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Places & Spaces: Treehotel, Sweden

The Treehotel in Sweden features unique, futuristic camp sites. Imagine the scene: you’re walking through a forest in northern Sweden, when suddenly you come upon a collection of bizarre objects suspended from trees: a mirrored cube, a UFO, a giant bird’s nest. Have you been abducted into a Dadaistic art […]

Elsewhere in Scandinavia, Caroline Olsson’s Artisan Inspired Lamps

Caroline Olsson’s Turn light, inspired by artisan craft in her native Norway. We’ve often featured Scandinavian creativity on EcoSalon, but it’s usually Danish or Swedish. Now the Norwegians are claiming their portion of the design smörgåsbord. At this year’s London Design Festival, a whole separate space was dedicated to designers from […]

4 Super Easy DIY Ideas for How to Distress Wood

Learn simple techniques for how to distress wood. Like the look of distressed or weathered wood? Want to learn how to distress wood for your own DIY projects? Read on to learn some useful techniques and tricks to make it appear like it’s naturally weathered and rustically textured. Whether flipping […]

Foodie Underground: 5 Best Foodie Blogs

ColumnFive of our favorite foodie blogs involving everything from music to local produce. It happens to all of us: the kitchen routine. You’re tired and uninspired and what happens? Your meal, at best, becomes a bowl of sauteed greens. Not that there’s anything with a bit of chard and kale […]

Daily Inspiration: 25 Pinterests We Love

Come on, pin a little. There’s nothing quite like a good inspiration board pinned with memorable quotes, tears from magazines, friends’ recipes, and pictures, but we live in the digital age, where we’re constantly finding inspiration that we can’t physically put anywhere (well, not without printing paper). Which is why we’re […]

Volcanoes: The Disruption of Eruption

Northern Europe’s air traffic is at a near-total standstill after windblown ash from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano spread across Scandinavia and the north of the U.K. While posing little environmental threat in the long term, this silica-rich ash could melt into liquid glass inside aircraft engines, clogging and even stopping them […]

Colorful Caprice

Yesterday we kicked off the New Year with a fresh start and a clean slate of Scandinavian modernism. This week we will be serving up handfuls of home tours full of style and charisma. Today we’ll supply heaps of color with a side of optimism and eclecticism. This is the […]

Moscow Mule Recipe Redux: The Mexican Mule with Tequila

The Moscow Mule is a popular cocktail with mixologists and drinkers.  Made with ginger beer, lime and vodka and served elegantly in a dazzling copper mug. But for something divine, change up your Moscow Mule recipe by replacing the vodka with tequila and muddle a slice of jalapeño at the bottom […]

Space for Inspiration

Charlotta Ward is an artist; you can see it in the way she finesses the words and images on her blog as though she is delicately finessing the last details of an intricate painting. Everything at Space for Inspiration is thoughtful and gorgeous with a layer of spontaneity that always excites my […]

Elsewhere in Scandinavia, Caroline Olsson’s Artisan Inspired Lamps

Caroline Olsson’s Turn light, inspired by artisan craft in her native Norway. We’ve often featured Scandinavian creativity on EcoSalon, but it’s usually Danish or Swedish. Now the Norwegians are claiming their portion of the design smörgåsbord. At this year’s London Design Festival, a whole separate space was dedicated to designers from […]

Foodie Underground: 5 Reasons to Love Cardamom

ColumnWhy cardamom is your new best friend. High end ramen, breakfast for dinner, sparkling water: We spend a lot of time discovering and discussing food trends on Foodie Underground. It’s a dichotomous pursuit. There are the evenings spent complaining to friends about how fed up with the foodie world I […]

Foodie Underground: Celebrating Midsommar

ColumnYour guide to throwing your own Swedish Midsummer celebration. This week marks the summer solstice, and if there’s any place that knows how to celebrate this time of year, it’s Sweden. Its northern latitude makes the winters dark and long and the summers light and short, which means there’s plenty […]

Foodie Underground: And the Underground Winner Is…

ColumnCongratulations to our winning Foodie Underground entry by Johanna Kindvall! Last week, in celebration of Foodie Underground‘s one-year anniversary, we asked for your own foodie submissions. We received many interesting, creative recipes, photos and artwork. As I wrote last week, writing this column has been an exploration of how food […]

Need an Eco House? We Deliver the Nuts and Bolts

Look into the future of custom housing: steel frames and insulated panels delivered to your lot for quick, on-site assembly. That’s what’s being done at Eco Steel, a firm of architectural visionaries that connects with other forward-thinking industry partners to deliver these dwellings to homeowners and businesses. Instead of fully […]

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9 Fantastic Folkloric Finds: Adding Folk Art to Your Space

Get inspired with these folk art finds to create a magical folkloric hideaway. In case you are wondering just what we mean, today’s folkloric decor and design is inspired by primitive art styles of Scandinavia, Mexico, Peru, and other countries and cultures of the world. It’s an appreciation for the timeless […]

4 Super Easy DIY Ideas for How to Distress Wood

Learn simple techniques for how to distress wood. Like the look of distressed or weathered wood? Want to learn how to distress wood for your own DIY projects? Read on to learn some useful techniques and tricks to make it appear like it’s naturally weathered and rustically textured. Whether flipping […]

Moscow Mule Recipe Redux: The Mexican Mule with Tequila

The Moscow Mule is a popular cocktail with mixologists and drinkers.  Made with ginger beer, lime and vodka and served elegantly in a dazzling copper mug. But for something divine, change up your Moscow Mule recipe by replacing the vodka with tequila and muddle a slice of jalapeño at the bottom […]

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9 Fantastic Folkloric Finds: Adding Folk Art to Your Space

Get inspired with these folk art finds to create a magical folkloric hideaway. In case you are wondering just what we mean, today’s folkloric decor and design is inspired by primitive art styles of Scandinavia, Mexico, Peru, and other countries and cultures of the world. It’s an appreciation for the timeless […]