My sister decided to start sending me more snail mail. She told me I should write about it on my blog. So I will! Always listen to your little sister!
The first envelope she sent me, contained two cards: a Margiela perfume sample she picked up at Jones Arnhem and a Double Date card by ZTRDG to propose a double date to celebrate our 12 1/2th wedding anniversary.
ZTRDG is a Dutch initiative celebrating delicious seasonal recipes and stories about people that are passionate about fresh & beautiful food. Pretty awesome, right? Oh and if you like sending snail mail, check out The Flat Project on One Bunting Away with lots of cute snail mail DIYs!
Do you ever send your sister / brother / friend / family member a postcard? Or do you write each other letters?
Meeting fellow bloggers is always fun. This time I met one of the only fashion & beauty bloggers in the Oise: Héloïse. She's a student from Creil with a passion for beauty and shares her finds on her blog, called Beauthela. Héloïse prefers spending time in Paris, but also enjoys a walk in the Ermenonville forest every once in a while. Her favorite restaurant is Chinastar in Creil and she likes the local Irish pub for drinks with friends. Merci Héloïse!
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Carrot cake in a jar
My bakerella sister gave me this carrot cake in a jar. I'm not very good at baking and easily screw up the simplest recipes. Last week I even failed to boil some eggs... I had the flu, so there was an excuse, but still. I really enjoy baking though! And I also like eating carrot cake :o)
► In the jar: nuts, 300g brown sugar, spices, 250g flower, baking powder.
► Additional ingredients: 100g melted butter, 200ml olive oil, 4 eggs, 300g grated carrots, 250g cream cheese, 100ml cream.
Simply chop 2/3 of the nuts and roast them in a frying pan. In a large bowl, beat together butter, olive oil, 250g brown sugar (keep 50g separate for the frosting) until a smooth mixture. Add the egg yolks, grated carrots, flower, baking powder, spices and roasted nuts. Beat egg white until stiff and add it to the dough.
Pour into some baking moulds. Bake in a preheated oven (150°C) for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
For the frosting: mix the cream cheese with the cream and brown sugar until smooth and creamy. Frost the cooled cakes and decorate with some nuts. Bon appétit!
These carrot cakes tasted pretty good, although I was very surprised that they are so rich! Lots of sugar & oil & butter & cream... but the perfect comfort food for these last snowy days of winter!
The heart shaped paper moulds are by HEMA.
To kick off this week I wanted to show you the cool lighting in my home away from home in Stockholm. In the public areas designer & architect trio Claesson Koivisto Rune decided upon some funky lamps, like the Sticky lamps by Chris Kabel for DROOG:
The artistic theme uniting the hotel and its facilities is fog. It relates to the surrounding water & marine historical past. It somehow also makes sense as the hotel is central yet secluded. And very quiet too.
One of the lamps in my room (and those amazing Pool curtains again):
Sometimes unpractical design is cool. Such as this pebble in the wash basin. It is removable so that you can also wash your hands without splashing water everywhere ;o)
Love those oversized wooden lampshades by David Trubridge:
Ten reasons to stay at Hotel Skeppsholmen in Stockholm:
► a central, yet secluded location (you're staying on an island!), at only 15 minutes from the city center
► the seaview
► very comfortable beds by Duxiana (traditional Swedish bedding)
► a delicious breakfast buffet ( no individual portions of butter and marmelade here! It feels like you're in your family kitchen with homemade bread & fresh juices )
► a great hotel restaurant called Långa Raden (I need to come back to try it! Everyone told me it was really good)
► quirky lighting everywhere
► Byredo toiletries and signature scent (the entire hotel smells lovely!)
► your neighbor is the Moderna Museet
► very friendly staff, dressed by Swedish fashion brand Acne
► the hotel is eco-labeled
The Typography of Travel 14
For this 14th edition of my Typography of Travel column, Clara from Tastesheriff is joining me with this amazing pink Konditorei signage she photographed! Merci Clara!
Expressen Newspaper - Stockholm, Sweden
Svenskt Tenn (interior design) - Stockholm, Sweden
Nybergs Konditori - Stockholm, Sweden
Story Hotel - Stockholm, Sweden
Stalands furniture - Stockholm, Sweden
Moderna Museet - Stockholm, Sweden
Pubologi (gastropub) - Stockholm Sweden
To see more travel typography: part 1 and part 2 and part 3 and part 4 and part 5 and part 6 and part 7 and part 8 and part 9 and part 10 and part 11 and part 12 and part 13!
My eye spotted lots of copper in Stockholm. It's such a trendy "color". Just before leaving for Sweden, I read this lovely style report on Modern Copper by Chloé Douglas on Rena Tom's blog. Maybe it unconsciously opened my eyes to copper?
Above the famous Tom Dixon suspensions at restaurant Hjerta. And there's copper on their bar as well:
And David Taylor's concrete & copper candle holders, spotted at Konsthantverkarna:
And more suspension lights in copper: these are called Levels by Form Us With Love and won the Form+1 Award for best new product at the Stockholm furniture fair.
