29 april 2016

Happy Friday everybody

Amazing! Absolutely amazing. Today I had a great work meeting. Something nice and fun that I am really looking forward to. It made me do some research on traditional Swedish rug making and I came across a website that sells vintage rugs. These are both made in 1950 and are both unused and for sale. Give me budget now as I really love the first and last rug shown here. Great craftmanship, beautiful colors and love the textures that create height in the rug.  It's my birthday coming soon so if anyone is still looking for inspiration (hint hint).

Another great rug that would be more than welcome in my home is the Pampa rug. Handwoven in Argentina in vibrant colors and modern designs creating a very desirable eye catcher for your home. This week I have pinned several great rugs in my Pinterest Fabric designs I love board. It must be that I have fallen in love with weaving myself that I am so into these handmade rugs.

And finally something else for Friday Favorite... my kind of fashion. Comfortable, beautiful colors, pockets in dresses and quality material. In Singapore I would always wear dresses like this or comfortable shirts with shorts. Can't wait for summer to have easy morning desicions to make in my wardrobe. This blue Humanoid dress and check oversized top are all in the style and shape that I would practically live in.

In this shirt I could lie on the rugs and simply blend in.

Wishing you all a very happy Friday and a great weekend. Let's hope the sun will be shining and we can flirt with Spring outdoor living. Can't wait to catch up next Friday.

X Caroline

22 april 2016

Happy Friday everybody

Good morning and a happy Friday to you all. After a week of kids with runny noses and very fresh (cold!) temperatures I am ready for some light reading and uplifting inspirations. We have made a selection of recent discoveries online. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do and feel inspired to get creative, treat those tastebuds, get shopping and make small changes to your home. Here we go with our very first Favorite Friday...

Through Pinterest I found this artist. So inspired by her story of her having a Master's degree in Music and ending up as an amazing ink printing artist. I sometimes feel limited by the fact that I wasn't educated to do something but this proves you don't need the diploma to be really good at something. Just follow your heart. Make sure you follow Andrea Lauren on Instagram as she posts the most amazing work.

Another thing I come across more and more online is the 'grow your own' plant. I remember a few years ago watching a tv show in German (not my best spoken language) about all the fruits and vegetables you have in your cupboard that you can easily regrow again. One example of that is this pineapple plant. Having lived in Singapore I have seen these grow in the botanical gardens. Don't think our Dutch climate is warm enough but I am very tempted to give this one a go this summer. At the moment I am testing the grounds with a left over piece of ginger.

The cactus. I still cannot get enough of it. Don't want one in the house as I have two little boys running around. But I have painted a large one that we had on the wall in Singapore and I see some great cactus inspired creations online. Such as the beautiful embroidery pieces by Sarah K Benning. Do follow her Instagram and check out her Etsy shop as she has recently started to sell templates for her amazing designs.

And last but surely not least. How amazing are these Moebe frames from Denmark. I have already experimented with buying two cheap frames and using both glass pieces on one but you see the black metal parts that keep it together. Not on these babies as they are beautifully crafted so that you don't see anything else than oak frame and the items on display. I have some flower press dried leaves and flowers as a souvenir from Singapore that look amazing in these frames.

There... my first Favorite Friday is up. I cannot wait to see you all again next week. Have a great weekend!!! And do comment as I love to be in touch. Have some great plans up my sleeve for that as well but first things first.

X Caroline

13 april 2016

A big change on my blog

From now on Lille Lykke blog will offer you the best inspiration on a weekly basis. Every Friday we post all the things that have turned a light on in our head. A beautiful mix between online and offline. After all inspiration comes from many directions.

We hope you will join us on this journey. In addition we are working on putting together some workshop plans. Still looking for a great location so as soon as I have news on this I will swiftly update you all.

See you next Friday!

