L: Home via Hus o Hem| R: Spicy grapefruit margarita via The Life Styled.

hi friends! I am on my way to France with the girls – flying alone with all 3 girls, wish me luck! Today I wanted to share this sweet place from Sweden. The owners of this lovely home are from Iceland and I love the rustic feel that they managed to bring to the place without it being too overwhelming – it’s got a lot of that scandinavian white to break it up a bit. Oh, and can we talk about that gorgeous orange wall? I probably would have never dared that color, but I love how it contrasts with the the wood and rustic furniture. And with that, I’ll have a yummy spicy grapefruit margarita while I stare at that pretty orange wall and sit in that pretty leather chair.

Cheers, and I’ll see you guys on the other side of the Atlantic!

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What are some of the things that define you as a family? I mean, what are the things that you always do together? Maybe it’s hiking or or going to brunch on Saturdays? Maybe it is singing out loud in the car or going to Church on Sundays? For us, picnics are one of those things. I have a picnic bag at home filled with the essentials, always ready the next  adventure. The best thing about picnics is you can make them as fancy or as simple as you’d like, and you can set up a picnic blanket wherever you’d like. You can have a million dollar view without paying a dime for it.

My uber-talented photographer friend Alicia came out from New York to visit us mid-June, and I asked her if she would mind coming with us on one of our little picnics and snapping pictures of our family of 5 – a rare treat since I am usually always behind the lens! So I filled our picnic basket with the beautiful picnic throw and enamel plates that my friends at West Elm sent me for the occasion, a yummi citrus and ginger cake (I’ll share the recipe soon!), some sodas and books to read with the girls…and off we went!


We went to the “kite park” – beautiful open spaces right by the Berkeley marina overlooking San Francisco and the Golden gate bridge. We call it the Kite park because it is always very windy and tons of people come here to fly kites – there is even a kite festival there every summer and I can’t wait to check it out. It’s our special spot. We often come here on Sunday evenings to have a picnic and fly our kites. Sadly, there was barely any wind the day we took the pictures! Madeline was so sad she couldn’t fly the new kite we made together from leftover wallpaper :) But that little girl is determined, and so, we HAD to try anyway!

Since my photographer friend Alicia is originally from Sweden, we also made a couple of flower crowns that turned this picnic into a little mid-summer celebration. And I told the girls that when they wore their flower crown, fairies would come  out of hiding to see them – but that they had to look very carefully to see them since fairies are so fast. Obviously  ;) They were mesmerized and I had so much fun watching them try to spot fairies. Childhood memories in the making.



And as we ate the cake, we watched the sun set over the Golden Gate bridge. I mean, moments like these are just pure perfection. I know that often we dream of an amazing vacation on a faraway island with a pool overlooking the sea. But this, really my friends, this is the real deal. Life really doesn’t get any better than this – a pretty picnic blanket and little girls chasing fairies.

See more pictures of our picnic shoot featured on the West Elm blog here!

Credits: Photography by Alicia Swedenborg. Picnic throw and white enamel plates sent to me for this shoot by West Elm, who offered to partner with me to make our family pictures even more special :)
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Are you guys in vacation mode already? I have a to do list that seems to be multiplying and have a lot do to before we leave for France on Monday, but I just couldn’t care less. All I want to do is eat ice cream, rest on a blanket in the shade of a tree with my girls, hear them laughing as they play in the water. And did I mention eat ice cream? A totally unproductive kinda-summer, some would say. But I would argue just the opposite ;) Happy Wednesday, friends!

Sources: 1. DIY colorblock food dome by Sugar & Cloth. | 2. Beach radioat Anthropologie | 3. knitted ‘gingham’ Uimi blankets | 4. Citrus curds – lemon, pink grapefruit and blood orange |5. DIY string lights  by a Subtle Revelry |6. Cheese plates via Babsouk

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Letters to my future self letter book by Chronicle books.

Friends – so sorry I’ve been MIA! It’s been a whirlwind here. Hubby got some big (good) news at work, and we’ve been trying to wrap our heads around it all. Our green card process is also finally moving forward – which means tons of paperwork to fill out right now-, and on top of that we’re leaving for Europe in a week. I am traveling to Europe alone with the three girls to get there and trying not to freak out about it! Between all of these things and trying to find a new balance with three kids, this blog has taken a hit, and I am so sorry I haven’t been around more!

