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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

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My new kawaii-bear logo

Fun with Polaroid app for iPhone

Sometimes my son does the funniest things like this: he places his stuffed animals in corners, behind doors and like here in our closet, and then he goes hunting with his toy gun…

“Rød grød med fløde” -the first thing you learn to say when visiting Denmark, and to everyone´s amusement. It means red porridge with cream and is a traditional dessert. Here it is, rhubarb porridge with whipped cream, home-made of course at  my grandparent´s house. Since blogging has entered my life, some peculiar situations arise when I take pictures for the blog. Like when I arranged the porridge next to the flowers and my grandmother gave me a slightly worried look and I assured her that it is quite normal for my generation to document everything they do on camera.

So I took pictures in their basement of homemade fruit juices, jam, jelly etc. My grandmother Edith still looked worried but a bit amused at this point..

This is what the rhubarb porridge  is made from, fresh from the garden.

These toys are from when my mother was a child and my son really loved playing with them, even my old dollhouse was a hit.

Hand embroidered pillows are everywhere in my grandparent´s house, even the toilet has hand crocheted towels for the guests.

My grandmother gave me this pretty vintage flower dress from the 70s. Thank you Edith.

I hope you enjoyed my family story. My grandparents mean so much to me, when I was a child I used to stay with them in the summer and since I am partially brought up abroad, they have been a stable part of my life. They really understand how to value the simple things in life and my cousins and I loved to stay there, play and eat fresh beans, potatoes  and strawberries from the garden.

My grandparents are in their 80s and still very active. My grandfather-engineer and inventor- invented the first solar energy storage system for heating in Denmark, during the energy crisis in the 70s, called Sunwell, I am so proud. My grandmother works as a volunteer at a 2nd hand shop. These volunteers care for every garment, and clean and prepare the clothes for sale, and nothing is wasted but all goes to charity. These pretty porcelain teacups are from the shop -and very cheap too.

Now with logo! My husband made this logo for me (thank you) -I love it. I gave him the challenge to design something inspired by the 20s and 30s Bauhaus style graphic but more feminine, cute and comtemporary. Hope you like it too.

Cute retroMy Olioboard called Cute Retro

I just discovered this site where you easily can create your own dream living space using Olioboard, it is free and fun to use. It works like a very simple version of Adobe Photoshop and you can use the items on the site (which you can buy of course). -Clever advertising but it is possible to add your own images as well.

Some of the cute retro furniture are from Vintage Looks.

Sailor button earrings from Kawaiicph sweater from Petit Bateau

I bought some vintage buttons in a second hand store and made some jewellery from them. It is very easy to make these earrings:

First you cut of the button part with a diagonal cutter. The backside needs to be flat.

Then you glue on the earring studs, so simple, I gave them a lacquer coating afterwards so they are shiny and more durable.

Picture from my book Dansk Tatovering by Jon Nordstrøm. This picture is from a documentary from 1969 by Nils Vest and is a film about tattooing.

From the book Dansk Tatovering : graphics by Tattoo Peter, 1940

I love the naive and romtantic graphics you find in old-school tattoos.

Bikini from my vintage pin-up magazine goes nicely with the sailor style, would love one like it…

Kids sailor fashion with neon belt from Tommy Hilfiger.

Turning used Lego parts into grown-up toys. These ear studs are very small.

Lego means “I assemble / put together” in Latin and this toy continues to surprise in its ability to generate new ideas in the people “Lego-ing”. Even grown-ups find themselves engulfed in this game, and with a 4 year old in the house I have a perfect excuse to play..

It really requires patience to drill holes in hard plastic with a heated needle, so I took a break after doing one pink “diamond” Lego earring…

Fu manchu beard and Frankenstein Lego men earrings, definitely an icebreaker at any party!

I started making jewellery from vintage Lego parts a long time ago but haven´t showed them here yet, so here they are. Every time I wear them they generate nostalgic memories from people I meet.

Huge dark green Lego diamond ring, -actually a special Lego spare part and with an intricate construction.

Lego neon-yellow crystal diamond ring, also cute worn with a long colored string as a necklace.

More Lego crystal rings

Organic Lego leaf structures here used on hairpins.

A more classic variation is this smoke coloured Lego part ear stud. The shelf is from Retro Villa.

Sweet Maria from Denne side op (this side up) has sent me this award and challenge (thank you Maria) and I have translated it to English for you readers:

Why did you start blogging? First of all I love the concept of sharing ideas. I am a firm believer in “energy-flow”, and to allow your ideas to be passed on is a way to avoid “idea-clutter”. -Don´t know if that makes any sense?

 Which blogs do you read? Many but every day I check out: Julia Lahme a Danish blogger who writes about different issues in her life as being a mother and a carreerwoman, and she shares many nice finds. Brinja is also a favourite, she takes beautiful pictures and shares her creative ideas, I wrote about her here. Minimega is also great, she is a graphic designer from Denmark and has a really good eye for new cute things. Missemai is very girly and cute they also have a cute webshop. And La Graphic Design blog for paperlovers.

Favourite make-up brand? Shisheido I love the colours and their style.

Favourite clothing brand?  Replay, Sonia Rykiel, Fornarina and Tsumori Chisato -they are all playful, colorful and optimistic.

Your must-have make-up product? Great Lash Mascara by Maybelline is a classic I have used it for years and Touche Éclat from YSL -it is expensive but worth it!

Your favourite colour? Oh, do I have to choose? Raspberry, Mint, Chalk White, Powder Pink, Neon and everything with glitter…

Perfume? Paul Smith perfume Women and Oscar de la Renta Instrusion are both light and understated.

Favourite movie? Belle de Jour  from 1967  starring Catherine Deneuve the style, the story and the men: the classic good guy / bad boy story which I think most women can relate to…

Which country would you like to visit and why? Japan is my number one for its architecture, gardens, Kawaii and art.

What are you looking forward to the most in the nearest future? Summer! We have had a really cold winter and I can´t wait to go swimming in salty waters.

I am passing this award and challenge on to Brinja and Mette Helena from Retro Villa °☆ ‧°‧°☆∴° ☆

Pictures from the left: The best beach for children (and dogs) at Sælvig Strand, childhood treasures in my old room, pictures from Ballen Harbour, the rest is a mix of pictures from Nordby and Østerby. The Lego we made shows us on holiday, and the dog is mine, Emma, sleeping in the garden.
 

My “editing eye” could not choose 3 really good pictures from my Easter holiday on the tiny island called Samsø so I made a postcard for you instead. The island has many shops that are only open in the holidays often with 50 % off on designer clothes.

I found a really cute Kathleen Madden dress in black velour at my favourite Samsø-shop D-signshopping in a village called Brundby. The owner, a designer, is so nice and has a great Nordic taste, if you go to the island you should stay at her hotel RumogRooms. The birdhouse on the postcard is from her shop and made by miho.

Last chance: leave a comment and win  giveaway jewellery…the winner is announced on Monday  ★ Enter the contest here!

Getting ready for new spring paper projects, paper from Tiger and Søstrene Grene…This post has pictures from the week with rain, sunshine and a birthday..

Making presents…soon I will be launching my new website kawaiicph.dk..

Can never get enough balloons…

My son´s latest DIY project is a cardboard robot.

Spring flowers from my garden.

All this spring rain is a perfect excuse for wearing my favourite raincoat with little red mermaids from Danish Danefae.

Tulips from my garden.

DIY magic..