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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

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One of the best accessory shops in Copenhagen is Pico. They produce their own product design in their own workshop ranging from scarves and shoes to jewellery and hair accessories. They have an online store as well. The materials for the jewellery are sterling silver or goldplated sterling silver. The price range is low and the quality high.

The interior of the shop is something out of an old grocery shop with wooden shelves and glass display mounts. You can get all the items in almost every colour.

Scarves en every colour.

Hairbands

Glitter, neon, leather and more.

Bows for every taste.

Pico online shop here.

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.

The winner of the Kawaiicph Giveaway is first of all Chisa.congratulations, I will send the star necklace to you as soon as I have your address ^_^  I have chosen this winner because I love stars too and would love to contribute to your star collection. If you take a picture of your collection I will  feature it on my blog. I will have more Giveaways again soon..

It was a tie between Chisa and Maria and that is why I have picked you both as winners. To Maria: I feel sorry that you lost your special ring, I will send you the flower ring and hope it brightens up your day. – And great idea with the drawing-giveaway on your blog!

I am so happy to have readers from all around the world, and would like to know from which countries, does anyone know how I can see this on WordPress?

Window decoration at Royal Copenhagen

Couldn´t resist showing these Easter window decorations from Copenhagen to you:

Window decoration Illums Bolighus  Copenhagen

These wooden animals are designed by Kay Bojesen and manufactured by Rosendahl . I have written about Kay Bojesen before here.

Window decoration Illums Bolighus  Copenhagen

 A tribute from Kay Bojesen to the Danish magazine Bo Bedre

The popular wooden animals have been given a new brand identity by the firm Make they also made this 50 year anniversary ad for the Danish interior magazine Bo Bedre.

Fresh shrimps and white wine..

 I am not the best cook so I am a big fan of the simple foods, like this: fresh shrimps to peel and dip in sour cream and lemon juice.

 Kinder surprise, paper toy

Do you remember those annoying German tv-commercials with the 3 suprises from chocolate Kinder-Eggs? – well my son loves them, and I gave in to buying them and was really surprised. Instead of a tiny plastic thing, the egg revealed an inflatable paper toy! It is so cute, you blow it up and use it as a ball and when it is flat you blow it up again. I love it! Way to go Kinder…

Inflatable paper cat by Kinder

The Royal Cafe in the heart of Copenhagen is an enchanting place filled with fairytale atmosphere. When you meet this woodcutted sign you already feel that this is a cafe that allows experimental design that mixes old and new.

The interior is very detailed and feels very free and not clean cut and minimalistic like many other cafes you can find i Copenhagen. The cafe describes its style as “Funky Baroque – design confusion and humourous and chic”, wich pretty much sums it up. Arne Jacobsen´s Ant chair produced by Fritz Hansen has been resized for the cafe in a higher cafe-version. Holmegaard Glass have created the chandeliers for the cafe. The ceiling has shiny silver wallpaper with leaves.

You enter the cafe from a typical Danish city-courtyard.

Cut roses in still water outside.

Carefully arranged flowers at the counter top.

The cake is as good as it looks. My son had warm chocolate which of course  actually was heated chocolate the food is delicious and made with the same care and attention to details as the interior. The porcelain is, of course, from Royal Copenhagen.

A love seat by the window sill. Many designers have their art on display or for sale in the cafe such as Swedish Kosta Boda.

A miniature kitchen made from recycled material.

Very inspiring mobile decoration with silk ribbons hanging from the ceiling.

The murals show different Danish features like the wooden monkey made in 1951  by Kay Bojesen and floral decorations from Royal Copenhagen porcelain.

This Tripp Trapp childrens chair you find in almost every Danish home, and in the cafe they have one in gold.

More flower murals

I will definitely be back ♥

GIVEAWAY HERE

Here are some of my favourites

My perfume from Paul Smith

A dangerously addictive spicy tea I ♥ ♥ Yogi teas

Fresh herbs in the window sill in the winter and from the garden in the summer

I collect these Moomin cups from Arabia in many colours but of course my favourites are pink…

My Blythe doll from Japan

This is a gift I got, it is so cute from Danish Liebe

My best jewellery: the glittery stars and the butterfly earrings are made by me from recycled paper

This bag I have had for many years it is from HM actually

Shoes from Paris

Candy Apple Mint nailpolish from Essie

I love my blue scarf from Petit Bateau and I collect vintage children´s books

Bathtubs are highly underrated this is the ultimate luxury, children´s bubblebath from Hollys

Vintage pin-up magazines

Vintage magazine Frou Frou

I have read this book many times, definitely my favourite, written in 1975, fantasy novel by Salman Rushdie “Grimus”

