Archive | September 7, 2011

Frank, robotic dogs and a video that makes me smile

As some of you already know my son Frank suffered an aneurysm when he was in my belly. This has left him with limited use over his limbs on the right side of his body. He is such a little trooper and has developed his own way of doing things, like running and carrying stuff. Just recently he started taking riding lessons and he has even learned how to swim, under water like a cute seal, but still he IS swimming, something we never ever even dared to dream of when he was born and the doctors told us about all the basic things he would probably never do: like walk or go to a regular school.

Frank´s lucky in many ways, his problems have turned out to be a lot more mild than everyone first thought, and he has an exctremly dedicated  and stubborn father, who never seems to quit. Also Frank is born into this awesome time , with all these cool things going on like Robotic Dogs, Selfie sticks, 3D printed clothes and it feels like we are infact living in the future (the kind of future we learned about in 80´s movies).

Another thing that makes me happy is this darling video.

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Viola with flowers in her hair



Look at Viola rocking these flowers.
I took these photos of her last summer and I really do love them.

I hope you´ll have a nice weekend.


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Hey Babes.

We´ve been quiet, we know, sorry, but we are rearranging things and making plans for 2015.
Will be back soon.


Picture above of Jens and I hanging out in our studio. (from @jennyfromdosfamily )

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Random from #isabelleflyttar – Isabelle moves

Yes I’ve moved houses! You can follow it all on Instagram #isabelleflyttar It’s been a hectic couple of weeks. I had two weeks before moving in and now we’re living in a mess but a fun one. Except that my oldest daughter is ill with a flu & high fever that never ends. I will tell you all about my renovation soon but here are some details.


These are some details for my new kitchen. The tap – Grotesco from Tapwell, Tiles from Marrakesh design, handles from Leva Husfabrik , a vintage flower lamp from Belgium and the blue is the color of my kitchen cabinets – I’ve ordered a ecological kitchen from Puusteli Miinus that I have high hopes for!


These walls had a kind of woven armouring fabric kind of wallpaper that is so damn ugly. Something you used to put up in all the hospitals and schools in Sweden. So I took in Therese from Marteleur Måleri to help me broad spackle it all. I’m lousy at it so I got some help. therese I found via my scholarship for handy women and she’s a great painter if you need one around Stockholm.


Downstairs we removed an old vinyl flooring and found wood underneath. Some boards was beyond repair so we had to change them (you see two of them higher in this pic) but it was so worth it! This is before we treated it all and made the floors a bit more grey.


We have been without a kitchen for 10 days now. This is our very modern fridge.


The corner we’re the kitchen will be. So much planning in making it all right.
Until I can post more about this – check my instagram @isabellemcallister if you are as curious as I am about my own house ;-)


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My print Girl and Badger is back in stock

My photograph “Girl and Badger” is now back in stock.
Click here to buy it in our shop.

50×70 cm  (about 19 X 27, 5 inches)
40Euro (around 45 US dollars/ 380 SEK)


Thank you for supporting us.


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Sounds Like Love – At Jens & Jenny´s House


Jens and I put together a Spotify list for you guys. It´s our Valentine´s gift to you. If you come to our house you can be sure of a few things. It will be messy, the TV will be turned on and there will music playing. We´ve collected the loveliest songs from all our playlists on Spotify and added them to this DOSFAMILYLOVE2015-  playlist on Spotify for you to enjoy, dance or make out to.

They might not all be about love but they sure make us feel things.

Chances are there will be a few songs that you´ve never heard before and if you´re really lucky you might even like them.

Also, to save you some time here is the link to  Missy Elliotts “Work it” video, cause when you hear it, on the list,  you´ll probably feel the need to watch that wicked video.

Or click here to go to Spotify


CLICK HERE FOR OUR LOVE Music List of 2013




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Henry´s Valentine´s Card DIY


With Valentines coming up this weekend I´m reposting this super easy DIY that Viola´s cousin Henry made.
So cute and brilliant.



