Friday, 28 March 2014

Kids Bedroom | creativity in vintage and blue

Who said that a little girl's room must be pink?! 
This girl wanted a blue room and she got it... and it's not less feminine because of it. 

With a sweet romantic and vintage atmosphere, this room is full of great ideas to anyone looking for inspiration on how to decorate a girl's bedroom.

All the furniture is painted white, creating a neutral base that will hardly need any changing as the child grows up.

Blue tape on the white painted floor makes for a fun and imaginative area rug.

Pillows are always a great idea. They can transform a bed into a cosy and inviting sofa during playtime. And just by changing their covers you can have a completely different styled room.

The walls come as a perfect canvas to reflect one's imagination.
The wall board next to the work desk is made of a patchwork of various fabrics and patterns. And a collection of different frames, painted in different shades of blue are perfect to keep the little one's works of art and all sorts of personal mementos.
images source: BoligLiv
photography: Lene Nissen

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Black and White | Home Shots

A little bit of black and white around the house.
(and my birthday present is always better with new shoes!)

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Lotta Agaton's Home

Some amazing photos from Swedish interior stylist Lotta Agaton's home, taken by Petral Bindel for Ã…hlens Magazine

My favourite is the first beautiful is that space,  so simply styled in black and white, tones of grey and light wood.
photography: Petra Bindel
images source: Lotta Agaton

Monday, 24 March 2014

Retro Kitchen Styling

Today I'm sharing this Kitchen style for Fantastic Frank in the most adorable retro way.

I'm loving the walls all covered in white subway tiles and white retro cabinets, and the graphism of the black and white floor tiles. Plus the plants and flours, which really had a feeling of Spring freshness to it.
images source: Fantastic Frank

Friday, 21 March 2014

Daniella Witte | styling Spring for IKEA

As I have mentioned before, I love the photography and styling of Daniella Witte, and follow her blog (which recently moved to here) religiously. 

So thought you might like to see her Spring photos for Ikea's Livet Hemma blog. 
If you follow the link you can find more photos, where not only you can get inspired by her beautiful photographs, but also find the identification of all IKEA's products that she used to style them.

I, myself, have been contemplating the idea of buying a small tree to have at home. Either a lemon or an olive tree... the fact that I tend to kill all of my plants (at an alarming speed!) is holding me back though.
photography and styling: Daniella Witte

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

IKEA PS 2014 | creating a corner

Today I'm sharing the easy chair, designed by Ebba Strandmark for IKEA's 2014 PS collection. It's comforting to see that in a collection "designed for a young, urban crowd on the move" there is still hope for the idea of a phenomenological home and it's spaces of dream. 

"Every corner in a house, every angle in a room, every inch of secluded space in which we like to hide, or withdraw into ourselves, is a symbol of solitude for the imagination; that is to say, it is the germ of a room, or of a house."
- BACHELARD, Gaston;  The Poetics of Space -
image source: Design Milk

Sunday, 16 March 2014

[ moss-grown ]

While I was out enjoying one of the wonderful Spring days we had this month, I couldn't help but stop and take a few photographs of these beautiful mossy tones on a very weather-worn patio.

green and grey mossy tones of an old wooden bench in a weather worn patio
green and grey mossy tones of an old wooden bench in a weather worn pati
green and grey mossy tones of an old wooden bench in a weather worn pati

Friday, 14 March 2014

wall pocket | DESIGN CRUSH

I have a confession to make. I absolutely love pockets. I know it's not the most glamorous thing to do, walk around with my hands in my pockets, but I can't help it. If I had the faintest idea of what to do with a needle and thread I would add pockets to all my clothes...I'm not joking. 

I also have a weird eccentric relation with my winter jackets' pockets. I tend to use them to keep an assortment of little things I collect from many different places. A button that fell off my shirt, little folded papers, a small pebble I picked up on the street and, my absolute favourites, hard candy, caramels or lollipops someone gives me for whatever reason. I keep them there because I inevitably forget about them, and every time I put on that jacket and put my hands back in those pockets I rediscover what they are hiding. It's like I'm tricking my brain to be surprised over and over again with these simple everyday things. And I love that!

So, how happy do you think I was when I discovered this wall pocket... a pocket for my home! It's like taking my little quirks to a whole different level. Designed by Copenhagen based design studio Herman Cph,  with the wonderful simplicity characteristic of Scandinavian living, the wall pocket is a practical solution for small spaces or a wonderful poetic one for any space.
images source: Herman Cph

Thursday, 13 March 2014

all white apartment | SCANDINAVIAN STYLE

An amazing apartment in Sweden, styled by Fantastic Frank, ALL in white!
I know many peoplewill find it cold or sterile, but to me it's just perfect. I could live like that...surrounded by white. Especially in that fluffy and oh! so inviting white bed...

And how nice is that idea of turning the books with their spine to the back so all you can see are the white/nude pages?

interior styling: Thomas Lingsell. 
photography: Emily Laye.
images source: Fantastic Frank

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

nude tones | SNAPSHOTS

Lately, I've been very much into nude tones combined with greys, black and white. 
And I noticed, that without really planning it, part of my kitchen has become a display of ceramics and ingredients in those same tones. 
So I grabbed a few of those things and took some quick shots.