I love this cd with Agnes Obel

♥ My stuffed bird

Without a doubt my alltime favourite: my son Silas

Owl Poster by Krisitne Mandsberg

I have fallen completely in love with Kristine Mandsberg´s graphic universe, I hope you find it as inspiring as I do:D

Kristine Mandsberg is a Danish designer, based in Copenhagen. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in London, 2008, specialising in printed textile. Kristine is working in the crossover between art and design, 2D and 3D, exploring how materials, textiles and illustration combined can produce interesting visual outcomes, displayed through several different medias. Most of her work is linked to a narrative, and is often a startingpoint, when new work is taking its’ form. She has since her graduation, received grants from The Danish Arts Foundation, and exhibited her work in both solo and group exhibitions.

 

 

Croco Illustration by Kristine Mandsberg

Kristine is also freelancing for several companies, and has among other things developed a textile collection for IKEA, and is designing artworks for fashion (ao Soft Gallery). Other areas, she has explored, is as set-designer for the opera “The First Commandment”, and working with costumes and other project based set-design projects, which is an area that interests her a lot.

Drops Collage by Kristine Mandsberg

Krstine about her inspirations: “I can get inspired by pretty much everything which surrounds me. However my inspiration depends very much on the project that I do. For my own work the idea often comes from some sort of narrative, which I want to visualize through a certain media. The project is therefore linked to words or a headline, which describes an idea or a thought. Where as the stuff that I do for clients often has its’ starting point in a visual idea, which is then developed into something unique.”

Still from video animation “Structure” by Kristine Mandsberg

Kristines dream project: “There are lots and lots of project that I want to do, and people that I would like to work with. If I should define my dream project it would be to do some kind of huge scale installation or theatre project. It should be a project where I could work with all the different things that I like to combine, such as animation, video, illustration, textile, materials, costumes, props, space and body, linked to a narrative that would give the viewers some kind of experience visually and emotionally.”

The Freaky King and Queen by Kristine Mandsberg

People who inspire Kristine:

Filmmaker: Tim Burton (I love his visual style, a mix between reality and fiction)

Photographer: Tim Walker (and the set designer Shona Heath, which he often works with)

Japanese Fashion designer: Tsumori Chisato (her prints is amazing, colourfull and humoristic) Note: Kawaiicph will blog about her on Thursday!

Danish artist: Cathrine Raben Davidsen

You should all know: A collaborative animation by Blu and David Ellis

Birds and Feathers textile print by Kristine Mandsberg

Printed textile by Kristine Mandsberg

Thank you Kristine for letting med use your lovely pictures. If you want to buy posters and graphics by the artist they can be purchased at Butikcmyk in Copenhagen.

After many failures I finally learned how to make the origami paper crane and here is the result. I have borrowed books about origami at the library but I still think the best way to learn paperfolding is by video tutorials where you can repeat and watch again. Inspired by blogger Brinja ´s miniature creations and Origami Jewellery I have decided to try to make the cranes in tiny scale for earrings. You can see the result at the end of this post!

I just wanted to show my new jewellery box from NoMess which is perfect for tiny jewellery parts.

The small colored acryllic boxes from NoMess are really cute, and a great idea for a jewellery gift box. And below are some origami lillies I made, click here for instructions.

And this is how the tiny cranes turned out: They will need two varnish glue coatings and they will be ready for earhooks!

And tadaa! Tell me what you think.

I stumbled upon this super cute blog by Brinja in Copenhagen. She is a supercreative  shopowner who, as one of her hobbies, recreates her apartment in miniature scale 1:12. I think this idea is so original and inspiring and puts life and our purchases in perspective. All items in the miniature apartment are almost exact copies of her real home and when she rearranges the furniture or buys new ones, the scale apartment is refurnished as well.

Brinja´s miniature has attracted quite a lot of attention: on the picture above her creation is getting ready for a photo shoot . There is something hypnotic about it and the time and effort it must take to create this little world in such detail.

Even the papers and magazines are carefully scaled. I could just stare at this tiny wonderland all day.

When Brinja and her husband had their daughter they had to make some changes to the apartment and I can´t wait to see tiny toys appear in the corners of the miniature apartment as well. Notice the changing table on the wall above and in the background of the picture of Brinja and her daughter Vilja below!

Brinja has so many how-to tips and generous give-aways like this pin on the picture below -and her blog is in English!

You can also visit Brinjas webshop here.

Pictures from Kawaiicph

Bubbles

Origami City

Princess

Shop

Tiny Bird

Glitter and sunshine

Confetti

Engel

Snow

Light

Cellofane

Feather