Archive | September 7, 2011

Where is Jenny

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Sorry folks. Its been too long. I´ll be back in a few days. Untill then find me on Instagram @jennyfromdosfamily

Have a good one!
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22/52 Jenny From DosFamily

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I went to Legoland with the family. Here is Selfie no. 22

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22/52 Isabelle From Dosfamily

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I cut 10 cm from my hair and I regret it like the girls in Top Model. Big time drama queen meltdown. No, no meltdown but just a bit regretful. Yeah, yeah I know. It will grow. But if I felt (all in my head) a bit like a flowing cool breezy jet setter hippie with my hair before the cut. I now feel more like a well put together lawyer who is about ten years older than I am now. I guess I’m pretty far from both these types and maybe it’s just my PMS working tricks with my head. It seems like lately the PMS is a problem that never was there before.  But the color is great. I was aiming for some crazy coloring shit but didn’t book enough time at the saloon, after the summer I will do it.
Anyways.
Right after the hairdressers I went to do Bikram Yoga. You know the kind you do in 40degrees heat and 40 % humidity – the Yoga you do to feel like you are in labour for two hours again. I haven’t done it in years. Last time I did it I couldn’t find my way home afterwards. And the Yoga studio is only two blocks from my home. I was 2 mm from calling a cab. The heat is such a killer but after the the session when you’ve cooled down the body is like a new one. Alla the muscles work like a baby again. And now this time I went with a friend, Lotta, who was in town and wanted to go so I simply went with her without thinking too much. When I started to sweat, the ammonia in the hair or whatever chemicals there are from the coloring products started to smell and evaporate so it felt like I was working out in a pool of pee all wrapped around my head- and thought I was going to pass out. But I made it. Sure panicked a couple of times in the middle. But still made it.

Other news this week is that I’ve been soooo tired. I need it to be vacay soon. I’m a sleepwalking zombie. I have also searched the web for dresses I will never buy, landed an awesome job and want to take the family on some adventures this weekend but don’t know where.

Whats up with all of you? Your life (and hair) treating you well?

xx
Isabelle

 

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The why, what, how did we end up in Moscow and what did we think about going to Russia in the first place?

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Honestly, we had lot’s of thoughts and ambivalence going to Russia. I mean all the anti- gay awful laws, homophobic violence and other strange idea’s of human rights and the trouble going on with Ukraine to mention a few but also consider all the history combined with the news we get in Sweden about this huge country isn’t exactly happy, good or fun at all. But what would have happen if we boycotted the whole trip? Nothing. I mean come on we’re not Lady Gaga or Obama! At least now we live to tell our story.
We where also curious – there must be more than what meets the eye even tough we don’t agree with the regime of the country. People are mostly like people – all over the world – right?!

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The How:
Our friend Jennifer from Bag-All.com had somehow got connected with a really fun, cool and creative magazine called Season Project, based in Moscow. Jennifer now lives in NYC and she recommended Nastasia From Season’s to contact med when they got to Stockholm. Well,  Nastasia and Geanie came to do a house tour at my place (it’s now printed in their magazine as seen above) in February and we just clicked. They where super cool and fun and we had a short but very good time. And I kept on telling them how I now wanted to go to Moscow someday and if I would go could they help me? I just had an idea that Moscow is one of those places that would be much more fun knowing someone. Well I guess most places are but you know Moscow with 15 million official (but they think more likely 18 million) residents and with still lot’s of never been heard of places would be better with a street smart know-it-all that lives there. We talked about it, they went back home and I kind of forgot about it.

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The Why:
A couple of months later I got a mail from Nastasia with the title – Welcome to Moscow! I was invited to give a talk and workshop in Moscow. The Seasons Magazine have a Design Festival every spring  – Called Seasons Subbotnik Festival. Subbotnik used to be some sort of Spring Cleanse – like when all Russians came together and planted, painted and fixed stuff after the winter. The magazine has it’s headquarters on the ground of an old perfume factory Flacon. There are now all kinds of shops and work spaces for creative people. Seasons doesn’t only produce the magazine from there they also give lessons in drawing, painting, work shops for kids etc. all year around. So me and Jenny went – above she is pointing at the big festival posters – it’s says something about Swedish crazy persons giving talks. And we gave talks, had workshops and went to peoples homes so that Jenny could photograph them – we will show them soon here on the blog.

