Paper love

I have got a crush on these paper bags that I found in the flower shop yesterday. Perfect for some spring flowers. The bags are not waterproof, though, so you need to have a pot and plate inside as well. I will have to go and buy a few more tomorrow. Would look good with daffodils inside, too! Or why not for herbs in the kitchen?


Dagg vase

This vase has been in for a very long time, and seen on most blogs, but I still like it. To me it is not about being first or being trendy. It is all about the design. I think the rumba of being first, trendy and in (and then disregarding something when seen too much) misses the whole point. It is not about that, it is about the aesthetics in the design and how watching it stands the ravages of time. But that is another story.:) I could, for example, equally well state that the Eames chairs (seen a million times) still are very beautiful in design with the base this way and that and the perfect form and contrast of different materials. How do you look at this topic?
I love the form and bubbles on this vase (although the vase itself is a bit too large in size). So still heavily on my long wish list! It looks so beautiful with straggly flowers in it!


The best home-made focaccia

Hello from the blog shadow. A busy week.
Mmm... a good recipe for focaccia can be found here, if you would like to try it out!
The gourmet salt makes it all!


Olle Eksell for Ikea

As you know I like illustrations from the old days. The playfulness, joy, humour and simpleness that existed before this computerized world. Real sketches by hand.
In April IKEA launches some new products called ÖNSKEDRÖM with motifs by one of Sweden's most prominent graphic designers, Olle Eksell (1918-2007). You probably know him from the poster with the famous cacao eyes?

I think it is a good idea to make use of old design treasures that otherwise would not see the daylight else when flipping through an old book, or in the worst scenario, only when someone would be lucky enough to have access to his desk drawer.

The illustrations are to be found on cards, trays, kitchen towels, napkins, textiles etc. See more here
Pictures IKEA


Wiinblad's creative joy

Waiting for these beauties to be launched outside Denmark.
I like the playfulness in the motifs by Bjørn Wiinblad.
Which colour of the coffee cups would you choose?
Press pictures | Rosendahl Design Group


Easy Eastern DIY tip

I am always late when it comes to celebrations. All DIY tips feel unnecessary to do in the very last minute with no material available. Then I always think that next time I will be the first on the ball! So for once. At your service! Forgive me if it is too early, but this is a lovely DIY tip for Easter! And maybe it is not too early, as often the best tips by the bloggers come way too late for me even being able to think about accomplishing them.

I have searched for modern, nice and easy Eastern DIY tips for ages (I mean all years back). For any kind of tips that neither are ugly nor where you need to go nuts before it is ready - and this is it! So nice! Take a look at the tutorial over here at Squirrelly minds. I would like to try it out as I love to mix colours without no rules at all!

One thing, though. Warning! Be careful with your walls!

All you need is:

white eggs, blown out and dry
a bottle cap
a paintbrush
paint (different colours)

All pictures | Squirrelly minds


Esteri Tomula | Pastoraali pattern

I bought some white porcelain plates in different shapes some time ago. Still wondering what do with them and what to paint. Lately I have tried to learn from the best by doodling details and imitating illustrations from the 50s and 60s. I know that I will not be able to do anything advanced first time on porcelain but at least it is fun to play with the ideas. Above are some drawings by the pottery artist Esteri Tomula for Arabia (1965-69). Love them! Would definitely by any pieces on the flea market if I would come across.

Well, I probably end up doing some dots instead. But at least I have imitated all single details above on paper. Maybe I am able to turn it into something new and own later.

Would like to do so much more creative stuff, but you know. Then you have to sleep, eat and work, too! :)


Cappuccino moment

Good morning! Enjoying my cappuccino moment on an empty and free Saturday with a lot of ideas in my head. I am trying to kill the perfectionist inside me and not invent any unnecessary musts today.

Remember there is still a chance (this weekend only) to win your own KoKo porcelain series by Arabia in my previous post here. The winner will be announced here.
Happy Saturday!



The list of the month - February

Not at all late. Just on the very last day of the month I pick up Tant Johanna's challenge with The list of the month. Here it comes, my February list! Yay!


