Gallerix Wall art

New collaboration with the poster brand Gallerix

Today I received some beautiful posters from Gallerix, where I was allowed to choose some prints for our home. I wanted something simple and timeless, where the colours would be neutral and blend into the surroundings, so this way they will also suit our future house that we are going to build. I wanted something artisty and somewhat abstract so I chose posters representing Matisse Papiers Decoupes No1 and a sketch-like figurine called Picasso From Femme.

This morning I began my day with a decaf espresso and placing the posters in the frames ( I chose white wooden frames to optimise the least amount of contrast), but there are also wooden and black frames available. I also chose a few posters for our future sons room, a cute hot air balloon print ( called watercolour Hot Air Balloonand also an airplane (called Watercolour Airplane) to create a somewhat aerial feel. I love that these two prints are fairly  doey and soft from the watercolour affect and can suit both a girls and a boys room, incase we have more children in the future. Galleix also had sweet animal prints that were totally darling, that I was really contemplating as well.

I specifically wanted posters and frames in the size 30 x 40 (could get bigger or smaller), so this way they also fit inside a cabinet, as I prefer to have them leaning against something, rather than hanging on the wall. I think it looks quite nice to have these prints as a backdrop in a glass cabinet mixed with old antiques, nice plates, a few statues, on a shelf as they make nice space fillers (not that I ever have free space in my shelves :)). 

You can see my favourite poster list from here, in case you wish to order some for yourself. I will be sharing a 30% discount code on my instagram if you wish to order some for yourself that will last for twenty days. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

‘Sunday Spring Home’

My favourite spring mornings are made of sunshine bursting through the window, numerous cups of coffee and healthy smoothie bowls in bed. Our house is scattered with all kinds of blooms giving this sunday a spruce of spring.

Green Smoothie ingredients

  • 1/2 cup  oat milk
  • handful parsley
  • handful mint
  • chunk of ginger
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 banana
  • tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 celery stalk

Blend into a creamy mixture and garnish with blueberry, mint, chia and hemp seeds.

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Dinner Party inspo

Dinner party inspo

It’s all in the small details, they say.. and this is so true when it comes to throwing a succesful dinner party. It all starts with the ambiance when you step into the house, the relaxed feeling should flow through out. The mood is set by the colour palette, the flowers arrangements, candles and background music and the way you present each dish. As most of you know, I prefer using harmonic soft colours, linen, washout-out pales to keep the look fresh and bright. I think of the menu well in advance, seeking inspo via pinterest to help my creative mind flow. It is key to garnish each dish, it should look as good as it tastes. Herbs, black pepper and tiny sprouts/baby leaves are something I use fairly often as they always add a little freshness and visual appeal to the dish. Never skip flowers or candles, they are everything. I couldn’t be happier with this bouquet, love the unique shapes and mixture of greens and pale blushes. I love to add different styles of vases (shorter and taller) for the blooms on the table, serve water from a crystal vase and sprinkle candles here and there. I love to use glass, crystal, brass and terracotta as I think the mixture makes it interesting. The end result is still modern and not too full despite all the elements involved because they all flow together nicely. Aim for perfection and don’t cut corners, that’s the way to do it! But if mistakes happen along the way, so be it.. who cares, it’s part of the charm!

 

Here we have cream of zucchini basil soup with toasted almonds and sprouts & of course Bella watching us ladies in the kitchen!I didn’t film the main course of the duck, as the lighting was too dark at that point.

Zucchini basil Soup

  • 1 1/2 green zucchini’s (roughly chopped)
  • 4-5 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 1 large shallot (chopped)
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 100g soft cheese (we have this strong cream/processed cheese Koskenlaskijuusto in Finland that I used)
  • salt/pepper
  • 1 cup basil leaves

garnish: toasted almonds, baby sprouts

Sauté the zucchini, garlic and onion in a pot with butter in it. Stir gently letting it cook for about 10 minutes. Then add enough the chicken stock, salt pepper, basil leaves and let it simmer for another 7ish minutes. Then remove from heat and with a handheld blender, blitz the soup into a velvety texture. Place back onto low heat, add the cream, cheese chuck and let it cook for about 10 minutes. Check for flavour incase it needs for salt.

Meanwhile, toast the almonds and when the soup is ready to serve, add sprouts, almonds and black pepper on top.

It’s always great to start the evening off with an amuse bouche, a little small mouthful to start the palette accompanied with a welcome drink. As chanterelle mushrooms are in season now, I picked these mushrooms a few days before the dinner party.

Amuse-bouche

  • chanterelle mushrooms (roughly chopped)
  • 1 shallot finely shopped
  • 2 gloves garlic grated
  • salt/black pepper/parsley
  • 1 tablespoon creme fraiche
  • 1 teaspoon honey dijon

Saute the garlic, onion and mushrooms in a dollop of butter for about 5-7 minutes. Add a pinch of salt, pepper, honey dijon and the creme fraiche and stir for another 5 minutes. Each portion is served on a spoon that is garnished with parsley and more black pepper.

Blush cocktail

grapefruit Ginger Blend

  • Chunk of fresh ginger (about 2cm x 2cm)
  • 1 lemon (skin removed)
  • 1 grapefruit (skin removed)
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar

Cocktail ingredients

  • vodka
  • sparkling soda
  • mint leaves
  • salt fo rim

Blend into a smooth liquid and sieve all the fruit meat away. Salt the edges of each glass. To make the cocktail, add a bit of vodka on the bottom, then some grapefruit ginger blend and top it off with sparkly soda water. Garnish with mint leaves.

