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I am back after a long break from my blog. The long break was partially caused by the disappearence of  my photos taken during the summer. Some of them were of a visit to The round House which I have called Rainbow House. I luckily found the pictures on a back-up file, so here is The round House:

I have called this blog post Rainbow House  because the house contains all colours and  you easily get disorientated and lost there: Suddenly you find that pink is your favourite wall color and you surrender to the magic of round shapes and bright colours.

“There are no rules in the round house” says the owners and of course my son loves it there. Here the middle child Betty jumps from the round stairs. The round concrete stepping stones have the diameter of each family member´s height from the time the house was refurbished.

The house from 1951 was renovated in 2008 by Kant Architecs. On their website you can see more stylized pictures of the house.

Here lives 2 adults and 3 children (Svend, Betty and Gerda) and this house was made to be lived in.

When the house was refurbished in 2008 many details were added to accentuate the shape of the house such as this round fireplace.

The kitchen is crafted for the house which also has a round built in ceiling lamp.

Yellow tiles and yellow Vola water faucets. This round bathroom is situated on the rooftop terrace.

Round rooftop terrace.

Even the children have a great sense of style this is from one the girls´rooms.

In the window sills are collections of coloured glass and African figures.

Everything is possible in the round house and I leave the house feeling greatly inspired and with an idea that the ideal home is a round home.

Bettys´ drawing of her house. Make friends with The Round House on facebook here

© Elena Kalis

Russian artist Elena Kalis lives in the Bahamas and takes these magical photographs of the sea, under the sea, of her daughter Sacha and other things that inspire her. I will leave you in silence to enjoy and succumb to the mid dream mid reality beauty of  her waterworld…

© Elena Kalis

© Elena Kalis

© Elena Kalis

© Elena Kalis

© Elena Kalis

© Elena Kalis

© Elena Kalis

Thank you Elena for letting me use your photos. Her art can be purchased here.

In 2009 Mette Helena, the owner of the fabulous vintage wallpaper shop Retro Villa, went to England to buy a roll or two of vintage wallpaper for her apartment and came back with 60 rolls instead! She found them in an Indian hardware store where the owner had not been able to sell the old wallpaper. Soon after, Mette Helena returned to England to buy the rest of the vintage wallpaper treasure and sold them through a shop i Denmark. In 2010 she was able to open her very own store in Copenhagen with Scandinavia´s largest selection of original vintage wallpapers. The store is called Retro Villa (Villa is the name of her daughter).

I got to know Mette Helena during an internship at her shop for a short period. I have wanted to write a post about her for a long time but it is difficult to write about someone you know. Mette Helena is very energetic, creative, spontaneous and so much more, and has a way of inspiring people around her to start their own creative projects (for instance my neon lamp DIY project). There is a bit of the author Astrid Lindgrens “Pipi Longstocking” character about her, and there is some”Villa Villa Kulla” – energy in the shop environment as well.

Compositions like these are everywhere in the shop and Mette Helena has a great eye for creating such  tableaus and also works as an interior decorator for magazines. She is an artist and studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Her creative projects with sowing patchwork blankets and pillows and selling wallpaper began as a hobby  to support her studies and has now developed into a business.

Also very cute in person : Mette Helena in her store, wearing a vintage dress.

Painting by Mette Helena called “Watch it happen” from 2006

Painting “Puberty” by Mette Helena from 2008

“Untitled” from 2008 by Mette Helena

See more of her art at Mettehelena.dk.

Vintage wallpaper from Retro Villa

Tivoli Copenhagen yesterday…Chinese style window decor.

The Tivoli garden peacock was trying to impress the female bird. He chased her around and posed nicely for the camera. In the background is restaurant Nimb from 1909.

Tadaa

The Pantomime Theatre from 1874 is Tivoli´s oldest building

Pjerrot and Columbine and glittering Harlequinsuits at the Patomime Theatre

Tivoli has its own mailtruck -very cute

The flying trunk ride showing H.C. Andersen´s fairytale Thumbelina

Burlesque style street

Facade from the Central Station side of michelin restaurant Herman Nimb, this facade is designed by architect Matteo Thun in 2006, the original building is from around 1909  ( Tivoli opened in 1843) and the Nimb building has been restorated several times since then.

Poster for electronic music at the Pantomime Theatre every Friday at seven…I love the graphics from the Tivoli drawing studio.