Spring Is Here! Ilse Jacobsen’s Sky Blue Boots Now In My Store

Spring is in the air and also in my store! I now carry Ilse Jacoben’s high-end rubber boots in one of the new hot Spring 2011 colors — Sky Blue. Ok, I personally love that color. I can even see myself mowing the grass (that would be a first, ha!) wearing them with a casual top, white shorts and hopefully, this year, some tanned legs!


 Note: I am making some changes to my existing store. I don’t have all the boots colors shown yet. If you don’t find what you are looking for in my store, just ask for any color, model and size and I will make them available to you.

To enter my store Splendid Willow Avenuego here.


I just stumbled upon the Swedish clothing line, Branting. The company and design team is based out of Gotland, the stunning island between Sweden and Finland where I spent 19 happy summers! I love these outfits. Bohemian chic for warmer days.

It was fun to learn that Martha Stewart Living had contacted IJ’s US distributor asking for a pair of boots for a photo shoot (May issue). The boots are just a prop object in the article but at least the word is getting out.

Enjoy the first week of May!

 Image credit: No. 1 via Bubbelsoda, no. 2 via City Sage, no. 3 via Ilse Jacobsen, no. 4 via H&M, no. 5 via Natalinikola, no. 6-8 via Branting.

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A Few New Ilse Jacobsen Items In My Store

Hello to week no. 2 in 2011!

I hope you all had a relaxing weekend. I went on a fun camping adventure with my oldest daughter and her Girlscout friends. It was heavenly to be out in the woods with no computer, cell phone and no TV. A power outage was just what the doctor ordered!

This weekend I also added a few more items to my store (here) from the high-end brand Ilse Jacobsen. I am so proud to be representing this hot Scandinavian brand.

NEW! Brown and Yellow Lace-Up Boots (tall).

I have fast access to more/different colors and models too. Just ask!

NEW! I now also carry the rain jackets (short model) from Ilse Jacobsen’s popular rain gear (lined with cotton fleece, 100% water proof + many designer details).

NEW! As of next week I will also be carrying the purple jackets and coats. Let me know if you would like me to put one aside for you.

Both the coats and the jackets are fitted and very flattering.

Click here to visit my store, Splendid Willow Avenue.

Finally, a BIG thank you is also in order to these wonderful & talented blog friends.

Marianne with Style For Living. Thank you dear for the nice shout-out to my store! (Read here).

Marianne  just presented me with a “Stylish blog” award (here). Thank you so much my friend! I hope you don’t mind if I refer to these previous written lists about myself. (Here and here).

We just realized that Marianne used to live in my town and now only lives 15 minutes away from me. We are having coffee this week. I am so thrilled to have a blog friend close by. I can’t wait to meet her!

Two more BIG Thank You’s to these wonderful ladies:

Thank You to my good friend MacKenzie with Design Darling. I adore her and her blog!

And Thank You to my good friend Sue with The Zhush. Another girl I absolutley adore! (And don’t forget to pay attention to HER fabulous store – The Zhush store, filled with tons of heautiful things for you and your home.

Both MacKenzie and Sue have pushed me hard to come up with my first store ad, which is now being featured on both of their blogs. Both blogs recently started to accept outside advertisers. You will get a lot of ad attention and good traffic advertising with them.

A warm hug to all of my readers. Thank you all for your tremendous support and friendship.

Image no. 1 via Ngawangchodron, image no. 3,4 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12 via Ilse Jacobsen, image no. 2, 5, 10 and 13 (Ad for boots) via Splendid Willow.

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I Need Cognac


Cognac has been on my mind a lot lately. Pantone just announced “Honeysuckle” as the color of 2011. I personally would have voted for cognac. I find it so handsome together with white and black. Just a touch of cognac here and there.

I could also use some real cognac (yes the one you carefully sip!) after my whirlwind week! I launched my store Splendid Willow Avenue last Thursday and I have been so busy that I literally had to hold on to my hat. I am so proud to be representing such a design icon brand as Ilse Jacobsen. I love the products and I have a close and fun relationship with the local Ilse Jacobsen team. This is so me! And I am so glad I went for it!

Some serious Thank You’s are in order.I had no real launch strategy in place for my store. (Everything happened very quickly). I did not do any pre-briefings or blog alerts. I just decided to launch it without bells and whistles. I trust myself and the brand and I trust my readers. Something good would come out of this.

Several of my wonderful close blog friends did not agree with my low-key launch. They started to tweet, e-mail and post about my store right away and I have been swamped with e-mails and phone calls! 

I am surrounded by some really wonderful, smart, generous, loyal and interesting people in blog land (women and men!). l love my group of blog friends and many have become friends outside of cyberland. 

