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


My own butik, milk paint texture and stenciled leaves

Fusion Mineral Paint, Ludvika, Sverige - Dala Muses
What a complex title I chose. By the end of this post you will get completely what those three items have in common: paint! You may have read one of my posts about the vague idea of opening a shop again. It was a couple of weeks ago and I decided to go for it! I almost forgot to mention it on this blog. I’m stealing a bit of room in my husband’s shop so I can host my own workshops about painting furniture and repurposing thrift store finds into beautiful home decor. I returned to my old love: I will be selling Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint again (just like in Belgium), but … I also added another line of furniture paint: Fusion Mineral Paint. I’m super happy to start this cute ‘butik‘ (Swedish for shop)! Read more


Meet the Muse: Kristin Vald

Meet the muses: Kristin Vald's lupines @Dala Muses

In my last post I introduced you to my muses through a Pinterest board. One of the muses is Vibeke Svenningsen and I was very glad to interview her a while ago and share it with you. It was so much fun that I decided to start a series on my blog: ‘Meet the Muse’. I want to interview all the creatives that inspire me, show you why I like them so much and share their tips with you. Today I would like you to meet photographer Kristin Vald from Iceland. Read more


Dalarna, my muses and corner values

Dalarna - Creative muses and corner values - Dala Muses
Dala Muses. And suddenly the name was there. About a year ago.  “The valleys” (Dalarna in Swedish, Dala means valley) were an important inspiration or ‘muse’ for several of my recent decisions in life. It is said that the region of Dalarna has the most Swedishness of the whole of Sweden.

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The Dream Collector Workbook

Drawing Swedish furniture - The Dream Collector Workbook - Dala Muses

When I woke up this morning I snapped pictures from the birds and bees in our front yard. I put a picture on Instagram and decided it was going to be a take-it-easy and slower day. One to enjoy the sunshine, draw a little and develop a few coaching exercises.

But … sometimes the urge to work hard, finish projects and forget about everything else shows up unexpectedly. It’s a wonderful feeling and it happened this afternoon. It’s that zone I wrote about a few weeks ago, where I have a challenge, a clear goal and I can use my skills. If you missed that post about creative flow, you can read it here. I would have never guessed that by the end of this wonderful, so-called slower day, my Dream Collector Workbook would have been finished. Read more