Inspirasjon

How to make Provence even more unforgettable
There is a point, usually about a week’s time for me, when you’re not quite sure what the date is, even less what time of the day it is. When that happens, you decide you don’t ca...

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A long summer letter

A long summer letter

Be warned this is a super long letter!

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Må sengetøy strykes?

Må sengetøy strykes?

Må det strykes? Det spørsmålet har jeg fått nesten daglig siden jeg åpnet butikken min sist Desember.

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Starstruck

Starstruck

I was also feeling like a zombie after a night spent trying to sleep next to my five-year-old son who clearly did not dream he was a fearless knight but his crazy galloping horse.

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Min nye butikk..

Min nye butikk..

It's not about control really, it's about feeling control

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Fleas, Power & the Ritz

Fleas, Power & the Ritz

Few people are immune to the evil pleasure of ’å gjøre ett kupp’ and with the ’loppemarked’ season in full swing I hear friends of mine bragging on about how th...

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Is Vendela Kirsebom the real Comtesse de Bragelonne?
I blush sometimes when I hear my lovely customers struggle with the names I have given to my different bed linen collections. ‘Comtesse de Bragelonne’ is one of them.

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Hellllo Spring!

Hellllo Spring!

Helllllo Spring! How happy we are to come out into the brightness of longer and warmer days.

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Have you been Marrakeshed? Part 2

Have you been Marrakeshed? Part 2

To this day, I’m still not sure whether I willingly accepted to be taken to his home or whether I was in fact abducted with the intent to have me produce hundreds of male heirs to my Moroccan...

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Going on a date

Going on a date

My bedtime feels like going on a date. I don’t put on any make-up and perfume but the longing feels ridiculously as exciting.  

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My Strawberry Love to You

My Strawberry Love to You

Many of us enjoyed Mother’s & Valentine’s Day today. As usual and again today, I woke up early and went down for my ‘first’ breakfast. I like to have those few moments a...

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Have you been Marrakeshed? Part 1

Have you been Marrakeshed? Part 1

It was late and dark as we stepped out of the aircraft. Covered in his traditional djellaba and holding a wooden torch, our Berber guide slowly lead us through the rather dangerous-looking labyrint...

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The hideaway

The hideaway

I’m writing from my bed right now. And if I don’t hurry, it’ll soon be noon.

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Beware of the guest bed – part II

Beware of the guest bed – part II

A pirates’ hideaway

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Winter Dreams

Winter Dreams

At this time of the year, my heart starts beating a little faster at the thought that I might again be able to schuss down one of the Alps’ glittering slopes. 

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Cobblestones please

Cobblestones please

I couldn’t quite put my finger on how every single air molecule seemed to be filled with light until I mentioned it to a waiter at Lisbon’s iconic Café Brasileira.

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A very Happy and fun New Year to you!

A very Happy and fun New Year to you!

I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting me in my dream, for trusting me and for shopping from me.

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The secret to Parisian style

The secret to Parisian style

“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. 

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Beware of the guest bed part 1

Beware of the guest bed part 1

With kings and queens and bohemian artists from around the world as previous house guests, the Château had always been - amongst my Parisian friends - like the Holy Grail of hospitality

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Robert the Tramp

Robert the Tramp

I came home from Christmas shopping one year to find our local tramp drinking whisky in the sitting room with my father.

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What to wear for Xmas like a Parisienne

What to wear for Xmas like a Parisienne

This year, in Paris, it's all about 'Christmazing your basics'. 

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From Paris to Oslo Christmas Countdown

From Paris to Oslo Christmas Countdown

In between welcoming our customers in my new boutique in Frogner, Nam, Helene and I have been sharing our thoughts about traditions during this period, here in Oslo and in my hometown, Paris.

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A new Generation of Luxury

A new Generation of Luxury

My Parisian friends will remember, but those who run into me at Sørkedalen Landhandel wearing my week-end bobble jakke - pair of jeans & hiking boots uniform will find it hard to believe...

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Close your eyes. No, really close your eyes
I’m not sure what time it was, but it was already dark.

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The Guest of Honour in your own home

The Guest of Honour in your own home

It’s all about making your guest feel, not just good but, very special. So how about that guest being you?

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What a joy ahead of us!

What a joy ahead of us!

I love receiving guests at home, so you can imagine my joy at the prospect of creating the perfect guestroom this Christmas.

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Why is this so delicious?

Why is this so delicious?

Why is this so Delicious?

