Hello April

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April is here. Wow! Really? Am I the only one who can’t keep up? 1/4 of 2015 is gone and honestly I feel we are somewhere in February. Phew! If this keeps up I will ready to start the summer by the time we celebrate New Year’s.

A month ago I wrote down my intentions for March and spring. It felt like a good way to keep myself on track and think I will do it again – maybe make a tradition of it. So April, what will you bring? I have a feeling, you are going to be a game changer. We will just have to wait and see, won’t we..

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This is what my March on Instagram looked like.

Easter is just around the corner. This afternoon after I finish work I am headed for the summer house (where my Easter break will look something like this, this and this – I hope!). I am ready for a few days in the company of some of my favourite people in this world, long walks on the beach, a glass of red wine (or two!) by the fire and a good book in the sofa. I have a very long to do list with me – there are always a million things to do when running a business besides having a full-time job, but I will make an effort to take some time off too. A thing I’ve been practising since I came home from my travels in Southeast Asia one and a half months ago (and blogged about a few times). It feels good, but it also means that I am constantly feeling behind and guilty. My mail box is full of red flags and my list of blog posts I want to write is endless. I guess that’s just the way it has to be right now. There are only 24 hours in a day and I have a fulltime job and I do need to sleep too. Balance is the key – I am still trying to figure it all out.

So that puts a nice Easter break and balance on my April list. Inspired by my chase for balance I’ve managed to squeeze in a few dates in April with lovely friends I don’t get to see too often. I also have a styling job and a new collaboration that I can’t wait to share with you later.

April, I hope, will bring sunny days and the slow awakening of all things green around us; new bulbs, flowers and trees – I for one can’t wait! I am also growing my own little greens this year – more on that soon. I really want to enjoy these little moments of spring feeling and the world coming to life again. That is perhaps the most important thing on my list. What’s on your April list?

Btw the photo in the top of the post is a sneak peek from a new collaboration I will share with you soon.

Friends; may your Easter break be wonderful, joyous and relaxing and full of good people, sunshine and love x

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Spring fever

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I am longing for spring these days. For every day that passes, it feels a bit closer. The days are getting longer and the light is returning – oh the joy! Easter holiday is just around the corner and I can’t wait to spend a few days by the beach at the summer house. I hope you have a nice Easter planned too.

While we wait for spring, I’ve been collecting inspiration on Pinterest. Check my spring board for more x

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Amsterdam guide

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I spent last weekend in Amsterdam having a fabulous time after visiting Deventer and Auping’s new sustainable factory for a few days. It was a really good trip and I am beyond Impressed with Auping and their ambitious plan to make sustainable beds after the cradle to cradle principles. I can’t wait to share all of this with you, but for now here’s a few highlight from my weekend in Amsterdam.

As we only had a weekend, we didn’t see as much of the city, as I could wish for. But I’ve spent quite a few holidays in Amsterdam, so I’ve seen the most. This time was more about walking the streets, drinking coffee, doing a little shopping and going out Saturday night. Here are my favourites in random order.

Miscellaneous

De Clercqstraat 130
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This was my absolute favourite! A beautifully curated shop selling paper goods and everything you need to decorate the perfect home office. I have a weakness for notebooks and this shop has the best ones from around the world (they kinda had me there!). I also bought a bunch of paper clips, a book mark, a to do list and a few other bits and pieces. I could honestly have spent a whole day in here and I loved to see so many of the Danish designers that I know being represented in here. This is also the place where you will find nice prints, frames, magazines, cards, calendars etc.

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De Hallen

Hannie Dankbaar Passage 33
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De Hallen is an old tram depot transformed into a modern food marked with stalls, bars and seating. The stalls sell everything prom pizza, sushi, cannelloni and salads to fish’n’chips. This way everybody can find something they like and you can eat together at the tables. This was a hit!

