The show season is over for this year and I’ve just gotten back from spending a week in Sweden. My days are spent unpacking, organizing and stealing moments of relaxation. The trip to Sweden was unplanned as my grandmother unexpectedly fell ill, but it was still a wonderful trip with my Mother.

Sweden has such a nice blend between open fields, thousands of lakes and city life.

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Sweden’s capital, though small, breaths and feels differently than any city to me. I love walking around and just taking all of it in. One of my favorite places is Ostermalm and looking at all the new fashion trends in the boutiques. This is where all the designers are and each store is an ode to the architect Gods.  There are plenty of cafe’s along the streets and though it was just above freezing temperatures when we were there, people were sitting outside eating lunch (us included!) or drinking coffee or enjoying a beer.

That kind of city life inspires me as much as seeing fields and a red barns. It gets the creative juices flowing and I’m really excited about sitting down and starting a few commissions I have lined up… AND maybe get to that dining table I’ve been trying to refinish for over a year…