Is it December already?!!! i mean, COME ONE, let’s get started with the holiday celebrations already :) I’ve been spending my weekend looking for Christmas inspiration to decorate the house. Even though we’ll be in Europe to celebrate with family at Christmas, I really want our house to look bright and happy because. Do you have a color theme picked out already? Are you going classic red and green? All gold? Color explosion like me? And talking about the holidays, I can’t wait to share more  our round 2 of 24 Merry Days (remember last year?)….I’ve been working hard at it, and let me just put it this way: you guys are going to freak out when you see what there is to win this year :)

Happy Monday, friends!

1. Ornament tree by Indiska |2. Bright and Merry signs by Paper & Stitch |3. DIY fabric lights ornaments by Kojo Designs |4. Wrapping paper at Anthropologie (last season)|5. Jam jar snow globes by Sweet Paul |6. Tiny trees for your table by Carnet Parisiens |7. Simple packaging with felt balls by This Little Street |8. Modern ornament garland by Sugar & Cloth.

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Being married to a Danish guy – the ultimate biking country- made me rediscover bikes as a grown-up. They are so fun and easy to get around and get you in such shape without the price of a gym membership! I love it when I see US cities like Berkeley or NYC start and try to make it easier for bikes to get around – because really, you’ve got to be able to ride safely. Did you know that in Denmark, many of the bicycle lanes are separated from the car lanes by a whole sidewalk?! Personally I’ve never liked to wear a helmet – so uncomfortable, and not too sound shallow, but they are kinda ugly. But I do it because it’s the right thing to do.

So when I stumble upon the story of the invisible bike helmet today, I knew I wanted to share it with you because it is such a striking idea. Check out this video:

Photo credit: Hövding.

What I like the most about this story is that Swedish industrial designers Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin never listened to the words “That’s impossible”. The product is still very expensive, but I love the out-of-box thinking to come up with something completely unexpected.

What do you guys think? Cost aside, would you wear the invisible helmet?

Complete Hövding invisible bicycle helmet is available online and at shops in Europe.

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L: Home of stylist Lisa Marie Andersson | R: Pear tarts with chocolate crumble by Sips and Spoonfuls

Last Friday I mentioned to you guys the new (and super gorgeous) Mollie Makes Home edition in which I am featured, and so today I thought I’d show you just one of the many beautiful homes that were included in the magazine. This is the home of Swedish designer Lisa Marie Anderson - and it was love at first sight. Sure, the color palette she chose for her place is much softer and delicate than the one I picked for my own home, but I love it all the same. It’s really perfect, so calming, and it speaks loudly of her own design style. If you look carefully at the pictures, you’ll realize that her place is only a studio apartment – isn’t it amazing how much she did with it and how she made all of her needs work in this small space? It reminds me a bit of this place that I featured when I started blogging.

And while chatting with Lisa about her work and starring at all her her origami birds hanging from the ceiling, wouldn’t you want to snack on these delicious little pear tarts with chocolate crumble by Sips and Spoonfuls? You can find the pictures here and the recipe here (Page 142). Happy Tuesday, friends!

Photo credit: Lisa Marie Andersson’s home, photography by Sofia Bystrom.

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Have you guys checked out the latest Mollie Makes Home edition?! It’s nothing short of amazing! The magazine is filled with the inspiring spaces and gorgeous homes of so many of my favorite creative people. And I am not seeing I love this magazine because I am featured in it. I actually still can’t believe I was included in it and feel so honored. I received my copy yesterday and just can’t put it down! It’s worth every penny. If you want to order a copy (you SO should!), you can go here. And if you’re feeling lucky, Mollie Makes is also giving away 10 copies.

And with that, a few things I’ve been loving lately:

Have a great weekend, friends!

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This post should really have been titled “Happy Halloween” really- because wouldn’t that the most appropriate thing to say on Halloween?! It’s just that I feel like the worst blogger when it comes to Halloween, zero post on the topic to be exact. Heck, all the other girls are posting these cute handmade customs – I bought ours at Target, ha.

So there, instead of a Halloween post, I give you a little color inspiration with this round-up of pretty things I’ve been loving on Etsy. But wishing you all a very spooky Halloween –  we’ll be out trick or treating with the girls tonight in our target rock-on outfits ;)

toy bus | shoes | cups | fox top | headscarf | cushions | bread board | fingerless gloves | plaid fabric

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This is the last picture of that I instagramed of New York before our move, and I thought it was only appropriate to share it again since I’m flying back to New York. I am taking the girls with me and we’re going to spend the rest of the week there. I have to attend some events for work and it’s going to be so nice to catch up with friends. I have to admit, I miss New York more than I thought I would. Not that I want to go back and live in New York. After a few years trying to handle the pulse of the city with a young family my own heart almost flatlined, and moving to California has been the best thing we did for our family. But the fact is, I miss it. A LOT. It’s a beautiful love/hate relationship, and right now I just want to throw myself into the arms of the city and drink in every minute of my trip. Now excuse me while I leave on a jet plane ;)

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I just spent a weekend like I hadn’t spent in a long time – simple and magical all at once. We went camping with the girls for the very first time with an old friend that I met in Ireland. After months of packing and moving and trying to adapt to a new schedule, these couple of days were the perfect mini vacation. We packed our car with no real plan in mind and let nature show us the way. Life, simplified.