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Also the fourth weekend in the month one of the halls turn into a local goods marked with local  and Indie Brands selling everything from clothes, bikes, hand bags, books and furniture – and even organic bread, wine and specialities. This is a perfect platform for local independent entrepreneurs to show and tell their innovative brand story to a broader public. I loved this – such good idea. A must see.

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Restored

Haarlemmerdijk 39 A
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Restored is a beautifully curated shop selling jewellery, ceramics, magazines, prints, clothes and other little bits and bobs. It is located in the Harlemmerdijk, which is an area I can recommend for shopping. There are lots of little independent stores selling everything from furniture, design, fashion, home wares etc. One of the areas I always go to when in Amsterdam. I bought a print and some lovely brass book marks in this shop.

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The Breakfast Club

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We spent a good part of Saturday morning in here having breakfast, catching up over coffee and ending up sharing a plate of fluffy buckwheat pancakes (pictured) – yum! I could go back any day for more of these – and the omelette I had at first was really good to. So was the atmosphere and decor. Also this is close to De Hallen, if you want to check that out afterwards.

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Rare Bird

Marnixstraat 127
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This shop has a curious mix of vintage, home ware, kids stuff, jewellery, ceramics, prints etc. Here you will find designers like Donna Wilson, Darling Clementine, Ingela P Arrhenius and Studio Snowpuppe to name a few. I found two small gorgeous vintage vases from an old – now closed – Dutch ceramic maker in here. The owner told me that she found a whole collection of vases on a marked – so hurry up if you want one before they sell out. I could easily have bought a few more.

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Hello Amsterdam!

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Good morning all. I jumped on a plane very early this morning. I’m off to Holland to visit Auping’s new sustainable factory in Deventer for the next two days followed by a weekend with friends in Amsterdam. I’m looking very much forward to hearing more about Auping’s cradle to cradle philosophy – you know how I feel about sustainability, recycling and protecting this beautiful planet we call home, so this is right up my alley. Also I get to sleep in an Auping bed tonight (win!).

It’s been a few years since my last trip to Amsterdam, so I’m very excited to go back. All tips for great sushi, coffee, design and shopping are much appreciated in the comments below, thanks! I’ll probably write a little guide for you when I’m back.

Btw I’ve finally updated the press-page with a few new features. I still have a few to sort out, but for now you can read the article from Countryliv where I give my take on the biggest trends of 2015 among others – check the press page with links to the articles right here.

Have a fab Thursday x

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Design icon turns 100

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I have a big love for great design. To me great design is not only about looks. A product must have both form and function – aesthetics must never stand alone as the function of the product is important in the end. If something is beautiful but doesn’t work, it’s no good. So great design is aesthetically beautiful and work like a charm for whatever purpose it was designed for. Once in a blue moon these two come together with a thousand other components and make a product that stands out. We call that an icon.

All designers dream of cresting an icon. A design icon that will transcend time and place and be used and known for generations to come. An icon is defined as “a thing that is revered or idolised”. Very few designs have been fortunate enough to become icons.

One of these is turning 100 years old this year. It’s one, that I will dare to say most people in the world knows and will recognise even in the dark – from Sudan in the south to Reykjavik in the north. Let me give you a hint.. If I say ‘red’ and ‘cold drink’ – what do you think of? Chances are you guessed Coca-Cola – and you are right! I bet if you looked through you family holiday albums from when you were a kid, somewhere there is a photo of you drinking a cold Coca-Cola on a hot summer’s day. I know there is in my family albums!

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To celebrate the anniversary Coca-Cola had a limited edition of old Coke bottles made. I was lucky enough to get to do a styling with these beauties. Through the years designers such as Marc Jacobs have worked with Coca-Cola and used the bottles as a canvas for their designs.

Any Warhol was a fan of Coca-Cola too. His famous painting of the Coke bottle from 1962 sold for $57 million at a Christie’s auction in New York in 2013 (I mean, wow!). He has been quoted for saying:

“What’s grand about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same thing as the poorest… you can know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and, just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke, and no amount of money can get you a better Coke.”