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Also invited and giving talks where very talented Alexis Holmqvist &  Cristiano Pigazzini from Note Design studio & Frida Eriksson from Furniture.  Cristiano and Jenny thought it was the worst idea ever – jumping on top of the roof… But I just can’t help myself. But as you can see I’m not jumping- I’m flying!

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Happy people listening to our talks. It was weird being translated with an interpreter after each sentence but I think it worked out great.

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The What did we think:
Well after meeting all these lovely people and experiencing everything that we now have, we must say that it was in a way nothing like we thought.  We are aware that we hung out with a minority of Russians, creative people who looks, acts and thinks like much like us. And going to some parts of Moscow was like parts of New York. The thing is that we had been so warned about many things. Things that people normally warned about before knowing anything. That it wasn’t safe on the streets, that the credit cards would get skimmed all the time, that people wasn’t friendly. I mean just read this report from  the Tripadvisor site.  We thought the police & all the stately affairs would be much more present in the daily life but somehow it felt very far away. The city was also much more colorful than we thought and the food was great. And for a Swede it wasn’t that expensive. But without our Russian friends as guides I guess it would have been harder to see and enjoy the town.  It feels like there is a lot of things happening. And about politics – it seems that no – they are not totally happy but at least right now there is a better way of living for many people than in a long time and also somewhat stable which most people truly appreciate. And we totally get that.

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Here they are – our fantastic Moskowitsi crew. When Jenny was taking her photos our lovely friends just hung out. We are amazed over the way that they took care of us. And how they took care of each other. So much love! Thank you so much!

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After lunch Chocolate cake and milk! And Yes of course coffee for Jenny.

 

Conclusion:
Go and see this city yourselves! We’re doing a best of Moscow list soon. Contact someone from there and let them guide you.
And keep an open mind. Always!

xxx
Isabelle & Jenny

 

 

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Oh – how can it be this Green?

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We went to our friend Kvitters Fäbod, a Swedish sort of Shieling it’s in the middle of the woods and where usually, back in the days,  young women went with the cattle during summers. In Dalarna where our cottage is – it’s very common with small primitive Fäbodar in the middle of nowhere. Very beautiful! And no filters on these images!

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She also has a little pond next to the houses. The kids swam. Crazy people those small ones. Last year she put two carp fish in the pond – they are cleaning it out. We couldn’t find them but we could find some small salamanders.

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Making coffee the old fashion way. Apparently you have to let the coffee pearl. When perals are coming out of the pipe it’s ready.

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In the main cabin it looks like this. And the ceiling is about 1,80 cm. Everything is small and petite. And she doesn’t have any electricity.
Thanks Kvitter for having us!
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Isabelle

 

 

 

 

 

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I kind of love snow, skiing and such

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But this summer – vibe beats NOTHING!


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21/52 isabelle from dosfamily

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I bought this cap and suddenly I’m dressing like my 4 year old son. And people call me Lelle barnet aka the little child. I took the first flight at 07.00 to Gothenbourg on Monday morning dressed like this and in between all the suits & ties on the plane I swear they wanted to put a ‘child traveling alone’ bag around my neck.

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21/52 Selfie Jenny From DosFamily

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This week was spent outside and Viola helped me take this Selfie

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Life At Jenny´s House

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Last night was perfect. Warm weather, cooling off in the sprinkler, drawing on stuff outside and watching the birds fly in and out from their nests with food for the babies. Have a nice weekend people!8B7B4700

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The winner of the Mr Perswall giveaway is

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A couple of weeks ago we had a giveaway here on the blog for 12 square meters wallpaper from my collection for Mr Perswall.com. Thank you for all the sweet words about the wallpapers! I really appreciate it! So much fun hearing what you think about the collection.

