Copenhagen - Second Time Around

Who would've guessed that I'd make it back to Copenhagen? Two years ago, I took off on a Scandinavian adventure with my family, in part to celebrate my 40th birthday. We headed out at the end of October and wrapped up our trip in early November. The days were short and grey but I still fell in love with the Nordic cities we visited. When I was offered the opportunity to return to the city as a guest of IKEA to attend their Democratic Design days I jumped at the chance. Who wouldn't?

Nyhavn.

Nyhavn.

Photo, Randy Risling. From L to R. Leslie Bosacki, Tanya Bevington, Tommy Smythe, Francine Kopun, Sheri Graham, Alicia Carroll, Myself, Sandra Martin, Julia Fuller, Stacy Begg.

Photo, Randy Risling. From L to R. Leslie Bosacki, Tanya Bevington, Tommy Smythe, Francine Kopun, Sheri Graham, Alicia Carroll, Myself, Sandra Martin, Julia Fuller, Stacy Begg.

A small contingent of editors, photographers, producers and journalists made the trip from Canada. We travelled from Copenhagen to Ålmhult, Sweden where IKEA is headquartered. I'll follow up with more on my trip to IKEA in a later post but for now here are a few scenes from my days in Copenhagen.

Salted butter, cheese and bread at Atelier September.

Salted butter, cheese and bread at Atelier September.

Bikes outside of Torvehallerne.

Bikes outside of Torvehallerne.

Green marble and copper at Gubi.

Green marble and copper at Gubi.

Mix of modern and traditional at Hay House.

Mix of modern and traditional at Hay House.

Quilts at Hay House.

Quilts at Hay House.

Ferry crossing from Sweden to Denmark.

Ferry crossing from Sweden to Denmark.

The view across to Sweden from the Louisiana Museum.

The view across to Sweden from the Louisiana Museum.

Sculpture garden at Louisiana Museum.

Sculpture garden at Louisiana Museum.

View from the children's gallery at the Louisiana Museum.

View from the children's gallery at the Louisiana Museum.

Street scenes from Østergade.

Street scenes from Østergade.

Mellow Yellow

I picked yellow for today's post because of the warm weather we've been having in Toronto!  It reminds me of when I was a child, I would love to watch the sunshine and the trees filling out after a brutal winter.  It's been a hectic last few weeks since we're moving into our house and I'm definitely looking forward to spending A LOT more time outdoors biking and bbq-ing. There really is nothing like this time of year! - Amy

Time to Refresh our Bedroom

My house is conspiring against me to give our bedroom a bit of a makeover. It started when we decided that we needed to rescue the Noguchi paper lantern from Henry's room. One too many soccer balls, tennis balls and other random flying objects were being hurled in its direction everyday. Then the blinds in our room decided to stop working. FInally, I realized that all of my sheets and pillowcases had rips and tears in them and I was down to only one decent set of sheets. Not to mention that we never really got around to putting up any accent lighting in that room. So the wheels have been turning as to what our refreshed bedroom might look like.

I'm loving muted pastels at the moment. They're soft and romantic without being overly feminine. I've also always wanted some linen sheets so I think this is the time to finally indulge in that fantasy.

Top photo, Heidi Lerkenfeldt.

Top photo, Heidi Lerkenfeldt.

I took a trip to Elte MKT last weekend and found a few things that would totally work. (I love the fact that everything they show the floor they have available for purchase. I'm all about instant gratification!) They have some amazing sheets in dark charcoal grey and natural linen (priced really well) which would be a good jumping off point. Of course, their rug selection is second to none. I fell in love with this Moroccan-inspired beni ourain one. Finally they had some great accessories like this floor light and stone-washed linen throw pillows in an assortment of colours.

Of course the question is do I take this opportunity to also paint my bedroom. If I did I think I would paint the walls in Farrow and Ball's Pink Ground with maybe some accents of Dead Salmon (because haven't you always wanted to use that colour!) Then I found this photo of the Red Ticking store in Seattle which made me wonder if I should paint our ceiling, fireplace and doors in a dark grey like Down Pipe

Mmm...it feels to good to be conspiring to do something in the house again.