Put your party hats on! We are celebrating the release of my friend Melissa‘s new book called Scandinavian Gathering with not one but two fun surprises: 1) an exclusive DIY extract from the book, and 2) an Instagram giveaway so you can win a copy of the book here.

When Melissa asked me a few months ago if I could help her review and promote the book, of course I said yes – she is my friend, and it’s a book about Scandinavia so really, it was a not brainer! If you’ve been a reader for a while, you’ve got to know by now that I am NUTS about anything Scandinavian. What I didn’t expect though when I told her I would help, is to love the book THIS MUCH! I have pretty hight standards when it comes to books, and just found myself drooling all over every single of the 70 recipes and crafts. Every page took me back our vacations visiting my husband’s family in Denmark.

One of my favorite projects in the book is the one I am sharing with you today: a DIY Danish townhouse place card holders. Every time we go to Denmark, hubby and I make a point of spending a day together in Copenhagen (best city!!!) and we aways visit the old port of Nyhavn. The colors of the houses in Nyhavn are just amazing – see here in my IG feed!- and so I just had to make a few of these place holders. They are so fun for little dinner celebrations, and they look awesome on our shelves whenever we are not using them.

Hope you have fun with this project! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway on my Instagram account here for your chance to win your own copy of Scandinavian Gatherings.PS: I changed the DIY a bit when I did my townhouses because I didn’t have terracota-colored paint – so just ended up staining the roof part. But I love seeing the wood plain as is :)


*(c)2016 By Melissa Bahen. All rights reserved. Excerpted from Scandinavian Gatherings; From Afternoon Fika to Midsummer Feast 70 SIMPLE RECIPES & CRAFTS FOR EVERYDAY CELEBRATIONS: 70 Simple Recipes and Crafts for Everyday Celebrations by permission of Sasquatch Books.

Danish Townhouse Place Card Holders

Nyhavn, or “New Harbor” in Danish, is a waterfront area in Copenhagen that is famous for its colorful buildings. Yellow, orange, blue, red, and pink, the white-trimmed houses are one of the most famous sights in Denmark—just ask any postcard! These adorable little townhouse card holders are so versatile. They can hold place cards at a breakfast gathering, menu cards at a dinner party, and even photos, postcards, and keepsakes.


1 (2-by-2-inch) piece of wood

Small handsaw or jigsaw Miter box (optional) Sandpaper
Sponge brush

Craft paint in white, red, dark gray, terra-cotta, pastel pink, pastel blue, pastel yellow, and pale orange

Painter’s tape

Soft-bristled paintbrush, about 1⁄4 inch wide

White fine-tipped oil-based paint marker

  1. At the hardware store, have them cut your 2-by-2-inch piece of wood into 6-inch sections.
  2. Use the handsaw to cut each section of wood in half. There’s no real need to measure here, because the goal is to get blocks of slightly different heights—just eyeball it! Try to make your cuts as straight as possible; if you have one, a miter box will help. The ends that were cut at the hardware store will be perfectly straight; make those ends the bottoms of the houses, and the cuts you make can be the tops.
  3. Make a straight cut about 1⁄4 inch deep across the square face of each block that will be the roof. This will be the slot for place cards.
  4. Sand all of the cut edges of each block with the sandpaper until they are smooth. Tuck the sandpaper down into the card slot and sand both sides of that lightly as well.
  5. Using a sponge brush, paint each block, starting with the color for the main part of the house (white, orange, red, yellow, pink, or light blue). You don’t need to paint the top or bottom of the block, just the four sides. Paint as many coats as needed, allowing each coat to dry before adding another.
  6. Next, tape off the roof line using the painter’s tape. Some roofs can run side to side (with the peak on the front of the house) and some can run the opposite direction (with the peaks on the sides of the house). Mix it up for some variety! Paint the roofs in either dark gray or terra-cotta. Make sure to paint the top of each block as well. Paint as many coats as needed. As soon as you are done painting, remove the tape and allow the roofs to dry.
  7. Use the soft-bristled brush to paint a few dark-gray windows on the front of the house. The windows don’t need to look like perfect little rectangles; using a single stroke of the brush for each window is ne. Don’t worry about a door, or windows on the sides or back of the house. Let the paint dry completely.
  8. Using the white paint marker, draw a line between the house and the roof to represent the white trim work common on Nyhavn houses. Draw white trim around the windows too, and draw a cross on each window to create windowpanes.