But now drumroll:
And the winner is:
Agnes E!
Congratulations Agnes! I ahve sent you a mail – hope you got it!
Agnes wished for the “Concrete bubbles” (as seen above) or ‘Robot reactions’

 

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These two photo’s above are by Pär Ottosson aka PappaPastell. He is always so supportive of our work and it means so much! He has put up two wallpapers in his home. Check more on his instagram or blog!

xxx
Isabelle

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Restaurant Odessa Mama in Moscow

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First evening in Moscow we went to a restaurant called Odessa Mama. It had this marine theme but in a great way (soemthimes I think the classical marine theme gets a bit tacky) and Ukrainian food. This anchor ceiling light says: We drank when we were poor so it’s stupid not to drink now!
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The place had a great ambiance! And yes we are spaming photo’s from Moscow but we can’t help ourselves. So much to show and tell.

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These benches and flower stands are not that hard to build yourselves actually. Think Jenny will try this summer.

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Great Alexis from Note Design who also gave a talk at the design festival and Nastasia who works for seasons magazine and who was our own little fairy that fixed everything for us in Moscow. Big kisses to her!

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Jenny found some free Wi-FI – there is free WI-FI in every bar, restaurant, shop and metro car in Moscow. Very nice for addicts like us.
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The food came. The fish looked fishy but where tasty.

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Hoummus and Pita bread, pickled things, some kind of cheese dumplings, blinis, fish tartare and lot’s of Smetana it’s like Créme fraiche.

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This is Chocolate Kartoshka – looks like potatoes taste like some sort of truffles. Very very funny. Of all things in the world you do a dessert that looks like potatoes.

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Someones birthday. We think. The place started to boil!

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I love this glasses and got very excited they of the thought of them being old basic Russian ones. But it said Duratuff U.S.A imprinted at the bottom…

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I also love when people sit next to each other and eat instead of right in front of each other.

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Cool way of hanging the lamps.

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And a great idea of lining one side of the room with green lights…

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and the other with red.

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The back wall was a container.

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And inside the container was the rest rooms.

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Love the yellow details.

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Thanks for a great night out!

 

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20/52 Jenny and Isabelle from Dosfamily

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We’re together and it’s selfie time!

This is in front of the Space Museum in Moscow.
And No – Isabelle never gets tired of jumping images.

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Moscow 3

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Moscow day 3.
Isabelle and I are in bed in our hotel room in Moscow. The other Swedes (that we are traveling with from Note Design Studio) are still out bar hopping. Today was the last day of the festival and tomorrow we are going to visit and photograph some homes. We are so happy we got the opportunity to visit this festival in Moscow. It has been exciting, nice and very interesting.
Now we´re going to sleep leaving you with these photos.
Good Night

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Moscow 2

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The second day in Moscow was as exciting as the first – There is so much to see and so many people to talk to. In some ways it is nothing like we had expected. Here are some random photos.

The Seasons Festival has started. Isabelle gave a talk, we drank home made lemonade and ate (many) sweet doughnuts and we ended our day in Gorky Park with about half of Moscows habitants let’s just show you more later!
Today it’s Sunday – if you’re in Moscow come to Flacon and meet us there for the second talk at 16.30!
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Moscow 1

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Hey!
We arrived in Moscow Friday afternoon. We hooked up with our guide Nastasia Matrokhina from www.seasons-project.ru
She takes really good care of us: she makes sure we have everything we need, that we find our way and that we don´t walk into things on the street while taking pictures left and right.

Today we are attending the open air festival Seasons Design Subbotnik where Isabelle will give a talk about kids interior and other stuff that we like. If we have any Moscow readers please come and visit us!

Here are some random photos from yesterday. Follow us on Instagram @jennyfromdosfamily and @isabellemcallister dosfamilyinmoscow1dosfamilyinmoscow5 dosfamilyinmoscow2dosfamilyinmoscow4

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Life At Jenny´s House

8B7B3481Tomorrow Isabelle and I will meet up in Moscow for a few days together there so today I´ve kept my camera close and ready incase a kodak moment might appear.8B7B3382 Planted some more.   dosfamily-clickforlaregWas out of cat food and tried to convince Saba The Cat to have bithday cake for lunch. (found it in the freezer) 8B7B3530Where is Saba? 8B7B3454 will tell you more about our trip to Moscow soon. But now I really need to finnish packing.

