Memories through props

styling anna mårselius 1 styling anna mårselius 2 styling anna mårselius 3 styling anna mårselius 4I had planned to get a very unusual and glamorous start to this week by attending some of the fashion shows of Stockholm Fashion Week but ended up staying home with a sick small one instead. Tucked her in and started the race of organizing and unpacking all props that are always on the move from and back to their shelves. Most of the time I don´t even have time to unpack before I need them again but a goal for 2017 is to get things more sorted for an easy overview. Many of the props have been around for a long time and bring back so many memories with them. Several things in these images are still with me and have been used for so many jobs over the years. I have trouble parting from things that I love and tend to keep them longer than planned but as long as there is space on the shelves…This job was actually one of the very first I ever did. A photo shoot here at home together with photographer Kristofer Johnsson who I so enjoy to work with. I had made that 1×1 m plate the day before putting white tiles on one side and leaving the other in it´s natural costume of wood.

Just a few notes of some of the things in the images:

In pic 1: the gold mayfly necklace is a gift from my sister, the green vase I got from Lotta (Agaton) when cleaning out her props shelves one day on my internship with her 6 years ago, the Hermès soap I got from a close friend, that big pair of scissors looks even bigger in real life and I had rented it especially for this shoot.

In pic 2: The grey bowl has been with me for many years and we bought it in NY. We actually bought two, one for us and one for my parents. One of those gifts that are not really fit to go in your suitcase but luckily we made it. Several of the small glass bottles and the grey little box, again gifts from Lotta´s props shelves. The pink beauty I can´t remember the name of but I love how it looks like a small Japanese cherry tree in blossom.

In pic 3: That basket from Granit has been with me for so many jobs, a loyal friend. The three black stones I got from our friend´s daughter who had collected them for me as she knew what my job is about and was hoping to contribute. So sweet and thoughtful. The Maison Margiela Russian Dolls I had wished for for a really long time when receiving them as a gift and love them equally much today.

In pic 4: This one I actually made with the hope to send it to Granit so that they could see my work and hopefully would want to work with me. Back then I did many jobs without having an assignment but did pictures with photographers hoping for someone to want to pick up on them in the end. Funnily enough Granit sent a reply saying they had just done images very similar to this so that was that. But I had to start trying somewhere, right? The first two images where later published in Elle Decoration DK. So all turned out good in the end and all of these memories I keep close to my heart still today.

January: On my mind

Trying to shake myself out of holiday mood with a list for January. A good fresh start but also a continuation of many things already in the process. I really do like January as it gives you a reminder to evaluate and consider possible changes. Not that that isn´t something for all months of the year but you know – resolutions and all. I try not to give too many of those as it mostly causes unnecessary pressure on my end (always put a lot of pressure on myself anyway) but like to summarize good and bad of the past year and put some hopes and goals for the upcoming one. This list is not about that but at least a mood for January. Here we go:

travel JanuaryTravel: Since I just spent a month long holiday in Los Angeles it almost feel presumptuous thinking of more but of course…one can always dream…We have friends who are currently traveling parts of the world and the other day on Instagram this amazing place turned up – Las Coloradas in Mexico. The pink lakes look almost too amazing for being true (but they sure are) and are only about a foot deep. Would love to see this live! Not to mention using it as location…

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Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 02.48.20Shoes: It´s unfortunately not going to happen but found these shoes via one of my absolut favorite bloggers – Elin  Renck – and am sure that these babies would look good on me too…As I´m not wearing much more than black and then some black, accessories like these are gold. Literally speaking. Soon on sale please?

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Flower:
 Of course it has to be tulips for what they represent with upcoming Spring and the beauty of all different colours, shapes and sizes. I only wish that they would last longer…

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Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 03.12.39Outfit: As I´m now back home one of the first things I will do is to clean out and organize my closet. Mostly it´s about realizing I´m not the size I once used to be and instead of being ashamed I will embrace new facts until or if even when things would turn back in time. Want to feel comfortable where I am now and that is certainly not in things that are too tight, short or young for my age if there is even such a thing (I vote yes). Probably not aloud to say so but nevertheless, no-one looks good in shorts aspiring for thong or see-through clothes leaving nothing for imagination. What I need right now is just a classic white shirt that works for Monday as well as Saturday night.

