Archive for April, 2011

April 29, 2011

friday’s fancy [valborg]

by kmcopeland

This weekend, called valborg in Swedish, is a pretty big deal here in Sweden. It’s a celebration of the beginning of spring – a big welcome party if you will – that they celebrate by lighting a huge fire in city center.  Rumor has it that it’s one massive party with lots of singing and eating and drinking. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to it! This week’s fancy is the outfit I wish I could wear…

plaid shirt / blue bracelet / gray bracelet / sweater / jeans / shoes / bag

April 28, 2011

well that’s pretty [sonia delaunay-terk]

by kmcopeland

Pictures above from here, here and here

Shameless plug for birthday and/or Christmas present: I really, really want one of Sonia Delaunay-Terk’s prints in our new flat.

Compositions Couleurs Idees No. 14 Limited Edition

Compositions Couleurs Idees No. 22 Limited Edition

Compositions Couleurs Idees No. 26 Limited Edition

Compositions Couleurs Idees No. 34 Limited Edition

Above pictures here

April 27, 2011

wishful wednesday [simply swedish]

by kmcopeland

This wishful wednesday is a 2 room apartment in a lovely neighborhood of Malmö, for sale here via Bolaget. It’s Swedish simplicity at it’s finest.

April 26, 2011

baby dougie

by kmcopeland

My friend is preggers (yay!) and she’s doing a jungle inspired room for her little man!! My thoughts are: gray walls with one blue accent wall where the specifically-requested monkey could hang out. Pops of yellow and orange bring some fun into the room, and the rug and print tie it all together.

Sources: monkey decal / yellow chevron curtains (DIY) / zoo printcrib / orange giraffe pillow /
toy storage basket (on sale!) / yellow lamp / white side table / rocker / orange polka dot pillow /
giraffe pillow / yellow pouf / striped rug


April 25, 2011

take five [a swedish easter]

by kmcopeland

This weekend, I was out and about enjoying my first Swedish Easter. With temperatures above 60 degrees, it was also my first taste of Sweden in the spring! It was a lovely weekend, so I decided to share some of the photographs the Swede and I took.

  1. I love the Swedish tradition of tying feathers to plants to celebrate the start of spring
  2. We took in some art in Konstrundan (“The Art Trail”), a huge art exhibit that takes place on Easter weekend every year in Österlen (an area of southern Sweden). Artists open up their studios and people come from all over to tour the countryside, look at excellent local art, and enjoy the beginning of spring weather.
  3. A breathtaking sunset in Österlen, shot from the road!
  4. Tulips in Malmö
  5. Delightful chocolate cake with a hint of orange, baked by Henrik’s mom
April 25, 2011

run tell that

by kmcopeland

What piqued my interest in (last week’s) world of internetting:

April 22, 2011

friday’s fancy [monki]

by kmcopeland

These funky, Alice In Wonderland-ish images from the Monki lookbook are perfect for Easter!  It is actually warm here today, so I’m heading to the park to lounge in the sun and read a book. I think I’ll swing by the Monki store on my way back home…

Nadja DressSara Headband / Ellinor Bag

Hope you all have a great holiday weekend!

April 21, 2011

deja vu

by kmcopeland

Ana Montiel via here/here

Starting you off today with an Easter-inspired pairing! As you know from the last time I worked on pairing things, I like it more than is probably normal. Here’s another round, this time between art and rooms.  What do you think?

here / Nicholas Stevenson via here

Pietari Posti via here / here

Nicholas Stevenson via here / here

Jenni Rope via here / here

PS- If you like this kind of stuff as much as I do, sfgirlbybay has a ridiculously good feature, “separated at birth,” that is just sooooo good.

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April 20, 2011

wishful wednesday [österlen]

by kmcopeland

The Swede’s stepdad’s band is recording a new jazz album, and since the Swede is their photographer for this project, we went to the recording studio to take some pictures. The studio was in this guy’s (actually a famous Swedish sound technician named Ola …) old house in Kivik, a small town on the east coast of southern Sweden. He and his wife have bought this old run down schoolhouse and are slowly fixing it back up. Sadly, we didn’t get any pictures of the place because we were in a big hurry and only had time to photograph the band.  What we did get, however, was a serious case of the “we need to buy an old house in the country and fix it up” bug. Because we have just bought a new flat, this is obviously not something that will happen immediately. But we have both agreed that sometime down the road, that would be a lot of fun.

Until then, I will satisfy this desire by stalking villas on Hemnet. For today’s wishful Wednesday, I give you a 140 square meter villa in Hammenhög that’s being sold to the tune of 4.7 million kronor (roughly 700,000 USD). You can read more about it (in Swedish) and/or buy it here.

April 19, 2011

help with kitchen [part 1]

by kmcopeland

I need your help. As you know, we recently bought a flat here in Malmö. We move in just two short weeks, and one of my first projects is going to be the kitchen. This is what it currently looks like:

I know that it’s not terrible. It has that pretty Scandinavian thing going for it with the white floors and butcher block countertop. But I don’t love the colors. I don’t hate them, but it’s such an easy thing to change in order to make the space more “us,” you know?  Plus, you can’t tell from the photos, but it’s a narrow galley kitchen with just that one window that faces the courtyard. Long story short, it doesn’t get tons of sun so I want to use colors to make it very bright and cheerful. So, I am considering two options:

column 1: desire to inspire, emmas designblogg, Design*Sponge/column 2: housetohome, Emma Lee Photography, Bloggers Abode

column 1: House & Home, Martha Stewart, Pernila Head via Apartment Therapy, Hus & Hem/column 2: Bolaget, Paul Raeside via Apartment Therapy, Coastal Living

I like gray because it is clean without being sterile. It is also such an easy neutral to work with, so I could easily change out accessories to fit my mood. Blue, though, is a cheerful, happy color that would make me smile every morning (and, for some reason, I’ve been all about blue lately). I think both colors would brighten up the room tremendously and make it feel much more open.

I really like the idea of leaving the cabinet frames white and just painting the doors the color of choice.

Or maybe just painting the bottom cabinets a color and leaving the top ones white?

Or maybe just having stark white cabinets with color on the walls or backsplash?

See, I told you I need help. Please??

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