Even though I don’t drink soda anymore, I have so many memories where a Coke was somehow involved. Coca-Cola Light used to be my drink – Zero never worked for my taste buds.

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The drink itself dates back to 1886, where pharmacist John Pemberton invented it. Joseph A. Biedenharn began bottling Coca‑Cola in 1894 after he was impressed by its sales. From left to right this is what the Coke bottle looked like anno 1899, 1900 and 1915. The last one is the Hobbleskirt bottle and the iconic shape we all recognise in the dark and thus the one we are celebrating this year. Its design was inspired by the curves and grooves of a cocoa bean. And it is a version of this one we know as Coke bottles today. Go for a virtual tour of the history of the Coke bottle right here.

Fun facts: Have you noticed how the bottles look slightly different depending on where in the world you buy your Coke? Also did you know, that Coca-Cola became the first soft drink ever in space i 1985? Coca-Cola even invented the Santa Claus we know and love today and dressed him in red for an advertising campaign in 1931. Last one.. Coca-Cola is the second most widely understood term in the world after OK. Need I say more?! Researching this post was fun, can you tell? :)

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Happy birthday to an icon! Here’s to the next 100 x

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Postcard from Langkawi

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Life isn’t – and isn’t meant to be – one long holiday, but that feeling you have, when you’re sitting on a beach, staring out into the horizon, with no plans ahead of you, no where you need to be, no one you need to do something for, no deadlines, auto reply switched on and the complete freedom to do anything and nothing at all depending on your mood – THAT feeling to me is pure bliss.

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These days I think a lot about how to find little moment of that feeling right here in everyday life – in the midst of deadlines, work, the blog, emails, social media, projects, chores etc. It’s all about finding balance, like I’ve talked about lately.

For now take a stroll down this beautiful Langkawi beach with me. Happy Sunday x

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Lessons I’ve learned in life

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Today is International Women’s Day. I have been fortunate enough to be born in a time and in a country where women before me have fought to give me all the privileges, we take for granted today. I have been able to vote since I turned 18. I spent six years at university earning the Master’s Degree I wanted and have been making a career for myself since I graduated. I have the freedom – financially and otherwise to create the life I want. Thank you is a small word.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, YouTube have launched a new campaign called #DearMe. What would you tell your younger self? That’s the question YouTube is asking women around the world in order to empower young women who are struggling with self-doubt and pressure. Inspired by this post over at French by Design from earlier this week, I’ve decided to share some of my life lessons, that I wish I had known sooner.

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#1 It’s not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain

Lets face it, there will always be storms coming your way. Some will be big and uproot you, make you doubt everything you know and examine all your ideals and beliefs. Some will be small and merely shake you. You can sit around and wait for it to pass, while feeling sorry for yourself and spend all your energy wishing it had never happened. It won’t change a thing. You will never have control of what happens around you. People die. Relationships end. Jobs are lost. illness happens. That’s a fact of life. But the good news is, you have the power to choose how these events will affect you, and how much power they’ll have over you. This is not easy – I am still working on this one, but the freedom – oh the freedom that comes with the realisation, that none of this can break you. It’s empowering when your focus shifts from trying to control the uncontrollable to learning to manage your thoughts.

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#2 There is no right or wrong path

When I was younger, I had it all figured out. The path was laid out before me. All the things that you are supposed to do in the order you’re supposed to do it in. Until something happened that kickstarted a new path for me. The sooner you let go of what you think is supposed to be and start living what is, the happier you’ll be. Don’t be afraid to take the unconventional or less travelled road. Your path is yours – no one else can walk it for you or decide what is right for you. Let go of the ‘coulda’, ‘shoulda’, ‘wouldas’ and the picture in your mind of how it’s supposed to be and embrace what is. Everything will fall into place eventually. Life is a journey, not a race – enjoy the ride.

