Wednesday, March 28, 2012

5 Happy Inspirations: From Sweden - Part 1


I am a globetrotter, yes, I admit. And I do fall for souvenir shopping. But not the kind of regular souvenir shopper who brings home some dust collecting, tacky knick-knack. Instead, I always buy something adorable and beautiful for my home. And when I travel to countries like Sweden that have are a design stronghold, well then my budget suffers but my interior & decor loving heart is happy as it can be! So, no wonder that I returned from Stockholm with a bag full of stylish goodies to remind me of a perfect trip on a daily basis. I bought ten different things and decided to share all of them with you - in two subsequent '5 Happy Inspirations' posts. Here we go with part 1. Check next week for the other five goodies I brought home from Scandinavia. Happy hump day, friends!

1. A super cool planter with Swedish printing from Granit, a store that offers everything practical for homes in grey, white, black and metal tones. Super cool & urban. By the way, this planter is a one of a kind since it was an item on display. The normal planters come without the print.

2. These handmade mugs won my heart over from the first sight when I spotted them in the extensive homeware section of the PUB department store. They are handmade and hand painted by Swedish artist Agneta Livijn and will cheer up every of my mornings from now on!

3. I couldn't resist when I found this Olle Eksell poster entitled 'Ögon' (Eyes) in a tiny little Scandinavian design store called E. Torndahl in Gamla Stan. It went right into my shopping bag. Now I only need an adequate frame for it!

4. This cute little Chinese teapot for one person was just what I needed to complete my kitchenware. I found it at the PUB department store.

5. It was clear as a sunny day that I won't leave Sweden without a Dala horse. But I didn't want a brand new one as you can find in almost every store in Stockholm. I wanted a black one. I wanted a vintage one. And I found it! In a little, tucked-away store in Gamla Stan. 

Anything here you like in particular? Next week I will share the other five goodies from Stockholm!

20 comments :

  1. Oh Igor, I love the planter. The fact that it's the display one, unique with the words, makes me love it even more! Do you know what it says?

    Happy Hump day to you too Xx.

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    1. I love it too - I asked so kindly that they finally sold it to me:-) I only guess it says something with sun, rain, water, growing grass...as far as I can translate with German knowledge:-)

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  2. I see that you have bought a lot of goodies from Sweden. I love the Dala House - the perfect Swedish souvenir :)
    Glad you enjoyed your trip to Stockholm. It´s such a lovely city.

    Nina x

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  3. I want to go to Sweden so badly! You must have been in shopping heaven!! Can't wait to see your other treasures;) xo

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  4. If you ever notice that your mugs and teapot are missing then you might want to search in Antwerp ;-) Love those! The horse is of course classic and yours is fabulous. Love the magazines you bought too.

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  5. really cool things you brought home! You are traveling a lot and I love yor stories ;) Will you be travelling to Amsterdam as well in JUne for Meet the blogger or are you going to Berlin?? Can't remember when that was though ;P

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    1. Tough question! There are so many great blogger events and somehow all of them in May/June...need to make up my mind soon!! Would love to meet up!

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  6. Oh boy! What a bunch of super cool finds. Number two has to be my top pick - the simple ring of colour makes me smile. Welcome home!

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    1. I so knew this will be your top pick:-)) I love the mugs, you can see they are handmade as everyone differs slightly in form and finishing.

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  7. What fun! I spent 3 months in Sweden years ago and loved my time there! The mugs and teapot are my favourites from this round...can't wait to see the rest of your treasures :) ~Lily

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  8. I love the dala horse! Why haven't I thought of going to a antique or second hand shop to get one? Brilliant idea, because they do look prettier with a bit of wear and tear :) The eyes are the logo of the most popular cocoa brand in Sweden. So it makes me want a cup of hot chocolate :) I'll stop now but all 5 items are beautiful!

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    1. Oh wow, didn't know about the poster being a logo - I loved it at first sight and got myself one print:-)

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    2. Yes it is a great print. Fab graphic design. http://sarastrand.se/blog/ogoncacao/

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  9. Oh my, all your knick-knacks are so adorable! Who would have guessed that you can find such a cute Chinese teapot in Sweden?! I so want one!

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  10. No 1 translation: Spring, Sun, a flush of growth, Leaf, Rain, Soil, Shoots, Water, Gravel, Path, Plant, Grass. /Lotta

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Lotta:-) I love my planter even more now!!!

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  11. I love your new tinny teapot. Love the color and the pattern! So lovely.

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  12. Igor, I love you finds! I do the same thing. Problem is now I don't remember where some of them come from, I've started to put the place & date on the bottom so I can remember when I get old...well older. xo

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  13. uuu I have sushi set and it´s like your new Chinese teapot. You can see it here http://mjauqi.blogspot.si/2012/02/28/susi-sushi/
    But I would like to have that chinese teapot, necause am "teadrinker".

    regards from Slovenia

    http://mjauqi.blogspot.si/

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  14. It's a nice and great blog. I'm happy to read this blog, the article are also very beautiful.
    thanks for sharing.

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