WEIRD BUT WONDERFUL | Friendly warning | 23 October 2014


No trespassing.  Use the gate.

Sandhamn, Sweden

STYLE MOMENTS | A window in the bageri | 16 October 2014


“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”

William Morris (1834 – 1896) English textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist

DON’T MISS | Fika Time | 11 October 2014


If there’s a bakery in my midst, I’ll find it.  Bread is, hands down, my favorite food type – and the exquisite aroma of fresh baked bread has led me into pâtisseries in France, panaderías in Spain, panificios in Italy – and into this delightful bageriet in Sandhamn, Sweden.

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EYE ON DESIGN | Sublime Sandhamn | 22 September 2014


The village of Sandhamn is like one big quintessential Swedish style moment.

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WEIRD BUT WONDERFUL | Baffling combination | 19 September 2014

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Shrimp and Taco Archipelago cruise, Stockholm, Sweden. 

All you can eat Shrimp or Tacobuffet.
Complimentary Cheeseplatter for dessert.
Always live music!

STORIES | A Midsummer’s Day | 15 September 2014

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If you live in Sweden, Midsummer,or Midsommar, which is celebrated in June on the longest day of the year, is the most important holiday next to Christmas. 

If you’re American, and you’ve just arrived in Sweden on Midsommar’s eve, you’ll discover that everything, and I mean everything, is closed. 

Except for the boat tours.  Exploring Stockholm’s archipelago aboard the Strömma Kanalbolaget turned out to be a perfect way to spend a midsommer’s day.

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EYE ON DESIGN | A Feast for the Eyes | 12 September 2014


I love sampling the incredible cuisine of restaurants around the world . . . but it’s often the design of the restaurant itself that really leaves an impression. 

In Stockholm, it was the walls of the lofty dining room at Pontus! (the exclamation point is part of the name) that really caught my eye.

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EYE ON DESIGN | Made in Sweden | 8 September 2014

Ikea TÄRNÖ bistro set

At the beginning of the summer, I bought a Tärnö bistro table and chairs from Ikea for my little balcony.

Soon after, I traveled to Sweden — home of Ikea. . .

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STYLE MOMENTS | Tivoli Gröna Lund, Stockholm | 5 September 2014

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“Light can be gentle, dangerous, dreamlike, bare, living, dead, misty, clear, hot, dark, violet, springlike, falling, straight, sensual, limited, poisonous, calm and soft.”

Sven Nykvist (1922-2006) Swedish cinematographer

EYE ON DESIGN | STOCKHOLM | High Speed Design | 1 September 2014

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You know you’re in Sweden when even the train from the airport is stunningly designed.

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