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April 12, 2015


Seek and ye shall find.

This caught my eye during my walk yesterday.

Lamplighter on a Saturday

April 11, 2015


Hello All,

I’ve been absent lately. I do apologize but a lot of things have been going on. Just wanted to say a quick hello to you. The weather is amazing today, I’m recuperating and my first venture outside my lovely home this week was to Lamplighter. Note to self, don’t even try to go to Lamplighter to seek a quiet cup of coffee on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The coffee is great, the food is delicious but I am not in the mood to hear actual sounds and voices from other people  while I sip my expensive ass mocha espresso. Not. doing. it.

Here’s a shot while I stood in line though.


The Best Breakfast

March 18, 2015




I absolutely loved the breakfast buffet at Story Hotel. I left Sweden when I was 25 years old and haven’t had a Swedish breakfast since then. Waking up at Story was just as exciting as sleeping there. Every morning I had lax, cheese and cucumber on sinfully good Danish bread! I was so greedy that I went back to the buffet to try the yogurt! Swedish yogurt has the best consistency, you can pour it but it’s not watery whatsover. Yogurt looks lonely if you don’t sprinkle some in-house muesli on it. Delicious! Oh did I also mention that had fresh, still a bit warm every morning I had breakfast? Thanks to living in Paris for many years, I know what fresh bread tastes like.
Thanks again to Story Hotel. I highly recommend staying here if you find yourself planning to visit Stockholm. I can hardly wait to return!

The Art of the Sell

March 18, 2015


Hello everyone!

Please check out my latest article on SlowTravel Stockholm. I really loved the art in my room and through out Story Hotel during my trip to Stockholm. In addition to being a bit eccentric, I loved the fact that I could buy it. One doesn’t always buy art as a souvenir. Story Hotel gets props for thinking outside the box..

Read all about! My Stay at Story Hotel

March 11, 2015



I will be forever grateful for my time recently spent in Stockholm to attend the furniture fair. Meeting so many talented Scandinavian designers under one roof is quite a feat but I did it and am now here to share it with you. During my trip I had the opportunity to stay at Story Hotel! They put me up for several days and made my stay an unforgettable one. You may know by now that I love boutique hotels. Story Hotel is more than a boutique hotel it’s quite an experience. It’s chic with a sense of humor. Yes, you will be able to relax in style: a feather top mattress encased in the softest, organic sheets await you after a long day of networking, scouting and seeing the sights. The location could not have been better, I was in the heart of all that I love concerning design, fashion and art. I entered the hotel amid great music playing from the bar/lounge to my right which also has a separate street entrance. It was dark and elegant and I loved it already. I really liked the French doors that opened to room, the perfect size. What blew me over was the sweetest gesture: A bottle of Veuve Cliqeuot awaited my arrival! How did they know that this is my favorite champagne?! What a surprise!

Everything from the exposed concrete wall, to the recycled door/headboard and the art and photography displayed in my room, was more than I had expected. Don’t you love it when that happens?

In the following days I will share more photos from the hotel and of course, design from Stockholm.

My hotel this trip:
Story Hotel

Malmstenbutiken: The Blueprint

March 7, 2015





Hello all,

I’m back! My Macbook Pro is under the weather so the good folks at Capitolmac here in Richmond, came to my rescue. Long story short, I have my trip to Sweden on my Ipad Mini and now I can continue to blog and share my trip to Sweden with all of you. I’ve missed you!

Today, I want to share a part of Malmsten, one of Sweden’s most loved design houses. Known for their timeless craftsmanship, loved for their elegance and simplicity. I will show you more of their furniture but now I want to talk about their shop within the larger boutique. Located in the back on the main floor, I walked into a section that feautred gorgeous ceramics, organic cotton textiles for the home and I wanted to buy EVERYTHING. LOL! That’s the feeling I want people to have when they walk into my boutique. Oh yes, 2016 is the goal for my own shop! I discovered new artists and companies that produce items that are hard to find here in the U.S. Malmsten Butik is design-lover’s paradise and classroom. I learned so much while I stood in awe of all that I saw.

More photos coming!

Skagerak and Danish designer, Christina Liljenberg Halstrom

February 19, 2015

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The designer explaining her creative process.

The designer explaining her creative process. Photo Credit 1st and 2nd photos: Felicia Shelton

This photograph comes from Ikea's site: Livethemma. It was styled by Pella Hedeby.

This photograph comes from Ikea’s site: Livethemma. It was styled by Pella Hedeby.

One of the first design Scandinavian companies I discovered during InstaWalk and Talk at Stockholm Furniture Design and Light Fair was Danish company, Skagerak. Natural materials, check. Clean lines, check. Intelligent Scandinavian design, always, check! One of my main goals upon attending this fair is to learn more about Scandinavian design. I appreciated the use of wool and wood throughout the collection. One of the pieces of furniture that stood out to me is this bench, the George Stool, designed by Christina L. Halstrom. My favorite version is this one I instagrammed at the show. It’s the sealskin edition of the stool. I admire it because it’s quietly stunning.

Ett Hem, An Intimate Boutique Hotel

February 17, 2015




Truly a gift from God, the gods and Em that I attended the private party hosted by Ett Hem. I was there to view Ilse Crawford’s collection for Ikea. A lovely evening was had, I met some incredible people and it was all in a boutique hotel like no other. Ett Hem means “a home” a name so simple and direct. This boutique hotel feels as if you’re actually home, it’s warm, it’s a bit isolated even though right outside its large doors lies Stockholm. There are no more words I’m going to write here. Just look at the pictures I took and I hope that you enjoy. I need to get back to Sweden! LOL.

Sunday Inspiration: Launch Party at Ett Hem in Stockholm

February 15, 2015


It’s insanely cold outside but thoughts of beauty, of great design in stunning surroundings keep the home fires burning. I am so thankful that I got to travel to Stockholm and attend the launch of a beautiful new furniture collection. I can’t stop looking through all of my photos…See you again this summer, Stockholm!

La Vie en Rose

February 14, 2015





As you know, I was invited to attend Stockholm Furniture Design and Light Fair held in beautiful Stockholm. I usually blog for Maison et Objet but decided that I needed to see and do something new this new year. The fair and Stockholm did not disappoint! This fair is strictly about Scandinavian design and I loved just about every designer from Denmark and Sweden with a very special sister duo from Finland.

Now Sweden is not usually associated with color but I kept noticing a particular color, pink, in a lot of places at this fair. This pink was not garish or otherwise loud or childish. There was a worldly sophistication to the various shades of pink that I witnessed in various pieces of furniture, sofas in particular. Here they are, tell me what you think.

1st photo: Offect
2nd photo: Normann Copenhagen
3rd photo: Eilersen
4th photo: The Trend Exhibition at the fair

Photo credits: Felicia Shelton

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