In my dreams

Dirand 1 dirand 2 dirand 3 dirand 4 dirand 5 jd 6 jd 7 jd 8The obsession for French architect & interior designer Joseph Dirand continues with this amazing apartment at Avenue Montaigne in Paris. The owner told Dirand ”I want you to achieve your dream; that would be my dream”. I can´t think of a better person to give that interior trust to. Absolutely stunning result as always. You can see more of Joseph Dirands work here, here, here & here.

Photo by Martin Morrell. Via NY Times with thanks. 


February: On my mind

As many times before I didn´t have time to finish the list for current month before the next one starts but since I´ve had this as a draft for two weeks now I´m still going to call it the list for February instead of March. Here we go:

tokyoTravel: I´ve always wanted to go to Tokyo but still that dream hasn´t come  through. My sister and her husband took a weekend trip there some time ago and I don´t know why I forget that it is actually quite easily done. Something to dream about for the future.

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shoes febShoes: How pretty are these green beauties? Would so love to welcome Spring in the perfect emerald green. This kind of shoe seems to be on several minds at the moment, see other versions here and here.

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flower febFlower: Just as I thought our lemon tree had given up completely and had bought a new one, the old one showed me it was too soon to give up on it. I apologize old friend, I will pay close attention and treat you with the care you deserve from now on. Hopefully we will have some more rounds together.

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outfit febOutfit: Not too exciting but still on the hunt for the perfect jeans and I so want to find a pair of 501 in my size with a light washing. A perfect way to say ”hello Spring”.

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Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 08.56.35Outdoor space: I´m so ready to go to the summer house, take the first dip of the year in the ocean, a hot sauna, let the shoulders down and breathe some fresh air but that will unfortunately have to wait a bit longer.

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office feb
I really like this home office with it´s color additions and design classics. It´s actually the home of Kourtney Kardashian, featured in Architectural Digest decorated by interior designer Martyn Laurence Bullard.

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Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 09.19.25Words: It´s been three crazy weeks and it doesn´t seem like there is a break coming anytime soon. Super grateful for having lots of work of course but I also need to remind myself not to stress too much but to stay focused on the task without a racing heart and a non-sleeping mind. I need to stay calm to be productive at least to enjoy it properly. I don´t like to rush through things without staying in the moment so these words will be my continuous mantra.

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food febFood: When being out on production starting super early and ending late at night, the way of eating tends to suffer a bit. You don´t eat enough and when you finally get the chance to do so you are so excited to see food so anything goes instead of eating smart and healthy. At least that´s the case for me. I only have prep work and no photo shoots this week so hopefully that will result in better choices and more clean eating. Would´t mind trying this Kale detox salad with Pesto to start with. See the full recipe here. 

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JRvol couv03'.inddBook: In the current issue of Styleby magazine founder Elin Kling has this book of French interior designer Jean Royère on her list and I´m hoping that it will be in my home soon as well. If you are not familiar with his work you can see some here. I ran past a pair of his  Oeuf chair in white faux fur wool in perfect condition the other day and my daughter was eager to have one for her room….great but expensive taste in that 7-year old!

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sus febSustainable pick: This months choice is Ikea´s new matte, anthracite grey kitchen ”Kungsbacka” designed by design studio Form Us With Love. The first kitchen fronts line, entirely made from recycled plastic bottles and reclaimed industrial wood, hurray! Read more about the project here. 

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My Song LP sleeve.inddMusic: Listening to Sophie Zelmani brings back a lot of memories as that was one of the most played albums (Precious Burden) in my loft while living in Paris back in 97-98 (such a long time ago, gah!!).  Her new one was released March 3rd and this week will definitely have ”My Song” and the other tracks as soundtrack. Fingers crossed it fulfills what I´m hoping for.

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Latest work

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styling Anna Mårselius 7styling Anna Mårselius 13styling Anna Mårselius 2styling Anna Mårselius 6styling Anna Mårselius 12styling Anna Mårselius 4One of the most fun jobs of 2016, at home with Fashion Director of Café Magazine, Daniel Lindström. We actually had to postpone the job with weeks as we where shooting the terrace and the weather was far from what we had hoped. That´s what happens sometimes in this job but it always works out in the end anyway. Thanks so much for having us, Daniel! It was such a pleasure. 

Styling by me, photo by Erik Lefvander and assist by Silje Wållgren. Published in Residence Magazine. 

Premium living

premium 1 premium 2 premium 3 premium 4 premium 5premium 7 premium 8What a difference it makes when having the possibility to decorate a whole concept with all materials for kitchen, bathrooms, floors and colour scheme instead of starting with something someone else has decided for you. Super talented interior decorator Marie Ramse, who I also work with when working for JM, has really made this apartment into something special. In addition to the interior decoration itself, just have a look at the floors, stones & the elegant choice of colours and details. And that office is just perfect.

You can read more about this JM project and see the rest of the pictures here. Photo by Emily Laye.  

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 jan
 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
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.

MA Apartment

One more beauty in Barcelona, Spain by Francesc Rifé Studio.

Office inspo

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bitsI´m decorating office spaces whenever I can find the time  and this space was inspirational too me. Obviously the architecture in itself is very rare, especially here in Stockholm, but you can always take bits and pieces and translate it into wherever you are. And in this case, maybe add some colour.

Via Remodelista with thanks. Photography by Laure Joliet. Office of interior designer Nicole Hollis in San Francisco.