I'm thinking of framing one of them and have it in the kitchen now!

photos by | life as a moodboard |

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

LABO | design crush

By Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri, from design studio Something, Labo is a collection of glass lamps inspired by instruments one could find in a chemistry laboratory.

I like the rather simple details of it all and the fact that the structure of the lamp itself, by being made entirely of glass, is also a lighting element.

images source: Something

Monday, 10 March 2014


A small, but full of character, home work space to start the week
...because, on Mondays, one needs an extra 'push'.

Love the table with the black and white tiles on top, and the hanging magazines to have your inspiration always at hand. 

images source: Stadshem

Sunday, 9 March 2014


To celebrate the 120th birthday of Danish architect and designer Poul Henningsen, the lighting company Louis Poulsen has released a copper version of the iconic lamp PH 3½-3.
Available only from the 1st of March till the 30th of May.

Like they say in their advertising pages: "It's now or never".

images source: Louis Poulsen

Thursday, 6 March 2014

VASE SELECTION | in the mood for Spring

With Spring almost here, I'm feeling the urge to bring inside some greeneries and flowers.
I especially like little vases where you can put a single flower or twig. 
It looks beautiful in a minimalistic way, and demands a lot less maintenance. 

Hope you like my small selection...

image source: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Monday, 3 March 2014

sonhos | Portuguese RECIPE

I want to share with you the recipe for a traditional Carnival treat from Madeira island. They are called 'Sonhos', which means dreams in Portuguese. And the name is quite fitting because they are a hollow and light, deep fried dough dream! My grandmother used to make them this time of the year, and it was one of my favourite things when I was a kid. I would sit in front of a plate full of 'Sonhos', heavily drizzled with sugar cane molasses (as it is traditional on Madeira island), and the rest of the world would just stop existing until I was finished with them. And... well... apparently that hasn't changed! I made a bowl of 'Sonhos' yesterday afternoon and none lasted the night. 

It was the first time I tried making these, so I actually over fried a few until I got the oil temperature right (and yes, I ate them anyway). I got the recipe and instructions - old family recipes always come with lots of instructions - from my mother and I'll do my best to explain it all properly here. But a piece of advise before I start with the recipe per se: having a male specimen with strong arms close by might come handy. 

you will need:
a bottle of vegetable oil for deep frying (I used sunflower)

½ cup water
½ cup milk
1 table spoon butter
2 lemon peels
1 cinnamon stick
pinch of salt

1 cup flour
2 tea spoons baking powder

4 eggs

making the dough:
Mix the baking powder with the flour and reserve.

Put the water, milk, butter, cinnamon, lemon peels and salt in a medium pot on the stove. As soon as it starts boiling, move the pot away from the stove and remove the cinnamon stick and the lemon peels.

Add the flour, all at once, to the liquid and stir vigorously, with a wooden spoon, until it forms one big ball of dough. And this is when another person might be useful to help. One should hold the pot firmly, while the other stirs. Then let the dough cool down (about 10-15 min).

Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing it very well in between. And again, help is very welcomed here. The dough will no longer be like a ball but just a gooey, sticky thing. Let it rest for 30 min.

frying the dough:
The oil should be at about 160.C, but I don't have a kitchen thermometer so I had to adjust between batches. I found out that something between n.3 and n.4 on my electric stove was the ideal. The reason why you don't want it to be very hot is because the dough needs to stay in it for some time. There's a fascinating  process that needs to be completed before you can take them out. 

With a table spoon grab a bit of dough, more or less the size of a walnut. The dough will almost triple it's size while frying, so you don't need to put a lot to start with. With a quick movement of your finger (but carefully, we are talking about burning oil here!) drop the dough in the oil. You can do this 3 or 4 times, depending on the width of the pot, but keep in mind the dough will need some space to move around. I put 3 pieces at a time. 

Now the funny part - the dough will turn itself around, no need for micro-managing it, and eventually the outside will burst and dough will come out and start frying too. This should happen once or twice, and it's what will make them so light and almost empty inside. All you have to do is pay attention and remove the 'Sonhos' from the pot once this process is finished (meaning: if they start getting too dark and haven't done anything interesting for a couple of minutes). Put them on a plate covered with kitchen paper, to absorb some of the oil, before placing them in a bowl, plate or tray. And finally, just let them cool down before eating (or do as I do and risk a stomach ache...don't judge).

Like I mentioned before, I eat them with sugar cane molasses... to me that's the pinnacle of delight. But I'm not sure how easy it is to find that in other parts of the world. And also it may be one of those...ermm...acquired taste situations. So, an alternative, also typical from Madeira island, is to have them with a sugar and lemon syrup. Though personally I find that disgusting... 

photos by | life as a moodboard |

And that's it. Not all that complicated. 
I thought at least my Portuguese readers might like to give a try. 
If you do, I'd love to hear about it!

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