Scandinavian Christmas

Sustainable, hand harvested, 100% natural, and with natural water repellant qualities. There is so much to love about cork. These coasters/small trivets from Formgatan are smoked to bring out the material’s darker tones. For a list of Formgatan reselle…

  There is something particularly interesting about seeing old images of places one has loved or lived. Johannes Flintsoe (1787-1870) has decorated one of the most famous parlours in the Royal palace in Oslo, fugleværelset. (Her Majesty the queen gives…

 Elvang, a small Danish importer of Peruvian alpaca wool make the loveliest throws, pillows and scarves. And apparently also the sweetest little stuffed alpacas I have ever seen. IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE ELVANG AS WEBSHOP

Perstorp AB is a Swedish business group producing industrial chemicals. In the 1950s one of the founders designed a shopper in plastic.  His grandchild put them back in production in 2006 and the Hinza bags are now considered a modern classic. I was he…

Have you noticed the potted small wispy trees that are ubiquitous in the highly stylized, all white Scandi winter interiors (one example)? Karoline and Bjørnstjerene Bjørnson apparently had a fine specimen as well, as seen here in a photo from their li…

Pick a new soundtrack for this gray Thursday: Vinterland by Laleh Stockholms klockor by Sarah Dawn Finer Nattunn is by Cajsa Stina Åkerström 

In our kitchen, this condiment is to overripe pears what banana bread is to brown bananas. We use it as a substitute for the Swedish staple lingonberry jam or rowan berry jelly. If a recipe calls for apple sauce, this is a fun twist.  If I want less of…

 There are few things more frustrating to me than items floating about our home without a purpose, rarely used. As a result, I have promised myself not to purchase something new unless I have a specific use or need for it. So for two years I have been …

Have you come across the hashtag novent lately?  It´s a term coined by the mother of Alexandra Malmqvist Olsson for christmas and advent preparations and celebrations in November. The term captured a modern day practice so aptly that it has been submit…