Today I wanted to share a little something hubby and I have been doing this week – write letters to our future selves. For Father’s day I was looking for a little present, something simple to give to hubby, and found these “Letters to my future self” by Chronicle Books. I loved the idea right away, and figured I’d pick one up for hubby and I to do together. These have been such amazing conversation starters for us. Like I said, a lot is going on right now in our life, and it will be so great to open letter twenty or thirty years from now and read about all of the things that were going on in our life in 2014, our thoughts, our hopes, our dreams. There are 10 different letters in this little book of letters with different themes – I don’t think I will write them all, but my favorites/the ones I intend on writing are: “A pep talk to the future me“, “Where I want to go” (major wanderlust here!!!), “This is a letter about my love“, “It was an extraordinary day…” and “a promise to myself“. I am sure that as I write these letters tons of thoughts will come up, and I’ll try to share some of these thoughts with you.

Have you ever written a letter to your future self? How was the experience for you? If you haven’t done it…would you? How old do you think I should be before opening the letters?

PS: Also, do you have a bucket list?

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Hi! This is Erin from Apartment 34 for Audrey’s last guest post during her maternity leave. It’s rare I talk about baby things not having any of my own yet but when Audrey asked me to guest post while she’s out with darling Freia,  I thought I’d poke around to see what’s been going on for the wee ones these days. And I’m glad I did because I discovered a collection I might start buying now! How good would you feel if the money spent towards making your kid look cute went to an even better cause?! Now you can find out!

Twenty-two high end designers including Prada, Chloe, Celine Vera Wang, Victoria Beckham, Alexander McQueen and Isabel Marant {basically the most A-list designers, ever!} have teamed up with Shopbop and Born Free for a baby and kids line where 100% of the proceeds are going towards ending HIV transmission between mother and child. We’re all for shopping for a cause so naturally we’ll take a moment to break our baby silence with a stunning nursery and cute clothes that would obviously look beyond gorge hanging in the closet!

We love, love the message behind this line and are super excited to share it with all you mamas, mama-to-be’s, and aunties. Even if you’re that one friend out of your whole entire group who doesn’t have a child yet {raises hand!}, you’ll definitely want to keep this collection on your radar for when that inevitable “damn-it-another-one-of-my-friends-is-having-a-baby-before-me,” baby shower moment!

>1 Ivanka Trump Toddler Kurta + Bloomers

>2 Alexander McQueen Baby Blanket

>3 Prada Child’s Pleated Skirt

>4 Lemlem Child’s Patio Dress

>5 DKNY Child’s Dress

Btw, while sourcing nurseries, we came across THE cutest little boy of all time, Carter from Babiekins!

images via The Brick House, photography by Laure Joliet 

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People often say “less is more” – but in the case of this growing little family, more is definitely more.

It is more work. More tiredness. More juggling. It’s life on steroids. But really, what it really is, it’s more love. I am not going all hormone-emotional on you, friends. I am also not trying to sell you this “big family” idea. It’s just that my heart has been feeling SO full since Freia was born, it feels like it’s gonna explode any minute now. And not like it wasn’t already filled with love before she arrived….it’s crazy, that capacity that we have to love and to love even more, beyond what we thought was possible.

I still can’t really believe we are a family of 5, but it is every bit real. The laundry pilling up and the three car seats in the back of our car are the very proof of that reality ;)  I have three little girls….how lucky I am to be able to write these words….A couple weeks ago for Father’s day we had our first little escape as a family of 5 – drove south of the Bay to Mount Diablo. It was totally unplanned, we left on a whim, hit the road and made up our day as it went.

We stopped when being in the car was too much. We picked flowers. We sat in the shade of a tree and ate cupcakes. We stopped to look at the horses – oh the sparkles in the girls’ eyes. Take that, shake it up with a couple meltdowns and spilled drinks at lunch, and you’ll get the kind of perfectly imperfect day that we love so much.

