Hi from LA!

Hope you all are having a great start to 2017. Things have been a bit slow on the blog due to holiday in Los Angeles but I´ll make sure to check in here and there anyway. Here are some postcards of the days that have passed. Happy New Year everybody!

1.Pokémon break on Santa Monica pier. We have heard that this spot would be great for Pokémon hunt and the success was total. 2. Waking up to this view every day is just incredible. Need to pinch my arm constantly. 3. Our first lunch in summer heat at favorite Shutters on The Beach. 4. Butcher´s Daughter in Venice, very nice spot. 5. Christmas with friends in Los Feliz. 6. One one side the ocean and the other mountains tops covered in snow. Opposites attract 7. Bike ride along the coast. Love it. 8. Highlights of 2016 #bestnine. 9. Low tide walk in Malibu, Paradise Cove

All pics from my Instagram. 

November: On my mind

Yes I know, 8 days of December have already passed by but didn´t want to miss out on a list for November so here we go:

travel novTravel: This magical camp is not where I´m spending my time at the moment but I am in South Africa (in Cape Town) for a week of work and am super excited as I´ve never been here before. The image is from Singita Lebombo in South Africa, at the border with Mozambique. I would love to travel Africa more and really enjoyed Condé Nasts guide to the best safari lodges and camps. Photo by Adrian Leuw.

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shoes novemberShoes: I don´t know if it´s being closer to a more exotic animal life but I just bought these shoes and love them!! Can pick up any outfit and any day.

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Flower: I used to not like Amaryllis at all but that has changed over the past years and now I love sprinkling them all over our home counting down the days before Christmas.

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outfit novOutfit: All of a sudden I had to think about putting this pale piece of body in summer clothes again and I just missed a similar dress as they ran out of it. Such a shame as that would have been the perfect work outfit for me.

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outdoor space nov

Outdoor space: I unfortunately  can´t show you pics of the amazing location we are shooting at but like in this image it has this incredible sense of no walls between indoor and outdoors, topped with amazing views over Cape Town and the ocean. The advantage of living in a climate warmer than ours.

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Office: In the current issue of Residence Magazine the home of Fashion editor Daniel Lindström is featured. I had the pleasure of styling that job and fell in love with his home office space. I love books and what they add to an interior and this was certainly no exception. Would love to sit there reading and writing.

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words novWords: Those words have been in my head for some weeks as I´m struggling so hard with fear of flying and leaving the kids back home. But I´ve made the decision not to let my fears limit my life and here I am. Super happy about this experience of work yet anxious of getting on a plane in a few hours again. Some day I´m hoping to reach a better balance where fear is no longer an issue.

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food novFood: As much as I enjoy a slice of summer right now I can´t wait to get back to my family for some traditional pre-Christmas celebrations before heading of to some more adventures.

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book novBook: This must be the most blog mentioned book of the month and I´m no different. Definitely on my wishlist.

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gift novSustainable pick: It´s Christmas soon and with that comes Christmas gifts. We are trying to clean out all of the toys, clothes and books that the kids are not using any more to pass that forward to someone who will treasure them more.  Most things still look brand new and deserves more rounds of fun. And re-gifting, I think that is great! Old gifts that where not right for you, pass it forward instead of only buying new stuff.

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music novMusic: I´m having some difficulties with this category this month as I´m currently sitting in the lobby of the hotel while they are vacuuming the floors and are playing crazy high speed lounge jazz. Not much of inspiration to say the least. Christmas music old style has been the only thing I´ve been listening to for the last month as I have really been in a Christmas mood but this cutie from People People was just added to my wishlist when seeing it over at Hanna Wessman. 

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Colours of Marrakesh

marra 1 marra 2 marra 3Ok, yesterday I wrote I had no desire at all to go abroad right now but when I started to read Ulrika´s of Seventeen Doors guide to Marrakesh this morning I have to admit I changed my mind. But who can blame me when the sky looks like it´s going to fall down on you and the colours of that city are just so powerful and bright. You can read the guide here. 

All pics by Ulrika with thanks. 

October: On my mind

I know we have already entered November so it´s a little bit late but could´t resist starting the weekend with a list for October anyway. Happy weekend everybody!

ett hemTravel: Right now I have absolutely no desire to go abroad but would´t at all mind a staycation here in Stockholm. Just me and my love for at least one night.

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burgundy healsShoes: I really want a pair of burgundy heals (not that I wear heals that often, especially not in bed, but still enjoy dreaming about it). Those heals look super thin and will probably cause a fracture but oh how they would make any outfit more fun.

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flowers octFlower: Hortensia has been on the list before but I really love this flower and how changing it´s color can add to every season.

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outfit octoberOutfit: Big knits and good hair, yes please.

