Minimal Fall Decoration At My Home & Busy Times At The Shop

Are you holding on to your hats, folks? (In my case a helmet). Speedy season is here. Gas pedal pressed down hard. Woosh!

I don’t know about you, but I have hardly had any time to focus on new fall decor. I am keeping everything pretty much the same as last year. I did manage to carve out a few minutes though to dress up a few vases around my house with cheesecloth, burlap and jute ribbon. I added berry branches from a local grocery store. Not much, but I like the look. Rustic, simple and “fallish”. Then when winter comes I can just replace the branches with thick pine branches. (I am a practical Swede after all!).

My Austrian grandfather, Max, once went on a hike in the Alps and found a pretty and rare Edelweiss flower. He had it dried and mounted into a brosche that he gave to my mother with her name engraved on the back. I added it to the the arrangement and now it has so much more meaning.

I put some mini pumpkins in a candle holder dressed in burlap.

So a little bit of fixing & relaxation at home… (with a little bit of music to work to)…

… and a lot of things happening on the store front.

First, thank you to the chic People Magazine’s Style Watch (in stands through November) for putting our store and the Ilse Jacobsen boots we carry in the limelight.

Second, as a Thank You to all of our followers and readers, we are offering a splendid giveaway. It is a Facebook sweepstakes. It is easy. All you need to do is to like us on Facebook.  One lucky winner will walk away with a $350 gift certificate to spend on anything in our store. Not bad, right, before the big holiday seasons! Sweepstakes ends on Friday October 26th. Enter here.

Fall season means rainy season — at least here in Seattle. We have added Ilse Jacobsen’s latest models and colors to our store. The new 3/4 length coats are selling like mad. (Europe is almost sold out!)

More jewelry has been added. I personally like precious metals but I don’t want my jewelry to be mass produced. Astrid Bjork’s wonderful sterling silver ring is a Swedish design classic. She has been making that ring for 18 years. Timeless and stunning.

Also new in our store are a few pieces by the popular Swedish brand Sahara. I wear the earrings almost daily – and get compliments all the time! (They look even better on than in the picture). Sahara was founded by the talented Swedish gal, Lovisa Wester Bäckström in cooperation with Camilla Läckberg, who is a mega big suspense author in Sweden. To date she has sold over 5 million books. An added bonus since I am a big time Suspense Novel reader!


We are delighted to say that we have added a whole new lighting line to our store! We have picked styles that are current and timeless and lights that are affordable. There are many handsome light fixtures to chose among — and more will be added!

More goods for the kiddos have been added.

And more new items will be unpacked in time for the holidays.

We are happy for one of our great designers, Emma Sjogren, who just had one of her beautiful wall hangings (print on linen) featured in the leading country homes magazine in Sweden (Go, Emma Go!). We are the only store in the US to carry many of Emma’s popular designs.

From walls to floors. We are now carrying Brita Sweden’s immensely popular handwoven plastic rugs. If you are looking for a rug/runner that can handle lots of traffic and spills – this might be your solution. (I have thrown away too many sisal rugs because their natural fibers can’t handle stains!). Brita Sweden uses plastic that contains no heavy metals or toxic softeners.

The birthday tees have been flying off the shelves. More colors have been added. The lovely and talented Stacey with Design Addict Mom just shared images from a photo shoot with her readers. And her adorable son Ian was dressed in one of our tees. Awww, Stacey! Ian is so precious!

A brand new store category Ewa and I are working on right now and that I am personally very excited about is — “Splendid Dining”. I am looking to add unique, good quality tabletop items for my own home for the upcoming Holiday Season. I am (as you know) picky, picky and I gravitate toward forever pieces. You will see what we have added to our store in the next couple of weeks. All I can say is – top notch.

So there. A little insight into my hectic (but fun!) daily life. My post about white wall colors will appear next week. I got a little side tracked! I hope you understand.

Fall hugs to each and every one of you.

Image no. 1 via Handmade Spark, images 2-4 via Splendid Willow.
Written by Splendid Willow in: Holidays & Celebrations,Store News |


  • Greet says:

    Hello busy lady!
    How are you my friend? What a long and interesting post today!!
    Love your ideas! I already decorated with the red berry branches! I love it!
    Congratulations on the featuring!Great! How is your shop? Are you satisfied?
    You are offering gorgeous things!! That coat is perfection!!
    Love love love the boots !! I have to take a picture of me wearing them and send it to you!!

    It is hectic for me too these days! No much time to read blogs!!

    A huge hug and bon weekend!

  • Delishhh says:

    This is the time of hectic season. First Halloween and then new year before you know it! Love the red berry branches such a classic!!

    At least you gave started…I haven’t yet!

    Hugs to you!

  • Charlotta says:

    Monica, this post filled me with inspired energy to the max! I love Fall and to cozify the house is one of my fave things.
    The Splendid Dining project sounds right up my alley, and I am sharpening my ears and pens in excited anticipation. I am your most devoted student!! :)

    Baby Z is gorgeous isn’t he. I had the privilege to paint two original paintings for his nursery earlier this year. So happy to be part of his visual life!

    That ring has my name on it. Total crush at first sight!!

    The rug looks great. What is it about black and white that stirs so deeply in my heart! Swedish DNA I think!! :)

    OK off I am. Hosting a girls’ night tonight and have eons to do.

    Love and sisterly kisses to you my sweet and clever friend!


  • Charlotta says:

    PS. How great is that lamp by the way! The table lamp. Such good taste sister!
    Also. Those spiders on your banner crack me up! Love!!

  • LiveLikeYou says:

    Those are ridiculously CUTE toys!!!That little bandit cat is a must have. Love of the store is coming along such a great look. I’m in a whirlwind of 4-5 hours a homework a night. Crushing!! Will call you from train to NY today, going up for a wedding.
    (BTW the link to sweepstakes doesn’t work)

    Splendid Willow Reply:

    Hi Favorite Jill,

    Yikes! The link is working now! (Should have checked before I posted… What would I do without you!).

    Thanks for the chat today. You are the best!


  • Holly Irwin says:

    Love your minimal fall decorations…….simple and elegant! The store looks amazing. My favorite: the stack of silver rings. Thanks for your inspiration!



  • Willow Decor says:

    Hi Mon-

    Wow. A mention from people magazine. How exciting for you. :)

    They know what the rest of have known from the start!!

    Congratulations! Hope you are well.

    xxx Gina

  • I love the autumn door wreath Monica, so gorgeous colors! hope you have a beautiful weekend, darling!

    caroline @ patagonia gifts love knot jewelry

  • Monika,
    Congratulations on all good things going on with your store. Busy is a good thing sometimes. :-)
    Love the simple fall decorating, simple and lovely.
    Have a great weekend.

  • Joe Clarke says:

    You are on a roll! Love so many of your new products – the rug, the lights, the silver jewelry. All Splendid!

    Happy weekend.


  • Mon-
    You are one busy lady!! Your store is just beautiful, and I am so happy that you are doing well. The jackets are fabulous as are the boots. Love all of the kid’s toys! Oh heck, it is all perfect.
    Your home decorations are beautiful, and I love the little flower. So special. What did we do before burlap?
    Have a wonderful weekend, sweet friend.
    Happy Friday.

  • Franki Parde says:

    You GO girl!!!! Whew! franki

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