It’s not always  perfect and it’s not always easy. We’re all tired, and we’re still trying to figure out how to deal with all that “more”. But we’re a team and we’re going to figure this out together. And when I see the girls loving on their sister the way they do, I forget about all that extra tiredness and juggling and the tantrums – all I can see is  the oh-so happy days ahead of us.

Have a lovely weekend, friends!

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Baby Freia arrived on May 9th, so while I take some time to rest and bond with my little girl, an amazing group of blogger friends is helping “fill in the gaps”. Enjoy their amazing posts!

Hello! This is Nomita from Ebabee Likes. When Audrey asked me to do a guest post for her while she went on maternity leave, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Since she’s busy welcoming her new baby in to the world, I thought it would be fun to put together a nursery inspiration board.

I went for shades of blue because blue is such a calming colour that works equally well for a baby boy or girl. I’ve also included hints of grey as not only does it work really well with blue but it’s a colour I would love to see used more often in a nursery. Grey can be paired with almost any colour out there so it’s easy to use in a more minimal nursery like this one or even in a bright, colourful one.

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1. Mountains wallpaper | 2. DIY Bear head |3. Party animal poster |4. Vintage chair |5. Stars garland |6. Dotty storage baskets |7. Striped rattle toy |8. Raindrop in boots cushion |9. Butterflies bed linen

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One of my favorite thing about living in California is all the citrus. I. CAN’T. GET. ENOUGH. Growing up in France surrounded by apple and cherry trees, I had never even seen a real citrus tree until I moved to Arizona for college. I was hooked instantly. Nothing like the sight of bright yellow in a tree to cheer me right up – oh, and the blossoms, that smell….it’s like a drug!

Today I wanted to share a little favorite recipe of mine, a perfect little lemon curd (the best you’ll ever have I swear!), and a couple more fun twist on that – a grapefruit curd and a blood orange curd.

Lemon curd is such a great classic – if you’ve never tried making it you should, it is SO easy and SO delicious….and it doesn’t take more than 15 minutes to make! My FAVORITE breakfast of all time: greek yogurt topped with a bit of lemon curd and some ginger (or berry. Or chocolate!) granola from Trader Joe’s. Heaven in a bowl. I dare you to try it and not like it! And now that I have blood orange and grapefruit curds at home, I can mix it up some more – they are just as delicious! You can also try them with ricotta pancakes, or fill a cake with them or use them as a base to make ice cream. Yum!

Simple lemon curd (make about 1 cup)

  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes
In a small saucepan whisk egg yolk and egg until combined. As you whisk add sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest, and keep whisking until everything looks smooth – one minute or so. Place the saucepan over medium heat and whisk constantly. When the custard thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon, it is ready – that should take about 8-10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, and slowly stir in the butter, one cube at a time. Strain the curd into a bowl/jar, cover up with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least an hour.


Pink grapefruit curd (make about 1 cup)

  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • 2 tbps lemon juice
  • zest of 1 medium grapefruit
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes
Follow same directions as lemon curd recipe – only difference is that you add the lemon juice as the same time as the grapefruit juice.
Blood orange curd (make about 1 cup)
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh blood orange juice
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • zest of 2 blood oranges
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes
Follow same directions as lemon curd recipe – only difference is that you add the lemon juice at the same time as the blood orange juice.

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Hello, Clemence here from Oh The Lovely Things. I’m excited to share a little DIY project while Audrey is busy cuddling her beautiful Freia!

A few months ago, I decided it was about time I re-organized my craft supplies. I found treasures I had completely forgotten about, and among them was a hidden gem: a bottle of fabric stiffener. Jewelry is my favorite type of things to DIY, so of course I started making necklaces, rings and bracelets. When I saw lovely lace ribbon on sale, I knew my fabric stiffener was about to strike again.

This lace bangle is perfect for hot summer days: it’s so light that you can barely feel it on your arm. And it’s probably one of the easiest DIY projects ever!

You will need:

- Lace ribbon
- Fabric stiffener
- Paintbrush
- Glue
- Scissors
- Cylindrical or tubular object (such as a glass) with a circumference slightly larger than your wrist.
- Narrow satin ribbon (optional)
- Tape (optional)

1.Find a cylindrical or tubular object (such as a glass or a coffee can) that has a circumference slightly larger than your wrist. A good way to find the right object is to use one of your bracelets or bangles and try it on various glasses (or other cylindrical objects) until you find one that fits. Wrap the lace ribbon around the glass and mark the end point with your finger. Add about half an inch, then trim excess. 