I like the kitschy-ness of copper and think it's very 2013, although I don't think it would look good in my home. The only copper object I own, is a vintage pudding mold. Oh and my marriage is copper too, so we are pretty trendy! And you? Do you like copper?
Come into my room...
Come into my room... at Hotel Skeppsholmen! Last week I introduced you to my island getaway in Stockholm, and today I'll show you around my room. From the window above I had an amazing view of the Stockholm skyline...
The sun shining through the curtains designed by the famous Swedish designers Claesson Koivisto Rune. Actually the entire interior design was done by these talented designers. Their famous designs were everywhere, from the lamps above my pillow...
...to the wardrobe cabinet they designed for Asplund. I also really like the typefont used for all Skeppsholmen communication, like room numbers, hotel signage and stationary. The sign in my room told the story of Hotel Skeppsholmen and The Long Row... At times in history there slept at least 10 men in my room!
I love how the print of this chair (called Metropolis) reminds me of maps... and the Map Design course by my friend Anne that I'm starting today... it promises to be so cool!
The office desk with a W08 task lamp by CKR and two Marimekko brochures I picked up at their SoFo store.
And oh those curtains... I like them so much! They are called Pool and have this "pattern" of water in a pool, translated into a graphic pattern of small and smaller dots. Really pretty!
It snowed overnight... It wasn't extremely cold when I was in Stockholm, but usually in the winter you can ice skate just outside the hotel! The water is so pure in Stockholm that you can swim here in the summertime! I wouldn't do that in Paris ;o)
mini shopping guide Stockholm
Some of my favorite places in Stockholm:
► Silververket /// Skånegatan 79 /// Silversmith material & jewelery maker tools & accessories /// mon-fri 11-18 sat 11-16
► Konsthantverkarna /// Södermalmtorg 4 /// Shop & gallery of contemporary crafts founded in 1951 /// mon-fri 11-18 sat 11-16
► Pärlans Konfektyr Stockholm /// Nytorgsgatan 38 /// Toffee caramels paradise! /// mon-fri 11-18 sat 11-17 sun 12-16
► Coffice ///
► Boqueria /// Jakobsbergsgatan 17 /// Very tasty tapas & seafood restaurant /// open: check website (and book a table, it's always very busy!)
► Papercut /// Krukmakargatan 24 /// Magazine (&book & stationary) heaven (Kinfolk, Frankie, Cereal, Acne Paper, ...) /// If you love brands like A.P.C., Isabel Marant, Jerôme Dreyfuss, Helmut Lang etc. also hop by neighbors Nitty Gritty /// mon - fri 11-18.30 sat 11-17 sun 12-16
Pärlans Konfektyr Stockholm
Usually I'm more into very contemporary places, but when it's done as well as at Pärlans, I'm more than happy to make an exception. Even more so if it comes with toffee caramels, sweet music and a fashionable staff. Pärlans is a cute little shop in Söder, Stockholm, where they make and sell delicious caramels. And serve great coffee too.
One of the things I realized when visiting several smaller craft shops in Stockholm, is that Swedes really like translating old fashioned traditions into 2013. Lisa, Pärlans' owner, told me she was inspired on a trip to Japan. The Japanese love candy. Back in Sweden she started trying different recipes and her friends really enjoyed the caramels she made.
She did some research and found out the caramel toffee rose to fame in the 1930s, the decade of the Lindy Hop dance. As a fervent Lindy Hop dancer, Lisa decided to open a caramel store and asked her swing dancer friends to help her make and sell the sweet candy. It became a huge success. Once I tasted a kola with ginger, I got it: these caramels are divine! Hmmm
Besides a very cute blog, Pärlans also published a beautiful book with stories and delicious recipes:
Through the window you can see how the caramel toffees are made & wrapped. It reminded me of Gränna in Sweden, where the famous Swedish peppermint candy comes from.
Oh and you should absolutely take a look at this lovely video by Ignant Travel. It's so sweet:
Pärlans Konfektyr Stockholm /// Nytorgsgatan 38 /// 116 40 Stockholm /// +46 (0) 86607010
Open monday through friday 11AM - 6PM, saturday 11AM - 5PM, sunday 12PM - 4PM
My island getaway in Stockholm
When planning my trip to Stockholm I was looking for a calm & inspiring place to stay. Conference days are long and though being among awesome people is wonderful, a place to recharge my batteries was important. I remembered the Skeppsholmen island from my first trip to Stockholm in 2011 when we visited the Moderna Museet. We walked around the island, at only 15 minutes from the city center, and appreciated the sea view.
(photo by Hotel Skeppsholmen)
When I was invited* to stay at Hotel Skeppsholmen it sounded like a great place. But little did I know that it would be so very perfect. I arrived at the hotel in the early evening and was welcomed by two (real!) ice sculptures and candle light along the pathway. The guy at the front desk was all smiles and very helpful. Oh and he was, like the entire staff, dressed by Swedish fashion brand Acne!
