Hello! I’m Goedele. Creative entrepreneur, mother of two boys and Belgian in Sweden. Whether it was starting up my painting furniture business in Belgium, handing over this business to the new owners and moving 1600 kilometers north to the “dala” (Swedish for valleys) of Sweden to live a slower life: they all were giant leaps of faith, following my intuition and “muses” to live a life that honors my own truth. And that’s how ‘Dala Muses’ was born.
This blog is my creative outlet. I write about creativity as my lifestyle, about my passion for interior décor, painting furniture and environmently friendly & historical furniture paints. You can follow my journey in my new country Sweden, where decorating with antiques, soulful objects and natural elements is such a natural thing. Life on the Swedish countryside is slower than I was used to in Belgium and this highly inspired me to develop a more mindful perspective on life. I’m on a journey to deepen my own creativity and hope I can inspire you with my blog to do the same.
I’m a true multipassionate entrepreneur. I love variation! I have been in the retail business of furniture paint products, in distribution, I have worked as a creativity coach and designed products for the craft and painting furniture industry. Right now I focus mostly on consultancy for Old Red Barn in Belgium (European distributor for Fusion Mineral Paint & Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint) and on my own stencil collection.
Packing up everything and moving abroad was a daunting, but eye-opening experience. My move to Dalarna, Sweden in 2016 opened my eyes to a new creative world: folkloric drawings, the patterned wallpaper in old abandoned countryside homes, the wildflowers around Midsummer, the wildlife and the beauty of four different seasons. A whole new world that inspired me to design my own stencils.