It might not show through my blog but I am very interested in interior design and love reading blogs that are specialised in the subject, as well as interior design magazines. As I already have mentioned my mother is hopefully bringing the suitcase full of Swedish magazines such as Sköna Hem, Elle Interiör and Allt i hemmet… instead of toilet brushes! It will be like heaven for me because, since I haven’t really found any favourite American interior magazines*, I keep re-reading my old magazines from Sweden.
Lately I have found two new favourite blogs, both which are written by Swedes with excellent taste! Their blogs are full of inspirational photos of retro thrift finds and their cosy homes. As we live in a furnished apartment here in Puerto Rico I can’t wait for us to have our own home that we can furnish and decorate with our own things. It will be like Christmas when we can unpack everything that has been in storage for the last couple of years, and the new stuff that we have collected since we left Brussels in 2007.
Funnily enough these two blogs both have something that I, or rather my family also has; this cat that my mother made in sewing class in school in the 60’s:
My sister, who is prone to exaggeration, thinks that the cat is “fruktansvärt obehaglig” (~terribly nasty)! What do you think? The cats that belong to the other two bloggers have been store-bought, so I wonder if it was a famous toy cat back in the days and if my mother’s sewing teacher copied the design.
And while we are at it, the photo below shows my great-grandmother Ella’s excellent sewing skills once again – you might remember the table runner that I think she had embroidered that I showed last year. This is an apron that she made for my mother’s first summer job in the student union’s kindergarten in Lund. All the staff members had to wear these aprons, and I think the design is really cute, almost like a short dress. We still use the apron when cooking in the summer house.
*) Sometimes I can find British mag Living Etc in Borders here in San Juan.
**) The reason why the apron is laid out like that is that my Peruvian friend here saw a photo of my brother wearing it and she loved it! I had troubles explaining how it “works”, so my father took a photo of it for me. He also took the photo of the cat in the snow. Fortunately he doesn’t complain (??) when I send strange photo request to him…