September in the Bay Area might actually be the hottest month of the year – but nothing will stop me from getting ready for my favorite season of all. Damn you 90 degree weather, I will wear my leather boots if I want to. Hubby shakes his head when he sees me get out of the door – stubborn much? That being said, we’re putting together a little camping trip with friends in the redwood forest this together (similar to what we did last year), and I just can’t wait to pack all of our camping gear, cosy sweaters, drink hot cocoa by the fire. It will be our first camping trip with a baby too!
I’ve been gathered little DIYs that are just perfect for fall:
1. Wooden polaroid gift set: Love this DIY by my friend Ashley at Sugar & Cloth. I think it would make the sweetest wedding present using pictures of the couples together, or for first time parents with pictures of their baby.
2. Basic weaving tutorial: Do you guys know how to weave? My hands are itching to…another thing to add to the list I guess. But when I do get to it, I’ll be coming back to this tutorial on A Beautiful Mess
3. Cross-stitch stool: by yours truly I have actually just been asked to make another fall/winter version of this stool for a magazine…it will be fun to make another 3 years later!
4. Leather catch-all wall pockets: I just about died when I saw those on Justina’s blog. They are simply perfect!
5. Hot water bottle cosy: If you know how to crochet, then this is the perfect fall/winter project! hot water bottle make me nostalgic – my grand-ma always had a hot water bottle to warm up our beds whenever we had a sleepover at her house – she was old school, no heat in the house.
6. Headbands: Love this idea of cutting up old shirts to turn into pretty little headbands
Also, I wouldn’t mind making waffles and trying out these guys on our camping trip – talk about awesome s’mores! Happy weekend, friends!
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This summer during our trip home to Denmark – Yes, I call Denmark *home* now -, my good friend Elizabeth introduced me to her friend Sylwia. I had caught a glimpse of Sylwia’s apartment on Elizabeth’s IG feed earlier this year, and emailed her “You HAVE TO introduce me to your friend!”. On a rainy Monday afternoon Elizabeth and I paid Sylwia a visit – but you could never tell that it was raining outside, her apartment was just SO bright and happy.
Sylwia lives with her husband and 5-year old daughter in Copenhagen. Sylwia just quit her career as a digital project manager to follow her lifetime passion for decor and design and become an interior designer and stylist. She shares her ideas on NORDIC by DESIGN and is looking to provide visual interior solutions remotely – in form of online design packages tailored to each customer’s needs.
Her home is a 140m2 duplex apartment in the heart of vibrant Vesterbro in Copenhagen. The apartment is situated in a brownstone building from 1900 year. Wooden floors and stucco moldings are original from 1900 y and give the space warmth and character.
When she and her husband moved in, the apartment was on one floor. After her family got bigger, they needed more space so they renovated the attic above the apartment and built an additional floor there. Sylvia is currently still working on decorating the first floor, and I can’t wait to visit her again and see what she does with it.
Sylvia loves to combine good Danish design, quality natural materials and strong colors…and I love her for that! Their home is functional and decorated in a modern Scandinavian way, but always with colors and patterns in mind. She’s not afraid of using bold wallpaper, and I just couldn’t help but stare at her walls – you all know what I did to our walls! Her home is decorated with few, but good furniture and designs and she uses lots of smart storage solutions, like sliding doors in the entrance hallway…helps keep the clutter at bay!
Credit: All pictures by This Little Street.
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The girls at roughly the same age. Can you guess who is who?
These pictures hang right by our front door, and they are probably the pictures of the girls that I cherish the most. I just took Freia’s picture, and already I have a teary eye when I look at it. Even though right now she still smells of that wonderful baby smell and still fits oh-so snuggly in my arms, I know that it will change all too soon. Before I know it my little girls will be going to college and bringing a boyfriend home - and hubby will be greeting said boyfriend with a shotgun, no doubt But when I look at these pictures, it is like time stands still. I go right back to that sweet baby smell and the adobrale baby noises that they used to make.
No matter how big the girls get, they will always be my babies.
Happy Monday, friends!
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Believe it or not, I am alive. Three kids is no joke, and I’ve been trying hard to kick butt at this mama thing. Which really, involves everything but time spent online….which is a funny thing when you’re a blogger. But the break isn’t all that bad for the mind The girls start school on Monday and I can’t wait to have time to share more of my projects with you all again in the meantime, enjoy this little smoothie recipe I am sharing today on my friend Laicie’s blog, A Thousand Thread. Check out the recipe here, I swear you won’t regret trying it See you all next week, friends!
