Tuesday, 30 October 2012

A house in Sweeden

You have probably seen images of this house all over the web already, especially since it is now for sale at Valvet Mäklarfirma, but I couldn't help myself! 

The first image that called my attention was the little toilet at the entrance. The black and white scheme, the old doors, the old tiles (just like at my grandmother's) and the wire basket holding the toilet paper rolls (I'm going to copy that idea). In all honesty I got a bit confused, while looking at this house. 
You can read Scandinavian in the predominance of white and in some details: like the art wall in the work place, the chairs in the atelier, the lamps, the pillows in the living room... But the rest is so eclectic, I even got a Portuguese feeling coming out of it . It moved me in such a way that I decided to make this post. 
Then, as I was preparing it, I decided to "try" (because it's in Swedish) to read a bit of the house description, and there was something that I could actually understand: the tiles ARE Portuguese! I feel ashamed of my ignorance so I'll just hide for a few seconds and blush. 

Anyway... hope you like it and you can see all the pictures here.

all images via Valvet Mäklarfirma

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Saturday, 27 October 2012

First frost

We are getting some cold winds from the north, and this is what happens.
Have a great weekend, I'll be having a cold one!

all photos by me

Friday, 26 October 2012

Scandinavian style - Tenka Gammelgaard's home

via Idha Lindhag
Today I'm making a "2 in 1" post. After posting here René Redzepi's home pictures, taken by Idha Lindhag, I continued to explore her portfolio and came across some pictures of a home I had seen spreading all over the "blogosphere". It is the home of Danish artist Tenka Gammelgaard (on tumblr) photographed for Casa Vogue. She expresses herself, in her home like in her art, in black and white, and that is a marvellous thing to see. 

More or less at the same time, I got in my mailbox the 2012 catalogue from Louis Poulsen - "Louis Home". And, for my surprise, there it was Tenka's home again. Only this time it was featured as the perfect scenario for Louis Poulsen's lamps. They chose black and white examples of the most emblematic and wonderfully designed lamps they produce (like the AJ lamp, the PH artichoke, the PH 50, the Panthella and the Wohlert) and placed it in Tenka's home like they have always belonged there. 

I thought it would be interesting to take a look at pictures from both sources.

                      via Idha Lindhag                                                        via Louis Poulsen

via Louis Poulsen

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Sunday softness

I start everyday with a morning ritual that includes a mug of strong coffee and a visit to Pinterest. And one of the things I love most, when looking at all the pins from people that I follow, is that you can sort of "connect the dots" and find an harmonious connection between pins from different people and different sources. I call it: the pin mood of the day. Today I woke up to a Sunday of soft images and tones of grey, beige and pink.

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Saturday, 20 October 2012

Impossible things...

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I, for example, believed that today was Friday!
Have a good weekend everyone and believe in as many impossible things as you wish.

Friday, 19 October 2012


When the days start getting shorter and darker, and it's cold and raining outside, there's nothing better than a warm cup of tea and some sort of "munchies" while watching a good series on TV. And there's no better "munchie" for this than scones. My problem was that I didn't really like the recipe I had. The scones would get very compact and hard. I swear they could make a hole in the wall if I had thrown them. So I asked my sister if she had a good scones recipe that I could try. She gave me the one I'm posting here and I'm very happy about it. Done it twice now (in a week!) because it's so easy and quick to make, and the scones are delicious. Even Emil, that is normally picky with this sort of food, loved them. 

3 cups of flour
2 tea spoons of baking powder
½ tea spoon sal
125g (half a pack) butter
1 cup milk
1 egg

1 yolk to brush on top of the scones.

Mix very well all the ingredients in a bowl. Pre-heat the oven at 180.C. Shape the scones and placed them on an oven tray covered with cooking paper. with these quantities I made 9 scones, but I like them big(ish). Brush the top of the scones with the remaining yolk. Goes to the oven at 180.C for 30 minutes (more or less depending on the oven).

I love having them right out of the oven, with butter and my home made jams, and when no one is looking I also add some whipped cream (shame on me!).

all photos by me

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Grey inspiration

Outside is grey and rainy. So I chose a few inspiring images in tones of grey for today's mood.



Sunday, 14 October 2012

Scandinavian style - Nordic Wool ceramics

Nordic Wool is a collection of thermo cups, designed by Pernille Vea for Menu, inspired by the patters of the knit sweaters traditional in the Scandinavian countries. I've made a post about knitted covers for furniture and now I found another fun way of including the warm cosiness of knitting in our homes.

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