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Studio progress


The carpenters are here today, dry walling our walls and celing of our studio-to-be.
If all goes well we will be moving out our buisness there in a month or so. Finally we don´t have to do all work from our livingroom. (We´ve moved everything around so many times for work, Like this time with Isabelle for MrPerswall)dosfamily-studio-1

This is what it looks like at the moment. We all like going out there to run around. Even Saba the Cat


PS: How did I become a photographer? Read the story here!

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Real Horrorshow


“Living with you two is a Real Horrorshow” I tell Viola.
Gee, thanks mom” she responds
“When you are old enough and you watch Clock Work Orange, you´ll know that that´s actually a compliment”

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Re-living summer through my Instagram



I´m just sitting here going through old instagram updates, dreaming about summer. Also currently re-obsessed with “I´ll Find My Way Home” By Jon & Vangelis and “Wuthering Heights” by Kate Bush


Saba The Cat watching flies and birds. Summer makes everything better.


Me instagram is @jennyfromdosfamily

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Life at Jenny´s house – Saturday morning

8B7B3294Since our kids have taken over our livingroom, lounging on the couches, watching TV and youtube at the same time, we decided to move our music into the kitchen. This has turned out to be quite a success. Now we can do our lazy ass cleaning to the sound of music. This weekend that´s pretty much all we´ve done.


Jens is so cute when he talks about things that he is excited about. In this picture he is playing “Flickorna i Småland” with Delta Rhythm Boys.



C´mon Saba, get with the beat.


Viola is listening to music of her own (probably that new song with Bruno Mars) but helped me out with this picture.
Sure mom, I´ll hold it for you just as long as I don´t have to move”


Read more “Life At Jenny´s house here”



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Life At Jenny´s House


I don´t know if I´ve told you this already but I´ve gotten glasses. For years I´ve been without even though I clearly need them. Now I´m rid of my head aches and I can see clearly. The ones I´m wearing in the picture above are red and the sales clerk talked me into getting a pair of sunglasses as well. And they are the best. I use sunglasses a lot (even in bed when I´m reading my book on my Iphone, but that´s a different story)

This gang has gotten a revival at our house. Frank has been scared of the movies before (the whole leaving toys behind and accidentally throwing them away has just been to hard for him to watch) But now they are running non stop on our TV.


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Stuff I surround myself with. By the way I´m enjoying Mindy Kaling´s sit com The Mindy Project very very much.


And here is Frank the little sweetheart.

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TBT Back when we moved into our house , Video from 2008

Happy Throw Back Thursday!

We´ve been living in our house for 8 years now. It has changed so many times during that time. Wallpapers has come and gone, rooms have changed their purpose and there has been a steady stream of new sofas entering and leaving our home.

In 2008 we put together this little video of snapshots. Nothing looks the same as it does now.

Have a look.

Things you´ll get a glimpse of in the video:
Viola – so cute and tiny.
Our kitchen transformation.
Me as a blond.
Our mud-filled backyard


PS Music by Tenacious D.  “Papagenu He´s My Sassafrass”

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Martin Solveig & GTA – Intoxicated

Viola and I have this french dude on repeat. Martin Solveig – Intoxicated.



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Life At Jenny´s House


I´m going through old magazines today. Recycling some and keeping others. I want to declutter and get organized. January always has that effect on me. (Don´t worry I´ll be back to my normal messy self by February)
People often ask me about our cabinet that Jens decorated for me. You can read about how he did it here!


I will never get rid of my Domino magazines. I bought my first one in 2007 in the US, and became obsessed with it and ordered all the old issues on Ebay. (Yes I´m a manic). With style and trends changing so fast I never keep any magazines for that long but these don´t get old in the same way. Perhaps the style is not as trendy more classic but fun.


This “The New Yorker” issue is a keeper as well cause Viola says that the couple look like Jens and I.
I find that so funny and true.
There we are- just the two of us enjoying a slow evening together. Me with my coffee and Jens with a smoothie. Checking up on things online on our devices. Jens is probably tagging me on some obscure Instagram account right that very minute and I´m probably busing googling for some random Nutella recepies or searching:  “Is beekeeping hard work” or “will there ever by a boy born, who can swim faster than a shark”




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Back home from a week in the sun


I´m back home in Sweden after one week on the sunny island Gran Canaria. We went there with some of our friends to celebrate Jens 40th birthday. It was really nice up until Viola got food poisoning. She was sick for 4 days and I´ve never seen her in such bad shape. It was terrible.

