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Northern Women in Chanel

SlideshowReporting from Sweden, Johanna Björk shares the fascinating story behind the creation of a new book on Chanel. In 2010, photographer-stylist couple Peter Farago and Ingela Klemetz-Farago were given full access to the coveted Chanel archives, which contains couture treasures from the 1920s through today – a dream for anyone […]

11 Hipster Cocktail Recipes You Can Make At Home

11 cocktail recipes for the hippest happy hour in town. Been finding a whole lot of infusions and craft spirits on the drink menu lately? Cocktails are having a comeback (did they ever really leave) and that means good drinks, served strong. Fortunately, you don’t have to hit up the […]

Seasonal Living: Spring Series – the Ritual Cleansing

Scandinavians have much to teach us about the art of the sauna and its powers of renewal. Spring is the ideal time to consider a sauna bath as a practical addition to the home. … Long before the pool opens for the summer, regular saunas will help cleanse the pores […]

Parisian Androgyny Offers Sexy Design Details

Soak in the androgynous details of this space. Does your interior have a sexual identity? Lounging in Paris, is an interior with a perfect mixture of masculine strength and feminine daintiness. The harmless over-generalization of sexual characteristics is rampant within the walls of this Paris flat, home to fashion designer […]

Foodie Underground: Conflicted Cuisine

A decade ago, I spent a year living in Sweden. Despite what mass media might have you believe, the country is in fact more than just bombshell blonds and smorgasbords. While there, I befriended several Iranians, their families having fled during the reign of the Shah and taken refuge in […]

Lustables: Jacobsen Salt

Pure salt crystals hand-harvested in Oregon. Call me a pretentious foodie, but I am going to go ahead and say it: sea salt is a game changer for cooking. It’s flaky, tastes real, and simply does things to your food that traditional salt just can’t. Think I am kidding? Then […]

Foodie Underground: Scandinavian Takeover

Notice how any recent mention of fare from Sweden, Norway and Denmark also denotes how a Scandinavian food trend is quickly making its way into all kinds of food markets? Why it’s taken so long for Scandinavian fare to hit the global market is beyond me, but with simple, down […]

Foodie Underground: 20 Terms for the Foodie Vocabulary

ColumnYour guide to translating avant garde foodie menus. Known for my tendency (obsession), with pronouncing words in a French accent, most of my friends refuse to order on their own if we’re anywhere near a place serving croissants or tarte au citron. Even outside a French themed restaurant or cafe, […]

Oh, Bag, You Are So Beautiful To Me

Well, hello there you gorgeous bag, you! I am so happy we have finally found each other. You have traveled a long distance to be with me. Although you did burn some fuel traveling from Finland to meet me, the fact that you are made from 100% natural and sustainable […]

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 […]

Trendland

Trendland is an alternate universe carefully molded and built by Cyril Foiret and Ani Tzenkova, “Trendland is what it sounds like, a world of raw trends, waiting to be nurtured and defined.” Trendland is an online magazine and virtual amusement park for adults.

Places & Spaces: Gotland’s Industrial Hotel & Curious Vegetables

Fabriken Furillen epitomizes industrial chic: it’s a converted factory on an old quarry in Gotland, Sweden. We know that the Swedes are decades ahead of everyone in terms of green living. So you won’t be surprised to hear that one of the Nordic country’s hippest hotels is in a converted factory. […]

A Smorgasbord of Textiles

When a client said she wanted to do Swedish fabrics in the bedrooms of her remodeled vacation house in Tahoe, I went searching for sources other than IKEA for textiles that could translate into gorgeous bedding. While I think some of IKEA’s ready-made bedding is cheerful in that whimsical Scandinavian fashion, the texture […]

Infusions: 10 Perfect Ingredients For Delicious Culinary Creations

Start your cocktail infusions obsession immediately.  Infusion is one of those words that immediately makes me think of hip bartenders with driving caps and a well kept mustache. Cardamom infused bitters? Why yes, yes I do want that. But infusions are a fairly simple process that can easily be done […]

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 […]

20 Most Iconic Modern American Homes

Just a few cherished gems from America’s golden age of architecture and design. Mid-Century modern is very hot right now. Television’s Mad Men explains the trend in part; houses were most certainly built better then; as such, preservationists rally around them. Yet, sadly, many mid-century homes are considered “on the […]

There’s a Hotel for Your Sourdough Starter… in Sweden

Concerned about how your sourdough starter will fare when you’re on vacation? Drop it off at the sourdough starter hotel. Sweden is known for baking culture. If you’re not baking your own bread, then you know a good bakery to get it from. The bread is usually dense – none […]

5 Blissful Vacation Destinations for the Trip of a Lifetime

 If you’re seeking inspiration for your next vacation, or are just feeling out of balance and need to recharge, consider these blissful destinations for the trip of a lifetime. Webster’s defines bliss as “complete happiness” or, alternatively, “paradise or heaven”. And, lucky for us, that feeling may be just a […]

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‘Living Retro’: the Best of Retro Design and Decor

Learn to love retro design with a fabulous celebration of twentieth-century design, color, and pattern in “Living Retro,” a new book from designer Andrew Weaving–a  private glimpse of delicious retro-inspired homes around the world from Palm Springs to Paris. In his new book, “Living Retro” (published by Ryland Peters & […]

7 Quirky Ideas for Repurposing Vintage Home Decor Goods

Repurpose vintage home decor goods because it looks cool–and because it’s better for the environment. No matter what your decorating style, there is always room to repurpose vintage home decor goods to add both form and functionality. Whether your space can be more accurately described rustic, boho, modern country, Scandinavian, mid-century, […]

9 Phenomenal Subscription Boxes Perfect for Mother’s Day

Gift mom with one of these subscription boxes for Mother’s Day this year. It’s the gift that will keep on giving. For some of us, Mother’s Day can sometimes be fraught with the gift-giving conundrum. What to gift the woman who brought you into this world and continues to nourish […]

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 […]

9 Simple Christmas Crafts to DIY Your Way to a Happy Holiday

The countdown to the holidays has begun, so why not take a few moments to spruce up your home with a few simple Christmas crafts. Heck, you might even find that channeling your inner Martha for a few hours is a great way to relieve stress, especially after a bottle […]

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7 Quirky Ideas for Repurposing Vintage Home Decor Goods

Repurpose vintage home decor goods because it looks cool–and because it’s better for the environment. No matter what your decorating style, there is always room to repurpose vintage home decor goods to add both form and functionality. Whether your space can be more accurately described rustic, boho, modern country, Scandinavian, mid-century, […]

‘Living Retro’: the Best of Retro Design and Decor

Learn to love retro design with a fabulous celebration of twentieth-century design, color, and pattern in “Living Retro,” a new book from designer Andrew Weaving–a  private glimpse of delicious retro-inspired homes around the world from Palm Springs to Paris. In his new book, “Living Retro” (published by Ryland Peters & […]