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outdoor octoberOutdoor space: Since travel above offered a bedroom view I´m changing the bedroom category for outdoor space instead. This is the way I want to spend the days of Fall.

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Screen Shot 2016-11-04 at 09.59.11Office: Last week I did a photo shoot for Residence Magazine in a home with an amazing home office to be inspired by. I love working for them as it always takes me to amazing places. The issue will be out next month and until then the colours and textures of this space will stay in my mind. It´s an office corner of a bedroom of Mauritzhof Hotel in Münster.

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words octoberWords: Hopefully you are too? To dream is also planning, right? No fear.

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food octoberFood: I´ve only made something with pumpkin once and that was cooking pumpkin soup when living in Paris 18 years ago so I can´t really say it´s one of my signature ingredients. But yesterday I had the most amazing warm pumpkin, sage & almond dish and now all I want to do is try something similar again. This recipe of Maple roasted pumpkin with chili and feta looked really good, maybe something for the weekend?

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Series: Have always had a crush on Sarah Jessica Parker, from Girls Just Wanna Have Fun to classic Sex & The City. So needless to say I was really happy to see her star in the new series ”Divorce” on HBO, so good.

susstainable octSustainable pick: How come all products always empty at the same time? They are not at least by me used in the same way, the bottles are of different sizes and so on but still it seems they follow the same trend. This time I want to find some new products as I have always used the same and found Moonsun over at Make It Last. Good reviews, organic and with high quality ingredients. Please make me glow!

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Music: Solange´s album ”A Seat at the Table” was released in September and has been the soundtrack of my work days since then. One of those albums that put you in a good and calm mood.

Bed linen trend

hemtex

Hemtex, Hotel Selection. 
ellos

Ellos, Koster. 
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Ogland, Barton collection. 

mille notti

Mille Notti, Singolo collection. 

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Melimeli bedlinen to be launched soon

You can see the (new old) trend of hotel looking graphic bed linen spreading at the moment. Unfortunately for me I have to admit as I had come a really far way of developing my own thing with just bedlinen on the exact same theme but I just have to realize that I was too slow….and that it would not make any sense going ahead with this project when so many currently are launching similar things. Things you learn from the process, don’t be too cautious and detailed! It might end up being too late when you are done…Anyway – the good thing is that there are many nice looking options out there at the moment. You will soon see one of them in a styling of mine and here are also some other options if you wish to embrace the trend.

Miramonti Boutique Hotel

miramonti 1 miramonti 2 miramonti 4 miramonti 7 miramonti 8 miramonti 9 miramonti 10Every year this time of year I start dreaming about going to the Alps or way up North to experience nature while changing colors and breathing that super clean crisp air. The Miramonti boutique hotel in the South Tyrol, Italy, passed by my feed on instagram via @smallluxuryhotels and the dream was once again starting. A weekend with that view? Yes please!

More info here. 

A B&B in Italy

bb 1 bb 2 bb 3 bb 4 bb 5 bb 6 bb 7 bb 8 bb 9In addition to Villa La Madonna being high up on the wish list of places to visit this B&B in Puglia, Italy, looks quite amazing too. Masseria Morose designed by Andrew Trotter. See more pictures of this lovely space and outdoor area here.

Photo by Salva Lopez. Place found via Pella´s Pinterest & Sight Unseen with thanks. 

August: On my mind

Can´t believe it´s already the end of August, this summer really passed by so fast. I didn´t do a monthly list for July as I allowed myself to be offline as much as possible but since I really enjoy both reading others and making my own – here´s what´s on my mind for August!

Instagram Anna MårseliusTravel: Summer days are not quite done for me yet as I´ll be heading to France for a few more days of sun to celebrate my Dad turning 70. This trip has been booked for a really long time and since then many sad things has happened in France (and elsewhere) and also in Nice where we are going. Because if that we have really been going back and forth if it´s really a good thing going but in the end we have all agreed that we can’t let the evil of the world stop us from continuing living our lives. It will definitely be there in the back of our minds from time to time but at least for me I have to face my fears instead of hiding and as I really love traveling and am super scared of flying I already have a conflict there. But It won´t stop me, I will always hope for the best even if it means facing some moments of anxiety…

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shoes augustShoes: These ones will soon be on my feet. Perfect while still having some color and before it gets too cold.

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styling Anna MårseliusFlower: Have been craving a big bouquet of white hortensias but still haven´t been lucky to find white ones. The hunt will continue for sure.

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outfit AugustOutfit: Stockholm Fashion Week is currently going on and I´ve never felt less fashionable as I´m just recovering from a cold and have hardly slept so that my eye bags are in need of a bra. This kind of outfit would be the perfect way of transitioning from whatever I look like now to (maybe) looking forward to a mirror.

