The versatility of baskets and how to decorate with them

As a lover of natural materials and craft, baskets will always have a place in my home.

The practice of basket weaving is a time honoured tradition steeped in history. Found in almost all cultures across the world, basketry is one of the oldest known crafts, pre-dating ceramics and textiles. Using grasses, rushes, vines and branches from their natural habitats, people have always handwoven baskets to transport and store goods. Baskets continue to have longevity because the beautiful natural fibres they are crafted from are readily available, strong and enduring, as well as being biodegradable.

The beauty of baskets is also their endless versatility and ability to fit seamlessly into all interiors. I also love how a basket instantly adds warmth and effortless charm to the space.
I have baskets in every room and they just blend effortlessly blend in.
Because they tend to be a neutral colour, baskets work with any colour scheme, while their weaves add organic texture. Whether the style of a home is traditional or modern, polished or laidback, there is a basket, old or new to suit every space.

Baskets are an incredibly practical addition to the home and are endlessly useful in any room. They can be stored under benches and beds, in cupboards, or act as decorative accents in their own right. Baskets combine all shapes and sizes and can be used to organize, store and display a wide range of items and simplify daily routines.  

My personal guide to gifts that lasts

Thoughtful Giving: A Guide to Gifts That Last – Contains Adlinks

In a world inundated with fleeting trends and disposable goods, the art of thoughtful giving seems to be fading into the background. We live in an era where a click of a button can get you the latest gadget or fashion item, but what about the gifts that leave a lasting impact, the ones that stand the test of time? In the hustle and bustle of today’s fast-paced lifestyle, it’s easy to overlook the significance of a well-chosen, enduring gift.

The timeless art of thoughtful giving – my personal guide to selecting gifts that not only reflect your sentiments but also stand as a testament to the enduring bonds we share with our loved ones. In this blog post, I’ll delve into the importance of giving with intention and unveil a curated list of gifts that transcend trends, creating memories that will be cherished for years to come. At least in our family.

So, if you’re tired of the cycle of gift-giving that often ends up forgotten or discarded. Let’s rediscover the joy of giving gifts that last. After all, a thoughtful gift is not just an item; it’s a timeless expression of love and appreciation. I love giving fluffy and cozy things that feels like a hug. So my list always include slippers, blankets, scarfs and so on. Here are som favourites starting at 113kr. Many of the products are on sale right now and if you are like me this could be a great moment to save some money and have all your christmas gift ready under November.

Mindful Home: Create a Peaceful and Serene Living Space

Creating a mindful home can truly transform your living space into a peaceful and serene haven that promotes well-being and mindfulness. A mindful home is a space where you can truly relax, unwind, and rejuvenate, without the distractions and stressors of the outside world. Considering how the world is roght now it’s perhaps more imporatant than ever Here are five tips to help you create a mindful home:

  1. Declutter and Simplify: One of the most important steps in creating a mindful home is to declutter and simplify your living space. Get rid of any unnecessary items that no longer serve a purpose, and organize your belongings in a way that promotes a sense of calm and order.
  2. Use Natural Elements: Incorporating natural elements into your home can help create a calming and grounding atmosphere. Consider using plants, natural fibers, and materials like wood or stone to add a touch of nature to your living space.
  3. Create a Relaxing Atmosphere: Set the mood for relaxation by creating a calming atmosphere in your home. Use soft lighting, soothing colors, and relaxing scents like lavender or earthy woody essence to promote a sense of calm and tranquility.
  4. Minimize Distractions: Try to minimize any distractions in your home that can pull you out of the present moment. This may mean turning off your phone or computer, creating a designated space for work or study, or simply setting aside time each day to unplug and unwind.
  5. Practice Mindfulness Daily: Finally, make a commitment to practice mindfulness daily in your home. Whether it’s through meditation, yoga, or simply taking a few deep breaths, taking the time to be present and mindful in your living space can help you cultivate a sense of peace and serenity that will carry with you throughout your day.

Creating a mindful home takes time and effort, but the benefits are truly worth it. By incorporating these five tips into your daily routine, you can create a living space that promotes well-being, relaxation, and mindfulness.

A slow autumn capsule wardrope

Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. The changing colors of the leaves, the crisp air, and the cozy feeling of wearing warm clothes and layers are all reasons to love this season. As we transition from summer to autumn, it’s the perfect time to create a slow autumn capsule wardrobe.

A capsule wardrobe is a collection of essential pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits. The idea is to have fewer clothes but more options. When creating a slow autumn capsule wardrobe, it’s important to focus on quality over quantity. Choose pieces that are well-made and will last for years to come both stylewise and in terms of quality.

Start by assessing your current wardrobe. What pieces do you already have that can be worn in the autumn? Look for items like sweaters, jeans, and boots. These are all staples of a slow autumn capsule wardrobe. Next, dont forget to integrate your summer dressers and skirts that are perfect for layering with cozy sweaters and socks. Some people like to make a list of the pieces you have but im more of a visual person so I perfer images or simply looking at my closet.

When or if shopping for new pieces, look for items that are versatile and can be worn in different ways and seasons. For example, a classic trench coat can be dressed up for a night out or worn with jeans and sneakers for a casual weekend look. A cozy sweater can be worn with a skirt, dress, trousers, or leggings.

