Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Happy Weekend!

Enjoy the weekend, wherever you are! I know many of my fellow design bloggers are stuck in Milan right now because of the volcano in Iceland that closed down all the European airports, and although being stuck in Milan doesn't seem too bad at first, when I think about it it can't be fun. I hope you all can go home soon!

I'd like to leave you with this picture, shot by Stellan Herner and styled by Lo Bjurulf for Elle Interiör.
Very clean and calm, which seems to be an unobtainable goal of mine right now. The Spring sun shines merciless through my dirty windows, putting a spotlight on every single cat hair and spot... Yucky! I don't understand how the families in the magazines do it? Do they all have cleaning ladies? Of course I know that the homes are styled, but still... Do you all have spotless homes, or do you too trip over shoes in your hallway and find butter on the fridge handle?


  • Ludmila {CreamyLife.com} says:

    Oh Emma, I agree with you, it can't be everything that clean and perfect in real life! And I think the butter on the fridge handle sounds normal to me. Have a great, relaxing weekend! xo, Ludmila

    2010-04-17 | 01:07:42
    URL: http://www.creamylife.com/
  • Wissma says:

    Many thanks for the calm morningwhite picture! And don't worry for the shoes, cat hair and dirty windows, it just shows that you are living a real, great life with your children! Perhaps one day when you will live in a perfectly-clean house you will remember these chaotic days with a nostalgic mood :). Have a nice weekend!

    2010-04-17 | 12:33:07
  • Julie says:

    Hoo boy. I (somewhat unwillingly) am now up to a large cat and two kittens in the world's smallest apartment by myself! I'm a total clean freak so even keeping up behind them is a huge task. And even at my best, after my weekly scrub-downs, there still seems to be sparse floating cat hair or some pesky something tracked in.

    2010-04-17 | 18:25:17
    URL: http://juliepeach.etsy.com
  • Leanne says:

    Are you kidding? I have two teenagers. My style esthetic is pretty minimalist, but they are maximalists when it comes to clutter and mess. I try to be philosophical and accept that it's part of life!

    2010-04-17 | 19:03:09
    URL: http://illustratedobscurity.blogspot.com/
  • jehan says:

    oh, definitely my place to go for anything interior design now :]

    love love your blog. Xx

    2010-04-18 | 00:03:32
    URL: http://www.ohfactory.blogspot.com
  • Giovanna says:

    Oh Emma, I know what you mean! I'm moving to a new place, and I'm redecorating and today I was wondering the same : "How they do it in Scandinavia?" In Barcelona is not easy, too keep all white and polished and stylish. No butter on the handle though.

    keep inspiring me..


    2010-04-18 | 01:36:00
  • Renata Gross says:

    Heheheh! So funny Emmas! Yeah! i always get so frustrated about the dirt in my house too... i clen and clean, and it's never clean. Sometimes i tell to myself: "do you know what?! _ I am not going to care anymore!" I said that today. (Well, my promise doesn't keep for long...)

    2010-04-18 | 03:46:03
    URL: http://www.rgartdesign.blogspot.com
  • a.p. says:

    Your blog is a ray of sunshine. Thanks for your work !

    2010-04-18 | 10:11:29
    URL: http://www.arbouse-physalis.com/
  • Sofia says:

    Having both small children and a cat, I know exactly what you mean. Cat hair is the worst... I just spent the entire morning vacuuming our entire apartment trying to get rid of them - but still I see cat hairs everywhere!

    Luckily I'm not much for the minimalistic style, and I like it when interior design pictures are not perfect. I love the pictures that Jenny does for Dos Family and I think that "I lay my hat and wish to stay" is very inspiring, because it shows real homes.

    2010-04-18 | 10:56:44
    URL: http://sofia.pulp.se
  • House of Many Hues says:

    I have to agree with some of the comments above. I have two small kids and two dogs. It is a battle to maintain a level of organization and cleanliness. While I love the white on white look, I find it hard to believe that anyone with kids can comfortably live like that. Or maybe if they do, the house must smell of bleach all the time! :)

    2010-04-18 | 13:54:20
    URL: http://www.houseofmanyhues.com
  • vicky says:

    Gud vad mycket snyggt du hade på bloggen!

    2010-04-18 | 15:15:40
    URL: http://virkatavvicky.blogg.se/
  • Emma says:

    definitely, butter on the handle. the older my son gets the harder i find it to keep the house clean.

    the volcano seems to have caused some real problems in europe. what is the mood there?

    2010-04-19 | 02:52:45
    URL: http://www.themarionhousebook.com
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    2010-04-19 | 04:11:50
  • Shawn says:

    Amazing! How did you know about the butter? Off to clean my fridge....ugh

    2010-04-19 | 05:54:57
    URL: http://www.jamaicabyles.blogspot.com
  • ::Tingelings-Sofia:: says:

    I have a cleaning ladie every second week for 3 hours. It helps a lot, because then you have time to clean the things you never have time for otherwise. For exemple the butter on fridge handle... But now my windows really are screaming for cleaning.

    2010-04-19 | 09:07:42
    URL: http://tingelings.devote.se
  • emma ::emmas designblogg:: says:

    Thanks everyone who answered! I feel relieved that the constat mess is a fact in your homes too! Not happy, but relieved. :) We have two cats and three kidddos, and even if I cleaned all day long every day it would still be dirty and messy in some corner, as it seems every time I turn my back things are back to their old state...

    2010-04-19 | 13:52:43
    URL: http://emmas.blogg.se/
  • Ewelina says:

    Oh gosh! You raise here a very good question. It seems that the 6 days in between we get a cleaning lady for 2 hours last forever and that her help is already needed after first 2 days, especially when we have children staying over. I used to the cleaning myself and I soon became a slave of my house. This times are happily gone! :o)

    p.s. Would you mind showing some pics of your cat?

    2010-04-19 | 22:11:00
    URL: http://www.ereszke.wordpress.com
  • Natasha says:

    Can someone identify that chair for me? I've seen them before and I'd love to track one down. Thanks.

    2010-04-20 | 08:43:02
  • emma ::emmas designblogg:: says:

    Natasha, it's a thonet chair. I don't know the specific model name, but I'm sure you can find it if you google.

    2010-04-20 | 09:28:09
    URL: http://emmas.blogg.se/
  • emma ::emmas designblogg:: says:

    Ewelina, I don't think there will be any cat pictures on this blog. It doesn't feel like it fits here.

    2010-04-20 | 09:29:16
    URL: http://emmas.blogg.se/
  • Ewelina says:

    Emma, the cat pictures were of course a suggestion to show cats in beautiful interiors...sort of 'by the way' theme and certainly not the main one :)

    2010-04-20 | 10:51:52
    URL: http://www.ereszke.wordpress.com
  • emma ::emmas designblogg:: says:

    Ewelina, I understand... Perhaps the cats will show up here later when we have renovated the house, as I'm planning to do some before/after posts here!

    2010-04-20 | 11:32:29
    URL: http://emmas.blogg.se/
  • linda Kemp says:

    my kids are grown but still I battle with the dirt, dust and flaking paint! Your blog inspires, I need my daily dose of it. Any chance of you mentioning favorite shops/flea markets in stockholm, this Californian will visit this summer!

    2010-04-20 | 18:09:09
  • caroline says:

    very very beautiful ! une image comme je les aime.

    2010-05-01 | 13:45:52
    URL: http://www.carolinegomez.com
  • miscellaneous says:

    Oh so calming, so nice

    2010-05-02 | 02:12:20
    URL: http://www.wearemiscellaneous.com

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