Tea at Svenskt Tenn

I don't generally go for bright or bold. I prefer things to be soft, pretty or plain. Or at least I used to until I discovered Josef Frank textiles and wallpaper.

I first noticed Frank's vibrant patterns when living with friends for a few months while in-between flats (ahhh the joy of finding somewhere to live in London). Their kitchen walls are papered with the white Springbells pattern as shown below. I spent countless moments gazing at the tulips and violets before my morning coffee kicked in.

A highlight of our visit to Stockholm in April was afternoon tea at the wonderful Svenskt Tenn department store. Founded by Estrid Ericson in 1924, the store was originally opened to sell pewter goods (Svenskt Tenn translates to Swedish Pewter). Ericson recruited Frank, an Austrian-born architect, designer and artist to the business 10 years later and the duo became synonymous with Swedish modernism.

Today, the store still sells designs by Ericson and Frank and, as we discovered, is home to some of the loveliest tea-rooms I've had the pleasure of sipping tea in.

How amazing are the chairs designed by Frank below? And the rattan and bamboo design chairs which you can just glimpse. I'm afraid my photos don't really do them justice.

We left the department store empty handed, but warmed by tea. I'm still kicking myself for not buying, at the very least, a cushion. The exchange rate and Sweden's super expensive prices were all a bit too much for my cold-addled brain. Fortunately the store's website is awesome. I'll be dreaming over Josef's patterns for many more days to come. You can read more about Svenskt Tenn over on Apartment Therapy.

Besotted with: A lovely Swedish flat

The little flat we rented in Stockholm was a-maz-ing. We found it on City Living Apt. If you're going on holiday somewhere soon check it out, there are loads of gorgeous places on there.

Having a little rest.

Roller skates, a lovely jug and books. It was filled with lovely vintage finds and gorgeous parquet floors.

As I mentioned in this post - I LOVED these lamps.

A peacock rug and parquet floors.

Mirrors in the kitchen.

A globe lamp! Can I go back now instead of going to work tomorrow? Please?

Have you ever fallen in love with someone else home?

A birthday in Stockholm

We recently spent four nights in Stockholm to celebrate the Mr's birthday. He'd wanted to visit for ages, and I must admit, I'm a complete convert now. If it wasn't for the freezing cold dark winters*, I think I could live there.

We stayed in a studio apartment we hired from City Living Apt. It's full of stylish Stockholm accommodation available for short term rent.  We opted to stay in an apartment so we could eat at home (as Sweden is ridiculously expensive to eat and drink out). But more on that next time, as I have a million photos of our cute accommodation to share next time.

Despite sleet, torrential rain and very cold winds we wandered the streets (and bridges and islands) of Stockholm through the gloom with a long list of places to visit. If you're looking for a guide to Stockholm I recommend taking a look at these ones on Emmas DesignBlogg and Design *Sponge. With these guides printed, guidebooks at the ready and umbrellas up we spent several lovely days wandering around finding lots of cute and cosy spots.

So many of the buildings are painted a golden-yellow or terracotta. Warm and sunny colours to ward away the wintery gloom.

Taking a stroll around one of the islands.

Everything is so aesthetically pleasing. Even the Stockholm hire bikes beat the pants off Boris' blue numbers.

The sea.

The old town.

Some of my favourite spots:

Fotografiska - the photography museum (as shown in the gloom above) is housed in a listed Art Nouveau industrial building. We were literally soaked by the time we found it but leaving our brollys and coats drying in the coat area we explored the massive space, which has several exhibitions on at any one time. We were lucky enough to see the dream-like pics of Helena Blomqvist and behind the scenes Godfather photos by Steve Schapiro. Well worth the entry fee.

The super stylish Urban Deli was just a five-minute walk from where we stayed in Sofo. The only bar, seafood restaurant and grocery all in one that I've ever heard of. We found having a drink at the bar then buying some yummy fresh food to take back to the apartment made up for not going out for dinner. Oh and they have a juice bar too. (There's a completely vegetarian store just around the corner too).

Clothing and vintage furniture Grandpa is just around the corner from Deli and worth a look, although it's bit on the expensive side.

We had an amazing afternoon tea at design store Svenskt Tenn.  Amazing furniture, fabrics, wallpapers, and gifts all designed with bright colors and bold patterns. As this already photo heavy, I'll save more on this for next time.


*Swedish doctors have estimated almost 20 per cent of the population suffer from seasonal affective disorder.

Sneak peek: Cold and wet Stockholm

Image Stockholm. The apartment we stayed in was clean, stylish and gorgeous in that way the Swedish are famous for. I was in love with the decanter lamp above (one of three) and all the other pieces in the flat so took loads of photos. We had a lovely and relaxing time wandering the streets, despite the sleet, torrential rain and freezing cold wind.  More to come soon.

x C

Paris: troisième partie (part 3)

Since our wee break to Paris is now officially AGES ago here are a few final photos...

I love the chairs in the Tuileries garden. Would quite like some for my own garden. Do you think I could smuggle some back on the Eurostar? Oui?

The beautiful canals with their arching bridges. I've never forgotten the glorious scene from Amelie of her skimming stones. (If you need to refresh your memory you can watch it here.)

The cafe at the top of the Musee d'Orsay is well worth a visit just to look at the way they've designed the space. And for the cake, obvs.

I really want to go back to Paris as soon as possible, but in more immediate plans we're off to Stockholm next weekend! Wahoo. Any hints or tips of places to visit will be gladly received. Have you been to Stockholm? Where do you recommend?

x Charlotte