The girls were SO excited to be on their first camping trip, and I have to say, so was I. I used to camp so much when I was little  and absolutely loved it, and was waiting to see who they would react. They rocked it, and it was actually so easy to be out there with kids so little – all they wanted was to run among the trees, find hiding places and make bows and arrows out of sticks they found.

On Saturday we decided to check out a nearby beach, and we couldn’t believe our eyes at the beauty around us – we saw seals and dolphins and flights of pelicans…it was simply magical, because we weren’t on a tourist boat trying to make all that happen. It felt so raw and honest to be on the beach and see it all.

After our walk at the beach we stopped at a little organic strawberry farm called Swanton Farm. My friends knew about it and told us we HAD to go. I am so happy they showed this farm to us, because it is probably the most soulful place I’ve ever been too. They sell strawberries of course, but also anything made with strawberry – jam, pies, strawberry apple cider even! It’s cosy, they have couches and big tables and board games and a banjo and funny old pictures on the walls.

And my very favorite part? You pay and make your own change yourself. Nobody is at the register. They just trust that you’ll do the right thing. That place represents everything that’s soulful and honest in this world….and it got me thinking, why aren’t more places like this nowadays? Shouldn’t soulful and honest be the norm rather than the exception?  Some will say it’s utopian to put that much trust into people you don’t know, but as far as I am concerned, that’s how the world should be.

Credit: All pictures by Audrey Smit and my friend Julien G. 

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You know one thing about moving to California that surprised me, friends? The nights can get so chilly! I’ve always been the “girl that’s cold”, I blame it on poor blood circulation but I’m always more dressed than anyone else…so when we moved I geared up for the chilly evenings and bought a gazillions blankets. And when I saw these super pretty modern-weave oversized storage bins  at West Elm, I knew that they would be the perfect thing to store the blankets during the day and carry them from indoors to outdoors for our dinners al fresco.

But hey, I could not possible just leave this pretty bin without a little touch of color, you know? ;)  You can take the girl out of the color, but you can’t take the color out of the girl. I thought of updating the bin with a modern tartan pattern because to me there is nothing that screams blankets more than tartan – but I didn’t want it to look to traditional. After putting together my little rolling herb garden, I knew I wanted more mint in the home, so I used that as the base color and paired it up with more fun colors – pink, green, coral and blue.

PS: West Elm is having a blanket sale until Monday. My favorite are the ombre throws, so pretty!

- modern-weave oversized storage bin from West Elm.
- Acrylic paint
- Embroidery thread
- Super thin steel wire – I used 28 gauge wire- to make a makershift needle that you can bend enough to go through the weaving,
- pliers
- brushes
- masking tape, two sizes for the stripes. I used 3/4 of an inch and 1.5 inches wide.
- water based polycrylic in satin or gloss to protect the paint.

1. Apply masking tape about 6.5 inches from the bottom of the bin.
2. Paint your base colors with a brush – I thought of doing spray painting here, but was afraid it would mess up the weaving when I needed to thread it later on. Give it too coats if needed, but make sure to spread the paint as well as possible so there aren’t any big lump of paint stuck anywhere.
3. Think about what pattern you want to do on your bin. Start with your first colors – apply masking tape, paint, and once it is dry, remove the tape. Repeat for the process for each color. Note: Painting stripes on weaves can be tricky, and you won’t get something completely straight, but here are a couple tricks to make it easier: A) Make sure to apply the paper very well to follow the movement of the weaves, and B) never put too much paint on your brush, this way there are less chances that extra paint will “escape” to the sides.
4. Take off the masking tape. Note: Some of the paint might chip off when you take off the masking tape, make sure you save a little extra paint to patch these up.
5. Apply a coat of protectant on the basket so the paint won’t chip to easily.
6. Make a makeshift needles with the steel wire – something string enough to pull the thread through but that can bend to go through the weaving. Cut a 1 and 1/2 inches long, tie a not at the end and thread it. Pull on the knot some more to make the end as small as possible – that’s when the pliers might come in handy.
7. Cut pieces of embroidery threads about 7 feet long – long enough to go all around your bin.
8. Thread your basket horizontally all around the bin and repeat for as many lines as you want to create. Tie a knot when done and cut loose ends. Note: If some of  the whole are plugged with paint (it happened to me quite a bit), just use a nail/thick needle to make a whole through.
9. Et voila! You’re done. Fill up your basket with all your blankets!

Disclaimer: This post was put together in collaboration with West Elm. They provided the modern-weave oversized storage bin to me. All ideas, words and photography for the post are my own. 

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