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2012 COLORS & TRENDS

 
Hello all, hope you have a wonderful weekend. Just popping in to show you a few pics from the fair we went to this weekend.
There's so much beautiful stuff out there and the trend is quite wide, so we have chosen to show you some of our favorites. You'll find a lot earthy tones, rough materials like wood, metal and burlap. Knit is also a huge thing at the moment and preferably multicolored. Of course the "junk" trend is still very much in style and it is mixed with gorgeous patterns and colors and we like it. 
 
Have a great Evening
/Annika & Sussi
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SWEET DREAMS

You know that feeling, when you see something so beautiful, that makes everything around you stand still and you move into this bubble...into this dream like state? Well that's how I felt when I started flipping through this magazine.
I recently discovered the blog Valdirose by Irene, and today she published this gorgeous magazine filled with breathtaking imagery and inspiration, and I just had to share this beauty with you. This magazine will make you have the sweetest of dreams.
 
Thank you for being so talented, Irene....and for sharing it. 
 
/Annika & Sussi
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PAUSE GOURMANDE E-MAGAZINE

Early this spring we were asked by the talented Aurelie, from the gorgeous blog Pause Gourmande en Provence, to contribute to her e-magazine spring edition. The magazine is beautiful and you'll find lots of yummy recipes and great inspiration. So pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy these pages. Thanks Aurelie, for letting us be part of your project. It was really interesting and fun. Have a sunny Thursday! /Annika & Sussi
 
 
 
 

SPREAD THE BLOG LOVE II

 
Last week we where honored with The Gorgeous Blogger award from Smulan, on her beautiful blog Under Mammas Vingar. This blog is a favorite of ours, so you can imagine how happy we felt. 
She had this to say about us (it's in Swedish):

"det har ännu inte kommit en dag som jag inte förundras över er mästerlighet. Annika, dina texter har inte bara en gång utan flera gånger inspirerat min vardag. " It´s like having an endless palett of inspiration"...det är kanske en utav de mest fina meningar jag läst under mina jordsnurr hittills.Om ni skulle göra en bok, så skulle jag säkerligen köpa den. Kreativt, fantastifullt och vackert...Ni har nånting alldeles eget och unikt, och jag gillar eran sång. Och hur jag önskade att få ha en sån blombukett på bordet och en bok med era bilder och text som du har skrivit Annika. Ni gör ett fantastiskt jobb! "

That we felt speechless after these beautiful words, well it would be a slight understatement. We do what we love and that in itself is a great privilege, but when someone comes along and recognizes this and feel touched by it, you can't really ask for more. So, Smulan....thank you so much! 

We'll pass this on to five gorgeous bloggers and answer the five questions that follows this award:

 
1. When did you start blogging?
We started our blog in November 2010. So she is still a baby :)

2. What's your blog about?
Well, we love to be creative and we aim to create inspiration for the home here. It can be an image of something we think is beautiful, a project, or a 'how to' on a flower decoration. 

3. What makes your blog special?
One of our goals is to produce as much content ourself as possible. Don't know if that is particularly special, but it's what makes our blog ours.

4. What got you into blogging?
It's a wonderful thing to be able to inspire other people and we thought this was a fun and interesting way to do it

5. What would you like to change in your blog?
We actually have quite a few changes planned during the next couple of months. We do believe that a blog should be very friendly and we are going to work on that. Then we have a small shop we need to integrate with the blog and we want an inspiration section as well. When we are done with all of that, we have probably come up with a few more things that can be done, as this is the way things work around here. A project is seldom finished before another one starts:) 

We now pass this award on and present to you some of our favorite blogs:
Have a beautiful day! /Annika & Sussi
 


Pause gourmande en Provence

This is a beautiful French food blog by talented Aurelie. Her pictures are dreamlike and so inspiring. Everything just looks so yummy and there is such a feeling of quality and "homemade" behind everything she creates. Don't forget to visit her tumble archive, where you get an overview of all her amazing photos.
 

The art of Aurelia is amazing. She works with screen printing, transfer, embroidery, collage, painting ...well you name it. Her talent seems endless and her creations are so detailed and beautiful....so much inspiration is found here.
 
The Swenglish Home

This is a beautiful garden and interior blog by Swedish Helena, who resides in England. She has such a feel for beautiful spaces and little garden corners and illustrates them all with amazing and gorgeous photos. If you like flowers or need inspiration for your home and garden, this is definitely the place to visit.
 
