Posts Categorized: denmark

Copenhagen + denmark + Food + Friends of Lars + Kinfolk + Life + Projects / Sunday, 8 Apr 2012

Danish Easter picnic

Happy Easter! What a wonderful holiday. I bring you a special edition Sunday post straight from Reykjavik, Iceland. So far, it’s like what everyone said it would be: beautiful, still cold, mossy, amazing water (I kid you not, why would you drink anything else?). We can’t wait to explore more! We had a Danish Easter picnic before we left and Hilda Grahnat documented it for Kinfolk and West Elm‘s blog. Didn’t it turn out lovely? It was lovely, in fact. Great company + great food = wonderful time. That’s a scientific equation if I’ve ever heard of one. These are some of the outtakes for the shoot and I’ll give some little tid-bits of knowledge like how I boiled 4 dozen eggs for the shoot. Mind you, I’ve never boiled a successful egg until this shoot.* I felt very Gaston-ish
We had a typical Danish meal of smørrebrød, which is basically open face sandwiches where you pile everything on top. The Danes are really organized about it though. There’s a system of what goes well with each ingredient.
We had the picnic at Dyrehaven, the deer park north of Copenhagen where I naively thought that the leaves would be green and luscious. But clearly, that wasn’t the case yet. Bummer! But I love the golden glow the brown gave off. At the end of the meal we were visited by a heard of deer who just stopped and stared at us. I think they wanted some smørrebrød. That made up for the lack of greenery for sure.
Shoot for Kinfolk and West Elm. You can read more here and here

*The first time I ever boiled an egg I was babysitting a family for a week during Easter. I just assumed that you just boil water and add eggs to it. WRONG! As we dipped each egg in the rolling water each one bursted immediately upon impact and the hardened yolk flew out from the egg. I thought that must be normal so we did the full dozen. Each one I had to guard the kids and yell, “stay back kids!” and would drop it in shielding my eyes. Looking back it’s totally embarrassing, but hey, they were kids. This might explain why I haven’t done it since.

denmark + Design + Interiors + Scandinavia + Textiles / Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012

my Scandinavian style dilemma

So, here’s the thing. I love Scandinavian style. I do. I love the crisp white walls and natural materials. I do.
Buuuuuut…so does everyone else. And I’m speaking from what I know now, which is Denmark. For the most part a standard apartment has the white walls, white or natural floors, and beautiful modern classic Danish furniture or an inspired nod to it. Or Ikea. There are lots of neutrals and then a pop of color now and again.* If you had asked me to define my interior style prior to moving to Scandinavia I would have said a mix of French/Swedish Gustavian (read here for a short history of the style. So interesting!) and loads of color and humor. I’m learning that Gustavian hasn’t remained much in Denmark (if it ever made it’s way here? anyone know?). I’m thinking it must be strictly Swedish.** Here’s what I’m talking about when I say Gustavian:

Now, these are a little too toned down & mature for me. What I’d do is blend the two styles together to get the best of both worlds. Domino (RIP) was quite good at achieving this eclectic mix of historical and modern. This one, below, is an apartment in Malmø, Sweden, just across the water from us in Copenhagen. I’d probably add in some more historical pieces with fun colors & patterns to achieve my ideal look, but I think they did a great job modernizing an historical apartment.
I’d also take advantage of the wonderfully bright patterns and colors that Scandinavians have come to perfect like Josef Frank’s. Joanna Goddard recently showed her apartment redo and added in his fabric. I thought it was a clever way of adding color and history.
I realize that I don’t talk about Scandinavian style enough and I need to take advantage of my surroundings and focus my design eye while I’m here. I’m going to try and feature more interiors/products. If you see anything noteworthy or know of any awesome designers, let me know.
1st and 3rd photos from Emma’s Design Blogg
2nd photo from Line Klein
Gustavian entry and living room found here
Joanna Goddard’s bedroom with Josef Frank
Wallpapered

*There are exceptions. 
**Though Denmark once governed Sweden. I’ll have to check my dates. I would think there should be some overlap.

christmas + Crafts + denmark + DIY + Projects / Friday, 23 Dec 2011

23rd day of Christmas crafts: advent candle

During the holiday season in Denmark every store carries advent candles. We currently have one single advent candle for every day leading up to Christmas as well as a set of 24 candles, one marked for each day. I’ve never seen them in the states so I thought I’d make my own. I realize it’s a little late in the advent game, but a thought for next year.
You will need a plain-o candle, a paint pen, and ruler. I used centimeters to fit the size of my candle. A 9 1/2″ candle perfectly fits 24 centimeters and therefore 24 days. Happy adventing! 
I have so many projects still that I want to make, but alas, not enough days anymore. I will have a special edition Christmas Eve version tomorrow. Muhaha.

Crafts + denmark + Projects / Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010

photocopies onto clay

I remembered my memory card for the workshop so all of you screaming/crying/aching for a pictures will be appeased. Today we learned how to take photocopies to transfer images onto clay. Above, Paul Scott is taking the photo off the clay and showing the final image. Kind of blew my mind.
Definitely the most lively part of the day was when he lit the copy paper on fire. 
Look at the focus! He burned the paper to show how to know if the copy paper contains iron dioxide or not. Brown=yes. 

Thankfully, I made a friend, Elizabeth, who let me test some on her plate. You can try images onto glazed plates like this one by first using some sort of adhesive like a glue stick or spray mount.

Because the workshop is a few hours from Copenhagen, I’m staying with some gracious friends who have been kind enough to drive me to and fro and provide me with some wonderful Danish food. This also means that it’s the first time that I’ve been away from Mr. Husband. So weird. Also weird: the mice I hear running in the ceiling of where I’m staying. eeek.