Thursday, 20 July 2017

#LONDONSUMMER2017 #EXHIBITIONS

London in July! Not as stuffy or busy as you might think. Full of interesting and very good exhibitions, sales in the shops and all this lovely coffee shops, pubs etc. A walk in Soho, Covent Garden, Hyde Park, etc. Or why not go to the hippest place of all just now, Hackney! I can also recommend Little Venice, Barnes etc...Or just stay in the city and enjoy! Me myself is off to my house in the Swedish Archipelago next week for a month of my native Stockholm and Sweden. It has been a tough year with losses of friendships and close familybonds. All for silly reasons (in my view) due to attention seeking and money and lack of communication. On the other hand new contacts and friends has turned out to be very supportive and helpful! Thank you, you know who you are! More from Gåsö and me soon...here some tips about London this summer.
The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition is always a must for me and this time better than ever. Probably due to all the colour, which I love. Modern, expressive and graphic art. They are very good curators and this years "hanging" was better than ever...The Summer Exhibition goes on until 20 of August.
Colourful portraits, RA!

Curated and hung exceptionally well this year, RA.

From small to big work...RA.

Graphic art! RA.

From clocks to installations, RA.
Fashionista or just interested in fashion, do not miss the V&A Balenciaga exhibition, "Shaping Fashion". This Spanish designer did not just change the way fashion is shaped but still inspire young designer all over the world. Until 18 February 2018.

Pink Floyd have been honoured a retrospective exhibition of their unusually audiovisual history. Could have been extended with more concert views! 

More from the Pink Floyd exhibition at the V&A, "Their Mortal Remain" until 1 October 2017.

Finally, having a brows and walk around Soho do not miss the new Rag & Bone shop at 50-54 Beak Street. Enjoy and see you soon! And please, let me know what you think about my blog and what you would like to see more of!

Monday, 17 July 2017

HAPPY #SUMMER, AND WHAT DO YOU WANT READ ABOUT ON MY BLOG?

Hi all and Happy Summer. As you might have understood I have taken some time off blogging lately. All due to personal circumstances and because I would like to know a bit more about what YOU, my readers want to find here. As you all know by now (I hope) is that I am a freelance journalist, interior- and graphic designer and write about lifestyle, from interiors to food, fashion and psychology... What would you like to see more off? How often should I write? Short or a bit longer? Any view will help! Please give me some hints. Above, at Llandeio Jazz Festival two weeks ago with the fun "Jazzabelles" from Wales. Hope to hear from you very soon.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

#MENSFASHION #LFWMSS18 #CHRISTOPHER RAEBURN ETC

Sorry guys for not keeping my promise of next day blogging. One of my favourites on the catwalk at LFWMSS18 was as usual Christopher Raeburn. Sporty, wearable, recyclable, conscious fashion for both men and women. This season a bit more daring than usual.

More Christopher Raeburn who uses recyclable and reused materials. Here in grey with a new take on the bomber jacket.

Transparent for boys! With a clear sporty look and the sweet mouse on the top! More soon from LFWMSS18 and from my beautiful island of Gåsö where I am now!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Goodmorning Sunday, on my way to see some more men´s fashion in London. Topman etc... Follow me on instagram to see what is happening today. A new post will be here tomorrow!
Happy Sunday to you all!

Thursday, 8 June 2017

#LONDONFASHIONWEEKMEN #LFWMSS18 COMING UP #CHRISTOPHERRAEBURN ETC

The sweetest invitation so far in LFWM:s history. Christopher Raeburn, the king of reuse, recycle and sporty designs, sent out this lovely invitation. It will be very exciting to see what he is up to this time. More to come tomorrow from LFWMSS18...see you then.

Monday, 5 June 2017

#CIRCLES, #SLATE AND #BALLS #CHELSEAFLOWERSHOW2017

Circles! A reoccurring theme this year at Chelsea Flower Show. This is The Breast Cancer Now Garden "Through the Microscope". designed by Ruth Willmott Associates. And of course the garden symbolise breast cancer seen through the microscope!
Circles drawing you into Raymond Blanc´s private garden.

Cut flowers arranged in circles in the Great Pavilion.

Balls of rattan and Alliums in the Chelsea Gardens.

Lacquered rings, decorative in a small garden.

A garden full of roses all year round. Metal roses in a ball!

Slate, in a ball etc, a much used stone at Chelsea this year.

More stones, not sure if they are slate, but could be...more from Chelsea to come soon!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

#CHELSEAFLOWERSHOW2017 #RHS #COLOURFUL

Went to Chelsea Flower Show yesterday and was happy to find so much colour! On the flowers, on the walls etc. This garden was influenced my Mexico.

Chelsea in Bloom, a project to save rare animals in Africa etc, invited shops and businesses around Sloane Square to participate with a "Safari" theme. A lot of monkeys, giraffes, elephants etc. I will soon write a blog just about this project.

A mix of colour, the rainbow in the same border, a multicolour trend is arising...

Lovely new species of orchids, I love orchids!

The queen of colour, Tricia Guild, had cooperated with Annika Rice and gardener Sarah Raven to create this colourful and happy garden for BBC2.

The Silk road had inspired to this Chinese garden. A bit kitschy but sort of fun and happy! Not quite my cup of tea!

More Safari...and more from Chelsea soon...

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

#AQUAVITLONDON, I WILL GO THERE TOMORROW, MORE TO COME!

