Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Celebrating Therese Sennerholt

Anyone who follows my blog will know that I've got a massive soft spot for Therese Sennerholt and her amazing post cards.  Check out these new celebration cards - don't you just love them?


and what about these less festive but poignant cards...


Monday, 12 December 2011

DIY: Make your own star

I recently came across this lovely Christmas star on the website of the amazing photographer Line Klein as well as on Bungalow5. Frankly they are fantastically easy to create so why don't you have a go:
Create a triangle with three branches. Use wire to line the sticks up to each other in the corners . Make a second triangle, and form a star of the two triangles, as you put them together with thread or wire.

 Images: Line Klein

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Winter wood wonders from Skandivis

Ever so often I will shout about my shop and this it it!  As you know Skandivis is all about the natural world in materials as well  as shapes. We  are loving wood glorious wood! From Christmas decorations and clothes hangers to stunning lampshades all designed by Hanna Francis and inspired by her Finnish heritage

Monday, 5 December 2011

The birds should also feel it's Christmas time

I found this very sweet bird food recipe on Stylisimo.  I did have a go at making it last night with the view of taking photos as I went along. Sadly I have to report that I didn't manage to make it look anywhere as nice as the ones made by Sylisimo so not worthy of featuring here.

Do follow the procedure carefully and you will be laughing. Do not make any short cuts! Believe me the coconut oil really has to cool down before mixing in the seeds! 
Here goes:
  • Melt some coconut fat and let it cool in cold water.
  • Blend in some bird seeds.
  • Once the fat starts to harden again pour in gingerbread shapes
  • Make sure to make a hole for the cotton I used small birthday candles but anything will do.
Once set hang out in the garden for the birds to feast on this Christmas!

Via Stylisimo ( Idea from the magazine "KK Julen" / Images: Nina Holst

Friday, 2 December 2011

Print your Christmas tree this year

As we are a family on the move at Christmas it has always seemed too wasteful to buy a proper  tree so the Idea of creating my own really appeals to me. HP has come up with their take on the Christmas  tree. All you need is a printer and 18 sheets of paper.  Check here  how it is done!

Thursday, 1 December 2011

How to make a Nordic star

The braided star is a Nordic staple at Christmas and something we all got together to make when I was a child.  I just love this less traditional take on the Star and think it will make the perfect gift when visiting friends in the run up to Christmas. I came across these particular stars in Bo Bedre where you will also be able to find the instructions.  Any material will do! I'm going to give it a go with some old newspaper   

Photo Christian Brun

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Divine design

I am all about purity in design so imagine my excitement when I came across these amazing images from a church in Eastern Bohemia.  The Czech designer Maxim Velcovsky has used design classics like the Verner Panton chair and customizing it with a punched crucifix - work of a genius I say!

 images via Dezeen                                                                                                    

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Skandivis loves Signe Pling's DIY project

I often find craft to be a bit twee so you can imagine my excitement when I came across this very contemporary DIY job on Nordic Bliss. I literally can't wait to get my hands on some concrete!
The candle holder is made with the help of concrete, a bread tin and the creative genius that is Signe!  

Check out the instructions below.

This is what you need:
Ready mixed concrete
A bread tin
cling film
4 tea light
Coarse sandpaper

And this is how it's done:

Cover your bread tin with cling film and fill in the desired amount of concrete. Remove the candles from the foil of the tea light and place them in the concrete making suitable spaces between them as you go along.
Let it dry. 
Once the concrete has dried lit all the candles and let them burn down.
Take some coarse sandpaper and sand down the area until you are able
to place another tea light in the hole.

Have fun!

Source Signe Pling via Nordic Bliss

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Slow start on Christmas

Every year around the time when people start fretting about the days getting shorter I actually come to life! I love the darker days and get "busy" cuddling up with a blanket and a good book or start nest building and making some seasonal changes to our home.  Candles on the table at all meal times become the norm and is part of what makes this season special.  I might make a subtle start on decorating for Christmas and often find that the first decorations going up stay out a few weeks into January making a nice slow transition to life after Christmas.


