L: Home via Hus o Hem. |R: Late summer oat milk smoothie by G0lubka.

Happy Tuesday, friends! Yes, happy indeed, because looking at these pictures of this pretty house in Sweden brings a smile to my face :) I want to paint my entry door yellow too – I think it says so much about a person who can dare to do that. Instant happiness. Oh and that attic bedroom? I’ve always been a big fan of bedrooms right under the roof. When we lived in Denmark we had one, and I love just laying on the bed on rainy days with a good book, listening to the sound of the rain falling on the roof.

And with that, this gorgeousness of a smoothie by G0lubka! I don’t make smoothies as often as I should, and it’s a real shame, especially when I stumble on recipes like this one!

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Hard to believe, it’s This Little Street’s first birthday already. A year ago I started this new adventure, and boy, what a year it’s been!! Such a fun, unexpected ride, and that’s mostly thanks to the more than 50,000 of you who have stopped by the blog once, twice or many many times in this first year, who have left me the sweetest comments and sent me encouraging emails….simple as that, I LOVE you guys!

And so, to show you all my love, I’m giving away a $100 gift card to Anthropologie (or 100 euros to Anthropologie EU if you are in Europe). To enter, easy peasy, you have two options:

You can do either do one or both for more chances to win. This giveaway is open to people worldwide, and will be open until next Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. A winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email. This giveaway is not sponsored by Anthropologie – it’s just a little gift from TLS to my awesome readers :)

This giveaway is CLOSED. A winner will be selected today and contacted via email. Thanks to everyone who participated!

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Happy Thursday everyone! I’m having a mad time at ALT summit, but still thought I’d share these with you. Isn’t this camera bag by Filson just so cool? And for the little ones, love this fun little camera shirt!

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Who said giving cash to someone had to be boring?! Here’s a fun little project for you guys today: a fun little umbrella that you painted yourself, and when your friend opens it – POP, some cash falls down from it. An umbrella that will cover any type of rainy day, if you will :) 

And let me tell you, it’s super easy to do! All you really need is a white umbrella (the paint will show better, but you could try on another color), some fabric paint, some twine + paper clips….oh, well, and a little cash too ;) Paint your design – I chose to paint rain drops, pretty easy. When it is dry, attach some strings to a few paper clips, then to the umbrella. Try to keep the strings on the shorter side, less chance they will get tangled. Close your umbrella, attach a sweet little note…..et voila!

PS: Have you entered our Curio Road giveaway yet?! If not, hurry hurry, today’s the last day to enter!

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L: Home of designer E. Persson by Petra Bindel, via Desire to inspire|R: Pistachio & white chocolate cupcakes by Fresh

Hope you’re having a great week so far, friends . It’s been a bit hectic around here trying to get ready for ALT Summit - can’t believe I’m leaving tomorrow! Today I wanted to share this gorgeous home with you all. I ‘m usually into homes with loads of bright colors, but I’m completely falling for the soft tones of the home of German designer Emma Persson. It’s so calming and relaxing, and today it’s exactly what I need amidst the chaos of packing. My favorite thing about this house has got to be the mint green cabinets , they make the entire kitchen feel so fresh. And say what, white wooden floors throughout the house? I’m moving in.

What do you think – do you guys like homes bathed in neutral tones like this one?

And since you’re here, may I invite you to sit around this pretty wooden table for a pistachio & white chocolate cupcake? My mouth is watering as I am typing these words! You can find the cupcake recipe here on Fresh.

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A little girl I know turned three last weekend.

Tradition called for a little crown, a birthday poster & little pretties hanging in the air that brought a big smile on my little girl’s face. She asked me for a strawberry cake in the midst of January….my grandmother would have rolled her eyes at that. But really, who am I to argue seasons with a three year old?! Plus, a birthday girl always gets to call the shots on her day. Anyway, I found this pretty little strawberry cream cake on The Moveable Feasts, and let me tell you, there wasn’t even any crumbs left. It was DE.LI.SH.I.OUS!

Happy birthday, little Olive of our dreams. Love you to the moon and back.

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Photo by 101 woonideeen.

…at least I wish this was true. But baby it’s been cold outside! I am heading out of town for four days A.L.O.N.E this week to attend ALT summit, and I’m excited. So excited in fact that I’ve already started to pack. If you know me a little, you know it’s a miracle in itself. In any case, it seems like it’s going to be cold there too, so today I’m aiming at bringing us all a little spring in the midst of this cold winter. I noticed this gorgeous room all over Pinterest last week – no wonder why, isn’t it gorgeous? Spring colors toned down by a bit of grey & copper – Monday …I’m in love!

