Robert the Robot!

Since we open the shop Swedish KG Design has been a part of Spektakulär. I am pretty sure most of you do have the super silicone flower-, lace- or splat coasters as well as the happy Owl money banks.

However KG does so much more and we have had quite a lot of their designs in over the years which we all love and I have them everywhere in my own house. Happy colour bowls, doorstops, bottle stoppers, coasters, tea towels. But now they have introduced a new fellow and we are extremely happy with the response so far. Already had to reorder Robert and also took the opportunity to add a few new colours. Personally I love the yellow one but could not find a proper image, just have to pop in to the shop and have a look for your self :) All images are borrowed from KG Design!

Silicone money banks sure are a functional design, Stina is in to counting her money at the moment, just learned about it at nursery and she is saving up for something special. As all of you with kids know it is important to teach our children about money and she seem to enjoy the whole saving up idea. She earns a little money now and then and even if it is just pennies they mean the world to her and she like to recount all her money again (about 12.50 at the moment I believe) and this money bank is handy since the head comes off, easy to clean and also wont break if you drop it. I have a memory of my younger brother smashing all of ours. Walked downstairs to find all our beautiful (not really) big pigs in thousands of pieces. Most of these were christening gifts! Yay! Not really remember my mums reactions but since I kind of know my mum (and turned out to be just like her… arrgggghhhh), I assume she was not impressed!

Have a lovely day

Charlotte x

Welcome Muurla!

As you know we have stocked the fantastic Moomins enamel mugs, jugs, pots and tumblers as well as the romantic glassware range Nostalgie (one of my personal favourites) for a while. However Finnish Muurla do so much more and we are delighted to introduce the Muurla Retro ranges in enamel. Too much choice for me so lets introduced a little by each range for you to find the perfect match.

Now, why enamel? What is the big deal about enamel, for me it is all about my childhood summers, camping trips, scouts, our summerhouse, summer rain and lots more.It is something about the noise that brings back memories, happy memories! Enamel is a traditional and nostalgic material. These products by Muurla consist by a carbon steel core and a double coating of enamel. The carbon steel core is the base of its durability and the enamel layer provides a hygienic and easy to clean surface. Good news is also that all enamel items can be used on any kind of stove (from induction to an open fire).

Muurla is very proud of their enamel products which we can tell. Lovely designs and stunning details creates a perfect finish. The happy retro designs adds joy to cooking and serving. And we are delighted, to unpack this delivery was pure happiness for me.

I have not decided yet which one of these lovely designs I enjoy the most, do I have too? Blue Flower, Onions, Yellow and Black Leaves…go on see if you can choose a favourite (impossible)!

Enjoy!

Charlotte x

Welcome Våga Jewellery

Oh finally, after years of thinking about it, we have dared to introduce jewellery. And what a fantastic brand to try it out with. Våga (Swedish word for dare) is a Swedish brand established in 2007 by two cousins with an eye and passion for classic designs with a little twist. They create lovely designs full of fun as well as simple and yet bold. All jewellery is nickel and led free.

I am delighted to be able to introduce their brand to our little shop. It sure makes the shop look very lovely and after years of supplying the lovely jewellery trees from Pluto Produkter it is nice to fill them with stunning necklaces and bracelets.

It is a bit tricky with jewellery, mostly since it is very rare I wear any myself. Wore a lot as a teenager, especially big earrings and had a thing for pearls. These days nothing, well one ring, my engagement ring. Not even a watch any more since I always have my phone with me. Why no jewellery? Well I like to blame it on the girls, but that is not an excuse really! You can still look smart even though you have children! Guess I just got used to not wearing any, but I think it is time for a little change. Am kind of in love with these bracelets and love the simplicity of the tiny heart necklace as well as some of the more chunky statement necklaces. Yes it is definitely time for me to start wear more jewellery.

Thank you Våga for making me dare something new! Hope you enjoy them too.

Charlotte x

Welcome Spira!

Oh happiness! I always get so excited when we take on a new brand to the shop. Spira Inredning is a lovely brand focusing on joy and playful colours that create positive energy. I personally love Spira due it’s quality and boldness in colour. Great about Spira as well is that even though they bring a new collection twice a year, new designs and previous designs can work together.

