Fire Starters with Wax and Fir

October 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

Amanda at House Revivals shared this lovely crafts project:

Amanda House Revivals firestarter_tutorial_christmas

Amanda at House Revivals.

Such cute – and fragrant, I bet – fire starters! Visit her site for more photos and full instructions. Thanks for sharing, Amanda!

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Colorful Styling from Sweden

September 13, 2016 § Leave a comment

A while ago I discovered the blog of Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke, stylists and home dec journalists from Sweden. It’s so lovely to see cozy, colorful Scandinavian style – not everything and everyone in the Nordic countries revolves around modern monochrome minimalism, you know. 🙂

Just a few favorites:

Sanna Sania Aug 2015 Front Hall 12

Sanna & Sania / Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke.

Lovely blue and white front hall with touches of pale wood from an article of theirs in Hus & hem magazine some time in 2015.

Sanna Sania Kitchen Bench Pillows Sept 2015 12

Sanna & Sania / Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke.

Detail from a dream kitchen with white and blue.

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Sanna & Sania / Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke.

Scene from a small pine cottage.

Sanna Sania Apr 2016 Blue Yarn 4

Sanna & Sania / Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke.

More blue and pale wood.

Whoops! That’s almost only blue and white and wood. Well, I do know what I love. 🙂


Gloomy Scale

February 23, 2016 § Leave a comment

One of our maples has funny-looking dark patches on its bark:

Gloomy Scale on Maple

Mr. E did some digging. It sounds like an insect infestation called gloomy scale. (Lat. Gloomy Scale, Melanaspis tenebricosa (Comstock), Hemiptera: Diaspididae; haven’t found a Finnish name for them, but possibly something kirvansukuinen.) Gloomy scales can settle onto maples in poorer growing conditions and, among other symptoms, turn the bark black as if it’s been burned.

Looks like we have horticultural oil, mulch and watering in our (yard) future. Ohwell. Learned something new again!

Special Dinner: September 2014

October 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

Perhaps it was the cold temps, perhaps it was the fall flu season starting, but I’ve been functioning with less than a full battery pack for a while. On top of that, my laptop battery actually died. While the mechanical battery has been replaced, the human one is still putting at 42% efficiency. Hopefully the rest of the month will be better.

It’s taken me a long time to post September’s special dinner, but finally, here it is. For the 2014 special dinners, Mr. E suggested we should look at some of the less often used cookbooks in our household for inspiration. This time we chose Tastes of Anglo-Saxon England by Mary Savelli.

Sept 2014 Special Dinner

The starter was a hot root vegetable and cucumber soup. Yes, boiled cucumber! We used our own heritage cukes, supermarket onions plus local turnip and carrots. The soup also had a little beer in the broth. The mix was unusual, and improved from adding a little sour cream. The main course was fish cakes with buttered beets – yum! – and a dollop of sour cream, which Mr. E added to the recipe. As dessert Mr. E made baked apples stuffed with a mixture of pears, peach, honey, breadcrumbs, butter and cinnamon. To make it really rich, we topped it with a splash of thick cream. Ahh!

Sept 2014 Table

I decided to keep the table bare so that all of that gorgeous wood would show to its benefit. Bamboo placemats are in no way Anglo-Saxon, but I’m no purist, and they go nicely with the wood colors. Simple glasses and white bowls won’t detract from the fancier plates. A fast and free wild flower / leaf bouquet topped a cork hotpad.

Apart from the soup, which tasted a little funny to our modern palates, the dinner was great. Especially the dessert!

Painted Log Retaining Wall

August 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

During a random Internet search, I came across these two images of a sunken path flanked by log retaining walls (image 1 and image 2). The log ends that face into the path are painted with various shades of pink and purple:

Blue Truck on Pinterest.

Blue Truck Log Retaining Wall Detail

Blue Truck on Pinterest.

Genius! There’s a particular spot on our front yard that I think would benefit from a retaining wall, but, alas, logs are way too big for the spot. Or maybe not if you cut them into very short pieces… This needs some thinking! 🙂

Painted Ceilings in a Finnish Pancake Restaurant

February 13, 2014 § 2 Comments

Yesterday’s hotel ceiling post reminded me that I’ve never mentioned the pancake restaurant we like to visit in Finland.

Pancake Restaurant

The restaurant is in an old, small timber storage house from either the 1700s or the 1800s. That means that the spaces are constrained and a little weird, and there’s a lot of exposed wood. They have intricate mosaics on their walls and ceilings. Painting murals in the little nooks and crannies is a great idea for such a choppy space, I think. Unfortunately, I don’t seem to have any non-fuzzy pictures from the downstairs, but here is one from the upstairs:

Pancake Restaurant Ceiling

We just looove both their sweet and savory pancakes! This winter we had a warm pancake filled with smoked reindeer and bacon followed by a chocolate-pear pancake as dessert. Splitting the two between us filled the tummy quite nicely.

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Front Hall In Greyish Blue

November 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

I stumbled into this link in my pretty interiors folder and couldn’t remember why. It’s a collection of photos from the makeover of a Dutch farmhouse. There’s quite a bit of concrete, which I think it way too cold for interiors, and that orange-y shade of red is really not a red I like. But this front hall:

Dutch Farmhouse Front Hall

Styling by Studio Viva Vida, photo by Jean-Marc Wullschleger / Inside Out Jul/Aug 2013.

From the Jul/Aug 2013 issue of Inside Out magazine; styling by Studio Viva Vida of The Netherlands and photography by Jean-Marc Wullschleger. Found via Desire to Inspire.

Gosh, the greyish blue is really lovely, especially in that light!

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