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Decorating Ideas By Me And Alice

The Me And Alice blog is so charming with a lovely country home as the focus, located in Dalarna, Sweden. The homeowner is Susanne, a talented stylist and writer who infuses her home with many clever ideas that, whether Swedish Country is your style or not, you can still find some great ideas from some of these photos below because many of them can cross over and be applied in a home that looks very different – be it mid century or a modern ranch. If you don’t believe me, I think you’ll be convinced once you’ve had time to see for yourself…

The casual beauty of this scene makes me smile. It’s my favorite of the bunch because it feels so inviting and reminds me of the naps I once took (when I had time!) on Sundays after spending the morning on the beach, coming home for a cool shower, and smelling like coconut and salt as I climbed into my bed for a cat nap. I particularly love the stripey pillows, without them it wouldn’t be the same photo! I also like the black letters on the wall.

This is a vintage mirror from a car that has been repurposed into a makeup mirror. What a smart great idea for something that would otherwise not be used and abandoned in a junk lot!

Just look at these floors! I know they are your standard hardwood but look at that color and texture, it really warms up the all white space and how many of us would love to have them!

Using baskets to store vintage cutlery is a nice idea. You could do the same with your modern tableware too, especially if you have decided to serve a very casual buffet-style meal at home whether indoors or out.

Lovely storage ideas on this kitchen shelf but mostly I am impressed by the styling – very casual yet there was obviously some thought behind it. This is how I style things and decorate my home, casually but at the same time, you know that I put a little effort into the arrangement. :) I also like how there is a chair that tiptoed its way into the table arrangement, hoping no one would notice he has made himself a guest at the family table. Well, we notice him and I think he looks quite smart there, don’t you? I like a little tension in mostly white space, you really need it!

I like the floor plans and various papers that she has framed for this quiet corner. There are many things in this space, but it doesn’t feel cluttered because the tones used are mostly white so the eye perceives this as less busy than say, if there were many colors and patterns used.

So many goodies here, I spot several nice jugs and jars. I think the mostly white palette is a hard one to stick by, but if you love white and really enjoy living in a space with lots of it, then go for it!


Susanne’s writing desk is such an inspirational spot! Storage in glass containers, while nothing new, always looks fresh to me depending on what has been chosen to be on display. From candy to shells, spools of twine to buttons, crayons, and bath soaps… there is no end to what you can collect, store and display! Her yarn basket is lovely on the floor, too.

While in Cyprus, Susanne gathered these beautiful stones and has now arranged them in a few glass jars – a simple, inexpensive yet special decoration because no doubt memories of her trip wash over her whenever she sees them. Much nicer than memories of buying stones at some department store and filling jars, right? I think it’s important to put some extra thought in the way you decorate your home so that objects tell a more personal story. A jar like this also creates lovely conversation opportunities for when guests have stopped by because when they ask you where you found something that you have on display, you can tell them about your little (and big) adventures.

Any ideas above that you’d like to take away and use in your own space? Which ones? Could you live in a white space? If not, why? If so, do you currently?

(images: me and alice)

Posted by decor8 in blogs, Decorating Tips on July 28, 2010

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  1. chrysso commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 6:01am

    Lovely post – thanks for sharing – i’ll be visiting ‘me and Alice’ right now! Love the white tones and the simplicity , , and the way that it feels still manages to feel homely. ck :) x

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  2. Milk and Honey Home commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 6:34am

    Holy Moly…you made my Wednesday. Swedish is my favorite style…and the image with the mix of chairs–to die for.
    Milk and Honey Home´s last blog post ..Los Angeles Dry Bar

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  3. Tina commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 6:57am

    Looks absolutely lovely – thanks for the tip, I love to read new blogs! :-)

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  4. Brooke H commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 6:59am

    I haven’t had such apartment envy in a while! Absolutely beautiful.
    Brooke H´s last blog post ..Fashion Illustration Exposed

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  5. ruthie commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 7:04am

    Thanks Holly! I’ve enjoyed this post very much because I love white!! Swedish country is my style and although I live in Madrid most of the people that come home always say that it feels very Scandinavian :-) I started using mainly white some years ago when I got bored of so much color and it really works out for me. It feels very peaceful and clean not to mention bright!! :-)
    xoxox

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  6. caitlin commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 7:17am

    thanks for sharing these beautiful rooms! i find them all inspiring!
    caitlin´s last blog post ..Phew!