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bedroom augustBedroom: Would´t mind going to bed in this blue beauty in one of my on-the-wishlist hotels – Hotel Providence, in Paris.

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office augustOffice: Luckily I´m excited about most of my projects but there is one thing that I´m currently obsessing a little about. One part of a bigger project is to decorate a home office with a masculine and executive touch. It´s actually been really hard finding good reference pics to show the client of what I want to do and this probably shows that there are not many inspirational masculine offices out there (online that is). I´m sure there are in fact many and would love to see more of this. Researching it now most of the things you find would then feature lots of heavy wood and old not very fun furniture. Always dark colors and often without finess. I won´t put a yellow desk in there but the setting of this room is not far from reality of the room I´m decorating as it is surrounded by a book shelf like this one. So looking forward to get my hands on this.

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words augustWords: In deed it is. The best challenge of Fall? Keeping the calm from summer holidays and juggle all projects and things in life with some kind of balance.

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food augustFood: Fennel. Our friends who we spent a week with in France with this summer are amazing at cooking. Fennel was used in most things and since then I´m addicted to it. Perfect as a side in many different shapes and forms and great on it´s own as a salad too. Chop it, put it in a pan with some olive oil, freshly squeezed orange juice, dill, some salt and pepper. Easy, quick and so delicious. Find more inspiration here.

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the night managerSeries: Finished ”The Night Manager” two weeks ago and the setting of the last episodes alone are a reason to watch.

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filippa leaseSustainable pick: ”The Filippa K Lease” was launched already early 2015 but being such a great project is still deserves mentioning. I´ve never tried it to be honest but definitely will. Instead of buying something you get to rent it for 4 days to a cost of 400 SEK. A perfect way of trying things out so that you know you actually like it before buying it and like so many other times just end up making it just a closet warmer. But hurry up, the SS16 garment are only available until end of September. Read more about the project here.

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music augustMusic: It seems I have a weakness for men with guitar and longing in their voice, oh well. This song is currently on repeat at home and it is a nice change from Justin Bieber and Marcus and Martinus that the kids are insisting on playing over and over again. In addition to Rivers by Tallest Man on Earth I´m also excited to hear more from band Tiger Lou who soon are releasing a new album after several years of silence. Happy (or melancholy) listening people!

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May: On my mind

Two more days of one of my absolute favorite months to go and here is the list for lovely May. 

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Travel: Right now I don´t want to go anywhere but to our house in the archipelago to enjoy what I love the most – Swedish Spring and summer with nature exploding in all it´s force to the most beautiful green and blooming thing.

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shoes may

Shoes: Would like to find something similar to these, preferably hairy too. Perfect to make a jeans and t-shirt outfit a little more exciting.

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Flowers: Without doubt white lilacs right now. Love the purple ones too and we are lucky to have both in our garden so everyday the house is filled with their amazing smell. Reminds me of the feeling being younger just before finishing school for summer and still gives me that sense of excitement and expectations for the summer to come.

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Outfit May

Outfit: I´m very into everything from Totême and would love to have a summer dress from that brand right now. Classical clothing with no fuzz and details to love.

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bedroom may

Bedroom: Like I said, I don´t want to travel anywhere right now but to our summer house and the view is not far from this one. There is nothing like waking up to a calm like this. We are currently re-decorating a bit in the guest house as well and I´m really looking forward to getting my hands of that properly when we get there.

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Kitchen with doors onto the backyard. Stone was salvaged from same place as the coney isalnd boardwalk. Shelves are reclaimed scaffolding.

Office: A dream! A glass studio in the backyard. Yes please, anytime.

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words may 2Words: That´s literally what I´m doing all the time know. I LOVE spring and feel unstoppable, ridiculously excited and positive. The light, the smells, the freckles, the people coming out from their homes looking happy and equally excited, fun events, long mild evenings and holiday plans just around the corner. What´s not to like? Well, that would be that I´m sick in bed in addition to a crazy hay fever but can´t stop smiling anyway.

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food may

Food: I make watermelon and feta cheese salad almost everyday now and the great thing is that the kids love it too. Adding avocado, mint, lime and red onions looks lovely too so will have to try that tonight.

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Book: One of the most inspirational things I find is to look at hotel design and this book would probably be a nice addition to that. You can find it here. 

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Sustainable pick: Want new towels for the summer house and even though I´ve used these for several photo shoots I still haven´t bought any. Ecological cotton from Craft Collective with the cutest fringes.

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Music: The ”Docks” record of Amanda Bergman has been on repeat since released and recently the new single ”Taxis” came out. Just in case you still haven´t discovered this woman´s incredible voice, don´t miss out. Start with the most amazing track ”Falcons”. You won’t be disappointed.