Oct
23
2012
14

Thin Striped Fabric On My Mind

It feels like we have been seeing fabrics with really thick stripes for years (especially black and white and dark blue and white). When I came across this image in the latest issue of House & Home, I had to stop and stare for a while. I realized that I had forgotten about my early love –  thin striped fabric! In vogue or not — who cares. I will definitely add more of this to my own home. Simple, calm, casual and classy.

I might also need to add some pretty & festive bulbs to my chandelier for the winter holidays.

Hugs to you all!

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Sep
20
2012
22

I Caved In To The Flag Trend

20% trends, 80% me — that is my personal home furnishings motto. But the flag trends that has been huge for the last few years – and is still going strong – never really manged to get my attention. Or so I thought, until I saw this…

Nope, not another Union Jack or Stripes and Stars galore but a simple Red Cross flag. I like the look and I like what the Red Cross represents – “Vote for Humanity”.

This is what we all should know about The Red Cross:

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is a private humanitarian institution founded in 1863 in Geneva, Switzerland. It has today approximately 97 million volunteers, members and staff worldwide responsible for protecting human life and health, ensuring respect for all human beings, and preventing and alleviating human suffering, without any discrimination.

And this is what we all should know about the flag:

The Red Cross emblem was officially approved in Geneva in 1863.

The Red Cross flag is often confused with the Flag of Switzerland which is the opposite of it (white cross on red). In 1906, to put an end to the argument of Turkey that the flag took its roots from Christianity, it was decided to promote officially the idea that the Red Cross flag had been formed by reversing the federal colours of Switzerland.

WIHOOOO!!!

I won this vintage Red Cross flag on Ebay yesterday, for a song.

(The red background is just fabric to better show off the white).

Now I have to figure out where to place the flag and how to display it. Shall I stretch it on a canvas like below?

Or frame it?

Or let it hang “free”?

I am leaning towards letting the flag “float” in a large acrylic frame box (see below — via The Dallas Frame House). It will cost mega bucks (probably 10 time more than the flag!) but I like the flag to be both a symbol and an art piece. The graphic design of the cross is so iconic.

What would you do? Quite curious to hear.

Sorry to my blog friends for my total lack of presence in blog land lately. I have been insanely busy. But I plan to catch up – starting today.

Hugs to everyone!

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Sep
07
2012
18

Ivanka Trump And I Have One Thing In Common…

Ivanka’s bedroom, featured in Elle Decor.

A good quality and functional faux fur throw (with the good ones you can hardly tell the difference between real and faux!) on our beds. (Sad to say that our similarities stop there…!).

You can see a bit of a fur throw on my bed/ottoman and another on a bench in our study.

I dragged my first fur throw with me all the way from from Sweden. I don’t know where Ivanka buys hers (but I am certain they come with a hefty price tag!). I have invested in 3 more since. I buy them via ABC Collection in Stockholm. (Pick your pattern and lining and they will have one special made for you).

For our “new” master bedroom I think I would like to try something light in color, like a Lynx or Polar bear. I’m going more and more for that Swedish serene and mellow look & feel with white-gray hardwood floors and lots of white.

I have seen a lot of “not so handsome” faux furs in my days but these are like the real deal. Very, very nice. They are shiny & pretty, incredibly soft, warm, easy to clean and they last for years and years.

A person who should be purring right now, is Cheryl D. You just won our giveaway! (Random.Org randomly picked no. 11). A “For Those I Heart” Sterling Silver necklace by the talented, Swedish jewelry designer Astrid Bjork. Congratulations Cheryl! (You will also be notified via mail). A big Thank You to everyone entering!

Happy weekend friends!

 

 

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May
10
2012
41

Swedes Love Affair With Simple Window Treatments

Swedes are light craving people (the country hardly gets any light for months at a time) so no surprise that windows in many Swedish homes have minimal window coverings. It is all about letting the light in! And since most Swedes like “simple style” you are hard pressed to find window treatments that dominate the room.

One thing (among a zillion!) that I love about Sweden is that you can go into almost any home decor store and buy ready to install blinds/Roman shades for different size windows. They come in great pure materials like cotton, silk and linen and in the best neutral colors – white, light gray, raw linen etc. And they are very affordable. Every time I go back home I want to stock up, but the dimensions of my own windows are so different.

The ones in the two pictures below are store bought. (As I am sure many of the other ones in the images I am showing).

Himla in Sweden sells nice Swedish Roman blinds such as this one.

If you are in need of darker rooms at night, these window treatments can easily be combined with simple roller shades with blackout linings.

As a contrast Swedes also love “a touch” of color with all that Swedish white though the actual design is always simple. Nothing frilly. And very rarely do you find heavy, full length curtains.

This blind with butterflies would look beautiful in my daugther’s bedroom. (A tad more colors but still soft).

If you are looking for very authentic Swedish 18th century style blinds, you can buy special kits that have all the components for these attractive blinds which allow you to recreate the same look found in Swedish castles and mansions centuries ago.

Here is a great little DIY window treatment project. Raw linen fabric (rough edges) on a simple rod with leather belts as fabric holders. I can see this in my future summer home in Sweden!

What do you think of window treatments, Swedish style? Too plain and simple or just right?

Hugs to you all! And…

Happy Mother’s Day to all beloved Mothers/Mothers in training & Daughters!

Images: No. 1 via Flex Inredning. All others via Skona Hem.

 

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Apr
10
2012
23

IXXI Wall Eye Candy

I can only take trendy wall coverings in small doses — small room, accent wall etc. (Timeless, hand painted wall coverings are a whole different story). But this wall hanging I like. Both trendy and classy!

A Dutch design trio is behind “ixxi“, which is an innovative wallpaper/room divider product. The group has teamed up with several well known institutions and designers to create unique patterns like this one showcasing original Rijksmuseum (The National Museum of the Netherlands) ceramics. The different plates are actually individual cards, printed on both sides, that you put together into a larger wallpaper pattern.

The cards are connected with module x’s and i’s, so you can create your own interior product in any size you like. This also allows you to turn the cards into a hanging room divider.

The cards are moisture resistant and tear-proof — which is perfect for a kitchen area.

The company also lets you send in your own illustrations and photography which they turn into ixxi cards. (They ship worldwide).

How refreshing to not have to battle tons of wallpaper glue on large chunks of fragile paper. (I have done my share of wallpaper hanging, folks!).

Always a lot of fresh, creative design ideas coming out of the Northern parts of Europe, I have to say!

Hugs to you all.

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