This is Aquavit Restaurant in London. Exclusive Scandinavian interior design at it´s best! I will sample their menu tomorrow night with my Swedish woman´s network organisation, SveaBritt. I will be back here with more soon! (PS Aquavit is not the same as the restaurant with the same name in New York but you might say that they are cousins since they collaborate!)

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

#WILDGARLIC #WILDGARLICPESTO #RAMSLÖK





WILD GARLIC grows in the shadow of the forest. You can find it in England and Wales, and in the south of Sweden(Ramslök)and also in many other parts of Europe. In the British Isles it grows in the same habitats as Bluebells and they are together considered to be ancient woodland indicator species. The wild boar loves it and will dig up the roots! You are sure to have found it when you sense the significant garlicy/oniony smell in the air.

It is the leaves that you use for cooking. Rinse them and use for pesto, soup etc.

The flower is beautiful in itself.

I made pesto from my harvest! Chop 100 g of Wild Garlic leaves and add 50 g of toasted (optional) pine nuts with 50 g of grated Parmesan cheese. Add 100 ml of olive oil and blend. Add salt and pepper to taste.

I just happened to have a lime green Margareta bowl and a matching blender (Philippe Starck for Philips ca 1996)to work with.
The blender "Billy" working...
The Wild Garlic Pesto is ready and put in jars. Will keep for weeks in the fridge.
The flowers I used as decorations in my home!
Wild Garlic decorating my lounge, and not smelly at all. Seems like the onion odour comes from the leaves!

Friday, 5 May 2017

#LONDONCRAFTWEEK #LCW #LONDONDESIGN #HANDICRAFT FROM DESIGN TO FOOD

London Craft Week is on! A celebration of handmade objects and handicraft, from food to ceramics, small artisan work to the big brands like Burberry, Mulberry etc. Not sure what I think of this, a commercial event or a serious try to highlight English products and highlight how much handicraft really are invested in these products. From cars to food! Above, high quality knitting from Scotland by Bamford (Daylesford Organic is under the "same roof" by the Bamford family.)

It was hard to understand that this was part of London Craft Week. An installation of Danish ceramics at Skandium/Marelybone Road.

Gunnel Sahlin, Swedish glass designer and a good friend of my mine had been invited by the Craft Council etc to showcase her latest work at Vessel Gallery, 114 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill. The exhibition goes on until 3 June. Colourful sensual vases etc, a must see!

Not sure if some of the participants in this Craft Week had taken it seriously enough. At Selfridges all you found was a small stand making filter coffee in Japanese glass jugs. Hard to find the exhibitions and a lot of the events had to be booked in advance and also quite frequently needed to be paid for! The catalogue should have been more informative and guiding in how to manage the week. London is VERY big!

The weather was cold. Felt for these french umbrella makers who had to stand outside. New exhibits every day at St James´s Market, Piccadilly! The Scandinavian restaurant Aquavit held a special dinner for London Craft Week. They have a lot of Scandinavian high class handmade products in the restaurant.

Mulberry showed how their most popular bag is being made at the store on New Bond Street.

Wonderful portraits of the craft behind the Mulberry bags! Window display at Mulberry, New Bond Street.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

#HIDCOTEGARDENS #HIDCOTEMANORHOUSE #NATIONALTRUST

A week ago we all felt a bit taken down by current circumstances, studies, work, personal issues etc. We went to Hidcote Gardens and Manor House. Such a tranquil and soothing place, heals the soul. We live nearby so visit often! Hidcote is one of the worlds most famous gardens due to the different "rooms". All in different colours and with different themes. From the white garden to the french... Sissinghurst Garden are similar in style.
Here some history (Wikipedia)  The Americans, Lawrence Johnston and his mother, settled in Britain about 1900, and Lawrence immediately became a British citizen and fought in the British army during the Boer war. In 1907 Johnston's mother, Mrs Gertrude Winthrop (she had re-married), purchased the Hidcote Manor Estate. It was situated in a part of Britain with strong connections to the then-burgeoning Arts and Crafts movement and an Anglicized American artistic expatriate community centred nearby at Broadway, Worcestershire.
Johnston soon became interested in turning the fields around the house into a garden. By 1910 he had begun to lay out the key features of the garden, and by the 1920s he had twelve full-time gardeners working for him.
After World War II Johnston spent most of his time at Jardin Serre de la Madone, his garden in the south of France; and in 1947 he entrusted Hidcote to the National Trust.
The style of the garden has been widely imitated. In 2007 a temporary garden designed by Chris Beardshaw that drew inspiration from Johnson's Hidcote was constructed at the Chelsea Flower Show in London.
This year the garden was full och these "shard edged" tulips. In the entrance in yellow. Pink was the biggest theme of the garden this spring.


Just look at these magnificent tulips with its matching background!

Beautiful borders and my son specifically loved this cypress tree...

More pinks, here mixed with orange, brave!

Blues mixed with purple and lovely growing sculptures of birds.

My lovely husband Bruce is having a rest in of the lovely decorated "huts".

My son Hugo with girlfriend Perdi took the opportunity to have a rest at the same time.

The surrounding landscape looks like taken from a period drama! It is for real!

One of my favourite at this time of the year, Skunk Lily, yes, it stinks but is soo decorative...
We say goodbye from Hidcote with this lovely view...