Don´t miss out, ends 7th of February. Hurry!

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Sustainable fashion by HM. 

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Acne Studios and Chloé

Alexander Mcqueen

Alexander McQueen.

Beautiful white setting. Wall covered in white roses with blue and white china. 

Wearable critisism by Walter van Beirendonck.

"The walking cloud" by Walter van Beirendonck.

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Vavavoom-dress with a heart, by HM.

HIGHLIGHTS STOCKHOLM FASHION WEEK


Photo: Mathias Nordgren

Photo: Mathias Nordgren

One of the looks from Whyred. I like the purple blouse with a clear 70s feel.  

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One of the rookies on the Swedish fashion scene. This is the second time Stand shows on fashion week. A make with main focus on leather as material. love the styling by Linn Hägglund

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Favorite look from the talented duo, Altewai Saome.

Photo: Mathias Nordgren

Photo: Mathias Nordgren

House of Dagmar showed the perfectly cropped trumpet leather pants. 

Photo: Mathias Nordgren

Photo: Mathias Nordgren

Swedens own glam queen Ida Sjöstedt served a brilliant show with asian influences.

Photo: Mathias Nordgren

Photo: Mathias Nordgren

If Ida Sjöstedt is Swedens number one glam queen, Ida Klamborn is Swedens number one feminist designer. Known for having strong independent women fronting her shows. Here by Carolina Gynning, wearing what will surly become the number one it-piece of AW16, the "Super mega pussy vagina" T-shirt. What´s not to love? 

Photo: Mathias Nordgren

Photo: Mathias Nordgren

Beckmans School of Designs last year students always have a show. This year the students teamed up with already known designers for a collaboration. My favorite looks are the one above by designer Filippa Borenius take on Ida Sjöstedt and below by Victor Lind and his collaboration with House of Dagmar.

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IN THE MAKING...


Hatar ni som jag sladdar? De är inte bara fula, de är i vägen också. Jag är inte heller speciellt förtjust i TV-apparater (kallar man de så fortfarande?). De är fula, skrymmande och de flesta arrangerar sin inredning utifrån dem, tråkigt och inte speciellt inspirerande. Jag tänkte därför maskera TVn med en målning. Duk och färg har inhandlats på Kreatima, så nu flödar kreativiteten för fullt här hemma. Jag har valt en duk i obehandlad linne, då jag tycker om färgen som skymtar på sidorna. Jag är ju ingen konstnär men tycker det är oerhört roligt att måla. Kanske en ny karriär? 

Väggen där tvn hänger idag, inte så inspirerande...

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Painting B/W

Jag återkommer när den är klar, måste även fixa ram. Kommer bilder när den kommit upp.

Do you like I, hate cords and TV screens? I thought I do something about it. I´m in the making of a painting to camouflage the beast. Stay tuned for pics of the result.

I`M BACK...


Sorry about the lack in updates. No real excuse other than a hectic last two weeks. But now I´m back in business. Monday once again, beginning of a new week. But not just any week, today is the start of Stockholm Fashion Week I´ll be back with updates during the week. Now heading out for a run with this on my playlist. 

Just had to share this absolutly gorgeous bouquet I got Friday from a super sweet girl, Thank you Ziba!

XOXO 

WEEKEND, WEEK START


Monday, new week, new challenges, new opurtunities. I´ve heard from a close source that it´s all about your attitude that determines if you consider Monday beeing the harsh wake up call to reality or the day when you embrace the week ahead and it´s opportunities. I´m trying to adopt the second alternative, being a bit more Monday friendly. 

The weekend turned out to have a bit of everything. Since it´s been freezing here for the last couple of days, the kids haven't been super keen on going out. The oldest loves running the sledge, but the youngest consider it too cold when the thermometer sinks below -10. So a lot of hanging with these two little fellows indoors. Having friends over for dinner, working on a upcoming project and checking out the city´s antique dealers.

Image from Anne Sack

Image from Anne Sack

Working on a upcoming project and searching for inspirational images, coming across this white bathroom with black accents. I like when you can accomplish exclusive looks by the details. Like here, using standard tiles in different sizes and execution to fulfill a refine look.

