Designer Inspiration: Splendid Willow

Vibrant, happy, and energetic,

hers is the blog I turn to for smiles.

For a style fix.

For dreamy posts from an inspiring

Swedish mind that thinks like my own.

Never mind I have no proof I am Scandinavian.

* * *

The author of the lovely

Splendid Willow

is a kind friend with a spectacular accent.

She makes me laugh without trying.

flip flops

The blog is delicious on its own

but merely an appetizer as

Splendid Willow Avenue is also a source for designer

wares from Ilse Jacobsen flip flops…

cross necklace

to necklaces by Asa Daxberg

which just may move your soul.

(My son shot the pic of moi for a customer

appreciation photo, not to help me feel
like a supermodel.

And yet.

That’s exactly what Monika did.)

egg cups

Monika is a favorite personality
to so many in blogland,

and it’s pure pleasure to
keep her in the spotlight today

where she belongs.

Are you feelin the Swedish chic?

Peace to you right where you are.


Jag älskar dig och är så tacksam för du.



  1. May 14, 2012 / 5:41 am

    yes! i's pure pleasure to know Mon. Happy Monday, Michele


  2. May 14, 2012 / 5:50 am

    Gorgeous! What a beautiful blog! Thanks for the introduction.. and that cross necklace is FABULOUS! {so are you btw… you could totally be a super model!}

  3. May 14, 2012 / 11:51 am

    I am Swedish and love Mon's shop and blog. She's a lot of fun and so down to earth! I hope you enjoyed your Mother's Day!

    Enjoy your day!

  4. May 14, 2012 / 3:29 pm

    I will have to check her out – thanks for the introduction. And is she a Seattle girl like me? How fun!

  5. May 14, 2012 / 4:26 pm

    yep, a seattle girl. never been, and i have so many reasons to travel there!


  6. May 14, 2012 / 7:58 pm

    I have "met" Mon via our blogs but can't wait to finally meet her here in person now that we are both in Seattle…and can trade Europe stories too. 🙂 Happy Monday!

  7. May 14, 2012 / 8:07 pm

    Thank you for sharing inspiration and linking to other talented bloggers, and -thank you- for the wonderful word on my blog. You put a smile on my face!

    Loved the blogpost on your mom too, all the best for her and you.

    Happy Monday!

    Nina/lang rekke

  8. May 14, 2012 / 8:46 pm

    Very talented indeed! My husbands Grandfather was born in Sweden and I've grown to beautiful Swedish design.

    Enjoy your day Michele!


  9. May 14, 2012 / 10:38 pm

    Michele, I am spending all day outside in sun weeding and getting the patio ready for some serious outdoor living. Just taking a break (sipping green ice tea and going through e-mail messages) and what do I see on my phone – your post!! Michele, you are one special friend (to so many of us) and blog sis.

    I ADORE you and can't wait to hang out with you in Chicago, NY, Stockholm or heck under a bridge if that is what it takes!

    And yes you look like a super model. And yes you think like a true Swede. And yes Jag älskar dig tillbaka!

    Need to send Hubby over to see your lovely post. Maybe he will appreciate me more after reading this! Ha!

    oxox, Mon

  10. May 15, 2012 / 6:06 am


    I know that lady too. She also makes me laugh without trying. One of these days I'll have to share some of her "Monika'isms" to her blog friends 😉 Thanks so much for your very nice/generous "call out" to her businesses. A very good blog deed.

    Big cheers,
    Peter C. (Mon's hubby;)

  11. May 15, 2012 / 8:30 am

    I love your photo and of course all of the Seattle lovely! I recently found a beaded cross and believe me when I tell you that I thought about you!

  12. May 15, 2012 / 11:20 am

    a wonderful blog and you featured her beautifully

  13. May 15, 2012 / 11:32 am

    Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame; A grave to rest in, and a fading name travel photography

  14. May 15, 2012 / 12:09 pm

    This is such lovely post about our precious friend, Monika! There is just no end to the love and beauty she spreads around blogland. And yes, her store is amazing.
    Happy Tuesday.

  15. May 15, 2012 / 1:55 pm

    peter! thanks for stopping by and adding more class (or claass) to the blog. you are lovely for taking the time!

    monika-isms…now THAT i will be watching for!!!


  16. May 15, 2012 / 3:13 pm

    Hi Michele ~

    I so enjoy your blog ` I live in Seattle and also am named Michele.

    You would totally make my day if you followed me too.

    Pearl 13.1

  17. May 15, 2012 / 10:18 pm

    You are a model and an inspiration to us all!
    I love Splendid Willow – always so much inspiration!
    I loved your comment on the shower!!! I never thought of that… and you're so right… it would be like a display hahahaha! You're so darling!

    lots of love!

  18. May 16, 2012 / 1:06 am

    Hi M.

    How are YOU?! I've been missing you, your beauty, your light.

    It's hard to keep up with 3 small children and work. I miss being able to do this every day. 🙂

    Thank you for stopping by. I always feel happy to see your comment.

    Oh, I ADORE Mon! She's one of sweetest person I know. She's kind and beautiful, inside-out.

    Big hugs to you, M!

    Luciane at

  19. May 16, 2012 / 4:02 am

    Isn't it wonderful how we can connect with people across the world?! I've never heard of that blog. I'll have to check it out 🙂

  20. May 24, 2012 / 7:38 pm

    So many beautiful shots. I'm hopping over to Splendid Willow.

    – The Tablescaper

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