Love it // Maarit Mattanen Koivu Birch Vase

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From finelittleday.com

It’s no secret that I like to buy myself flowers. Every Friday I bring home a bouquet to brighten things up a bit. Occasionally, I’ll find some pretty branches out in the yard and display them inside. I can’t wait for the quince to bloom!

I sometimes end up with more flowers and foliage than I know what to do with. I’m short on vases, so I’ve been looking for some new additions. This beautiful handmade vase by Maarit Mattanen has caught my eye and won my heart! I love birch trees, and this ceramic vase captures the look of birch bark so beautifully. The neutral palette makes it easy to work into any room. Each piece is slightly unique. A special treasure all your own!

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Take Me Home // Lund Apartment

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lvardagsrum.jpg_Thumbnail3I spend a fair bit of time looking at real estate. It’s not like we’re in the market or anything, I just like to see what’s out there. And I do mean out there. I harbour wild dreams of uprooting the family and going to live somewhere else for a year or two. It’s definitely something we think about more and more, so it’s fun to go looking for places to live in the event that we take the plunge.

Needless to say, I stumble across some pretty wonderful homes. I’m not looking for brand new, luxurious pads, but for character, charm and light. I can’t tell you how often I bemoan the lack of interesting architecture, historical buildings and personality ’round these parts. There are exceptions of course, but they are rare.

When I find a place like this one in Lund, Sweden, I just have to share! So much natural light through all those windows. I love that they have meshed the old style with the new. The beautiful old kakelugnen make me swoon, and it’s always fun to play spot the Ikea to remind yourself that great style at home doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

lvardagsrum2.jpg_Thumbnail3 sallskapsrum.jpg_Thumbnail3I really like that wicker furniture, which surprises me… but I think it lends a natural and light-hearted air to the room, especially in combination with the whimsical Ikea Makros lamp and the stunning kakelugn.

kakelugn.jpg_Thumbnail3 lkok.jpg_Thumbnail3Why can’t my kitchen window come down so low? In fact, why can’t all of our windows be so large and grand? Here we are in one of the rainiest, greyest places in the world, you think that we’d want enormous windows to let any tiny ray of light in. I love the painted white floor in this kitchen, and the tiled walls would be so easy to keep clean. Imagine it!

lbad.jpg_Thumbnail3 utsiktenALT2.jpg_Thumbnail3 lbalkong3.jpg_Thumbnail3I can see it now! Breakfast out on the deck, surveying all the other amazing old buildings from my perch. Ahhhhh! Quite a contrast to the view I have now of the kid spitting at the bus stop. Sigh!

The best part? It’s for sale!

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Cozy Days

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Cozy DaysDecember is upon us, and the urge to hunker down and bundle up becomes stronger with each passing day. These lovely things are perfect to make your heart happy on a winter day. Cuddly faux furs, soft cashmere and mohair, and all the accoutrements of winter comfort.

Clockwise from top left:

Diptyque // Feu de Bois Candle

Indigo // Faux Fur Throw

Acne // Raya SH Mohair Dove White Knit

Club Monaco // Martine Hot Water Bottle

Pendleton // Grand Lodge Mug

Nils Frahm // Spaces

Smith’s // Minted Rose Lip Balm

 

Holiday Decorating // Story North

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It’s time to start thinking about decorating for the holidays! Perhaps some of you have been at it already. It can be hard to resist, but I always wait until December. That doesn’t mean I can’t start picking up a few things here and there to get me started! I’ve just had a peek at Story North, to see what sort of pretty things I might like to put up around the house. I seem to have no trouble finding many ways to spend my money there. Here are my top five holiday decorating picks from the Story North shop. Each of these beautiful items would make wonderful gifts, too! For me, especially. (subtlety is not my strong suit)

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OYOY Tippetop Candle Holder

OYOY Elf

Kahler Urbania Light Houses

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Skandinavisk Glow Slow Candle