Hello friends. My week went so fast, I had to hold on to my hat. And getting used to new school routines has been somewhat of a shock to the system. But we are still alive and smiling!
I just had to share this hotel with you. I read about it on my way home from Sweden (via Amsterdam). I have never seen anything like it. Something to talk about at the next social gathering.
Hotell Inntel in Zaandam, Holland, opened its doors this Spring and is designed by architect Wilfried van Winden. The 12 story designer mashup incorporates everything from traditional workers cottages to a replica of a blue house that Claude Monet painted in Holland in 1871. The architect refers to his style as “fusion architecture”.
Here is an image from the Tsar Peter Suite. This royal suite is modern, but fully recreated in the style of the Tsar Peter house, the oldest house in Zaandam, with a comfortable box bed.
From new hotels to new thank yous’ — and hopefully some useful information.
First a big thank you to two blog awards for Splendid Willow.
The first one comes from Tina over at Komma Hem. This lovely lady, based in Sweden, is a super friendly blog friend. You will find lots of information and inspiration as she, with great honesty, takes her readers on a journey to discover what her true style is. Can’t we all relate to that!
Award no. 2 came a while ago from my dear Seattle friend in real life, Ewa, who is a food blogger and relatively new in blog land but who already has generated a lot of traffic. Delishhh is my “secret” food blog. And in my opinion THE blog to visit when looking for translated (so you don’t have to figure out grams vs. ounces!), tried and proven dishes from Sweden among other countries. (Like the FABULOUS Swedish Oatmeal cookies with Nutella below. Try them!). I also go here for great restaurant reviews in Seattle. I know this lovely lady well. She has excellent taste.
And from awards to a splendid giveaway. It came my way via my close friend Charlotta and her lovely blog Space For Inspiration. It was a day for major sumersaults! The giveaway was a gift certificate to the on-line mega store CSN. I was fairly conviced that I was going to order a Creuset tea kettle but at the last minute I changed my mind and decided to order a pair of wall sconces instead. I desperately need some in my foyer, but there are many limitations at my house as far as width and style, etc.
After literally browsing through thousands of sconces at CSN (I seem to remember that they have over 10,000!) I settled for these. Both classic and modern. And I think they look a lot more costly than the $59 each (on) sale that they cost. Don’t you agree?
I absolutely love them! And I can’t wait to show you what they look like installed!
And finally, out of the blue, came a package from my old and dear blog friend Manvi over at Mochatini. She sent me a box of loveliness from the NY based company Sabon that offers luxury bath products. “You need to pamper yourself after your vacation”, read the lovely note. People, I don’t even dare to open the beautifully wrapped soaps! They are way too elegant! What an unexpected treat that made me smile for days.
Thank you ladies, from the bottom of my heart! You are all wonderful friends and give so much to me personally and to the rest of blogland.
Happy weekend to all my readers! See you on Monday!
And don’t forget to enter my giveaway here! You can win a key cabinet or lovely crayfish towels, hand picked by me in Stockholm. The giveaway ends on Tuesday.