Romantic Quotes For Bedroom Walls

Letters and words continue to be popular as wall decor, and by now, you can find pretty much any popular saying already made (no need for custom orders), regardless of whether it is a line from a movie for a media room, a children’s rhyme for a nursery or Emeril’s “bam!” for the kitchen. But, […]

Create A Summer Room With Outdoor Fabric

The days are getting longer, the trees greener and the temperatures are not only bearable but actually enjoyable again – it’s time to start getting the deck, porch or patio ready for long, lazy summer lunches and evenings with friends. Most of us put out a few chairs, a table and often a grill. Which […]

What is Chevron (And How To Add Some To Your Home)

What is it about chevron that is so alluring? It seems like everywhere I look lately, I see chevron patterns in all shapes and sizes: on walls, rugs, furniture, clothing (and not only Missoni), jewelry, office products, really on everything. What Is Chevron? Chevron is a simple inverted V-shaped graphic pattern (also often called zig […]

Favorite Glass and Silver Christmas Ornaments

With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas less than three weeks away, it is high time to start decorating the house for the holidays. I have always preferred a more restrained color scheme, and I think glass and silver accented with blue and pale pastels are so elegant and festive. That’s not to say I don’t […]

Totally Trippy Pendant Lights by Bertjan Pot

Downstairs

Yes, that was intentional. I just couldn’t help myself. I’ve said it before, and I am sure I’ll say it again: The Dutch are so crazy creative and their designs are always so unique – what is it that makes them think not just outside of the box, but way, way beyond it? Whenever I […]

Faux Dymo Embossed Labels Generator

I love the look of those classic, 70s Dymo labels and after many years of being out of vogue, they have become quite popular again. Just the other day, I got an email update from one of my favorite blogs, Fuzzimo, announcing a new embossed label generator. Antoniu, the designer behind the blog, creates and […]

An Unusual Take On Real Estate Photography

Coffee in kitchen window

I recently discovered the interestingly-named Stockholm (Sweden) real estate broker firm Fantastic Frank. While one might feel that the name is a tad, I don’t know, hokey? Silly? Odd?, they have some really great listings, and what I like most of all is the unusual and very cool photography. They hire film and fashion stylists […]

Pinterest – The Perfect Online Vision Board Creator

For some reason, I have never managed to get all that excited about Facebook; I’m on it, but never check my page (is that what it’s called?). I signed up for Twitter when it first started, but immediately got overwhelmed by the whole concept and have never been back. But Pinterest, oh, what a wonderful (albeit […]

Decorating With Green Wallpaper

Wallpaper has really come back in style with force in the past few years, and while it may be a tad more work intensive to put up, it truly is a great alternative to paint. There are more colors, styles and designs to choose from than ever, and the abundance can be quite overwhelming. Where […]

Metal Art You Won’t Easily Forget

What makes something art? Is it beauty? Is it in the eye of the beholder? Is it because it is original and creative? It’s an old question that has as many answers as there are people asking it. A common definition is “The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a […]

Interview With Artist Lesley De Santis

So we started working on this article in March… because March is Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month, and I thought it would be extra appropriate to feature Massachusetts-based artist Lesley De Santis then. However, our crazy schedules got in the way, and we’re posting it now, even though we’re in April already (where does […]

Cloches (aka Bell Jars)

Cloches, which are also known as bell jars or bell glasses (“cloche” is French for “bell”), were originally invented to help hold in moisture and protect tender plants from harsh weather, insects and other potential hazards. In gardening literature, they were first mentioned around 1630, and they are listed among mandatory garden tools and equipment […]

Marimekko – The Rise And Fall And Rise Again Of One Of Finland’s Most Famous Companies

Since Helsinki is the design capital 2012, I thought it would be extra fitting to shine the light on a few Finnish brands this year, and first out is one of the largest jewels in the Finnish design crown: Marimekko. I have always loved Marimekko, and growing up in Sweden in the 60s and 70s, […]

Paper Cutting – 5 Amazing Artists You Must Check Out

I just recently discovered paper cutting (how did I not know about this before?!?) and was blown away by the things that these skilled artists are creating with just paper and scissors (or knives). I also realized I have done lots of paper cutting myself without knowing that that’s what it technically was, and I’m […]

Fabulous Tealight Candle Holders

After what has been a record warm fall and beginning of winter here in the northeastern US, the chill has started to set in and I finally feel like cozying up inside (it wasn’t until the second half of December I changed to winter curtains – it just didn’t feel right when it was in […]

Beautiful Christmas Decor From Denmark

I recently discovered the fabulous Danish company Walther & Co and instantly fell in love with their understated, monochrome and rustic aesthetic. Very Scandinavian country shabby chic. It’s the sort of stuff that makes me wish I had an old renovated farmhouse somewhere in the Swedish countryside (decorated like this) where I would gather all […]

Interview With Artist Amber Alexander

I’m very excited about today’s post which features an interview with the awesome artist Amber Alexander. I first discovered Amber through her Etsy store where she sells her original paintings, cards, fine art and limited edition prints, and immediately fell in love with her work. It’s one of those shops where you can’t stop browsing, […]

Himla – Gorgeous Fabrics in Linen and Cotton (And The Most Beautiful Online Product Catalogs)

It’s always a treat when Swedish fabric company Himla releases a new catalog, and the Fall/Winter 2011 edition, shot on Iceland, is no exception. They always choose stark Scandinavian landscapes with neutral colors as the backdrop for their product photos, and not only does this create a fairy-tale feeling, it really makes their products stand […]

Apartment Eye Candy – Stockholm, Sweden

I have lived in the US now for over 20 years, but I am originally from Sweden, and for the past 10 years or so, I’ve had a dream of one day being able to split my time between both countries. It’s still only a dream, but I can’t help looking at home listings ever […]

Home Decorating Ideas – Looking Back Part 3

In part three of this series where I go back and look at my bookmarked favorites from the same season a specific number of years ago, I decided to feature another defunct magazine: Blueprint. Martha Stewart Media released the first issue in May of 2006 and the Jan/Feb 2008 issue was the last. The magazine […]

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