I have had my eyes on Spira for years and see them quite often when I am home. And am delighted to introduce them to the shop, and I am also delighted to see how positive the response has been!

Spira is based in Borås in Sweden! Borås is the textile town of Sweden. Handy for me that I am from the small town next to it. So shall try to book in a proper visit to them this summer when we are home. 

Please note all images are by Spira!

Enjoy!

Charlotte x

Be seen, be safe…wear a reflector!

Delivery with more of the happy and fun reflectors by Swedish Popomax!

These are so good and they find new homes so swiftly. Bagpacks, school uniforms, handbags, prams, winter coats you name it!

In Sweden people always seem to carry reflectors, though my sister says she struggle to get her ten year old son to wear one, not cool enough!  But these ones he is kind of happy to wear because they are a bit funkier. Since I was brought up on the countryside the bus gave us them for free, the horrible hard ones. Often with a bank or insurance logo. But hey if the bus driver did not see you they drove by. At the moment I have noticed there are quite a lot of extra reminders in Sweden, November and December are really dark months before the snow falls and brightens it up a little. And people just need to be reminded a little bit extra now and then. Most accidents back home this time of year are with people not being seen.

Even though people seem to use more common sense on the countryside since often there is less street light, it is actually just as important to wear a reflector in town. Edinburgh is one dark city. I do not know who got the job to install all the streetlights but they did a terrible job. The side walks are dark, as long as the roads seem to be lit up it is ok. Often we grown-ups wear dark coats and we dash in between the cars crossing the roads. Thinking since you can see the car the driver can obviously see you. That is just not true. You as a pedestrian might be blinded by headlights and remember so does a driver, especially if it is wet outside. Other cars headlights and the dull wet makes you focus on the road and not on the side walks. Next time, you as a driver try to see how many people you see before 20 meters, good luck! And then compare it to someone wearing a reflector like a cyclist or a jogger (why do they wear reflectors and not everyone?). I bet you will be surprised!!!

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I got a reflector vest for Stina and she is delighted to wear it. Got one for myself too but was less delighted to wear it, until I saw a mother and child out walking in Polwarth and wow you could see them quite clearly. I better get my vest on, even though I have one reflector on my jacket, one on my bag and one on my boots. Dark dogs, they are pretty impossible to see. Mum got a flashing colour and a vest for her dog and wearing a vest herself and something around her boots.

Now these days outdoor clothing is often decorated with reflectors, especially Swedish brands which is a bit of a trend here in the UK. Since my older sister used to live on a farm and also have two children we often inherited outdoor clothing from them. Brilliant, since the farm have big heavy machines and lots of traffic (people have their horses there) the children got proper glow in the dark outdoor clothing and these are great.You could probably see Stina from from the moon!

Now will you wear a reflector? I hope you do! Give the drivers a chance to see you!

And if you think a vest is seriously uncool why not a funky and happy reflector from us.

Have a lovely week!

Charlotte x

Christmas we welcome (and love) you!!!

YES the shop has transformed into Christmas and it is warm and welcoming and absolutely jammed packed and I am amazed how fantastic all the staff have worked. So hard, well done ladies (and Richard of course).

Huss star in black

So after a long weekend, well started mid week last week really with the big pallet deliveries and then a few late nights, Richard took time off his normal job and grandparents arrived to look after our girls, the shop is now a proper Scandinavian gift and Christmas shop.

I LOVE IT! What I love the most is all the beautiful stars and candle bridges . They sure brighten up the shop and already many peoples homes. Richard and I hung up all the stars in the window on Sunday morning and then in the evening Richard, myself, Zuzanna and Ruth was joined by Åsa and Emma (who has not worked in the shop since Spring time) and it was so nice to catch up and I think they enjoyed it too. Emma and also Joanne will come back and cover a few dates from mid November and December which will be great. Both Zuzanna and Ruth have their own businesses and are super busy at the moment so it will be nice to have Emma and Joanne around as well.

Getting there
Ladies at work…
Progress
Progress

After many hours of hard work, a short mulled wine pit stop (including cake and apple crumble) we had enough and went home and I think that was the first night in a VERY long time I woke up by the alarm. Thank you children! Then back again, Richard was sent on a mission and Ruth and I continued to unpack and organise the shop yesterday and today I unpacked the last boxes and have a lovely print delivery to unpack tomorrow.

