Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
It was a total culture shock to arrive in Stockholm following on from our stay in Visby. Trying to negotiate the Centralstation at rush hour was not the nicest introduction to the city! However, once we found the hostel on Långholmen island (with the help of a kindly lady who took pity on us) we relaxed instantly!
We spent the next day wandering around the old town Gamla Stan. I found this lovely cafe and had a wonderful hot chocolate before browsing the many touristy shops around this area! On to the Royal Palace and we arrived just in time for the changing of the guard (and a rendition of The Winner Takes it All!
Next on the agenda was a ferry across to Djurgården (bypassing the scary looking Gröna Lund) and the Vasa Museet to see this amazing 1698 Vasa Warship which sank on its maiden voyage. Part 2 of our Stockholm visit later in the week!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Our new (old) house is nearing completion and so I'm going to share some of my decorating ideas in some new 'New House' blogposts.
I've wanted a blackboard wall in my kitchen for ages but out now house have very little available kitchen wall. The blackboard door here looks great but I'll have to do some persuading to get our brand new door and paint 'customised' like this one! All images from countryliving.com.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Farrow & Ball paints and wallpapers have long been on my covet list but these colour combinations deserve a special mention. As we are currently renovating our new house - and are using greys to decorate - I am inspired by the use of Babouche and Railings with the Pigeon and Brassica colours. I think carpeting in the darker colour would look great with our grey walls and my Ikea Hemnes Linen Cabinet!
Monday, January 16, 2012
The penultimate stop on our Scandinavian tour is Visby, Gotland. We flew in from Göteborg and were instantly immersed in this amazing World Heritage Site! As you can see it has wonderfully preserved buildings inside an intact medieval town wall - a real draw for my vacationing partner. I squeezed in lots of window shopping and we crashed a lovely choir rehearsal at the Cathedral.
Being on an island - the weather swung from windy and overcast to beach weather overnight - we really needed more time here as we did not get to explore outside of Visby. All too soon we were on the ferry back to Sweden and on to Stockholm!
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
I'm in a grey phase at the moment and Ikea have very nicely decided to stock some lovely grey items right now!
Monday, January 9, 2012
I think Christmas is well and truly over now - but had some great fun in the sales snapping up these great Lisa Stickley goodies at Debenhams, a Celia Birtwell Cat Collar and Hello Kitty Liberty Bathroom Set in Boots. I also had some good fun with instagram and our family decorations - and even managed a trip to Miss Courtney's Tearooms for scones and tea!
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
I could not resist this Yardley English Rose Perfumed Talk when in my local Pharmacists recently - great packaging and a smell that reminds me of my beloved childhood toy Flowerific.