She handled being sick so much better than I would have and took it like a trooper. She is such a bad ass. On the last day, when she was feeling better I treated her to a shopping spree in Las Palmas.
What does Viola shop for if mom is paying you ask? Some Lotion and lipbalm from The Body Shop. Clothes at H&M, Body Mist from Victoria Secret (She that´s how bad I felt for her). Gifts for Frank and Jens. And a new gym bag and a pair of black Converses.






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Contentagious – så får du ditt innehåll att smitta av sig!

5 min ur Isabelle McAllisters föreläsning: Contentagious – Så får du ditt innehåll att smitta av sig. from Dos Family on Vimeo.

Next week Thursday I’ll give a talk about content marketing and new ways of working in a ever changing communication environment. The talk is in Swedish, in Stockholm & for free so I’ll talk more about it here in Swedish.

I höstas åkte jag runt på en liten turné i Sverige tillsmamans med Aller Media och pratade just om detta – hur man får sitt innehåll att smitta av sig och hur mitt arbetssätt har ändrats de senaste åren eftersom sättet som vi kommunicerar på ständigt ändras. Alltså jag har skapat innehåll för tv, tidningar, reklam och varumärken i över 20 år och det gör jag nu med men skillnaden ligger i hur jag berättar om det och på vilket sätt som jag når fram. Ovan kan an se ett litet smakprov ur föreläsningen, läsa mer om den och boka för att gå att se hela gratis gör ni på den här länken:
Hoppas vi ses!

Talarforums Öppna föreläsningnar

När: Tor 12 feb Frukost 07.45 Föreläsning 08.15-09.00
Var: Talarforum, Norr Mälarstrand 6, Stockholm


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I have become a catagrammer


I never tough it would be this much fun having a cat. I was afraid of the smell – with good sand and a closed box it’s pretty much non-existent! and I thought they where boring- like sleeping all day with a bad temper. But this one is totally bonkers. And he  (yes it’s a he Ragnhild you where right) comes and greet us by the door when we are coming home. And he totally are in the way sitting on my lap top when I’m working from home.


With us moving soon it’s pretty much like a amusement park for cats here right now. Loads of boxes to climb on, jump to and hide in.


It even went well taking him with to our country house

And look at this mischievous little face, Just come to momma <3




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Formex Fair


Last week it was the Formex Fair in Stockholm – where they show all new small interior stuff. This was from the opening exhibition that Saša Antić and Niklas Hansen had beautifully put up together.  I just had an hour to get around – had some meetings out there and these images are some snaps from things that caught my eye.


I enjoyed the colors at Matteus Ceramics


And this hand carved table from India is one of the most beautiful things I ever seen. Found at Olsson & Jenssen. That I think crazy talented stylist Marie Olsson Nylander bought.


My friend Ann Söderlunds husband started this brand with freshly made circus lamps – called Cirkuslampan. They produce the lamps in Sweden- great idea- always loved lamps like this!



Littlephant and Camilla Lundsten was so crazy bizzy I couldn’t get a decent shot of her monter or her. ( She always looks like a stylish Bonbon) But they have started to do wallets and stuff in leather. Like em a lot!


Men at works has been very successful with their city trivets but I think that the one bottom left is truly a trivet for me!



Afro art’s fabrics and stuff never get old. Love the brightness and the authentic feel!


There was loads and loads and loads of fabric this year- maybe always is but this year it felt like much more.


More elaborate things about Formex you can find at Husligheter and elsas blogg


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well yes hello!


