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I’m forever dreaming of traveling a bit north this time of the year to take in the icy crisp fresh air, mountains, forests and snow. Most people want to escape to tropical climates, I crave a cozy farmhouse with a fireplace or a ski chalet with an outdoor hot tub overlooking a snowy mountain. When I lived in the Boston area, my annual winter escapes included ski resorts and cozy houses in northern Vermont, Maine and northern New Hampshire where I’d go to fully experience the beauty of winter and meet up with dear friends. We also had an annual ritual of driving up to Montreal to stay in an ultra cozy brownstone belonging to our dear friend and hibernate with him for days and days, doing nothing more than hosting house parties, watching films and making big breakfasts together. Now that I’m in northern Germany for two years, I’ve realized only this morning that I have not established a single wintertime ritual yet. I need to change this! What are your rituals? Do you have any to share?

Loppelilla in Norway

Last year, I went to London in January, but for work-related things. Of course, the big Christmas markets that kick off in November and last until Christmas are fun but I need to establish some wintertime traditions that make January and February easier to bare or else I just may become homesick and I don’t want that to happen. I have considered driving up to Denmark or renting a country home in France or even Germany, Scotland or Norway… just to have something to look forward to in the “dead” season immediately following New Year’s Eve. My family (on my side at least) are all in the states but I’m lucky to have friends living in all parts of this world, with special thanks to the networks I had in place pre-blogging and of course, those I have now thanks to blogging… so I know that no matter where I go I could easily look up some blogger friends and have a really nice time. The beauty of online communication – the internet is a special meeting place. So now I wonder where to go and how to kick start some meaningful winter traditions.

Loppelilla in Norway

Loppelilla in Norway

Looking through a favorite blog of mine, Loppelilla in Norway, makes me feel strongly about the importance of creating new adventures for myself and new traditions, especially since I’m still very much a foreigner living here and so much of my previous life doesn’t fit in my current world – my language, my memories, the things I grew up watching this time of the year on television that gave me a sense of connection and comfort, even the foods I ate – here the tradition is to eat goose, not turkey and that’s not the same bird, ya know? It’s different and from childhood on we connect through our senses and what we are exposed to the most becomes our comfort, our safety point…  It’s such an interesting time of the year for me as I rarely think about these deep things during other seasons, they don’t really occur to me because I’m too busy to think about what I miss or need – I already feel quite full in many ways and feel as though I have no right to ever experience one ounce of melancholy but the truth is, this year I am feeling it a wee bit of it and my current cold doesn’t help — and now I’m trying to consider exactly how to change the course for winters to come. I’m a happy person and I want winter to be comforting, healing, cozy and full of hope and promise for the months ahead. I don’t want to miss anything, I want to create new memories.

Loppelilla in Norway

Loppelilla in Norway

Loppelilla in Norway

Loppelilla in Norway

Loppelilla in Norway

I decided to make Loppelilla’s blog the decor8 blog of the week because it brought me so much peace and comfort today – her blog is like a warm hug from a parent, so please visit it as often as you can now and in the future as this lady is so talented in decorating her home and living life so richly yet so simplistically… It’s inspiring to see and it’s what I aspire to this winter as I’m decorating my own home – to edit more, buy less and be more imaginative in how I use things.

As soon as I shake this cold, I’m going into the forest behind my house to collect more branches only this time those with the white plump berries — and pine cones. They are free, a gift from nature, and would in fact be a nice and simple tradition that I could start immediately on my own – to collect things in the forest to decorate at home with for December, January and February. I already brought in branches last week for my entryway that I’ve placed upright in a huge green vintage glass vase… And I always could bake cookies and make some yummy comfort foods that I cannot buy in stores here. And find a little cozy cottage to rent for a few weeks in the middle of nowhere. Yes. That sounds good.

I feel better already.

