Just look at those colours - and the light!

As I have lived in London for over seven years now, I feel I am out of touch with most subjects relating to Sweden. I feel Swedish in so many ways, but yet know so little of life there. As my sister pointed out, it is because I lived in London during my “critical years”, from the age of 20 and much has changed since then.
About a third of the blogs I read come are Swedish, a way to keep up the Swedish but also to keep a jour with important topics (especially election) as I feel many of the Swedish newspapers mostly just gossip.

Many of the blogs are interesting to read because of the fashion or the “Swedishness “ of the people writing them and one blog I love more than the others is the one of UnderbaraClara. She lives up north in Sweden, away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities and writes about life, baking and everything in between. I absolutely adore her (and her husband’s) “new” kitchen and wish that one day I will be able to get a more “Swedishy” kitchen. One of these days…

A shelf like this would be perfect for all my cookbooks!

You’ll find more pictures of their amazing kitchen here

The other week, me and R went to Ikea (as usual) and in the midst of the people and items, I fell in love. I’m sure R didn’t mind as the item I fell in love with was a tray. A white, metal, lovely, tray.

It reminded me of one of the (two) trays we had in the house whilst growing up. It was red metal and had a small heart shaped pattern cut out all around the edge. During birthdays and name-days*, the tray was brought out with a small linen cloth that our mother had embroidered a ring of flowers on. Inside the ring, the breakfast plate or bowl was placed and on birthdays, a candle was lit and placed next to it. As my birthday is in January when it’s very very dark in the mornings, this always made it feel so special.
Hopefully, this tray will help us create our own tradition and will mean that I will get breakfast in bed more often!

However, as we don’t have that much space for this tray in the kitchen at the moment, I decided to turn it in to a temporary idea board, with ideas and help from the lovely UnderbaraClara. I hung it up on the wall with the help of a white silk ribbon I had laying around and will mostly use it for our wedding ideas.

It looks so great against our old chest of drawers!

*Every day of the Latin calendar (with an exceptions of a handful of days) has a female and male name, originating from saints or martyrs. Many families celebrate the day of your specific names. I have two name days, one in Feb and one in Dec :) If you’re curious, read more on Wikipedia