creating your own narrative

This yellow room. Oh this yellow room. It has been sad to see it go, but a piece of me still cannot part with it. Indeed, creating a home is a long and rambling process. I think, as a way of coming back to ourselves. Creating my home has taken its inspiration from my multicultural background, and the antique (sometimes just old) pieces dotted around Italian tiled kitchens, Swedish wooden living rooms and French stone floored hallways. Passed…

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Renovation updates – the bedroom edition

  After some exciting news the other day, we found ourselves in a bit of a rush to get all the last bits and bobs done with the house. However, when I say bits and bobs I mean everything that we've thought to ourselves "ohhh well, let's just take our time sanding the floors, removing the last carpet, restoring the old floorboards". So when we actually sat down and wrote everything that needed to be done, the list…

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unmotivated-motivated

I've been feeling so unmotivated-motivated recently. Like I have one hundred thousands things I would like to do, but somehow every time I try to tackle something on my list I feel overwhelmed and end up doing nothing. It's not just the case of trying to tackle the big to-do list, but I've also felt very unmotivated-motivated when it comes to inspiration and creativity. Mostly, the fear of being mediocre, producing uninspiring work, and as a result I…

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Wild Mountain Thyme

  On Monday, after some coffee, we packed our bags and headed to Perthshire for a little retreat, staying in a converted horsebox (japp ett hästsläp!) situated in the forest. We spent our days walking, sitting by the fire and eating lots of nice locally sourced food. Even though this past year has been rather lonely in terms of not being able to see friends and family, it was so beautiful and needed to be enriched by nature.…

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Spring daze

April weather in Scotland is always a hit and miss - you'll never know what you'll get. But the past weeks have been warm and almost, ALMOST felt like summer. So yesterday I took the afternoon off, after having bought some freshly made lemonade and beautiful flowers I walked up into the field at the back of the house. Installed myself amongst the long grass, read my favourite book Breasts and Eggs and listened to a beautiful playlist…

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The slow approach to making a home

It can be tempting to rush through the process of putting together a home. I know from experience that living in something unfinished, undone and sometimes incredibly chaotic can be difficult. At times I've thought to myself, whilst flicking through the newest interior magazines, that I should just try and make it look exactly like that picture in front of me. So you start, trying to copy every single aspect of that picture. The initial end product, seeing…

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Longing for summer

After an early morning start, cycling into the market buying some fresh vegetables and flowers, we sat down for a coffee in the garden. For many of us, these past years have been difficult. The world has slowly changed and we have become different people with different lives. The interesting thing is not that life-changing or profound happenings have not come around for each of us before. But, the uniqueness of the current circumstances is that we've had…

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Elderflower spritz & spring afternoons

On days like these when skies are blue and the fields are turning green, it's hard to even imagine that it was snowing last Sunday! The rhubarb is starting to emerge from the soil and our apple trees are slowly opening up their blooms. Right now I am drinking an elderflower spritz - a drink that transports me right back to warm nights standing in a crowded street in the little Italian town Taggia just close to where…

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Life & doctors (the good one!)

Many of you might not know this but for the past four years, I have worked as a Doctoral researcher at a university in the UK. It has been one hell of a ride, but last Friday I successfully defended my doctoral research and qualified as a Doctor! DOCTOR RODI! ME?! I am still in shock! But what a joyful Friday it was!

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Evening sun & shadows

This week has been stressful, to say the least. It has been filled with both rejections and exciting news, which is equally hard and nice at the same time, which exhausts me. I've had no time for DIY, no time to sort the house, no time to paint what I was intending to paint. So today after work, after a walk on the beach with Alva, I made myself breakfast for dinner and got into bed. As the…

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