L: Swedish country home via Desire to Inspire | R: Blueberry meringue pie by My Little Fabric

What is it with Swedish homes, I just can’t seem to get enough of them – one last week and another one this week! This little country home has so much charm, I had to show it to you guys. A great vintage feel throughout the house – despite the fact that this is a brand new building. I find this home really inviting. Stunning choice of flooring too – from the bricks to the white hardwood floor through the ceramic tiles in the bathroom…a bit bold & perfect for this home.

And while you hang out in this pretty little house, won’t you have a slice of this gorgeous blueberry meringue pie by My Little Fabric? Doesn’t it look like a a little piece of heaven?! Click here to find the recipe on the ever-gorgeous My Little Fabric.

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Happy Monday friends! Did you miss me? Come on, come on, you know you did :) Sorry I missed the post on Friday, I just had a bit of the blues last week, and Friday I wanted nothing but to stay hidden under the covers all day and send telepathic orders to the rest of the world so that things would get done while I whined. I don’t really know why, I started the New Year with a  real high, but I think that reading everybody’s resolutions these past couple of weeks, I panicked a bit. Seemed like everybody was moving forward, to infinity and beyond with all of their awesome plans and ideas, and I felt a bit “stuck” where I was.

So today, I’m taking this matter into my own hands, and sharing my own goals for 2013 with you. They are not really resolutions (I don’t really like this word anyway), but things I’d love to do this year. Guidelines for the year to come, if you want, rather than another to-do list I HAVE to follow. So here are my 13 for 2013!

1. Be a heck-of-a-confident woman. It might not seem like it to the people who know me, but I often doubt myself.  The internet is so full of clever people with genius ideas, and it sometimes make me feel like I’ll never be able to beat “them” – whomever “them” is. It’s silly, really, and totally unfounded. Because I have so many ideas, and projects I’d like to carry out, and there’s absolutely no reason why I couldn’t make them all happen. Damn it. :)

2. Travel to a country I have never been to. Since I am from France, and hubby is from Denmark, we do a quite fair amount of traveling so that we can see our families. But in the end we always see the same things, the same people, the same places – and we need a real vacation, in  a place were we can totally disconnect. So it’s one of my goals this year to get us somewhere we’ve never been. Suggestions?!

3. Remember where it all started. Because, really, when you have kids, it’s so easy to turn all of your attention to them and completely forget to nurture the one very, very important thing that brought your children to this world: your relationship with your spouse. So this year, I want to make sure I put this up on a pedestal.

4. Add a little one to our family. Yes :) No I am not pregnant yet, but we’re really, really hoping – if we’re lucky enough- to have another child this year. Hubby and I have discussed that we want a big (at least, bigger) family, and we’re ready for more!

5. Keep dreaming big. Last year I took a small entrepreneurship workshop, and after everybody introduced their ideas to the other participants, the first exercise they had us do was to dream big and write down where we saw ourselves in 5 years, and where others saw us in 5 years. Sometimes we’re a bit shy at imagining all of the possibilities, but it’s important to keep dreaming big – it’s the very first step to get there.

6. Move to a home where our girls can run around. I won’t lie, we’re not exactly big fans of living in the city with two little girls. Oh, we love NYC, it’s got a lot to offer and it’s such a vibrant place! But with the girls, we’re dreaming of a house with a garden, and more space  for all of us.

7. Learn the skills that will empower me to live my dreams. I’ve been wanting to learn more about graphic design for a long while now, and this year HAS to be the year.

8. Stop buying and start saving. We’ve been dreaming about buying a house, and let me tell you, NYC is a heck-of-a-hard place to save up – there’s always a new restaurant to try out, a new cool shop. Not counting the insane rent + child care. But we mean business, we really need to put together a good down payment for a house if we want our dream to happen before we’re 70….so cling cling, here comes the money in my piggy bank!

9. Listen to more music. I don’t know why I don’t do it more, really. I’m a lot more chill when I listen to good music while working. I think it’s a habit I just never acquired, I don’t think about turning it on.

10. Do something with all the pictures I’ve been taking since the girls were born. Because, really, my hard drive’s got them all to himself and can’t thank me enough.

11. Create more. I am so INCREDIBLY happy when I create, it’s my happy place – I’m in my own little world and it feels so good. Thing is, I don’t have enough time (or don’t TAKE enough time?), so I want to do that a lot more in 2013.

12. Draw every day. I always have ideas in my mind, but because I don’t have a sketch book with me, I put it off and usually just end up forgetting about these ideas before I have time to sketch. So I need to start sketching every day before I go to bed.

13. Be kind to myself. And others. Most days I have a LOT of energy. So I expect a lot from myself. And others to, to be honest. Because I can do so, much, I feel others should to. Except for they want to chill a little. And then the days where I feel a little low, I beat myself up for not doing all the things I had on my to-do list. I really have to stop beating myself up like this. And I’ve got to be more understanding with others. They are not me.

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Happy Thursday, everybody! The sun is shining today in New York City, and it feels SO good. In today’s edition of my “like father, like son”, how fun is this print by One Must Dash for the grow-ups? I want it for my walls. And do you know the brand Bobo Choses? It’s a great brand that comes up with fun, fresh and comfy clothes for the little ones – and you definitely need to check them out.

