Redefining ordinary Stockholm

In collaboration with Canon Nordic.

Sometimes it feels like you know everything there is to know about the city you live in. Where to go and what to eat. But really, if there's one way to experience the city you live in, in it's full presence, then it's simply through the eyes of a lense. Paying full attention about the moment, wandering off to experience places your own way.

So this is exactly what I've done lately. And the background behind it is that I'm taking part of a large campaign by Canon, created to redefine ordinary with the help of the newly launched EOS M5. And I'll be honest, when I first heard about this small, non full framed, compact camera, I was a bit sceptic. Specially being used to big, heavy DSLR's providing excellent quality. But, fact is, after testing this little mirrorless gem -- it's proven to replace not only my chunky older professional camera, but also my iPhone! (and trust me, I'm married to my smartphone camera). I love the fact that it's light, easy and to a affordable price. Including wifi is a big +, specially when you want a go-to camera for light traveling. I also enjoyed trying out the 15-45mm lense that comes with it.

You'll find all places recommended in my Redefine Stockholm in this Google Map.

Where to eat & drink: Pelikan, Blekingegatan 40, Stockholm

This place is a true gem and often forgotten as new upcoming, trendy bars keeps popping up. Pelikan is a 110 year old, rustic, beautiful beer hall with high ceilings, green plants and wood-paneled fairytale. Located on a backstreet to Ringvägen, Södermalm, Stockholm. Beautiful interior. 

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Where to eat & drink: Pelikan, Matateljen, Gamla Enskede, Stora Gungans Väg

OK. So if I only had to pick one restaurant to recommend, then Matateljen would be the one. I love not only the simple, terrific and well thought food served here (if there’s poached egg one the menu - try it!),  but the whole vibe is worth a visit. Located in an old post office, this place feels relaxed, curious and Instagram-friendly.

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Where to eat & drink: Café Milano, Kungsträdgårdsgatan 18, Stockholm
There’s no place like this located around Kungsträdgården, the very core of Stockholm surrounded by traffic hustle and bustle. A great Italian restaurant with the most beautiful decor. Vintage pictures and chandeliers served with tasty food. A big plus is the picturesque view offered by the location.

Where to eat & drink: Barabao, Hornsgatan, Stockholm
Sticky rice, plants hanging from the ceiling and innovative, delicious Taiwanese bao. Due to the location of this restaurant, Barabao is easy to bypass. But the place is really worth a visit! Steamed buns served with different fillings and the atmosphere of this place, is really all needed to get inspiration and a full stomach during lunch hour.

Other Stockholm favorites (from left to right):

Shop: Siv & Åke, Sankt Paulsgatan 20, Stockholm
Easy to just walk by, but go here if you’re looking for a great selection of vintage clothing and accessories! Many pieces are sourced in person from across Europe and you can feel the attention to detail from the staff clerks as well. Good vibe! And a great selection of silk blouses, wide pants and chiffon dresses.

Wander: Vinterviken, Örnsbergs Klippbad, 129 36 Stockholm
A green dream and a place to inhale clean air. Vinterviken (Winter-cove) is a bay in the Mälaren lake south of Stockholm, located in the most beautiful setting by the water. Walk around and you’ll see small little allotment gardens, café Winterviken and during summertime sun-warmed cliffs. 

Area: Midsommarkransen
Take the red line towards Fruängen and you’ll find a ”suburban Södermalm”. That’s what the area of Midsommarkransen/Telefonplan/Aspudden are becoming. Green parks, great food and cute shops. Located here is the Konstfack University Collage, Mimmi Staafs Möbelmakeri, the cool curved kindergarten ’Paletten’ and Aspuddens Bokhandel. 

Stay: Hotel Skeppsholmen, Gröna gången, Stockholm
More than the average hotel. A cute, boutique design hotel located pretty right by the water in Stockholm’s island Skeppsholmen. Cosy restaurant, friendly staff and a wonderful terrace in the garden during summer, and eye-catching floral arrangement during wintertime. 

Stay: STF Vandrarhem af Chapman & Skeppsholmen
Or just ditch the boutique hotels and stay at this unique hostel, the 1800s ship called Af Chapman, located on gorgeous Skeppsholmen island in Stockholm. Wake up surrounded by water and to the view of the royal castle. Enjoy a cold drink on the deck at summertime. 

