Jul 18

bits and pieces of Catherine

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While I love design in all forms, there’s no question that Scandinavian design marks the top of my list. Catherine’s blog, Nordic Design, tops my list of favourite blogs for that reason. Chalk full of eye candy of the very best kind, you might want to ensure that you have some time to waste before visiting, as you will surely get sucked right in.

::A random fact::
I wish I could tap dance, but my sense of rhythm is pretty poor.

::Your go-to recipe::
I love to make pretty cakes, pies, cookies, and other sweet treats. I found many drool-inducing recipes on Pinterest. My ultimate save-the-day recipe and perfect hostess gift is saltine toffee. It’s super easy to make and beyond addictive.

::You can’t live without::
I’d say my laptop. I use it everyday to work, write, browse, read, design, keep track of appointments, watch pictures, listen to music, stay connected with friends and family abroad… I can’t think of any other item that allows me to do so many things.

::Currently coveting::
My wish list is getting longer by the day… An Adnet mirror from Gubi for my bedroom; a black 4-arm Jieldé floor lamp for the living room; a Smeg fridge, and a bench by Per Söderberg for his No Early Birds collection. A dog would be nice, but I still haven’t convinced Kjartan…yet.

::Your daily reads::
I am a Pinterest addict. I find so much inspiration from this site! I have piles of magazines around my desk, and I really like to browse through old issues of Monocle, RUM, Elle Interior and Habitus. I also randomly visit some of the nice blogs I bookmarked –There are too many to count! Those I checked out today are: David Report, Convoy, and Oh Happy Day.

::On your playlist::
It’s quite a varied mix! I like The Tallest Man On Earth, Bon Iver, Sigur Ros, Coldplay, The Black Keys, and Feist, but I also love music from the 80’s and jazz from the 40’s and 50’s. I am a fan of Calvin Harris (Feel So Close), Yael Naïm (New Soul) and Misstress Barbara (Dance Me To The End Of Love). I am listening to Lana Del Rey while answering these questions.

::Your favourite quote::
I like quotes and motivational words of wisdom, especially when they’re about optimism, self-belief and the confidence to reach personal goals. I especially like the simplicity of the poster ‘Do What You Love’– A kind reminder to enjoy your life and what you do every day. Life is too short; follow your heart.

::On your night stand::
At the moment, my nightstand is a high stack of magazines (Côté Paris, RUM, Bolig, Red UK, Elle Decoration) with a black industrial lamp, a J.Crew catalogue, my iPhone, and my latest Wallpaper city guide.

::Your favourite designer::
I have so many… I love the heritage left by Scandinavian designers from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, such as Poul Henningsen, Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, Verner Panton, Finn Juhl, and Eero Saarinen. Isn’t it amazing that many things they’ve designed so long ago are still considered very modern today? To me, that’s what real design is about.

::In your wishing well::
I’ve been making bucket lists as far as I can remember! I loved to dream about what I would be and do when I grow up. And I still do! The latest list included to work full-time on Nordic Design and related projects; to go back to the Lofoten Islands in Norway; to see emperor penguins in Antarctica; and to have a pied-à-terre in Copenhagen.

::Your dream home::
Open-plan concept, high ceilings, white walls, white-washed oak flooring à-la-Dinesen, a functional kitchen, a suspended staircase, and a bath in the master bedroom. Add to this a lot of art, classic Scandinavian furniture, and modern home accessories. I also would like floor-to-ceiling windows that open up on a large deck, with an awesome view.

::Your happy place::
Good food, good wine, good company.

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