Emma Elwin

Notes from a Swedish stylist

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We spent last weekend at André’s parents’ house and having a little rummage we found this painting of his home town in the attic. I think it would look perfect in Dylan’s room. Even though I want him to sleep next to me forever, another part of me really can’t wait to get started to decorate.

My love

Today Dylan is five months old! It’s a big milestone, but other than that not much else going on in my life at the moment. Eat, change diapers, feed and then repeat and I have to say I quite like the routine and calm. Sure some days I feel like I am about to climb the walls and go nuts from changing one more diaper. But seeing this little guy discovering the world everyday and trying to understand it is really fascinating. It’s truly beautiful. He might only be five months old but sometimes he gives me a look and it’s a meeting of minds. Sometimes I think he might be an old soul that shakes head at my somewhat clumsy nature. When I look into his eyes I think, I can’t wait to talk with him about why there are any more dinosaurs or where thoughts come from.

Dancing with wolves

Counting your canine blessings

I am trying a new thing on for size at the moment. Every day I’m trying to think of something I am grateful for. Today it’s that I found these pictures on my camera, I am so happy that Andre’s parents have a dog one can dance with. Dog-love abounds, our dog Stella makes me so happy and it’s another thing I am grateful for. When Stella and him walk next to each other they are quite a sight. They look like more like a pig and a wolf than two dogs. And what more could a girl ask for?

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Bemz

Thinking twice before buying new is a lot kinder to the environment and it’s a rule that I try to stick to at home. All furniture gets the same treatment, how can I give it a new lease of life? Moving house is stressful enough without having to hunt – and pay for! – a new bed, table or sofa.

Promising to make your sofa look like something from an interiors magazine, Bemz offer over 250 different fabrics to revamp even the most tired of old Ikea chairs and sofas.

Their Respect collection is made from recycled cotton which makes it all even more eco-friendly. I ummed and ahhed over the 17 colourways in this sustainable fabric but in the end I went for a super tasteful Melange Silver Grey. All the covers are machine washable – hello and goodbye baby puke – so even if you pick the colour of your dreams you can guarantee it’ll stay looking fresh.

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The sofa before changing cover.

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This is the Lunda Melange Silver Grey from Bemz Respect collection.

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I for one am loving the new look, so does Stella the dog – even though she doesn’t look it!

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You can buy the sofa in the pictures here!

All in Christmas

This hemp star called out to me and I couldn’t help myself, I’m obsessed with anything made of linen or hemp. You know how I said I was not much for Christmas decorations these days? Scratch that! Right now I am sort of living through Dylan and so I want his first Christmas to be special, I want the house to live and breathe the festive spirit! Tomorrow I am going on a vintage hunt to try and find some more decorations – praying to find more hemp – and if that fails we’ll just try and make our own.

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