The bright yellow Mora clock

Drawing a Mora clock - Dala Muses

I shared a while ago that I have been drawing and doodling lately. If you missed that post, you can read it here. Swedish furniture and interior design is a huge source of inspiration for those drawings.  A real Mora clock is high up on my bucket list.  I bump into one occasionally but I haven’t found ‘the one Mora clock for my home’ yet. I will keep looking and meanwhile I have one of my own drawings to hang on the wall where the real thing is supposed to stand. No, I’m not really going to do that, that would look ridiculous :). Read more


How to apply Swedish ‘lagom’ to your marketing

How to apply Swedish lagom to marketing - Dala Muses

We have been living in Sweden now for more than 6 months. A milestone! A few years ago I was convinced we would end up in New England, and now we live in Sweden. Life definitely has its own way. Those 6 months were overwhelming to say the least, but slowly we’re adjusting. I noticed that I’m starting to appreciate Swedish ‘lagom’ in certain parts of my life. Read more


An insight into Vibeke’s creative journey

Insight into Vibeke's Creative Journey - Dala Muses

I thought it was time to introduce you to one of my muses: Vibeke Svenningsen from Vibeke Design. Not that she needs an introduction, she’s a well-known photographer and stylist after all. Such a beautiful Scandinavian farmhouse style with pops of colour, a wink to all four Nordic seasons and some influences from English and French cottage and country style. Did you know that one of Vibeke’s images made it onto the cover of Country Living’s new book ‘Salvage Style, decorate with vintage finds’?

So… we see her amazing images and style shared all over social media. But who is Vibeke? Where does she get her inspiration from? What has her creative journey been like until now … I had many questions, we started chatting and voilà: Read more


Finding meaning when dealing with circumstances

Meaning and creativity - Dala Muses

What an interesting week it has been! I had originally planned to spend the entire Easter weekend painting furniture. I was very excited about it.  Unfortunately a sudden pain in my back and shoulder made it impossible to do any physical work for a couple of days. Lifting my right arm to paint was too painful.

Within a few hours meaninglessness and boredom hit me. It seemed like nothing could motivate me. I had even lost the desire to create anything else than a painted furniture piece. It was a meaning crisis, something a few of my coaching clients struggle with. Something all creatives struggle with from time to time: what makes our life meaningful? How do we find meaning when we think we have lost it? I had to put into practice what I tell clients. I needed to figure out a way to find meaning and motivation again, and most of all despite the imperfect circumstances. Read more


Emilia: painting furniture with intuition

Naming your milk painted furniture - Dala Muses

Today I would love to introduce you to Emilia, my newest Swedish cabinet. I gave her this name because I couldn’t figure out how to paint her. A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about how to listen to intuition when decorating. You can read it here, if you missed that one. I showed you an exercise to get in touch with your intuition when interior decorating. Read more