Just a tiny little update! While enjoying summer time at its fullest, I still tend to sit in front of my computer way too often (working for uni)… But there’re some changes coming up on the blog soon, too! Some of you’ve already noticed that I changed my profile name on instagram and on the blog. I’m going to tell more about it later, but to put it in a nutshell: No, Óskar and I didn’t get married. (I received some sweet e-mails asking me about it!) ♥ Tordis is a female given name, not a last name.
But – change of subject: I’m not a big football fan in general, but Iceland’s doing so well in this European championship! Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the match against England tomorrow goes well. I’m completely indulging in the “Áfram Ísland!”-mood at the moment. Óskar and I got ourselves two Icelandic football shirts – with our own names on the back: He’s got my name, and I got his. Such an honour for me! I found it such a cute idea, and was more than happy that he’s willing to wear my name while watching his team playing (he’s friends with some of the Icelandic guys in real life, that makes it even more exciting). Áfram Ísland!
Every time, I want to take a break from work, I somehow end up ‘researching’ interior inspiration!
Currently, Óskar and I have two different sites to arrange, conceptualise and (re-)furniture: our flats in Stockholm and Hamburg. In the still quite new and empty space in Stockholm, we decided for a colour range of white, grey and black. My passion is – off course – white furniture, but I can cope with some darker pieces, too. As long as they don’t add too much colour. Since we have brown wooden floor in Stockholm, we need to take care that the appartment doesn’t get too dark in general.
In Hamburg, we laid a white floor last summer and I’m completely thrilled by it. Although the furnishing is almost finished, I always find some new details I want to add or get rid of again. At the moment, I’m looking for a new comfy white sofa and want to get rid of the old one. Living rooms are a tricky field! Still, it’s kind of a challenge to keep the appartement as empty as possible since we always need space to breathe and some ‘interior voids’ for ongoing creativity.
But up to the point that I’ll be satisfied with the result, I keep on immersing myself into some pictorial inspiration. Such a good reason to take a break! x
Do you know the beautiful works by Swedish modernist Einar Jolin?
According to the nickname “Elegant Einar”, it was his signature look to create reduced compositions and to cover his motifs with layers of pastel tones. Especially his cityscape paintings of inner Stockholm aroused my interest – they’re painterly complex and simplistically beautiful at the same time. Einar Jolin’s city motifs such as the undated work Stockholm från Söder are painted from a bird’s eye view and offer a so-to-speak calmed version of the industrialised modern city. The usually vivid veins of the city – trains and streets with bustling activity – seem to turn into aesthetically emptied and geometrised patterns.
Somehow, our photographs of Stockholm from last week made me feel like being part of such a Jolin painting that dates back to modernist aesthetics and that is still yet to come. The pastel-coloured skyline of buildings at Stockholm’s waterside are simply captivating in their very own fashion.
It’s finally spring in Stockholm! Today, Óskar and I went to Moderna Museet (which I love) and spent a wonderful afternoon in the late sun afterwards. It was actually the first time this year that I went out without a jacket or cardigan and didn’t feel cold.
Since Stockholm’s city centre is incredibly beautiful, but not yet crowded with tourists in early May, it’s definitely my favourite spot on earth to be right now. By the way – and I know that I’ve been mentioning it quite often – I can’t tell how lovely it is to spend time with Óskar. I’m such a lucky girl to have him in my life.
Here’s a short list of my favourite things to do in Stockholm in spring
Sitting at the quay and let my legs dangle above the water of the harbour
Eating chocolate ice-cream scoops with colourful sprinkles
Looking forward to eurovision in Stockholm although I probably don’t like a single song (except the Icelandic version Raddirnar by Greta Salomé)
Going out for dinner with Óskar and sharing two dishes in the end since I find it so hard to make my choice
Listening to Jonathan Johansson’s intriguing song Stockholmon repeat
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