Wednesday, May 9, 2012


My creative American grandmother Olga loved going to flea markets (as I do now) long before it was fashionable. She inspired me to paint Swedish Folk Art. My kitchen is an expression of all this.

The round painting on the wall depicts the Swedish King, a popular subject for the primitive  painters.

I used the painting on my kitchen wall to make trays like this one. It is smaller than the original painting, but on the other hand, one can serve food on it and put it in the dishwasher.
See more about my trays here.

By Randy Schneider of California ca 1974. It fits in very nicely.
I kept the old cabinet frames that were made of solid pine, left some shelves open and made new doors.
This used to be a toolbox before I decorated it. Now it is a  perfect place for napkins
This IKEA center working table contains an amazing amount of pots and pans on the lower shelf.
The cabinets under the sink are new.

The East india Company blue china goes well with the Swedish "Dala"blue (some call it Baltic Blue)

I wish I had room for this in the kitchen. It is an old fashioned food container that I finished decorating recently.

I never met an old beater I did not buy. Mostly decorative of course, but  what comfort to be able to whip cream  during a power shortage.


  1. such a beautiful and cozy room ... so much to discover! i'm sure it's fun to cook there between all those nice things.


    1. Thanks very much for your comment.
      I wish I had more room for all the other stuff I like.

  2. Ah, that beautiful, imaginative kitchen, so full of intriguing objects! I wish I were there now.

  3. This is too good to be true. I would love to have a kitchen like that. I am swedish by the way. Could you tell me some good stores, or is it mostly flee markets and auctions?

  4. Glad you like the kitchen.
    Most things are from flea markets and auctions, you are right.
    I know some people would have torn out all the old cabinets and put in new ones, but the old cabinets were of solid pine and hand built in place, so why gets rid of such fine stuff? There are new cabinets under the sink of course, but they blend in well. I suppose this kitchen is a minimalists nightmare, but I am not a minimalist but a happy collector. if one does not want to collect physically, one can collect images on Pinterest (see top right what I have collected).