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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 […]

I’d Rather Be in … Reykjavik

Geothermal hot springs and mineral baths. Northern Lights. All-night parties and cozy cafes. Any and all of these experiences can be had with a visit to Reykjavik, just a short flight from both Boston and New York (and an easy connection for other U.S. cities). Where to Stay A Green […]

Making Homesteading Approachable

Urban homesteading is more doable than you think. At the risk of stirring up controversy for using The-Term-Formerly-Known-As –Urban Homesteading, I’d like to talk about the practice of achieving more self-sufficient, sustainable living in cities from a strictly aesthetic point of view. Who says keeping chickens has to be hard? […]

UK School Launches Sustainable Fashion Degree Program

Most of the world’s elite design schools like Parsons School of Design and Central Saint Martins College, need no introduction. Year after year, they educate and support a huge number of students who go on to become pioneers of the fashion industry. Recently, a university in the United Kingdom has […]

5 Questions Series with Anna Gustafsson of La Maisson d’Anna G

Wherein we ask our favorite design bloggers, curators and forecasters what inspires them.   Anna Gustafsson grew up in Sweden, lived in Australia, then in Switzerland, and has since settled down in Paris where she writes about Scandinavian design and interior decorating. If the mention of Scandinavia hasn’t given it away […]

9 Simple & Gorgeous Scandinavian Design Home Decor Projects

When one thinks of Scandinavian design and style the first thing that comes to mind is probably IKEA. Although the big box store has done a great job at helping it become more mainstream, Scandinavian design is much more than just what one finds at IKEA. Scandinavian design and style […]

I’d Rather Be in … Reykjavik

Geothermal hot springs and mineral baths. Northern Lights. All-night parties and cozy cafes. Any and all of these experiences can be had with a visit to Reykjavik, just a short flight from both Boston and New York (and an easy connection for other U.S. cities). Where to Stay A Green […]

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: You Can Ferment That

ColumnAn interview with a professional fermenter and how to make your own sauerkraut. You’ve been making your own kombucha for months (ok, years) and pickling is old news to you, but have you taken your fermented food obsession to the next level? Grabbed a slot at the local market and […]

Oui! 5 French Country Decor Tips for Your Francophilia

French country decor is the best of both worlds–European-style elegance crossed with rustic country elements. The style comes out of the old country homes of the French countryside where the upper crust of Paris would (and still do) retreat during the hot summer months when city living is unbearable. The […]

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 […]

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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 […]

The Nordic Diet: Eating Like a Viking is Good for All of Us

Is the Nordic Diet just the new “it” thing or is it actually a sustainable approach to food? If it’s not one diet, it’s another, because let’s face it: we want the magic trick that will keep is fit and slim. The truth is, there is no magic trick, the best […]

7 Essential Swedish Recipes for Christmas: Foodie Underground

Anyone with a love of Scandinavia will want to make these classic Swedish recipes. Why is it that we “need” certain foods at certain times of the year? I have been traveling for the last couple of months, and because of it have been far far away from my kitchen […]

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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 […]