Leave you with images from the shop…

LED lights…genius for us with children , animals or just a little bit forgetful.
Hello… Cute Santa tealight holder by Cult Design
Charming Tomtar by Naasgransgarden. Hugo lantern with friends
Stunning Foxes pattern by Swedish Almedahl
Jangneus tea towels and dishcloths
Julia Cocktail Tray and Ester and Eriks stunning cone candles
Charming beautiful tealight holders by Pluto and Snow Princess tray
Metasol in silver and red
Love these Viking Candle Bridges, stylish way to brighten up your home
Lovely gifts or treats
LOVI Xmas Trees 12cm in wood, red or green
LOVI
Beautiful LOVI decorations  made from wood
Love LOVI
Pluto
Pluto has done it again, beautifully detailed decorations.

 

Please do pop in and say hi. Hope you will love the shop as much as we do… I will post a album on our Facebook page with all our beautiful stars and candle bridges, but it will be another day because now I need to go to bed.

See you tomorrow

Charlotte x

21st Oct 2014 Shop images

 

Hello all!

Lets take a spin around the shop this windy day! Ruth took a few images yesterday so here is some inspiration!

Enjoy!

Tea mugs and tea infusers by Danish Zone, happy and functional
Tea mugs and tea infusers by Danish Zone, happy and functional
Just love the happy colours on the Tea mugs (or as Ruth said, perfect little soup cup).
Just love the happy colours on the Tea mugs (or as Ruth said, perfect little soup cup).
Small baskets by Danish Zone, good for everything, make up, bread, keys anything at all really!
Small baskets by Danish Zone, good for everything, make up, bread, keys anything at all really!
FIKA, my favourite time of the day.
FIKA, my favourite time of the day.
In grey, turquoise and red, large mugs perfect for that big cup of coffee!
In grey, turquoise and red, large mugs perfect for that big cup of coffee!
Yay house tealight holders are back in, two sizes in white or zink.
Yay house tealight holders are back in, two sizes in white or zink.
Love these, so atmospheric!  Black on the outside and gold on the inside, give a warm light!
Love these, so atmospheric!
Black on the outside and gold on the inside, give a warm light!
These beautiful tealight holders by Danish Zone is a perfect little gift or treat
These beautiful tealight holders by Danish Zone is a perfect little gift or treat
These stylish tealight holders by Danish KJ Collection is making beautiful shadows when lit up.
These stylish tealight holders by Danish KJ Collection is making beautiful shadows when lit up.
Beautiful LOVI here with a heart warming tealight holder by Danish KJ Collection
Beautiful LOVI here with a heart warming tealight holder by Danish KJ Collection
It is back in the shop, the Pasta server/grater by Swedish Sagaform. Super popular gift for the pasta lover!
It is back in the shop, the Pasta server/grater by Swedish Sagaform. Super popular gift for the pasta lover!

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These Picknick Hors d'oeuvres by Swedish Almedahl are stylish to serve nibbles on.
These Picknick Hors d’oeuvres by Swedish Almedahl are stylish to serve nibbles on.
Almdahls Herb Garden is a pretty gift for the kitchen! Love it!
Almdahls Herb Garden is a pretty gift for the kitchen! Love it!
The Red Fox is my favourite pattern, childhood memories and a Christmas song spring to my mind.
The Red Fox is my favourite pattern, childhood memories and a Christmas song spring to my mind.
Beautiful Retro Design from Swedish Almedahl
Beautiful Retro Design from Swedish Almedahl

I am trying to puzzle where every product and design will go this Christmas (including twelve new candle frames) and I kind of wish I had a bigger shop! One day, one day ;)

Have a great day

Charlotte

Sophisticated Danish MENU

There is something special about Danish Menu!

There is no denying that Menu is a stunning brand with sophisticated and stylish designs. Menu collaborate with talented designers who more than often produced award winning designs. The thought behind each design is carefully consider and loved. The passion behind Menus’ products are reflected in their designs. Menu are obsessed with clever solutions and functional details They believe it is “because that’s the originality that makes it a true Menu product”.

When I see my agent (lovely Carole) I always feel so excited, it is different to see a design online or in a catalogue compared to see and feel a beautiful product in real life. And with Menu I never get disappointed! It is SOOOOOO hard to choose what to introduce to the shop.

