I Need Cognac


Cognac has been on my mind a lot lately. Pantone just announced “Honeysuckle” as the color of 2011. I personally would have voted for cognac. I find it so handsome together with white and black. Just a touch of cognac here and there.

I could also use some real cognac (yes the one you carefully sip!) after my whirlwind week! I launched my store Splendid Willow Avenue last Thursday and I have been so busy that I literally had to hold on to my hat. I am so proud to be representing such a design icon brand as Ilse Jacobsen. I love the products and I have a close and fun relationship with the local Ilse Jacobsen team. This is so me! And I am so glad I went for it!

Some serious Thank You’s are in order.I had no real launch strategy in place for my store. (Everything happened very quickly). I did not do any pre-briefings or blog alerts. I just decided to launch it without bells and whistles. I trust myself and the brand and I trust my readers. Something good would come out of this.

Several of my wonderful close blog friends did not agree with my low-key launch. They started to tweet, e-mail and post about my store right away and I have been swamped with e-mails and phone calls! 

I am surrounded by some really wonderful, smart, generous, loyal and interesting people in blog land (women and men!). l love my group of blog friends and many have become friends outside of cyberland. 

It was very heartwarming and not expected at all that so many of you, during this this busy season, decided to give my store a shout-out. Thank You. You are amazing!

In no particular order.

Thank you Willow Decor! Read here.

Thank you Haute Design! Read here.

Thank you Bijou and Boheme! Read here.

Thank you Belle Vivir! Read here.

Thank you Space For Inspiration! Read here.

Thank you Mochatini! Read here.

Thank you Belgian Pearls! Read here.

Thank you Providence Design! Read here.

Thank you Komma Hem! Read here.

Thank you Designer’s Block. Read here.

Thank you Delishh for being my No. 1 store mentor!

Thank you One Sydney Road! Read here.

Thank you to my brilliant and close friend Manvi with Mochatini for including me in her Holiday Inspiration Issue. She mentioned that she was working on a little “Holiday Inspiration Post”. That little post turned out to be a beautiful and inspiring Holiday MAGAZINE (yes an entire magazine whipped up in a couple of days!) featuring Manvi’s own lovely holiday table top decor and tips for entertaining. VERY inspirational. You will find ideas for your own home. Make sure to visit here

And Thank You to the friendly and generous Julie with with the unique and inspirational blog Inspired, Live Simply. I won her blog giveaway! A vase from one of my favorite stores — Anthropologie! Thank you, Julie. I love it!

And lastly a big thank you to my wonderful friend Lana with Lanalou Style. She included me (and Charlotta!) in her Wish list for the Holidays. Yet another creative and wonderful blog to pay attention to.

A lot of appreciation in this post: For cognac, Ilse Jacobsen, fantastic friends and loyal readers. Love to you all.

Today is the last day to order from Splendid Willow Avenue if you want your Ilse Jacobsen items before Christmas and with FREE shipping.

My giveaway ends tonight (Thursday night Dec. 16th). Go here to enter.

Images: No. 1 via Enterase, no. 3 via Design Elements, no. 4 via the Design Traveller, no. 5 via Skona Hem.
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  • Greet says:

    Hi Mon,
    I am so happy for you!!! You did a wonderful job!! I remember some weeks ago….I am sure that you know what I mean!! I am so glad you followed your heart!!! If something isn’t that good in life, there is something else that is coming your way!! It happened to you!!!
    Hey, I agree with you!!! I also want cognac instead of that Honeysuckle color!!!
    Mon, I do not find a store in Belgium where I can find clothes or boots or accessories from Ilse Jacobsen! I emailed the headquarters today! Maybe I have to order them from you! But I think that maybe there will be too much shipping costs? What do you think?

  • Delishhh says:

    Monika – You deserve it! I am so happy for the success of the store and love it! Let me know anytime how I can help. I am here for you!

    Also I would like to mention that Cognac is one of my FAVORITE COLORS! I would love some of those chairs.

    GOD JUL!!!!!! BTW i wrote about Swedish Traditions and julbord, would love your input on what you eat during this time :)

  • Yay, Monika! I am so happy for you..! I can hear the smile in your voice – and it makes me smile in turn.

    Have a wonderful holiday, dear friend.


  • I am so so so happy about your new venture. I can’t tell you enough! And I am so happy you have so many people who love you and your work and ideas and help you promote so wonderfully! Here is to wonderful days ahead, and much goodness. Tina

  • So thrilled for your success! I have to agree with you, I’m much more of a cognac person too!

  • You are so welcome! I wish you and your store every success in the world- can’t think of anyone more deserving:)

  • Lana says:

    You deserve every bit of praise and support, you are truly a special lady, Mon!x

  • Style Attic says:

    To say I’m proud, happy, super excited and a big fan would be an understatement. Esp with this small font type! I know you’ll push great things into the forefront and keep up all up to date with your fresh eyes and never ending talent!!! I’m thrilled for you XOXO, Kel

  • You are very welcome…I will continue to support you, and I’m so glad you love the gift:)
    Julie xo

  • Sparky says:

    I’ll drink to that! I’m with you on the cognac—my Roman architecture professor’s favorite! And I’m just not much of a pink person. Congratulations on your store launch success! ~Sparky

  • Anci says:

    Jättekul med din nya butik ! Och det är fina saker du säljer. Jag håller tummarna för att det ska gå bra.


  • Hi Mon!
    I am so happy for you!!!!!!! We are inundated here and I have not had a day off for 5 wks. I think you found a fabulous niche there and a wonderful line to represent.Blogland came through for you!!!!!!! You do so deserve it!!!!!!Maryanne xo

  • Blue Fruit says:

    Fabulous news Monika! I have just returned from a week in New York city and was so impressed with the stylish rainboots that everyone wore on the rainy day that I was totally smitten with the idea of gorgeous rainboots. In fact, on the plane home to Melbourne I was thinking maybe I should import them and sell them in Melbourne. Then I discover that you are representing them! I wish you the very best and am completely confident that you will do a stellar job. Also, love the cognac post. Always a favourite colour of mine, no matter the weather! Especially love the first image.

  • Julie at BV says:

    Hi Mon,

    Thank you for the mention. You deserve all the support the bloggsphere has offered you.

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