This Should Really Be My Dining Room

Dining room sets (all matching) made me yawn BIG, years ago. I can’t see myself ever going back to them (nor matching bedroom sets). Simple, easy, chic living with a strong nod to Scandinavian style is what I am drawn too and boy does this dining area speak to me. Rest assured my own dining room will be kicked up a notch or two after seeing this!

The casual vibe, the natural light, the colors & textures and all those fabulous chairs. Louis XVI style chairs with modern Danish Waegner chairs and old, Swedish tub chairs. Mama Mia.


The ueber talented designer, Windsor Smith, sure knows what she is doing. She is behind so many rooms I adore. Hard not to fall for her design aesthetics. 



Also fun to learn that talented architect Steve Giannetti  (and perhaps wonderful Brooke ?) was part of helping Windsor Smith breathe life into the 1970’s house. I so admire them too!

Back to the hammock! And I am happy to tell you that my feet are nicely tanned and that I am sooo happily relaxed. Summer Hugs.

Images scanned via Veranda Magazine, August 2013.

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Indoor Plant Tables Are Back In Vogue


… at least in Sweden (and not Grandma style, folks!). You will find them in many chic furnishing shops. (Which means that you will see more of them here soon too, since Swedes are such trend setters, ha!).

I want exactly THIS (copper?) plant table. Timeless and current. And perfect for some stylish low growing green plants.

If anyone of you dares to tell me that you have something similar – you should know that I will get mighty jealous… (And you will of course be ahead of all design trends…!).

Another popular Swedish plant table (by GAD) is this mixed concrete and wood table. Perhaps I shall grab one when going to Sweden next (but I would probably want the legs gray or dark).

Not a plant table per say (I can’t find any functional and pretty ones in the US!), but Crate & Barrel has this side table with a white marble top that could be a good alternative to plants in gray pots.

And how could I not include this image again, which I have shown I don’t know how many times. Now that is one pretty & friendly plant composition!

All I know is that I need a good surface that can handle spills (zinc, stone etc.). So the question to myself now is —  make (like the one in the first image – can I even??) or buy?

Happy rest of the week!

Images 1 +2 via Wrede.

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Attractive Breakfast Nook

I would love a 10-foot-long banquette and a century-old French P A S T R Y  T A  B L E for my breakfast nook…  (And all that natural light).

Design mission: Find my own vintage iron table and have a marble top custom made.

I am also liking the Mongolian lambfur pillows I see on the banquette (and here and there in design land). I feel they bring a little bit of “warm modern” to a space.

West Elm carries some decent ones.

Happy new week, friends.

Image no. 1 via House Beautiful (Scanned – June 2013).


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West Elm Is On A Roll

Finally Seattle got its own West Elm — the first in WA state. I am very excited!
Right now I am in the process of helping a dear friend decorate her lovely Seattle home (4-5 rooms) where we are mixing high-end with low-end and some design classics with more trendy objects and furnishings. West Elm is coming in very handy.
The store is the best it has ever been, in my opinion. West Elm’s buyers and stylists are doing a fabulous job of picking up trends and colors early and I have found several lovely things for my friend’s home (and my own!). You get a lot of great design for your money.
I have a serious crush on this fresh Medallion pattern. So pretty!
A perfect ceramic stool for the bathroom.
A really pretty felt pillow. It speaks to me. I am buying a couple for sure!
A handsome rug.
Basic nice, white pottery.
A simple bookshelf.
I am so getting a few wooden trees for my own holiday decorations. They are going to be placed on my 18th c. gray painted, Swedish buffet. Feels Scandinavian to me.
I also salute West Elm for its effort to collaborate with Aid To Artisans (West Elm is the nonprofit’s largest retail partner). Here they worked with artists in Haiti to create papier-mâché animals. Hand made entirely from recycled materials. That is responsible design.

 Not bad, right? Not bad at all!

Happy new week!

P.S Is there a secret war going on between the Blogspot and WordPress platforms? I have been having a terrible time lately commenting on some (not all) Blogspot blogs. The comments don’t even go through. It drives me insane! Other WordPress users out there with the same issues?

Images: All images via West Elm.

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Houzz & Great Partners

I am very proud to have been invited to be a regular columnist for the hugely popular Houzz, which is the Internet’s largest database of design and decorating ideas. Here you will find literally hundreds of thousands of interior design & garden photos from homeowners and design professionals that you easily can put in your Houzz ideabook for personal home inspiration. Perfect if you are remodeling your home or just needing some great design ideas. It is all there.

It was humbling to see that my own little blue chest project from my bedroom has ended up in some 1500 different idea books. Who would have thought!

In my first Houzz segment I am sharing:

“20 Chic & Affordable Furnishings For The Living Room”

Pop over and see my suggestions if you have a moment. Go here.


More sharing. My recharged store, Splendid Willow Avenue, is off to a flying start and I could not be happier!

Now is the golden time to acknowledge some fantastic and creative people who helped me give “voice” to my vision.

Firstly Ms. Shari who I started following a long time ago (she has an incredible eye for design). Blog communication ended up in friendship and now professional collaboration! She helped me with my lovely new banners and various online design elements including my new business cards! Easy to work with and such a pro. I adore her.

Rachel was introduced to me by a lovely friend. I had a really hard time finding a web designer/developer and had almost given up when Rachel came along, and with a great attitude took everything over and built my entire on-line shop. I love everything she came up and will team up with her again! She is wonderful!

I met Dorothee when she came to my home to take pictures for the Rue Magazine. (Dorothee seen to the right next to her business partner Annabel). We clicked right away and a few days later I put her in charge of my store’s front page images. With offices in NY and Seattle, this pro is asked to capture weddings and events all over the planet. She is fantastic!

Susan (who I met thanks to our kids!) just recently decided to take her photo hobby to the next level and is now focusing on photographing families and pets. She helped me with my new product images. For my Seattle friends, you might want to team up with her before she gets too pricey because this girl is really good and also easy to work with!

And finally a big thank you to my dear girlfriend Stacey (our kids brought us together and now also our hubbies hang out!) my beautiful model. It makes my business so much more meaningful and personal if family and friends are involved. Stacey is stunning on the outside and inside and has been one of my strongest supporters. She is used to my high energy and nutty Swedish behavior and we always have the best of time together!

Thank you all, ladies! You are the best.

Tomorrow you need to stop by again. And I really mean it. I have teamed up with a couple of other phenomenal ladies and you do not want to miss what we have in store for our readers!

Warm hugs. See you tomorrow!

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