Our local interiors and fashion store Nordiska Hem is celebrating their 15th birthday with all sorts of goodies, including a vase for purchases over 200kr and 15% off everything in the store until 6th May 2017. The store is filled with new spring clothing, homewares and furniture. Expect a drink and something sweet if you pop in!
Spring clothes from Luisa Cerano, Beate Heymann and Seventy now in at Helheten and there is 20% off until Friday 5th May.
On the 18th February 2017, our smartest restaurant local restaurant will close. Owner Sarah Korduner Izosimov has run Yolo for 2½ years but has not had the weekday evening visitors that she would have liked. Danderyds Nyheter reports that the idea of getting dressed up to come out to dinner on a weekday hadn't pulled in enough diners to make it worth keeping the restaurant open.
It isn't just Yolo that is leaving. Recently, we lost the Djursholm branch of SEB bank, though we do still have the cash machine (thankfully). Moving into the large space left behind is a combination of businesses:
The clothing store Dressroom moved into Stockholm last year. This year, both the travel agents Travel Beyond and the opticians Optiker have closed.
What is the future for our local square? What do you think of all the changes?
Nordiska Hem, the home and fashion store just outside Mörby Centrum on the south side, has 50% off almost all its winter clothing and good deals on everything from the holiday season. We got some plant pots! A sale worth checking out.
Music from Clabbe will be playing in the atrium at Mörby Centrum between 12 noon and 4pm on 8th November 2016. Enjoy the music while looking around and chatting with a whole host of exhibitors with products and services for older people. They will be there from 10am. There are some lectures to listen to, fitness activities and the chance to talk with local politicians. There is no charge and Thelins cafe will serve coffee and a bun for 39kr all day (usually 54kr).
Our local shopping centre, Enebyängen, is getting a real boost this summer - Ikea is moving in! However, it won't be an ordinary store, it is called 'Ikea Service och Pick up', will be just 20% of the size of a normal shop and customers can pick up online orders there day...and night. The showroom will be home to kitchen, wardrobing and bathroom planning services, furniture to try out and around 100 small items you can buy and take home directly.
This is the first store in this concept to open in Sweden but there others across Europe. The kommun is very happy to have the company open here.
Each chair is refurbished and when recovered, the sisters consult with the Honorary Consul of the Kyrgz, Marianne Tuerlings, to get a history on the symbolism woven into the fabric as well as its history. Marianne has a unique knowledge of textiles from the Old Silk Road. They also work with Nicole Verkade-Schraven, who worked for 20 years as an auctioneer at Christie’s, to identify the time period and authenticity of the antique chairs the sisters buy. The sisters also work with a specialist to assess the viability of the fabric that is to be used as upholstery. When the chairs are complete, they are sold with a complete history, explaining the backgrounds behind the fabric and the chair, giving the new owner a revitalized piece of art that is not only a true conversation piece but also a living piece of history.
I asked Lidewij how MOMIQ’s chairs can compliment the very modern design of Swedish furniture. She said they can work perfectly together. She explained that often modern Swedish design is typically one color and a MOMIQ piece will often ‘pop’ against the subtleness of modern Swedish design. MOMIQ does an elegant job of updating and revitalizing these antique chairs and giving them a beautiful modern feel.
Lidewij moved to Danderyd earlier this year and now plans on selling her chairs through retailers in Sweden, starting in the Stockholm area. You can buy all pieces from the collections on MOMIQ's website (and retailers in Amsterdam).
I know we live in an artistic neighbourhood. Djursholm particularly has been home to numerous well-known creative people in its 150 year history. It is home now to a huge array of artisans, many of whom are members of Danderyds Konsthall. Despite this, I was still surprised when I was introduced to Märtha Cardelius and discovered how beautiful she could make the ever-practical notice board...!
Märtha works from her workshop at home here in Danderyd. Neat piles of wonderful fabrics sit on shelves and notice boards cover the workshop walls. There is a big selection of children's fabrics and plenty of more grown-up patterns from Svenskt Tenn. The ex-financier has taken various upholstery classes and loves recovering old, beautiful bits of furniture to give them a new life and look.
The inspiration to start creating these wonderful notice boards came from her mother, who had made them when Märtha was a child and had given her a board when she moved into her first flat.
Märtha decided to recover it for her first child and then made subsequent ones for her other two children when they were born. Word spread amongst friends and family and, in 2012, Märtha created her company: Made by Märtha.
The board above is made in green Toile de Jouy and the one to the right in Sandberg's Petronella fabric with pink ribbons. Both are 695kr in the small size (50 x 31cms) - see below for the standard sizes. Märtha makes the boards to order so can make them in any size or shape. Generally, she produces around one a week, splitting her time between these and reupholstering all sorts of wonderful, old and not-so-old furniture.
I'm discovering that many of the businesses that operate in Danderyd are run from home and life feels very balanced when sitting and interview business owners in their garden and with a pot of tea! There isn't any point in calling Märtha at 3pm on a weekday, she'll be collecting one child and other or heading off to some fun activity. But call her in the morning and pop over to talk fabrics and you'll end up with a really original, stylish and practical notice board that will look super wherever it is hung.
On our way to check out the lego playland in Danderyd called Creative Brick Zone (more about that soon), we parked in front of the Red Cross charity shop on the corner of Sätraängsvägen. The shop takes up what looks like 4 ground floor apartment so we went in to see what gems we could dig up.
People were pottering in and out even on a Wednesday lunchtime and one customer collected the most amazing ornate dark wood table base from outside the shop.
Inside was a large selection of small pieces of furniture, a few big items and everything from crockery to books. Music had its own small room and we spotted a stash of records. There was, as usual, plenty of 1950s-1980s style bits and bobs but a few older pieces too. The shop is very well laid out so it is easy to have a good look through.
I had no idea our area could support such a big second-hand shop with numerous staff/volunteers (we counted 6 in red aprons). There is plenty of parking out the front so check it out for a bargain or two.
I'm an English gal with a Swedish husband and children living permanently in Danderyd. These are my thoughts on what is going on around here.
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