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  7. Lydia commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 7:29am

    Writing from Cyprus – we’d like our stones back!

    (kidding!) lol!

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  8. Annie commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 8:12am

    I admit that I’ve always been a sucker for vintage white rooms, not only because they evoke such a fresh and light feeling, but because they have great potential for really highlighting accent pieces, particularly honey-colored wood such as that clever chair. This decorative style also offers endless possibilities for juxtaposing the white dishes with a few distinctly different pieces of a more colorful palette, say an ornate pitcher or some pretty tea towels. I love these rooms — the kitchen, the tabletop, the writing desk — I think the only change I would make in my imaginary rearrangement would be to white-wash the walls rather than painting them pure white so that the pattern of the wood shows through a little (it’s often such a shame to paint over wood). And a few more colorful accents would highlight the rooms’ brightness even more, I think.

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  9. Rob commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 8:41am

    stunning, all the shades of white look amazing

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  10. Will commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 8:42am

    I freakin’ heart those blue and white striped pillowcases! Off to check them out now – thanks for the heads up!
    Will´s last blog post ..10 Things I Learned This Weekend

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  11. annemarie commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 8:57am

    Oh Swedish design, how I love the white + wood look. And how I could never possibly manage it. But this is stunning.
    annemarie´s last blog post ..tuesday tastes good

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  12. claire commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 8:59am

    This home is so bright & fresh! I love it :)
    claire´s last blog post ..Wisdom from Raisins

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  13. Torrie @ a place to share... commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 9:26am

    Hello (just catching up after coming back from vacation! starting with the newest first:)~~

    I love the combination of natural tones (the baskets, the wooden items, the bulletin board, the floors) with the surrounding white. I have a white kitchen (with a wooden table and floors) but would definitely like to incorporate more of this tone into the room. I love the basket of silverware! It’s funny because we just had a family fun night in which I set in the center of the outdoor table a little red bucket and shovel to hold our silverware (http://torriesessions.blogspot.com/2010/07/family-fun-night.html). I like the idea of placing it in a basket/bucket for storage and also for casual summer entertaining!

    I also love the jars on the desk as a way to hold personal collections. On our recent vacation, my daughter began a beautiful little stone collection. I remember, with my son, just placing his collections in bags and putting them in his room. I’d like to try a more visible type of display, such as the glass jars that Susanne uses. I began a memory jar (http://torriesessions.blogspot.com/2010/06/jar-of-memories.html) a short while ago, to visibly (as opposed to tucked away into a notebook) capture sweet comments/?’s/conversations and display it on our desk. But now I’d like to expand this idea to other memorabilia! Why keep it all tucked away?? :)
    Torrie @ a place to share…´s last blog post ..Batali family blackberry pie

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  14. nannette commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 9:34am

    Great to always find new adresses on your blog. I’m becoming a real fan of your findings, thanks ever so much!
    As to the ideas I’d like to take away of Me and Alice, I’d say: all of them! I’d do my whole house like that …

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  15. Raru commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 9:37am

    I love white spaces and I adore that writing space. Gorgeous. Thank you for the inspiration. Have a great day.

    xoxo,
    raru
    Raru´s last blog post ..Small Pretty Cottage ♥ Малко красиво бунгало

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  16. Alicia commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 9:39am

    this is such an inspiring post. i love to decorate with color, but the way she has done white is absolutely gorgeous

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  17. Cecilie commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 9:49am

    Yep! I could definately be using the idea with the stones (I’ve saved the picture in my inspiration folder) – I might collect some next time I go to my home country. We live abroad now and it might be fun to have stones from home displayed like this.

