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.

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,

Required Reading: Three Books with Inspiring Design Lessons.

In need of some inspiration, I brought home three new books: Home by Ellen DeGeneres, Simple Matters by Erin Boyle, and Design Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney. These are three very different books, but they all had something to teach me, and I completely gobbled them up in a single afternoon.

Most Wanted: A New House.

We’ve outgrown our house, and we’ve been looking for a new one since May last year, without any luck. The real estate prices here in San Francisco are insane, but even if we were able to disregard the hefty price tags for a minute, we haven’t even been able to find a house we’d like to live in.

Friday Flowers: Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder.

My seven year old son, Cal, came home the other day with a big grin on his face and this lovely bouquet of flowers in his hand. He had picked them on a school trip to the park, and he was very proud. We placed the blooms on a small table in our kitchen, so we all could see and enjoy them.

Seasonal Feast: A Spring Thing Dinner.

Because of travels and a 50th wedding anniversary party(!), we won’t be able to do a proper Easter dinner this year. But we did take the time to get together for a spring themed dinner with a table set in blue and orange. The branches of pussy willows are a Swedish Easter tradition and a must for me.

Happenstance: A Swedish Lady Walked into a Framing Shop

City Picture Frame is one of the best framing shops in town. When I went there the other day, to figure out a frame for an oil painting, I spotted an amazing gallery wall full of (mostly) black and white art. It turned out all the pieces on the wall were made by the same artist, John Mayberry, who has his studio in the building.

A Corner of My Home: Easter is in the House.

Easter is coming up, and the chickens know it. Why else would they lay such colorful eggs? These green, brown, orange and pink ones are the gifts of the Bay Natives hens, and they are as colorful on the inside as they are on the outside.