Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Cabin interiors

Part 2 of my holiday snaps.

Coming home

There is something to be said for coming home after a holiday. This one had its moments - great weather to start with - not unlike those childhood holidays in the 70s (they were always sunny, at least in my memory.)

Waking up to this view every morning wasn't too bad. Even if it was 7 a.m...

Good gates.

The neighbour cabin's shutters. Fab 50's vintage.
Merrily, merrily, etc...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Going away

There's probably going to be a bit of this going on for the next few days. It's time for a little summer trip to the mountains with my family. No TV, no dvds, no cds, no playground... Just radio, books and nature. And hopefully some inspiration for my blog-posts...

See you in a few days!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

New vintage silk cushions

I have a small update on my web shop; Two cushions made from vintage silk scarves, both with similar leaf and shadow print. The blue one is 40cm (16") and the greenish one is 50cm (20"). According to my research on these scarves, they were most likely printed in the late 1940s/early 50s on WWII parachute silk. They are very delicate so I've had to reinforce them with lining.

I have to apologize yet again for not having completed the English version of my site (work in progress!), but if you're outside of Norway and would like to purchase something from my shop, please don't hesitate to get in touch!

Leran pendant lamps

I was happy with my Ikea Foto lamps in the kitchen (bottom pic), but when I saw the Leran pendants at Ikea last fall, I knew I had to have them. Somewhere. So the Foto lamps went. Yesterday. It's taken us that long... Pathetic, really. Anyway, I quite like the warm glow from this rattan material - and it's eco friendly too! (Although replacing perfectly good stuff all the time isn't...)

Our kitchen is old and very worn, which has its charm I think. But sometimes I feel like re-doing the whole thing. I know there are some new kitchens designs inspired by this 60's style. Will have to check those out. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Stavangerflint Tulipan Flamingo

The latest pieces for my Stavangerflint collection: Two gravy dishes in the Flamingo series (oven proof) by Inger Waage. The pattern is called Tulipan ('Tulip'). I have a great love for leaf patterns, and I think these flowers look really 'leafy'. So simple, so beautiful. From ebay, by the way.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Mushroom patterned fabrics

It's not too long until mushroom season is upon us, I guess... I'm not keen on eating mushrooms, but I'm partial to a nice decorative mushroom pattern. The top one is by Åhléns. I think it's part of their autumn collection - they have them on everything from oven mittens to coat hooks at the moment. The second one you might have seen here before (on paper napkins) - it's a tea towel from Almedahls. The pattern is called 'I Svampskogen' and is by David Berckel. My last mushroom fabric is an anonymous vintage one I picked up at a flea market.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Illustrated dishes

I quite like the illustration style and the fun of these dishes. The small one at the top is by Arabia and the second one is by Stavangerflint for Norema kitchens, an annual Christmas plate (1972). They're both wall plaques, and I need to find the right space in the house to hang them up.


Due to popular demand (!) I have now opened up for comments on my blog for non-blogspot registered readers (including anonymous comments) ;-) I apologize for having been ignorant of this possibility all this time.

Coming up to my 1st year blog anniversary this week, by the way...

I would also like to take the opportunity to thank all you guys out there who read my blog and for all the nice comments you send. It makes my day!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Marimekko wallpapers

I'm not really into digital wallpapers and such, but I AM into Marimekko. I was actually surfing their site when I came upon these and thought, hmmm... why not give my boring screen a Marimekko make-over? I'm not sure if this is too bold in the long run, but I'm giving it a go.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Liberace - your personal fashion consultant

I was such an easy target for this book... The intro page reads: "Never underestimate a man in hotpants." Indeed. This hilarious little book consists of 12 'punch out and play' paper dolls of Liberace in outrageous (of course) outfits.

"Cleaning your ring collection? Clothing optional."

It wasn't my proudest moment (although a funny one) when my soon-to-be-2-year-old son pointed at this picture above and said 'Mummy!'

Guess his dad wasn't too chuffed either when sonny then went on to point at this picture and exclaimed 'Daddy!'.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Notes and coffee

I was very happy to finally get my hands on some of those fab Orla Kiely paper goods yesterday. The little book is actually a travel journal, but works just as well as an ordinary notebook.

I also got another Pantone mug, this time in (beautiful) 5757 green. I needed to replace my pink one which by some stupid production mistake got ruined in the dishwasher.

Yellow + gray combo

Some of my purchases in Copenhagen yesterday. I'm a big fan of Havaianas and when I spotted these brownish gray* ones at Urban Outfitters (on discount, even!) I was well pleased. Whenever I'm out wearing high heels I keep a pair of Havaianas in my handbag for that steep hill home. They go with most things anyway and they are so comfortable.

I like the gray and yellow color combination and think this will be great for fall as well as now. The scarf with bird motif is from H&M.

* What IS the correct English name for this color? The graphic designer in me with Pantone fan in hand would probably call it a warm gray.. Could it be 'taupe'? 'Mole'? Anyone?

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Copenhagen trip

I'm going on a short trip to lovely Copenhagen tomorrow. Can't wait! One day of shopping and cafés... Back on Tuesday with purchase posts, I'm sure :-)

From the kitchen

My all time favorite coffee pot with creamer and sugar pot - Flamestone from Dansk, designed by the great Jens Quistgaard (of the teak wine cooler fame, amongst other classics). The small patterned sugar pot is from Figgjo Flint and the design is called Morocco.

I just won an online auction for this vintage Stavangerflint set. Can't wait to get it home!

Here's a little retro treasure from my kitchen:'Mamma - En kokebok' ('Mummy - a cookbook). It's inspired by the Norwegian mum who raised us in the 70s and contains recipes of every day food that most of us (Norwegians, that is) can relate to. It's really cute and nostalgic. (By Heidi Mittun and Torill Haugen for Schibsted forlagene.)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

My little Miss Jay

He was clomping around for ages in these tonight... Bless him.