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#3 It’s not the end of the world

It might feel like it is, but it’s not. On the contrary. Sometimes everything must come down in order to make room for new things. Rebuilding the walls will only make them stronger. In the middle of the ruins you might just find a new little seed is growing – one that would have never grown roots in your old life.

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#4 You are the constant in your life

When your world is torn apart and you feel completely alone and broken, remember this: You are never alone. You are the constant in your life and you will always be there. A friend of mine said this to me at a critical time in my life. Long story short; Everything in my life was changing at once and I’ve never felt so lost, heartbroken and alone. I had just ended a six-year relationship and I was living alone for the first time in my life – the one person I was used to seeking comfort from was no longer there.  I was lost at sea with nothing to hold on to until i realised, that there was a constant in my life – the only one that will ever be – me. They say “the only constant is change”, but you will always have you throughout the change. That foundation can’t be shaken.

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#5 Don’t be afraid to say no, when you have a bigger yes burning inside

It takes courage to say no. Period. And it takes a lot of courage to say no to something you want, but isn’t quite the right fit. I’ve found this to be true in relationships, friendships, work situations – well life really. Listen to that big yes inside you. Don’t settle for anything less than you deserve. You will never know unless you try.

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#6 When someone shows you their true colours, believe them

“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Actions speak so much louder than words. You will save yourself so much trouble and heartbreak if you only listen to that tiny little voice in your head or stomach (or wherever yours are). If it doesn’t feel right – it’s not right. Walk away – from friends, boyfriends/girlfriends, business partners and others who don’t treat you right.

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Your turn now. What would you tell your younger self if you had the chance? I would love to hear your version in the comments below. Let’s share the wisdom and the love.

This is one of the most personal blog posts I’ve ever written. There’s been a few of these lately. That’s one of the things I love about blogs, it’s ever evolving and I am thinking a lot about what I want this blog to be these days.

Happy International Women’s Day. I wish you a great Sunday x

The quotes are borrowed from this board of mine on Pinterest.

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Reflection – new mirror on the wall

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Mirrors are popping up everywhere these days. We are starting to see them more and more in interiors – and not in the usual places like the bedroom and the bathroom. I’ve been wanting to add a mirror to the decor for a while and finally in December I found one that I liked. It’s taken forever to arrive by mail, but it’s finally up on the wall. It’s on the wall opposite to the big window and I love how the light is reflected in the room.

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The mirror was bought through a deal-site and was a one time offer, so I can’t provide you with a link or reference. But I’ll be happy to throw together a post with great mirrors if you are looking for inspiration? Let me know in the comments below.

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This is what the space looked like before, the reference for the book case is right here and the hook is a Dot by Muuto.

Friday is here – yay! What are you up to this weekend? Have a happy one x

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A fresh start – continued

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A new year has just begun, right?! I blinked my eyes and all of a sudden, March is here! Where did time go? Well I guess my long holiday explains it. Back in January I cleared all surfaces and moved everything around. I like to shake things up a few times a year, and the New Year is usually one of these times. I also framed some new prints and changed a few other things. It felt like I was surrounded by too many things and it clouded my mind and outlook. This must sound weird to some of you – many of you often comment on my home being somewhat minimalistic. But I’m telling you, it doesn’t take much to feel like it’s too much (for me anyway). Decluttering is one of my favourite things and I believe we make space for new things in our life, when we let go of old ones. I talked about this, when I moved a year and a half ago.

I have so many beautiful things. But they just can’t all be displayed at once. So some of them have taken refugee in the cupboards hiding out for the next time I am in the mood to redecorating and some of them I’ve let go off (which I talked about in this post a few days ago – and I am still adding more things to my virtual garage sale). I promised you pictures back in January, and here they finally are.

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The pine tree is a left over from Christmas. I really like it, so I’ve decided to let it stay.

