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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Perfect Gifts For Her & Him

Phew, what a wirlwind week! I have so much going on right now (will tell you more next week!)  and I just need to get the holiday gifts off my chest. So, here is my last list. And once again, no dreams or pretending– everything on my list (s) are things I truly like and can see myself going for.

2011 Color-A-Month Daily Planner Box Set.

A chatty Ohh La La Recycled Felt Applique Pillow.

Back Lace Boot. (Gorgeous!).

Petal skirt.

Felt Peace Sign Wreath (14″ diameter).

Is it crazy to give holiday decor as gifts? I don’t know, but I wouldn’t mind being on the receiving end of this Burlap Sack Advent Calendar.

Recycled Glass Balloon Vases.

Amethyst tealight holder. (Very nice for a little bit of glamour!).

Love this vase from Tiffany. (Simple, beautiful and, to me, almost Swedish looking).

I always have a tough time finding perfect gifts for the Mr. I really had to dig deep on this one.  But here are a few ideas.

On at least 3 occassions I have been talking about framing old vinyl covers (for sentimental reasons as well as for great art). It turns out that Pottery Barn is now selling wood gallery frames made specifically to protect and display vintage records and album covers. (You need to take out the mat if you want to display the cover).

Leather IPad Cover.

Monogrammed leather journal (for the bedside table).

Monogrammed leather Catch-all (my hubby desperately needs one!).

Penguin water carbonator. (It should really be on MY list!) Perfect for those who want to eliminate the need to purchase soda/sparkling water.

Patagonia wind-proof gloves.

Ugg Men’s Shearling Slippers.

Professional immersion blender.

Stainless milk frother. (You will get a home made latte in seconds).

Belstaff Roadmaster Jacket. (Nice design and waterproof. Made in Italy).

And for him or her go shopping for some antique prints (E-bay is one good source). Beautiful and something that will never lose its value.

There you have it. My gift idea contribution. I hope you did not fall asleep!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

And make sure to visit next week when I have a fun thing to announce! (It will hopefully explain why I have been such a lousy blog friend lately).


Last image via Skona Hem.

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Perfect Gifts For The Kids

You are probably all yawning when I share my gift idea lists with you this week. But I don’t care! This is all therapeutic for me and it gets my own shopping juices flowing. I only list things that I am genuinely interested in getting personally, not just the dreams folks! (Although that is nice too!). So here are few things I am eyeing  for my own children — ages 3, 6 and 8.

“The NY In A Bag” from Muji has been around for a while. But this is the first time I am contemplating getting it. Love it!

A hopscotch rug. Great to keep the young ones busy on rainy days and pretty enough to make it part of the overall house decor!

Adorable windup little birdie that tweets.

Mini workbench.

“Sunday drivers“.  (Haha! Too cute!!!)

Saucer sled and helmet.

Every kid needs a globe. (I grew up with a very similar Illuminated world. And I absolutely loved it).

Wooden Two Tier Treat Tray. (Just because I don’t care for a lot of plastic at our house).

An over the door Basket Ball Hoop.

Fire House Collection. (Wood of course).

Cotton Canvas Teepee. Fun & cozy hang out.

Adorale Tee for a girlie girl.

Mirror tipped ballet flats. So pretty.

I have two more lists to share ith you this week. Perfect gifts for her and perfect gifts for him. I hope you find some inspiration as well.

Hugs to you all!


Image no. 1 via Country Home

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The Perfect Gift – For Me!

Have you started to put together a list for all your holiday shopping yet? We tend to go pretty low key at our house. Just a few gifts are for the kids and the closest family and friends. I am browsing for perfect gift ideas and will share as I go along. Today I am showing you what I would like for myself! Selfish, perhaps. But trust me, I have everything I want and don’t need or wish for more stuff. If anything I want less. But for the first time if my husband asks what I want (and he will!) — I can actually give him an answer!

For a long time I have been talking about getting serious about starting my collection of white pottery. I have a few nice pieces spread over the house but I would like to add to it. And I would also like to have the objects on display in one area. So, this is what I am wishing for:

To kick-start my white pottery collection for real and to, eventually, have it displayed like this.

Oh My! This is so me! (I almost fainted when I first discovered it over at the lovely Marcus Design). The old cabinet with the edgy, unexpected purple backdrop. And a collection of white, sentimental treasures. (A collection should be personal and filled with memories. Each and every piece should have a story to tell).

I have always loved Jonathan Adler’s Dora Maar vase. (It comes in several sizes). And some of you might recall that I used his Dora Maar candle as a giveaway last December. I can’t believe that the very same vase is staring at me from the cabinet. It is a sign! The perfect piece of white pottery to kick-start the collection and also of sentimental value from my wonderful blog days. (Thanks to you all!)

There you have it. I focused on myself for 15 minutes. I am so done with me and now can focus all my energy and attention on everyone else. And that is when the real fun begins!

Happy new week friends!


Image no. 1 via The Craft Pantry.

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Great Gifts For Father’s Day

June 20th. Just around the corner! That is the day when we celebrate Father’s day here in the US.

I have only great memories of my own father, who passed away way too early (when I was 14 years old). In my heart I remember him as a very hard working,  intelligent,  generous and family oriented person with a good sense of humor and an always positive attitude. My parents were immigrants and were clearly very different than the parents in the ritzy part of Stockholm where I grew up. Growing up I always felt like an outsider. But maybe that is exactly what I needed to become strong and independent and to learn to not be afraid of things or people who are different.

Much later in life I found my soul mate – the love of my life. And as no surprise to myself  – he is very much like my own father! So, the goodness continues.

A couple of years ago – on Father’s day – I started placing a framed photo of my father on the kitchen table next to some beautiful flowers. And I told my children about their Grandfather. This year I will do the same with Peter’s father who passed away 12 years ago and who I never had the opportunity to meet and love. It is about time that they meet! I know that our fathers would have gotten a long wonderfully. They are probably talking about us now!

We only do little things on Father’s day at our house. But we do make sure that family quality time with Dad (the best on the planet – I insist!) gets highest priority. A good brunch is a given, small handmade gifts and cards from the kids and a small little gift from me. I have not made up my mind yet but here are some good gift candidates:

1) A membership to a local wine tasting class. (Hey, I would only benefit from that!)

2. A good quality key holder or wallet. Something that only looks better overtime. (Yes, go ahead. You may call me a snob when it comes to small leather goods!)

Key holder: Tod’s via Neiman Marcus

Wallet: Ferragamo

3. A backyard hammock. (It would quickly turn into everybody else’s favorite spot!). This one from LL Bean.

4. Electric salt & pepper mills. (My husband is so good with the pots & pans!). Via Williams-Sonoma.

5. Monogrammed BBQ tools (hey, why not!). Via Williams-Sonoma.

6. A Thermometer fork. Via Williams-Sonoma.

7. Stieg Larsson’s best selling books.  My Swedish contribution!

Stieg Larsson (1954-2004) was a Swedish writer and journalist. Prior to his sudden death of a heart attack in November 2004 he finished three detective novels in his trilogy “The Millenium-series” which were published posthumously; The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest”.

Altogether, his trilogy has sold more than 20 million copies in 41 countries (spring of 2010), and he was the second bestselling author in the world 2008. Also, if you have a chance see the movie – the Swedish, original one. It is fantastic!

Anything good you have up the sleeve and would like to share? Don’t be shy now! We are all looking for great gift ideas!

Photo credit: Image 1. Flickr, Image 2. Weheartit, Image 3. Flickr, Image 4. Unknown (sorry!),  Image. 10+ 11

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