Walking to my room was intruiging: the corridor was really long and painted in a melancholic grey color, which appeared very Swedish to me. Actually the building of Hotel Skeppsholmen was built from 1699 with bits & pieces of ruined castles from the countryside and was called The Long Row. Over the years, it housed Navy staff, was used as a hospice for poor & plaque infected people, and then again was used by the Navy as offices, warehouses and apartments.
The hotel consists of 2 long buildings, so if you're staying in the second building like I was, you hop outside and use your keycard to get across.
As The Long Row buildings are part of Sweden's heritage, the entire interior is removable without deteriorating the original parts of the building. The walls in the breakfast room for example, are made of glass panels. Clever solution, right?
Breakfast at Hotel Skeppsholmen is really good. It includes beautiful homemade breads, traditional Swedish crisp bread, delicious granola & muesli, fresh juices, bacon & scrambled eggs & sausages ( presented in beautiful Le Creuset cookware! ) and of course homemade kannelbullar <3
Everything I needed to start a beautiful day in Stockholm!
Hope you like it so far! There is much more I want to share with you, so check back soon as I'll show you my room and some Swedish design elements from the hotel...
* I stayed at Hotel Skeppsholmen free of charge, but all words and images are my own. I had a wonderful stay :o)
A paper globe
This weekend I got the flue. After lots of sleep, painkillers and oranges, I felt a little better and made this paper globe. We saw several of these beautiful paper globes in Stockholm and when Elodie ( of the pretty flower & decoration blog Madame Love ) sent me a link to Joachimesque's Le Paper Globe, I couldn't wait to make one.
I have been dreaming of a white globe for a few years now, because I like the idea of coloring all the countries in the world that I've visited. Even though I have no particular intention of "coloring" the entire world ;o)
The nice thing about this globe is that you don't need any glue. It fits together perfectly. I didn't have any sturdy paper in stock and simply printed it on 90grams paper. And it worked!
You can find the template & assembling instructions of this globe right here.
A walk around Stockholm
Flying to a tropical island in the middle of the winter to get a boost of sunshine & vitamines (and additional tan!) may sound attractive. But to me visiting Stockholm, with temperatures at around 0°C had the same effect. Except for that tan of course. The extremely blue skies reflected by the water and the fresh frosty air were just what I needed to keep me going until spring.
The sun shining through the windows of the National Museum, on the last day of a beautiful exhibition called Slow Art, about contemporary fine craftsmanship:
Winter in Stockholm means shorter days, from about 8:30AM to 3:30PM, which made the blue tones of the sky change fast...
But don't worry, Stockholm by night is almost just as pretty:
And the best thing was that I didn't feel unsafe even once. Or well maybe 1 time, when I saw the outlines of this homeless fox statue in the dark... creepy but funny when I saw it again the next morning :o)
Pick a card!
Swedish design is all about purity and function. And it seemed that most of the business cards I collected this weekend at Meet the Blogger in Stockholm, were just like that: pure & functional. But the best part: there are some really awesome people behind these cards!
Clockwise starting at Skandivis: Skandivis, Tastesheriff, Ruth Hannah, Swoon Worthy, Moltazdesign, Blogst, Obviously Linda Design, Svenska Blomsterbloggar, Makelemon8, La Maison d'Anna G., HausStylish, Scandinasian by Lendalia, Méchant Studio, Un Due Tre Ilaria, Chalkboard Living, VTwonen, Studio ToutPetit, Design & Splendours, C-more, TrendConnection.
Curious what my business card looked like? You can spot it on VTwonen and Mocca&me.
I'm on cloud fine
Pfewy, I'm slowly getting back on track after a few wonderful days in Stockholm. I met so many amazing artists, bloggers and other creatives, that I'm still buzzing!
When looking down from my plane from Paris to Stockholm, I saw some familiar silhouettes and realized we were flying above Holland! It reminded me of the Map Design Course that my friend Anne from Prêt-à-Voyager will be teaching in a few weeks. Of course I enrolled (and so should you!) and I can't wait to see what we all come up with!
I took over 900 photos (oops!) in Stockholm, so please check back soon for posts about my beautiful hotel in Stockholm, cool business card designs by fellow Meettheblogger attendees, my favorite spots ( I'm completely smitten with one of them! ), beautiful Swedish typography and cool lamps that I spotted across the city.
I'm in Stockholm!
While you are reading this I'm in Stockholm, Sweden! I'm exploring the city and this weekend I'll be attending the Meettheblogger conference. I can't wait to meet many fellow bloggers & friends and to find out what Swedish design has to offer during Stockholm Design Week. I hope you'll check back next week as I'll share some highlights of my stay here. Hälsningar till alla från Stockholm!
I've been in Sweden before, if you like you can read more about it here and here.
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