Back From Stockhom With Tons Of Inspiration

Hi friends. I am back from my whirlwind trip to Stockholm equipped with new design inspiration and ideas. (Thank you to so many of you for your kind messages regarding  my Mom. She is doing very well).

In my usual , energize-bunny-hopping way, I went straight from landing at the airport in Stockholm to the Formex Design Exhibition — the largest design meeting place in The Nordic. I had only four hours before they were going to shut the doors on this 4-day event and I had missed an entire night of sleep — but that did not stop me.

During those four hours I came across two FANTASTIC designers that I had teamed up with for my store. I will introduce you to them later in the week.

I also had a really fun chat with this handsome, witty and oh-so creative stylist — Jimmy Schonning. He has become a mega designer household name in Sweden thanks to his popular TV show about interiors and his endless design creativity.

(Yep, this is what I look like after a very long flight and no sleep. And you would have too!).

Jimmy’s happening kitchen.

 At the trade show, Jimmy’s wonderful, oversized bamboo pendants drew a lot of attention. Part of the lamps’ profits goes to an orphanage north of Bangkok for HIV effected children. 

Sweden is jam packed with fabulous design. I am totally blown away, every time I go back.

Hello – even fire extinguishers for the home, now come in great designs! No longer any need to keep it hidden in the closet. (Jimmy Schonning designed one as well).

It is good to be back. I have lots of things to share and I am looking forward to seeing what my many blog friends are up to!

Warm hugs.

Images: No. 1 via Skarp, no. 2, 4, 6 via Jimmy Schonning, no. 3 + 5 via Splendid Willow, no. 7 via Allt Om Bostad


  • Charlotta says:

    Hello! So good to know you are safely back home again.

    Thank you again for our wonderful hours together in Stockholm. It was so nice to finally meet you in person and like you said, it felt far from our very first meeting. Soul sisters for sure!

    I love the design treasures you have brought to the lime light here Mon. Jimmy is fab and I adore his over-sized bamboo lamp – especially when it is teamed with clean Scandi lines and Birch tree logs!

    Looking forward to seeing more of your finds..

    Big big hug to you!

    xx C

  • Anci says:

    Ja visst är vi duktiga :)
    Det är så härligt med inspiration som går att få från så många håll. Alla bloggar, tidningar, naturen, gamla saker, andra människor mm mm.


  • Jimmy’s a wonderful designer and generous a great combination. I need one of those fire extinguishers instead of my ugly red one! Welcome back home.


  • designchic says:

    You look wonderful to have made that long flight and little sleep!! I absolutely love the bamboo pendant and the who would have thought to design a cute fire extinguisher…great idea!! Glad you’re home ~

  • Tracey says:

    Oh I just love the natural wood …… I have also been on the hunt for a great farm table. This could be what I have in store. Easy enough to make…. gosh I love Swedish design!! The birch branches are to die for!!

  • Oh wow – that kitchen is amazing!! Glad you had a wonderful trip and can’t wait to see the new products!

  • Joe Clarke says:

    Welcome back Ms. Splendid! Blog land is boring when you are quiet…

    Green and gray is a lovely color combo. Very cool kitchen!


  • welcome home! so glad your mom is doing well, monika, I know it was wonderful to spend time with her. and you lucky gal. jimmy is adorable and his style is stunning. I know you loved every minute. looking forward to hearing of the rest of your trip…love, donna

  • so much cool here to absorb. i can imagine how much soulful design you soaked up! so glad you are safe and sound and that your mother is well.

    smiles to you.


  • Beth says:

    I made my first trip to Stockholm last fall and cannot wait to return, I loved the design and this lovely city. I will look forward to reading more about all you saw. Thanks

  • Welcome back, Monika!!! I cannot wait to hear more about your trip. I have no doubt you came across some incredible things for inspiration and your shop. I’d say the fire extinguishers are one of the most unique things I’ve seen in awhile. Love the designs on them, very chic! xo

  • lamb411 says:

    Love the light but I feel like you’d need some massive space or incredibly tall ceilings to properly show that off in a dining room or kitchen. Also, those are great looking fire extinguishers- it’s true, always an item that gets hidden, the ubiquitous red extinguisher is so plain in contrast to the ones you found!