9. Allow the paint to dry completely. If the slot for the cards has paint stuck in it, gently pop your handsaw back into the space to dislodge any paint and to reopen the slot.

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Working with Free Babes was such a blast last Spring (and the bows sold out sooo fast!) that we decide to work together this fall with a new bow collection for your little free spirit :) The bows are launching today at 10am MST and will be available here on Free Babes all fall. These bows were inspired by fall in Scandinavian – a red cabin nestled in a fjord, cosy blankets, golden leaves and sneaky little foxes running around, adventures in the woods. Mighty little bows for mighty little girls: the Freia red floral, the tiny fox print, the green plaid and our classic Scandinavian floral in mustard.


I really  have a hard time picking a favorite in this collection! The green plaid bow has this amazing thick texture – so perfect for fall!-, the tiny foxes literally go with any outfit, the Scandinavian floral is this absolutely perfect shade of mustard yellow, and the Freia floral is so bold and beautiful – an eye-catcher! I’d love to hear what you think of this collection! You can find all of my bows for sale here. Happy Monday :)


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Summer almost over? Say it ain’t so :) Today is a special day because I am launching a collection that I designed for June Loop of mix and match swimwear for mamas and their littles. Before I talk to you more about this fun collaboration, just know that these suits come in very limited numbers, and we are launching at 9am MST – so if you like a piece, don’t wait!!! Psssssss: we are also giving away a mama + mini swim set on Instagram, go here to enter!



I loved June Loop‘s swimwear the minute I found out about it. Ultra high waisted bottoms, comfy yet super feminine tops…swimwear that is just perfect for the active woman! And by active, I don’t necessarily mean that you like to do yoga on the beach. If you’re like me, chasing little ones up and down the beach, you probably have enough of flashing everyone on the beach 😉 These swimsuit tops save you from that, believe me 😛 And I love love love the matching mini suits for little girls. The best!


Kristie from June Loop and I found each other on social media in May, and we decided it would be fun to work together on a little something special for you guys – and fun it sure was! Kristie (the founder of June Loop) and I are still full time moms and we spent many late nights dreaming this collection while our little ones where sleeping. Kristie is one amazing, kick-ass woman entrepreneur who started making swimsuits for her friends 2 years ago, and now she can’t quite keep up with the demand her suits are so amazing!


My favorite print in the entire collection is by far the watercolor tropical birds print  – which I created originally for the little ones but we loved that print so much that Kristie decided to make a top for women too with this print. If you like more subtle prints, you will love my green watercolor polka dots print in the peplum top, or the small leaves and flowers print in the high waisted bottoms. One of my goals when I created this collection was to include more watercolor work, and I am so glad I did because the result on the printed fabric is really beautiful – so many shades of colors!

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The girls and I have been living in our June Loop swimsuits since we received the collection samples. They are some comfortable and fit perfectly! I think the swimsuits run a tiny bit on the smaller side so don’t hesitate sizing up if you are between two sizes. My girls are on the taller side but so you know Penelope is wearing a size 1-2 in the pics, Freia a size 3-4, Madeline a size 5-6 and Olivia a size 7-8. I am wearing a size M in the pictures -again, I am also quite tall. If you have any Qs regarding fit/sizes, just reach out to June Loop on Instagram or via email and Kristie is amazing at giving more details.

and I hope that you guys enjoy yours just as much if you decide to get one :) I can’t wait to hear what you guys think of the collection! And again, don’t forget we’re giving away a woman + mini swim set, so make sure to enter here on the giveaway post :)


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Part three of the renovation of my parents’ little French farm – which is still underway! Last week I shared a status update to show you where we’re at, and today I wanted to show you a bit more about where we are going – the inspiration that’s driving all of this. My parents are driving the remodeling work – my dad worked in construction his entire life, he used to own a building company that made that worked on big/commercial projects – factories, schools etc- so he has all sorts of building superpowers.

