Day 4

Spektakulär at home!

Was not sure what to post today, I think I need to sit down and write a list of what to post when. However this morning I was sent this from a customer. A little photo collage of Spektakulär at her home!

Spektakulär at home!

WOW!!!!! And I mean wow! What a wonderful treat to receive and a fantastic reminder that we do in fact inspire to create homely homes.

Thank you Sandra! This really made my day!! I love those Pappelina rug colours, the sea grass and storm are personal favourites!

If you have designs from Spektakulär, feel free to share them with us! It truly makes us happy and is a huge motivation to stay strong and keep going.

Have a wonderful day! We are chilling, think a little bit of the “fun” home schooling will take place today such a designing a playpark and write a short story! Otherwise not a lot, had waffles for brunch and I shall make more coffee and sit down with a book. I will walk over to the shop later to check post and make sure it is all ok and to get my 10000 steps for #walkalloveercancer.

Charlotte x

Day 3

Pappelina!

Day 3 of my happy photos from the shop and today I like to tell you a little bit about one of our most amazing brands we sell in the shop. So it is not just one photo but many. However the photo of our neighbour Brian is probably the one I like the best! Pappelina is one of the brands I just adore so much, and I am sure you know all about it because I have gone on and on about it for years, in fact almost ten years as we are about to turn ten and Pappelina has been with us since the start.

Pappelina is now as much part of Spektakulär as I am. It has become my mission to sell you a plastic rug. Rugs, woven in plastic or fabric, is a very common feature in most Swedish homes as we have wooden floors and no carpets (the carpets was a trend in the 60s and 70s but is basically banned (by trendsetters) now). UK has a different way of living and I can see why the Scandi lifestyle is appealing as it is completely unique. Or is it? Not to me, as it is part of how I grew up. So my naive me ten years ago thought selling plastic rugs will be super easy however it certainly has not been a easy sale ride, but wow we have worked our socks off, and we have noticed how much you are falling in love with them and how much you feel you need one, not want…need! I am so proud of my team who all fallen in love with Pappelina and made it our mission to sell you a Pappelina.

Right what are the benefits of a Pappelina rug, well first of all it is easy to wash, a smaller one you can just put in the washing machine (amazing when you have a puppy), please read instructions here. They are comfortable under bare feet, non slip, allergy friendly, long lasting, water resistant, non toxic, functional and stylish. Perfect in every home and room, why not take them with you when camping?! And best of all they are made with pride in Sweden!

So yes Pappelina is part of what we are and stand for. We are a Scandi (or indeed Nordic) shop that bring you bits of Scandinavia to the UK. We aim to give you the wonderful feeling of creating a homely home. We all spend a lot of time in our homes and making your home cosy, welcoming and warm is our mission. Never have LOVE YOUR HOME been of such importance, as we are now stuck indoors. I need you to imagine your home as your happy place. And that is what we are about. We are not an expensive shop, we are affordable (like most small independents) and we are quirky. We love colour and we love functional. And Pappelina belong at Spektakulär because it stands for the same as us. To create a lovely home!

Welcome!!!
This was taken the night before the day we open our Lilla shop and there we had three display rugs, which created a bright and happy place!

So if you already have discovered Pappelina, why not send me your photos and tell me why you love them. Or if, wow I MUST HAVE ONE is a feeling you feel right now, then once we reopen come in and see us and we can show them to you. Or if you already know which one you like, then get in touch and I can order it for you. It might take a bit longer at the moment but it so will be worth it! I am personally saving up for a large one for the girls bedroom. Plus I think I need one under my dining room table.

Happy Friday! Am about to head out for my 10000 steps and I am sure I have gone full on grey this week trying to be a patient teacher…Stina built a fab eraser tower instead of doing her subtraction and I think it took her four, F O U R hours to do nine sums….arrrgghhh my heart is actually hurting from the stress! How the hell do teachers stay so positive!?!

Day 2

My 30 day happy photo from the shop challenge needs a better name! So please give me some suggestions!

I have started to upload images to a photo printing company online, I haven’t printed a photo since Stina was a toddler! Which is terrible so I guess this is a great thing to do, got a few years of catching up! Before Christmas I went to see Meik Wiking promoting his new book, the Art of making Memories. He reminded me about the feeling looking though old photo albums. And yes I remember that feeling going to my grandmother looking through her albums. And I see how excited my own girls are looking through albums at their grandparents when we visit them.

So this morning I found this photo, and wow this was from a VERY happy time! Pretty much on the date, four years ago, the opening of Lilla, our beautiful beautiful children shop! That Lilla nearly bankrupted us and that the opening was weeks before the horrible, awful, evil brexit that floored me, and that I am still fighting that depression it caused me four years later is another story. Because right at this very moment I took this photo of my girls I was extremely happy!

Here we are so excited, all of us, I was hiring fantastic staff that are still with us (some not but we are still in touch), the shop ladies (Ruth and Zuzanna) at the time were so excited and worked so hard! We were painting, building shelves and here I was unpacking a HUGE delivery full with fun and stylish Scandi toys and designs for a lovely nursery. My two daughters who are both a huge part of Spektakulär was “helping” me unpacking and checking stock was playing with the boxes. Stina couldn’t get out, she got stuck so Richard had to lift her out by her feet, oh the giggles and silliness! It truly was a precious moment and this photo is a great reminder of a happy memory!

