Concrete Candlesticks – Lovely Twist On “Old Swedish”

I have admired Tove Adman’s candlesticks for years. They are immensely popular in Sweden and are often featured in leading design magazines.

The talented, Swedish designer Tove Adman has put her own modern twist on candlesticks from classic Swedish antique periods — Swedish Baroque (ca 1600-1715) and Rococo (1750-1775) and The Gustavian period (ca 1772 – 1810).

Here is the “real” deal:

A pair of original Swedish Baroque candlesticks

A pair of original Swedish Rococo candlesticks

A pair of original Swedish Gustavian candlesticks

And here are Tove’s interpretations:

“Swedish Style mix” – Baroque and Rococo (Tove’s first model from 1994).




All candlesticks are handmade in Sweden, on the beautiful island Gotland (from where the viking sheep pelts we carry in our store also come from).

I think they are absolutely fabulous and they suit this gray loving and edgy classic lady to a tee.

Happy to share that we will be carrying them in our “NEW” store (yes, I have told you I have been a busy beaver lately!), launching very soon.

(Let me know – – if you are interested in reserving a candlestick or two from the first shipment. Baroque candlestick approx. $68/each. Note: The Gustavian candlestick is sold as a pair, approx. $133/set of 2).

I will be placing mine on my old, beloved secretaire. I will show you once they are “home”.

 Happy Memorial weekend to my fellow American readers.

Warm hugs to you all.


Photo credit: No. 1 via Anna-Malin Helt Enkelt/Skona Hem, no. 9 via Splendid Willow.

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


Swedes And Their Black Design Accents

White, crisp walls, yes. But don’t think that gray is a Swedes favorite accent color to go with all that white (just because I babble about it all the time). Black is always a top choice. Yin and yang. Perfect harmony. I want my summer home to look & feel like this. Fresh, airy, harmonious, current — all embracing simple uncomplicated living.

P.S Admit that you feel tempted to paint a piece of furnishing black.

Images: Via Tidningen Lantliv.

Written by Splendid Willow in: Simply Swedish Style | Tags: ,


Grasscloth Wallpaper

I have admired grasscloth wallcoverings for a long time. They bring beautiful texture to a room. But I must have been nodding off or something because I have totally missed that there is so much grasscloth wallpaper with patterns. Color yes, but designs — and lovely ones too — my eyes are perking up! (Things have changed since the 70’s, folks!).

My very good friend, talented designer Jill with Live Like You, gave me lots of eye candy and inspiration last week. I am shamelessly recycling many of her blog images!

Grasscloth with key link pattern.

Phillip Jeffries (above and below) offers a great selection. Printed grasscloth.

Holland & Sherry’s designs (below). You will find lots of patterns.

I am thinking I must try something along those lines in our smaller living room/study. Those walls are ready for a  makeover. I will let you know what I settle for. I can already see it — and I am getting kind of excited.

Happy New Week!

P.S I blogged about this sexy silver metallic grasscloth wallpaper a loooong time ago. Still a favorite of mine. Called Liquid Metalic Wallpaper (Madagascar) via Crezana.


Written by Splendid Willow in: Home Goods & Accessories |


Celebrating Mothers (Some Good Ideas)

I don’t know about other Mamas out there but on Mother’s Days and Birthdays the absolutely last thing I want to do is house chores (which I do all other 363 days of the year and then some…). I don’t need to be spoiled, just “helped & extra appreciated” a little. So for any of you still looking for ideas and gifts for the upcoming Mother’s Day (May 12th) here are some of my personal favorites:

1) “Mama Gets To Savor The Day”

Which means NO, nada, zip cooking, dirty dishes, cleaning, laundry and running in 50 directions. No paperwork, no computer (yes, please drag her away from that screen!), and chauffeuring. Instead think|:|Good dining, sightseeing/local adventure, pampering (facials, massage, manipeds etc). Mama should not lift a finger on Mother’s day — that is my firm opinion!

2) Heartfelt cards.

With personal notes. Handwritten people! I’ll take a good card before any flower. (I don’t even want cut flowers, just cards and a jolly good time!).

For me personally gifts are not important (more than to give, which I love!). I have too much stuff and just want less. But I wouldn’t exactly say not to any of the following….

3) “The Gift Of Nothing” (by Patrick McDonnell)

The Gift of Nothing is the most perfect book for any kid, Mama, sister, girlfriend. I have given away many, many. And my kids have always brought them to school for their teachers to read out loud. Sweet and meaningful.

4) Helen Ficalora jewelry

Helen Ficalora is a popular Seattle jewelry designer, who years ago (before everybody else) became well known for her gold charms with initials. I have three 18K charms with my kids initials but I wouldn’t mind getting her gold chain with diamonds to go with them. Simple understated and very pretty. (She does not show it on-line, you have to ask for it).

I am liking the top necklace.

5) Candle

A really good candle. An over-sized, non toxic and pretty one. I like just about anything by Cire Trudon.

6) A small makeup bag

I am a total small accessories snob. This little fellow I will quickly make room for in my purse. (Gucci).

7) Potted Myrtle Tree

Instead of cut flowers give me a Myrtle tree in a pretty pot and I will kiss your paw!

8) Sun Certificate

A gift certificate to pick out a (reeeeally) nice pair of sun glasses in time for summer!  A brilliant idea if I may say so myself.

Now, if I only can get my hubby to read this post…

From my own store, Splendid Avenue, I already know that these products are popular with the ladies (and Moi!):

9) Josef Frank’s notepad cube

Via the prestigious design store, Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm. He made this pattern in the 20’s. I use mine ALL the time. The most perfect desk companion.

 10) Summer Flip-Flops

We have a very hard time keeping Ilse Jacobsen’s new rubber flip-flops on the shelves. Scandinavian stylish and comfortable.

11) Multifunctional bottle

The colored glass bottles are also popular. They are both vases and candle holders. A functional and pretty gift.

12) Pretty Pie Plate

New is also the “Grandma Pie Plate” with a pretty lace pattern at the bottom, as a surprise when the crumbs have left the plate!

Those are some of my Mother’s Day ideas. Do you have any good ideas to share with all of us?

Happy New Week to you all!

Written by Splendid Willow in: Holidays & Celebrations |


Tie-Dye Pillows On My Mind

Ever since I saw this room I have been on the hunt for some pretty tie-dye pillows for my own home.  They add that extra little updated edge that I so like. And they are quite the trend now (also a mega contender on the fashion runway). Lots of colors and unique patterns out there. I personally tend to gravitate to the black and white ones.

The gorgeous pillow on the chair above by Kevin O’Brien.

I know that my very good friend Donna, likes this one below! (Me too!).

Source: Houzz 

Oh boy. They are pretty in pink as well!

Source: all from ABC home

Source: West Elm

Source: The Interior Collective

Source: Posh Living

Source: Connected Fair Trade

Source: Mercado Global

From the runway to a home. Could a Tie-Dye pillow live in yours?

Finally, I have to apologize for my absence from blog land. With a long slew of flu-sick family members (incl. myself who ended up with Pneumonia), busy store, and a crazy life in general, I have had zero, zip, no time to allow myself to be inspired. And posting just to post is not for me. I need to be in the zone, people! Otherwise I am/feel useless. Hopefully you can get something out of me now!

Warm hugs to you all.

Written by Splendid Willow in: Home Goods & Accessories |

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