Friday, February 6, 2015


Lonnie and I have developed a new ”craze”.....lately we’ve gone absolutely crazy with brown and black.

It all started during our work for ”Vintage Paint” last year when we painted a wall with a dark color and then added some brown wax. Lonnie is now painting the walls in her living room in the same way.

At the same time, more and more old textiles, hats, gloves and boxes in these colors seemed to pop up. I’ve even started redecorating my kitchen by adding black units and lots of rough accessories.

Yesterday we did a photo shooting and made a fantastic feature on how to use black and brown in your interior design just using vintage textiles and other bits and bobs. In our opinion, these colors add a very special feel to the home.

What do you think? Wanna join us on the black wave?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas stress? No thanks!

Every year, all the editorial office staff spends the months of October and November talking about all the things we want to prepare for Christmas. This happens naturally when we start planning the magazine Christmas editions and the features. We make Advent calendars for our children, parents or girlfriends. We create our own Christmas decorations with materials from the forest – preferably together with a bunch of girlfriends so that we can chat and share a bottle of wine at the same time. Christmas cleaning, including sorting out all cupboards, has to be done before we unpack all the boxes full of Christmas ornaments, and of course we need to add some new, homemade ornaments this year as well.
Then we want to bake and make confectionery together with our children, friends and family who can’t wait for the (homemade) delicacies that we serve afterwards. Then there’s Christmas lunch with all its traditional, homemade dishes. We arrange shopping trips including coffee house breaks and visits to various exhibitions and Christmas markets. And we do need at least one Christmas movie to get in the mood. In my family we also do Christmas cleaning and house decoration, including homemade lunch, at the family seniors’ house, and in between we have quite a few birthdays that need to be celebrated properly. Just the mere thought of all these tasks and the planning makes you short of breath. Before you know it, every single day is crammed full of things that need to be done. Instead of enjoying the Christmas season we face lots of unwanted obligations. This is simply frustrating. The only solution is to reduce expectations of each other and not least of yourself. We need to prioritize the important ( = cozy) tasks and figure out some easy solution for everything else. Celebrating Christmas together can be just as wonderful even though the confectionery or the cookies are not homemade and the birthday party is just a simple brunch. I personally prioritize my ability to plan my day spontaneously: going for a walk if the sun is shining or getting up on Sundays and having plenty of time to just be…without lots of plans. My TO DO-list turns shorter and shorter every day….not because I manage to do a lot but because I remove some of the tasks. What a relief! I’m never stressed at Christmas.

We wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year
Lonnie og Vivian

A new, blank year seems to inspire

For some reason New Year’s Eve is an epoch-making event for many of us. A new, blank year seems to inspire us to reflect on the past year and dream of changes in the year to come. That’s how we feel here at the editorial office. One of our new initiates is the column that starts with this January edition. We continuously receive input from our dear readers about all kinds of exciting topics, and we often want to share this input with all of you. Another one of our new ideas is something that we actually implemented a few months ago; our articles "All about the style". Each month we feature an article about something that defines this style. We show you how to use that item in your interior design and tell you the story behind it. This month it’s something as classic as French church candlesticks. We also show you how to furnish your home within different budgets by making two arrangements: one with Nordic flea market finds and one with French antiques. In 2015, we plan to let you take a peek behind the scenes here at the editorial office, starting with pictures of us, the staff members, and a description of our everyday work. In addition, we begin the new year with the slightly different theme of dressing rooms that are finding favor in many homes these days. Add to all this lots of wonderful winter homes, delicious food and some inspiring "do-it-yourself" articles – you’re in for an exciting magazine! Enjoy!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

It truly warms our inveterate country style hearts that everybody is talking about how this particular style is becoming trendy again. Recycling and flea market finds are as popular as ever and so are the good, old kitchen utensils; simple food made from scratch with natural, good-quality ingredients; bouquets of roadside flowers and other natural materials, and all kinds of "do-it-yourself" projects. This is exactly what this magazine is full of and what brightens up our everyday life. We’ve been running our small company with the French-Nordic style as the main theme for 10 years now, and apart from our loyal fans, the interest shown in this style has always been fluctuating. However, we’ve never given up...for the simple reason that we’re in love with this style and don’t know how to do anything else. Or at least we don’t want to. Throughout the years, many of our customers and readers have told us that they always know where they stand with us and what to expect both in terms of products and the magazine. This makes us very proud! We promise you that we’ll never switch to a different style – no matter the current trend. This is also how we plan to proceed in 2015.

Obviously, we do have plans for improvements and changes within our concept, and you will find out more about this in the year to come. We’ll tell you all about it in the up-coming issues. Right now we want to focus on Christmas – a time of traditional style that doesn’t change much at least in our part of the world. Most of us stick to our favorite, personal traditions, and luckily for us they are often nostalgic and romantic in line with the country style. Through this Christmas issue we hope to be able to inspire you again this year with lots of Christmas ideas, and in this, the last issue in 2014, we want to thank you for having been a loyal supporter in the past year. See you in 2015!

Happy reading! /Lonnie og Vivian

White christmas dreams

Dear Reader
At the editorial office we decided long ago to save the Christmas features for the November edition because we feel that Christmas starts way too early in many other places. Some magazines and shops start talking about Christmas as early as in October when we are still enjoying the wonders of autumn. However, once we pass November 1st and we have been peeking around in the shops for a few weeks, we really step on it both at the editorial office and at home. Many of us here at the office jump-start Christmas by going for a long walk in the forest to look for natural decoration materials for our Advent wreath, Christmas decorations and perhaps a special wreath for the front door. This edition provides you with plenty of inspiration for all these lovely Christmas projects. We personally love making all kinds of Christmas decoration vines for my windows because they seem to add a perfect Christmas feel in an instance. This year we will definitely also be trying out some of Dorte’s big crackers and Lonnie’s decorations made of parchment paper. There are plenty of ideas for a nice, creative afternoon with our girlfriends or the children. We are already looking forward!
Happy reading! / Lonnie og Vivian