HAPPY DO !

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Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen

I found this great, happy-looking bird on a book cover the other day. A famous quote from Dalai Lama says; “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions”. True enough and according to an article in Time magazine the happiest among us simply make time for this:

1. They choose to exercise.
2. They choose to spend time outside.
3. They choose to focus on their families.
4. They choose to make time for friends.
5. They choose to find meaning in their work.
6. They choose to contribute to their communities.
7. They choose to get enough sleep.

“GOD IS IN THE DETAILS”

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Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen

“Home is where the heart is” as the Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder said wisely  already around 50 AD. This is one of my favorite sayings because my home does actually represent the center or the heart in my life. For me it is a shelter where I can be my true self, surrounded by the people and the things that I love. Therefore I simply had to have this little tag made for my new Philippi keyring.

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Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen

Being a detail freak I had fun picking out these keys which symbolise certain things. The one with the heart is for my front door in my home. The little house, for my outside office and the butterfly for my parents’ s house. As a child I always enjoyed watching the butterflies in my mom’s roses.

The keyring Loop from Philippi can be ordered from this site . The tag is bought and engraved in a pet store whilst the Norwegian keys can be  purchased in Jernia stores in Norway.

COOL DESIGN THE LAZY WAY

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Being in love with contemporary art I always pay museums of modern art a visit when I am abroad. And what always is a hit for me is to stop by their design stores to be inspired or to look for something special to give away. It could be a colorful card or a design product. However staying at home behind my computer I can easily do the same thing although it feels a little bit like cheating. Yesterday I went world wide and visited the museums’s webshops and these are some of the treasures I found.

London, Tate Modern – webshop                                                                                                                                                   Stockholm, Moderna Museet – webshop
New York, MoMA – Museum of Modern Art – webshop
Oslo, Astrup Fearnley Museet – webshop
Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art – webshop
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – webshop 

MY LAUNDRY DONE THE SICILIAN WAY

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Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen

The fun part about travelling is to get hold of all those handy products that cannot be found in your own country. Therefore on a local market on our favorite island Sicily, I simply had to buy these colorful and solid pegs. And when I discovered that almost every household had these genius baskets of pegs where the rain could drain right through, I had to purchase one as well.

So while my husband fills his suitcase with jam, olive oil, Limoncello and Marsala, I pack mine with this junky stuff.

WALKING DOWN THE MEMORY LANE

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Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen

A trip up in the attic today, and all of a sudden I was back in time; I heard the noise of two children , their laughter, remembered the joy and the constant chaos.

It was yesterday, wasn’t it?

HAPPILY HOMEMADE

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Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen

This is my homemade, woolen rug. I have been knitting and crocheting on it for years. Lately I made it bigger due to a complain from my tall son. He wanted a rug that could cover his legs. Now it’s done. I love the fact that there are faults here and there. Luckily nothing is perfect in life, neither is my rug. It is also quite funny that I finished it today which I think must have been the warmest day in Norway this year.

The colors look great in the corner of our sofa, but the best part is that the whole family tend to crawl into it during the winter.

It is made by Vamsegarn on circular knitting needle number 5, 45 masks on each needle. I have used a ball of yarn on each square, and the squares are crocheted together. The rug measures 1,45×1,95 m

Vamsegarn from Norway can be ordered from here.

LAYER UPON LAYER

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Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen

I live in a white, traditional wooden house which is typical for this region in the southern part of Norway. My house was originally built in the late 1800s, but has of course been remodeled many times since. When we had a new window put in in our living room, we found six layers of wallpaper glued together from the period of over 150 years. Yesterday I had fun putting it into water and separating them. What a treasure trove! These are some of the patterns which were revealed! I specially enjoyed the combination of olive green and dark color red.

The rest of the wallpaper is now sent to Else “Sprossa” Rønnevig who specializes among many other things in preserving the old traditional patterns and have them put into a new production of wallpaper.
Visit her website here and watch some of her beautiful wallpapers ! (Norwegian site.)

THE JAPANESE WAY

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Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen

This Japanese notebook is a new favorite of mine. The cover has a great texture and each page feels like touching silk. The book is created by the Japanese textile designer Katsuji Wakisaka who used to work for Finnish Marimekko. However when he returned to Japan in the eighties, he started his company SOU * SOU in Kyoto which creates modern design based on Japanese tradition.

SOU* SOU means actually yes – yes, and I am told that if you listen carefully to a Japanese conversation, you will hear these two words over and over again. It is supposed to be the way the Japanese recognize and validate each other and is a central facet of contemporary Japanese culture.

WAVES ALONG WITH THE DESIGN OF JAKOB WAGNER

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My favorite Menu glasses, recently bought, have the signature of the Danish designer Jakob Wagner. I love the square shape with rounded corners which make them comfortable to hold and the beautiful wave in each glass. I simply had to bring a couple of them to the ocean today and have a picture taken.

Jakob Wagner is one to follow being one of Scandinavia’s leading designers. He has exhibited at some of the biggest museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York with the Propeller Trivet which is an elegant table trivets that can easily be folded together. I got a couple from a friend last year and they are great.

The glasses are unfortunately no longer available.