From Italy with Love: No Cabin Fever Here.

Hotel Il Sereno is the first hotel built on Lake Como in several decades, and the Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola has had a hand in everything from architecture and furniture, to staff uniforms and pool design. She even designed the interiors of the hotel boats that shuttle guests across Lake Como.

From Denmark with Love: Kinfolk’s New Copenhagen Office.

Last year, Kinfolk Magazine moved their office from Portland to Copenhagen, and hired Norm Architects to create an efficient, elegant, and minimalist space that mirrors the look of the Kinfolk magazines and books perfectly.

On My Mind: Holiday Decorating the Swedish Way.

On a recent trip to Stockholm, Sweden, I spotted some early Holiday decorations, even though there were still a few days of November left. And as usual, the Swedes managed to make it interesting while keeping it simple.

In The Hood: Tartine Manufactory.

The wait is over! Tartine Manufactory opened its doors today, at the corner of Alabama Street and 18th Street. The interior is just as yummy as the pastries they serve:

Field Trip: The Workshop of a Woodworking Magician.

About ten years ago, we needed someone to build a fence around our back yard. After contacting several carpenters, handymen, and contractors without finding a single one who had time to take on our project, we were told about a guy who had just arrived in San Francisco from Texas. The Texas guy turned out to be the always sunny, optimistic, and reliable Paul Stephens. 

Friday Flowers: Happy Midsummer!

Today is the Swedish Midsummer! The days are long, nights are short, and all you want to do is have a big garden party. To make sure I don’t miss out on the fun while I’m still in America, I usually turn our 4th of July celebration into an American-Midsummer hybrid. 

Event: Art Walk in Downtown San Francisco.

Every first Thursday of the month, San Francisco art galleries stay open until 7:30 pm, which is perfect for an after work art walk. Last week we took a tour of the art galleries at 49 Geary Street, and it was a feast for the eyes and the soul. 

From Sweden with Love: Stockholm’s First Apartment building with Amenities.

Finally, Stockholm has its first apartment building with New York grade amenities, such as room service, parking, dry cleaning, fitness center, and around the clock concierge service. The penthouse apartment recently sold for $13 million, or over $3,000 per square feet. 

New: Summer in the Hamptons for The Line.

The Line just opened its third store, or should I say apartment, and this time they moved out to Amagansett for the summer. They’re sticking to their unique concept of filling a home with an inspiring selection of high-end furniture, home accents, clothing, and accessories, and putting it all up for sale. 

Trend Alert: When the Dark Wall is a Bright Idea.

The Scandinavian style is known for its minimalism, natural materials and white walls. But the last couple of years, dark walls have become more and more popular, and it seems like the trend is here to stay. Most often, I opt for white walls, trim and ceiling, since it helps bounce light around the room and makes it feel more spacious. It also provides the perfect backdrop for art, and tends to unify all the other elements in a room.

On the Job: Step into My Office!

We did it! We finished the update of our design studio. When we got our new office in Potrero Hill, Lotta Coffey Design & Interiors moved in with a landscape design firm that already had been in the space for several years. We devised a new layout that worked for everybody, but soon realized the office needed an update to function well

New: Fritz Hansen Launches Objects

Last week at Salone del Mobile Republic, the international furniture fair in Milano, Fritz Hansen launched a new home accessories line called Objects. The twelve new pieces in the collection include a mirror, brass candle holders, tea lights, vases in glass, brass and wood, a leather stool, a tray table, wooden trays, cushions,