Friday, May 30, 2008

hot, hot, hot


The picture above is from an article (issued a while back) in "boligtorvet", a interior design magazine from Denmark. It features the home of designer Cecilia Granath. It seems her shop (where she sells baboushes, scarfs and all kinds of pretty things) is bordering on her appartment and both are just breathtaking. I love how she used the white wooden screens (I have a small similar one as a headboard) as a devider between two rooms. Her white washed wooden floors are absolutely droolworthy too.


My, my, is so hot over here you can't really do anything without breaking into a sweat. The heat also brought back my hayfever so I'm sneezing and wheezing and popping antihistamines (whoever invented/discovered them - thank you from the bottom of my heart!).
This weekend - if I'm not melting - I'll try to figure out my new sewing patterns for short puff-sleeved dresses. It's been ages (literally) since I've sewn a garment and hopefully it will all come back to me...
Have a wonderful weekend and stay cool... xo

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Come on, you know you want to...

...get your teeth into this "Chocolate Graham Cracker Cupcake with Toasted Marshmallow" from Trophy Cupcakes in Seattle. I know I do...

Lucky for us, Martha Stewart has the recipe.
I'm definitely going to try that, even so they use a kitchen torch - which I don't have - to brown the frosting. It almost looks to good to eat.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Wiksten: tova dress

tova dress
Ursprünglich hochgeladen von wikstenmade
I'm curious about the new Wiksten collection and her soon to launch website and shop. This dress is just so very pretty.

I bought a similar shirt at H&M the other day - but not as beautiful of course.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Desperately seeking...this sewing pattern

desperately seeking...this pattern!!!

Does anybody know where I could buy this vintage Simplicity pattern? Does anybody have it and would be willing to sell or trade it? A copy/pdf would be fine too...
Thanks! :)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

My far.

I've realized I haven't posted any of my own pictures for a while, so today I'll take you for a little Saturday morning walk in my neighbourhood.
Saturday is farmers market day. It pays to get up early, the market gets supercrowded later in the day with people pushing and shoving. Sometimes it's so crowded you can't even make out what the booths are selling.

street signs Kollwitzplatz/Berlin
The market is located on the Kollwitzplatz/Berlin and named after Käthe Kollwitz, the famous female artist.

Kollwitzplatz farmers market/Berlin
You can buy all kinds of yummy food there. Fresh fish, handmade pasta, bread,...friends of our friends have a booth there where they sell all kinds of licorice.

Kollwitzplatz farmers market/Berlin
This nice lady sold lilies of the valley that were so fragrant that I just had to buy a bunch. Also appealing was that she and her son were dressed in Bavarian folklore outfits and their tiny "booth" consisted of simply two buckets of flowers and a little stool.

breakfast with flowers...
After buying strawberries, flowers and all kinds of oriental snacks we had breakfast at "Sowohlalsauch", a popular café near the farmers market. We were so early, it was easy to get a table...usually it's very crowded as well. Great people spotting location, sometimes you get to see German celebrities walking by or having coffee.

Where's the birdy?
The guy at the table next to us went inside to get a newspaper. While he was gone, a sparrow took some hearty "bites" from his bread roll...we couldn't warn the guy in time when he came back, he continued eating the roll oblivious of the beak marks...

I heart coffee.
I think the barista loves jumbo latte had a heart on top, my husband's didn't.

market flowers "in situ"
...back home, I put the flowers in water...this doesn't look quite real, does it?

lilies of the valley...
...and placed the lilies in a vase my mother had as a child...this shot looks so staged as is!

And for good meassure I'll throw in some shots of our balcony, taken from the kitchen window:

our balcony - view from the kitchen window
The "viney" plant is wisteria, but I doubt it will ever bloom. I like that it looks like a garland though.

our balcony - view from the kitchen window
Lavender and faux lavender (looks like lavender but isn't as fragrant) are the only things that tend to survive the scorching summer sun...the butterflies like it too.

balcony - bird bath and faux lavender
Our tiny bird bath...about the size of my palm...only for very tiny bird butts. I have to refill it every morning. A pair of greenfinches stops by every day to take a bath as does the little tit which practically lives with us.

