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Lottilou
seeks to be bohemian, ecological, deeply rooted to the human being, to history and to anthropology

Sunday, November 24

At Home with Brinja


The fascinating world of Brinja
Brinja is a young creative woman, designer, blogger, lover of interiors and pretty things, passionate about photography, owner of a charming boutique and a mom. Famous in the blog's world for her exquisite taste and her special and charming way of telling stories about her lifestyle. In this interview she tells us a little about her universe and her passion for creating miniature models. I was really conquered by her creativity and her great personality!
Pictures Brinja Text Lottilou
Featured at Flair Fashion and Home Magazine 

 


What can you tell us about yourself? 
I'm 29 years old, I live with my husband Anders which is 34 years old and my daughter Vilja (2 years old).

Where do you live?
In an apartment in Frederiksberg, Copenhague, build in 1890. We have been living here for five years, it's close to the city center and fifteen minutes away cycling from my shop. The only thing I don't like about living in an apartment in a city, is that I'm not allowed to paint my front door in pink, or to knock down a wall if I want to. I dream of a workspace which would give me more freedom, to play and create without having to think about the limits of a small space...

When did you open your shop?
I opened my shop in 2005. The shop takes a huge place in our lives. Our apartment is divided into a workplace and a living space.

Where is your shop located?
My shop is at the harbor area (Islands Brygge) in Copenhagen.


Brinja's Family Home 

  


How would you define your shop style? What kind of things do you sell?
I sell things that are handmade and things that are new, but rare and special; clothes, jewelry, boxes, paper goods, pillows, small furniture, luxury soaps, gourmet tea and so on... The best way to define it, would be 'A lifestyle shop'.

How would you define your interior style?
I would say that there is a balance between old and new things. Things that are pretty and things that are not... I love to turn things that are really ugly into thing that looks good in the right context! Most of all, my furniture is secondhand or found in containers in town. I just can't pass by a container without sneaking and peeking... You never know what treasures it might hold! We also have IKEA furniture, but most of it is personalized and re-done to make it match with the rest of our entire home. We also have quite a few designer lamps. I believe that when most of the furniture are recycled, really cheap or found, it's nice to invest in a fancy and expensive accessory once in a while. If I had to give some advice about interior it would be that you shouldn't be afraid of showing your own personality at home, make sure to make it really yours...

Can you describe a typical weekday?
I always get into real trouble when getting out of the bed... Some things will never change! ... We have breakfast all together: coffee, bread and eggs. I take Vilja to the kindergarten and the workday begins! I spend an hour a day blogging, and hour responding to e-mails and messages. And , then I either ride my bike to the shop and I do everything from organizing, rearranging, unwrapping, window displaying, price tagging, talking to customers, cleaning... or I spend my day at my home/workshop doing bookkeeping, placing orders here and there and things like that... It's boring, but it is important! Of course I do creative work as well, I play with materials and make new stock to sell in the shop. I make everything from jewelry and dresses, to postcards and pillows... I go to my shop almost every day, but only half of my work week takes place there. The rest of my time is spent at home in my workplace, in front of my computer, behind my camera, or at my working table: sewing, making jewelry or creating miniature stuff. I have currently three sweet girls helping me out in the shop. They make it possible for me to keep the wheels spinning from 'behind the scenes'.


The Shop 

  


You have a blog: what is its purpose? Do you get anything from it?
I have my blog since July 2008. It's not meant to be a business-blog, but a place for me to be creative and to share what I do and what I like: family, food, interior and my everyday life from my point of view. Over the years, it has become a bigger and bigger part of my work life because I have a lot of readers and many visitors from here and from around the world who come by the shop because of the blog. This was not the purpose when I started out, but of course it's great fun for me and very good for my business at the same time!

I feel so lucky to be able to make a living with what I love most - being creative and self-employed.

Would you define yourself as somebody creative?
I'm wildly passionate about creating mini things. I think it is my way of escape from life when things are hard to handle. Back in 2007, I started making a 1:12 scale model of our apartment. Obviously this has turned out to be an ever-going project as things in our home are rearranged and replaced quite often... It's still in progress and it still makes my heart beat. I make things for my mini world from recycled materials like buttons, shoe boxes, plastic cups, screws, glass beads, magazine clip outs, cotton swaps, vintage wallpaper, metal wire, match boxes... I've done things like a tiny hat shop, a miniature perfume store, a shoebox-gallery and most recently a wooden-cigar-box mini café.

Do you have any creative reference?
I truly admire my grandma, she lives in a home with flowered sofas, rose colors everywhere, a canopy bed, big soft carpets and chandeliers that would make a princess envy her. So thought-through and so much HER. I love visiting her.


The workshop 

  


How would you describe your dream house?
It would be on the top of a very big and very old and secret tree. Like in a fairytale, with a rope-ladder that I could hive in when the outside world became too difficult. I like caves and hammocks and stuff like that. I think that I like all things that belong to childish, creative and playful universe.

Do you like traveling?
I'm a home-loving person. I like to travel, but I love being home.

Do you have any favorite perfume?
I have a few… but I don't wear them very often. When I do wear perfume I only spray it on my legs because I feel it too strong in my neck. Sensitive nose I guess!