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Whether or not you have a child of your own, you’ve probably felt your belly tighten when little ones hold your finger with their tiny little hands. That squeeze, that grip, it’s got something so special, doesn’t it? It’s one of my favorite thing, to walk around and feel that little hand in mine.

1. Hand-printed organic legging by Fable. |2. Orange pigeon lamp by Thorsten Van Helten at Smallable. |3. Drop family by Zü. |4. Bay Boots fog by Livie & Luca. |5. Swan jumper by Siaomimi at My Little Square|6. DIY Bear Cowl pattern at Ravelry.

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L: Sweden house via Fantastik Frank | R: Lemon curd via Menta & Liquirizia

Happy Tuesday, friends – I’ve got a little more sunshine in stock for you all today :) I liked this house the minute I saw it. It is rather simple, I know, but just looks comfy and happy and warm. I love the modern, clean lines and the happy colors/patterns used throughout the house.  I’d sit right down that table and grab a cup of tea with some cookies they set on the table- yes please!  Perfect for a cold winter afternoon. And with that, may I suggested snacking on a little lemon curd?  I am a bit of a lemon curd addict if I can tell you the truth. The color, the creamy texture, the taste explosion when it hits your mouth. If the sun was a food, then it would be lemon curd, no doubt. This recipe by Menta & Liquirizia sounds so delish’, I’m gonna have to try it out -use google translate to get it in English easy peasy.

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Print by Happee Monkee. Purchase here.

Wake up, internet! It’s time to shake it a little :) So happy to be back after a little (and very needed) break.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! I love that time of the year, the new year, when people are hoping and dreaming and wishing all kind of good things for themselves and others for the coming year. Even if half of the things we hope for don’t come true, it’s that feeling, that hopeful feeling that just seem to make everything a bit brighter. And with that, here’s my January wish list – lots of goodies to wake up winter a bit and break through the gloomy winter months!


1. Do your best pennant at Three Potato Four. |2. Pretty winter coat at Sugar Hill Boutique. |3. Mid-century vintage chair at Department Chicago.|4. DIY Tea cosy pattern. |5. Honey mustard scarf by Oh Leander.|6. Uppercase magazine, inspiration for the creative & Curious. LOVE! |7. Scented botanical sachets in grey polka dots by Gardenmis.|8. Velvety bow by Just Lovely.

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Happy Friday, friends! Today’s my last roundup sharing your and my favorite posts from 2012 (here are round 1 and round 2), and before I take off until 2013, I wanted to leave you on some very happy thoughts with the best “colors of happiness” posts from 2013. I love this series, and I hope you do too – they always remind me to enjoy the little things. In a few days, we will all be making new resolutions, and making a list of goals for 2013 – with all sorts of things we want to do, see, experience. Hopefully these few posts will help you remember that happiness comes in many colors, in the big and small moments of life, no matter what the lists say. We just need to open our eyes.

1. {The Colors of Happiness} A place to rest your feet. A place to rest your mind.
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3. {The colors of happiness} Confetti
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5. {The colors of happiness} young at heart

PS: The 24 Merry Days of giveaways is still going on! You can still enter giveaways on The Proper Pinwheel, Dustjacket Attic and Oh, Hello Friend….and believe me, all of the prizes are fab so hurry and check them out, and so are the blogs hosting the giveaways :)

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Hi friends!  Here’s round 2 of the best of 2012. Yesterday I shared the best of  the”live here, eat that” posts from 2012, and today it’s all about DIYs that I made this year ( you can also find round-ups from other blogs here). Here some of the favorites:

1. Felt balls tags, which I made for my daughter’s second birthday party.
2. Fabric wall stickers, so easy and so much fun!
3. Cross-stitch stool. I’m sure more of you have seen this one already, but since it’s been such a hit I just had to share it again!
4. Glitter monogram cake toppers…birthdays are just better with glitter!
5. Elderflower, blackberry & peach party ice cubes. yum!
6. “When they grow up” birthday posters - such a sweet tradition for the little ones birthdays :)

This year’s been so much fun – and there are so many more little projects I want to make and share with you…so here’s to finding time for that in 2013 :)

PS: The 24 Merry Days of giveaways is still going on – so check out our calendar our giveaways! So you know, today is the last day you can enter the 24 Merry Days giveaway on Down & Out Chic, don’t miss it.

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Hi friends! While I am taking a little break over the holidays, I thought that in the meantime I’d share some of your (and my) favorite posts from this past year…starting with favorite posts from the “live here, eat that” series! Hope you guys are having the loveliest of holidays :)

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I wish you all the merriest of holidays, filled with love and laughter, and surrounded by family and loved ones! I am back home in France and celebrating with my family, and will be taking a little break until the new year so I can really enjoy my time here and recharge. But I’ll still be around because I’ve scheduled some posts to share some of your (and my) favorite TLS posts from 2012 – it’s been such a wonderful year, and I just can’t believe it went by so fast!

Happy holidays to you all!
xxx Audrey

PS: Don’t miss this!!! Today is our very last 24 Merry Days giveaway, and it’s a GOOD ONE! So head on over to Oh, Hello friend to unveil the prizes! And don’t forget to check our calendar of giveaways, you can still enter all of the giveaways of the past week!

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