Wishing you all a great week!

1. Pretty little tray by Famille Summerbelle. |2. Yarn wrapped antlers by Yarn Bombed Antlers. |3. Vintage wallpaper envelops at 100 Layer Cake. |4. This simple packaging is so lovely. |5.  Fun mini cards by Zü |6. This cat bowl by Geraldine de Beco is just amazing. |7. Pretty cushions by Creme Anglaise.

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I don’t know about you, but I want oh-so-badly to take a little break from the winter months, drop every priority and just book a last minute trip to the first sunny deal that I find. Escape and go explore a random place. And when I am there, drop my map (and my iphone) and let my feet guide me. Oh I’ll get lost, maybe, probably, but don’t the best travel stories often come from the unexpected, after that wrong turn we took? I am craving spontaneity & randomness. What about you, are you craving that too?

1. Love the contrast of paint over wood in this pretty “let’s get lost” poster by Oh Dier.
2. This litte piece of gorgeousness isn’t exactly made for traveling anymore, but I’d love to have this in my home – it would instantly make me dream about far-away destinations. Retro suitcase at Anna Lou Vintage.
3. One of my new favorite travel essentials, hair powder! You can skip showers and still have beautiful hair. Alder hair powder at Anthropologie.
4. Too cute and so practical! This inflatable cat travel pillow by Naomi.
5. Yes for documents traveling in style! Love the color of his lime green document holder at Flight 001.
6. Keep track of you whereabouts in the fun travel journal by Making This Home. Perfectly made to help you remember every little thing!

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Raise your hand if, like me, you’ve been wanting to do more creative things with your kids, but just can’t seem to get it together? I always have these great prospects in mind of things I’ll make with the girls….and then we just end up making a bead necklace or a salt dough sculpture. Really, who has the time to come up with great ideas for kids, find the supplies?!

Enters KIWI CRATE, and my life changed forever. Seriously.

Kiwi Crate is a (rather awesome) subscription service that sends you a themed creativity crate every month with 2-3 carefully-designed & kid-tested projects. The crates cover a range of subjects and areas including art, science & imaginative play.

Olivia received her first crate in December, and was over the moon with excitement opening it. I meant, the girl didn’t even bother to get dressed when we received the package that morning - yep yep, that a PJs + princess dress outfit she’s rocking :D She smiled from ear to ear the entire time we were working on the box, and we had so much fun working on these projects together. Creating memories.

And I have to admit, I was simply blown away by the entire content of the box we received. The projects are cute, fun, the content is of quality and everything you need to complete the projects is in there. Easy peasy. The box we received included a penguin bowling set project (such a blast!), paint+ crayons to make aurora postcards and a penguin ice cube tray so that the bigger kids could do some experiences with ice.

Now I have to say, I am usually not a big fan of subscriptions services. I have high standards, I like things to be done right, and in the past I’ve just been disappointed by so many subscriptions services. But Kiwi Crate went far beyond my expectations – and let me tell you, that’s not an easy thing to do.

Next time you’re looking for the perfect gift for your child or a friend, look not further – this is the PERFECT present for hours of fun, learning and bonding!

Disclaimer: I received a free Kiwi Crate so that I would be able to review it for this blog. Feedback & opinions stated in this post are 100% mine.

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That’s right, we’re having a little giveaway today with a shop that I absolutely adore, Curio Road. They’re mission is to help people live beautifully, and boy do they deliver. They gather for you a collection of an ever-changing boutique of shops from creative artists – unique jewelry, home decor, stationery, you name it. And they also just started featuring vintage shops so you can find more unique, soulful items at a very reasonable price. Seriously, what’s  not to love about it all?! And you, my lucky readers, you get a chance to go on a little shopping spree on Curio Road to get whatever your heart desires!

TO ENTER: Just let me know you want to win in a comment here! Couldn’t be easier, right?!

If you want ADDITIONAL entries- make sure to leave a comment letting me know what you did:

  • Become a Curio Road member and get 3 additional entries!!!
  • Spread the word about this giveaway on twitter or facebook for 2 additional entries.
  • Like Curio Road on Facebook, twitter or Pinterest for 1 additional entry each.
  • Like This Little Street on Facebook or subscribe to TLS posts via email for 1 additional entry each.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will close at 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, January 23. A winner will be randomly chosen and contacted by email. Good luck everybody! :)


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