I Am Back In The Saddle + Rue Magazine + Thank You

Hello all, I am back after a couple of weeks in Sweden. It feels so good to be back. Thank you for not giving up on me!

I tend to not want to get too personal on my blog. But I am going to tell you anyway, since there have been many hints on my blog, that my wonderful Mom in Stockholm has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I am just going to say this once and only because there might be one or several of you out there going through the same thing with a loved one. If I can be of any support or help to any of my readers then use my strength and energy. Good news, in my case, is that all the hard work and nights filled with worries have turned into something good and my Mom is very happy in a new home — and we are beaming with her!

So, where did we last left off? Well, Rue magazine ended up being a wonderful experience (and it gave me two new design jobs!). You can see my home in the fabulous Rue Magazine here. Thank you all for you tremendous support and your heart warming e-mails and comments. I am a little overwhelmed by it all. There are so many generous people out there! I have lately only been focusing on my Mom in Stockholm, but now that I’m back in the saddle in Seattle, I am going to respond to each and every one of you. Your support means the world to me.

I have received quite a few e-mails regarding my book wallpaper. Seen here in my home office.

It is Andrew Martin and I ordered it from London via his showroom in NY. I like it a lot!

I also put up some wall paper behind my old sad and lonely plate rack. I have never picked anything with flowers on before but I was going for a look that was old yet new and interesting. Can I just say again how a little bit of wall paper can take a room or wall a long way! I am definitely hooked. And there are so many fun patterns out there.

Here are a few images from the photo shoot (via the lovely photographer Dorothee) that did not end up in the magazine. My favorite is definitely the first one with my old Swedish 18th c. secretaire and my favorite painting in the house by Swedish Peter Frie (perhaps the most well known landscape painter in Sweden today). You know what I will say — simple is beautiful.

My favorite light fixture in the house is this photo lamp by a NY designer. It is called “Picnic in the park” and I love putting it next to antiques.

Wall artwork by the talented Curt Asker. I am obsessed with his work.

Did any of you (more than Charlotta!) notice that my old Swedish mirror (new glass though) got a brand new old American icon – Dr. Seuss – quote? Swedish royal mixed with American royal! My good friend Allison wrote the quote in literally 10 seconds (her handwriting is much better than mine!) and she used a permanent marker!

And yes, those wonderful wall baskets are Ralph’s (!) via The Bootstrap project.

And how can resist showing Prince William? Charming and good hearted he is and the best sport in front of the camera!

I also would like to extend my deepest gratitude to these fabulous ladies and friends. They all decided to feature my Rue segment on their own blogs. (Follow the links). (Yikes, I hope I did not forget anyone! Let me know if I did, I am still a bit jet lagged!).

Haute Design


Solid Frog

Space For Inspiration

Komma Hem

Nancy Marcus Design

Belathée Photography Blog

Ladies, have you all gone insane?I had already received my day in the spotlight! I did not exactly need more! It was totally unexpected and such at treat. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! You are all amazing, generous and wonderful. Several of you I have met or talked with in person and I am hoping to meet all of you before the end of the year — and many other lovely bloggers as well!)

Finally, I am today featured on another dear friend’s blog, Julie with Belle Vivir (yet another blogger who I am all mushy for and look forward to meeting in person). She is starting a new series today called  “A Blogger With Style” and she is kick-starting it with little me. What an honor! Thank you Julie!

Hop over here to read her segment.

My first post back in the US. Great to be back in the saddle!  Next week I plan to unveil William’s big boy room (long due, I know).

Happy weekend to you all!

P.S What on earth happened to “Blogger” when I was gone? I hope it is fixed now because I want to connect with friends!

Images. no. 1 via Sky Horse, no. 4 via Andrew Martin. All other images via Splendid Willow.

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My Home Featured In Rue Magazine

I am on route to Stockholm, Sweden were I will be spending a couple of weeks (and will occasionally blog from). My husband is sending out this post while I am still up in the air!

It is an honor for me to share with you that today my home is featured in the latest issue of the oh-so-fabulous Rue Magazine. I can hardly believe it myself. Bloggers and magazine founders extraordinaire Anne Sage and Crystal Gentilello felt that my home in Seattle would be something for their readers and asked if I wanted to open my doors for them. I am beyond thrilled. This is the first time a design magazine has featured my home — ever! And what a magazine!

Another fabulous blogger and Rue magazine contributor (and good friend!), MacKenzie Horan, spear headed the text.

Thank you all! It has been such a pleasure working with you and I am so looking forward to meeting you all in person one day soon.

For the article Rue sent over the super talented Seattle-NY photographer Dorothee Brand with Belathee Photography who spent a day at my house and made my home look fantastic from angles I had not even discovered myself! (She is a gem).

Here is a sample of a few images from the photo shoot.

Please, visit HERE to read the full article. (Page +158).

I can’t wait to land in Stockholm and read the article myself. It’s a little surreal (really, my home?!) but what a fun experience! I am very grateful.

Warm hugs to you all.

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What Goes Around Comes Around

My kids are on Spring break this week — which means lots of play and fun family time (and many sleepovers = no sleep for me…).

The blog world is an endless source of inspiration for me. I learn something new, interesting and fun every day. When I started my blog I had no idea that friendship building was part of it. I feel incredibly blessed to have gotten to know so many talented and kind bloggers (and readers). And I hope to meet with many of them/you in person.

Do you remember my “In the Spotlight” interview with the talented Brooke with Velvet & Linen (read here)? Well to me, this was a one way street. This was about HER and her design philosophy. The next thing I knew she had mentioned my little store not once but now twice on her must-read blog (and I did not even see it until she gave me a nudge!). I went back to her and asked if she had gone totally insane! But she just smirked back and more or less said “just take it”!

