Feb
06
2012
22

Adding More Items To My Store

I must say that I love my little store. I really do. Not because of the great goods I get to scout and represent, but also because of all the really fantastic people (designers, partners and customers) I connect with on a daily basis. It is sooo darn rewarding!

Here are two Swedish ladies I connected with in Stockholm last week and immediately liked – because of their creative mindsets and their lovely attititudes. It is an honor to now carry their great goods in my store.

First up, Ylva Skarp, who’s incredible home I featured in my previous post. A London educated calligrapher, this talented lady is taking Sweden by storm.

Ylva’s items are flying off the shelves and I am the first store in the US to carry items from her collection. I have already order her leather pillows with calligraphy art for my own home. Lovely, right!

 

Maria Holmberg is another talented artist, I recently connected with and Oh-Boy am I pleased to, as a first store in the US,  be representing her gorgeous pottery with birch motif.

 

It does not get much more Swedish than that, people! (Birch is the “royal tree” of Sweden). Gorgeous with a capital G in my opinion.

I have also added some great rugs (runners) via DesignHouse Stockholm. I have been on the look-out for some great rugs for my own kitchen and these hit the spot. You already know that my favorite color is gray, and  to now carry rugs in my store  that are gray with a birch feel (and leather edging) – well hello ! – it is heavenly for me. 

I will always be loyal to Ilse Jacobsen. I love their products (if you recall I was trotting around in Ilse Jacobsen boots long before I opened an on-line boutique) and I love the people I work with. I am restocking on yellow boots, timely for spring.

 I am now also carrying Ilse Jacobsen’s LATEST raincoat model, a mix between the long coat and the jacket – 3/4 mid length. It is already a new top seller.

Visit my store here to learn more about the new products — Splendid Willow Avenue.

Did you all read the latest issue of House of Fifty? My good friend Janell never disappoints! Read it here. Cover to cover, please.

 

I have yet again teamed up with my gorgeous and close friend Jill, with Live Like You, for a Spring ad. Just visit House of Fifty at page 78 + 79 and redeem a 15% off coupon.

Works at my store AS WELL as Jill’s store (she carries tons of lovely things for the home).

Happy new week to you all.

Image credit: No. 1 via xx Creative Quilt Kits, no.-2-4 via Ylva Skarp, no. 5 -7 via Maria Holmberg.

 

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Jan
23
2012
23

Landed In Stockholm

Hello all. After that big snow storm in Seattle last week, where the whole city came to a quick halt. (The area was declared “State Of Emergency” with power outtages effecting hundreds of thousands of people and traffic chaos and trees down everywhere). Our power went out (it was cold, people!) but thankfully our fireplaces run on gas so that is where this family camped out telling stories and snoring in sleeping bags!

(My lovely blog friend Joanna, wrote this great Stockholm guide).

With that behind us, I am now on to the next adventure. When this post goes live, I have literally just landed in Stockholm. I will spend a week in my old home country, looking after my loving Mom and spending quality time with close ones.

My blog will be quiet during that time. I hope you understand.

If there is anything in particular you want me to bring back from Sweden, let me know.

There are some really incredible and clean metro stations in Stockholm. The city is all about great public transportation and walking. (I eat like a starved elephant when I visit, but always lose a few pounds. It is all that city walking. And what a fun city to get around in!).

I will be back Monday January 30th.

Warm hugs. I will be thinking of you.

 Images: no. 1 via Flickr, no. 2 via DesignSponge, no .3 via Scandinaviam Eyeware, no. 5 via Flickr, no. 7 via Flickr.

Written by Splendid Willow in: The Best of Sweden |

Jan
10
2012
29

Stockholm In My Heart & Now In My Store (New)

Stockholm is never far away. I left Sweden and Stockholm for the US in 1995 (work brought me across the Atlantic and I was supposed to stay for max 2 years.  So much for that deadline…). The US is where I later decided I wanted to put down my anchor. This is home, for sure. But my love for Sweden will always be there. And I always tend to bring a little bit of Swedish to everything I do (and from what I also understand) say! (Yikes, some serious Swenglish, I am sure!). 

When it comes to interior design, I think that the Swedes are the world masters of merging really old furnishings with new. They do it effortlessly and beautifully. Much thanks to the Swedes’ on-going love for simple, classic lines (and neutral colors). Timeless designs seem to go hand-in-hand with the Swedish mentality.

Old Swedish and new modern can all be mixed in these three Swedish rooms.

Objects can be moved around between all these rooms and still work beautifully together. For example the antique gold mirror in the last image can easily switch spots with the torso above the fireplace in picture no. 2. And the bronze torso would look great above the gray sofa.

The gray, Gustavian sofa would look beautiful in this room paired with modern furnishings and antiques from a different era.

In my on-line store, Splendid Willow Avenue, I also try to pick timeless pieces that will still work and be appreciated many years down the road.