But  when it comes to the whole decorating/interior design stuff, it doesn’t come so natural to them so they asked me to step in. And same thing with the cost of this project – since that house will be for my brother and I but it will still belong to my parents, we decided together that they would cover the cost of doing the big remodeling costs (concrete, new wall, sheetrock, electricity etc) – my dad is doing a lot of that work himself – and that my  brother and I would cover the finishes (tiles, hardwood floor, paints, furniture, etc).


I am really excited about the kitchen/dining area in the house. It has this beautiful, old focal fireplace, and we want to give that area some of it’s rustic feel – but yet keep it fresh and light. My brother and I picked a super fun vintage looking tile at the local shop, and we’ll have that tile all over the kitchen/dining area. I think it will make quite a statement! My mom and I have our eyes set on doing a simple, rustic type of kitchen in a light blue (similar to the top left picture in the board), and she’s working with the local lumber place to have that crafted. We plan on adding more touches of blue here and there – to make amore seamless connection between the outside (blue door) and inside.

My dad was crazy about this old wood stove, and he couldn’t wait so he already installed that in the room. Right now the fridge they have their is super tiny, so we have to replace that, and we’ll probably go for something with a vintage feel like a Smeg. We’ll have a long farmhouse table that can sit everybody but the meals, some fun little shelves here and there to display old bowls and vases. It’s going to be such a fun room!


The living room is directly connected to the kitchen/dining area, but we didn’t want to carry the tiles there are we thought it would 1) be too much of that pattern, and 2) we wanted to do something warmer for little feet, a cosy flooring. So we’ll be putting hardwood there. It’s going to have this beautiful natural tone and complement the room so well! We’re still trying to figure out the whole furniture arrangement of the room, but have a good idea – except for that one tricky corner at the very end of the room. That corner is going to stay there as is until we get the rest of the room ready, and then we’ll decide what the best use for it is. My guess would be more casual seating (couch?), but we’ll see. The room as lots of wood because of the beams, so we’ll try to break that up with some rugs, cosy furniture, some build-ins that we’ll paint white. And of course touches of color here and there 😉


The upstairs bedroom aren’t too big, but the ceiling is super high so it makes the bedroom feel a lot bigger than they really are. We’re going to keep them very simple. Simple linen on the beds, old dressers etc. I want to use some of the beams to hang plants from, little things like that. Not sure how  much colors these rooms will have yet. My parents picked the hardwood floor for upstairs and installed it before I knew it, so it won’t match the hardwood floor we’ll have downstairs, but that’s ok. The one they picked is a light grey color (you can see it here), and it is nice and keeps the rooms looking simple and fresh.


The dormitory is this super fun room I can’t wait to get started on! that’s where we’re going to pill up all the cousins when they meet up for vacation :) The room is fairly big (and again, with high ceilings), so we’ll line up beds dormitory style, and we’re also planning on adding a loft space to make good use of that high ceiling. That space can be used to add beds if needed, or simply as reading/play space. I’d REALLY love to add a swing from of of the beams, but let’s see if I can make that happen! We’ll add some fun color in this room. I want to use metal trunks in bright colors for storage, anything that will make this room functional but still fun. Oh, and I am planning an sneaking in some of new patterns I am working on in this room 😉




We are keeping the bathroom pretty simple. Originally I would have love to do a patterned tile on the floor in one of the bathroom, but again, my parents moved forward with the bathrooms faster than I planned, and they picked a dark grey tiles to put on the floor for both bathroom. But really, it’s a lovely tile, very simple, and they added white cabinetry that doesn’t have any doors with wood countertop. Very simple :) The upstairs bathroom is bigger and has natural light (thank you skylight!), and the downstairs bathroom is much smaller/no natural light but we’re hoping to still find a way to make it feel like it’s not a cave 😛 So I said we’re keeping things simple in the bathrooms,  but OF COURSE we’ll be putting some fun patterns in the tiling of the showers, because, you know, these bathrooms do need a little personality 😉 Just like for the kitchen tile, my brother and I went to the local shop and picked one type of tile for the downstairs shower, and another for the upstairs shower. I think it will look great! In the downstairs shower, my dad is keeping a little corner where we can add a washing machine, and we’re trying to make that corner very clean and simple too.

Here is the picture of all three tiles we picked for the house, can you guess which one goes where?


