Are you holding on to your hats, folks? (In my case a helmet). Speedy season is here. Gas pedal pressed down hard. Woosh!
I don’t know about you, but I have hardly had any time to focus on new fall decor. I am keeping everything pretty much the same as last year. I did manage to carve out a few minutes though to dress up a few vases around my house with cheesecloth, burlap and jute ribbon. I added berry branches from a local grocery store. Not much, but I like the look. Rustic, simple and “fallish”. Then when winter comes I can just replace the branches with thick pine branches. (I am a practical Swede after all!).
My Austrian grandfather, Max, once went on a hike in the Alps and found a pretty and rare Edelweiss flower. He had it dried and mounted into a brosche that he gave to my mother with her name engraved on the back. I added it to the the arrangement and now it has so much more meaning.
I put some mini pumpkins in a candle holder dressed in burlap.
So a little bit of fixing & relaxation at home… (with a little bit of music to work to)…
… and a lot of things happening on the store front.
First, thank you to the chic People Magazine’s Style Watch (in stands through November) for putting our store and the Ilse Jacobsen boots we carry in the limelight.
Second, as a Thank You to all of our followers and readers, we are offering a splendid giveaway. It is a Facebook sweepstakes. It is easy. All you need to do is to like us on Facebook. One lucky winner will walk away with a $350 gift certificate to spend on anything in our store. Not bad, right, before the big holiday seasons! Sweepstakes ends on Friday October 26th. Enter here.
Fall season means rainy season — at least here in Seattle. We have added Ilse Jacobsen’s latest models and colors to our store. The new 3/4 length coats are selling like mad. (Europe is almost sold out!)
More jewelry has been added. I personally like precious metals but I don’t want my jewelry to be mass produced. Astrid Bjork’s wonderful sterling silver ring is a Swedish design classic. She has been making that ring for 18 years. Timeless and stunning.
Also new in our store are a few pieces by the popular Swedish brand Sahara. I wear the earrings almost daily – and get compliments all the time! (They look even better on than in the picture). Sahara was founded by the talented Swedish gal, Lovisa Wester Bäckström in cooperation with Camilla Läckberg, who is a mega big suspense author in Sweden. To date she has sold over 5 million books. An added bonus since I am a big time Suspense Novel reader!
We are delighted to say that we have added a whole new lighting line to our store! We have picked styles that are current and timeless and lights that are affordable. There are many handsome light fixtures to chose among — and more will be added!
More goods for the kiddos have been added.
And more new items will be unpacked in time for the holidays.
We are happy for one of our great designers, Emma Sjogren, who just had one of her beautiful wall hangings (print on linen) featured in the leading country homes magazine in Sweden (Go, Emma Go!). We are the only store in the US to carry many of Emma’s popular designs.
From walls to floors. We are now carrying Brita Sweden’s immensely popular handwoven plastic rugs. If you are looking for a rug/runner that can handle lots of traffic and spills – this might be your solution. (I have thrown away too many sisal rugs because their natural fibers can’t handle stains!). Brita Sweden uses plastic that contains no heavy metals or toxic softeners.
The birthday tees have been flying off the shelves. More colors have been added. The lovely and talented Stacey with Design Addict Mom just shared images from a photo shoot with her readers. And her adorable son Ian was dressed in one of our tees. Awww, Stacey! Ian is so precious!
A brand new store category Ewa and I are working on right now and that I am personally very excited about is – “Splendid Dining”. I am looking to add unique, good quality tabletop items for my own home for the upcoming Holiday Season. I am (as you know) picky, picky and I gravitate toward forever pieces. You will see what we have added to our store in the next couple of weeks. All I can say is – top notch.
So there. A little insight into my hectic (but fun!) daily life. My post about white wall colors will appear next week. I got a little side tracked! I hope you understand.
Fall hugs to each and every one of you.