The Cubby Shelf Has Moved In!

Thank you all for your comments and e-mails! In a previous post, here, I wrote about getting a shelf for my beloved Swedish cups that I collect. You had me convinced and I decided to go with a new cubby storage from Pottery Barn (until maybe an edgy vintage industrial version comes along?). I could not wait any longer, so I dragged the shelf home this weekend and forced poor Hubby to put it up Sunday morning. (He is always such a trooper). Here it is in full display. And I have 25 cubbies to fill up. Yeah! (Sorry I don’t take better pictures!).

The old Italian secretarie and I never got along that great (not my style – or so I thought). But when I put it all together, I really started to appreciate the writing desk and have now decided it will not be in hiding anymore!  I am not even convinced that I will paint the cubby shelf gray anymore (but that remains to be seen…).

Do you see the green pottery egg? It was made by the well known Swedish ceramist Hans Hedberg. Hedberg was known for his outsized fruit and egg ceramic sculptures. He passed away in Cannes, France, in 2007 at the age of 89. He used to swap pottery tips with Picasso, taught Chagall, and was highly successful as an artist in his own right. I have always been drawn to the egg shape. It is such a wonderous and magical shape connected with new beginnings!

A really large egg  by Hans Hedberg is something to dream about. But I am perfectly happy with my little green one!

Hope you had a fabulous weekend and that you are re-energized for a new week. Happy Monday, dears!

Written by Splendid Willow in: DIY,My Home |


  • Greet says:

    Dear Monika,
    You have chosen the right storage!! I love it! And the egg of Hans Hedberg is indeed wonderful!
    And if I were you, I would certainly not paint the secretary! It is too beautiful now!!!
    Wish you a very nice week my dearest friend!

  • Anna-Malin says:

    Å Monika!! SÅ FINT fotat och stylat!! Så roligt att få se hyllan på plats!! (Skulle vara kul att se mer av huset också….) Mycket, mycket snyggt! Bra jobbat vännen!!

    Nu ska jag in på hemsidan och kolla :)

    Stor kram!!

  • Julie says:

    Dear Monika
    You did well!!! I wish we had Pottery Barn here.. or maybe good thing we don’t!! Have a great week .. Julie

  • Lovely, lovely, lovely! You have created a beautiful vignette with the secretary and created wonderful design balance between the gorgeous antique secretary and the new piece. Perfection.


  • WillowDecor says:

    So pretty!! I just love the way it looks !! Great choice!

  • kiki Alvord says:

    Toppen!! Jätte snyggt Mon och behåll du byrån den ser ju riktigt tuff ut nu med “tillägget” och nu ska Du ju inte måla hyllan då allt passar så perfekt ihop. Snyggt uppsatt på alla vis.
    kram KIKI

  • I love it! Think it looks great!

  • Julie at BV says:

    Monica what a beautiful display. I love what you did and the old secretary is a classic. I love it. Great choice.

  • Monika – these pieces look gorgeous together! Wait on painting the cubby shelf grey, I think the dark wood might grow on you 😉
    Thx for stopping by lovelyvelo again, I am always so happy to read your comments!

  • Lise M. says:

    Wow, love this display!! Thanks for sharing! By the way your blog is soooo lovely. Can’t get enough of it! I will be back soon!

    Lise M.

  • Jenn says:

    Oh it looks fabulous! And goes so well with that lovely desk. I looked at the links to the sites for the gorgeous cups but couldn’t read them. Sigh. I’ll just have to admire your collection in photos.

  • I think you made the right choice!! The cups look lovely against the dark wood, and really stand out. They not be as striking displayed in a gray shelf. The scale is perfect over the secretary as well. Have a great day!

  • congrats for your new cubby shelf Monika! it looks lovely with your cups! have a great new week! xo

  • åh vad bra det blev! gud så snygga de är de där kopparna också – de ska jag hålla ögonen öppna efter. jag är såååå förtjust i all världens keramik. går faktiskt på keramik själv just nu för jag tycker det är så avslappnande. fast mest gillar jag det som ANDRA gör *ler*.

    ha en skön vecka!
    kram jenny

  • Delishhh says:

    LOVE IT! Great idea. I just have a question. . .how do you manage all these things stay in place with 3 kids?

