‘Flowers’ - An unexpected sparkly oasis in the the lobby at Gothia Towers.

As we are just over a month away from Christmas I can’t help but to start planning my Christmas tree decorations and ‘Flowers’ had exactly the type of decorations I’m looking for to make my tree sparkle this year.

The rose gold, dusty punk and sequin combination creates a warm glow and I love the non traditional swan and bird ornaments they offer. Their display was beautiful and they had the perfect mixture of decorations and fresh florals. I wanted to buy everything!

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We arrived in the early afternoon and it was already busy, no tables but the staff still made sure we were looked after. This French/ Spanish wine bar in the heart of Gothenburg is small, but the high celling and the big windows make the vibrant bar feel more spacious than it is.
The ambience is warm, intimate, welcoming and the staff is very attentive and quick on their feet. Every time I come here I’m impressed by how they swish around this small place seamlessly and serve you with nearly no waiting time.
My brother introduced me to Juan Font and since that first time I tried their goat cheese macaroons, steak tartare, pizzas and well matched wines I was sold.

We spent the whole evening drinking wine and enjoying the charcuterie together with some fine friends.
Next time you’re in Gothenburg, add this pearl to your ‘to-do’ list, its definitely worth a visit.

You find the highly recommended Juan Font
on Teatergatan 36 in Gothenburg.

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It’s kind of nice travelling on your own, headphones in, listen to your favourite tunes, disappear within the masses of people at the airport, drink coffee, read, watch people and just do everything at your own pace.

When you travel on your own you also have so much time to think about things, apart from planning my next home improvement, which I’ll write more about next week, on Wednesday, for some reason I thought about hugging, both how weird & nice it is to hug and how it impacts us. .
Slightly off topic but as this blog is about ‘what makes my life beautiful’ it kind of fits in.

Admit it, nothing gives you comfort quiet like a warm hug.
Hugs from different people obviously feels different and you might hug for various reasons; to say hello, goodbye, good luck, feel better, to give support or to cherish good news. Hugs might be shared with people that know you inside out, or with strangers. Excluding all of the above factors, a bit of research has enlightened me and I’ve now familiarised myself with the scientific impact hugs actually have and why many humans naturally are drawn to hug each other.
Hugs are natural stress relievers.
Hugging lowers our blood pressure, helpful if you’re feeling anxious, as well as lowering our cortisol, which is our stress hormone enabling better sleep.
When you hug often, your level of oxytocin increases, which strengthens your social bonds.
Hugging also stimulates dopamine (our pleasure hormone) production and this hormone is a part of our brains’ reward mechanism.

Even if I’ve never been much of a hugger, indeed, it’s an essential part of healthy emotional and physical development so next time you’re not sure if that physical contact is right, be brave and hug more!

One of my favourite hug pictures, pure happiness.

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A new day, new opportunities, a day full of unexpected encounters and unplanned emotions. Saturday mornings are extra special, it’s the middle of the weekend and the two most glorious days of the week are ahead. Today I spent this fine time of the day hunting the web for golden frames but I’m struggling to find chunky gold frames that have the right feel to them. Spotted a few on Instagram but most of them were vintage so I think my best bet is to hit up the second hand shops in town in order to find what I’m looking for.
I love looking for the things I’ve got in my mind and tinkering with ideas to create the feeling I’m imagining at home. I’d rather test a few different things than settling for something that doesn’t feel 100% right. Making your safe space beautiful is definitely worth the time.

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Here are the results of the first coat of paint, the shade has a rustic feel to it and to enhance this I will do my very best to find antique gold frames instead of high street ones to complement the colour. I am extremely happy with the choice and the blue tone certainly brings life to the hallway, but still has a calming feel to it. Even if the makeover is far from finished, just painting the wall is making a difference, add the decorations and right accessories and it will be superb.

I'm considering adding a narrow console table by this wall to as an additional feature as this will open up the possibility to add plants and potential other decorations. Still undecided though, as it could make it look too 'busy'.

I have looked at some of these - Valmot Brass Steel Console table from Swoon Editions, Vernay Console desk from Made, Hazelwood home Marble console table from Wayfair. Still unsure if it's the right thing but it's certainly an option.

Midweek floral treats were delivered yesterday to brighten up the day.

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The planned dark green colour I was longing for in the hallway was changed last minute to a navy/ grey colour from 'Hemsley ', after testing and trying the green shades, I decided that the shade 'Yenston Tide' would go better with my Randomlight lampshades. As they are the key features in the hallway it's important to me that my colour choice is a perfect match with them.

It's still a bold colour, however it gives more light than the green shades I was planning on going for. I've painted the first coat today and it's spot on, can't wait until it's done!

In terms of the rest of the decorations I am sticking with chunky gold frames, plants and practical shoe storage. Looking forward to show the result next weekend.

Got treated to a new bracelet from Velvet over the weekend. It's an elegant, silver bangle style piece that works perfect both both casual and evening wear. I can see this one becoming a new favourite!

You can check out some of the gorgeous things the lifestyle store Velvet offers here.

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Started the day with coffee, friends and breakfast at Lala’s in Hove, followed by a seafront stroll and a bit of guilty pleasure shopping in Velvet. I’m now one beautiful bracelet richer, happy days.

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The set was a manor house in 1954, the guests were Mae Vest, Princess Kelly, Marilyn Mansfield, Wayne Fonda, Rock Houston, Marlon Mean and Salvatore. They were gathered to solve the murder of Rick Toad, a famous Hollywood producer. With all their dirty secrets exposed it seemed that they all had motive to kill the late Mr Toad. The evening’s task was to find the actual killer! 

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The hallway plans are nearly finalised and the transformation is starting this weekend with paint testing and hopefully I'll find the 'perfect colour' and we can start the actual work. So exciting and it's going to look great!

I am currently choosing between 'Studio Green', 'Green Smoke' and 'Drawing Room Blue' from Farrow & Ball.

Can’t wait for the hallway to feel refreshed, calm and peaceful in the next few weeks.

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Starting the day with breakfast at The Little Pantry with this beautiful man, I wish every day was Saturday❤️.

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