Kitchen Rag Rug & Marimekko Poppy Curtains

October 13, 2015 § 2 Comments

Weslie and Kristina’s north Texas kitchen is not only lovely, it pings my Nordic radar. And no surprise: Kristina is Finnish.

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Weslie and Kristina’s kitchen. Found via House*Tweaking.

I LOVE the rag rug on the floor! Lots of white and a little blue, green, and red, plus a dash of black, with varying stripe widths. Goes really well with the modern look, including the red Marimekko Unikko curtain fabric. Apparently it’s a handmade vintage piece which was a gift from their sister-in-law in Finland.

Found via House*Tweaking.

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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!

Sleepy Fox Rug

December 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

I’ve never had a thing for foxes, but this Silent Fox rug from Anthropologie is quite cute.

Anthropologie Silent Fox Rug

I like the combination of colors and their proportions. Even purple, which never has been a favorite of mine, looks nice in this mix. 🙂

Special Dinner: November 2014

December 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

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 November, Mr. E picked the Best-Ever Curry Cookbook: Over 150 Great Curries from India and Asia by Mridula Baljekar.

Since we were also preparing to host Thanksgiving, we kept this special dinner very, very simple. Mr. E cooked rice and three curries for us to sample. There was chicken in cashew nut sauce, kidney bean curry, and fish in a rich tomato and onion sauce. The fish came from our local fish share and was delicious, as it always is.

Nov 2014 Special Dinner

For the table, I used saturated colors – green, blue and red – and a no-nonsense setting with lots of candles. Since we were sampling and wanted unrestricted access to the dishes, we just put the cooking vessels down in the middle of the table. This was a very pragmatic special dinner. 🙂

Nov 2014 Table

I think the chicken cashew was my favorite – it was so creamy without any added dairy. Yum!

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.)

Special Dinner: October 2014

November 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

For the 2014 special dinners, Mr. E suggested we should look at some of the less often used cookbooks in our household for inspiration. October’s choice was Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi, a vegetarian cookbook that was a gift to Mr. E.

Oct 2014 Special Dinner

We combined a salad with zucchini stuffed with a rice and pine nut mix. The salad consisted of cucumber and red onion with smashed garlic and ginger. The red onion came through a hint too strong, but otherwise the combination was very, very good.

As dessert, Mr. E made crostini, which is basically toast topped with a paste of garlic and pine nuts, plus grilled slices of pear and a sprinkling of mozzarella. The crust of the toast was a little challenging to get through, but otherwise they tasted marvelous. The zucchini and the salad are definitely keepers with nary a change!

Oct 2014 Table

I wanted the table to reflect the fall colors we see outside without being too bluntly in-your-face about it. The reds and purples in these Anthropologie plates coordinate better with my simple saintpaulia centerpiece than the brilliant maples outside; that’s why I added some gold, red and brown ribbons around the plant pot. There’s also green and peach ribbon to tie in with the plates, and turquoise in the dessert plates is also pulled from the dinner plate colors.

October Trees and Sky

October 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

It’s been a beautiful, colorful fall for far. We’ve had some yo-yo weather – down to 40s, back to 60s, up to 70s, back to 50s – which has been odd, but it hasn’t been too wet. I hope the plants manage well nevertheless.

October Trees and Sky

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