Finally, don’t forget to incorporate your personal style into your capsule wardrobe. Choose pieces that make you feel confident and comfortable. Remember, the goal of a slow autumn capsule wardrobe is to simplify your life, not to restrict your personal style. Timeless for me might not be the same as for you.

In conclusion, creating a slow autumn capsule wardrobe is a great way to simplify your wardrobe while still looking put together and staying warm. Focus on quality over quantity, choose versatile pieces, and don’t forget to incorporate your personal style. With a little bit of effort, you can create a wardrobe that will last for years to come.

Here are some past autumn/transitional combinations i’ve worn in the past that I could easily wear again this season.

This is my go to essential capsule list

  • black trousers
  • beige trousers
  • grey trousers
  • jeans
  • beige dress
  • black dress
  • beige skirt
  • black skirt
  • beige /brown chunky cardigan
  • black wool/cashmere cardigan
  • beige wool/cashmere sweater
  • trenchcoat
  • waxcoat
  • loafers
  • mary jane/ballerina
  • clogs
  • sneakers
  • grey socks
  • ecru socks
  • tank top
  • longsleeved t-shirt/top

Homemade Herbal salt

This Sunday I made a couple of jars of Homemade herbal salt, it was a very soothing and almost meditative task. It’s also a lovely idea for a homemade and sustainable gift. Herbal salt is an easy and sustainable way to add flavor to your dishes that is both healthy and delicious. The best part is that you can grow and dry the herbs yourself, which makes it even more satisfying to use in your cooking. I used dry herbs from both my gardens; the spanish and the Swedish and I used, Rosmary, Oregano, thyme and sage.

To start, you’ll need to grow your herbs. You can do this in your garden or in pots on your balcony or windowsill. Some great herbs to use for this recipe include rosemary, thyme, sage, and oregano. These herbs are easy to grow and will provide you with a lot of flavor but of course you can mix as you like and prefer..

Once your herbs have grown, it’s time to harvest them. Cut the herbs in the morning after the dew has dried, but before the sun gets too hot. This will ensure that your herbs are at their freshest and most flavorful.

Next, you’ll want to dry your herbs. You can do this by hanging them upside down in a well-ventilated area. This will allow the air to circulate around the herbs and dry them out slowly. You can also use a dehydrator to speed up the process, but slow and sustainable is the way to go. I ususally hang them on a pegrail over a radiator and it really works well.

How to make the Herbal salt

Once your herbs are dry, it’s time to make the herbal salt. Simply mix equal parts of your dried herbs and salt in a food processor or blender. You can adjust the ratio to your liking, but I find that one cup of each works well. You can also experiment with different types of salt, such as sea salt or pink Himalayan salt.

Store your herbal salt in an airtight container and use it to season your favorite dishes. It’s great on roasted vegetables, grilled meats, and even popcorn. Plus, you’ll feel good knowing that you grew and dried the herbs yourself, making it a sustainable and eco-friendly addition to your kitchen.

In conclusion, homemade herbal salt is a delicious and sustainable way to add flavor to your cooking. By growing and drying your own herbs, you can ensure that your salt is of the highest quality and tastes amazing. So why not give it a try and see how it elevates your dishes to the next level?

Seasonal Living early autumn: Embracing Nature’s Cycles for a More Fulfilling Life.

As the leaves begin to change and the air becomes crisp, we are reminded that autumn has arrived. This season is a time for change and transition, and it is the perfect opportunity to embrace seasonal living. By living in harmony with nature’s cycles, we can create a more fulfilling life that is in tune with the world around us.

One of the key aspects of seasonal living is understanding the natural rhythms of the earth. In the early autumn, the days begin to shorten, and the temperatures start to cool. This is a sign that it’s time to shift our focus from the outdoors to the indoors. It’s a great time to start preparing our homes for the colder months ahead, by cleaning, organizing, and decluttering. This will not only make our homes more comfortable but will also help us to feel more grounded and centered.

Another way to embrace seasonal living in the early autumn is to focus on the foods that are in season. This is the time of year when delicious fruits and vegetables, such as apples, pears, pumpkins, and squash, are at their peak. By incorporating these foods into our diets, we can nourish our bodies with the nutrients they need to stay healthy and strong.

In addition to focusing on our homes and diets, we can also embrace seasonal living by taking time to connect with nature. The early autumn is a beautiful time to go for a hike, take a nature walk, or simply spend time outdoors. By immersing ourselves in nature, we can find peace and tranquility, and we can connect with the natural world on a deeper level.

Finally, to fully embrace seasonal living in the early autumn, it’s important to take care of ourselves. As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, it’s easy to feel down or depressed. However, by practicing self-care, we can boost our mood and stay healthy and happy throughout the season. This can include things like getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and taking time to relax and unwind.

In conclusion, living in harmony with nature’s cycles is a powerful way to create a more fulfilling life. By embracing the changes that come with the early autumn, we can prepare ourselves for the colder months ahead, nourish our bodies with seasonal foods, connect with nature, and take care of ourselves. By doing so, we can live a more balanced and harmonious life that is in tune with the world around us.

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