 

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@JennyFromDosFamily

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Hey! You know we´re on Instagram right?
Follow me at @jennyfromdosfamily
And Isabelle @isabellemcallister

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DosFamily Deco- Jenny´s own Kitchen makeover

  dosfamily-jennysownkitchen3Found some photos from when stylist Kicki Wieslander and I photographed my kitchen last year. And I realized I havent shown it here. When we moved into our house the kitchen was only a few years old and even though it was not our style we decided to keep it, but paint it. Changing the cabinets would be nothing but a waste. Before it was a country -styled-IKEA kitchen. Now it is a candy- styled- IKEA kitchen. My father , the car painter, gave all the fronts a pink coat of paint in his garage. dosfamily-jennysownkitchen1 Since we have a lot of toys we want to have on display we added a shelf on the kitchen wall that we also painted.dosfamily-jennysownkitchen2

Wooden candle holders found on fleamarkets transformed with Montana Gold spray paint. Same shades as for the cabinet knobs.

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We painted the walls white and the floor grey then we added some pink. My friend Morris and Kicki´s dog Mattis came to model for us.P9170005Above is a pic from before the house was ours. We have moved things around as you can see. The island in the middle was moved over to the window and we added som more countertops. And since we took the pictures we´ve added some more cabinets. The rearranging in this house is a never ending story. But it is always done with a tiny budget- just the way I like it.

INFO: Poster from Tivoli in Copenhagen. Moon poster Fur Neil. Montana Gold Spray paint (PARIS, BANANA, PATINA, COCTAIL) for the candle holders and kitchen knobs from ITSDESIGN . The tin cans are from Kombino amöbel, Speakers (yes we have music in every room) called Micropod. Rat from Karel Becvar. Pillow Spalsh from Fine Little Day and Miss Kitty. Everything else is probably from a flamarket.

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Life At Jenny´s House

dosfamily-jennyfromdosfamily   Once again it´s Monday morning. And here I am in my PJ´sdosfamily-things

Some stuff you might stumble upon if you visit us.

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Saba the cat in Viola´s window. Barbie Scissorhands out driving the camper.

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That´s all for now.

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19/52 Selfie Jenny From DosFamily

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Ofcourse this is this weeks Selfie

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18/52 Selfie Jenny From DosFamily

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Better late then never.  Here is my selfie no. 18/52
I treated Jens with a desktop wallpaper of myself on his computer.

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Strawberries planted in a reusable shopping bag

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I rearranged my flowerbeds and was left with some strawberries without a home. A quick search on Pinterest gave me this idea. You can find the idea and instructions here!

I added this to our “Things to do with kids” -tag.
(Even though my own kids wanted nothing to do with this. Viola was like “call me when the strawberries are ready to eat”)

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weekend at my dads

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We visited my dads summerhouse, you remember it right?
Also went to the neighbors who owns a lot of animals. And around dads house there are wild deer running around. I also regret not buying that flowery fabric at the flea market. And we enjoyed the Game of Thronish views and Della ‘Katniss’ McAllister came out to play.
And no the kids are not angry on the top photo just simply bonkers.

How older I get the more the city, during spring gets under my skin. I’m so happy we have our house and can hang out with dad at his!
xx
Isabelle

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Yes it´s true there are Nazis in this beautiful and compassionate country

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Sweden is so pretty today but also very sad. Instagram is such a great place for people to connect and support.  One account has proved this to me over and over again. Its @frkgul All the love and compassion I see in the comments gives me hope of a better tomorrow. Many of us have followed Piia as her husband has fought cancer. She has written about it so gracefully and yesterday their story came to an heartbreaking end. My heart and mind is with them today as I listen to Markus Krunegård´s Askan Är Den Bästa Jorden.
Thank you @frkgul for sharing your story. 

As I see the hashtag #ripmikael spreading all over instagram today I feel the need to talk about something else while our hearts are open.
This year is election year in Sweden. There are a few far right political parties that has gained a lot of ground here with their anti immigration speeches.  We see Nazis on our streets and in the media. NO I AM NOT KIDDING!  And it has to stop.

You might say “I´m sure there are no Nazis reading this blog, Jenny is preaching to people who already agree”
Sure. But there might be some of you who are considering not to vote in the upcoming The European Union- election.
You should.
Sweden is not the only European country with these far right parties.

 

 

 

 

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