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Can you even imagine?

Photo from the festival's website, not attributed.

Pip and I are newly back from our honeymoon in Stockholm. It was pretty great, let me tell you. Before going I had no real expectations of the trip. I knew, in the back of my mind, that Swedes are known for great style and beauty. I mean, I love IKEA and H&M. I grew up with a Carl Larsson print in our bathroom and I'd heard about Svensk Tenn but I wasn't prepared for the abundance of beauty and coolness that we encountered.

This is the first of a series of posts where I'll describe things and places I found and loved.

Åhléns is a Swedish department store. Like department store chains like Macy's or, here in Canada, The Bay, it has cosmetics, clothes, as well as home decor stuff. The difference is, the home decor stuff is much cooler. It's like an inner-city Ikea.
There was an Åhléns a block away from our hotel and I don't know how many times I wandered in for a look around.

The home bit was my definite favorite. They had great gardening supplies, bedding, and fabrics by the metre for extremely reasonable prices (for Sweden).Å

The fabric above, for example, is 149 SEK per metre, or about 20 dollars. A Josef Frank print of similar style at Svenskt Tenn goes for about 890 SEK per metre. I'll let you do the math.

They also had a good selection of oilcloth, which I saw a whole lot more of in the better shops in Stockholm than you'd see here.

Next up, Skansen.

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