Valentine’s Preparations

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Don’t expect many great Valentine’s ideas from my corner of the world! Birthdays and anniversaries – bring it on! But Valentine’s day is just not for me. I am sorry. (Maybe I am not romantic, horror! I haven’t thought about that.) I don’t know what it is, I just don’t like the idea of celebrating love on a special day (assigned by others) on the calendar. My poor hubby knows not to get flowers on that day or even dinner reservations. Having said that – I will absolutely make the day special for our little ones and the near & dear around us.

After I have finished this post (around midnight), I will get back to my match box project. I made them for little Elsa’s class last year and they were hugely popular (see last year’s post). I cover small match boxes with pretty paper and decorate them. This  year I will pack them with small chocolate hearts. 

Ok, friends here is a a follow-up picture. This is what I have accomplished last night. 8 more boxes to go!

Image via Martha Stewart

A yummy dessert of some sort will also be made. Chocolate – well of course!

And cards will be most definitely be going out. Now what I am about to write  makes me more giddy than a Valentine’s dinner. I won, people! I won a whole set of lovely Valentine’s cards as a giveaway on the FABUTASTIC blog The City Sage. (A must read blog for everyone). Anne e-mailed me and I almost made a summersault. I never, ever win anything! So thank you Dear Anne! The company behind the cards is the Minted. They offer a whole range of wonderful cards for holidays and celebrations. A treasure trove in my opinion!

Any fun & personal Valentine’s ideas you want to share wit me & us?

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It’s A Wrap. Happy, Happy To You All!

Happy Holidays Fabulous Blog Friends!
From my little corner in the world (that would be lovely Seattle!) to yours, I am sending you Warm Thoughts & Great Energy for the New Year.

I am so over the moon happy that I started on my little blog adventure. I had absolutely no idea that it was going to take me to so many fabulous places and let me meet so many amazing, inspirational, kind and fun people (yes, that would be you!) . Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there and for pushing me along!

You are constantly on my mind dear readers and I can only hope that I give you a little bit of inspiration and joy the the same way you generously give it to me.

I also want to send a special thank you to the talented ladies Joni Webb, Linda Merrill and Megan Arquette (I call them the Blog Musketeers) behind the must-follow industry blog forum “The Skirted Roundtable“. In their Podcast  with the title “Favorite Holiday Decorating Blogs“, they seleceted a few blogs and discussed their holiday blog posts. And Splendid Willow was one of them! What an honor for little me to be recognized and included in such good company! Thank you! Make sure to follow their always very interesting design discussions in the new year.

Oh, just one more thing. My dear old Mom back in Stockholm has a really great sense of humor. (And I’ll miss her this Christmas). She once found these (slightly intoxicated?) hand made Santa’s helpers at a Christmas Fair in the Old Town of Stockholm. I think they are supposed to sit in planters. I put them in antique books in my dining room. They crack me up every time I see them! (This would be the Holiday decor I would pick if I for some odd reason only got to use one).

Enjoy the season, stay safe, laugh and have lots of fun!

I will see you again next year – on Monday January 4th, 2010.

Peace & Love,

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Have Yourself A Stylish Little Christmas

Happy Monday wonderful blog friends. Are your homes all decked out for the winter holiday yet? With us going to California for Thanksgiving and now little William’s broken arm (Thank you so much for all your wonderful e-mails and calls & gifts! You have no idea how much they mean to the whole family), we have not managed to even get a single little pinecone inside the house, until this weekend. The house finally smells and looks a little festive. Here are some images that might inspire you to to try something new this holiday.

Love everything in the image above. So my style. (Image via Elle Interior)

Images via: Homes & Gardens Uk

Images via Martha Stewart Living

Image via PointClickHome

I love, love, love this image with the branches in the vase and the carefully selected ornaments.