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haha, because who am I really kidding?! Like I have time to read these days – taking a shower is already enough of a challenge in this house! Don’t even talk to me about a hair brush….We came back from Europe a week and 1/2 ago and it’s been nut-town since that. The girls don’t start school for another two weeks, hubby started a new job last week and his commute went from 1/2 hour to an hour and 1/2, and our regular babysitter is away for two weeks for her sister’s wedding. So it’s the girls and me and myself and my tequila. Just kidding – if only, not sure how much Freia would like tequila in her milk!
In any case, back to the books – my favorite books to leave on the coffee table:
1. Whatever you are, be a good one: I’ve always been a sucker for good quotes – and since I love Lisa’s artwork I just had to get her book. When I feel like I need a break from the craziness, I sit down on the couch and grab this book – because I know I’ll always find some words that will cheer me up and make me feel inspired again. Even looking at it makes me happy, I find the title of the book just perfect. These days I might have to spend a lot of my time being a mama and there isn’t much room for anything else – but that quotes reminds me that I still need to be the best mama that I can be, even when I feel frustrated and tired.
2. Humans of New York: One of my very good friends gave me this book as a mama present after Freia’s birth. I was already familiar with Brandon’s work (I follow is facebook page and love seeing his work pop up in my feed), but seeing his photograph printed in a book is even more special. The people and their stories are so inspiring. As a photographer, I am amazed by the simplicity of Brandon’s pictures and how much he manages to say through them and the few words he shares about each person. He’s a wonderful storyteller – and everybody that comes to my house and picks up this book has a hard time putting it down.
3. What would Audrey do? My personal favorite. Because I am a big big BIG fan of Audrey Hepburn – why, she’s got a great name don’t you think? And also because this copy of the book was given to me as a wedding present my my sweet friend Alexandra, and inside the book she wrote “…she would say Oui”. Well yes, Audrey and Alex, marrying my sweet hubby was one of the best decisions I ever made That being said, the book is full of great advice and timeless lessons inspired by the life of Audrey Hepburn.
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Hi friends! Today I am sharing a little something near and dear to my heart – my first free computer and phone wallpapers for you all, designed in collaboration with my sweet friend Jessica from Coco+Mingo. A little tech candy for y’all I worked on the watercolor illustration, and Jessica worked on the calligraphy – isn’t she so talented? So excited because I had tons of fun working on this and actually love how it turned out! This quote by Steve Jobs is my hubby’s favorite quote, and mine too for that matter….and I am sure he’ll appreciate dressing his tech with pineapples just as much as me. Am I right or am I right?
All of these wallpapers are free, so download away! We included a few different computer screen resolutions so you can find what fits best, as well as a few versions for your phone. Hope you guys like it!
For your phone – click to download:
Stay Hungry iPhones up to 4S (and some other smartphones)
Stay Hungry iPhone 5 (and some other smartphones)
Pineapples iPhones up to 4S (and some other smartphones)
Pineapples iPhone 5 (and some other smartphones)
Downloadable wallpaper created by Audrey of This Little Street and Jessica of Coco & Mingo. For personal use only. If shared, please link back to original post.
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Raise your hand if like me you don’t want summer to end! It’s been so nice to take it slow and just hang out with my little family. One of my favorite ways to make summer last a bit longer is to have picnics (just like this one) way into the fall until the rain comes…and even then… I am pretty unstoppable when it comes to picnics Anyhow, today I wanted to share a little tutorial for bright and cheerful picnic throws with pompoms, to make each of your summer picnics a little celebration. Because, duh, pompoms. Come on, look at these guys and tell me they don’t make you smile
These are especially great if you are planning a little picnic party and want to add a little whimsy. Maybe a birthday in the park? Or a movie night with friends in your backyard? I’ll definitely be using these next year when we celebrate the girls’ birthdays! Olivia was all over the throw with the golden pineapples….that’s my girl I love that print too.
This project is a very easy sewing project – perfect if you are just starting or want to get into sewing! You’ll get a lot of practice sewing in straight lines here. I used Spoonflower‘s new eco canvas – the colors are so vibrant, the fabric has a great weight to it, and will hold up really well being thrown on the ground and washed many times. I also LOVE the endless pattern options that they offer!
