I did it! Again!

I am going to start my new week in the most positive way!
I namely received my certificate from the color course I've been taken.
So from now on I'm also a certified color expert.
Whoop whoop! 🎈🎈🎈
I think this a beautiful addition to the interior business I'm thinking of starting. 
So now I have the tools from feng shui to create balance and harmony, I am able to stage and redesign your home to make it sell to a better price and I can offer guidance in finding the right way in the jungle of colors.
I think I'm on for a great start!
The only thing I have to do now is to actually start my business.
I wished I knew how to...

Cuteness warning!

Warning of cuteness!!!
My youngest daughter had been begging for headphones for a little while just because she wanted to keep on listening to her things without bothering us adults. 
Imagine her delight when we stumbled upon these ones...
I mean, what can I say?!
They are the ultimate combination of practicality and fantasy. 
Bella is such a unicorn lover so I thought these head phones had her name on them...
I don't know how long they will last, but watching her happy face while using them makes my heart warm and puts a smile on my lips too, and only that makes it worth it:)
So, useful, practical and cute. 
A great combination:)


We are right now busy trying to find the best way to makes changes to our new house. 
I think I'm the one to blame for that but I really don't like it and did not do it from the beginning either.
It has a wonderful location but the house itself is a mess, both style wise and energy wise and im struggling finding peace...
I gave in for the other members of the family, who like Iike it, by following the advice "we can always change a house but not the location".
So now we quickly have to decide what needs to be done so we can start our project. 
Architects are involved and so far it seems they are listening to our needs and the feeling we want to accomplish.
Never underestimate your gut feeling...
If we just can give the house clean lines instead of this conglomeration of different styles, think Mediterranean mixed with the marine,  I think we are heading in the right direction. 
Stay tuned...

First boat trip to Stockholm...

Despite the rain, cold and wind we took our boat out today for a little trip in to the big city. 
It took about one hour and a half one way but then we also had to go through narrow channels that slowed down the speed a lot.
Also remember we are beginners...
A focused captain!
On our return ride I was the captain.
Just sayin...
All the photos are taken from inside ( it was too cold for a non-Viking like me to stay out in the rain) so excuse some weird glare.
The pictures covered in raindrops I thought were as beautiful as without so could not resist including them. 
The cabin on the boat was doing a great job protecting us from the rain and cold but had a lot of big windows that allowed us not to miss anything going around outside. 
Thanks to our new addition of the boat I felt I was broadening my perspective of life looking at the land, with its buildings, from the water and once again I was hit by the beauty of our world:)
Ship ahoy!!!

The boat is here!!!

So our boat arrived last night!
A proud "captain" drove it all the way from the marina back to our house with flying colors like he had not done anything else his whole life:)
Unfortunately the sun set so quickly it was difficult to capture the event but a little sneak peak on our addition to the Lacik's residence I managed to share. 
We did not even know where to park the boat so had to try different positions:)
This boat is suppose to carry us wherever we want to explore in the archipelago and whatever lunch restaurant that are still open can count on a visit from us.
Not to mention all the fresh air, the beauty of nature and the experience of having water instead of ground underneath our feet, all unique happenings to us that we can write down in our book of life. 
This weekend we know exactly how we are going to kill our time...
Happy weekend!

Pizza restaurant dream

Browsing internet for new pizza restaurants. 
With the colder weather comes the need of warm and cozy places to eat if you don't want to cook yourselves.
Some in our family are very fond of pizza and I happened to stumble into a newly opened pizza restaurant that not only are serving good pizzas ( reviews) but has an interior design that really matches the cozy criteria as well as my dramatic mood:)
Street meets elegance!
Love it!
I so hope also the pizzas meets my expectations because unfortunately interior design is not enough to keep me alive:)

A horrible day...

A grey, stormy and rainy day like we are experiencing today sums up the mood I'm in due to one more horrible human action that took place in the US this morning my time here. 😢
Where are humanity going? Where are the love, the kindness and the caring?
Not knowing what to do and feeling powerless i escaped into wonderful memories from the summer. 
A place we always return to when in the summerhouse is Kaseberga, a little fishing village with a Viking grave as the crown jewel:)
( I actually don't think you are allowed to climb those stones but that night everyone apparently stood above rules)
The view is always beautiful, the ice cream always good and for some reason my kids always make my heart overflow with love there:)
We do prefer to go there late afternoon or even nighttime when crowd is gone and the place breathes peace and almost feels magical. 
I wonder if the people who does terrible things maybe never experienced love or magical places...
So while the storm is raging outside my house and pain has taken over the victims and their families I am trying to send love and hope from under my blanket while feeling extremely grateful for what I have. 
Hug each other and tell the important ones in your life that you love them!
Never give up hope!

Ship ohoj!

So it seems we finally have decided on what boat to trust to carry our family on the seven seas 🙃.
Many marina walks, boat fairs and internet research later I think my dear husband is comfortable in his choice. 
And I am too, as the landcrab I am:)
Many docks later this was actually the last one in search of THE boat.
Someone in our family focused on technical talks and other important stuff...
...while I was admiring the beauty of the white against the dark clouds...
...and the rest was enjoying the comfort of the boat:)
From next week the whole Swedish archipelago will be shaken and stirred by these landcrabs trying to manouver their new boat and trying to find their way around the islands. 
At least we will be protected from rain and cold, have a boat with safe driving characteristics and other positive features that hopefully will turn us all into skippers 😱  
Whoop whoop, ship ohoj!

