Friday, April 11, 2014

Did you send out Easter letters this year?

Walking into our bedroom last night and finding a lovely, carefully cut out and yet slightly crooked snowdrop letter – complete with a snowdrop picked from the garden – on my pillow was the nicest surprise. True to tradition, I now had to try to guess who “sent” me the letter…


Since I couldn’t guess the name in three tries, I now owe my youngest son an Easter egg.

Snowdrop letters is one of the Danish traditions that we at JDL feel that everyone should remember and uphold. And it’s a tradition that isn’t just for kids…

Now that Easter is fast approaching, it’s high time to get started if you have yet to bring out your scissors. Send snowdrop letters to family, neighbors and friends – with a sweet little poem and a fresh or pressed snowdrop. They’re sure to bring about a lot of fun and joy!

Happy Easter everyone. /Vivian

Friday, April 4, 2014

Cozy Courtyard

”Wow, mom, it looks like a cozy restaurant,” my daughter exclaimed after we set out the patio furniture in the courtyard here at JDL over the weekend.


We set up three seats so now we can enjoy our lunch and breaks in the sunshine outside. We even had a few pots with spring plants left over from some articles that we shot last week to help create that spring feeling.

We got rid of the dry leaves and raked the gravel – so now we’re ready for spring! /Vivian




Monday, March 31, 2014

Come, lovely May with blossoms

This issue of the magazine is nothing short of amazing. For the first time ever, we’ve put together a theme about weddings. It’s beautiful and inspiring. We’ve included ideas for table arrangements and floral decorations, the surroundings and accessories – which of course you can use for all of your other springtime celebrations as well.

On the menu this month is delicious food on skewers, which is easy to make on a warm May evening. We’ve also transformed four old clock cases using our new Vintage Paint. They’ve been given new life as decorative and useful cabinets.

Here at the office we had a huge layer cake party. Some of our co-workers brought in their personal favorites, and we turned the recipes into a truly delectable article. Give them a try and find your favorite.

And as always, there are plenty of wonderful homes for our readers who simply love decorating.

Happy reading! /Tina og Vivian








Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Springtime….

The weather is finally starting to warm up and spring is on its way. Snowdrops are popping up everywhere and the trees are in bud.

Everyone’s spirit is automatically raised and the urge to be outdoors increases. These past several days I’ve gone for a long walk after work – with my family or with a good friend. It’s just amazing to feel the warm sun and hear the lark singing high in the sky. And it’s nice to get some exercise and take in nature’s fragrance. You can have the best talks while walking together … discuss the challenges of everyday life and inspire each other in various ways.

One day I cut down a bunch of branches on my way home. I placed them in a pitcher with some store-bought tulips. On a different day, Lonnie and I dug up snowdrops for an article. Like the grape hyacinths in the photograph, I planted them in a decorative container and placed them on the dining table. Now we enjoy the sight of them and feel the spring atmosphere every time we sit down for a family meal.

Something else that we do to bring out the nice atmosphere is to go around the table and have everyone say what the best part of their day was. This helps us think of positive things rather than the negative. As humans we usually have some sort of complaint and tend to forget that even on the worst day, something good happened as well. We begin with the youngest family member, and everyone gets their time to talk. If the kids have friends over, they take part as well.
I hope you like the idea and feel like trying it with your own family.

Have a wonderful day out there in the sunshine. /Vivian


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spring is in the air

Right now the March magazine is in stores with plenty of inspiration for the impending arrival of spring and - at the request of several readers - even more homes and helpful tips and ideas.
Take a look inside wonderful country homes in Finland, Sweden and Holland.
Happy reading!/Vivian