Mostly foam cars on my mind, but if I have to choose or dream, I choose Audi. Always Audi.


I heart Vagabond. Maybe these ones this spring?

Messy braids.


This must be the most pinned word on my Pinterest. This came to my mind when thinking of a new camera. So true. In the end, it all depends on the one standing behind the camera. The camera is just an inevitable tool. Nikon or Canon? Do you have any advice?


The cup of the month is of course KoKo by Arabia, as I spent a Saturday photographing it this month. You can still win a set of own chosen KoKo products in any wished colour (white is also a colour!) to 150 € on my blog here in this post. Please join!



I am still reading this, by Gillian Flynn, (my twenty-four hours are too short) and it is so good. But next, I want the running book by Jessica Almenäs, one of my favourite TV comperes. I also want to read more of Gillian Flynn, have the Josef Frank book on my coffee table (love the pattern), and buy Maria Lang just because of the illustrations on the cover. In fact I want to read a lot more!

I am deeply fascinated by Hanna's beautiful pictures of food. So colourful and sharp photos. I like that it is all in with colours!

"If music be the food of love, play on". I agree Shakespeare. I want this loudspeaker.


Place to visit
Copenhagen. Or any city with much hidden design treasures and illustrations. I would also love to go somewhere with a lot of beautiful architecture or nature to photograph a lot of visual details!


This for lazy Saturdays.

Hope it all inspired you! Have a nice weekend!

Johanna, more | new lists for March?

Pictures 1 Audi | 2 VagabondPinterest  | 3 Pinterest | 4 Wisuella | 5 Adlibris | 6  Hanna Göransson, collage by Wisuella | 7 Marshall | 8 Pinterest | 9 Vila


Paper bags with photo prints

Beautiful paper bags by Love Warriors.
Maybe something for hiding all advertising brochures dropping in through the door?
Picture Hannah Lemholt Love Warriors of Sweden | via Min smak


Arabia giveaway | KoKo series 10 years


Welcome spring!
I recently got the opportunity to do a table setting with the newcomers in Arabia's KoKo series. The new colours of the cups, bowls and plates this spring are beautifully yellow and green and are suitably called Sahrami (saffron) and Niitty (meadow). I immediately came to think of spring and nature and wanted to bring this feeling inside, as we still have to wait a while for the real spring.

I mixed Arabia's KoKo series with a collection of Iittala products and also my own tableware by Iittala. The good thing with these brands is that everything matches! KoKo is plain and of one single colour, which makes it easy to mix with other series. Just according to your mood.

After using these I was at least very willing to adopt some more accent colours after this black, dark and semi-cold winter. And do you see? The sun beams are finally finding their way inside my home again!
KoKo is turning 10 this year. Happy birthday KoKo!
And now, wow, to the best...!
Arabia is giving you the possibility to win KoKo products of your own choice, in any wished colour (including white), to a total value of 150 €!

All you have to do is to check the products behind this link and tell which is (are) your favourite colour(s) in the KoKo series? Please add your answer in the comment field below!

The competition ends on Sunday 8th March 11.59 p.m EET. The winner will be annonunced on the blog.

Good luck!
The competition has ended. Congratulations Mari V! You are the lucky winner of an own set of KoKo products! Please email me your contact details.


Inspired by the sea

Brand new is the launch of the two-year long planned design cooperation between Stelton and Bernadotte & Kylberg. It caught my interest, of course. I think it is so interesting that the Prince is leaving behind a mark in the interior world of the present times. Tomorrow's design history?
The collection is called Stockholm and consists of bowls and vases in polished aluminium and enamel. They are tinged with different shades of blue (just like the Baltic Sea they say) and I think blue is experiencing a renaissance right now. Would look quite right with some colourful tulips inside that vase! Or some lemons or fruit in the bowl.
May I guess that these will be on a place of honour in Prince Carl Philip and Sofia's new home?
Pictures from Stelton and Bernadotte & Kylberg