The above images are from Bo Bedre and the photographer Kristian Septimus Krogh

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Let's support Movember

Movember is a fantastic charity that not only puts focus on men's health issues but we can also thank them for all the fantastic sprouting of mustaches  around the world  ♡  The aim of the charity is to raise vital funds so if you do have a bit to spare please donate though the Movember website thank you! 

Anyway,  I do love  an eccentric mustache and they often make me smile! 

Mugs from Peter Ibruegger  Cushions from Urban Outfitters

Monday, 14 November 2011

DIY tip: Have a go at wall decorations

With the build of my home office now complete I am constantly on the lookout for new ideas and inspiration on decorating. Faced with three white walls I do need to get cracking! L o v i n g  this gorgeous butterfly tree and seriously considering giving it a  go!

This DIY tip is truly the stoke of a genius and comes via  Stylizimo where the full instructions can be found.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

If you love it frame it!

I'm someone who isn't very good at displaying family photos! Guess I didn't want my home looking too old school. But heavily inspired by these family walls I might start framing my family too!


Found on the amazing Emma Design Blog
1. Ica Carlsson    2. Pinterest 3. Scandinavianretreat

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Shop of the week "Designer Zoo" Copenhagen

Designer Zoo is the brainchild of eight young Danish designers and is located on Vesterbrogade which is a very cool area in the middle of Copenhagen. The Zoo has got a definite creative wipe and is so much more than just a shop! It is the place I always check out whenever I'm in Copenhagen and I love browsing and soaking up the atmosphere. It effortlessly functions as a design gallery and houses eight workshops under the same roof. You are able to buy a very diverse selection of Danish design, craft and art products, created by the house's own designers but also work by 20 invited designers. I think the Designer Zoo is a dynamic exhibition space that reflects some of the best Danish designs today.




Thursday, 3 November 2011

The Lovely Riiput Christmas Decorations

Yay! Very happy to see our unique Riiput Christmas decorations featured in the December issue of Elle Decorations. The Riiput is designed and made by the talented  Hanna Francis. Hanna was born in Sweden to a Finnish mother and English father and moved to England after spending her early childhood in Sweden. Hanna's fascination by nature combined with her Scandinavian heritage is evident not just in her designs but also her choice of materials. The the Riiput Christmas decorations,  KAJO lampshades as well as OKSA clothes hooks are all made from wood. Sustainability is important to  Hanna and she has taken great care in the design and development processes in order to achieve sustainable products.          

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

"Oh So Fine" Shop of the week

On my travels online I often come across some amazing Scandi shops and this has prompted me to start  a weekly column dedicated to weird and wonderful Scandinavian shops.  This week I would like to introduce you to the newly opened  "Oh So Fine" Hope you'll like it too! The owner of  Oh So Fine  Mette Bonavent sells very unique limited edition handmade oak blocks with a pattern burned into the wood. As each piece is unique, not two products will look alike!  The blocks are handmade by Mette's  friends at the Copenhagen Joinery. The paper cuts are limited editions by Rosenberg Bogtryk and it is even possible to have them custom made for special occasion. Do check out the too! All illustrations are printed in Denmark using recycled paper and vegetable ink!

Images via the amazing Bungalow5.dk

Friday, 21 October 2011

"Black On White" Posters

My posters of the week are the fabulous "Black On White"  created by the Swedish artist Nadja Moufid. The posters were made especially for Save The Children (simply had to buy them!) and can only be purchased from the Swedish Save The Children's website

 images via Appartement Shop

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Loving the Milk table light

I have often been asked where to place the charming Milk table light so here are a few ideas for you! The Milk light is designed by Rønn and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen owners of  NORM Architecs Copenhagen.

Images via the &Tradition website
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