  • Desiree says:

    oh Monika, it looks soooo amazing! LOVE it!

  • I love this shelf. Great storage

  • Charlotta says:

    Congratulations my dearest!
    Looks great against your lovely ‘duvbla’ (Swe) walls – gorgeous colour!

    The cups look great and I am so inspired to start my own collection now. Where in Stockholm do you buy them? Must pop in next time I am home.

    The egg is divine and a great investment! To imagine the conversations between the great masters (I LOVE Picasso!!)..

    Nice collections of books too – Irving Penn. Another favourite of mine. Admire his photographic talent imensly – like the artist Rodin but with a camera instead of a brush, chissel or pencil! :) (Though Penn also drew & painted.)

    Big hug to you dearest sis.

    P.s. Tycker du ska flytta nummer 19 ut till 20. xx

  • mon my dear, it looks awesome!! and glad you re-thought the secretary they go well together. love the egg and the entire styling!! i really love how you decorated. xo

  • Anci says:

    Good for you :)
    Jag tycker att du har gjort ett mycket bra val. Om Pottery Barn fanns i Sverige skulle jag också köpa den (även om jag inte vet vad jag skulle ha i den.

    Vad vackert du har det hemma !
    Kan vi inte få se mer av ditt, troligen, fantastiska hem ?? Om vi ber snällt :)


  • Diana says:

    What a fantastic blog!

  • Therese Long says:

    First of all, you take great photos!
    The whole vignette you’ve created is stunning. I’m so glad you bought the PB Cubby for your beloved cups, it looks wonderful and I really love the tension it creates between the 2 pieces. The Italian Secretaire is downright gorgeous and really makes a statement and you accessorized it so beautifully!
    Bravo Monnika, Bravo!!!
    ~xo always

    Splendid Willow Reply:

    Hello all! Thank you for your lovely comments! And for the new faces – welcome to my circle of lovely blog friends!

    Ewa – FYI Prince William (2,5) took the egg and threw it across the room thinking it was a ball! The egg survived but has now moved up to a cubby hole!

    Hugs to yo all! ox Mon

  • Ha! I love it!! It looks great and you I love the way you styled it all, dear. Just beautiful. Loved getting another little glimpse into your beautiful home, too.


  • I love this piece, Monika!! {in fact I kind of think I need it!!} It looks lovely above the secretary desk & your swedish cups look right at home!! xo

  • Purple Area says:

    It looks great.. and industrial with the numbers under!!

    Hoppas allt är bra med dig!


    Splendid Willow Reply:

    Hej Susann, har inte hört från dig på ett tag – du är alltid så busy! Allt är bra här! Det blev ingen vinter i år – men den kommer väl i maj! Kram Mon

  • It looks fabulous! I love the details and the proportions of all the items together…LOVELY :)

    Hope you’re having a wonderful week / xo

  • KMD Atelier says:

    WONDERFUL vignette. The pieces really work well together and your egg…exquisite! Kari

  • Giovanna says:

    ooh, i love the way the cubby shelf looks with the secretaire. maybe it was lonely and needed something interesting up top to make it fit in a little better in the room.

  • the shelf looks great, but ohmygoodness, I love that egg. Is that a mat finish? divine!

  • paula says:

    oh my, love would be such an understatement for the way I feel about this!

  • Greet says:

    Hi Monika,
    It looks wonderful! Now you see that your cabinet is so pretty with the storage above it!!
    And the Hans Hedberg has a wonderful colour!
    Have a nice week!!

  • sonia says:

    Looks Lovely and reading your blog keeps me connected to all of you!

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  • Zena says:


    You have a lovely home. I was wondering if you could share the paint color in this room? It’s beautiful.

    Warm regards,

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