In autumn, when the days start to get a little bit chilly and time on the beach definitely is over, it is time for the woods.
In the forest, surrounded by the sounds of nature itself and nothing else, the soul really can breathe. Where the moss lies century thick over the rocks and the trees proudly reaches towards the sky.
I am trying to squeeze in as many forest walks as possible this time of year to really fill up the inside pantry with as much images of the forest stillnes as I can. To use in the dark days of winter to come.
... and then, home, light up Stumpastaken with lots of candles and a teapot on warming.
Autumn at it´s very very best!
Summer in Scandinavia is short... Yet we set so many hopes and activities to the few weeks of outdoor life. There are not so many warm nights, not so many perfect days, there is no guarantee for sunshine or warm water… But still... the days that are perfect are AMAZING, BREATHTAKING and PRECIOUS!
Above are selected moments from our summer. Sweden is fantastic and we enjoyed this vacation just staying home, spending time with friends, long dinners with the family and magic swims in the ocean.
The energy level is filled up and I feel happy just looking at these photos. Moments. Breaths. Life.
I absolutely love our bathroom and I love the bathtub! When we built our new bathroom my number one wish was a bathtub and it is the best place to wind down.
Our house is out on the very end of the Swedish westcoast and the garden is mostly stone and rocks. In order to build as close to nature as possible, this end of the house lies very close to the surrounding
rock, which means the wall has a 20 degree slant. That´s how we got the shelf over the bathtub.
The bedroom and bathroom lies in a separate part of the house. Kids can be wild and crazy in the livingroom but in this part it is stillness anyway. Very much appreciated and my best tip, to create a place in the house where you can sneak off for some quietness if needed.
Have a good weekend!!!
(Easter is in the webshop.)
Strange but yummy Swedish tradition - Semla.
Today, is the Semlas own day!
Traditionally it´s the last day before lent, where you were supposed to stuff yourself to prepare for the 40 days of fast before Easter.
Nowadays we don´t fast that much, but we eat the Semlas anyway!
The best Semlas in the world are made by my friend Kristina.(Below under a fig tree). Home grinded and cooked almond filling, perfectly whipped cream and buns just big enough to make the perfect fika!
So, now… Time for coffee and a Semla!
If you are in Sweden in the beginning of the year… try one out!
It is truly a Swedish fika!
Unfortunately we can´t sell Kristinas yummy Semlas in the webshop, but we have lots of other nice things. Have a look below!
Rest when you're weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.
. Ralph Marston
We all need to load the batteries in between times of much work. The best way to recollect energy is probably different for everyone, but I strongly believe in nature and fresh air.
Like the day from the photos above.
We had a short break and spent the weekend in Mellbystrand where Kims mom lives. In summer Sweden´s longest beach is full of people sunbathing and playing, but wintertime it is endless peace and quiet with the soft breeze from the ocean.
After walking until our minds were calm and our legs were tired, we turned around, now the wind on the other side of our cheeks.
Then we headed home where we were served danish pancaces and coffee.
An exceptional mini break from all computer buzz and warehouse stress.
Refreshed and rejuvenated we could then go back to work, filled with energy.
Don´t forget to rest. Rest is not lazieness, it is crucial for our long term well being.
“My idea of Christmas, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”
I just LOVE this quote, it is so easy to get carried away with all the holiday preparations and forget that what really matters is our loved ones. What would Christmas be, if we would not have anyone to give presents to, nobody to share our meals with and noone to wish a happy Christmas?
There are so many lonely people out there, that don´t look forward to the holidays at all. This year we light our candles for them.
And I will hug my loved ones an extra time, being gratful for the greatest gift:
Friends and family!
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The December darkness is all over us, but I am so happy to have all these lovely candle holders to work with. We light candles every morning and every evening. I Believe it is the best way to both start and end the day. candlelight is so peaceful. Happy friday, enjoy your own candlelight, and from now on... I sincerely hope to be more frequent!
A few weeks of vacation is now over. The weather has been a bit to windy, but there were still many lovely days to enjoy the fantastic Swedish light. That light is what I spend the dark winter months dreaming about... Most of the time we spent at the Westcoast of course, but we had a bit of travelling around to other parts of our beautiful country. I will get back to that. For now, I will just welcome myself back to social media, after a whole summer IRL.
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Kim is originally Danish with a Norwegian mother and Veronica is all Swedish. We live on the west coast of Sweden and run the design brand Born in Sweden with a true love to the all Scandinavian lifestyle.
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