Today is Halloween! Although this holiday has its origin in the US, it is also quite a big deal here in Sweden. I suppose much bigger than in Germany.

One of the reasons could be that kids here don’t have any other occasion, holiday or season when they can dress up. Carnival or German “Fasching” don’t exist in Sweden. The simple fact that sweets are involved in the Trick or Treat might be another explanation. Swedes – no matter if big or small – love sweets:) Imagine that every single supermarket has its own candy-bar!

My first daughter is 3,5 years now and this Halloween is the first one that she is really aware of. She wants to celebrate it and dress up. Today she will have a dress-up party in the Kindergarten, so we bought a witch costume and pumpkins. All of this is quite new to me – I was never so into Halloween. However, as soon as you have kids, such holidays get much more important.

For me a whole new world of decoration opens up, yet another reason to decorate the house.

Resource: Pinterest.com

Resource: marthastewart.com

When I was browsing the net, I found these two ideas that I’ll definitely keep in mind for the next year. There is so much more than just pumpkins :-)

Have a great Halloween and rest of the week,

Love from Stockholm,


A new design hotel in Berlin

In December, Berlin will offer a new fantastic design hotel to all its Christmas guests.

The 5 star luxury hotel “Das Stue Berlin” is located right next to the Berlin Zoo. The building is dated back to 1930 and used to be Berlin’s Royal Danish Embassy.

The “Axthelm Architekten” revitalized the beautiful building which was destroyed during the war. The modern extension of the hotel relates to the history of the building. The entrance area was kept almost in the original form, which was achieved by restoring the old marble.

The gorgeous pattern of the exterior, obtained by the hydrochloric acid -consuming process, was done individually for “Das Stue Berlin”.

The elegant and comfortable interior of the open spaces was designed by a famous Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola.

Resource: All pictures from http://www.das-stue.com/

Last but not least, I would like to mention the stunning wooden floors. The material was smoked in a specific procedure to gain this extraordinary color.

All in all we can be looking forward to the opening of “Das Stue Hotel”. It will be definitely worth booking some nights over there – even if you are based in Berlin! ;)

   by Mo Goshtasb