May
16
2013
18

Swedes And Their Black Design Accents

White, crisp walls, yes. But don’t think that gray is a Swedes favorite accent color to go with all that white (just because I babble about it all the time). Black is always a top choice. Yin and yang. Perfect harmony. I want my summer home to look & feel like this. Fresh, airy, harmonious, current — all embracing simple uncomplicated living.

P.S Admit that you feel tempted to paint a piece of furnishing black.

Images: Via Tidningen Lantliv.

Written by Splendid Willow in: Simply Swedish Style | Tags: ,

Dec
14
2012
12

Scandinavian Holiday Decor Inspiration

(Love the irregular moss hearts. This one is for you Michele!).

When I went to Sweden I bought a ton of design magazines filled with inspiration for the winter Holidays. Do I even have to tell you that I ear marked just about every page? Those Scandinavians — they do know a thing or two about decorating so it looks & feels fresh, inviting, chic effortless, simple and oh so beautiful. Gotta tell you. This gal is very proud of her Swedish genes.

Enjoy the eye candy.

A great spot for gifts. And 2 different mirrors look so pretty together.

On my next outing with Miles I am so picking up sticks so I can make my own mother nature star.

Hyacinths and red tulips are my two favorite flowers for Christmas.

Oh, and I need to make a pinecone & nut heart as well! So simple pretty.

 

For those of you who are interested in what’s happening at the store. Here goes.

Make sure to order on or before Tuesday 19th, if you want to receive the shipment before Dec. 25th.

And please enjoy a little store treat.

Just use SPLENDIDTIMES at checkout. Enter our store here.

New things are coming in almost daily.

The NEW Danish Bride & Groom rabbits are simply adorable! Well made and unique.

We love the Royal King and Royal Queen in their fabric towers! (Easy to carry around too!).

The lovely Odd Molly Sweaters/cardigans are hopping away fast.

And the Swedish moccasins are getting raves everywhere!

 

The popular Swedish egg cups are FINALLY back in stock. (And they come in a nice, black gift box)

My own kids’ favorite Holiday book has also been added to the store – ”Findus At Christmas” by Sven Nordqvist. Adults and kids laugh out loud! (I will be saving my Nordqvist books for my own grand kids – a long ways down the road…).

We are almost completely sold out of the real reindeer antlers wine stoppers and bottle openers. Very Scandinavian!

Enter our store here.

Alright then. Off to handle business. You will see me in extra good form next week. I am ready for some good Holiday celebration myself.

Happy weekend to you all!

Images (all scanned) via: 1 + 6 Lantliv, no. 2 via Tove Älskade Hem, no. 3 + 5 via Hus & Hem, no. 4 via Underbara Julhem.

Written by Splendid Willow in: Simply Swedish Style,Store News | Tags: , , , ,

Aug
17
2012
15

Going Straight To My Inspiration Folder

It worked many, many years ago. And it still works. A simple plate rack + buffet with many drawers (in this case and old counter from a country store). How brilliant if you entertain a lot. And what a fun spot in the house to decorate for the holidays. Adding to my inspiration file ”for my dream home”.

Happy weekend to you all!

Images: via Pinterest + Vintage House.

 

Written by Splendid Willow in: Lovely Rooms | Tags: ,

Dec
19
2011
38

My Candy Store Is Now Open!

Every winter holiday season we turn our old, Swedish secretaire into a treat cabinet, which my children officially have dubbed “The Candy Store”. We fill the cabinet with all kinds of sweets and let me tell you that there is a constant flow of family members and guests heading in that direction of the house! Plates and bowls are frequently being filled up!

I personally love this tradition. The kids (and hubby!) get so excited every year. As of Dec. 18th (my oldest daughter’s birthday – the big 10!) - “The Candy Store Is Officially Open! Even our spoiled cat Charlie, wants to be part of the fun!

An absolute must have in our store, are chocolates from Brugge Chocolates. It does not get much better than that, folks. Absolutely top notch European style chocolates made locally here in Seattle. I can’t rave enough about this brand – and once you learn about it, you almost want to keep it a secret! Remember that you learned about Brugge Chocolates here first!

Brugge Chocolates was opened in February 2010 by owner and head chocolatier, Susan Walukiewicz. I really like her. After retiring from a career at Microsoft (kind of envious of here career switch…), Susan attended the Barry Callebaut Chicago Chocolate Academy, where she trained with Belgian, French and Canadian chocolatiers, always with an emphasis on artisan chocolates and confections.