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  18. vosgesparis commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 10:07am

    One of my favorite blogs this is. living in an all white envirmont … I don;t know I think I always would add a little gray in it. a touch of nature and when I feel like it some color as the purple-ish in my all white bedroom.
    vosgesparis´s last blog post ..Decorating with Industrial Items

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  19. Kate commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 10:15am

    What a cozy looking bed, I can’t imagine I’d ever be on time for work if my bed looked like that!
    Kate´s last blog post ..The DIY Blogger Challenge

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  20. Masha commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 10:21am

    I love Swedish country style and especially love the kitchen cupboard with all the vintage goodies on the shelves. You can’t go wrong with white and natural…
    Masha´s last blog post ..The Dots

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  21. Marija commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 10:24am

    I love their blog. I’m constantly visiting it. . I love the Scandinavian/White feel to each of their spaces I just wish my Swedish was better so I can actually understand more of the things that they write about. I look forward to their little notes in English… Very lovely and charming ….tons of great ideas!!
    Marija´s last blog post ..W is for Wednesdays &amp Weddings

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  22. Ijeoma commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 10:54am

    Such a White elegance, I love it! Cheers my dear for sharing.
    Ijeoma´s last blog post ..Wish List Wednesday

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  23. PriscilaPetersDecor commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 11:16am

    Lovely home. I would live in a white space because it allows you to play with colors. And I think white is never out of style, never.
    Thank you for sharing.
    PriscilaPetersDecor´s last blog post ..Love for shoes

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  24. Neaner commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 12:47pm

    I love the whitewashed farmhouse look in these photos. It feels very serene (and clean)! Also, all that white really lets the forms of objects and the beauty of natural fibers and wood stand out. All that said, an all white existence is just not for me. I don’t have the discipline to decline to buy colorful objects and art!
    Neaner´s last blog post ..Ten Sources for Affordable Prints-Posters

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  25. Holly of So Chic Decor commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 1:08pm

    I love all the white! For me, it has a very peaceful vibe to it. Thanks for the wonderful photos.
    Holly of So Chic Decor´s last blog post ..New wall quotes by Holly

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  26. vanessa@cardstyle commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 1:13pm

    I love how everything is so clean and white, with dark accents seen in the wood and black lettering. What stunning photos. And I love that mirror! It’s so cool and useful!!
    vanessa@cardstyle´s last blog post ..Cardstyle Find 8- Patent Leather Oxfords

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  27. jennifer ramos commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 2:33pm

    I got that same idea from a martha stewart website (the white rocks in the glass jars) I used it at my wedding. :)))))))))))))))))))
    jennifer ramos´s last blog post ..My 50-000th Ebay Purchase

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  28. Eva / Sycamore Street Press commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 2:34pm

    How peaceful and fresh these rooms are! I love that look, and would love to emulate it, although I don’t think I can stick to such a strict white palette. I love different colors too much!
    Eva / Sycamore Street Press´s last blog post ..Quote of the Week

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  29. My Owl Barn commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 2:59pm

    I love all the white in this place. There so many wonderful ideas I could incorporate in my home. Thanks!
    My Owl Barn´s last blog post ..The Cart Before The Horse- Dylan and Jo

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  30. Sandra Kuwartowski commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 4:54pm

    I would take away that makeup car mirror, I like objects which are not used in their original purpose, it looks so funny to have a car mirror beside your washbag. Most of our furniture are white – for example our Asplund cupboards “Snowwhite” from Sweden – I love them. But we have colourful cushions and paintings to give all the whites a shake-up, besides we don`t have such an adorable wooden floor to create a warm wooden look.

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  31. soraya nulliah commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 6:37pm

    I have to admit, I never really liked an all white space until i saw that sparkling kitchen with touches of wood grain…and those floors! I agree; to die for! I still don’t think I could live in an all white space though. Besides the fact that I have a toddler and I am an artist…I have a strong disposition towards a neutral color palette with bold dashes of color. Thanks for the inspiration though Holly…it did give me some smart ideas.
    soraya nulliah´s last blog post ..Creative Souls

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  32. Lane C commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 6:41pm

    Yes I can do this. The kitchen is amazing. I love the storage ideas and how the floor warms up the space. i have been debating about decorating my kitchen white. We currently we have white floors and I love them….ready to do more!
    Lane C´s last blog post ..Birch Trees

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  33. G. commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 8:05pm

    so beautiful..it has everything i love in a kitchen design. i would curl up and sleep on those floors!!