It was very heartwarming and not expected at all that so many of you, during this this busy season, decided to give my store a shout-out. Thank You. You are amazing!

In no particular order.

Thank you Willow Decor! Read here.

Thank you Haute Design! Read here.

Thank you Bijou and Boheme! Read here.

Thank you Belle Vivir! Read here.

Thank you Space For Inspiration! Read here.

Thank you Mochatini! Read here.

Thank you Belgian Pearls! Read here.

Thank you Providence Design! Read here.

Thank you Komma Hem! Read here.

Thank you Designer’s Block. Read here.

Thank you Delishh for being my No. 1 store mentor!

Thank you One Sydney Road! Read here.

Thank you to my brilliant and close friend Manvi with Mochatini for including me in her Holiday Inspiration Issue. She mentioned that she was working on a little “Holiday Inspiration Post”. That little post turned out to be a beautiful and inspiring Holiday MAGAZINE (yes an entire magazine whipped up in a couple of days!) featuring Manvi’s own lovely holiday table top decor and tips for entertaining. VERY inspirational. You will find ideas for your own home. Make sure to visit here

And Thank You to the friendly and generous Julie with with the unique and inspirational blog Inspired, Live Simply. I won her blog giveaway! A vase from one of my favorite stores — Anthropologie! Thank you, Julie. I love it!

And lastly a big thank you to my wonderful friend Lana with Lanalou Style. She included me (and Charlotta!) in her Wish list for the Holidays. Yet another creative and wonderful blog to pay attention to.

A lot of appreciation in this post: For cognac, Ilse Jacobsen, fantastic friends and loyal readers. Love to you all.

Today is the last day to order from Splendid Willow Avenue if you want your Ilse Jacobsen items before Christmas and with FREE shipping.

My giveaway ends tonight (Thursday night Dec. 16th). Go here to enter.

Images: No. 1 via Enterase, no. 3 via Design Elements, no. 4 via the Design Traveller, no. 5 via Skona Hem.

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Launch of My New Store (Giveaway) & Buy Ilse Jacobsen Here!

Some of you might remember when I purchased some beautiful rubber boots in Sweden this past summer and how I was going all nuts for them. Well, little did I know back then that I, some 5 months later, would be representing this fabulous Scandinavian brand via my own store!

I am proud to tell you that as of today will be offering the best and most stylish rain gear that I have come across. In Scandinavia they have become design icons. I am talking about Ilse Jacobsen of course.

I will sell the coats and rubber boots to start with. Two products that represent everything I like — quality, functionality with a classic and edgy style, and a Scandinavian design twist. I used to import Swedish antiques a few years ago and I am always drawn to unique pieces and design.

So, welcome to my new store — Splendid Willow Avenue!

Visit the store here.

(You will also find my new clickable store button over on the right hand column).

To celebrate the launch I am offering a giveaway.

How about a really great design book? — Danish Modern by Andrew Hollingworth. (I want it myself!). The book highlights the birth and growth of Danish Modern furniture designs (and all the design icons such as Hans Wegner, Borge Mogensen, Frits Henningsen and others) and illustrates stunning and inspirational photos.

I am also encluding a Holdiday CD by Pink Martini, Joy To The World.  (Now this is a surprise. Who would have thought the Portland, Oregon, pop exotica troupe Pink Martini would come up with one of the most diversely designed holiday albums in years?).  The total value for both is $60.

This will be shipped off to one winner on Dec 17th. (I will make sure you get it before Dec. 25th if you live in the US).

To be eligible for the giveaway:

1) Leave a comment about which product in my store you like the most.

2)  “Like” Splendid Willow’s Facebook page (started it today). Click on the Splendid Willow Facebook button here. (Or find it in the right hand column).  

(If you don’t have a Facebook account – spread the word to a couple of your friends who might be interested).

For additional entries (enter them yourselves):

Tweet about the store (Splendid Willow Avenue) = 1 additional entry

Spread the word on Facebook = 1 additional entry

Mention it on your blog = 2 additional entries.

The giveaway is open to all readers. Wherever in the world you may reside.

The giveaway ends on December 16th, midnight, US west coast time.

There you have it. I now have little boutique, Splendid Willow Avenue. I could not be more excited!

To all my friends who have been supporting and helping me during my exercise of putting it all together. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I could not have done this without you. And to all bloggers who thought I had abandoned them. Thank you for your patience. I just needed some time to put all of this together. Love to you all.


Images: no. 1 (store button) via Splendid Willow, no. 2-4 via Ilse Jacobsen, 5-8 via Splendid Willow.
Splendid Willow’s  and Splendid Willow Avenue’s images may not be used without permission.

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