Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Scandinavian Day


I woke up to a day to match my mood. Dark and cloudy. Not that I'm feeling low. Only that I want to light a scented candle and curl up with a good book far into the day.



We don't get many of those Scandinavian-lit rooms perfect for candles in the daytime, so may as well take advantage of it.




Add a hot drink, and a pretty French pad of paper for list making, and after a good browse through beautiful pages, I remember what I'm really supposed to be doing. And I even get an inspired idea or two. Why can't every day start this way?









My latest brown transfer ware cup is a demitasse in a Spode pattern. I've looked for the Frenchy Fleur-de-Lis pattern ever since I saw it in the dining room scene where the family gathers 'round the table at Howard's End. I love all the rooms in all the houses of that film!







But today, more than English style, I'm thinking north country. Lovin' my new book Simply Scandinavian, by Sara Norrman. 




This is the back cover. . . .



I'm also initiating my new linen pillow covers from Ikea. I love the ticking stripe liner!



I don't think there are too many days like this one for me ahead in the near future. The sun will come out tomorrow. But who can ever complain about that!?
Ciao! for now!
Jacqueline



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39 comments:

Elna said...

You have the same pads as me and your home is a little Swedish. So nice :-)

hugs
Elna

THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said...

I have days like that too. Sometimes I just do like you did, have my fave herbal vanilla tea, put on some nice music, and be alone with my thoughts.

Those pillow covers really came from IKEA??? I must make a trip! haha..they're LOVELY!

♥Linsey

Cottage and Broome said...

Cloudy days are perfect for curling up with a book and hot drink, what a beautiful spot to do it in. Laura Cottage and Broome

LizlovesVintage said...

A Perfect cozy spot for some tea and a book.
Thanks for sharing!
xxx Liz

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love the fleur de lis cup and saucer and that linen pillow cover is great. May have to check those out. I love a cloudy do nothing kind of day.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Lovely. Everything looks so inviting. Great linen pillow. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Deb said...

That is the sweetest tea-cup. I just love everything about it. Hugs, Deb

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

You have a beautiful spot to curl up. Very cozy.

All That Glitters said...

I love these days, too. I love a good nap on the couch, too!

Sherry said...

Love this post. I need to find that book. I like that style a lot!
Sherry

sissie said...

So lovely. We should all have more days like this.

hugs
Sissie

elizabeth said...

So lovely. I'd love to join you! We could watch Howard's End while we have our tea...I LOVE that movie!

My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

OMG I want that book soooo bad!

Jacqueline, your blog is so lovely and serene...thanks so much for sharing.


It was a thrill meeting Rachel. I’m still too shy to look at all the pictures! Thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog.
xo
Sandy

Two Cottages And Tea said...

I've been a fan of your blog for quite awhile. Love the cup and saucer and your pillows. Thanks for being a follower of my new blog. I have a long way to go to learn all the ins and outs about blogging.
Best wishes, Nancy from Two Cottages And Tea

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

I make sure that all my days have a sweet dose of cozy inspirations....and paper, books, pens and pencils, coffee, don't forget the coffee......it fuels me, recharges me, renews my zest for life, for beauty, for creativity!

I think more women should sneak sessions like this into their routine, whenever possible. A little 'me' time can go a long way!


Beautiful post! Stunning, actually!


Ciao Bella

CREATIVE CARMELINA

Sarah said...

just returned from a lovely party given by my friend to introduce her new daughter-in-law to us. The hostess used some of her special pieces of brown transfer ware to hold the silver forks and vintage white linen napkins.
I took one look and thought of you. Imagine that!
Beautiful treat here as always. ~ Sarah

weisser traum said...

oh was für wunderschöne kissen.
liebe es auch aus alten leinenstoffen,wenn möglich noch mit monogrammen kissen zu nähen.
wünsch dir einen schönen tag.
sei lieb gegrüsst daniela

Deanne said...

That book looks great, and I love those cushions!

NauticalCottageBlog.com said...

What a relaxing and beautiful post! My entire winter is dark & dreary along the Washington coast and it's hard not to curl up with a book and blankie all winter long.

Thank you for this lovely day.

Hugs,
Marie

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Oh that looks like heaven! I'm totally loving your teacup. May have to be on the prowl...

Hugs,
Judy

Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} said...

I just bought some of those pillows! I'm in love with them :)

jeanetteann said...

Sometimes it's nice to have days where you can just stop and revitalise. Love that charming little teacup. x

Linda said...

Such a beautiful, cozy post! Makes me want to curl up with a cup of coffee and a good book...

florence said...

Just found this wonderfull blog and I can't get out of it ! so beautyfull ! Hi from France...

Willow said...

A lovely post. Just loved it.

Belinda @ Wild Acre said...

I loooove your Scandi style, and that book looks great! And I think I might have to check out Ikea for those cushions.

I have norwegian friends and we stayed with them last New Year. They have breakfast infront of an open fire they have in their kitchen, and yes candles - so cosy!

Delighted to have found your blog! Belinda x

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

I'm really adoring everything Scandinavian right now. You're little setting is lovely!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Absolutely beautiful, Jacqueline! I love the Scandinavian look!

Marlis said...

I love days like that.. wish we had more of them (and it wasn't a work day!) Your pillow slips are great, the stripe is really wonderful in them. Great little cup too. Must put that pattern on my wish list.. xo marlis

High Street Cottage said...

Jacqueline, what a perfect post. Simply stunning. I love Howard's End rooms as well. The movie is wonderful.
Had no idea Ikea had pillows like that, they should be ever so grateful for bloggers like you. xxx

Claudia said...

Looks like a perfect way to start the day. That pattern on the transferware cup is lovely! I also have to check out those pillow covers from Ikea!

xo
Claudia

Scribbler said...

I just adore your blog! I think I have seen it before, but somehow I lost you. Anyway, I found you again, and I won't lose you this time! Beautiful post.

Sandi said...

I for one am very thankful for your Scandinavian day so we could see all this beauty! Love those pillow covers, but I have yet to make it to an IKEA store. :(
Blessings~

Jane, Naples, Florida said...

Beautiful, beautiful...beautiful!

Jane
Flora Doora

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

what a treat to visit your pretty blog. Love your thoughts on a dreary day. Actually, I enjoy dreary days too. Makes the house seem so cozy and (you can't see the dust). :)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Jacqueline, Your photos are so gorgeous! I love the linen pillows and the transferware cup is fabulous. Thank you for linking to my party this week.
Hugs,
Sherry

mississippi artist said...

What a beautiful place to spend a dreamy afternoon on a gloomy day. Love the brown transferware.

Susan said...

Oh, it all looks so cozy Jacqueline! What a warm, white welcoming retreat. Love that spode pattern, too. Thanks so much for sharing - it makes me want to curl up with a book next to candlelight. :)
- Susan

Jenni said...

Oh, how I love your blog! I have just stumbled upon it by chance while doing a search on Scandinavian style...I am so glad to have found your beautiful blog!

This post is LOVELY, and I enjoyed every bit of my visit here. Your home is gorgeous and the photos are inspiring! :)

I think one of the {many} reasons I am so drawn the Scandinavian style, is that here in the Seattle area, we have those long dark winters! Many, many dark, grey days here! You need the pale colors and light to get you through them! :)

Well, thank you for a lovely visit, and I hope you have a good night, and a beautiful Thursday! :)

Blessings,
Jenni

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