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An Angel at my Table {Mari Eriksson}

Mari Eriksson authors a beautiful blog called An Angel at my Table and though it’s in Swedish her more recent posts contain a bit of English so you can follow along. It’s filled with photos of her home and workspace that are nothing short of inspirational and lovely. There are so many things that I enjoy about her home, from the white wood floors to the industrial pieces living so nicely alongside modern country, chandeliers, and great vintage finds (like the lockers and her sewing machine). Isn’t this a glowing space?


Mari lives in Sweden and as I drool over her magazine worthy abode, I’m left to wonder what this obviously talented lady does for a living. A designer? stylist? photographer? She doesn’t mention it in her blog. Her home has lots of character and positive energy, everything is arranged so effortlessly chic!

Pairing unexpected things seems to be a theme here in Mari’s home. All of the furniture appears to have modern clean lines no matter what period it is from. Good tip to note when you try this look at home. Select furniture that coordinates by color/wood – select a few that you like, i.e. gray, white, and medium wood tones for instance, and then by style like clean modern lines (works best). If you have a curvy piece, you can add it to create a little tension but go easy on mixing curvy with straight because you won’t be able to pull off Mari’s look if this is what you’re going for. I’d consider one curvy dresser or desk and leave it at that.


I love the idea of using a bench along the wall in an eating nook. It’s a clever use of space because if you live in small quarters a slim bench is so practical. You can also look for one with a lift up seat to provide additional storage. My friend in Montreal uses a detailed vintage church pew (like this one only with a clear stain) that she purchased at a flea market and it’s topped with a simple white linen cushion. The detailed carvings and overall patina of the wood paired with her white-washed farm table and white Bertoia side chairs looks so nice.

Show of hands… How many would like to move in? :)

{1/22 3:48 pm update: Thanks to a few comments below, it was revealed that Mari is a photographer. Thank you Linnea and Annemeike!}

(images from mari eriksson)

Posted in blogs, Home Tours, travel on January 22, 2008
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Weblog Awards

Quick mention…My friend Maryam has been nominated for a 2007 weblog award so if you read her blog My Marrakesh and like it please cast your vote here! I know it would mean a lot to her – but hurry, voting ends soon!

Posted in blogs on November 06, 2007

Faces In Places: New Blog

Here’s a fun Friday afternoon thing to do… Visit the cute blog called Faces In Places. I just read about it over on Apartment Therapy and found it to be quite entertaining. Isn’t this sink the cutest?

“Sinking Feeling”

I like to challenge myself when I’m out taking photographs, sometimes to shoot only things that are blue, or signs, or things that are round, etc. Now I’m up for a new challenge, faces in places you’d least expect them. Great find, AT!

(image from moonbird on flickr.)

Posted in blogs on September 28, 2007

Blogs & Notes On Friendship

I’m forever finding new blogs (well new to me) and while I don’t know any of these bloggers beyond their pretty pictures, I can sense that in real life they’d make some of the best friends. Take I Heart Linen for example. She creates lovely things and I bet that if she were your real life friend, she’d gladly sit down and show you the ropes with her trusty sewing machine. This is a swap package she pulled together for a friend in Singapore. See what I mean? Now this is a good pal to have.

Maybe you can relate with me on this, but most of my friends are gypsies. Including me. We’ve moved around quite a bit and yes, friends are still friends no matter where they live, but if they’re not bloggers, you quickly lose touch with their day-to-day life. True, those we meet on the web we may never meet in person, but just having them there to check in on is comforting and enough for me. There’s something relatively stable here on the nutty internet now, and it’s called blogging. You know that if you go to your favorite blog today, chances are good that you’ll find them there waiting for you, welcoming you in. It’s hard to get that when I call or visit some of my best friends because everyone is keeping such a chaotic schedule these days. Blogs sometimes fill a void we have in real life, don’t you think?

Mettes Pottery
is a Danish blogger who can teach you a thing or to about decorating and pottery. What a nice blog she has. Look at her living room, wow!

Karkovski is also from Denmark. She sews, has cute kids, a really sweet spirit, and experiments with a wide range of crafts. You can look at her darling house here. Her flickr images are great, she finds some amazing things thrifting, like this dress.

Chez Mai is from France and also has children and is a totally creative mom. I love all of these creative mothers out there blogging and showing us how being a mom isn’t at all an excuse to stop doing what you love. Children should become part of your life, not take up your entire life and drain your blood right out of you. I appreciate such blogs because I think about my mom and how amazing she is and I aspire to be just like her when I have my own children someday. My mother made everything for me, from clothes to Barbie clothes, art for my room, stuffed animals, it was the best to have such a talented mother growing up.

So*Sage is French as well, and can this lady do amazing things to paper, my goodness! I love this mobile that she pulled together. Wouldn’t you love to be able to just throw something together like this? All the talent I see on blogs inspires me to do more and reach higher, experiment with new things, and really push myself to do some of the things I’ve placed on the back burner. Being creative gives you the fuel you need to do everything else in life better.

And finally (for now at least), there’s Smosch. These three images are from her blog and I think they are all so filled with detail I can’t stop looking at them. The more I look, the more I see that I like. This stylish lady lives in Gothenburg, Sweden with her man J and she loves to photograph him (he’s so cute!) in the great cafes they visit and of course, the occasional gorgeous room shot. The presentation here is lovely, the imagery really draws you in, and I like the elegant simplicity of her blog layout. And she makes these funny little dolls for her etsy shop, too. Smosch is one cool blogger!

On days when my favorite bloggers aren’t writing, I often wonder why and sometimes worry when they post about something nutty that’s going on in their life. It’s fascinating how we form these bonds online with people we’ve never met in person. Almost a modern day quilter’s circle, isn’t it? It’s so encouraging to have these virtual friendships, and for some of us, we are able to take it up a notch and meet them face-to-face. But whether we ever meet our bloggy pals in person or not, meeting with them is still only a click away.

(images from blogs listed above)

Posted in blogs on August 23, 2007

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