I know we are heading towards Christmas right now and my biggest concern at the moment is only which paper stars, plain or perforated, I should hang in the windows for Little Christmas this year (that is what we call the last Saturday before the 1st of Advent up here), but nevertheless all companies are pouring out beautiful spring news from all angels about what is to come. So let's pause Christmas for a while and look at some spring news that will soon be entering the thresholds of the stores.
The mood board above is made of press pictures of the spring news 2016 from Iittala and H&M Home. And yes, correct, I sneaked in also some other items as well just for the balance of the picture...
One of my favourites series by Iittala is Kastehelmi, and I have a collection of pieces in clear glass myself. I could, however, think of adding a few accent colours to it this spring. The small bowls, e.g., now come in emerald green and yellow.
Iittala also relaunches the cutlery with grooved handles. I think these look exactly as those I remember from what we used during my childhood.
When speaking of cutlery. Still dreaming of a complete set of golden pieces...
Then about interior fruit. As soon as the golden apple is available in H&M stores I will order it. Still suffering from the after-effects of my lost flea find (see here). This apple must be mine! Refreshing that the interior world finally has noticed that there are more fruit in the range than just pineapples in all possible shapes.
The way we play has did it again. Found one of those cosy Swedish homes filled with Svenskt Tenn classics. Patterned, flowery cushions and lampshades, brass elements, cermamic pots and tray table. This is at home by Nina Philipson who is the founder and CEO of Iconic Sthlm, a digital communication office.
I seldom find something to show from Hemnet (everything is wishy-washy and looking the same) but today I make an exception. This home is for sale in Gothenburg, Sweden. I am not looking at the apartment, but at the details that I like here. I spotted a few favourites on my list that I am every now and then thinking of. The marble pendant, table lamp, some teak chairs, the radio and Dagg vase...I also feel it is time to take a flea market tour soon. Maybe it is filled with some extraordinary Christmas things...
In fact I am not celebrating Halloween in any remarkable way, but I notice that it has become more and more a gimmick also here in Scandinavia. To me it is less horror and more like All Saints' Day and a weekend for remembering all those that are not with us anymore. So here a little picture of this contradictory weekend. Cute gingerbreads that I found symbolizing Halloween and then a pomegranate heart for all the ones we are missing.
PS. I finally found a clever way to remove the seeds of the pomegranate. Do you want to hear? I have earlier struggled with this...
Just cut the pomegranate in two.
Bend the edges of the halves to make the seeds loose inside.
Turn a half upside down in your palm and tap with your other hand. Make sure you are not close to white walls!
All seeds are falling neatly out in your hand and into the bowl below.
I have admired this Halloween lantern at Esmaralda's blog a couple of times already, yesterday and today. I was about to do it as I thought it would have been a cool paper lantern on my bookshelf this weekend (with battery lights inside of course), but then my plans somehow crashed. I was too late on the run before everything got closed and did not find anything else than oddly shaped balloons, yelllow shining LED lights and no black tissue paper so I gave up. Maybe the stores are open by you today, so that you can still find "the ingredients" if you would like to do this. Anyhow Esmaralda has done it perfectly so just looking at the pictures is inspiring. See more on her bloghere. It seems like quite an easy DIY tip as all you need is:
a LED light
1. Glue newspaper and tissue paper on a blown up balloon.
2. Prick the balloon.
3. Cut out the eyes, nose and mouth.
4. Place a battery LED light inside. Not a candle!
It is always something about Danish design and me. Maybe I have some Danish genes or have been Danish in a former life, but anytime I turn around some pot or whatever it might be in the stores, it says it is from Denmark. Spooky. So also here. I like the pure design of these details. Straight shapes without any ornaments or patterns, playful ideas, and wooden material as in our Scandinavian woods. All these things are designed by the Danish guys that form The Oak Men (you see the guys in the catalogue picture above as well. PS. I doubt they are for sale).
My absolute favourites are the big noticeboard (I blogged about it also here), cute ghosts, wooden trees, angels and mortar. How cool aren't they?
I stumbled across some really beautiful ceramics made by the Australian-based ceramist Bridget Bodenham. I really liked the cute teapot with black dots and all other cool ceramics with graphic pattern. Wow, I got that growing feeling that maybe you should try out that ceramics course some day after all...
I have tried to not show any Christmas pictures yet, but now I make a small exception. The white hearts by Isa Dawn Whyte Jensen for LE KLINT, which I wrote about last year here, are now coming in the new colours silver, pink and copper. Also the white origami stars are new for this year and designed by Tine Mouritsen.
A good thing with these decorations is that they are part of the Love & Light project, which brings light to those needed. Part of the income is for charitable purposes.