I think I have been a pretty good supporter and business mentor to quite a few friends and colleagues starting their own businesses. But let me tell you, being on the receiving end of a totally unexpected outpouring of support for a little buiness start-up (this one came totally out of the blue and wasn’t linked to anything) felt pretty amazing.

Brooke even bought a pair of gray Ilse Jacobsen boots from my store. I sent the link to IJ’s US HQ. And we all agreed that she is the perfect llse Jacobsen model — modern & stylish. Note: this is what she looks like when she tends for her chickens in her stunning backyard!

I want to take the opportunity to once again thank ALL of you who in the past have offered support to my blog and my business adventure. I am forever grateful to each and everyone of you. Your generosity is never forgotten.

Earlier this week I had lunch with this stunning girl. Guess who it is?

Photo: Splendid Willow

The one and only Sarah with Haute Design. (Yes, that UEBER chic design blog – another must-read blog).

We have known each other for a good while and have built a very solid friendship which stretches itself outside of blog land. Sarah resides in Vancouver and came to Seattle for fun days with her family. Meeting her in person was no different than meeting her in blog land. She is exactly as talented, kind, generous, supportive and classy as you would imagine. What you see is what you get. I adore her and she will always have my 110% support. A few hours with her was nothing! We had such a great time and I am looking forward to many, many more happy and LONG meetings!

Here is another lady who’s friendship I treasure – Ms. Marianne with Style For Living. She has become a dear, local coffee friend and she is a hoot! She is talented, kind and also really witty and funny! She often tilts her head back and laughs out loud. She has the best laughter — and the best voice! (I tell her that she should be in the Radio or on TV!).

We look like complete nerds here (a rainy, ordinary day in Seattle, folks) but don’t be fooled – we have a lot of fun together!

Photo via Frida, 9!

Some more Thank You’s are in order:

I want to, once again, thank Donna with A Perfect Gray who made the Perfect & Splendid Willow giveway possible. She received close to 300 blog entries and why am I am not surprised! She is rock star, friends! And just a kind, genuine and generous person. It is very easy to like her a lot.

Thank you to Ms. Amy Vermillion with Amy Vermillion Design who presented me with a blog award. Thank you very much! I have just recently met her in blog land and let me tell you, this gal has style! And she – listen to this – does interior design for private jets! That is a first for me! Follow her over here.

Next week I am back in full force again. I will then show you why William’s bedroom makeover seems to take forever.

And… I am also announcing a fun new series which I am really looking forward to myself. And all my blog friends will be called on – sooner or later! There is an awful lot of talent out there — and I plan to tap into it.

Cherry blossoms everywhere in Seattle. Love this time of the year! Warm hugs to you all.

 Images via: no 1. via Flickr, no. 2 via ljword.

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Branching Out In Seattle

Soon it is time to start picking branches in my backyard and bringing a little bit of loveliness inside my home. I love when I feel Spring in the air!

Speaking of branches, last week I was invited to a fun little blog party in Seattle with a few local bloggers.  It was held at the lovely boutique Meadow Boutique on Queen Anne. Lots of fun chatter and good laughs were combined with shopping, drinks and yummy treats.

All the girls were adorbale and so friendly and fun – even though I could be everyone’s Mom. Ha!

I love meeting people in person and my biggest struggle in blog land has always been that I can’t see faces & hear voices! Perhaps meeting these lovely blog ladies on a regular bais will fill that void. A big thank you to Michaela and Maggie for hosting! (Note to Marianne: You are joining me next time!)

Wishing you all a fun & happy weekend.

Monday is the last chance! Don’t forget to enter “A Perfect & Splendid Giveaway” over at the lovely A Perfect Gray. You can win a pair of high-end Ilse Jacobsen boots from my store! Go here!

Images: no. 1 via Eva Lindh, no. 2, 4 and 5 via Perpetually Engaged, no. 3 via The Ravenna Girls.

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My New Kitchen Table & A Possible Pendant

Do you remember my search for an affordable and handsome kitchen table, one that can take a lot of beating from 3 kiddos and a slew of guests? See old post here. Most of you voted for this solid oak table from Cost Plus/World Market (yes, really!) — and that is also the one I went for! It was delivered a couple of weeks ago — and I love it!

At Cost Plus

At Home (it is actually a tad more gray than my camera can show). Sorry for my mediocre pictures.

The table easily seats 8 people and is very solid.

I have ordered two original French bistro Tolix chairs to be mixed with my slip covered ones from Ikea. (The Pantone chairs that I wanted at first would have looked totally out of place, I decided). I will show pictures soon.

Lately I have been focusing on a new pendant to go over the table. I REALLY like this lamp from Restoration Hardware. Isn’t is handsome?  A little on the pricey side ($895), but since the table was a steal at only $550 (on sale), I feel I can splurge a bit.

But my questions is. Is this light fixture too trendy? Is it part of this retro industrial chic look that I will grow tired off soon? What do you think? I am also thinking it might be too long. Decisions, decisions…

In general I am very excited about our kitchen eating area. I still have a way to go but it feels to me that I am on the right track!

I am equally excited about the mention of Ilse Jacobsen’s boots and my shop over at the fantastic blog Two Ellie. How special is that! I absolutely adore Paula. She is creative and fun, has a great design eye and on top of that she is just a generous and wonderful person. She is yet another blog girl I would like to meet in person.

Look  how adorable she is in her new rubber boots! She chose Camel color and I think she found the perfect color for her!

So one stylish kitchen table and one stylish friend! I am very grateful.

Warm hugs to you all.

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