A “Desire To Inspire” Alert About Splendid Willow

I just wanted to tell you that Desire to Inspire, my every-morning-must-read-design-blog-when-I-drink-my-cup-of-tea, mentioned Splendid Willow in one of their recent posts. See here.

I feel very honored to be recognized by this talented and professional blog duo. I have so much respect for their work and their good design eyes.  You have heard me mention them before but in case you have forgotten, bookmark them here.

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Living Well With Art in Sweden

Here is an opportunity for all the Swedes (or people interested in moving to Sweden!) who have a real passion for art, have some money under their mattresses and are looking for something meaningful to do. Maybe getting ready for a complete life change.

Take over this thriving art gallery situated in the most beautiful surroundings with its own cafe and wine cellar and get your own lovely living space on top of the gallery! The “Kabusa” art gallery is located in Glemmingebro along the popular and beautiful cost line Osterlen, in the southeastern parts of Sweden.

Life is short. I am a bit tempted myself! I really hope this lovely piece of property & history ends up in great hands and that it continues to do well.

The main building, built in 1899, used to be an old starch manufacturer but was in the 1900-hundreds turned into an art hall/museum. The building is situated on a huge lot, part of the most idyllic scenery. (Skeppsholmen Makleri is the real estate agency behind the listing. See here for more information).

This would be your new art gallery! Almost a royal feel with the old, beautiful stone floors and high ceilings with old rustic wooden beams.

The gallery is famous for its wonderful atmosphere and light.

A lovely and friendly cafe is part of the gallery, serving only good home made comfort foods and treats.

Summer time the cafe doors are open to this lovely and unpretentious stone terrace. How peaceful.

Welcome to your new living quarters! The area is designed to showcase your own private art collection.

State of the art kitchen. You are in Sweden after all.

Huge living room connected with the open kitchen. White walls and white washed hard wood floors capture all the light.

Spacious, private office.

Master bed room with lovely views over the property and breathtaking surroundings.

Master bathroom. Clearly not the same old, same old. Wonderful materials. It even has its own sauna.

Guest bath room.

The water and the long beach within a short distance. The Kabusa art hall is situated right where the water begins to meet the lightly sandy hills. I can breathe that fresh air. I can feel new, wonderful beginnings for someone really, really lucky!

Written by Splendid Willow in: Art & Antiques,Real Estate in Sweden,The Best of Sweden | Tags: ,


Celebrating Mothers

Coming up! Mother’s Day in the US on Sunday May 10th.

People who know me well know that I am more into giving things than receiving. But for Mother’s day even I would accept a little thing as long as it is simple, preferably handmade and/or Swedish! Here are a few splendid things to give (or get!) for Mother’s day:

To die for! (Ask my friend Krissy who just received a sample box). The Seattle based chocolate maker, Fran’s Chocolates, offers these award-winning Gray and Smoked Salt Caramels. All caramels are made with organic ingredients. 

Swedish native Lotta Helleberg has a store on Etsy called Inleaf. Her handmade sachets in natural linen (above with Geranium print) are so lovely and filled with only dried organic lavender buds.  Sold in sets of 2. Size: 4.5″ x 4.5″. Price $20.

Hard not to smile when you open your linen drawer and is being greeted by this happy fern sachet, also by Lotta.

Also from Etsy is the store, Lulu La Rue. They craft teeny tiny sterling silver necklaces with pendants. Being a proud owner of a similar peace pendant myself given to me by my friend Stacey, I think the message needs to be spread! The price for this organic peace sign necklace is $28.

A bud vase. The perfect little vase next to your bed. Yet another Etsy seller, MudPuppy, is behind this hand crafted white ceramic vase with a cherry wood saucer. Out of this world lovely when the actual flowers are hand picked by small little hands. Price: $40.

I like to have things organized and I do a lot of writing, so a large set of same colored pencils put in a nice cup or vase makes me totally happy. Low tech. High style. These from See Jane Work are perfect. There are 12 pencils in one set and they come in several nice colors. 3 packages of the Tiffany blue please! The price for one set is $7.

I hope you found some of these gift ideas helpful!

Written by Splendid Willow in: Home Goods & Accessories,Just Because I Like It | Tags:


Swedish Timeless Grandfather Clocks

This contemporary concrete grandfather floor clock from Forsberg Form in Sweden is already considered a classic. It has won a lot of recognition and is represented at many galleries and ambassador residences all over the world.

Each clock is signed and numbered and the total limited edition is 180.  Simple, current and timeless in one great package.

Now the same could be said for this beautiful Swedish painted classical tall case clock, ca 1820, which I found at Tone-On-Tone in Maryland (Swedish Heirlooms in Seattle also offers similar clocks off and on). Simple, stunning & timeless. You can never go wrong with a piece like that.

Which one do I prefer? I am so mixed in my design style that I drive myself crazy at times. To capture myself  I would really need them both! I would place each of them in totally opposite and unexpected environments. At least I am always loyal to a specific color scheme, Swedish gray!

Written by Splendid Willow in: Art & Antiques,Home Goods & Accessories,Simply Swedish Style | Tags:


Sign All The Way From Sweden

I have a crush on this new book shelf, “Sign”, from the Swedish furniture maker Karl Andersson & Söner.

The designer behind “Sign” is the young and talented Sanna Lindström.

I love the red color (it comes in 8 standard colors) and the actual look. This stackable book shelf is made of oak and birch. It is designed to also work as a a room divider. Sign comes in sections and can be built in several different combinations.

I can also see myself liking this version – especially in white. Simple, functional and very good looking.

Written by Splendid Willow in: Designers, Illustrators, Photographers, Stylists,Lovely Furniture,Simply Swedish Style | Tags: ,

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