If you're curious to learn more about the new Canon EOS M5 camera, then I suggest you head to their homepage. I also recommend to check out the videos created for this campaign, with tips and inspiration on how to redefine the ordinary with a set of different tutorials (++sweet, talented Nana Hagel is behind making these videos).

Thanks to Canon for having me in this campaign!

Gothenburg baby - 24h city guide

If you live in Stockholm, you rarely find a reason to visit the city of Gothenburg - Sweden's second largest city. Why would you when you have the best of shops, cafes, restaurants around the corner...or? Well, it turns out that I was pretty wrong. Gothenburg is a magnificent, inspiring city! We got to spend 24h there, so here follows a mini-guide:

Stay at Hotel Pigalle. A unique and romantic french inspired boutique hotell. This place really made out stay in the city! All 26 rooms are individually decorated, great service-minded staff and excellent breakfast. Really recommended!

Da Matteo, Magasingatan, is synonymous with superb coffee that they roast in their own roasting facility. This place has been crowned best café in Sweden 2015 at the White Guide - and I really can understand why! Great staff, good place for people-watching and simply great java. 

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For any interior-related shopping, head to Artilleriet, Magasingatan 19. You'll find an eclectic and diverse collection of home furnishings, furniture, and accessories. While in buying mood, head to their kitchenware sister-shop called 'The Kitchen'. A store designed to inspire you to the perfect culinary place. Their online-shop is also really great. For someone with a big wallet that is :)

Meet Artilleriets latest project - The Studio. An apartment of three rooms and a kitchen filled to the brim with furniture, textiles and art.. A smart way of product placement in a real, dream home. Brilliant! 

We are many to have a hidden Pinterest board of wedding-goals. My dreamy virtual board sort of came true when walking into the Zetterberg Couture store at Södra Larmgatan 2. DREAM IRL. Bridal and evening dresses of minimalistic lace and elegant details. 

And then we have Floramor & Krukatös.. a pottery and flower shop located in a beautiful old building in central Gothenburg. Really one of the most beautiful shops in Gothenburg!  

All photos was taken with my iPhone. Let me know if there's any stores missed out from this intensive 24h trip! Would love to visit next time!

100 Day of Bloom

There's just so many things that I love about internet. One, to find inspiration that inspires. A great example (thank you Pinterest), was to stumble upon Kate Rabbit's wonderful project 100 Days of Bloom. Kate creates floral artworks based on various lifestyle and fashion images. She decorates them with cut-out flowers and hand-drawn illustrations....

I just love them so much. Check them out by yourself! A little glimpse below. More on her Instagram @Lovekaterabbit <3

/Louise 

Melbourne love affair

So this is a super late mini-guide to Melbourne. A city that I'm having a little love affair with. If you follow along on Instagram, you might have seen that I changed cold Scandinavian weather to the warmth of Melbs during March this year. A 22-hour flight with the very hectic 9-months baby Leopold. 

The flight went well (thank god for night flights).. and I truly loved Melbourne! Spent most of our time in Fitzroy/Collingwood, the most interesting (hipster-ish) area, filled with great places to eat and shop. ++ it's all so green and lush. 

The Melbourne café life is rich and I was lucky to visit some great places. Here's a quick list of my favorite spots:
The Little Mule Café
Mina·no·ie
Everyday Coffee
Smith Street Alimentari
All Press Roastery

I'll share some more photos later on, including Loose Leaf and our trip to Bali.

<3 To our family living in Melbourne. I can't wait to get back again!

Not enough time..

You know the feeling. That there simply isn't enough time in the day. It goes so fast, minutes, hours, days, the cycle goes on. So a cure right now, simply to stop and smell the roses. Or just stop and look at imagery on peonies.

<3 Louise  

February inspiration

This inspires me:

1. The constant inspiration. Tulips. Picture from my visit to the dreampark Keukenhof, Holland.
2. Little Liffner. A new accessory brand creating beautiful, minimalistic bags.  
3. Light. Slanted floors. Always a romantic detail with old apartments.
4. Water Bulb from Finnish Samuji. 
5. Ricotta for breakfast. This will soon happen again. With raspberries and pink peonies. Spring I welcome you.