The pompoms are also super simple to make, they take 5 minutes. The pompoms are clipped on the throw, so that when it gets dirty – and it will if you’re doing your job right – you can just take them off and put the throw in the wash. Et voila! You can also remove the pompoms whenever you want to pack the throw in a smaller bag without room for the pompoms.
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I am back in the US of A and back on the blog, friends Sorry about the silence around here, I didn’t really plan on taking a blogging break during our vacation – but this year in Denmark was so magical, I just couldn’t bring myself to spend a minute in front of a computer screen.
We went rowing and boating, found a magical cove with swings that went over the water, took the girls and their cousins on a treasure hunt, jumped in the lake from the dock, ate ice creams as big as our heads, chilled at the beach, strolled through the streets of Copenhagen, went on a family picnic in a field of flowers and flew kites….sounds idyllic? Sure was. So much that at times I had to pinch myself. It really wasn’t the Denmark I remembered from when hubby and I lived there.
When we left Denmark 3 years ago I was done with it. The problem was, I think I was focusing on the things that Denmark WASN’T – i.e. comparing to life in the US too much. I used to look at how much more expensive life in Denmark, when I should have been looking at their amazing design. I used to complain about the rainy weather, when I should have have learned to make the most of the few but amazing sunny days. I wanted stores to be open 7 days a week, when I should have been appreciating the slower pace of life. The list goes on…
I think that back then too many things were new to me: becoming a mama + moving from Manhattan to the countryside + going from having a career to staying at home…I was overwhelmed and couldn’t appreciate what I had right in front of me.But this year, I stopped and looked and couldn’t believe what I saw. Maybe having young kids, seeing them build the most amazing childhood memories there, made me look at Denmark through their eyes more. Or maybe it’s because we had an entire week of amazing weather. Which is pretty much a miracle there
There is a study that says that Danes are the happiest people in the world - despite the bad weather and high taxes. Hubby always jokes that it is because they have super low expectations and so they get happy with what they get..But he is a right, in a way. The Danes know how to make the most out of what they have. Short winter days with no light? Let’s paint the inside of our home white. 180% tax on cars? Well, let’s grab our bikes!
I really am so happy that I married a Dane, otherwise I might really have missed this amazing part of the world, and everything it is teaching me. And I hope that we can keep bringing the girls there every summer to spend time with family. And hopefully, they will be a bit smarter than their mama and don’t miss what a gem Denmark truly is.
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…the more time passes, the more priceless they become.
My photographer friend Alicia (who also photographed our family picnic) snapped this picture of me and the bump when she visited us in California last April. Alicia tried to send me the picture before Freia was born, but her message landed straight in my spam folder and I only got it now. And in a way I am glad I only saw it now, because I am sure if I had seen the picture then, I would only have talked about how tired I was and how big I looked - when really, duh, I was fiiiiiiiiiine…but when you’re pregnant you often mix up how you feel and how you look. Three months later this pictures is so much more special – all I see is time, stopped. A slice of my life as we knew it a few months ago. And I know this picture is only going to get more and more special as the years pass and the girls get big.
It’s my favorite thing about photography: bottling up that time so you can enjoy it for years to come.
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We’re flying to Denmark today to see hubby’s family, and so I thought I’d share a quick little morning smoothie recipe with you to celebrate. Buttermilk is very popular in Denmark, especially in the summer where it is often used chilled for dessert and served with small cookies. I first tried this lemon smoothie at my favorite brunch place in Hilleroed when we used to live in Denmark a few years back.
I love the zesty yet sweet taste of it. Kinda like a lemon tart – except for healthier And now it’s become one of my favorite smoothies to make on busy mornings. It’s so easy to make and helps me fill my crazy dairy needs these days!
Recipe (makes one tall glass or two small glasses – about 12oz)
1 and 1/2 cup of buttermilk
Zest and juice of one small organic lemon
1 teaspoonful of vanilla extract
1 to 2 teaspoonfuls of sugar (to taste) – you can also use honey if you prefer
In a glass, mix the lemon juice, vanilla and sugar together. Add the zest and buttermilk and stir well with your spoon. For best result, let the drink chill in the fridge for 1/2 and hour so that the lemon zest have time to really infuse the buttermilk. But let’s me honest – I often make this drink in the morning for breakfast and don’t always have the time to let it chill. I gulp it down right after making it, and it’s delicious already as is
NB: This recipe uses a real teaspoon (rather than measuring spoons) to measure how much vanilla and sugar you use – Just because I like to use as few utensils as possible in the morning when I make my drinks. Less dishes = happy Audrey