27 mei 2016

Happy Friday everybody...

I quickly fell in love with the aluminium pots with handles from SMD Design from Sweden. This beautiful minimalistic design has very well chosen colours. My first encouter with these beauties was on the website Lovely Market. When I continued to the brands site I was even more happy to find out the products name is Tivoli. The same name of the street where I grew up.
In the past I had already seen some really nice posters from Walnut & Walrus. Their wooden monkey and big hat with legs and walrus are populair decorations. Their clothes collection was still new to me. As a mother of two boys I find it very difficult to find nice sleepwear. This dino print and the colours used are perfect! In a soft beautiful organic cotton this shirt and legging makes a cosy outfit for the dreamy hours. And for the smaller kids there are onesies and bodysuits. 

My final inspiration is from Nofred. The reason why I was looking for a wooden design kids chair online had to do with a dream I had last night. In my dream I found a barely used wooden design chair next to a dumpster. I took it with me to some festival style party on a large field and after taking my eye away from my stool for a second it was gone. Dream analyzers can comment and let me know what the dream meant. For me it was 'wake up and source that amazing chair'. Couldn't find it but Nofred from Denmark didn't disappoint me with their sweet mouse style kids chair. 

Before I take off to enjoy the weekend I'll share my guilty pleasure. I love the filters on Snapchat. Make sure you look me up {Lillelykke_blog} and find out what keeps me busy. 

Have a KOEL weekend and let's catch up next Friday!

X Caroline

20 mei 2016

Not your ordinary Friday....


This will be me all day today running around town with a oversized birthday cake on my head with 41 candles. Looking forward to celebrate. And a massive congratulations to my grandmother who turns 95 today. We share the same birthday and I hope to do so for as long as she is happy to be with us. She inspires me not to feel too old at 41. 

I am off the celebrate. Hope you have a great weekend and week and see you again next Friday with a more regular Favorite Friday post. 

It's my birthday.... yay yay... it's my birthday.... yay yay....

Oh and if you want to get me something special for my birthday do support my friend in making her dream come true of launching a new magazine. It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a KOEL (read as cool) group of people to fund this magazine. 

13 mei 2016

YESSS it's Friday!

The hurdle of the first week in school is taken. The early mornings we need to get used to again and no more lazy evenings like you have during the holidays. So my sentiment today says... YESSS it's Friday!

Something I loved this week. I have painted our trailer by the sea white on the inside but still flirt with the idea to add color on one wall. I am leaning towards a pale peach or coral color best represented in these rugs by Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters. Also love the ambiance of this home created in a stable in London. Turns out it comes close to the Pantone colors of 2016.

After a few years of 'slow blogging' it is also very nice to revisit some brands I used to love. It didn't surprise me that the craftsmanship and love for wood made me fall head over heels again for Slow Wood. Here some of their new items that caught my eye. Love how timeless they are and how well you can combine these items in a designer home as well as a mid century lovers interior as in a more country style pad.

If you haven't seen it already on social media... can I make a shout out for a friend. You most likely all know her as she is the amazing Irene Hoofs from Bloesem blog. She knows how to build a brand from a passion. And now she is tapping into something new by publishing a new magazine KOEL. Find out all about KOEL by watching the video at this link.

And finally going through a BoligMagasinet coming from my sister who lives in Oslo I saw a poster from Anne Novak called Orbit Leaf. It brings me back to a textile printing technique I've been hoping to do from quite some time now. This summer I must give this a try. In addition I have added two more posters from Theposterclub.com that resemble sites I've visited this week when screening through images and inspirations on Pinterest.

Time to leave you for now. Let's catch up again next week. We're looking forward to a long weekend. They say the wether is going to turn but with all these inspirations the sun will continue to shine in our heads.

X Caroline

29 april 2016

Happy Friday everybody

Amazing! Absolutely amazing. Today I had a great work meeting. Something nice and fun that I am really looking forward to. It made me do some research on traditional Swedish rug making and I came across a website that sells vintage rugs. These are both made in 1950 and are both unused and for sale. Give me budget now as I really love the first and last rug shown here. Great craftmanship, beautiful colors and love the textures that create height in the rug.  It's my birthday coming soon so if anyone is still looking for inspiration (hint hint).

Another great rug that would be more than welcome in my home is the Pampa rug. Handwoven in Argentina in vibrant colors and modern designs creating a very desirable eye catcher for your home. This week I have pinned several great rugs in my Pinterest Fabric designs I love board. It must be that I have fallen in love with weaving myself that I am so into these handmade rugs.

And finally something else for Friday Favorite... my kind of fashion. Comfortable, beautiful colors, pockets in dresses and quality material. In Singapore I would always wear dresses like this or comfortable shirts with shorts. Can't wait for summer to have easy morning desicions to make in my wardrobe. This blue Humanoid dress and check oversized top are all in the style and shape that I would practically live in.

In this shirt I could lie on the rugs and simply blend in.

Wishing you all a very happy Friday and a great weekend. Let's hope the sun will be shining and we can flirt with Spring outdoor living. Can't wait to catch up next Friday.