  • Sofia says:

    Välkommen hem! Jimmy, brilliant, he started a new career that has certainly taken off – we used to work together, he’s a great dancer and show-man (just look at that smile!) Little Shop of Horrors I think it was!! Funny.
    Cant wait for more. In Stockholm even the smallest coffee shop is cleverly designed.
    much love Sofia

  • Delishhh says:

    Welcome back! Can’t wait to hear about all the stuff from Stockholm. Hope you also ate some good food and some candy :). Those fire extinguishers are great.

  • classiq says:

    That bamboo lighting pendant looks incredible! Sweden truly has a heavy word to say in interior design. Wishing you a wonderful week, Monika! xo
    PS: the metro stations in Stockholm look amazing, very original. It’s great that people have the culture of walking. Whenever I travel I always eat more than I normally do at home, but I lose weight every single time, because I love getting around by foot. :)

  • Welcome back, Monica! Missed your cheery blog posts.
    LOVE the extinguishers! Those can be nearby and look amazing. Thank you for the design here and for the introduction.
    Have a great week.

  • those extinguishers are so wonderful! Please tell me you’ll have them in the shop?!?!

  • Bobbi says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these fire extinguishers!!!!!!!!!!! Another why didn’t I think of that! So Cool!

  • Kari says:

    Welcome back Monika!

    Missed you while you were away. This looks like a great show. I really love those branch light fixtures. Might you carry those in your store? I think you should!

    Have a good week,


  • Pleased you are home safe and that your mum is doing OK. Jimmy Schonning IS handsome! xx

  • Whaaaat, those fire extinguishers are so cool!! I hopped over to Jimmy’s site and love his work. I’ll take that sweet lamp any day :]

    Nook & Sea

  • Janell Beals says:

    Looks like a great trip and looking forward to seeing your finds! Janell

  • Glad to hear you’ve had an inspiring trip and that your Mom is doing well! Goodness, how amazing that you got to meet Jimmy Schonning! I saw his home in a magazine recently and completely fell for the unique personality infused especially in his kitchen.
    The fire extinguishers are awesome!

    Meera xx

  • Mon,
    Jimmy looks adorable (and so do you….can’t believe you had just gotten off the plane!). Those fire extinguishers are so brilliant. I’ll take one, please!!

    I know it’s always good to “go home”…and then to return to yours. Welcome back!

    xo Elizabeth

  • LiveLikeYou says:

    Love all of this!!!!! Welcome back!! Ringer imorgon.

  • Purple Area says:


    Typiskt, låter som jag missade dig med någon dag bara, jag var också på mässan men på torsdagen. Hoppas vi får chansen att ses någon annan gång. Hade varit kul!

    Gillade också Jimmy Schönnings prylar!


  • he is wonderful! great to hear you are back with tons of inspirations and love seeing the photo of both of you, Mon. My husband and I are fliying to Berlin tonight. be back on Sunday. so happy :)

    big hug

  • Tereza says:

    Love that kitchen and the extinguishers are amazingly stylish.
    Monica, don’t need to say how great your blog is.
    Warm hugs to you.

  • Welcome back! Glad you were inspired while there – Swedes always do it best!

  • Stacey says:

    Welcome back! I must visit Sweden one day. So much inspiration there! Love Jimmy and his designs. Love those fire extinguishers-so stylish!

    P.S. I totally envy you meeting Charlotta. How fun that must have been!:-). XX

  • So happy to meet and to be a part of your blog, Monika. Thank you!
    Makes me very proud to be represented in the States! Such great company to be presented with.

    Feel very welcome to visit Jimmy Schönning HEM. HEM stands for HOME in Swedish.

  • Oh, you’re wrong! I wouldn’t look that GOOD w/out any sleep. Actually, I’m not sleeping much lately… :-)

    So nice to have you back and knowing you and your mom are doing fine. I’m happy for that. And thank you for introducing us to Jimmy.

    Have a wonderful day, sweetie.


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  • Sherry Hart says:

    Hmmmmm…..he’s hot and so are his designs! I can’t even imagine letting someone take a picture of me after flying across the pond! You just CAN’T look bad……thank goodness for a wonderful safe trip.

  • hello, oh jimmie is a very nice designer glad you meet him..sorry we was not connected before then we should have reached

    hugs marie

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