Art + Artist Feature + Corcoran + denmark + flowers + Life + Scandinavia / Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012

The magic that is Tage Andersen

When I first moved to Denmark someone left me a comment saying that I needed to get to know the work of Tage Andersen. I’m very obedient so I did. I was in love. I wrote a blog post. Check. However, I only viewed his website and somehow didn’t fully understand that he had a shop/gallery/museum here in Copenhagen. Not only that, but that this place will take you to another world. 
I stumbled on it a few weeks ago and somehow knew from a distance that this was his shop. I walked in, gasped, and nearly started to cry. Ok, I might be slightly overemotional, but truly, he’s created another world. There are oversized bird cages and exotic birds walking around, sculptures he’s created, and flowers, flowers, flowers everywhere. You might imagine that my heart nearly stopped. WELL, yesterday I accidentally ended up on Ny Adelgade again and guess who I saw just outside? TAGE ANDERSEN! Now, the man is distinct. He looks and dresses as if he’s from another era. “Excuse me, excuse me, are you Tage Andersen?” He turns and I know I’ve got my guy. “Yes”. Then I become a blubbering fool. A BLUBBERING FOOL! My heart sped up, “I’m a huge fan…” and you kind of know how it goes from there. Needless to say, I returned after my meeting to go through the museum and was entranced and Mr. Andersen was so kind to let me go through and look through his creations including a garden in the courtyard. Please check out a few details here.
The best part is that he has a home (a palace really) in Sweden, Gunillaberg, where he has more of his creations. It’s only open in the summer, so you must go.

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Blog'nhagen + Copenhagen + Design + Life / Monday, 25 Jun 2012

Blog’nhagen!

I promised you an announcement on Friday and here it is…dum da da dum…Blog’nhagen! Maria and I have been feverishly organizing Blog’nhagen the past few weeks and we’re so excited to finally reveal it to all of you. What is it? Blog’nhagen is a meet-up of 8 of our favorite design-focused bloggers from around Europe gathering in Copenhagen on Tuesday, July 3rd (next week!). We’re going to explore the very best of the city: the best bakery, the best restaurants, the best shops, the best museum, etc. and share our experience of the day via our blogs/Twitter, Facebook, a video. ooooooOOOOOoooo. Can you take it? I can’t. And the best part about it? We’ll be seeing the city by golf carts! It’ll be dreamy. We’ve got some amazing sponsors on board who are generously providing our experience and we can’t wait to show them to you.

Who’s coming? Oh, just some of my very favorites! Jenny and Isabelle from Dos Family, Annaleena from Annaleena’s Hem, Thea, part of the sister duo of Sister mag, Maria from Wallnut, Anne from Pret a Voyager, Ashley from Chasing Heartbeats, and last but not least, Emma from Emma’s Design Blogg. Holla! Check out a bit more of them on the participants page.

Blogging can be pretty lonely sometimes I find myself feeling like I have more friends online than I do in real life so this is partly an excuse to provide genuine, in-real-life relationships with fellow design bloggers while also exploring this lovely city. It’s a win-win!

But that’s not all! 

On the night of July 3rd there will be a blogger’s meet-up for everyone who wants to come. Bring your picnic and come to the Harbor Bath at Islands Brygge at 7pm. You can RSVP on the Facebook event here (though it’s not required). Please share the event with bloggers/anyone interested in it in the area so we can finally meet everyone in person!

For more information, check out the Blog’nhagen website and like us on our Facebook site. If you have any questions feel free to email at blognhagen@gmail.com

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Interiors + Style + This Girl + Yellow / Thursday, 21 Jun 2012

This Girl: XIV

This Girl  |  Sits  |  Drives

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Crafts + DIY + guest blog + Projects / Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012

Placemat paintbrush roll-up holder

I was super honored to be asked to contribute to Martha Stewart’s crafts blog. What exactly do you choose for Martha? It was a toughie I’ll tell you what. I’ve been in need of a paintbrush holder because transporting my delicate brushes around town has been getting me nervous without proper protection. I thought of using a sushi roller mat, but then found these placemats at Jysk and thought, “bingo”. I added some monochromatic colored fabric and voila, paintbrush holder here you are. Now, I went a little crazy so I made three (anyone want one?) in these awesome colors AND I went crazy with the GIFs, but really, could you blame me? They’re so photogenic! 
Materials: bamboo placemat (min is 18 x 12″), fabric in coordinating color, thread, scissors, sewing machine, ruler, 12′ ribbon or elastic
Click here to read the full instructions 

Step 1: cut a piece of fabric about 2″ wider than the width of the place-mat and at least 3″ more than the height.

Step 2: Fold the fabric overs so that the top piece is about 1 1/2″ taller than the bottom piece.
Step 3: Fold the taller piece about 1/4″ over, press, and sew straight across.
Step 4: Fold the shorter piece 1/4″ over and press.
Step 5: Fold both sides over together 1/4″ and press and sew together.
Step 6: Measure and mark at 1 1/2″ across the whole length. This will be where your dividing lines will go. I also measured the top.
Step 7: Sew down these lines and stop when you get to the shorter piece of fabric.
Step 8: Place the fabric piece on top of the place-mat and align it at the bottoms.

Step 9: Change the width of your stitch to a width where the needle can cross the bamboo safely. For mine this was 4.5.
Step 10: Sew a straight line across the top and the bottom.
Step 11: Insert a thick ribbon into the edge of the bamboo to use as an enclosure.

Voila! Super easy and helpful in protecting your goods as you go about town. I made one for my brushes, colored pencils, and silverware for picnics. Happy travels!

 Photography by Amanda Thomsen and me

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Europe + Iceland + Life + Scandinavia + travel / Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012

Golden Circle

Just two more Iceland posts to go. Isn’t this place unreal?! When you come to Iceland, the main tourist route is the Golden Circle, which consists of three main stops in a 300km loop. The first is the national park Þingvellir, which is important for two reasons. 1) it’s the site of the original parliament of Iceland established in 930 and 2) it’s also the site of a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
 
The second is the geothermal geysers consisting of Geysir and Strokkur, which are absolutely phenomenal, erupting every 10 minutes or so. 
The last is the waterfall, Gulfoss, which, too, is pretty phenomenal. 

More Iceland photos here.

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