Villa König
 
Yvonne is the creative talent of this place. You'll find so much inspiration here and her photos are sure to make you swoon. She also has a beautiful shopwith gorgeous vintage finds.

G-STYLE

G is for Gea and style is what her blog is all about. You'll find beautiful things and inspiration here. Her feel for interior and styling is gorgeous. She recently made a book with pictures of her home. Just stunning. Don't forget to visit her shop as well.

SPREAD THE BLOG LOVE!

This last weekend we were honored with a Liebster Blog Award from Ilona, with the blog Tierlantijn. This was a great suprised and since we are huge fans of her beautiful blog and work, it felt a bit special too. Thank you so much Ilona


The purpose of the Liebster Award is to bring new blogs to light and give some extra attention to novice bloggers. It's a great way to share some blog love for each other. 
 
We will now pass this thoughtful award to three other blogs, that we love and think deserves a great amout of attention:

 
First award is for Under mammas vingar. This is the beautiful blog of Smulan, who will dazzle you with amazing photos every time you stop by. She is also a great writer and her inspiring thoughts will stay with you throughout the day.....this place just oozes life.


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The second award goes to Dom with the blog l'art de la Curiosite. This is a beautiful blog and the creative stream is so inspiring. You'll find great paper craft projects and ideas here, but make sure you also visit her gorgeous tumblr archive
 
live a lot
The third award is for Malin over at Live A Lot. She is a great jewelery designer and you will always feel inspired and happy by her pictures and thoughts. Don't forget to browse through her jewelery collection.
 
Have a beautiful Wednesday! /Annika & Sussi

INSPIRED BY DESIGN

This Tuesdays theme over at Fabriken is about favorite designer objects.
I thought this was a tough subject since neither my sister or I are particularly designer/brand oriented. I have a huge appreciation for the craft behind a design, but I'm not the one to buy things merely because it's a known brand. I do, on the other hand, have a soft spot for a couple of brands that has been around for a long time and they continue to impress and inspire me with their aesthetic, design and functionality. For some reason these are all kitchen appliances and I do dream a lot of that kitchen where I can fit all of these things:)
 
Have a beautiful day! /Annika
 
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GORGEOUS PACKAGING

I love beautiful packaging and especially the kind I can keep and reuse as decoration or storage. Sometimes when I go shopping I catch myself wanting to buy products just for the packaging, not really needing the product at all. I like to follow thedieline.com, a package design website. They feature talented designers and you can find links to their work. A great place for graphic design  inspiration. /Annika
 
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1. Packaging design for The Hairy Bikers Designed by Here
2. Packaging design for Queen Mary Tea Designed by Niedermeier Design
3. Re-design of Folgers coffee Designed by Noah Love
4. Packaging design for Moomah Designed by Apartmentone
5. Packaging design for Flour Pot Bakery Designed by Sara Nicely
6. Packaging design for Vi Novell wine. Designed by Atipus

FELTED FLOWERS & WOOLLY CHAIRS

I found these cute projects over at Marie Claire Idees. I like the idea of making something you have look a bit more fun or give it a new look. These flowers are made from felt and I think it's such a fun material to work with, since you don't have to finish of the edges. The chair cover is pretty cool too. I like how the fabric gives it a more practical and rough look, than if it were made from a thin, fine material. You'll find the instructions here: 
 
 
Have a productive and inspiring Friday! /Annika
 


PICTURE COLLECTION PALETTE

Found this gorgeous collection of pictures in the Brown Dress With White Dots tumblr archive. I really love the style of this collection. Have a great Monday! /Annika
 
 

BEING INSPIRED TO CREATE

I often look at photographers and stylists for inspiration. But there is a difference in how you feel inspired. Sometimes you acknowledge the beauty and colors of a picture and then that's it, other times you might feel like redecorating your entire house. But the inspiration I treasure the most, is the one that will make me create something. These inspiring pictures are styled by Lara Hutton, an Australian based stylist. I really love how these pictures make you wanna go bake something, do a little paper mobile or make something fun out of driftwood...maybe your own piece of wall art. Being inspired to create is such an amazing thing and I'm definitely getting the creative spark from these images. What triggers your creativity?
 
Happy Friday! /Annika
 
 
 

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