But as with every brand I can not stock it all I have to pick what I believe would do well with you our customers. And now I am delighted to introduce two new collections in their table top designs. Stitches and Leaf! It was love at first sight when I saw these.

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Are these not just so elegant?! Clean lines, simple and yet sophisticated! Menu is well know for its crisp designs and they call their designs for soft minimalism, I would agree! 

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Oh I can just picture these wonderful designs in a minimalistic and modern kitchen, great when hosting an elegant afternoon party or why not in a homely and warm kitchen. A cup of tea, scones, knittings and lots of gossip among good friends. The big Stitches bowl will end up in my own home, ready to be filled with Clementine at Christmas. 

Charlotte x 

 

Stunning Danish SuperLiving

Oh beautiful SuperLiving! What a joy to unpack these stunning designs! 

We first got introduced to SuperLiving while on holiday back home in Sweden a couple of years back and then one of our agents here in the UK decided to take them on, much to our joy and excitement! 

Last Autumn we were delighted to order in their amazing candle sticks and wow, I was so happy when I unpacked them. The colours, shapes and sizes can create something stunning. I would easily mix a few together to make a wonderful centrepiece for the dining table, on the mantelpiece, occasion table or anywhere you like…oh options! And they look even better with our stunning Ester and Erik taper candles. 

Love SuperLivings Stuning Candlesticks
                                  Love SuperLivings Stuning Candlesticks
Love the bold colours of these stunning candle sticks by SuperLiving
Love the bold colours of these stunning candle sticks by SuperLiving

Behind the amazing Danish SuperLiving designs is the husband and wife team: Anette Stabel and Jesper Binger. With love of organic shapes and colours from the 50’s and 60’s they create wonderful, happy, fresh and retro inspired designs that makes us smile. Not only talented designers, they also run a very successful shop Superlove in Copenhagen, why not visit next time you are in Denmark.  

Sadly no candlesticks (we are waiting until the Autumn with bringing them back) in the latest delivery, but the retro inspired Amanda and Olivia tableware collections. They are such a wonderful addition to the shop and we love them. So do you since this is was our top up order and we also took the opportunity to add a few more designs. We LOVE these designs!  

Happy Summer with Amanda
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Amanda in Aqua and Tomato
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Amanda in Aqua and Tomato
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Olivia in Lime
                                          Beautiful Olivia in Lime and Mint

I am sure we will have to re-order these soon again since they already finding new homes. These designs are not just a great treat but a happy gift for someone you love! 

Enjoy!

Charlotte x

MOOMINS!!!

Yes finally! We are delighted to introduce more Moomins to the shop and this time from a new brand (to us) Finnish Muurla! A great company who has created the lovely enamel products with Moomins. Richard and I saw these in London in January and I have seen them a few times here and there and we really love them so thought it is time to bring in the Moomins!  So we finally filled the middle table in the shop with Moomins and more is on its way…hooray! 

It’s a big year for the Moomins, the centenary of Tove Jansson‘s birth and Moomins are back in fashion, there is no doubt about it. To see the trend here and how Moomin crazy some people are is amazing! Must admit I am glad I have some of Tove Jansson‘s books in the shop so I can freshen up my knowledge, since it was a long time ago I read any Moomin stories and I am also looking forward to read them with my girls. I watched the TV series when I grew up (in Swedish of course). That slow Finnish/Swedish narrator voice and the lovely adventures. But I also remember it as quite scary and dark. Still loved it though!

In the shop you can already find the Moomin Mobiles by Danish Flensted, Moomin blankets by Swedish Klippan, Moomin Trays by Swedish OptoDesign, Moomin Jewellery trees by Swedish Pluto Produkter as well as bookmarks, hangers and decorations. And of course we stock Tove Jansson’s lovely tales about the Moomins. There have been some beautiful reprints of the original books recently, as well as great collections of the comic strips in hardback.

And if you haven’t already heard, there is that a film due to be realised in October.  And if you have not heard about the Moomin World…. Richard and I have already agreed that one summer in near future when the girls are a little bit older we will do a little holiday trip there, can’t wait.

Happy Summer and pop in and find your favourite Moomin troll. 

Charlotte x