Local Delights

We have a great magazine in Seattle called just that Seattle Magazine. A thick, flashy, must-read, covering local happenings, art & culture, food, fashion & design.

So fun to see our boots as part of a lovely photo shoot with the headline: “Fashion Forecast. Spring runway spoke to our Pacific Rim sensibilities, with Japanese inspired shapes, graphic brights and stripes that nod to the city’s Scandinavian heritage. (Yep that would be us!).

Furthermore: The tall Ilse Jacobsen rain boots are available in a rainbow of colors from local e-tailer Splendid Avenue, for a dose off style and comfort.

A big thank you to Seattle Magazine and its well respected Style Editor Ali Brownrigg, a Seattle Design Mover & Shaker!

Also easy to like the food at the newly opened local Seattle restaurant Tanglewood Surpreme — a tiny, friendly seafood bistro earning great reviews by picky food critics.

Hubby took me there for my birthday last week and OH MAMA the food was A. M.A. Z.I.N.G. Fresh, local seafood with a modern, unique twist. One local food reviewer said he “did not want to share the name of the restaurant to keep it a local secret for the few. But sadly he felt he had to — the food is that good”.

Finally, I have to laugh at a myself. I can get ridiculously giddy happy over the smallest things. Yes the Arco lamp (see previous post) will be nice and the an updated kitchen will make me so happy but yesterday I found a new little bestie — and this one is for my kitchen drawers. A “Forma” stainless “over the cabinet” hook (no screws) to hang kitchen towels, pot holders, etc.

You see, I tend to not like racks for any kinds of towels. I go bananas if towels are not straight. (Yes I know… some issues there….). Hooks are perfect and towels get to freely hang straight (more forgiving in my opinion). And this hook I can move around in the kitchen. Who knew a $3.99 find could put such a grin on my face. Make for great socking stuffers too. Functional design rocks!

Wishing you a delightful week.


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High Up On My Wishlist

Iconic. Been around since 1962. I have been drooling over this Italian floor lamp off and on for decades. Of course I am talking about the Arco lamp by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos.

It is back in my head again after having seen it in a lovely customer’s home and now in this stunning home (inspiration via Vintage Mulberry). And in gold too!

Stately yet sassy.

Sigh, and sigh again. $2950 for this puppy but this lady works HARD and I intend to make this dream a reality in not too long (and my kids will  thank me later for this timeless piece of modern, functional art).  I will place mine in our dining room and get rid of the antique, Swedish chandelier above the gray Swedish table. Yes really! (Love the beautiful almost library like light it gives off).

Busy times over at the shop, Splendid Avenue. Lots of new things in stock. For those of you who are interested, here are a few recent additions:

We have a hard time keeping the high quality Swedish reindeer hides in stock. A new shipment finally arrived (I will tell you about importing nightmares some other time! The goods got lost in Paris!).

The immensely popular birthday tees — now in several new lovely Spring colors.

Ilse Jacobsens’s classy leather bag now stocked in a lighter spring color.

And lots of Easter goodies!

The perfect tin eggs for all those Easter treats!


And finally we have added adorable satin fabric carrots to our Easter offerings (yes I have been using them as Easter decor for years!). Hang them on Spring branches or as I do (on the Swedish chandelier) for some extra Easter fun!

Wait!? Didn’t  I just say that I am moving that chandelier!? Wherever I move it — carrots will follow every Easter. Ha!

Visit our store, Splendid Avenue — here.

Hugs to you all.

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STORE NEWS + Get Your Bicycle & Feet, Summer Ready

It is heating up. Spring is finally here (this is Seattle, folks). Summer is around the corner. Prime time to head outdoors.

In most major cities around the world, walking and public transportation are how you get around. I was fortunate to grow up in beautiful Stockholm where biking is also a big part of the city planning. There are bike lanes everywhere in the city. You bike to the office, you bike to a date with your friends, you bike from bar to bar! When you visit oh-so trendy Stockholm in the summer you will see gorgeous and fashion conscious people everywhere, proudly parading their city bikes.

The concept is harder here in the US where so many cities and towns are built for cars only, it seems. But I have a bike, and I’m dusting it off as we speak. And that is how the kids and I will get to many coffee shops, parks and libraries this season.

A functional bicycle basket is a must for most bike loving Scandinavians and I am glad to see the trend catching up here in the US too.

Orders for trendy Swedish bicycle baskets are just starting to trickle in to my shop – a good seasonal sign!

I carry 3 colors. Black, white and green. (I have the green one myself).

This is also the season to get those feet ready for public display.

Brand NEW in my store are Ilse Jacobsen’s (Danish fashion icon) rubber flip-flops. No bad & unfriendly plastic here.

These well made rubber flip-flops have a braided texture. They are cushioned and very comfortable. I’ve picked 6 muted colors for my store. They all have a touch of sparkle on the straps for some summer glam.