Today, I am very proud to announce a new brand in my store — the fabulous DesignHouse Stockholm. A store I have visited frequently over the years. The store represents more than 60 talented Swedish designers and thanks to them many beautiful & fun designs have hit the market and become modern classics.

Here are are few items I have hand picked for my store:

A two legged lamp with attitude!

 An umbrella stand which also is a lovely piece of art.

A stylish bicycle basket. (Comes in 3 colors).

 A timeless and functional tray table.A bit of design loveliness for the young ones.

 Simple, modern coffee/tea mugs.

You will find these new items and others in my store — here. More are coming!

In a couple of weeks I will get a real dose of Sweden. I am heading to Stockholm for a week to mainly look after my dear Mom & to hook up with family and friends, but also to see what other new things I can bring to my store & to my readers!

Don’t forget to subscribe to my store newsletter if you want first hand access to store News & Deals. Subscribe here.

Warm hugs.

 Images: no. 1 via BugBog, no. 2 via Skona Hem, no. 3 + 4 via Lagerlings.

Written by Splendid Willow in: Store News,The Best of Sweden |

Jul
08
2011
19

A Swedish Style Greenhouse, Please

In Stockholm (on Djurgården) there is a most beautiful place called Rosendal’s Trädgårdar (Gardens) which I used to visit regularly. It is heavenly. An oasis in the middle of the city.

Originally dedicated as an open garden with the main purpose of presenting organic garden cultivation to the general public, it has has over the years, grown to  include plant shops and a fabulous cafe and bread shop.

In 1878, the garden had 23,000 pot-plants of 1,000 varieties, 235,000 saplings in the tree nursery stock, plus 400 fruit-trees of many different kinds (some hundred of which still remain today in Rosendal’s orchard).

It is a wonderful and peaceful setting and you will find quite a few well known actors from the Swedish Royal Theater walking underneath the old apple trees, practicing their lines.If I was to take a bit (even the tiniest slice) of Rosendal’s Trädgårdar from my memories and compact that into something I could bring to my own home, it would look like this.

A simple, small, quiet greenhouse filled with easy-to-care-for plants (which in my case would mean cactuses but a girl can learn, right?) and a huge cozy factor. A couple of apple trees outside and that would be my own, private Rosendal’s Gardens in my backyard. One day, one day…

Can you tell that I am spending a lot of time outside lately? Summer is in full swing and we are enjoying every bit of it!

I would like to say hello and welcome to all my new blog subscribers! You have grown to quite a large group. What an honor to be popping up on your screens. I am hugging you all.

Happy weekend!

Images: 1, 4 & 5 via Rosendal’s Gardens, 2 via  Marriie, 3 via Maddelicious, 6 via Scorpiousbeat, 7 via Skona Hem.

Written by Splendid Willow in: The Best of Sweden | Tags:

Jun
16
2011
30

I Meant To Get These In Sweden… Maybe Next Time

For years I have been collecting classic white and blue dinner plates by Royal Copenhagen. Founded in 1775, Royal Copenhagen is one of the world’s oldest companies. For more than 235 years the Danish company has been renowned for its exclusive quality porcelain products and its immaculate design.

We have a good size collection of plates, bowls and serving plates of “Blue Fluted Half Lace” (the less ornate version of all the series). We use them for more festive occasions.

“Blue Fluted” was Royal Copenhagen’s very first porcelain dinner service, (adopted in 1775). It takes 1,197 brush strokes – no more, no less – to paint a Blue Fluted Half Lace dinner plate.

A few years ago a young, aspiring designer, Karen Kjældgård-Larsen, contacted Royal Copenhagen. Her dream was to design a reinterpretation of the classic Blue Fluted pattern. She suggested blowing up the classic pattern and – voila! – Mega was born and took the world by storm. (Good for Royal Copenhagen for being brave enough to take such a legendary pattern and put a modern twist on it).

I personally love that more modern look. And I love the idea of mixing the different epoques. I can’t wait to start investing in some of these myself. (Before someone decides to shrink that pattern again!). I wanted to buy a few pieces when I recently visited Stockholm but my suitcases were already full with items from my Mom’s home.

I will get them for sure (and I might even get them in the US. I will look into the different price points). I am thinking of starting with the coffee and tea cups + saucers and the dessert plates. If you decide to do the same – your kids/grandkids will thank you. Royal Copenhagen will never go out of style. And they always do well at auctions.

I also dug out these articles I had saved from Country Living. Here you will find some DIY projects saluting Royal Copenhagen MEGA. Go here to learn how to  make your own wall decals and a lamp shade (paper cut outs) of that beautiful pattern. Tempting!

Have a royal rest of the week! (You will find me in the backyard weeding like crazy!)

P.S And Happy Father’s Day (Sunday + US) to all wonderful fathers and fathers in training!

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