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Spring Vibes at Home

March 16th

Today it feels like Spring, the weather is simply amazing and it feels warmer all around. The sunlight is almost blinding as it pushes in through all windows into the house, where the white furniture, walls and mosaic bathroom just intensifies in brightness. The balcony door is finally open for longer periods of time and the linen curtains flow with the breeze and I think I’ve heard over a few dozen seagulls screech across the sky and it is just past lunch time.

My current spring essentials are delicate teacups preferably with golden details, pots of fresh herbs in the kitchen, vintage perfume bottles that I bring back from holidays primarily from southern france, Emma S. “Paris in spring” body spray, large roses in circular vases, avocados and perfectly boiled 7 minute eggs for breakfast.

I’m also loving healthy spring inspired green lunches from soups to salads. Below I’ve shared a few of my current favourite recipes; a warm bean salad with a green dressing and a coconut flavoured leafy broccoli soup.

Warm Haricot bean Salad     

  • Haricot beans
  • Baby Spinach leaves
  • Dill
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Toasted pecan nuts
  • 1 Zucchini (made into Ribbons)
  • Salt/pepper

Green Dressing: 1 red onion, 1 cup basil, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 avocado, 1 juice of lime, 1/2 cup greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt/pepper ( Mix all the ingredients in a blender)

Directions: Make zucchini ribbons and chop the ends of the haricot beans. In a medium hot pan add in butter and place in the chopped garlic cloves. Add in the beans, zucchini ribbons and spinach. Stir around until cooked, add in salt and pepper. Ready to plate: Garnish with lots of dill, toasted pecan nuts and the green dressing.

Green Goddess Soup

  • 1 onion, 2 garlic cloves
  • 100g kale, 100g spinach
  • 300g broccoli
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3cups chicken stock
  • salt/pepper/coconut oil/ cumin

Directions

In a medium heated sauce pan, add in the coconut oil, garlic, onion and cumin and let them cook for a couple of minutes. Add in the chopped broccoli, kale, spinach and toss around for a few min. Add in the stock and let it simmer gently with the lid on for about 15 minutes. Once the broccoli is cooked, blend it to a smooth consistency. Bring it back onto the stove and add the coconut milk and simmer for 10 min. Meanwhile, toast some almond flakes, more pan wilted spinach with garlic/butter.

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Kitchen Talk.

 

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Now it feels complete.

As I sip on my morning tea and look around my kitchen, it feels as if it has a new zen to it, it feels complete for the first time. The newly white linen curtains bind the entire room together making it cozy, peaceful and extremely soothing to the eye.  It feels harmonies and soft, a place where you want to start the day. Both curtain sides have double layers that are extra long elongating the room hight making the style also more relaxed and modern. Curtains do so much to a space, you don’t realize it until they are in place. They are the one element in a room that can connect the tangible together to create that desired feeling and atmosphere.

Meanwhile on the other side of the kitchen is a new cabinet, that is light and airy because it has glass on all its sides while the measurements fit perfectly against the wall. It has a bit of beach house/ Scandinavian country vibe to it because of the planks on the back wall, that gives it all the character and style. I just love it and I finally have more space for my kitchen items! The tones in the cabinet are in line of calm shades of white and greyish blue that are combined with a couple of interior pieces to connect with the living room. It holds my favourite tine k. Moroccan style bowls, heavy positano plates, white books, a diptyque candle and some of my favourite crystal glasses. The bottom drawer is reserved for linen and I managed to sneak in my favourite chanel perfume sketch print on the top shelf. Now the kitchen has a balanced offset, to me it feels whole and by far is my favourite place at home.

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Interior Inspo

‘high ceilings, attention to detail, mixtures of texture, soft tones, crisp surfaces, linen, framed elements, open glass, double doors, mixture of old and new’

 

photo source: DC Blank & pinterest
photo source: amazing architecture & interiors
photo source: country dreams

 

photo source: amazing architecture & interiors & countrydreams
photo source: country dreams
photo source: amazing arcitecture & interiors
photo source: The white life
photo source: The White life

 

 

Spring Home

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‘Touches of Spring’

Friday. A major spring cleaning session has been complete, the house is spotless and the brightness is beaming inside from all the windows. Even though it is cold and quite gray outside, I live on the top floor so it is naturally much lighter up here. The sun reflects from all the white surfaces creating a tranquil calm space, that I call home.

Yesterday, Mr. N had planned a date night and surprised me with lots of white tulips and a delicious three course dinner. We spent the evening in the kitchen, enjoyed great conversation while I was sipping on a glass of dry white wine, he was cooking away. I was certainly inspired by the food we ate and will be sharing some of the recipes soon!  He also bought me tones of coconuts that I have been nibbling on all morning! Too delicious!

Green = Spring. I’m loving the spots of green amongst all the soft tones, especially my mini herb garden in the kitchen. At the moment, I have oregano, rosemary, thyme, flat leaf parsley, kale, basil and lemon balm. I use fresh herbs in almost all my cooking, I think it adds so much to the food and presentation. As the months begin getting warmer, I will transfer my balcony into an Italian corner filled with herbs, lavender, vegetables and small olive trees! I love the feeling at my house, I think it has a balanced mix of old and new elements. There is a definite city feel to it with modern clean surfaces, but the character builds from old pieces inspired by the rustic Scandinavian country. I also have orchids scattered all over the appartement, which adds a harmonic touch and a feeling of zen. The only thing that is missing from the living room is the white carpet, as it is momentarily drying as it’s been washed. I hope everybody has a wonderful cozy weekend filled with smiles and great moments. xxx

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My morning began with a detoxing green juice made from lemons, spinach and kale. A perfect way to start your friday!

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