S U M M E R | house update

Eames chairs found at Vitra. Black child chair, Ikea. 

A small home created for summer fun. One of my own favorites that I designed for the family on the Swedish TV show Husräddarna, TV3.


Northern Lighting pendant lights over the kitchen.

A wall for all the fun things to do.

Seaweed on a rock in a vase, Interstil.

LOOOOOONG sofa made for the whole family and dressed in Swedish rags. Mimou makes the pillows with a story and fantasy patterns.

Open plan function.

Sail type of curtain I created for the house.

The chair that has room for two and that rocks. Magic handmade Hemp carpet from Armadillo. 

Johanna Hedlund Owl and Ylva Skarp Art in black frames.

Wallpaper dressed up the wardrobe doors.

Northern Lighting noticeboard/lamp like :)

The lamp/shelf got really helpful. The lights are found at Ikea and were painted this bright yellow hue.


O U T | door life guru

Blue bell rain boots.

A dinner table and an easy chair or sunbeds is always needed in summer time outdoor living and is what we all want and know to get for the balcony or any out door space. All the small areas in between where you do not know what to do with is my my mother Marianne´s speciality. If you see previous posts you will see here style of clothing shot her on Getterön where my mother and father live by the sea.  

In her garden and outdoors there are little areas all over that create small rooms for different purposes. Set and mobile still life that are enjoyed all over the small garden that my mom and dad took over and made theirs from my grandmother and grandfathers very 50´s type of garden has now my mother grown a all together different style of bohemian and easy care kind of greenery. Let her touch inspire you as it inspires me every time I come here.  


To build a bespoke seated area makes the most out of any size of out door space. 
Water in a bowl with your sea collection is a easy way to create a summery feel.

Teak wood along with hard woods, has the amazing ability to grow more beautiful with the years. Marianne uses the small suede pillow from Jimmy Schönning HEM as a seat cushion. 

To use more grout (fog) than needed creates a larger pattern and a style Marianne has always loved. The teak sun chairs are now 26 years old...so when someone says they buy thin plastic chairs because they can not afford hard wood, I often wonder...

A rosted iron bowl with water creates so much natural color and texture. Let it rust or stop it at the rusted tone you need with metal protection products you find at the paint store.

A table made from a iron stand with a irregular stone piece set against the wall.

A wreath that can be just as is, or decorated with the seasons.

This bamboo and aluminium stool along with the chairs are over 15 years old and are left outside year round. I bought them at Ikea as a present. The  concrete pot is made by Marianne. 

A chair solitaire set outside, sometimes used as a pedestal

A pond makes more change in the garden room than anything else. Marianne always loved fishes and her star sign is pisces so the fish was given in the pond.

The parasol is up, giving shade around the dinner table and creating a more intimate room feeling around the table area,  that is as enjoyed as well  in  a light summer rain. A built roof is not always the best choice. A temp roof that can be removed like a sail, parasoll or such can often be preferred in most out door spaces.


M I D | summer flowers

Midsummer eve has passed into midsummer day. The traditional midsummer flower reef that you wear on your head or decorate with on the table is a classic that I love. 

Saw this updated mohican version of a flower head dress at Chelesea flower show this year and thought it might be the florist dream. I´d like to wear it. What do you think?


A P P | aratus

My first contact with NYC based Apparatus was when I came across their lighting range by chance on Instagram. 

Really liked what I found and started to follow them and check out their whole collection. 

Apparatus,  Milan,  Cinque Vie.

One of my favorite Apparatus lights.

Candle holder in cararra marble.

By chance in Milan at the design week in April, in the Cinque Vie area, I ran into their  new store and did not want to leave. 

Then just recently I visited Artilleriet in Gothenburg (click to see the blogpost on Artilleriet)and found the Appartus range there. Have you seen it ?

They make more then lighting. I´ll be back with more. 


Apparatus ligthing at Artilleriet

Wall light from Apparatus at Artilleriet.


P L E A S U R E | pond

Enjoying the summer weather outside by the pond. We created a corner of the garden with these wooden benches, fences, plants and the pond, where we now spend most of the time.

Since you have seen here on the blog how the pond was built you understand. If not you can see it here. We put in the work for the pond last July and this year we can just enjoy it. 


Summer time by the pond


S U E D E | en suède

The closest beach to my parents house on Getterön, Varberg. 

Night (in june) and Day at"my" cottage at my parents. At least this is where I always stay. Lovely with the pond right outside the window. There is room for a large bed. A book shelf, a small table and a bedside table in this 10 sqm house. The bathroom is next door.

My mother Marianne Schönning has created suede clothing due to her love of the material. She is seen wearing it herself most of the time. We spent a day shooting her wearing her design in front of the camera. She always had models doing it for her most of her design career. I came to my parents house to spend time with them and I convinced mom to show her own  designs in these photos we shot at their house and within walking distance so that it would be easy and fun. I made a collection of suede for interiors just because I inherited the same love of this amazing material. Suede is mocka in Swedish. And the name suede derives from a misunderstanding about the origin of suede. It was thought to be Swedish in France therefor it was called suede like the name for Sweden in french : Suède. See more of Marianne Schönning design on her website www.mocka.com


My mother in a hat and Miss Morris in her lap. Marianne, naturally wearing a suede dress in her own design. 

Treating Miss Morris (trying to get her in the shot) 

You are not supposed to talk about a lady´s age, but...my mother turned 71 this year and I think she not only looks good but has a good life and tries to take care of herself (and you can see it) no nip&tuck - life is showing in the best way in my opinon. Wishing for her kind of ageing genes.

The ocean has always meant so much to Marianne and myself. It has such a big important part in our lives. Therefor it was so natural that we would shoot her clothes by the ocean as well as in the garden that she loves to tend to.

Getterön has been a place I have come to every summer for my whole life. This jetty has seen my attempts to swim at an early age as well as my dip last week. To take a Friday sauna and dip in the ocean is mandatory year round at my mom&dads at Getterön ( at least for my mother Marianne...)

Enjoying the beauty of  the nature of Getterön fully. Mom laughed and thought me crazy to place her in the middle of the plant. She looks great there. In full bloom I would say.

Miss Morris and mom match well today.

Sand dune sitting.

Getterön is a peninsula, that used to be an island before connected by to the main land by a road, close to the city of Varberg on the west coast of Sweden,  where my mother&father lives and works. The former island has both beaches and and a beautifully rocky shore line.

Nothing drapes as elegant as suede.

Tomato plants in mom´s greenhouse where she is wearing a beautiful short draped jacket and suede skirt. Suede/mocka. Mocka is the Swedish word for suede.

Sun seeker Marianne Schönning, tall and proud designer of suede clothing, wearing her long summer suede skirt.