Monday, 30 November 2015


Today we went to a new upcoming residential area in Chicago, Logan Square, and found this quirky Internet cafe "New Wave Cafe". Funky flooring, nice coffee and some cool graphic art for sale.

My dear husband even wore matching socks!

Since the area is still very rundown (Chicago is experiencing some difficult times financially) we saw a lot of decorative and uplifting graffiti. Home sweet home! More tomorrow!

Sunday, 29 November 2015


I am in Chicago to see if I can find some traces of my grandmother who lived here for seventeen years fifty years ago. This was definitely not there then. This place was a dump then, now the famous Millenium Park with the even more famous sculptor by Anish Kapoor!

I am staying at the Langham Hotel, the skyscraper designed by Mies van der Rohe and finished in 1973, four years after his death! To the right Langhams big competitor Trump.

I came across this today. This is what is told about it on Wikipedia
"Monument with Standing Beast is a sculpture by Jean Dubuffet in front of the Helmut Jahn designed James R. Thompson Center in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. Its location is across the street from Chicago City Hall to the South and diagonal across the street from the Daley Center to the southeast. It is a 29-foot (8.8 m) white fiberglass work of art. The piece is a 10 ton or 20,000 pounds (9,100 kg) work. It was unveiled on November 28, 1984." More tomorrow!

Thursday, 26 November 2015


Debenshams (famous department store chain in the UK) was/is one of my favourites this year when it comes to window displays for Christmas. Stars in paper, glued to the window, shining, glowing and blinking at you. From pink to red, blue and green...

Mannequins flying in the starry night and lying and resting on the stars!

Or just quietly sitting och watching the world go by in tranquil green.

The corner of their Oxford Street flagship store with the stars in a rainbow colour scheme. Like a grown up dolls house!

Wednesday, 25 November 2015


Today a single preview of Swedish Christmas today. Scandinavian Modern with Design House Stockholm at Nordiska Kompaniet in Stockholm. White and with small spruces (Christmas Trees) in vases filled with stones and classic napkins with drawings by famous late artist. More tomorrow!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015


Oxford Street in November with "Christmas baulbs" in gold and silver etc...

Kungsgatan in central Stockholm. A far more traditional decoration, and more cosy! More tomorrow! 

Friday, 20 November 2015


Silver somehow is space, outer space. That is part of The Conran Shop Theme in their Christmas window display 2015. Mixed with a bit of "The Wizard of Oz", Starwars and Conran Shops love for red and orange, you will get the picture. My favourite display this season! (The Conrans Shop, Fulham, London).

Metal, from silver to copper and gold, is all over the place this winter. If you do not have a gold or silver pineapple yet both HM and John Lewis are full of them! and

From silver shoes to your hair and the Christmas Decorations. Topshop have it all.

Another of my favourite display this season are Selfridges. The star signs with all its trimmings...Here Taurus with a trail of china...impressing. All photos by See you all next week!

Tuesday, 17 November 2015


Selfridges has chosen to use the star signs in their Christmas window displays this year. In a such a multicultural and with so many diverse religions around it is fully understandable there is no religion involved! Since I am a Sagittarius myself the choice of picture today is obvious! I will be back tomorrow with more Christmas in London 2015! Photo by Ann-Katrin Berggren/AKB Design.

Friday, 13 November 2015


CHRISTMAS is here!Oxford Street, Regent Street and the rest of central London are all decorated and full of stars, baubles, trees and lights, I am off doing a bit of photo shooting and black Friday shopping this afternoon and evening. Have a nice weekend and there will be more from London next week! Watch this space!

Thursday, 12 November 2015


CCame across this esthetically presented patisserie and café during my research of Queen Street West two weeks ago. It did not only look good, the patisserie was fantastic! Minimalistic design with great colours! And divine taste! Nadège, 780 Queen Street West, Toronto, Canada.

Chocolate bars in alphabetical order and with as many different varieties of flavour!

Macaroons in new shapes and colours!

Petites Fours, elegant and trendy and colourful!

Macaroons in all flavours and colours! Impressing variety.

Minimalistic cakes with macaroon decorations etc...

Decorative entrance to the rest rooms...

Modern and clean interior with a strong Scandinavian feel. I had a croissant filled with Camembert and gorgeous prosciutto followed by a salty caramel macaroon and exquisite cappuchino!

The patisserie counter!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015


Walking round Queen Street West looking for cool interior- and fashion shopping I found some very nice interior shops. Above, CB2, an American chain where the famous singer and guitarist Lenny Kravitz got involved in a collection. Cool 70ies inspired interiors i white gold and black.

If you are into stationery, beautiful paper and graphic design (like me), do not miss this lovely and cosy shop,

Wrapping paper, from stamps to flowers., Queen Street West, Toronto.

All along Queen Street West there were retro, from interiors to fashion.

Between King Street West and Queen Street West I found Urban Mode! A mix of contemporary, Scandinavian and retro interior design.

Think Bolia or BoConcept. Urban Barn! Geometric patterned cushions and vases and strict and basic upholstery. More from Queen Street West etc soon!

Monday, 9 November 2015


As you all know by now, I went to Toronto during midterm. I explored the city and on my "fashion" and "interior" "trendy" day I visited the Fashion District with Kings and Queen Streets West. On 556 King Street West i found "Her Majesty’s Pleasure™"  a beautiful mix of sensory experiences in the heart of King West Village; (556, King Street West, Toronto) fusing an enchanting cafe, juice-bar, retail boutique and lounge bar with wellness and spa services. A perfect place where to socialise over drinks, manicures, pedicures, blowouts or just great coffee, desserts and tunes. A cool place, I have not yet seen anything similar in London, or Stockholm. Please let me know if you have! 

Halloween was coming up...

Manicure at the bar...

Pedicure in the "greenhouse"...

...or just a "fika", coffee break...