Love it // IKEA Kullar Flask

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The week before last, I popped into Ikea to look for stuff for my daughter’s 6th birthday party. It’s really hard for me to walk through the Marketplace without overdoing it. Have you seen those really cute Chinese New Year inspired dishes? Gah! Anyway, I have been desperate for a travel mug/flask forever. We have a number of plastic ones that my husband has collected over time, but I can’t stand drinking coffee out of a plastic cup. It ruins the taste, and it gives me the creeps. Ceramic mugs never keep my drinks warm long enough. I just have such struggles!

I spotted the Kullar flask immediately upon entering the mugs and flasks area. The colours are awesome. Kind of a robin’s egg/milk glass blue, with a nice red lid. For $9, I was willing to risk that it may not keep my drink warm long enough, because look at it! It looks like a perfectly preserved vintage flask, and it’s stainless steel inside. No plastic leeching weirdness.

When put to the test, the Kullar flask outdid itself.

I had tickets to see Ane Brun and Linnea Olsson last week. I was feeling under the weather, but there was no way I would miss the show!

At 5:30pm I chopped up some ginger and threw it into the flask with lemon juice and freshly boiled water, and put the lid on it. At 6:30, I left the house, got into the car, and tried to take a sip of my drink. Yowch! Too hot.

I got into Vancouver and decided to leave the flask in my car while we were at the show. After all, a cool ginger drink would be lovely on the drive home. I didn’t get back to my car until 1:30, and the drink was still hot. Piping hot!

That’s right ladies and gentlemen. The Kullar flask from Ikea is not just a good looking vessel. It also keeps your beverage hot for upwards of eight hours. I would imagine it has the same power with cold drinks, but I have yet to test that. Maybe when the snow thaws.

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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Love it // Mika Tolvanen Restore Basket

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Phot from muuto.comJanuary is a weird month. After all the madness and excitement of December, the new year always feels strange, empty, yet full of promise. I’ve been doing Apartment Therapy’s January Cure, a manageable program for getting the year off to a good start with a clean, un-cluttered home. It feels so wonderful to get things in order. The house is extra clean, seems to stay tidy, and I might finally get around the replacing that baseboards that I tore off last April.

Now that I’m halfway through the Cure, I realize that we could really use more ways to store things in an organized way. I have been rather ruthless in getting rid of things that merely take up space, but the bedrooms, the bathroom and especially the living room are in need of functional yet attractive storage.

Enter: Mika Tolvanen’s Restore Basket. It’s polymer felt, made from recycled PET bottles. It’s got a lovely form, and it comes in many colours. I think these would be perfect for housing things like books, my pile of sewing, slippers, blankets… I could go on! The baskets are so attractive in their own right, they look great without being intrusive. Visit Muuto for a vendor near you.

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Love it // Vintage Teak Nutcracker

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Fox and Rook / Danish Teak NutcrackerI am rather smitten with this adorable nutcracker. He’s got real fur hair and lovely big eyes! Winter is the perfect season for sitting around the fire and cracking open a nice big bowl of nuts. Why not enlist this little troll to help you?

This particular little fellow was made in Japan, of Danish teak. He’s a bit more work, but a lot more fun than one of those stuffy old nutcracker soldiers. And guess what? He’s available for sale in the new Fox and Rook shop!

We are slowly, yet steadily adding stock to the new shop. Vintage clothing and accessories for women, men and kids! Vintage housewares, décor, and carefully selected handmade goods. It has been such a joy gathering stock for the shop, and I am really looking forward to watching it grow as we fill it up. It looks rather sparse at the moment, but it won’t for long.

 

Love it // Røros Tweed Blankets

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Røros Tweed BlanketsI’ve built something of a reputation, among those that know me, as a blanket person. I have a somewhat absurd collection of throws, coverlets and comforters. Heaven forbid anyone in this house should not be cozy and warm! Next on my to cuddle in until spring comes again list, are these beautiful blankets from Røros Tweed.

The history of Røros Tweed is both fascinating and heartwarming, you must read it! For decades, their blankets and pillows have been produced in Norway, from the sheep that graze in the mountains, to the artisans that craft their magnificent products.

I love the soft, geometric forms on the Lynild blanket. My heart is always drawn to grey, and I would have no trouble getting cozy under the Myrull or Skog blankets. We’ve been thinking about redesigning our bedroom in the new year, and I think I can safely say that Røros Tweed blankets will be part of the plan. The hard part will be choosing one. Or two.

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