The candle of hope

It´s the first Sunday of advent:

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Lighting the first candle on this peaceful morning in the mountain, before heading off on a long drive… It´s time for a change!

Keeping it simple

 I´m having a slow Saturday… playing with Hyacinths… mindfully making the first little decorations for the month ahead. Using my senses. How do these little beauties smell? What is the texture?

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Always keeping it simple.

 

Did somebody say Friday?

Music is such a great way to set the mood! On a Friday afternoon I never get enough of this catchy song by Nils Noa feat. Vinni… Besides, the nature scenes in this video are beautiful as well:

Smile and enjoy the weekend!

It´s Scandinavian

 It´s about time to include glimpses from the world of interiors that I´m really passionate about:

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This week my head is wrapped around Scandinavian design. Work consists of depicting beautiful rooms for a great Norwegian company. In my spare time I plan the new interiors in the house we are refurbishing. The house was built in 1960 and we´re conscious about caring for its original design and architecture. At the same time we aim to give it an individual, relaxed and modern look.

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Photos: finnjuhl.com

I´m very influenced by the work of the Danish architect, interior and industrial designer Finn Juhl, most known for his furniture design. His book and these photos are a source of inspiration.

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Back then, there was a celebration of colors. Green is a favorite of mine, and that´s no wonder: Green is the color of balance and harmony. It contains the powerful energies of nature, and creates equilibrium between the head and the heart. From a color psychology perspective, green also means learning, growth and freedom to pursue new ideas.

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It´s the simplicity of this bright Scandinavian style that appeals to me. I like how the wood and the organic materials, as well as the minimalistic whites in combination with hues of colors, bring a lot of warmth to the rooms.

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We had been working on our house for 10 years when the storm swept the roof away and caused a major water leak in March. It was no fun at all. But now we finally see the end of the entire project. In January we´ll move back in. I hope you will enjoy some glimpses as we go along!

Your elusive creative genius

I watched this great TED-talk by “Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert for the first time early this morning, and recognize myself in huge parts of the creative process that she describes:

For instance, ten minutes into the video Elizabeth tells a funny story about an author being chased by a poem, and says she also experiences that “Work or ideas come through me from a source that I honestly can not identify. And what is that thing?”

 I relate to my post last week when I told you about all these a-ha moments in my dreams, and how I run like a speeding bullet so the ideas won´t slip my mind…

It´s interesting how Elizabeth explains how people in ancient Greece and Rome looked at creativity in a different way.

 I find it liberating to listen to her. Watching a 18 minutes long TED-talk early in the morning is a nice way to kick start the day. There´s writers, scientists, artists, inventors, doctors and others from all of over the world talking about topics of interest.

On a week like this, when I have a list as long as my arm of decisions to make and things to do, they even inspire me to trust my instincts and fully live the dream.

And I guess that´s exactly what Elizabeth Gilbert’s talk aims to do: To help artists manage the emotional risks that often come hand-in-hand with creativity.

Don´t be afraid. Do your dance.