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Blog Love: Sparkling Ink

I like to tie up the week with an image-heavy post, and today’s gorgeous selection comes from the talented Tiina of Sparkling Ink. I can’t quite remember when I first stumbled across this inspiring blog, but it’s been at least a year and I keep going back for more. Take a look at these mouthwatering, subtly styled images and I’m sure you’ll see why:

You can also follow Tiina on Twitter or check out her Finnish language blog, fanni & kaneli. Oh, and Happy Friday!

Cool Kitchen: Modern Scandinavian Country

Scandinavians, man- they even make country style look good.

No offense intended- I like a bit of country myself, especially when it’s paired with clean, modern lines or a rustic, vintage sensibility. But chintz, silk flowers and a cluttered-up countertop aren’t my thing. This kitchen, found via Hus & Hem magazine, is a perfect example of modern country. Charming yes, but twee? Not at all!

Modern Scandinavian Country

Modern Scandinavian Country

Modern Scandinavian Country

The country elements here are obvious- farmhouse sink, wooden units, touches of soft colour and wicker storage. What keeps it modern are the clean lines, abundance of white, open shelving and eclectic mix of accessories. I love the homey feel of this space, and can imagine whiling away hours cooking, reading or just hanging out here. Talk about a perfect country home.


I first discovered Danish ceramics company Kähler several months ago, when The Kitchn featured one of their products. In business since 1839, today Kähler works with the best young designers in Denmark, producing products exemplify that oh-so-Scandi mix of innovation, elegance and fun. These are some of my favourite picks from their online shop:


Clockwise from top left: Mano bowls, Spiro thermos cups, Cammeo containers, Lumina tealights, Mano teapot.

Etsy finds: Dansk

At the end of my holiday last month, I spent a night with my grandmother before flying home. I was in interiors heaven: my Grandma’s condo is a trove of mid-century modern design. (I teased her about how it looks like she went on a buying spree in the 60′s, and hasn’t bought anything since.)

Something I especially took a shine to was her collection of retro kitchenware, specifically a Dansk water jug in a cheerful yellow hue. This American-owned, Danish-designed brand was huge in the 60′s and 70′s, and is still in existence today, though sadly the iconic Kobenstyle line is out of production.

Luckily we can still find it, and other great Dansk pieces, on Etsy. Here are some of my favourite Dansk finds from everyone’s favourite global marketplace.

This red Kobenstyle Paella Pan sold by Uncommon Eye is just lovely, and in great condition:


The classic Casserole in that gorgeous yellow, from modapple:


I love the colour of this Enamelware Percolator, from LemonLimeVintage:


Fondue parties may be lost to the ages, but maybe whoever buys this adorable Fondue Pot and Stand from Bettyninja Finds can bring them back:


These White Teacups and Saucers look more modern to me, but just as covetable. From ravenna Girls Vintage:


Cool Kitchen: Grown-up Scandinavian

I was tipped off to Swedish home mag Hus & Hem by Holly of decor8 fame. After she posted several gorgeous photos from the site, I knew I had to check it out. Of course I don’t understand a word written (beyond figuring out that kök must mean kitchen), but I sure enjoy looking at the photos of lovely Scandinavian design!

Cool Kitchen: Grown-up Scandinavian

At first glance, I didn’t think this kitchen was my style: it’s posh, polished, and a little too “grown-up” for my tastes. But I kept coming back to it, and began to notice the little details that make it fresh. The shiny, continuous backsplash looks newer than a tiled one, and the touches of black are unexpected and edgy. Also, is that a tulle light fixture? I so need one of those.