That's it! If you feel up to it - maybe you'd like to do the same? I'd love to see where you live!

I have to write a lot of copy this weekend - a freelancer's work is never done...

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Inspiration: TOAST

While browsing yesterday I came across TOAST, a beautiful British online store. I've never heard of them before.

(I wouldn't mind if my bedroom looked like this...)

(...or like this...)

(...I'd definitely lounge in style in these pants...)

( the lamp...)

(...the embroidery!)


Sailing: We had the best weather and it was so much fun, even so I did bump my head on something, my husband's pants got completely soaked in sea water after just about 15 minutes and we lost one of our crew members when we tried to "park" (for want of a better word) the ship. He had to jump and cling to a pole (in the water, about 10 m from the shore) until we managed to turn the boat around to pick him up (truely one of the funniest things I've seen in a long, long time...).

Friday, May 16, 2008


...just to let you know we didn't drown...we actually had a great time with just minor heads and egos...more about that later. I'm just frightfully busy but will return next week.
Have a wonderful weekend! XO

Friday, May 09, 2008

Inspiration: Jeanne d'Arc Living

Jeanne d'Arc Living is another great company from Denmark. They have the French shabby chic thing with a Nordic twist down pat and make all kinds of pretty stuff that is new but actually looks antique. (Their website is wholesale only, so your wallet is save.)






They even wrote a beautiful book. It's in Danish, but has tons of inspiring photographs.

I'm off for the (long) weekend. We are going sailing tomorrow with friends - which I have never done before...sailing that is - and I hope I'll manage not to make a complete idiot of myself. Falling in, getting hit by the sail...potential pitfalls everywhere.
Have a great weekend!

P.S.: Are you on TWITTER? Let me know! You can find me by following the link on the right. I'm usually writing in German but if you contact me I'll switch to English. Promise.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008


The colorful Grønlykke website just blows me away. They stock so many things you probably saw in magazines. Some of the items are only available at the Grønlykke boutique in Copenhagen. (Note to self - never visit Copenhagen...or never visit Copenhagen with a credit card.)

(sold out - absolute favourite)

(almost a classic...)

(also one of my all time favourites...but the plain aluminum one)

(pretty tea pot cozy, lovely with the tea set)


Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Craving: DAY - Birger et Mikkelsen

I'm back and had a splendid time! The weather was fine, the infant cute and the parents proud (as they should be).
DAY is one of my favourite brands ever. I can even tell you the sad story of the DAY dress that never got to party at a wedding because it was stolen from my closet when someone broke into my appartment a couple of years back. (They took more than just the dress - note to self: always remove the tags right after purchase! - , including all of the jewelry I inherited from my grandmothers... I only had a few pieces, but they were of huge sentimental value. Oh - and my pillow. Weird and a bit scary.)

(I absolutely adore the striped cardi)

(love the neckline and the sleeves, not too crazy about the pants-under-dress-thing)

(love the scarf and the red shoes)

And a couple of my favourite pieces from their home range:

(white cinnabar -does such a thing exist?- boxes)

(black and white quilt...)

(pretty on a desk, filled with pencils)

A bit small, but just look at this absolutely perfect room...
(it even features a feather headdress - and how did they get the walls to look like that?)


Friday, May 02, 2008

Have a nice weekend...

Eurythmics with Falcão!
Ursprünglich hochgeladen von carla_mabel
...I'm off to the christening of my best friends baby daughter in Hamburg.
While I'm gone you must check out the awesome "sleeveface" flickr group my husband found this morning. These are pretty fantastic.
See you Monday!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Inspiration: looks from hel...

...hel as in Helsinki that is, the capital of Finland.
"hel looks" is Finlands answer to "The Satorialist"
and "FRUiTS" - a street fashion photo project by Liisa Jokinen and Sampo Karjalainen.



With the short daytime periods in Finland during the winter, a colorful attire seems mandatory.


The weather over here is not too great for a holiday, but since we have to work anyway (writing copies and headlines, translations) this is actually a good thing.