X Caroline

22 april 2016

Happy Friday everybody

Good morning and a happy Friday to you all. After a week of kids with runny noses and very fresh (cold!) temperatures I am ready for some light reading and uplifting inspirations. We have made a selection of recent discoveries online. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do and feel inspired to get creative, treat those tastebuds, get shopping and make small changes to your home. Here we go with our very first Favorite Friday...

Through Pinterest I found this artist. So inspired by her story of her having a Master's degree in Music and ending up as an amazing ink printing artist. I sometimes feel limited by the fact that I wasn't educated to do something but this proves you don't need the diploma to be really good at something. Just follow your heart. Make sure you follow Andrea Lauren on Instagram as she posts the most amazing work.

Another thing I come across more and more online is the 'grow your own' plant. I remember a few years ago watching a tv show in German (not my best spoken language) about all the fruits and vegetables you have in your cupboard that you can easily regrow again. One example of that is this pineapple plant. Having lived in Singapore I have seen these grow in the botanical gardens. Don't think our Dutch climate is warm enough but I am very tempted to give this one a go this summer. At the moment I am testing the grounds with a left over piece of ginger.

The cactus. I still cannot get enough of it. Don't want one in the house as I have two little boys running around. But I have painted a large one that we had on the wall in Singapore and I see some great cactus inspired creations online. Such as the beautiful embroidery pieces by Sarah K Benning. Do follow her Instagram and check out her Etsy shop as she has recently started to sell templates for her amazing designs.

And last but surely not least. How amazing are these Moebe frames from Denmark. I have already experimented with buying two cheap frames and using both glass pieces on one but you see the black metal parts that keep it together. Not on these babies as they are beautifully crafted so that you don't see anything else than oak frame and the items on display. I have some flower press dried leaves and flowers as a souvenir from Singapore that look amazing in these frames.

There... my first Favorite Friday is up. I cannot wait to see you all again next week. Have a great weekend!!! And do comment as I love to be in touch. Have some great plans up my sleeve for that as well but first things first.

X Caroline

13 april 2016

A big change on my blog

From now on Lille Lykke blog will offer you the best inspiration on a weekly basis. Every Friday we post all the things that have turned a light on in our head. A beautiful mix between online and offline. After all inspiration comes from many directions.

We hope you will join us on this journey. In addition we are working on putting together some workshop plans. Still looking for a great location so as soon as I have news on this I will swiftly update you all.

See you next Friday!

30 maart 2016

A give away I lost without feeling a loser

How much fun was this enormous give away. The Dutch interior magazine (and online webshop) VT Wonen invited us all to put together our favorite items to create a 'SPRING HOME'. Criteria: had to be done in 24 hours (webshop was adjusted to the give away), had to be for several rooms in the house (living, kitchen, bedrooms, garden, etc) and had to be 10.000 euros exactly. The last was the biggest challenge as it meant making many concessions.
Out of 49.750 entrees can you imagine I didn't win. I can! Gosh I cannot imagine they were able to even take a quick glance at all entrees with so many people joinging the give away. The lucky winner was Simone Haveman. Here is the winning selection. But I don't feel a loser. I have had a good think about my home, my accessories, colours and I have a fun evening puzzling to get the exact amount. I will definately join again next year.
Above is the selection of product I chose for my personal spring home. If only I had won. So many items there have been on my wish list for quite some time but some things are just not within the every day budget.

17 maart 2016

Into Tropical home inspiration

It must be having lived in Singapore for three years but I am very much into the Tropical home atmosphere. If you add this just by using a few fun wallpapers, some accessories and big plants you can embrace the whim and can easily switch to something else after a year or so.

Look at all my Tropical Home inspirations as the list keeps growing by the day on my Pinterest board. I've totaly come back to Pinterest and will make some revisions in current boards and keep adding new ones.

Photo credits photo 1: wallpaper Archiproducts.com
Photo credits photo 2: wallpaper Design Label 

24 augustus 2015

I am a dreamer. I dream of having enough time to continue my blog. I dream of beautiful colonial black and white houses and cannot stop myself visiting open houses every Saturday. And after I visit them I always start decorating them in my mind. Young kids have imaginary friends, I have imaginary houses. And decorating them becomes more and more easy with all these amazing brands and stores you come across on Instagram.
This is a World Map Poster by the great brand Olli Ella from Australia.

Follow me on my journey past the black and white colonial houses and my family life in Singapore on Instagram. I post almost daily there and hopefully much more often here than in the past year. If people ask me what I do I still reply 'I am a blogger'. So best start blogging again than.

7 maart 2015

A recent DIY

It was long before I had children of my own that I came across a little boy dressed up like an Astronaut. He had empty soda bottles on his back and over his head something that looked like a plastic fish bowl. Could hardly walk in his creation but I loved it so much that it has never left my mind. Now that my oldest is three I can create my own master piece. Specially since we had Carnaval mid February to celebrate.

As inspiration for my creation I chose a Pottery Barn store bought suit. Also looks amazing but I just like to DIY a bit. I took some garden equipment from my dad's shed, two empty soda bottles and neoprane fabric and some glitsy bright colours for finishing details.

Have to admit. I was really really stoked with the end result. And hoping hoping hoping that the three year old would wear it. Thank goodness he did and loved it just as much as I did.

I am now working on a 'no pattern' fireman jacket. I hope it will work out just as cute as this one. Can't wait to fill up his dress up wardrobe with all these cool little suits.


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