Showing posts with label VINTAGE and ReUse. Show all posts
Showing posts with label VINTAGE and ReUse. Show all posts

Old Disused Stoneware Factory come to life again



I recently visited Wallåkra, a small village in the south of Sweden. I came to see an textile/embroidery exhibition, and found an 150 year old, disused Stoneware Industry turned into a Cultural Center. I instantly fell in love with the old brick buildings, and the beautiful surroundings. What was once an old Industry, using the clay and coal in the ground, is today the studio for four ceramic designers.
The area also include a small restaurant, a shop and coffee bar, a "stage" for concerts in the summer, and much more. Here are a few of photos of what you can find at this must-see place, just outside Helsingborg in Skåne. More info at their Facebook page and website.









Some info in Swedish, based on an article in the Swedish newspaperHelsingborgs Dagblad 13 juni 2014:
Ugnen går fortfarande varm på en av Sveriges sista stenkärlsfabriker, Wallåkra Stenkärlsfabrik i Helsingborg. Med 150 år av traditioner i ryggen har keramikern Åsa Orrmell (se videon nedan) skapat en inspirerande mötesplats för både turister och lokalbefolkning. För några år sedan fick hon Svenskt kulturarvs eldsjälspris. Och när fabriken behövde renovera den gamla, uttjänta ugnen fick hon engagerade människor att ställa upp och bidra.
Verksamheten på Wallåkra består idag av keramikverkstad, butik, restaurang och en livaktig eventverksamhet med bland annat ljusstöpning och drejning. Varje sommar har man även uppskattade grillkvällar med levande musik. Läs hela artikeln här.



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Welcome to my garden


Happy Summer Solstice everyone!
Those of you who follow me on Instagram have noticed that I've spent a lot of time in my garden this spring. I prefer gardening to work out, so it's been a couple of hours. Above is a photo of one of the tulips I planted last fall. 
Winter in Sweden was unusually mild, and spring came early, so flowers and veggies are currently growing like mad. It's with mixed feelings I watch the garden grow like this, as we all know by now, it comes with a price...


My veggie garden is all in wooden containers (pallets) where I grow zucchini, potatoes, beans, lettuce and a few other goodies. The pic below is of the sugar beans today:


But, being me, I grow more than food in the pallets. 
Here are a few of the flowering bulbs from this spring:



.... but behind the scene it's just as messy and functional as ever. Have great weekend friends.

For more photos from my garden, please check out my Instagram gallery.
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Old railway sleepers in new design


Already June 2014! It's been an amazing year, with major changes in my life, including re-decorating my home and studio, and more travels than before. And this blog has suffered. But now I back, and plan to give you weekly updates on art, architecture, design and photography, from a wabisabi angle. Let me start with this stunning copper colored house in Portugal, designed by Atelier Data, where they've recycled old railway sleepers everywhere in the structure.



The house is oriented and designed to protect the home from strong winds from the north, while allowing great views of the valley and the city towards the east and the south. More info on Atelier Data's facebook page


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Alternative Christmas Shopping

Weather you like it or not - Christmas is fast approaching. So if you are planning to give away some cool DIY, time to get started! No time? Buy someone else's craft at affordable prices. Like these geometric containers above, made of recycled material by MegaMyers at Etsy. Or below the beautiful Danish craft found at the website Husflid. Please let us know of other great crafters you'd like to support, by commenting and linking below. 
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Mix and Match in Copenhagen home

Welcome home to danish fashion designer Yvonne Koné. Her turn of the century apartment in Copenhagen is a creative mix of old and new - and recycled material. More photos where I found these
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Quaint & Rustic in Italy


I am preparing for a ten day's art class in Umbria, Italy this fall. (More on that when we return). Here is another place - Albergo Diffuso in Sextantio S. Stefano, I've been contemplating for another art course in Italy. It's VERY rustic, and reading the visitors comments on TripAdvisor, many of the beautiful rooms have very small windows and are poorly lit, so they may very well be too dark to work in, should the weather be bad. What do you think? Would you stay in a quaint Italian village & hotel like this? 







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Mixing old and new in 19 century Swedish apartments


A set of images from apartments in my home town, Göteborg. 
Love the way they mixed old and new furniture and styles. 
A few designer items, some Ikea and lots of flea market finds. 
All images via Stadshem



A simple Scandinavian mix...





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19 Century Workers Apartment going City Chic


Years ago I planned to buy one quarter of a house, with a stunning view of the river which runs through my city. Then I got a job in Stockholm and had to abandon the idea. Now, one apartment is for sale, and my dream of living in the center of the city, still hidden away from all the buzz, is awakened. Wouldn't you love to live in a place like this, and take the ferry to work each morning? 

The 19 century wooden houses were built for families who moved to the city to work at the docks. Each house had eight apartments (one room and a kitchen). One hundred year later, the city planned to tear them down, since the standard was too poor. (We found pigeons had taken over the attic in the house we planned to buy!)

I left town, but others bought the houses and went ahead with the renovations. Check out these images and see how one of the apartments turned out. Love! All images via Stadshem






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