Like being on a train to Hogwarts

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A couple of weeks ago I was on a train for 8 hours – going cross country in Sweden. From Borlänge close to my cottage and off to Gothenburg where I was giving talks at the Hem & Villa Fairs.  We started off early morning and it was so dark and the train spit out green sparks from the wires on top. So it was raining green and it was all foggy for hours. Above a snapshot from the train.


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Apparently the train was build in the beginning of the 60′. So cool – I was blown away! I also kept listening to the podcast Serial. Do you follow it?  It’s a real murdercase that happened in 1999. But what happened? and is the man found guilty by trail really guilty? It’s a very well done postcast.

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This is what the big compartments looked like.

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It was a looong but sweet train ride. Worst part was the lack of internet.
But I had time to look out of the window and imagine all the lives people are leading in the towns I passed.

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And when I go to Gothenburg I found my own face glued to many tramcars. Kind of funny!

 

xxx
Isabelle

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Out and about with Jenny

 

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People who know me know that I try to stay at home (above) as much as possible. But lately work has taken me to quite a few fun places.
Come along and let me show you.

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Sydsvenskan is a Swedish daily news paper. Their interior photographer is on vacation and I´ve been asked to fill in for him. I really like their layed back- type of photography style and I´m happy they asked me to help out during this fall. In a few weeks my photographs will be in their Sunday- Home- section all through November and December.  Above I´m in one of the homes I shoot for them where i met Chucky.

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and here I´m brushing my teeth with Instagram poet Motvallskarring

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Skåneleden booked me to shoot 25 of their hiking trails. This means I´ve been enjoying the great outdoors quite a lot the past months.

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Here I´m trying to find the right trail for my mother and I to hike and photograph. Later I met a kid in the woods who had been camping there with his dad. He told me that they had heard a fox outside their tent at night and then he told me he could sound exactly like it and then he did.

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Here I´m cuddling with a pig I met while photographing for the local tourist department.

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I´ve visited many local sights for them but this place, above,  is my favorite, where I got to meet these awesome Viking women. I got to spend a day with them at Trelleborgen in Trelleborg where they work. They know all about how the vikings used to live, they can teach you how to shoot a bow and they can survive in the wilderness for months. I loved them and will take my kids there next summer.

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That´s it for now.
PS.Yesterday the sunset was this pretty at our village.

have a nice weekend.

 

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New chairs, the police & a drunk man.

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Last night I went to buy some chairs on Blocket (our Swedish  Craigs list). My dad was taking me and before picking me up I had to withdraw some cash. On my way to the ATM machine I noticed a big man standing on the street, swaying like he was holding up the house he was leaning against. He didn’t looked or acted like the normal kind of drunk but still people passed smirked at him and laughed a bit. I thought but what if he has a stroke or anything and the we all just pass and nobody does anything. So I asked the man how he was doing and if he needed any help. Well he needed help cause he was so pissed he couldn’t stand straight but he could still talk although a bit wish washy. He was clear but not at all. Told me to ring his wife and when I couldn’t get hold of her I had to call the police. He was gonna hurt himself falling and way to big for me to help. After a while I got hold of the wife – it seemed as if this was no news for her. She had enough. He told me he had been drinking for 4 days straight and how he was a total looser but in a way drunks can do- like they are a bit proud of being at the bottom and that life is something that just happen and that he himself had nothing to do with it.
You know I’m writing this since it was all such a weird and tragic thing. He was not super drunk or made a total fool of himself but he talked about his family and how he’s messing it up. It’s just life for so many people out there. I’m feeling for the kids and the wife. How he seemed like an nice man but also an asshole. How difficult that is when somebody are both – like we all can be sometimes but also when this assholw comes out to play a bit too much. I’m a close family member to someone with drinking problems. I know how awful it is and how hard it is. After an hour the cops came and where really sweet. They drove him to a clinic to sober up. I’m glad they didn’t just dump him on his wife, at home. I did give the wifes number to the cops. But it turned out I gave the wrong number so the cops called the people I was buying chairs from! That was kind of funny. I wonder what they thought of me haha.
The chairs where great. But they will get a new color and new fabric. I’ll show you when I’m on it!

I hope everything will get better for the man and his family.

xxx
Isabelle

 

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Win a lighting make over & lights from Philips

I’ve told you before that I’m hosting an Instamag called #magasinetLJUS over @philipslightingnordic.
I think this is a new way to work – to create hopefully good & helpful content with the help of brands. Like now I’m able to write and show my best tips for a lighter home. This also include a competition. If you win – I’ll come to your home and try to help you out with different ideas plus you get products & lamps to a value of 20 000 Sek.
To enter this competition:
Take a photo of a corner of your home that you think need an light improvement put the tag #philipsljus then also follow @philipslightingnordic and post it in your own instafeed. More info you can find at philips/ledljus

This is only for Swedish participants.

In Swedish:
Du kan vinna mig eller en rättare sagt en ljuskonsultation med mig i ditt eget hem samt lampor och produkter från Philips till ett värde av 20 000SEK!

Så här gör du för att vara med och tävla:
Följ @philipslightingnordic & ta en bild på den plats i ditt hem som behöver bättre ljus, tagga den #philipsljus och motivera varför just du ska vinna. För fullständiga tävlingsvillkor gå till philips.se/ledlampor

Lycka till!

Följ #magasinetLJUS right here

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Isabelle

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A new couch

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So guess what?! I bought a new couch.

It´s just like my old one- so now I have two of them and we can all fit.
Here Frank is enjoying his breakfast in one of them.

 

 

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That wall – at isabelle’s apartment

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We have that one wall that has been the backdrop for numerous colors and shoots. Here comes a recap. I love the idea of an accent wall. I think it makes such a difference in a room. And it’s a great way to add color to a room – what do you think? Here is a pinkish – beige. Actually the same as in our hallway.

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Beppe as a baby next to that wall – I think this was when he turned 1.

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And here Beppe was 3 years!

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And on his birthday I added Washi tape for his party.

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Me jumping – last year! This is the shade on this wall I loved the most!

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Jenny in our sofa. I think she made all that mess in the kids room.

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In betweenhues. I actually painted it a darker shade of pink to get the cover for our Rum För Kidsen book just right.

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These are the images for the cover of the book.

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This is the dummy for the cover for the book.

Rum För Kidsen – Ny bok! Kommer 11 mars from Dos Family on Vimeo.

And the top motion we made from the cover!

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Then it had to change again for the cover of Family Living! And the other good thing with an accent wall is that you don’t even need to move the furniture ver y far when painting like in this pic. It goes quick and gives maximum effect!

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And we put up the climbing holds.

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The last shot we’ve done is for the Philips instamag #magasinetljus that I’m hosting during November.

 

Watch my apartment styled for sale right here! & right now!

 

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Isabelle

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