Today we are having a chill day, both girls were up last night, three of us had nightmares, we definitely think the Bogeyman came for a visit. So not a lot of sleep. So we will be reading, craft, colouring, playing with our toys and I think Monopoly is on the agenda plus a nap! At the moment we are catching up on old school work which we all gave up on at the time but today it makes sense.

Have a great day and please do send me requests on what you like me to post and also I need a better name!

Charlotte x

30 day happy photo from the shop challenge!

Day 1!

Our Spring shop window at the moment! It is bright and welcoming and I can not wait to go back to the shop and welcome you with a smile.

Oh wow what a roller coaster these last few weeks has been. When I started the Walk all over Cancer 1st March I was not excepting to have to walk up and down my flat as much as possible. Never has this flat felt so small (and it is not a small flat). However I am not alone! All of us are in the same boat and we are all trying to stay positive. I am trying to be a good teacher and it has proven me very difficult. I did not choose to home-school my children and I am so so grateful for all you teachers who choose to be teachers. Day 3 and I think today might actually be a good day of school work, but it is not even lunch yet so we shall see.

As a small business we obviously trying to survive but we are a non-essential business. Yes of course it would be a amazing to make your home look fantastic during the next three weeks but I think we should all just calm down, stay at home and hopefully this will go away sooner. I rather we all do what we are told for three weeks than being stuck indoors much longer. And lets just give our NHS a break!

You can give me a shout and tell me you like to order something and yes I can put aside for you but I wont go to the post office unless emergency and this is not an emergency.

Good news is though that we are building a webshop and I feel we got three weeks to get it to look nice and homely but most of like us, Spektakulär!

Ok I am about to read with the older and the little one is about to start a 30 day LEGO challenge. This homework I like! However I think I shall put up a happy picture from the shop a day (that will be my 30 day happy photo from the shop day). If you like to see something special let me know!

Charlotte xx

Spektakulär changes in 2019

Hej!

As many of you will have noticed there is a “TO LET” sign above our first shop at number 11 Colinton Road. Do not worry we have a plan. And a little statement for you.

We are moving!

It is no secret that Retail is seeing some very significant changes.  There are large High Street chains that have fallen and many more in trouble from both higher costs and changing customer behaviour.  We are not on that scale, but we are not immune to either the rising costs or the trend to online. Moreover, it is hard for small businesses to compete when big stores are in a “permanent sale” death spiral.

Needless to say, as a business which exists to import goods from other European countries there is nothing positive in Brexit for us.  We can currently place orders in Sweden that can arrive without any customs paperwork or tariffs, sometimes delivered faster than a similar UK distributor.  None of this can be guaranteed after Brexit.

In 2019 we have the option to exit from one of our leases, and if we didn’t exercise that option we are committed to another three years.  We have decided to do just that.

We will be combining our Gift and Home stores into the shop at 15 Colinton Road.  Having two shops was an opportunity to explore new brands and we can take the best of both shops and continue to offer a fresh and exciting range. 15 is the new 11 :)

We believe in our shop and know the tremendous love our customers show for us which we are so incredible proud and grateful for.  We are viewing this as a tactical retreat, a chance to regroup and weather the economic storm. But also a great opportunity for us to be creative and test new ideas.

Bruntsfield and Morningside have great independent businesses, working hard to make the area a vibrant and attractive place to live.  They rely on local people as customers, they employ local people as staff. If you buy or see things you like, please be vocal about it – tell your friends, share links on social media, leave ratings or recommendations. We are part of a wonderful community and we love being a social hub. But most of all we love bring stylish, contemporary, happy and affordable Scandinavian and Nordic Design to you.

Thank you

Charlotte and Richard xxx

Make A Wish…

As someone who loves a huge acrylic statement necklace (Prue Leith has nothing on me) I surprised myself this week when I fell in love with our new range of jewellery. Showy and shouty they are not – Timi of Sweden produce beautiful, delicate pieces and our new delivery is a super sweet selection of their wish bracelets.

TIMI are a new brand to us and we are delighted by the love our fab customers have already shown for the collection. The company creates a mix of youthful, happy and fun accessories packed with unexpected details and was founded by fun loving fashion enthusiasts. At the moment we stock their Make A Wish bracelets but are looking to extend the range to pins and necklaces. They are beautifully packaged on individual cards and make lovely gifts.

The tie part of the bracelet is made from 100% silk cord and attached is a beautifully made charm made from either silver or gold plated brass. There are so many different styles to choose from – geometric shapes, nature, animals, hearts and they look great alone or as a stack of 3 or 5 (I can only do things in odd numbers, always looks better!)

The idea is to make a wish as you tie them on and over the months of wear, the silk will disintegrate slowly and once the bracelet finally falls off your wrist, your wish will come true. Once off you can always tie another piece of cord to the charm or just add them to an existing piece of jewellery so you can continue to enjoy them (this will not affect your wish, I promise.)

As usual, my dilemma is just which ones to go for – way too much choice! Don’t wait too long to come and have a look, I expect they will be very popular over the coming weeks…

Ruth x