Nostalgia

nostalgiaWoke up to an email from my mother saying our old apartment is for sale right now and I was a bit surprised how much nostalgia it caused. We only lived there for three years but did renovate the whole thing and really enjoyed our time there. We moved from there ten years ago just two weeks from having our first child so I guess that adds to it as well. Anyway – you can see more here. If you are planning on moving, I can definitely recommend this place. 

Country Lodge for sale

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Sometimes when I see places like this for sale I start dreaming of buying it and start a new career in the hotel business…50 rooms and an interior that is already a solid base with a perfect view and setting in Sörmland, Sweden. Would´t mind at all floating around in that raft sauna any day of the year.

More info and pictures here. 

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.

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:
 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.