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:

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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.

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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.

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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. 🙂

 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

December 8, 2015 § 1 Comment

We got our Christmas tree this weekend from our yard, like last year. This one looks better, I think!

Tree 2015

In the front hall, I set one of my prized Scandinavian-style electric candle sets, our Finnish straw goat and Danish straw pig, the Finnish himmeli and a vase of leftover brances from the pine (barely visible on the floor).

Front Hall Ornaments 2015

I’m off for the rest of the year. Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta!

Christmas Pretties Around the Internet

December 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

This (long!) post is for some of my favorites for the holiday season 2014.

Lovely red sitting room with a tree, candles and hanging stars by Susanna at Susannan työhuone:

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Susanna at Susannan työhuone.

These glass bead pendants by Amanda at House Revivals were meant as necklaces, but why not use them as tree ornaments instead:

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Amanda at House Revivals.

Truly gigantic wall stars with a modern twist by Victoria at A Subtle Revelry:

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Victoria at A Subtle Revelry.

I really appreciate the combination of non-traditional but coordinating colors. Victoria’s choice of graphic wrapping paper to cover her stars is inspiring!

Beautiful, non-traditional Christmas colors with minimal frou-frou by Jeannette Seymour. Photo by Donna Griffith, via Style at Home:

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Jeannette Seymour; photo by Donna Griffith / Style at Home.

Plum & Bow Wooden floral painted mirror from Urban Outfitters:

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Urban Outfitters.

Reminds me so much of traditional Scandinavian painted furniture!

And speaking of Scandinavian… Räven raskar över isen! (Yes, there is an actual Swedish Christmas song involving foxes.) Fox ornaments from Ikea:

Fox Ornaments from Ikea

Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

And lest it not be forgotten that monochromatic can also be beautiful: smaller star ornaments in white & gold plus white hyacinths in a white room by Ann Helen, found via Norske interiørblogger:

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Ann Helen; via Norske interiørblogger.

I’m not that keen on glitter, but the proportions of this little felt bow on the gift are perfect:

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By Rachel at Mod Podge Rocks.

Finally, what a steady hand these gingerbread cookie decorations must take!

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Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke at Sanna & Sania.

By Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke at Sanna & Sania.

Getting close now!

Swedish Craft Blog Find

November 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

Oooh, look what I found: Sanna & Sania, a craft blog by two Swedish ladies (Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke). They seem to be crochet enthusiasts, and love color and repurposing projects. Perfect!

Here are a few of my recent favorites from Sanna & Sania’s blog:

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Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke at Sanna & Sania.

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Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke at Sanna & Sania.

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Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke at Sanna & Sania.

(Sources: jeans; tassels; table.)

And since they write in Swedish, it allows me to refresh my language skills. (If you’d like to follow them but Swedish isn’t a part of your skill set, don’t worry: Google Translate seems to be able to at least get the gist of Sanna & Sania’s posts.)

Diamond-Pattern Wallpaper

September 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

This wallpaper makes my mouth water:

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Harmony wallpaper by Ellos; image by Heidi Lehto.

Harmony wallpaper in black by Ellos; image by Heidi Lehto. The diamond pattern makes a surprisingly good-looking wallpaper. I especially like this blue version:

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Harmony wallpaper. Ellos.

What’s not to love – my favorite blue combined with a watercolor-like effect. 🙂

And why does it make my mouth water? As us Scandinavians know well, this kind of diamond pattern in black & white is often used in salmiakki (salt liquorice) packaging, like this one below:

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Fazer.

Curses! Now I’m craving a particular, chewy Halva salmiakki. Or super salmiakki by Fazer. Mmm…. Salmiakki is definitely one of those tastes of home that you can’t get in the States. Or if you can, it’s not the particular type you want at the moment, or you have to pay an arm and a leg for it. Gnnnh. Ohwell.

Special Dinner: June 2014

July 14, 2014 § 2 Comments

For the 2014 special dinners, Mr. E suggested we should look at some of the less often used cookbooks in our household for inspiration. For June – to continue the historical theme – we chose the Viking Cookbook.

June 2014 Special Dinner

Mr. E made cabbage-beet-carrot soup as starter, served with a dollop of sour cream. The beets turned the soup red, of course, and tended to overwhelm the taste as well, but the sour cream worked as a surprisingly good neutralizer.

The main course was pork with apple. Mr. E cooked most of the meal outdoors on the grill (until he ran out of coal and had to finish inside on the stove), and that might be why the pork came out a bit dry. However, the mushy, cooked apples kept the dish juicy.

As dessert Mr. E made a blueberry oven pancake with whipped cream.

Viking-style Oven Pancake

(A note on pancakes: Even though we call them pancakes, Scandinavian / Finnish pancakes are not the thick, fluffy, flour-y American breakfast stuff. There’s actually two kinds of dishes called pancakes. One is baked in the oven, usually in a deep cookie sheet; Mr. E put his into a pie dish, though. These oven pancakes come out dense, eggy and rich. Oven pancakes are an especially delicious way to use up old milk. The other kind resembles American pancakes, but is cooked ultra thin like crepes. Both types tend to be enjoyed as dessert more often than breakfast, typically with fresh berries, jam, ice cream or whipped cream. One of our favorite restaurants in Finland serves the thin crepe-style pancakes with both savory and sweet fillings of your choice.)

I kept the table simple and incorporated traditional crafts, namely clay dishes and the runner (handmade in Finland from unbleached linen and dyed cottons). Our glasses are actually replicas of medieval drinking glasses that we got years ago at the Historiska museet in Stockholm (I believe) on a research trip for Mr. E’s dissertation.

June 2014 Table

Even though Mr. E had some qualms while cooking, I think this dinner came out really tasty. The pancake is definitely a keeper – he’s already made it twice more. Yum! 🙂

Everyday Photo Challenge: 2 of 5

April 10, 2014 § 3 Comments

Everyday photo challenge! Photograph and post a detail from your everyday life once a day for five days.

If you want, you can invite a new person to join in every day.

Here’s my day two:

Daily Challenge 2of5

A little something on my breakfast Wasa crackers.

Previous days: One.

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