May
05
2009
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Celebrating Mothers

Coming up! Mother’s Day in the US on Sunday May 10th.

People who know me well know that I am more into giving things than receiving. But for Mother’s day even I would accept a little thing as long as it is simple, preferably handmade and/or Swedish! Here are a few splendid things to give (or get!) for Mother’s day:

To die for! (Ask my friend Krissy who just received a sample box). The Seattle based chocolate maker, Fran’s Chocolates, offers these award-winning Gray and Smoked Salt Caramels. All caramels are made with organic ingredients. 

Swedish native Lotta Helleberg has a store on Etsy called Inleaf. Her handmade sachets in natural linen (above with Geranium print) are so lovely and filled with only dried organic lavender buds.  Sold in sets of 2. Size: 4.5″ x 4.5″. Price $20.

Hard not to smile when you open your linen drawer and is being greeted by this happy fern sachet, also by Lotta.

Also from Etsy is the store, Lulu La Rue. They craft teeny tiny sterling silver necklaces with pendants. Being a proud owner of a similar peace pendant myself given to me by my friend Stacey, I think the message needs to be spread! The price for this organic peace sign necklace is $28.

A bud vase. The perfect little vase next to your bed. Yet another Etsy seller, MudPuppy, is behind this hand crafted white ceramic vase with a cherry wood saucer. Out of this world lovely when the actual flowers are hand picked by small little hands. Price: $40.

I like to have things organized and I do a lot of writing, so a large set of same colored pencils put in a nice cup or vase makes me totally happy. Low tech. High style. These from See Jane Work are perfect. There are 12 pencils in one set and they come in several nice colors. 3 packages of the Tiffany blue please! The price for one set is $7.

I hope you found some of these gift ideas helpful!

Written by Splendid Willow in: Home Goods & Accessories,Just Because I Like It | Tags:

Apr
30
2009
2

Swedish Timeless Grandfather Clocks

This contemporary concrete grandfather floor clock from Forsberg Form in Sweden is already considered a classic. It has won a lot of recognition and is represented at many galleries and ambassador residences all over the world.

Each clock is signed and numbered and the total limited edition is 180.  Simple, current and timeless in one great package.

Now the same could be said for this beautiful Swedish painted classical tall case clock, ca 1820, which I found at Tone-On-Tone in Maryland (Swedish Heirlooms in Seattle also offers similar clocks off and on). Simple, stunning & timeless. You can never go wrong with a piece like that.

Which one do I prefer? I am so mixed in my design style that I drive myself crazy at times. To capture myself  I would really need them both! I would place each of them in totally opposite and unexpected environments. At least I am always loyal to a specific color scheme, Swedish gray!

Written by Splendid Willow in: Art & Antiques,Home Goods & Accessories,Simply Swedish Style | Tags:

Apr
26
2009
3

Lovely Things At Pottery Barn

I trotted into Pottery Barn the other day and saw quite a few nice things that caught my attention. (BTW I salute Pottery Barn for going so much organic). Here are some of my favorites:

I find this console table very handsome. Timeless and versatile.  It is called Monroe and sells for $699. (When writing this post it is on sale for $599). The table is made of hand-hammered steel with a Carrara marble top. Dimensions: 44″ wide x 16″ deep x 31″ high.

NEW. Reclaimed pine wood mirror. Dimensions: 30″ x 40″. Costs $299.

I really like this over sized Garrison Table Lantern. I could so use a couple of these when entertaining in our backyard this summer. It comes in a weather-proof bronze finish. Dimensions: 9″ Square, 14.5″ High. Price: $299.

Every home needs a little bit of unexpected glamor! This eye catching Honeycomb Mirror certainly fulfills that goal. Dimensions: 36″ x 53″ H. Sells for $429. (When writing this post it is on sale for $249.99).

This industrial looking Edison chandelier is so much fun! A real conversation piece. I love pairing timeless furniture with unexpected light fixtures. Rough it up a little bit! Here ten fabric-covered cords extend from a bronzed ceiling plate. The cords are 46″ inches long. Price: $399.

Photo images on lamps have been around for a while but I think this is Calvin Pendant is a really fun and very affordable fixture. The shade is printed with a landscape of a birch forest. Dimensions: 19″ diam, 28.5″ H – adjusts to 53.5″. Normally sells for $149 but when I am writing this post it is on sale for $69.99.


I am pretty impressed with these Velvet Ribbon Roman Shades that come in all different dimensions and a couple of different colors. i think they would be lovely in a guest room! Price: $89-$139.

Very crisp and fresh!

And if you are starting to feel the summer breeze, here are 3 products to add to the summer decor!

Let’s start with this adorable NEW Sea Horse Pillow Cover. (Something for my friend Kathrine to consider – she collects anything with sea horses).

Dimensions: 18″ Sq. It sells for $49. Note: You will need a 18″ square pillow insert.

I tend to always go crisp white with my own bed linen but sometimes (and especially summer time) it is fun to add some color. The NEW Red Coral Organic Duvet Cover & Sham are quite lovely. Price: $29-$129.


And finally, why not this lovely NEW Japanese Float Table Lamp for the beach house! Dimensions: 17″-24.5″ H. It sells for $200-$240.



Written by Splendid Willow in: Home Goods & Accessories,Lovely Furniture |

Apr
19
2009
2

Silhouettes + David Hicks’ Wallpaper

I found a fantastic (so professional and friendly) lady (Patti) on Etsy who runs the store PR Pictorials. Patti cuts the most beautiful silhouettes by hand. You send her a profile image of anything you want a silhouette of and she will cut away, capturing small details really, really well. I was so pleased with the outcome of my 3 images (each almost 8 inches tall).

But I have to tell you that those poor silhouettes were sitting in an envelope for the longest time because I could not figure out a good way to display them. Not being into “very cutesy things”, I one day decided to mount them on top of a favorite wall paper I already had in my hallway then frame them behind glass. They came out even better than I had hoped!

This way I get to continue a little bit of a theme with that stunning handmade wallpaper “Hexagon” by the famous David Hicks (designed in the 70’s) that I never get tired of. And when we are moving to our next house I will bring some of that gorgeous paper with me!

Say hello to Patti from me if you decide to have some silhouettes done yourself. She also makes personal note cards and ornaments among other things with silhouettes as the featured images. I think they make for really lovely gifts for close family members.

Written by Splendid Willow in: Designers, Illustrators, Photographers, Stylists,DIY,Home Goods & Accessories | Tags: , ,

Apr
10
2009
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Simple & Splendid Easter


Happy Easter From My Home To Yours!

My blog is brand new but in just a few weeks I have received tremendous response and a majority of readers keep coming back. Thank you so much for your support, I am immensely grateful. I will continue to work very hard on bringing you inspiration & information from all corners of the world.

I saw these adorable felt eggs by Jill Cline Fiber Arts in the magazine Country Living and of course they got me hopping. I immediately ordered wool roving from Ebay in all kinds of lovely colors. There is a lot of good information on the internet on how to create felt eggs like these. (Involving wool, styrofoam eggs, hosiery(!) and soap & water).

My friend Stacy who lives in a lovely home but for some reason thinks she has no space for Easter branches, will just have to get involved in this the project with me, roll up her sleeves and admit that for these darlings you make space!

Photo credits: Blomsterfrämjandet  (flowers) and Stine Heilman (felted eggs)

Written by Splendid Willow in: Home Goods & Accessories |

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