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:
Lovely blue and white front hall with touches of pale wood from an article of theirs in Hus & hem magazine some time in 2015.
Detail from a dream kitchen with white and blue.
Whoops! That’s almost only blue and white and wood. Well, I do know what I love. 🙂
December 8, 2015 § 1 Comment
We got our Christmas tree this weekend from our yard, like last year. This one looks better, I think!
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).
I’m off for the rest of the year. Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta!
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:
These glass bead pendants by Amanda at House Revivals were meant as necklaces, but why not use them as tree ornaments instead:
Truly gigantic wall stars with a modern twist by 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:
Plum & Bow Wooden floral painted mirror from Urban Outfitters:
Reminds me so much of traditional Scandinavian painted furniture!
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:
I’m not that keen on glitter, but the proportions of this little felt bow on the gift are perfect:
Finally, what a steady hand these gingerbread cookie decorations must take!
By Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke at Sanna & Sania.
Getting close now!
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:
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.)
September 16, 2014 § Leave a comment
This wallpaper makes my mouth water:
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:
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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! 🙂
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:
A little something on my breakfast Wasa crackers.
Previous days: One.