Here are a few pieces I just picked up. More will be added next week – I want it all super fresh. ( I gave myself a medal for not taking even the tiniest of nibbles).

…with real gold flakes…

Some other Holiday touches at our house. You all know that I like to keep things simple. But for being a fairly modern gal, it sometimes even surprise myself  that I am so attached to a more old feel, rustic Christmas. I feel it has such a good, friendly vibe.

The Christmas tree (with its forest theme) is up. Here seen from my office.

Hubby wanted more red in the tree (The only time he has an opinion about colors, is when the tree is to get some decor. What is that all about?!) – so I added red apples to the mix.

The kids decorated their village.

Today you will find me linking to these lovely and creative blogs: Cottage & Vine, Savvy Southern Style, Between Naps On The Porch, Dittle Dattle & DIY Home Sweet Home. Thank you for the fun parties, ladies!

And if you are looking for some last minute gifts, meet me over at my close & stylish friend Manvi’s blog Mochatini, where I have listed a few things I want for myself!

Happy New Week!

Written by Splendid Willow in: Holidays & Celebrations,My Home | Tags: ,

Jul
29
2011
75

William’s Bedroom Makeover Unveiled – Finally!

Long overdue, I know. It is not a perfect magazine feature room, people – but William is happy and that is all that counts!

Remember, how it started? With a sad little boy pleading for a big boy room with a bed! (My 4 year old Prince had been totally neglected. His sisters got all the fancy stuff and he was still in an old crib… with a broken mobile hanging over his head. (There used to be six birds).

Help!!! Anybody out there?!

We finally got the message and went to work. This time I wanted a room with a more Scandinavian feel. Simple, light, easy to clean and soothing (soft colors, good lighting and and a good vibe). We also decided to be a little budget savvy. (I think Ikea is perfect for kids’ rooms! Scandinavian look & feel and so cost effective).

What really made this room take so long, was waiting for this wall sconce! (Boston Library light via Circa Lighting). Waiting for its arrival and to have it installed. I know, I know, hardly low budget.  We splurged on this one, I admit. But it is so handsome and I think it is the perfect accent over the chalkboard wall.

The red cabinet is pretty much one of the few thing we kept from his old room. Antique doors built into a new cabinet. We’ve gotten so much use out of that piece.

 

The chalkboard wall turned out to be quite the project. A lot of tries with different red chalk paints and it was hard to get the paint even. But I did not want William to stare at a black, gloomy chalkboard (he is only 4) — so it was worth it. Hubby got the frame up and I stained it gray/blue. Our first little DIY project as a couple — it was fun!

 

 

Note William’s interpretation of his Mommy!

 

This is the first room in our house with pure white walls. But I had the ceiling painted in a very soft blue for a little bit of contrast. Still staying very simple Swedish, though!

A view from the door. (I now wish I had ironed all the bed linen!) Slipcovered headboard from Ikea (so easy to wash) and also the bedlinen. Love the dots and stripes.

The big wall map also from Ikea gets a lot of use at bedtime when we talk about places we have been, places we are going and what makes the world go around. I highly recommend it.

Bed buddies (And the not so ironed bed linen. I am not perfect!).

 

I did not want curtain panels and was ready to order some fancy linen Roman shades (and I might still do that) but a designer friend reminded me, that we have perfectly new and functional white wooden blinds plus it is hard to clean fabric shades. So, no need to take them down — yet. So instead my husband got to build this wooden valance (first time ever!) which I padded and put some striped fabric on from — yes, Ikea!

 

 

I hope I haven’t lost too many reader now. Yikes!

Remember the vintage wooden crate I found at a garage sale for nothing? All clean and equipped with casters it now makes for a perfect toy bin.

And the same fox as in the first image is here. So I guess the circle is complete.

I warned you! Nothing fancy, no extravaganza. But hopefully personal and livable for a 4 year old with a simple Scandinavian touch!

I am taking a week+ off from blog land. We plan to have some fun in the sun as a family. I will check in with my friends a tiny bit but I hope you understand and don’t think I am ignoring you if you don’t hear from me for a few days.

When I get back I will have some store news!

Warm summer hugs to you all!

Images: All images via Splendid Willow.

Written by Splendid Willow in: My Home,White rooms | Tags: , , ,

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