Upcycling barn finds into shop display

Repurposing items from the barn into shop display pieces - Dala Muses

I’m looking forward to opening my shop. My first workshops for september are planned, applications are coming in so I feel very motivated to move forward. The next step is ‘shop display’. It’s going to take a bit of time because I want my shop display to be all about repurposing and upcycling: giving old items ‘from the barn’ a new life. Read more


Meet the Muse: Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy

In today’s post in my ‘Meet the Muse‘- series, I want to tell you a little bit about Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy, also known as SARK. Sark is an author, artist and international expert in personal well-being and transformation. Reading one of her books was a milestone on my recent journey in life. Read more


From Swedish stuga to shop: the renovation

Swedish vedspis - Dala Muses

I’m finally ready to share pictures of our shop renovation. The plan to renovate was there since we bought our Swedish house in April 2016. It had an extra (small) building (a stuga), full of charm on the outside, but old and dark on the inside. I was so focused on the end result that I didn’t even bother to take before pictures (which I regret now, ofcourse!).  At that time it was very dark in general in Sweden, so that didn’t really help my motivation to pick up my camera. Read more


Seasons in business: summertime slowdown

Seasons in business: how to deal with the summertime slowdown - Dala Muses

We moved to an area with four very obvious seasons, just like I always wanted to. As much as there are seasons in nature are there different season in business. This season, summer, is always a challenging one and I would love to share my tips with all the readers out there with a small business. Read more


Bucket list of furniture pieces: the Swedish bench

Swedish bench makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint - Dala Muses
Oh the Swedish bench, something I had been dreaming about since we bought our first home in 2005. Around that time there were some antique dealers in Belgium and Holland that offered them, but the prices were not for my budget. Later a lot of dealers started to sell Hungarian benches, and though similar in shape and style, let’s be honest: it’s not a Swedish bench! I also wanted to find one myself. That spark of adrenaline when you hit the perfect piece for a good price on a market, that was also something I was after. Read more