Friday, 5 December 2014

Happy Holidays

I hope you have been enjoying the beginning of December. For me it hasn't exactly been ideal; I caught some bug that kept me in bed this week, whoopee! Actually, I had decided to sign off early in December, to give blogging a break until sometime in January. I have had some changes in mind for the blog and once they started to fall into place I was ready to give the online world a rest, to seek inspiration elsewhere and play with these ideas in my mind. Today I got a stack of books at the library that I'm looking forward to reading with my latte, among others, two biographies about artist Lucien Freud that have been on my reading list.

I wish you all happy and peaceful holidays with loved ones, and to fellow Icelanders I say gleðilega hátíð!

• Looking for inspiration for the holidays? Check out my Christmas | jól board on Pinterest

photo credit:
Lisa Hjalt

Monday, 1 December 2014

brighter shade than pale 24

Welcome December, let the countdown begin! Anyone getting as excited about the holidays as I am? We used Friday and the weekend to finish most of the Christmas shopping and yesterday the kids started decorating the tree. Seeing the tree lit when I came downstairs this morning to enjoy my morning coffee felt very pleasant; a wonderful way to start this last month of the year. I hope it will be a good one for all of you!

• Looking for inspiration for the holidays? Check out my Christmas | jól board on Pinterest

photo credit:
1: Victoria Skoglund | 2: Pastry Affair | 3: Maria of Rusty Hinge via My Paradissi | 4: Jim Cumming (500 px) | 5: unknown source

Thursday, 27 November 2014

styling: a harvest table setting - Happy Thanksgiving!

First, Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! On this side of the Atlantic there is no Thanksgiving Day but how I wish I were sitting down today to enjoy a delicious turkey meal and pumpkin or pecan pie for dessert. (I will have to wait until the evening of Christmas Day.) Some people like to put a bit of an effort into decorating the table so I had to share a feature on harvest table setting that Molly Guy, the creative director of Stone Fox Bride, did for Vogue US. It was not just the table setting that fascinated me but the gorgeous Moroccan textiles included. Such a beautiful and tasteful bohemian vibe and a great mix of colours!
My weekend starts tomorrow with a mother-daughter day that includes some Christmas shopping. Have a wonderful weekend and see you on Monday!

photo credit:
Vogue US, November 2014 • table styling by Mieke ten Have + Rebecca Stadlen

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

chatting with Mr. Peacock at Walkers

How do you chat with a peacock? Yesterday I was at the Walkers Nurseries garden centre (those of you following on Instagram should be well familiar with that place by now). After enjoying a latte while reading a magazine, I grabbed my camera to walk among the plants. That's when I met this guy, Mr. Peacock, my new best friend in South Yorkshire.
[Update 26/11: The bird's name is Percy the Peacock - see comment]
He was just casually walking on the pavement towards me and I asked him what he was up to. He told me he was just chilling, and looking for a peahen, but perhaps something got lost in translation.
He wasn't exactly ready to stand still for a photo; he was more for walking rather fast straight towards the camera. Then he asked me to follow him so he could show me his bachelor pad.
That's Mr. Peacock in his home, inside Walkers Nurseries, showing off his beautiful feathers.
I snapped this photo when he told me to take a better look.
When I asked him how he spent his day, besides casually walking around in the hope of finding a peahen, he said he liked admiring himself in the mirror. Completely understandable!

Did you know that the average life span of peacocks is 20 years? I don't know how old Mr. Peacock is. I will remember to ask him next time.
photo credit:
Lisa Hjalt
- November day at Walkers Nurseries, Blaxton, Doncaster, South Yorkshire