30 maart 2016

A give away I lost without feeling a loser

How much fun was this enormous give away. The Dutch interior magazine (and online webshop) VT Wonen invited us all to put together our favorite items to create a 'SPRING HOME'. Criteria: had to be done in 24 hours (webshop was adjusted to the give away), had to be for several rooms in the house (living, kitchen, bedrooms, garden, etc) and had to be 10.000 euros exactly. The last was the biggest challenge as it meant making many concessions.
Out of 49.750 entrees can you imagine I didn't win. I can! Gosh I cannot imagine they were able to even take a quick glance at all entrees with so many people joinging the give away. The lucky winner was Simone Haveman. Here is the winning selection. But I don't feel a loser. I have had a good think about my home, my accessories, colours and I have a fun evening puzzling to get the exact amount. I will definately join again next year.
Above is the selection of product I chose for my personal spring home. If only I had won. So many items there have been on my wish list for quite some time but some things are just not within the every day budget.

17 maart 2016

Into Tropical home inspiration

It must be having lived in Singapore for three years but I am very much into the Tropical home atmosphere. If you add this just by using a few fun wallpapers, some accessories and big plants you can embrace the whim and can easily switch to something else after a year or so.

Look at all my Tropical Home inspirations as the list keeps growing by the day on my Pinterest board. I've totaly come back to Pinterest and will make some revisions in current boards and keep adding new ones.

Photo credits photo 1: wallpaper Archiproducts.com
Photo credits photo 2: wallpaper Design Label 

24 augustus 2015

I am a dreamer. I dream of having enough time to continue my blog. I dream of beautiful colonial black and white houses and cannot stop myself visiting open houses every Saturday. And after I visit them I always start decorating them in my mind. Young kids have imaginary friends, I have imaginary houses. And decorating them becomes more and more easy with all these amazing brands and stores you come across on Instagram.
This is a World Map Poster by the great brand Olli Ella from Australia.

Follow me on my journey past the black and white colonial houses and my family life in Singapore on Instagram. I post almost daily there and hopefully much more often here than in the past year. If people ask me what I do I still reply 'I am a blogger'. So best start blogging again than.

7 maart 2015

A recent DIY

It was long before I had children of my own that I came across a little boy dressed up like an Astronaut. He had empty soda bottles on his back and over his head something that looked like a plastic fish bowl. Could hardly walk in his creation but I loved it so much that it has never left my mind. Now that my oldest is three I can create my own master piece. Specially since we had Carnaval mid February to celebrate.

As inspiration for my creation I chose a Pottery Barn store bought suit. Also looks amazing but I just like to DIY a bit. I took some garden equipment from my dad's shed, two empty soda bottles and neoprane fabric and some glitsy bright colours for finishing details.

Have to admit. I was really really stoked with the end result. And hoping hoping hoping that the three year old would wear it. Thank goodness he did and loved it just as much as I did.

I am now working on a 'no pattern' fireman jacket. I hope it will work out just as cute as this one. Can't wait to fill up his dress up wardrobe with all these cool little suits.

30 december 2014

No really... thank YOU!

It's been a long loooong while since my last blog post. I am still trying to work out how I want my little 'come back' to be. But I do have to say this 'thanks to all our online friends' is a massive motivator to get back into it. Specially since for some reason I am yet to find out they've mentioned me first (blushing and glowing at the same time).

My dear sweet 101 friends. I would like to take a moment to THANK YOU for all the amazing inspiration, photography, blog posts and the fun we had at the yearly Woonbeurs. You were the first to step forward and embrace bloggers instead of seeing us as competition. You dared to be different.

As they say 'paper is patient' and you have an archive of great things you've produced together to look back on. I truly hope you will all embrace your new 2015 adventures whatever they may be. And may our paths cross once again. I'll be in the Netherlands in February/March and all I can say is 'let's do lunch!' and see how many of the above 101 friends we can add to the table.

13 oktober 2014

Work in progress

Not sure what direction to go yet... But I have made a start. I will continue to blog in a new style. In the following week you will find changes being done and if I come across the right inspiration maybe also new posts already.

I've missed you guys!!!

23 juli 2014

Why silence

Hello everybody!
Here a brief word from my little desk in Singapore. Why the silence on my blog you must have wondered by now. I got confused in the world of blogging and distracted by my two gorgeous children. It must be some sort of a '6-years blogging blues'. I am sure I will find my 'mojo' again and will return in a more fresh and better way. It will no longer be limited to just Scandinavian style or brands and probably a combination of online inspirations and things from my life I wish to share. In the mean time I wish you a great summer and may or may not show you some inspirations. Depending if things GET me enough to post them.


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