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The Thinker

The Thinker

Today, I had planned on writing about Paris’ magic during the period preceding the Christmas and New Year celebrations. 

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Don't pay for the logo

Don't pay for the logo

The new generation of consumers want to know what things are made of, where they come from and want to be emotionally connected with whom made it.

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Colour crush

Colour crush

Norwegian nature is such a vast source of inspiration for one who likes to pause, look around and..

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Passion is my Bensin

Passion is my Bensin

The last few weeks working on the design and logistics around my soon-to-open concept store have been physically demanding

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Soup Glamour

Soup Glamour

I believe that the food and drink, that we are so fortunate to have in abundance here, should always be a moment to enjoy. 

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Collines de Provence

Collines de Provence

For many of us the story behind the product gives meaning to it. I love to know what a candle, a fragrance or a soap is made of.

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Elegance is not Expensive

Elegance is not Expensive

For the last twenty-five years I have had the privilege to learn from people with a special skill or craft making things we 

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Portugal og Tekstil

Portugal og Tekstil

I had never been to Portugal prior to deciding to produce our range of Egyptian cotton bed linen. I looked at the facts:

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Good old cry

Good old cry

Sometimes my mind wanders back to uncomfortable moments in my life and I get a lump in my throat.

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'Getting lost' in Le Marais

'Getting lost' in Le Marais

I’ve always loved getting lost in the streets of Paris.

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Portuguese lunsj

Portuguese lunsj

Not being able to reach ANYONE for two hours in the middle of a working day almost discouraged me from working with Portuguese suppliers.

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Magic Connections

Magic Connections

Visiting the workshops in Northern Portugal where our exquisite Alabaster collections are made was a revelation

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Bling-bling

Bling-bling

So, I finally made it to the 'pearl' of Norway, no, not the Fearnley Astrup gallery.

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My personal travel kit

My personal travel kit

The not-so-essential things you do need for your next trip

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Paris Calling

Paris Calling

I do feel a little bad deserting Sørkedalen this Høst ferie as I had planned on.... 

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Fashion Trends Kap.2

Fashion Trends Kap.2

It's all about your bodyshape - Not hers

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The first mini-skirt

The first mini-skirt

French fashion designer Pierre Cardin, best known for his futuristic and avant-garde Couture, had heard of how I had found a partner for Mulberry

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Small hands, sparkly eyes

Small hands, sparkly eyes

Some of my strongest memories of beautiful craftsmanship are connected with my years working for Yves Saint Laurent in Paris. 

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Vive Bordeaux Kap. 2

Vive Bordeaux Kap. 2

Once nicknamed France’s "Sleeping Beauty", Bordeaux is now quite definitely wide-awake.

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Bringing home butterflies

Bringing home butterflies

At the huge Maison & Objets trade fair in Paris made me feel like a child in a toy shop.

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Dos & Donts of Champagne Kap.1

Dos & Donts of Champagne Kap.1

DO: Drink Champagne to cheer yourself up whenever you need to.

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Mon Bon Marché

Mon Bon Marché

As a girl I used to bicycle from the Eiffel Tower’s Champ de Mars gardens where our family lived to the world’s first department store: Le Bon Marché, as often as I could. In the...

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Fashion Trends Kap.1

Fashion Trends Kap.1

As a fierce advocate of Timeless Elegance, I thought I would kick off with a good look at Fashion Trends

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Au marché

Au marché

At the risk of disappointing: this is not a recipe blog.

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Vive Bordeaux Kap.1

Vive Bordeaux Kap.1

World-celebrated vineyards and châteaux have until now been the main reason for people to travel to Bordeaux.

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Twilight zone

Twilight zone

Having grown up going to the food market with my mother every Sunday after church

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IQ og Søvn

IQ og Søvn

Nå etter sommerferien er vi tilbake til hverdagsrutinene. Min datter liker ikke å sove.

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Ja, vi elsker Provence

Ja, vi elsker Provence

With the thousands of people with good taste who travel down to Provence

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The Linen Cupboard

The Linen Cupboard

The linen cupboard at my grandmother's house had a particular smell. I cannot tell you what it was,

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Designer Saturday

Designer Saturday

Cutting edge Oslo 6. September 2015 For de som ikke er ansatt i interiørbransjen, men interessert i design og innredning så er Søndag 6. september en unik mulighet til å ...

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Design Lab

Design Lab

With such breath-takingly beautiful nature around us many of us enjoy a tur på fjellet or båttur in a fjord as a private getaway.

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