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Some of the prints you’ve seen before. I have just moved them around from other places or gotten them out from storage. The two blue ones are new. The top one with brass printing on is from Not Another Bill – a genius concept btw! And the bottom one is by Silke Bonde from her new Blue Water limited collection. Check this guest post Silke wrote a month ago.

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I have a thing for pandas at the moment. I found this beautiful postcard in a tiny book shop in Singapore by a local artist.

This is what the picture wall used to look like in case you were wondering. In the post you will also find my how to-guide for creating a great picture wall and references for some of the prints etc. (If you are looking for a specific reference for a print not mentioned in the picture wall post, have a look at the related posts below, thanks).

In the news department, I have also bought a new mirror for the living room. Those of you who follow me on Instagram have already seen a sneak peek. If you want to see the whole thing, come back on Friday. Happy Wednesday x

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Balance + special treatment for sensitive skin

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What a wonderful weekend it has been! I managed to sneak in quality time with friends over dinner and a party as well as time for sleeping in, lazy hours of coffee and a book in bed and I got a few work projects done – not bad at all if you ask me. Like I wrote yesterday and on Friday, I am trying to find a better balance between work and play.

Balance is actually quite a fitting subject for this post – although I have a different kind of balance in mind. My skin tends to act up this time of year. The changes in weather from freezing cold winter weather with low humidity to milder temperatures some days as Spring is rolling in. This year I even spend a good deal of my winter in Southeast Asia with much warmer temperatures and high humidity. I went to Thailand in the end of November/December, then back to the Danish winter for a month and a half and then travelled around Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia for three weeks. Sunshine, snow and then lots of sunshine. Not good – and I’m paying the price right now with itching legs.

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A new collaboration with Eucerin came as a God’s send. They are a research based dermatological skin care brand only sold through pharmacies with more than a 100 years of research behind their products.

They have a series of products made especially for hyper sensitive skin. Hyper sensitive skin reacts a lot like mine does – I have never had a word for it before, but after reading about hyper sensitive skin and using the products for the last two and a half weeks since I came home from holiday I feel rather certain, that is exactly the case for my skin.

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Hyper sensitive skin reacts to weather changes, very cold weather, fatty foods (who said Christmas!), spicy foods (well hello Southeast Asia!), stress and lack of sleep (ehm, have you read my last few posts..) – let’s just say, I am the perfect candidate. The first signs are a burning sanitation, itching and redness. It kinda feels like your skin is a size too small for your face – have you ever tried that? If you want to know more about sensitive skin, Eucerin has a lot of info on their webpage.

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So I’ve been testing a cleanser, a toner, a face cream and a lip balm for the last two and a half weeks and I am very pleased with the results. I came straight from humid, warm weather with lots and lots of sunshine, to dry, freezing cold winter weather – and I’ve had no reaction whatsoever. I usually would.

As I’ve said before I have a strong opinion about skin care products. I never use or buy anything that contains perfume, parabens, artificial colours, alcohol etc. Eucerin lives up to all that and further more the products don’t contain emulsifiers and preservatives. That’s my kinda skin care brand!Special treatment for sensitive skin via that nordic feeling Special treatment for sensitive skin via that nordic feeling

I never leave the house with out lip balm. In fact I always have one in my bag, on in my jacket pocket, one on my desk at home and one on my desk in the office. I cannot live without lip balm, ha! This one is a new favourite, It doubles as a gloss, which I like as I rarely wear lip stick.

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Btw I have now been using the Clarisonic Aria/Mia 3 cleansing device (introduced in this post) for 5 months and I am very pleased with the results. My smiling creases around my eyes are much less visible, than they were before and I have become quite addicted to the feeling of ‘clean’ skin – I even bring it with me when I travel.

So a new week is upon us. I will do my best to keep this good feeling from the weekend, go to bed in a decent hour and not bury myself in work. Baby steps, right? I wish you a fab new week too x

*This post is sponsored by Eucerin. As always thank you for reading my blog and supporting my sponsors. They make it possible for me to do what I love.

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