a rainy day in october, tablescaping & books

Today I wandered around the house, looking at things. I opened a few cupboards and drawers. Took out some old books. Many had waveys pages, damaged by water and heat, but symbolised the many places the books have been and seen. Hundreds of books tucked away in drawers, on shelves, behind cupboard curtains. Some forgotten, some stacked neatly out in the open for everyone to view and admire. It struck me that nearly all the books I have…

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A Saturday in October

Oh this week! This week! It has been one filled with too many ups and downs. Hospital visit on Sunday after stepping on a rusty nail, work in Edinburgh and running between beautiful old buildings (whilst the rain was pouring down) and some very exciting publication news (still secret!). Autumn is well and truly here. The colours on the trees have changed and I feel the need to let myself slow down as well. But I must confess…

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Inspiration & a birthday weekend

After a couple of weeks of feeling really meehhh about my creativity, writing and DIY-ing, I decided to just let go and stop overthinking what I should and should not share on the blog. I think the internal blockage came from this idea that all pictures and all the content that I share has to be styled and perfect. But then I started to think differently about the blog and the purpose it serves, for me and for…

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A very English country house

This week we're down in North Yorkshire looking after Patrick's family home - a Georgian farmhouse filled with antiques, curiosa and mixed patterns and colours. What I specifically love about the house is that it neither eschew nor fully embraces any single period; the interior is a mélange of Classical allusion, Napoleon III inspiration and odd pieces passed down in the family for generations. Some rooms are painted in lime green, another pink contrasted with bold stripes and…

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Internal & external recognition

  I have always been drawn to the idea of taking your time - the slow approach to building a home, working and living. I believe in the idea of good work done for its own sake beyond any external rewards or recognition, work and actions done for the pleasure and satisfaction of the feeling of a job well done and knowing that the foundation that you've made is on you and you alone. Yesterday I spoke to…

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Styling Open Kitchen Shelves

There are a few topics that I could never talk too much about, and shelf styling is probably in the tops. Not only are there so many different ways of styling shelves, but it is an excellent way of getting creative and breathing some new life into a space. Finding balance Like a lot of my interior styling, my approach to styling shelves is very much intuitive. But just because I go for what feels right rather than…

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Insomnia & lemon on the bedside table

For the past weeks, I've been waking up at 4 in the morning. It's like clockwork. The clock goes 4 and my eyes automatically open up. And then starts the tossing and turning. Three hours later, I've been awake-sleeping the whole time and waking up is a real struggle. The whole day I try the stay awake, consuming copious amounts of coffee. Not knowing what it is that is causing this, I went on a quest to find…

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Living room revamp

The good thing about travelling is that you get so much inspiration. New impressions, new smells and new colours. So when I was sitting on the flight back home from Gothenburg my mind was filled with ideas of what to do with the house once I came back. The most pressing matter was the living room. Although I love it and it served its purpose for two people, I've always felt that it does not work when having…

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Summer holidays back home in Sweden

So it's been over two - TWO - years since I saw my friends and family, but I finally managed to get myself back home to Gothenburg! A blissful and fantastic ten days of swimming, eating, drinking champagne and travelling all around the Swedish coast. We started the days with some swimming at one of my favourite spots close to Saltholmen and the little island of Ängholmen. We then headed to Bar La Lune for some refreshment (they…

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The feeling of home

Finally being 'home' in Sweden after over two years made me think about spaces that make us come alive. I've always travelled back and forth between Sweden. France and Scotland. Seeing these countries, my friends and families homes evolve and change over time, has been one of my main sources of inspiration. There are places in the world that just make us feel perfectly at ease. Places where we feel truly ourselves, inspired and alive. They are not…

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