Swedish style

blankie time

Tis the season friends. The time to put on the furnace, grab a blankie and curl up. Read something. Create something. Take a pause. Hatch a plan. Cocoon yourself. 

This is my advice to you. And advice I will be taking. Rest and reinvention.

All of these pretty pictures are from a beautiful Swedish textiles company called Klippan. The line is newly available to Canadians, but dates back to 1879. You know me, I love my history.

Please visit the Klippan web site to see the full array. I'm sure if you drop them a line on their Contact page they can tell you where to buy their lovely things.



frankly fantastic

What a happy little bright corner this is, don't you think? Sure, maybe there are a couple too many pillows, but you see the pillows are the whole point today. Today's post is a little appreciation session for the wild and wonderful fabrics of Josef Frank. I was lucky enough to visit Stockholm a few years ago and on a visit to the Svenskt Tenn design store I was fascinated to see so much of his work. I have a well-documented weakness for fabric and this stuff is just like yummy candy. It's so exuberant and bold and fun and slightly psycheadelic, but somehow it seems to rise above trend. It's always in a never in. The multi-coloured botanical prints have almost every colour imaginable. If you've been visiting 'round here in the past, you will know that green is my most favouritest colour. So imagine how much I like these fabrics. Deee-lightful. When I was at Svenskt Tenn one of the only things I could afford to buy was one of the cute little glass vases in the photo above. Out of the store and back home, it's the kind of thing that looks like it's from Dollarama, but I'll always know it was from Svenskt Tenn. It was designed by Estrid Ericson. The neck of the vase is designed specifically to fit an acorn and the vase is meant to be used to allow acorns to sprout. I like to put a single giant peony bloom in it. But I digress, back to Mr. Frank... One of the most famous patterns is a map-inspired design called Manhattan. Luurv. You can catch glimpses of it in a recent issue of STYLE AT HOME because our ed-in-chief Erin was wed in the Spring in NYC and stayed at the Maritime Hotel. The happy couple's swish suite has chairs in Manhattan. Great-looking hotel, and by all reports the wedding was a magical affair. Lovely! Here's the penthouse suite:

pretty portrait

Portrait love. Remember when I told you how much I adore portrait art? If not, check it here. Meanwhile, enjoy out this yummy example.

source: sköna hem

What's the deal with Sköna Hem? Why does it send every blogger into paroxysms of style bliss? Is it Sweden? Is it the white? Is it the styling? The interiors? My sense is it's all of the above. My question is, what do I need to do to help make the little mag where I work such a roaring success? Also, is the buzz about Sköna Hem supported by healthy ad sales and a loyal readership? Hmmmm. wonder.