Images via House & Home

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Holiday Inspiration

Happy Monday blog friends! Say hi to my blog friend Susann who is the face behind one of my favorite blogs in Sweden –  Purple Area. This is a must read blog for anyone who is interested in a contemporary, more minimalistic design style with a Swedish slant. Talented Susann who has had her well read blog for several years also runs her interior design company and is busy writing regular blog columns about design for a couple of leading Swedish morning papers.

When I need to check the design temperature in Sweden, Purple Area is one of the first blogs I go to. And when I need some new but simple design inspiration for the winter holidays I also trust Susann will provide some great ideas. Let me share her take on holiday decorations with all of you!

Susann, what is your design approach for the winter holidays?

I love decorating for Christmas, without going overboard. Less is definitely more for me. 

I like it simple and enjoy using natural materials and objects like wood, fleece, fir branches, moss and nuts which give a room a genuine and earthy feel. Holiday knick knacks are not my thing, instead I prefer real candles, beautiful flowers and something that lights up my windows. I tend to go with fewer things, of larger scale to make an impact.

 Anything in particular that inspires you this year?

This year I feel that the trend has been somewhat divided. I have seen a lot of pure white but also black and strong colors. I also see a lot of nostalgia going back to a more 50’s and 60’s retro look with a lot of vintage and great patina. The retro patterns with dots, checks and flowers are so in vogue. But so is also wood.

Personally, I am drawn to a white palette which I combine with things from nature. White is so elegant and green adds a lovely freshness. A large, classic star will hang in my window as usual. A plate with simple candles and walnuts and clear vases with pine cones and Christmas bulbs are all very appealing to me.

(I am so going to copy this wonderful December idea. Just attach vintage metal numbers and strings to simple white candles and place them on a tray with walnuts. I love this idea! -Monika’s comment. Image via the Swedish blog Hemmariket).

How do you decorate for the holidays at your own home?

Lots of hyacinths, amaryllises and poinsettas that I plant in clear vases. Both for the look and the wonderful smells. I use lots of candles, stars in the windows and of course a real tree. I will decorate the tree with white bulbs, silver stars in metal and a few things with sentimental value that my children have made.

What can you not live without during the season?

My family, the tree, the open fireplace and something good to eat is pretty much all I need! A few years ago we decided that we would not bring a lot of musts to this wonderful season and run around all stressed. We only do what we really enjoy, prepare food we have a hankering for at the moment and only decorate with things we like. It is pretty much only the kids’ gifts that are still a must. Since we always celebrate at our house – the rest of the extended family gets to share in the same way of celebrating. And they don’t seem to mind!

 Any special design gifts on your wish list?

I have just ordered a gray, lovely sofa that will arrive in the new year. I guess that will be my Christmas gift! But I wouldn’t mind some things from Swedish designers such as Filippa K. and Ingegerd Råman. Or why not some wonderful pillows from Day Home to go with my new sofa!

Thank you so much Susann for sharing some great holiday ideas. Happy holidays to you and your family! Please make sure to visit her blog here. Finally, below is an image of Susann’s stair case and book shelf at home. She lives as she teaches! Simple and lovely!



Interior Images:  Image No. 1 Bordsdekorationer (table decor), Image no. 2 + 8-11 Susann’s private, No. 3-4 Trine Thorsen, No. 5 Living Etc, No. 6, Tine K, No. 7 Hemmariket,No. 12 Ahlens via Purple Area, No. 13 (sofa) Eilersen DaCapo, No. 14 (Filippa k) Dukat Bord, No. 15 Orrefors, No. 16 Day Home, No. 17 Photo by Peo Olsson for Residence.

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Some People Are Always Grumbling Because Roses Have Thorns;

I Am Thankful That Thorns Have Roses”

Happy Thanksgiving (for those of you celebrating)!

Sending you lots of love and happy thoughts.

Have a lovely week dear blog friends!

I am taking a few days off to spend quality time with my fun & lovely family.

See you on Monday!

Images via Southern Accents and  Martha Stewart

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