(images: loppelilla)

Posted in Bloggers on December 07, 2011

Always Inspired By Camilla Engman

I’ve been a bit under the weather this week so posting will be light, but I had to share the good news from Sweden — that Camilla Engman, an artist that so many of us love, has released some new prints, a 2012 calendar that I’ve just ordered AND a beautiful book about her dog Morran who recently passed away. The Morran Book Project is a delightful book that contains 236 illustrations from artists who contributed around the world with their very own take on Morran – I love all of the different impressions and find it fascinating how everyone sees a single dog so completely different from the other!

Camilla

Camilla

camma

Camilla

Camilla

All profit from her beautiful book will go to the World Society for the Protection of Animals – Sweden (WSPA international). You can preview the book here.

(images: camilla engman)

Posted in Books + Magazines on December 06, 2011

Friday Interior Inspiration

Looking for a little Friday inspiration for the home? Before I sign off for the weekend, I thought I’d point you over to some very inspiring spaces in the decor8 Interior Styling group on Flickr. There are so many great spaces their that I curate each week from submissions that are sent in from all over the world. So many diverse spaces and inspiring places!

Friday Inspiration

Dottie Angel

Friday Inspiration

Top and bottom left: Debee Campos, bottom right: Jasna Janekovic.

Friday Inspiration

top: Susana Oliveira, bottom: Iris.

Friday Inspiration

Yvonne Eijkenduijn, Dottie Angel, Brooke and Jane Schouten.

Friday Inspiration

Haust, A few things from my life, Jan Skácelík, Rebecca.

Friday Inspiration

A few things from my life, Nadine, Lisbeth, Isis.

Friday Inspiration

top: Elisa, bottom: Isis.

See anything that you fancy? I hope that decor8 has inspired you this week… I’ll be back again on Monday but until then, have a delightful weekend and much love to you!

(images: linked to their sources above.)

Posted in Decorating Tips on December 02, 2011

Anthropologie Wish List

Happy Friday friends! I’m so glad that the weekend is here, especially since I have fun plans to be with friends, shop, relax, bake and decorate my house. What’s not to love about a weekend like that!? I thought today I’d share my Anthropologie wish list with you since so many liked my Etsy art round up and West Elm list so much. :) It’s fun to create these shopping round ups despite how unrealistic they are since I’ll never ever own all of which I’m hoping for but still… these round ups are fun to do and for those of you who like my style, you may find something you’d not seen before. Remember when you were little and you’d look through the Sears Christmas catalog for toys? I’m dating myself here, but I remember the excitement I felt so clearly. I knew I’d never receive everything I hoped for but that was okay because daydreaming about it was fun. I guess I’ve just continued this pattern into my adult life. Can you relate?! I think you can, that’s why we all love to read blogs!

Anthropologie Wish List

First up on my list is the the cute Biotroph Cookie Jar and the Wide-Eyed Cookie Jar. Just because. I can see giving both to friends as presents.

Anthropologie Wish List

Next, the a. Dotty Match Pot Holders, b. Milk Bottle Measuring Cups, c. Willowherb rolling pin and d. Farmer’s Market Basket (ceramic).

Anthropologie Wish List

Here are some quirky bits that I found and liked. 1. Wispy Felt Tree, 2. Mason jar snow globes, 3. crowned rabbit bust and 4. Confetti ribbon.

Anthropologie Wish List

I’m in love with this vase! |. Pragmatic “eat cake” vase, ||. butterfly globe, |||. Dalmatian, ||||. Epicene Frame.

Anthropologie Wish List

More sweet finds: w. Chevron frame (green), x. trinket and treasure candlesticks, y. Blooming Filigree Mural and z. Old World Warbler Pillow.

Anthropologie Wish List

How about these items? Artemis bow mirror, Chaffinch wallpaper, Portrait pillow and one lump or two lamp.

Anthropologie Wish List

I love this batch of interiors items: * Semiotics juice glass,** mountain peaks bath basket, *** reclaimed row ivory keepsake box and **** chaffinch shower curtain.

See anything that you can’t resist?

(images: anthropologie)

Posted in Round-ups on December 02, 2011

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