2. Apply glue on the extra 1/2″. Glue the ends of the ribbon together and let dry.

3. Once the glue has dried, place the bracelet around the glass. Use a paintbrush to apply a generous amount of fabric stiffener all over the lace. Let dry (mine took about 5 hours to dry). 

4. That’s it! Easy, right?

Now my little niece saw my new lace bracelet and immediately wanted one for herself. “But in pink!” she said. She’s in her “everything needs to be pink” period. I didn’t have pink dye on hand, so instead we weaved a pink ribbon through the lace.

1. Step 1 is identical: Find a cylindrical or tubular object (such as a glass) that has a circumference slightly larger than your wrist (or in my case, my little niece’s wrist). Wrap the lace ribbon around the glass and mark the end point with your finger. Add about half an inch, then trim excess.

2. Cut a piece of narrow satin ribbon, just a little longer than the piece of lace ribbon you just cut. Use tape to create a shoelace-ish end on the ribbon.

3. Weave the ribbon through the lace.

4. Trim excess.

The next steps are identical to steps two and three of the simple lace bracelet version: glue the ends of the ribbon together and let dry, then place the bracelet around the glass. Use a paintbrush to apply a generous amount of fabric stiffener all over the lace. Let dry. And voilà!

I helped with the gluing part but she mostly did it all by herself (she’s 5). If you have little girls, it makes a great activity to do together. Or of course, you can just make a bunch for yourself. I won’t judge ;)


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Hi friends – I am back! Well, almost. I am on my way back – I have a few more guest posts left to share with you, but I am slowly transitioning back into blogger mode…and figuring out how to balance it out with the little babe ;) I am so so thankful for all of the wonderful blogger friends who have been helping me out since Freia was born, but I am ready to rock n’ roll again. As much as I love being a mama, the creative part of me craves being here and sharing things with you guys.

In any case, today I wanted to share another little slice of our home: hubby’s new office corner. His desk used to be in our bedroom (total mood killer, ha!), so when we found out we were expecting baby number 3 it was the perfect reason to find another spot for it in the house. We have a little window nook downstairs in the main room, so we figured we’d give it a try there. I wasn’t super excited to have the office space in the middle of everything – but better than in the bedroom if you ask me!

And it ended up working pretty well, I think! I added some plants to break the “office” feel and that big fig tree also helps seperate the office desk from our dining room. His gorgeous desk from EQ3 didn’t have any drawers so I bought a bunch of boxes at IKEA – they also help add color to all that wood. My favorite piece is the mid-century modern saddle chair from West Elm – such a gorgeous piece, it complements the desk so well and hubby thinks it’s so comfy…perfection!

Oh and yeah, it is officially hubby’s desk I know, but I HAD to sneak in a little flamingo in there, haha. Yo, if I am gonna have to look at this desk all day long…..hubby hasn’t said a word about that little guy yet – I think he’s a keeper ;)

Now, tell me guys – the built-in cabinets to the left of the office area is driving me nuts, I can’t stand that brown! Is it as terrible as I think it is, or am I just making it up in my head? would you paint it? I hate it when wood is painted brown! Our landlord told us that everything that we paint will have to be painted back to the original color when we move out, so wondering if I should bother….pretty sure I would like it a 100 times better in another color though!

PS: What our “office” looked like in New York……

Sources and credits: All pictures by This Little Street. Desk from EQ3, saddle office chair from West Elm, boxes from IKEA, Room Essentials desk lamp from Target, flamingo tape dispenser from Anthropologie, pen holder from CB2 (decorate with contact paper), geometric planter from One King’s Lane (actually a regular planter that I turned into a hanging planter), wooden bird by Rikki Tikki, post cards (top. middle. bottom), instagram calendar.

Disclaimer: West Elm kindly sent me the saddle office chair when they heard of my project to redo hubby’s office corner, but not compensation was received. All thoughts and opinion are my own. 

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