It’s been a while! This blurry image is all I had time to produce in way to long. My family is bonding over some Zombie game on the Ipad as you can see in the back, the cat is all the time on my keyboard or simply  on the laptop being in the way of me working. But damn – I never guessed it would have been so much fun having a cat! Such a joy. I have sold the kids bed, our headboards, the sofa table and the buggy. Slowly we are getting ready for our move to the new apartment. My days are filled with color samples and thinking decoration & building stuff. I’ll give you all a big update soon! For me it’s like the excitement before x-mas for kids. Can’t wait to move!!
I’ve also skipped sugar, bread and alcohol for a week now and upped my working out game – so good. I feel such a difference in a very short amount of time. It’s amazing! What else- yes now I’ll go to the movies – we’re gonna see Catching Fire!
Big kisses


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It´s not even TBT




I know it´s not even throwback Thursday today but I found this adorable picture on my desktop that I need to talk about. It´s of me and my sisters hanging out at our mom´s house. It makes me thinking back at the best summer ever: The summer of 2014!
It was warm and sunny and I even got a tan. My sister was here visiting from Nebraska. Jens and I had the whole summer off together and except for a few outbreaks of lice things were pretty much perfect.

Also this was when I decided to get over my fear (not fear really more like swimming laziness) of water and I ended up spending more time in a bikini than in any other outfits (mostly because I used it as my underwear all summer- true story, and we did not do a lot of laundering).

I did so much swimming I was practically always “on my way to the beach“. My hair was constantly messy, my nail polish chipped and there was always sand between my toes.


During this time of leisure this song was my soundtrack. If I wasn’t playing it in the car it was on a loop in my head.

“The Swimming Song” by Loudon Wainwright III


You can read more about my transformation in this post.


BONUS: If you like the song above I´m guessing you´ll like this one as well Judee Sill – “Jesus was a crossmaker” 

From this post about our work ethics

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Snapshots of fighting in the kitchen

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Good morning.

This is what our weekend has been like, mostly.

But right now the kids are at school and daycare and the house is quiet again.
Jens and I are working side by side in our living room. The weather is wet and windy and we have a fire going in the fireplace. We are thinking about getting take out for lunch but none of us want to go outside.

I hope your Monday is good.




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What my kids fight about


Viola is 9 and a half and Frank just turned 5.
They sure know how to pick a fight.
Here are a few popular phrases that our kids use to start a fight. They work every single time.


Frank to Viola. “I´m stronger than you“. (Usually ends with Viola picking Frank up and carrying him into the bathroom and shutting the door)
Viola to Frank: “We are never going to listen to Gangnam Style again!” (nope not over it yet)
Frank to Viola: “I´m going to take your stuffed animal and hide it so you will never ever see it again”
Viola to Frank: “Tomorrow I´m going to sit in the front of the car on the way to school”
Viola (all dolled up with mascara and lipstick) to me: “No I don´t have to go wash my face ´cause I´m not wearing any makeup”
Viola to me or Jens ( 5 minutes past her bedtime) “I´m just waiting for my Sim to finish dinner so I can take her home, but it takes forever because her date keeps instagraming their food.  If I don´t get her back to the house tonight I won´t be able to save my progress. And tomorrow I don’t have any time to play Sims at all because of soccer practice. Please let me stay up a bit longer. It is not fair!”

If we, the parents are up for a fight, this is what we can say to either of the kids to get the party started:
Today you have to take a shower”.

And then there are also all the classics like fighting over the remote control (computer keyboard). Who will sit where at dinner time.  Who´s shirt is the most red. And who get´s to pick the music. And I just turned 35 and Jens is 40 in a few days.









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We are back home ready for 2015

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It´s so nice being back home again. Our Nebraska trip was nothing short of great. And now we are ready to start 2015 with a bang. (The kind of bang you hear at a construction site.) First thing we want to do besides work is get the studio in order.

Here are a few other things that I´m looking forward to:
Getting back to school and routines.
Jens is turning 40 this January and we will celebrate by going away on a short trip (the sunny kind of trip).

I´m also looking forward to the new season of Sister Wives.
Frank is hoping that the season no. 3 of Rescue Bots will be available on Netflix.
and Viola is looking forward to new episodes from the Youtuber Miranda Sings.

That´s it for now.


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