(As you can see from my own picture above, the sole is more substantial than the following pictures, taken with a camera from above, show. Please note that I do not carry the YELLOW color in my store).


Stone Blue

Rose Pink



I will only carry a limited supply. When they are gone, they are gone. The sell for $39/pair.

On their way to my store are also these Danish Princess/Prince, Bride/Groom bunnies. They are so adorable and I can’t wait to push my kids away and play with photograph them!

Fairly new in my store, but I have not mentioned them to you before, are the Cowboy and Native American mice + Tee-pee. Yes I know. Super adorable and guaranteed many hours of imaginative play for the young ones!

Find all the items in my store Splendid Willow Avenue – here.

 Hugs & sunny thoughts to all of you!


Images: no. 1 via Fun Xite, no. 2-4 via Skeppshult Bikes, no. 5 via Posh24, no. 6 via Zimbio, no. 7-18 + 20 via Splendid Willow Avenue, no. 19 via Maileg.

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I Go Nuts For These Lovely Things For The Home

Just glanced through a “special issue” of House & Home (Best Decorating) and I ripped out many pages of goodness. I hope you find them as inspirational as I do!

Make your own driftwood bookends! Well of course! Just find your own beach treasure and attach it (with a screw or with Crazy Glue) to a base that you have painted. Perhaps it will bring good memories to your bookshelf.  Worth a try.

Another “beachy idea”. Put some old twine and rope in clear glass bowls and bottles for a stylish display.

LOVE this wool rug! I can see it in an all white room paired with a white sofa. Classic & timeless with a little Scandinavian folklore vibe. (Can be found here).

I lust for this photo art by the Canadian artist Joshua Jensen-Nagle. Oh my! I immediately went to his website. This piece features the St. Mark’s Square in Venice and you can only see distant dots that must be people. Love the whole composition and the colors. Works in both traditional and modern rooms. Look again – nice, right?

I have my own little miniature portrait collection going on. (Only four portraits so far, so not much to brag about – but all from the 18th c). If you want to add just a little bit of “old world” to your home that is a great way to go. (They do not take up space, they work in all kinds of rooms and there are always collectors out there on the hunt for good miniature portraits).

Before I end today I must say that I was super pleased to learn that two boots from my store, Splendid Willow Avenueare featured in the US Equestrian Federation Magazine. This is the magazine for horse owners and it will also be given to everyone visiting the prestigious three day Rolex Kentucky Equestrian event (this is a qualifying event for the Olympic Games and World Championships) later this month.

My boots were featured as a good thing to wear in style at the Derby. (Sorry for the badly cropped images).


The classy event is sponsored by Rolex.

And yes William Schatner (actor) is on the cover of the magazine and also featured inside). He is apparently a big time horse lover. (Did you ever watch him in Boston Legal? I was such a fan of the series).

Can’t say that I mind the good company!

Warm hugs to you all!

Images: no 1. via Splendid Willow, no. 2-6 scanned via House and Home (special issue Spring 2012), no. 7, 8, 10, 12 + 13 via USEF, no. 9 + 11 via Splendid Willow Avenue.

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Announcement: Taking My Store To The Next Level

I am back from our wonderful & lazy family vacation on the Oregon coast. I have not forgotten any of you and I am looking forward to checking in with all of my friends to see what you have been up to!

For the last little while I have been a busy summer Mom and I have also been preparing to take my little store to the next level.

Today I am proud to announce: 


NEW: Store makeover, its own separate domain name, more product categories and still staying true to my mission of:

 Offering Unique, Well-Made Products With A Scandinavian Twist


I now offer even more colors and models from Ilse Jacobsen’s sophisticated line of high-end rain gear.

I now also carry some unique and lovely things for the young ones. Scandinavian design, of course.

I am very proud to be the first on-line store to carry Swedish native, Asa’s, fantastic jewelry.

And I could not have a store, offering the best I know from Scandinavia, without also carrying pelts from Gotland sheep –- desirable sheep skins from sheep from a rural Swedish Viking island in the Baltic Sea, where I used to spend all my childhood summers.

Not a jam packed store, just a few things that I am personally very attached to and very proud to represent. More to be added as I go along.

Welcome in! Enter Splendid Willow Avenue here.

I hope you like what you see.  If you do, perhaps you will help me spread the word by telling a few of your friends.

This coming Friday I am celebrating the launch of my recharged store with a fun and unique event with two very dear blog friends. I will remind you later in the week. You won’t want to miss it!

Warm hugs to you all and thank you for all your support. YOU are the ones who gave me the courage and wings to fly (and I am flying!). I am grateful to every single one of my friends/readers/supporters and Splendid Willow Avenue team/partners. Thank you all very much!

Warm hugs!

All images belong to Splendid Willow/Splendid Willow Avenue.

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