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  34. Manette commented
    July 29th, 2010 at 12:46am

    Love the simplicy that makes this kitchen so great. Thanks for sharing.
    Manette´s last blog post ..Coastal Collection Baby Blues and White Sea Glass Captured in a Vintage Sterling Silver Pocket Watch Case Necklace

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  35. Bethan commented
    July 29th, 2010 at 6:50am

    I’d LOVE to live in this house – fresh white warmed up with natural wood is such a restful, comforting combination for me and it means those special finds and personal touches can really shine. And nobody does this look better than the Swedes!
    Bethan´s last blog post ..SHOPPING SHORTLIST- Coastal Fabrics

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  36. Meredith commented
    July 29th, 2010 at 9:50am

    I love the combination of open shelving and closed cabinetry on the kitchen walls. What a great way to create more storage (for the things you may not want everyone to see) while still maintaining a larger, more open feel.

    I always love white homes and am incorporating rooms of white into my own house, but I’m afraid I couldn’t do an entirely white house. I just can’t see it being practical with children. I think the average toy mess would look more like a bomb had exploded against such a clean palette. So, I’m settling for the kitchen and office being white in our home, where the giant toy messes happen less frequently.

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  37. James commented
    July 29th, 2010 at 11:47am

    Thanks for sharing all of these great pictures. What a great use of white to make the room look great!

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  38. Fabiana commented
    July 29th, 2010 at 12:18pm

    I love to your pics and ur website! Kisses from Brazil!

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  39. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    July 29th, 2010 at 1:01pm

    Absolutely beautiful…I love this home so much & the kitchen is dreamy. I adore her styling and all of the white. I personally love white…the more the better. Since we haven’t been able to paint our new home yet, I vacillate between choosing colors for each room or painting most of it white…with maybe a bit of choice wallpaper here and there. Now, I just need some money! :) Thanks for sharing this hun, I adore it.
    xo
    Melis
    Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog post ..Melissa loves- Jill Bliss

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  40. mer commented
    July 29th, 2010 at 1:40pm

    so fresh and simple. i love it!
    mer´s last blog post ..two new prints

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  41. European Chic commented
    July 29th, 2010 at 2:15pm

    Stunning yet simple. The car mirror on the nightstand is genius.

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  42. Casa e Cose commented
    July 29th, 2010 at 4:24pm

    I am a fan of her blog and indeed she has a beautifull home.
    Casa e Cose´s last blog post ..rainbow colors

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  43. decor8 commented
    July 29th, 2010 at 4:52pm

    Melissa I just want to say that you’re a doll. I always smile when you’ve left a comment, you always make me feel happier, I adore you!!!

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  44. cynthia commented
    July 29th, 2010 at 5:49pm

    Love the whites and brown tones ensemble. Just how I would like my work space to be one day!

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  45. cathie commented
    July 29th, 2010 at 6:20pm

    this is so refreshing and joyful – it’s funny how so much life can be shown without a whole lot of color. i adore her decorating style and the precious little bits of child play thrown in throughout the roomscapes. personally i could not live without color in every room – so seeing these rooms was like a mini-mind vacation :)
    totally enjoyable!
    cathie´s last blog post ..A Special Request

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  46. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang commented
    July 29th, 2010 at 8:37pm

    Oh wow ~ the makeup mirror is genius!

    Thank you for all the ideas of decorating with white. I have a lot of vintage milk glass from my husbands grandmother that I love to display; however, it becomes a challenge for me since it is white.
    Kate @ Songs Kate Sang´s last blog post ..Sweet Baby J

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  47. la belette rose commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 3:26am

    We are looking for a house and your blog is my Number 1 for interior decoration inspiration!

    Also wanted to tell you that you are part of my 10 favorite blogs.
    Go and have a look there :
    http://labeletterose.blogspot.com/2010/07/une-chaine-de-blogs.html
    Your turn, now !
    la belette rose´s last blog post ..Petit sac à rabat – &euro6500

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  48. Susanne commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 8:10am

    Hello Holly!
    I just found out that you wrote about me!! Thank you so much! I’m really honored to be on your beautiful blog!!!
    Yet again Thank you so so much!!!!!
    xo Susanne

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  49. Dru Ann commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 8:46am

    “Me and Alice” is the blog that got me rethinking the way I want to decorate…her blog is the reason I am making so many changes with my home AND my business. And I’m a Kentucky – USA Gal ! I have now
    discovered YOUR site through Susanne’s…. LOVE IT ! Stop by and see me sometime….. Have a most Wonderful Day……Dru
    Dru Ann´s last blog post ..Farmhouse Friday !

