Meet the muse – Eva Ekestern

Meet the muse - Eva Ekstern, Ekesterna Furniture Restoration - Dala Muses

It has been a long time since I shared a ‘meet the muses’- interview. I had a chat with Eva Ekestern from Ekesterna Furniture Restoration in Uppsala in Sweden.

When I first saw Eva’s Instagram account, it was brand new, but it was high quality from the start. The colour choice, furniture choice, staging and photography blew me away. I’ve been in the business of painted furniture for many years now and I know that many people go through a learning process with their painted furniture business, one little step at a time. Social media, photography, staging, … learning everything takes time. The fact that Eva delivered such beautiful results right from the start made me curious about her talent, background and her inspiration. Read more


My own stencil collection

I have always wanted to develop or design my own products, but I was holding back for a long time. I walked around with the following thoughts, which kept me from pursuing my dreams: Read more


Fall, folk art and fun

Fall, folk art and fun - Dala Muses

I like playing with words and letters: that explains the (maybe weird) title of this post. Fall, folk art and fun. This week I wanted to have a little ‘fun’ with milk paint and my camera. A small creative project. I just wanted to pop in today to show you the result. Fall was at its peak, everything in nature around us was deep yellow and I knew it wouldn’t take long before every single leaf would be on the ground. I wanted to enjoy the Fall atmosphere until that last little bit, and working on a Fall vignette in our living room felt appropriate. Read more


Showing up for creativity

How to shop up for creativity, even when you don't feel like it - Dala Muses

Showing up for creativity, what a challenge! There are so many days I just don’t make something, write for my blog, paint, decorate my house, …  You and I don’t have the perfect life after all. We have a lot of duties, chores, a difficult situation in life sometimes. Anyway, life can get in the way of what you would love to do all day: create.

‘I can’t move forward enough because I don’t have time’ was a very prominent thought. I decided to let that go. The thought itself was a crippling one. Ofcourse, time is an issue, but the thought was slowing me down more than the issue itself. If my blog and creativity are so important to me, I just have to MAKE time. And so I did. Read more


Top 5 Instagram profiles for Scandinavian farmhouse style

I have to admit it. The other day, when I was writing about my botanical and faux rust tray, it struck me how ‘style-confused’ I am. I don’t know if style-confused is a word, but if it is, I suffer from it. Many years ago, when I hadn’t discovered the world of interior blogs and Pinterest yet, I was drawn to books about ‘cottage decor’ and ‘country decor’. A lot of it was English, and a small part Scandinavian. Later, when I embarked on the Pinterest-train, the old red barns and primitive decor of North America caught my attention. Meanwhile I decorated my own house in Belgium, and was influenced a lot by French, Belgian and Dutch vibes just because … those countries were very close. Read more