Made a couple of errands on town, checking out a couple of antique dealers. This one being unfortunately closed. But I loved the entrance. A total off-set to the exclusive and well polished inside. 

GOLDEN ALICIA


I didn´t watch the Golden Globe, not really feasable when you have two little ones that tend to wake you up at 6.30 in the morning. And to be totally honest I´m not that into the whole "stay up, watching gala" thing. But I do love to watch the red carpet pics afterward and I have only one thing to say - Alicia you looked smashing! This Lous Vuitton dress is so right in all ways. The colour, note it´s white, one of my hang up-colour at the moment, The cut, the lining, the back. She looks so sweet. Beatiful.

I have to agree with these two ladies on all accounts. Found this BTS photo at ELLE. Love that she lookes so relaxed and comfortable. Not like the showpieces they sometimes become on the red carpet.

Photo from Instagram

Photo from Instagram

My other favorites are so far Cate Blanchett in this stunning pale pink fringe master piece by Givenchy, signed Riccardo Tisci.

Helen Mirren in an elegant creation signed Badgley Mischka.

Jennifer Lopez in a beautiful Giambattista Valli gown. I´m so happy she chose such an  elegant outfit. The colour goes so well with her skin tone.

FEELING BLUE


Not depressed, just really in to the color blue lately. I think it´s my longing for spring time talking. As you already seen in previous posts I´m inspired by the brighter, lighter and more airy color schemes. For me blue feels fresh in almost all tones, never dull or dreary. It´s a classic!

A new take on blue and white china by Axel Vervoordt.

Latest issue of Architectural Digest features this beautiful apartment designed by Eric Cohler.

Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist sofa from the Trivia serie, here in blue velvet.

Painting by Ove Pihl.

So happy we chose this color for the living room, light blue from Farrow and Ball.

FIRST POSITION


When I was younger my grand parents took me to see the ballet at the Royal Opera house here in Stockholm. I loved the whole experience, the atmosphere, the incredaby beatiful Opera house, the stage, the clothes, the music and foremost the dancers! These increadbly talanted men and women that just made these complex moves look like the easiest thing in the world. My grandmother always said she dreamed of me becoming a prima ballerina. I´m not sure how serious she was about me devoting my life to dancing... I think we both realized that ballet is a comitment for life and the chances of succes limited.
Yesterday I watched this amazing documentary "First Position" about these young dancers, some just kids, that have given up pretty much their entire childhood in the sense we know it, in order to persue their dream. To make it in the professional world of ballet. One of these young dancers is a girl, Michaela de Prince, her story is a real Cinderella story. She was born in the war zone of Sierra Leone, both her parents were killed, at the age of four she were adopted by an American couple and moved to the states. She encountered racial discrimination several times and yet she pursued her dream of becoming a prima ballerina... Keep her in mind, I´m sure we´ll see more of this talented young woman. 

NEW YEAR, FRESH START, CRISP WHITE....


Hello 2016! The year has just begun and there´s not much difference then a week ago but the feel is different... During Christmas I´m really into the hole thing of having Christmas but as soon as New Years Eve past and the new year begun, I just want to head into spring. And fast! I know, there´s still a couple of months before that really happens. But a new year represent new beginnings, promises, challenges and a fresh clean slate, to make the most out of it. And what better to represent that, then shades of white.... 

This absolutely stunning summer house belongs to Danish jewelry designer Charlotte Lynggard. Those windows and that view are to die for, serenity.

Neon message. Create your own, sold by the letter at Dot & Bo.

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Beautiful (and white) painting hanging in our dining room, given and created by our dear, close and talented friend and interior decorator, artist Daniel Bergman.

Love the masculine cut of the coat and yet such a feminine look and the white feels so fresh and crisp. Not sure it´s a look to recommend when you have two kids...

Love hydrangeas in all colors available. a really easy flower to decorate with. I usually don´t have vases on top of books as they can leave watermarks.  

The doors, the panels, the stucco. Lovely.