House Tour | Upper Majorsgatan |

Tuesday, September 30, 2014










We appear to be suffering the cold that never ends around here. It seems one person gets better one day, only to wake up the next and find it's taken hold of another. And truthfully my shoulders are feeling a bit achy this morning and I fear I might feeling the beginnings of a rumble in my chest and today I slept through my alarm. That never happens, usually I wake up before it goes off. But I have been keeping pretty low key around here as it has made its way through my children, so I am hoping that will work in my favor. 

But onto more pleasant topics. When I saw this flat last night I immediately got a feeling of warmth and coziness from it. It looks like the perfect place to be doing exactly what we have been doing - laying on the couch, putting the kettle on the stove, watching movies, and reading books. I also just love the overall design style of this home. I do love a Scandinavian interior and I am always drawn to the classic black and white with natural textiles and materials look, and I also love mid-century, especially with leanings toward the relaxed and natural designs of the '70's. And this place does such a fantastic job of mixing all of these styles into one very inviting and intimate space. 

Images: Stadshem

Takeout

Friday, September 26, 2014





My events for yesterday didn't go exactly as planned. The cold I tried to combat from developing into much last week seemed to have the upper hand and my boys where sick yesterday with fevers and hacking coughs. So instead of the gorge I stayed home, made soup, snuggled, and watched movies with my littles. I also spent a little time couch surfing during the movies that weren't keeping my attentions or I'd seen for the billionth time. Hoping this weekend we can get rid of this and, knock on wood, that I don't get it! Here are a few of my favorite finds (in order of images).

This amazing free printable calendar from Only Deco Love. I was actually going to make one myself, but I found this and thought it was likely much (much) cooler than anything I would have come up with. 

These adorable wall/door decals from Made of Sundays on Etsy. Do you think one of each would be too much?

I love this space found first at SF Girl By Baythough you can see the entire tour here. 

I am always looking to maximize my space and find storage solutions, so I think these platform bed ikea hacks are pretty clever. I actually thought of trying something like this for M+L's room make-over, but maybe next time. 

Moodboard | Autumn |

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Today I am off to the gorge to help a friend with a project for her market. Now that all of our children are in school (both her's and mine) we can do these these things. But, shhh, don't tell them because  of course there is a pang of guilt - my children looove them and vice versa. The gorge is one of our favorite destinations. Not only because of the people we love that live there, but as anyone who has read on here for any length of time knows, it's one of my most favorite places. Not just in the Northwest, but anywhere in the world (you can see the gorge (here here here here + here). And especially in fall. It's beautiful all year round, though one of my favorite things to do this time of year is to see the gorge in all its autumnal splendor. Needless to say I am looking forward to beautiful the drive (no kids! which also means no frozen soundtrack) and some time with my friend (no kids! which means we can have conversations in which sentences are finished). Is there anything that you especially look forward to in the fall season?

Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

House Tour | Summer to Fall |

Tuesday, September 23, 2014









One of my most favorite times of the year are the short two or three weeks we get here in the northwest where we transition from summer to fall. Where it's not quite summer and it's not quite fall yet (although today it is officially fall here!). It's still warm and dry enough to linger outside, but the hot sun has been covered by lower hanging clouds and a freshness in the air - it's perfect for an outside campfire or a long day of sitting by an open window reading books. This is also one of my favorite times to get out in nature, for all of those reasons, and because the mix of green with the golden tones of autumn is just so stunning. When I saw this sweet little house belonging to Alex Kennedy of Melbourne, I found that it pretty much matched the image I have in my head at times like these when I find myself daydreaming about having a little cabin retreat somewhere tucked away in nature.  

A Room For Two

Monday, September 22, 2014














How the weekends fly now that everyone here is in school! I feel like every time I turn around it's Monday again. We are still adjusting to this school thing. I think M+L are just catching on that school isn't a simple novelty. Last night as I told them they needed to get ready for bed for school in the morning they both declared "No, we don't want to got to school anymore." I get it. But, of course, off they went. 

Although the weekend went fast it was a good mix of a productive and relaxed one. I finally got around to taking a few pictures of M+L's room (aka all-day everyday+tiger). I was really wishing for that wide angle lens I have been dreaming of for years now. I do not know how people get good room shots without one (i don't think you do). Though despite my photography woes I am really happy with the way the room turned out. They have great light in there for most of the day and it feels both bright and cosy enough for a kids space. It also turned out pretty closely as I imagined. The painted walls were definitely inspired by pinterest. Most everything were things that I found via thrift stores or craigslist, or we things already had. The chair was $15 craigslist find that fit the request for pink from Milo. The painted dresser was a side-of-the-road-find that I brought home and repainted - it quickly became my main source of inspiration for the room. The mid-century dresser was a vintage shop find that I bought before I found the other dresser, but I decided to keep it because M+L have quite the collection of clothes. The beds are from Ikea, as well as the shelving, planters, lighting, and frames. The rug was the last purchase. I was looking for an off-white round rug but I couldn't find one that I loved, so I went with this knowing I could swap it pretty much anywhere in my house later on down the road. And of course all their bedding was made by me, this way I could indulge in all linen bedding and design it exactly how I wanted it. 