I know that in my last status update it still looks like we’re a long way from decorating (especially the downstairs), but really now that the bigger work is done, it’s going to move quite fast – and I can’t wait to start adding all of the little house that are going to make this little French farm a cosy little place :)

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You might remember that my parents and us kids started renovating the old family farmhouse over a year ago – which we’ll use as a vacation home for my brother (who lives in Switzerland) and us whenever we’re go home on vacation. I talked about it here when I shared the before pictures. Well, we are not done with this remodel – ha, how I wish!-, but my parents have made so much progress these past few months that I thought you guys might be interested in a little status update :) Next week I’ll also show you the inspiration boards that I put together to guide us through this remodel. I can’t wait to finally stay there next summer when we visit my parents!

As a side note, it’s an interesting process to be helping my parents on this, because in the end they are the ones there supervising and making the last calls, and as much as I try to guide them, things sometimes turn out a bit different than I’d pictures. But hey, they have been doing really great and it’s kinda fun, in a way, to not be able to control everything. Teaches me to go with the flow, and every trip we kinda readjust the path and make the best out of what comes out of this process.

So anyway, on to the house…

The outside.

frenchfarmreno10L: Freia at 14 months in front of the farm, 2015. R: Penelope at 10 months, 2016. Kinda crazy :)

The outside of the house needed a lot of TLC. We completely cleaned up the old stonework and redid the joints. I love how the new joints highlight the old stones so beautifully! We swapped the front door with a new one that has the exact style as the old one. My parents were thinking about making all doors and windows in metal,  but I convinced them to stick with wood because it’s feels so much more original to the house. I am so glad they listened because metal would have not given that rustic feel that the farm needs. We turned the original garage door opening to the left of the building + the other door that was just to the left of the main front door into big windows. It was so dark inside the house before, and the extra light that these new windows bring is quite something!

All we have left to do now really on the outside is a bit of landscaping in front to add some greenery and flowers. Also, we’ll be probably add a little gated garden/outdoor eating area on the side of the house.

The main floor.

My parents have done a lot of work there – even though things will still look rough to you. There is a lot of stuff on the picture because my parents are using the main level while working on it, but most of that stuff won’t be there once we’re done with the remodel.

A few months ago the house was still divided up into two main area – the area that has the fireplace and already had a concrete slab, and the rest of the house that was unfinished as can be, dirt floor and all. We got rid of all inside walls to make one big open, connected kitchen/dining/living room space.
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They had to level off the dirt and pour a new concrete slab in the rest of the room. As far as lighting goes, I would have loved to install some nice pendant lights, but the ceiling are actually quite low, so we decided to do recessed lighting instead to save some space. I’ll have to add some fun floor/table lamps instead :) My dad had his eyes set on this old vintage stove, which I also LOVE and find so perfect for this space, so he installed that. And they also started working on the downstairs bath – which is a full bath with a shower. Like I said, so so much work!



And still, so much left to be done. Next up is the ceiling! We’re going to paint it white between the beams to freshen up the space more. I debated for a while painting the beams white too, but I kinda want to keep a bit of that rustic charm. After the painting is done, my dad will install hardwood floors in the living room area and a super pretty, vintage-looking pattern tile in the kitchen area. I can’t wait for that to be completed! then we’ll install the new kitchen (which we are still going back and fourth on the design), build the staircase to the upper floor, maybe some built-in shelves for box, a window bench….And then, on to decorating :)

That old armoire you see at way in the back on that last picture used to belong to my grandma. The ceiling is too low to keep it downstairs, so we are going to move it upstairs in one of the bedroom, before we build the stairs. My mom and I still go back and fourth on whether we should keep it that way or paint it a super fun color to make it more an accent….what do you guys think?!

The upstairs: 

The upstairs is probably the part of the house that has change the most over the past year. It’s actually nearly finished! The first pictures is from last January, and the other pictures from this July.

I absolutely LOVE that we kept part of beams apparent. The upstairs now looks so fresh but still with a lot of personality. We talked a lot about what to do with the chimney going through the room, and I am so glad that it’s still part of the room, but with this beautiful finish.



