Scandinavian chic

24 Feb

You know by now that I love coming across exceptional things in unexpected places. But I also get a real thrill from rediscovering my own forgotten possessions – especially those with a special place in my past. Last weekend I was rooting around in the attic and unearthed one of my favourite childhood books at the bottom of a box of unremarkable chick lit.

Mrs Pepperpot in the Magic Wood by Alf Proysen

My copy of Mrs Pepperpot in the Magic Wood, by Alf Proysen brought back magical memories of reading way after lights out. You only have to see the dog-eared pages to guess how many times I scoured it from cover to cover.

Mrs Pepperpot in the Magic Wood by Alf Proysen

Set in Norway, the adventures of this eccentric, shrinking old lady are totally spellbinding. And who knew that Mrs Pepperpot would be such a trailblazer for Scandinavian chic all these years later…

Folk tales and fairy stories from her homeland are the inspiration for Swedish illustrator Sandra Isaksson’s ISAK brand. {Visit the website at}. I’ve already bought the alphabet and number posters for my little girl’s room, and you can bet she’ll be treated to Mrs Pepperpot and plenty more of my much-loved childhood books soon too.

ISAK numbers poster -

ISAK alphabet poster -

Swedish blogger living in Berlin, Sandra Juto, is something of an online phenomenon for undercover crafters. Read all about her stylish life, see her inspiring pictures and discover crocheted ‘wrist worms'{!} at

And finally, no trip to the cold Nordic climates is complete without a rare sighting of the Moomins! has such a cute collection of gifts featuring these strangely loveable psychedelic trolls. Anyone from my generation is bound to be transported right back to warm buttered toast and comforting TV at teatime with just the slightest glimpse.


2 Responses to “Scandinavian chic”

  1. Laura Davies February 24, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Oh my goodness, had forgotten all about Mrs Pepperpot! Wish I still had my copies, what a fabulous blast from the past. And love, love, love Isak – just need to complete on our new house and then will be ordering lots of amazing wallpaper for the girls’ rooms. Gorgeous blog xx

    • createvintage February 25, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

      I know – what a classic. And every single story was still crystal clear when I read it again. Thanks for the lovely message. Exciting news about a house move. I’ll email soon for all the details! xxx

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