Painting furniture as art therapy

Painting furniture as art therapy - Dala Muses

Many years ago I was a teacher at a university college, teaching communication and writing skills for social workers. The first day I walked into that school I was given a ‘buddy’, another teacher that could help me getting used to the new job and school. She, her name was An, was also an art therapist. It sparked my interest, it inspired me without really knowing what the meaning was of my sudden interest. After all, I didn’t consider myself as creative or artsy at that point. I was a teacher and a researcher for local governments involving a lot of statistics. I guess you can see why I didn’t understand the meaning of being inspired by an art therapist? It felt like it came out of nowhere. Read more


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


From Belgian neutrals to Scandinavian black

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


Meet the Muse: Loree Pringle

For a long time I wanted to write about another muse of mine:  Loree Pringle from Homestead House Paint Company.  If there’s one lady who knows paint inside out, it’s Loree. I’ve been lucky enough to learn a lot from her in the past years. Read more


Bitten by the stenciling bug

Scandi boxes collection - Stencils - Dala Muses

The plan was to show pictures of my new stenciled decor displayed outside, on a table in the snow. As soon as I was displaying everything it started to snow heavily for many hours. I moved everything inside and worked from there. Cozy and comfortable!

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