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  50. johanna commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 8:51am

    Hi
    I love sussanas home!!!!And Sussane is a wonderful person…i love here style.
    Im also often in here on your beatiful blog=)But im not god at leaving comments..=) Have a really nice weekend!
    many hugs Johanna

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  51. simplicity commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 9:29am

    Yes! Here home is beautiful!! It has been my favorite for a long while!! Lovely!!

    Have a nice weekend!
    Jannice
    simplicity´s last blog post ..Kreativitetsrum i trädgården

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  52. Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 9:33am

    Wow… everything is so cozy and inviting!

    I’d love some kitchenware or signage in my house in Swedish or Norwegian… that would totally rock.
    Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas´s last blog post ..Lovely Las Vegas- Bar Bistro

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  53. SoBinique commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 9:34am

    Wow! I love this place! My livingroom is also all white. You can see it here: http://sobinique.blogspot.com/2010/02/my-livingroom.html
    :)

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  54. Kristin commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 9:37am

    Love her blog! Her pictures are always so beautiful and really capture her surroundings. So glad you spotlighted her.
    Take care
    Kristin

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  55. Loppisliv commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 10:44am

    I totally agree, Susannes blog and style is one of a kind. Just Lovely!!! Her blog is one of my favourites. Best Regards //Paula

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  56. Beth commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 12:12pm

    If I could live in *this white house…I would love it! However, I find that decorating in white is actually quite difficult. While it appears so easy, the actual combining of textures and the *right white colors, as a mix of whites is a must, it’s really fairly difficult, in my opinion.

    My house is a burst of color…probably too many colors…sometimes I dream of a perfectly dress home of white, just like this one!
    xoxo Beth
    Beth´s last blog post ..Questioning my sanity

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  57. Camilla commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 12:45pm

    I know! =)) Susanne´s blog is just beautiful!
    I can’t agree with you more!=)

    Hugs from Camilla

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  58. Marita Telldén commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 2:36pm

    Susanne har en underbar blogg.
    Kram Marita i Heestrand
    Marita Telldén´s last blog post ..Lite bilder från Pergolan i kvällningen

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  59. Liv commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 3:23pm

    Hi!

    This was really a inspiring post! I have visited her site many times, and through her blog I found yours! So this was a nice visit too!

    Smile from Norway – from Liv

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  60. Annelie commented
    July 31st, 2010 at 6:47am

    Hello!
    I’m new here, so many tips….
    And I love to go to Susanne´s blog
    Hugs

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  61. JTay commented
    July 31st, 2010 at 10:46am

    *sigh* sooo pretty!

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  62. rebecca geldard commented
    August 1st, 2010 at 4:21am

    my favourite post of the month. good pict finds.
    rebecca geldard´s last blog post ..holiday destination in france one day

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  63. Heidi Niskanen commented
    August 1st, 2010 at 4:11pm

    Absolutely beautiful home!

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  64. Aansy commented
    August 2nd, 2010 at 1:08am

    well the post is awesome the accent of white is marvelous but i was just thinking that if we color up those sandy bay stones they will look more attractive in that jar.
    sorry, but i feel this way

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  65. Comfy Heaven Home Decor- Anitanirma commented
    September 2nd, 2010 at 1:27pm

    oh so beautiful! I love white interiors. just lovely!
    Comfy Heaven Home Decor- Anitanirma´s last blog post ..Making your house a home!

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  66. Marga Fabbri commented
    May 2nd, 2011 at 1:10am

    Absolutely beautiful. love it! thnaks for sharing

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  67. Francine commented
    November 14th, 2011 at 11:40am

    Lovely … Thanks for sharing!!!
    Francine´s last blog post ..Cell Phones + Kisses = A bit of whimsy

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