Symbol or metaphor: 2017 in review.

Credit: John Flobrant

I hope you enjoyed your Christmas celebrations and are now taking some time off just like me. 2018 is approaching really fast and I want to invite you to reflect on 2017 together with me. Let’s think about a symbol or metaphor for 2017. What was 2017 like for you? I’m not talking about extrinsic successes or rewards, but about your inner process. How could you summarize it with just one symbol? Read more


Meaning of the dala horse

Dala horses in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint - Dala Muses

When you have seen my blog’s logo, you know that a horse is the central element, to be specific: the Dala horse. To me the horse is 200% cuteness, it’s also the symbol of the province I live in, a symbol for Sweden and even for my own journey. I just have to use it in my home decor! Last week I made a wall decoration in my kitchen with small wooden dala horses and repurposed tin plates. The last finishing touch in Christmas decor before Christmas! Read more


My ‘wintersleep’ or hibernation

Quote Jill Badonsky - Hibernation - Dala Muses
I haven’t been writing/blogging lately, I know. It was a conscious choice I made a few weeks ago. Just because I deserve my hibernation for a few weeks :). The climate here in Dalarna pushes me into hibernation. It’s cold, snowy and dark and this has an effect on my whole being. I know it’s called hibernation in English and not ‘wintersleep’ like in wrote in the title, but that’s just a wink to my first language Dutch/Flemish where we use that word. 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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