H&M Home Christmas 2017

I am right now in a very dramatic interior design mood with gold, velvet and luxurious pieces. 
So when I came across our own H&M Home's Christmas collection I felt the pictures spoke right to my heart. 
I love the Downton Abbey ambience, I love the grandiose and and all the warmth that radiates from the pictures.
( pictures from H&M press)
This is photos that make me want it to be December.
And I want to live in a castle:)
Wonderful, atmospheric, classical and so inspirational. 
More is definitely more this year!

Long time no see...

I am so fortunate to have so many beautiful people in my life.
And when one of those people, my "mom" from the family I was an aupair in London for like 30 years ago, then decides to pay me a spontaneous visit, I feel I won the lottery. 
She has since then always had a big place in my heart but it was a few years now since I last had the pleasure of enjoying her company. 
She is a wise, loving, loyal and absolutely beautiful human being who also loves my passion for desserts (!) and I'm so proud and happy our roads crossed that long ago. 
A few intensive hours later, where we just took off where we left the last time, we had managed to give an update of our lives, laugh, eat and get that sense of affinity that is so valuable. 
She came with sunshine, flowers and hugs and made my day the best!
I am just one lucky girl!

Baby growing up.

My youngest is growing up!
She is outgrowing all her clothes, her toys and her childish way of being.
I don't know if I'm ready for that yet. 
Clothes and toys are interchangeable but to NOT have a little girl in the house anymore is tough.
I know clothes are interchangeable but its not so easy any longer though to buy new clothes for her beacause she wants her sayin. 
I think I know her quite well so mostly I pick stuff that is ok with her but now and then I have to throw in things like the pompon sneakers that I knew she would find irresistible, to get her in my direction.
I guess this time it was a hit:)
Regarding toys it seems like an iPhone is the only thing she needs 😬...
And her vanishing childish way of being...
I so wish there was a little pill I could mix in with her food to stop her from talking back to me, to stop her from delivering thoughtful and responsible actions that make me so proud and at the same time are just painful hints saying my daughter is getting older and soon will be an independent young lady. 
Exactly what the whole idea of raising a child is about but I guess the pain comes from the fact she is my last baby...
But, she is happy, has a pro-life approach and is giving so much love and laughter I am willing to look through my own agony and embrace every little change. 
With love!

Ikea's Eftertanke

Ikea is doing it again!
They teamed up with social entrepreneurs in Thailand who are using business as a way to make a positive change in their communities. 
This collection is made with local materials and traditional ceramics, paper making and weaving techniques.
( pictures Ikea)
Not only is Eftertanke ( reflection) a collection of handmade, graceful and high-quality textiles, ceramics and paper creations. It also creates decent jobs for women in areas with not so many opportunities, that helps them earn a sustainable income that will give them a chance to educate and care for their children, gives them independence, and a possibility to create a better future for themselves. 
Me like!!!
Way to go Ikea!

Sunday funday

Feeling a little wild and crazy the other day we decided to go biking on rail bikes at abandoned railways. 
An easy but different way to explore the nature. 
The sun was shining so it was a perfect day to enjoy the early autumn together. 
Remember we are in Sweden, hint hint, look at the clouds ahead of us...
Optimistic me claimed it was not going to rain and my pessimistic other half thought it would be better to bring umbrellas in case...
Was I kind of grateful in the end?!
Thats how we complete each other.
But, the biketour took us 16km ( 10 miles) through beautiful meadows, over small rivers and down in a valley and offered a varied environment and lots of fresh air.
Not to mention the numb muscles after our race back to the dry car:)
So despite the rain it was a wonderful experience and I can highly recommend to try it. 
Sunday funday!

At my summerhouse again

Im here!
At my summerhouse again. 
My little paradise. 
It's still wrapped in the aftermath of the summer, same green colors of the trees, same shimmering sea but no people, no open ice cream bars and no traffic jam. 
My usual walk along the beach offered the same pleasure and beauty, only more quiet and tranquil. 
We eat, sleep and let everything takes it's time.
We are just being. 
We have a beautiful place in Stockholm too but this house here in Ystad has another and deeper meaning to me.
I also do think it's great to change your environment now and then and kind of zoom out from everything else for a couple of days and for me my summerhouse is just perfect. ( Bella is nodding so I think she agrees)
Peacefullness, family and beauty. 
A wonderful combination:)

Peaceful morning...

I love to wake up everyday knowing I have another wonderful day ahead of me but some mornings are even more beautiful than usual. 
I was just a little too late this one morning to capture the day with morning fog but still it gave me such pleasure looking out the bay.
So peaceful, so soothing and such a beautiful start of a day.
No noise from cars, no wind, just quietness and the soft air caressing my cheeks. 
This peacefulness I will bring down to our summerhouse now too to kind of set the mood for this upcoming weekend. 
Beauty, peace and togetherness. 
So grateful!


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