Home in miniature 

  

  Mail: butik@brinja.dk
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Saturday, November 23

Black & Noir

Pictures : pinterest

"I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy." - Charles Baudelaire

Tuesday, November 19

Home sweet home

Picture: Pinterest

Already one month working from home ...
Time goes so fast!

"Life is like dancing. If we have a big floor, many people will dance. 
Some will get angry when the rhythm changes. 
But life is changing all the time." - 
Miguel Angel Ruiz

Monday, November 18

Do Design. A shop in Madrid.

DO DESIGN is a very authentic concept store located in the neighborhood of Las Salesas, which is starting to become the most boho and heterogeneous district of Madrid. All filled with Art Galleries, little boutiques and cozy cafes, 
We could actually define it as one of the most emerging neighborhoods of the center.

Text and Pictures: Lottilou



DO opened its doors in October 2011 under Lucia Ruiz-Rivas approval, who, after having completed studies in Fine Arts and Fashion Design, decided to open a multidisciplinary
space that would combine several items on the art and design field... Therefore, the space has been created with the idea of combining all things Lucía likes within art and design...
a space where you can easily get inspired, have a coffee, watch an exhibition of art, buy a design object... DO hopes to be more than just a shop.

The store has a unique selection of found objects or "objects trouvés" whose main feature is to be beautiful and functional. Designed, organic and handmade items... Objects which combine the latest trends with traditional rustic design.

Do is a living space in movement, not only dedicated to a specific product line, but reflecting a philosophy where emerging designers and artists share a vision of work, beauty and lifestyle.

Lucia has been living in Helsinki for two years... that's why the shop exudes a very latent Scandinavian style, in which she has added some warm touches and handcrafts, making it much more personal…

 

The WorkShop 


DODESIGN
Fernando VI, 13
28004 Madrid



Sunday, November 17

Moodboards






 I like doing moodboards so much, it relaxes me a lot ... 
I made quite ​​a few up today ...
To see more have a look here




Saturday, November 16

Friday, November 15

Somwhere in the middle of Scotland

 Foto: © Alexis Armanet (2011) The New York Times Syndicate 

The top model Stella Tennant and her husband the photographer David Lasnet
live in this incredible castle in Scotland. They are the perfect
example of a beautiful and happy familly ...
I saw and enjoyed  those pictures so many times, but I dindn't know the source...

Tuesday, November 12

At Home with Elisabeth Heier

Elisabeth Heier-Werner is a young Norwegian blogger, interior designer, mummy 
and a fervent of photography ... Through this interview she shows us 
her beautiful and inspiring world and talks about her lifestyle and passions.

Pictures:  Elisabeth Heier Text Lottilou 


 
What can you tell us about yourself, in few words?
I am a thirty one year old and I am married to Kenneth. We live in an old loft in the centre of Oslo with our two kids, 
Ole (3 year) and Sophia (1 year).
Presently I'm staying home with Sophia, and I am also starting up with my own business as an interior designer.
Where do you live?
In June we will be moving from the city to a house on the countryside ...
Although I love so much living the urban life, I'm looking forward to sitting outside my kitchen with my morning 
coffee and watch the kids playing in the garden.
How would you define your interior style?
It is actually very difficult to define it, but I would say that it is a mix of things I love with Scandinavian, 
oriental and industrial style items ... It is indeed a very personal mix.
I like when the base it's bright and white, with grey, black and wooden details.
I've had recently a crush on for the pink colour ... not the neon one, but the dusty pale
palette. I can't think right now on a prettier colour.
Do you have any designer icon at home?
I have the Eames RAR chair, and so many designer icons on my wish list!



Do you have any favourite item at home?
My Nespresso coffee machine and the milk frothier!
Staying at home with a baby means to drink a lot of coffee which has to be really good.
My husband bought the milk frothier only a few months ago ... I really don't understand why we haven't 
bought it sooner.
Could you describe in few words your professional experience?
I am an interior designer. So far I have been working with retail design, and interior design, both for private 
homes and public areas.
When did you create your blog? What is the purpose of it?
I have started blogging in August 2011 after reading many interior blogs.
My passion for interior and photography was the reason I started, I wanted to share my creative work and 
inspire others. I discovered soon that the blogosphere it's really a nice place to be part of, and I have met 
so many nice people.


What do you like doing when you are at home? (any creative activity, any hidden talent)?
When I am not with my family and have some spare time, I love taking photos, it makes me forget about time 
and space ... Although the best way for me to relax it's baking something. I also love doing craft activities with 
my children, I hope that in the future they will enjoy as much as I do being creative.
How do you like to surround yourself at home?
O course I like to be surrounded by my friends and family!
In addition I always try to have fresh flowers on the dinner table which gives the hint of color needed in my 
monochrome home.
We have old wooden beams going through our apartment, which demands a lot of attention therefore I am keeping 
the rest of the interior quite calm.
What is the last item you bought? (in the design or fashion's field)
A Mark Eden Schooley lamp for our new home.
Do you have any favorite perfume?
Narciso Rodriguez, for Her



Contact info:
elisabethheier.blogspot.no

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