Amazing Paper Cut Art

I can’t draw to save my life. I really admire people who can. So, when talented people can create wonderful art with a sharp knife and a pair of scissors I immediately take my hat off. Just look at these amazing pieces, all hand cut.

Lets start with Peter Callesen, Paper Artist Extraordinaire. Peter is from Denmark and has exhibited his paper cuts and paper sculptures at many prestigious galleries worldwide.

Above: “Broken Flower”

Above: Holding on to myself”.

Above: “Nature’s Maze”.

Above: “Human Ruin”. For more of Peter’s amazing portfolio click here.

Here are some other artists and their paper art. I find these pieces personal and fun and they don’t cost a fortune. All genuine and original, I think they make lovely gifts. (Note: make sure they are not machine made).

“All Trees” (on rice paper), from the Toronto based Etsy store, PaperCutDieCut. Measures 21″x 21″ and costs $100 (frame not included).

“Life”, also from PaperCutDieCut, measures 7″x7″ and costs $18 (without frame).

Yet another talented Etsy seller is, Papercuts By Joe. The piece “Branches” measures 2″x6″ mounted to 8″x10″ and costs $35 (black Paper on White Illustration Board).

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My Swedish Secretaire – A Love Story

I am often asked if I have a favorite antique at my home. I always point at this secretaire. It may not be considered a masterpiece and it might not be found on the very fanciest street in Stockholm but I absolutely adore it. It is Swedish mid 18th century and to me, so lovely.

I love it not only because of its beauty but also because it is solid, functional and everything about it  reminds me of my home country. In my opinion antiques should be functional.  They should be used (how boring otherwise) and we sure get a lot of use out of this one (drink table, side table and at Christmas time I hang wreaths on the inside of each door, open the doors and fill the cabinet with lovely treats. It is then referred to as the “candy store”).

I have even given it a name – “Longing Home“. Here I store all nice pieces and objects that remind me of my own Swedish roots. If the house ever catches on fire – this is the one object my husband will have to push out through the front door! It is coming with us everywhere!

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Simple & Splendid Easter

Happy Easter From My Home To Yours!

My blog is brand new but in just a few weeks I have received tremendous response and a majority of readers keep coming back. Thank you so much for your support, I am immensely grateful. I will continue to work very hard on bringing you inspiration & information from all corners of the world.

I saw these adorable felt eggs by Jill Cline Fiber Arts in the magazine Country Living and of course they got me hopping. I immediately ordered wool roving from Ebay in all kinds of lovely colors. There is a lot of good information on the internet on how to create felt eggs like these. (Involving wool, styrofoam eggs, hosiery(!) and soap & water).

My friend Stacy who lives in a lovely home but for some reason thinks she has no space for Easter branches, will just have to get involved in this the project with me, roll up her sleeves and admit that for these darlings you make space!

Photo credits: Blomsterfrämjandet  (flowers) and Stine Heilman (felted eggs)

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PA & Co – My Favorite Restaurant in Stockholm

There are so many fantastic, hip and fun restaurants in Stockholm, it will makes my head spin. Stockholm is undoubtedly a hot spot for contemporary and really good food.

But the one I think of as “my restaurant”, year after year, is PA&Co. A small, cozy Swedish bistro with a HUGE reputation. PA&Co serves modern takes on traditional Swedish dishes.

Every time I go back to visit my home town I will make sure to pay PA&Co a visit. They never ever let me down.  The people watching is good too. Many famous faces here!

In 2007 PA & Co came out with its greatly anticipated cook book. It became a instant success and was awarded the Grand Prize of “Best All Categories” for Meal Literature of The Year by The Swedish Meal Academy. I am definitely picking up a copy on my next visit to Sweden (so far only written in Swedish).

The jury’s motivation:

”After having built its popularity on continuity for more than 20 years, PA&Co is a classic restaurant which has fine-tuned its unique cuisine of powerful flavors, gusto and elegance. This beautiful book sums up the dining room’s cultural spawning ground and the kitchen’s bold crossing of Swedish home cooking, The Mediterranean and Asia in the straightforward, no-nonsense manner which has become the restaurant’s signature.”

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Candle Sleeves

Yes, this genius product has received a lot of attention in magazines and on blogs for quite some time but I still think it is worth mentioning because it is current, fun, functional and so brilliant!

I would say that especially here in the US (don’t ask me why), most homes come with a variety of standard electrical candle light fixtures such as chandeliers and sconces. Not only does it feel the same old same old, same old everywhere but the artificial “candles” themselves look so dull.

The Seattle based company, KaarsKoker, came up with a clever solution by designing a whole line of vibrant and sophisticated candle sleeves to be put on top of the existing sockets. Instantly your light fixture has a more personal look that takes it from “so yesterday” to “so today”.

The price for a pair range from $10-$20.

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