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Red and blue colors in Scandinavian interiors, part 1.

Credit: Drömhem och Trädgård & theswedishfurniture.com

I’m so curious about your homes. Though many of you and I share a common interest in DIY, home decor or even furniture painting, we may prefer totally different colors. This is so interesting! I wish I could visit each and every one of your homes, experience “the vibe” and see how it links to your unique personality.

I played around with neutrals for a very long time, but red and blue were never far away. For many years different tones of North American historical reds and blues were a large inspiration after a trip to New England. I call them ‘barn red’ and ‘colonial blue’. Does that make sense, dear North American readers?  Read more


Sourdough bread, furniture paint and workshops

Brödladan surdegsbageri Ludvika

I have been promising you photos of our new shop for a very long time. The truth is, only half of the shop was open and finished. Jurgen and I had decided to combine our passions into one shop, one corner for me (furniture paint shop) and everything else bakery and bakery shop. I started out first and wanted to wait with this blog post until the bakery opened. Read more


From Swedish stuga to shop: the renovation

Swedish vedspis - Dala Muses

I’m finally ready to share pictures of our shop renovation. The plan to renovate was there since we bought our Swedish house in April 2016. It had an extra (small) building (a stuga), full of charm on the outside, but old and dark on the inside. I was so focused on the end result that I didn’t even bother to take before pictures (which I regret now, ofcourse!).  At that time it was very dark in general in Sweden, so that didn’t really help my motivation to pick up my camera. Read more


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 favorite flea market finds on a Swedish loppis

Swedish antique linen - favorite finds on flea markets - Dala Muses

Loppis, pronounced lop-pis, Swedish for flea market, has become  an important part of my life. I can’t imagine how I lived for almost 37 years without this amount of flea markets or thrift stores in my area. They are everywhere and I love it! I haven’t missed a week of thrift shopping since we moved here. I don’t know all the restaurants or clothing shops in the area, but I do know where the flea markets are.

There is a pattern in my flea market finds. Five themes or types of objects always catch my attention and end up in my home. Read more