Staging furniture: my babysteps

Staging furniture: my babysteps - Dala Muses

I love interior design and furniture painting. You probably noticed that already :). A passion that got out of hand. No degree, just trying to learn every day. The same goes for staging furniture or home staging. I don’t know how you should “officially” stage furniture for photos, never took a class. I just try things out and hope for the best. I hang out on Pinterest, Instagram (and call it “work” haha) and I look for patterns or rules in photos of bloggers I like. Read more


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From Belgian neutrals to Scandinavian black - Dala Muses

There’s no such thing as one Scandinavian or Nordic interior style, but there are a lot of elements I’m starting to recognize as Nordic. One of those is black. I was never into black, not a single bit. Growing up around Belgian homes, I dreamed of linen curtains, oak wooden floors combined with neutrals, neutrals and more neutrals. Never black. I have changed though, on more than just one level. Interior design is one of those. I’m getting into black. Seriously! Read more


Symbol or metaphor: 2017 in review.

Credit: John Flobrant

I hope you enjoyed your Christmas celebrations and are now taking some time off just like me. 2018 is approaching really fast and I want to invite you to reflect on 2017 together with me. Let’s think about a symbol or metaphor for 2017. What was 2017 like for you? I’m not talking about extrinsic successes or rewards, but about your inner process. How could you summarize it with just one symbol? Read more


Meaning of the dala horse

Dala horses in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint - Dala Muses

When you have seen my blog’s logo, you know that a horse is the central element, to be specific: the Dala horse. To me the horse is 200% cuteness, it’s also the symbol of the province I live in, a symbol for Sweden and even for my own journey. I just have to use it in my home decor! Last week I made a wall decoration in my kitchen with small wooden dala horses and repurposed tin plates. The last finishing touch in Christmas decor before Christmas! Read more


My ‘wintersleep’ or hibernation

Quote Jill Badonsky - Hibernation - Dala Muses
I haven’t been writing/blogging lately, I know. It was a conscious choice I made a few weeks ago. Just because I deserve my hibernation for a few weeks :). The climate here in Dalarna pushes me into hibernation. It’s cold, snowy and dark and this has an effect on my whole being. I know it’s called hibernation in English and not ‘wintersleep’ like in wrote in the title, but that’s just a wink to my first language Dutch/Flemish where we use that word. Read more