My dad poured a new concrete floor as the old one was just done. That part of the farm used to be where they stored the wheat grains. We divided the upstairs space into 1 bathroom, 2 bedrooms and 1 dormitory where we plan on just pilling up the kids :) Electricity was inexistent there so we had to add that. My dad insulated the roof. Then it was sheetrock (so much of that work with all the tricky corners!), baseboards and paint. We also installed hardwood flooring and a beautiful pocket door to get into the dormitory. All that is left, really, is to add some shelves/storage in the dormitory in that little corner behind the metal pipe, and we’re also thinking of building a loft space in the dormitory to be able to add extra beds since the ceiling is so high. The two bedroom don’t have closet space 0 which is pretty common in France -, so I guess I’ll have to go to the flea market to find some dressers – twist my arm 😛

I’ll be showing  you all of the decorating inspiration we’re using next week, but until then I will leave you with a picture of the tiles that my brother and I picked at the local store – tiles that we will use in the kitchen ( for the floor), in the downstairs bathroom (to tile the shower) and upstairs bathroom (to also like the shower)…can you guess which tile is for what? :)


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Happy Tech_wallpaper_May_displayI don’t know about you, but May is one of my favorite month of the year. School year reaching an end, flowers blooming everywhere, first dinner parties al fresco…and also, well, two of my babies were born in May, so that will almost make May extra special for me :) Here is a little something for you phone and computer so match our free 2016 printable calendar. Enjoy!

PS: love seeing so many of you share images of the calendar on Instagram. Jessica and I are so so happy you love it!

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YAY! Today is a very special day for me because I am launching my capsule collection with Free Babes Handmade  – a collaboration that I have had in the works for a few months now! Those of you following me on Instagram caught a glimpse of the collection these past few weeks as I was working on it – and we are finally launching today..and celebrating with a giveaway – see below :)

Meet my “Daisies”, “Scandinavian flowers”, and “Midsummer floral” patterns – available as sailor clip bows, mini sailor headbands and pigtail sets. Free Babes Handmade makes the cutest bows, and I was beyond excited when the founder Hillary asked me to design for her a few months ago. Both Hillary and I love all things Scandinavian, so we decided to create a collection inspired by Scandinavia for little girls who love going on adventures and exploring. I hope you like this capsule collection – I had so much fun designing it! You can find the bows in the shop here.

Oh, and to celebrate, we’re having a GIVEAWAY today – we’re giving away the entire collection to one lucky person :) To enter, it’s easy, just go to Free Babes Handmade’s Instagram account here. Don’t miss it!


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When life gives you lemons…welcome, April! Now don’t you all go playing too many pranks today 😉 April is going to be an awesome month. At least I believe it is – hey, it’s my birth month after all :) Here is a little desktop/phone background for your tech that goes with our free 2016 printable calendar…because I know you guys like to be matchy matchy 😉 Hope it makes you happy every time you look at it! Have a great weekend, y’all!

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A few of you might have seen some sneak peaks on my Instagram account of a little something we’ve been working on downstairs – the renovation of our in-law unit. I realized I never shared anything about that, so here is a little post to put you all in the know :)

This in-law unit sits at the bottom of our house. The main (front) part of our house was built in 1920, and in 1965 the owner added to the back of the house – which became the new kitchen/dining area upstairs and an in-law unit on the floor below that. When we bought the house having this space was like a dream come true  – with family and friends coming to visit from Europe year-round, we didn’t have to worry about were to have them. The in-law unit has not been updated since it was built, aside a the fresh coat of paint before the previous owners put the house on the market. It is pretty much one big room with a kitchenette on one wall, and a bathroom next to that.

Click here to see before pictures of the in-law!

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I can never get tired of looking at picture of happy family homes. The happy colors. Little nooks for little ones everywhere. Interior design that is inclusive of everybody that makes a family, just not the adults. Creatives spaces that aren’t necessarly perfect, that let everybody be themselves. I know many people don’t agree, and will say that toys belong in the child’s room and a living room should be all “grown-up” – but I believe that when both the adults and children feel like they belong in a space, they will also feel closer as a family. These pictures are all picture from the photography portfolio of Hans Mossel – don’t all of these home feel so full of life? Spaces that don’t take themselves too seriously, just as it should be. Enjoy :)

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