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amangariOutdoor space: The outdoor space has without doubt for the past month been the terrace on our roof with views over the Pacific one way and the mountains on the other but as some of you have seen already on the blog and Insta this place really got to me and I really hope to experience it someday. Turns out at least two of my friends have already been there and both witnessed the pictures tell no lie. See more here and here. 

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office januaryOffice: I´m desperately trying to find the source for this image as I know it so well but currently have a holiday head and can´t find it. What I love is not the minimalism, could never do that no matter how much I tried, but the light and the choice of materials I really like. Let´s hope that 2017 will be the year I´ll find my dream office.

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words januaryWords: Can we just agree on that? We don´t always get there but we can at least try. If it´s helping others or achieving something for ourselves. All we can do is try and try and try.

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food januaryFood: As much as I love cooking I´ve never tried making Ramen and oh how I love it. One of many things on the to-do-list.

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book jan
Book:
In a big fan of architect Josephs Dirand´s work so am really looking forward to this piece being released in March 2017.

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sustainable janSustainable pick: Velour is the first jeans producing brand that fulfills all criteria for a ”Svanen” approval. Svanen is one of the most difficult environmental friendly labels to get within the Nordics so it´s great to see that even in this specific field there are ways to achive sustainability. I´m definitely a jeans girl myself so now all I hope is for Velour to start producing jeans for women as well and for other brands to follow their lead.

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music januaryMusic: I´ve been listening to a lot of music while on holiday. I always do but when having more time I love going through what I´ve missed. Veronica Maggio (who by the way won Best Dressed Woman of the Year in Sweden at Elle Fashion Awards the other night) is certainly not unknown but this track – Gjord av sten –  I had passed me by and I have not stopped listening to it since I found it a few days ago. Another strong Swedish woman is Seinabo Sey and now latest with this acoustic version Easy. Two very beautiful and moving songs.

In the details

Craving for elegant and clever design that will last a lifetime and more.

All inspo via New York based Luz Ortiz with thanks. 

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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Dark Edition

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I really like the mood of these pictures styled by talented Amanda Rodriguez that where released today for the launch of cooperation between Therese Sennerholt and Melo. Therese is releasing 5 new geometrical prints and Melo a new collection all in black. A really great way for two creatives to meet in a mutual expression. Love it.

To read more about Therese Sennerholt´s collection go here, and for Melo check here. 

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.

Perfect Imperfect

pi 1 pi 2 pi 3 pi 4 pi 5 pi 6 pi 7 pi expi 9 pi 10 pi 11”Perfect Imperfect” was on the wishlist for April and the craving increases seeing these pictures from the book and an exhibition previously held in Canberra on the same theme.  The book is created by Sydney based writer and editor Karen McCartney, stylist Glen Proebstel and photographer Sharyn Cairns. Hopefully it will be with me by the weekend.

Info and pictures via The Design Files with thanks.  

Some Friday links

nina campionino 1fullviktigSome things from this week…

  1. This made me laugh out loud. So well written and oh how I can relate. Nina Campioni´s  top 10 of the most annoying things. You can read it here.
  2. An honest and well needed post from one of my favorites, Emma Elwin. We should never be ashamed of our bodies and hopefully with something like this we can be reminded that there is beauty in everything. You can read about it here. 
  3. Today Ikea´s collection Fullviktig is released and I can really recommend the ceramics of this serie. I had the pleasure of doing some short films and stills for this collection a few weeks ago (not the picture above but I think you can see it on the big screens outside of the warehouses and other places). The colours and shapes are so pretty and the story behind it inspirational. Read more about it and see the full collection here.