The rest of the weekend I spent cleaning up and getting ready for the week. I am realizing I need to maybe spend the school hours on Friday doing this so the weekends aren't always consumed by next week preparations. But as I said we are still adjusting. How was your weekend?

A Hint of Fall

Friday, September 19, 2014












I thought of calling this post things i hated this week, but I figured that probably sounded a little on the negative side, even if the title did fit my feelings on this past week. Though, of course not entirely, there were some really good things too. But I am happy the weekend is here. I'm ready to press my reset button.

One of the things I found myself hating this week was finally getting the allergy results that I had done awhile back for Luca. Luckily corn and rice weren't on there because they are great gluten-free alternatives and are in everything "GF". Though after assuring me those were okay the nurse went on to read me a 25 long list of items that he has allergies to. Milk. Sugar. Strawberries. Chicken. Pork. Egg whites. Cashews. Grapes. Potatoes. To name a few. I've been standing in my kitchen staring blankly all week really, really, really wishing I loved to cook and had a 'can-do' attitude about it all. 

The second thing I hated this week was Etsy changed the home page. I have been on Etsy for awhile now as a shop owner, and a long time as buyer. I have to admit, in general, change kind of freaks me out. Or maybe I am a control freak and changes that aren't in my control freak me out? Either way, I've been pretty freaked out by changes Etsy has made over the years. Most of them I don't notice after awhile, or I notice they are actually pretty great changes. And from that experience over the last few years I have learned to welcome changes Etsy implements. This though? I don't understand. The lovely and welcoming storefront curation of the home page is gone and haven't yet exactly figured out what its been replaced with. It confuses me so that makes me nervous for those who haven't spent as much time there as I do. And, if I am being perfectly honest, the front page has been a big part of my product exposure. With that said, my days of being sheepish about self-promotion may be coming to a close with this change. So you all might be seeing me do more of this in the near future and attempting to exercise my social media skills (which are at about zero as of now). Have you seen it? Do you sell or buy on Etsy? What do you think?

The third, and last, thing that was a little sad this week, was our very last tree in the front area of our house fell. When I first moved in here we had the most beautiful old cherry and plum trees and in the last year they have all been cut down due to rot. We had one left, but I guess this guy miss his friends and decided to just call it quits. Luckily we still have lots and lots of trees in every other area around our house. 

Now, on to the positives! Yesterday it rained. I woke up and looked out my window and the site of grey skies and rain has never made me so giddy. It's been awhile. And not only was it rain, but it was perfect rain. Just a very light mist all day long, just enough coolness in the air that I could throw on my boots for the first time in months. While M+L were at school I walked around alone and admired the falling the leaves and how vibrant all those fall tones are against a grey backdrop. Just beautiful! I think I might be excited for the change of season and I have such a long and lovely summer to thank for making me love the fall and rain again.

I found this gem this week on the web and listened to hours of stories while getting lots of work done (if you love 'this american life' you'll enjoy this too).

I also finally got the rug I ordered for M+L's room and so hopefully, with more sun on the forecast this weekend, there will be lots of light for me to take pictures so I can finally show off their new space!

And last night I had open house night for parents at M+L's school so starting next week I will be able to start volunteering in the class! I also got word that there is a pumpkin patch field trip coming up. Oh that first pumpkin patch field trip is always such fun.

I hope you all have a great weekend! See you Monday. xo

House Tour | Ferme Repensée |

Wednesday, September 17, 2014







This beautifully redesigned farm house-turned loft in South of Sweden has such beautiful light and is one of the things that really caught my eye in this home. One of my favorite things about this time of year is that we still have sunshine (or more of it at least. a lot more of it this year), the air still has a hint of warmth, the days are still long and the leaves start to fall. This means that the light can make it's way in my windows a bit more through the trees and I find it falling in all sorts of beautiful ways throughout the day. If I were planning to move - which I am not, but say I was, whether I was looking to build, find an already-perfect-place, or a place to renovate, the light would be one of the first things on my must-haves list. And I would be more than happy to use this home as inspiration. 

Images: Marie Claire Mason; Photographs by: Romain Ricard
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