Recently Updated318 I have to admit that I use to take the Fourth of July for granted when we lived in the US, but now I am longing for that lazy weekend with all it’s American charm.  Ten years outside the US and I am aching for the fireworks, the barbecue, the sweet tea, the American flag, and some strawberry shortcake, so today is all about Red White and Blue in honor of the the Fourth which I hope will inspire us all to bring a bit of the American spirit into our lives, no matter where we live!

It’s pretty hard not to feel nostalgic about a land that was created for life, liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness…

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Happy Fourth of July to my American friends and family and happy weekend to all!

 (More Fireworks here)


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Our friends brought us these beautiful pink peonies and, of course, I had to snap a few photos and share them because they kind of blew my mind.  Peonies seem to grow almost like weeds here in Denmark, so the florists are full of them and I literally cannot keep myself from buying them, photographing them, and even stopping at every one I see along the way and taking a good sniff.  In fact, I got caught last night with my nose stuck in someone’s flower garden and I sheepishly looked up and exclaimed, “Oh sorry!  They smell so good!”  She was very gracious and said it was totally fine, but I need to get better at being a little less of a flower magnet or better at not getting caught!

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In addition to the pink peonies, a couple books arrived in the mail yesterday which is always an exciting event.  I have been wanting Vanity Fair 100 Years for ages and am delighted to report that I was not disappointed.  Not only does it look great on a coffee table, but it’s super inspiring and interesting to read.  I also ordered a copy of Carine Roitfeld’s Irreverent book which is equally mind blowing.  Karl Lagerfeld is known for saying that…

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“If you close your eyes and imagine the ideal French woman, it would be Carine Roitfeld.”

That was all the motivation I needed to order her book.  And yet again, I was not disappointed and will now be ordering her much coveted CR Fashion Book Magazines, which have a near cult-like following.

(Also on my table are the Ferm Living Mini Vase/Pencil Holder/cup and a stunning crystal glass Paper Weight from Studio Arhoj.)


What about you?  What is on your summer reading list/decorating agenda?

Photography: Tina Fussell


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Last week the sun was shining and it was the perfect day to get out and go for a walk.  Jack and I headed to Frederiksberg, one of our favorite parts of the city because it has a very French feel to it with wide tree lined streets, parks, shops, and cute little restaurants.  This area is quite unique because it is like a piece of pie coming away from Copenhagen’s city center, sandwiched between Vesterbo and Nørrebro, two other neighborhoods with their own very distinct characteristics.  But Frederiksberg is technically not part of Copenhagen and has it’s own city council.  Either way, it is one of the most sought after areas in and around Copenhagen to live and I think when you join us for a walking tour of Frederiksberg you will definitely see why!

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Valentina Fussell Frederiksberg-5 The luscious gardens are one of my favorite parts of this area! Roses and peonies are in bloom right now and you can literally smell them as you walk by!

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Valentina Fussell Frederiksberg-055 Head down Værnedamsvej, a road that connects you back to Frederiksberg through Vesterbro.  This street is packed with great design shops, one of my favorite florists, and Granola, a definite favorite of locals and visitors!

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Now head back up through Frederiksberg via Gammel Kongevej, one of the best shopping streets in the Copenhagen area.  There are many local shops to choose from and you could easily spend an entire day just exploring this street!
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We hope you enjoyed joining us for our little Walking Tour of Frederiksberg!  We had to head out to pick up the kids after lunch, but this area could easily be explored all day long.  We suggest grabbing an afternoon coffee, and maybe even some sandwiches from Meyers Deli and heading back to the park for an evening picnic!


Photography: Jack and Tina Fussell


Modern Danish Home

We heard lots of great feedback from many of you after yesterday’s home tour, but some of you expressed a bit of frustration in feeling that the home featured felt too far removed from your own home.   I thought it would be fun to show you some of my favorite pieces to create a similar look in your home, no matter what country you live in.  To create a Danish Modern look with feminine features, it is all about keeping the lines of your furniture simple while adding in softer touches for a little bit of femininity.  Don’t be afraid to paint your walls white.  It reflects light, will keep your rooms bright, and give you a beautiful backdrop for your furnishings and decor to really shine against.

Here are some things that will help recreate the living room look:: 

1. Geometric Pillow  2. Leather Ottoman  3.   Moroccan Trey Table  4.  Succulents  5.  Simple + Bold Artwork  6.  Textured Vase  7.  Clean Lined Sofa  8. Fur Pillow and/or Sheepskin

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The same principles go in the dining area.  We love plastic chairs because they are kid friendly and don’t forget to add a punch of color with artwork.  Splurge on timeless accessories and lighting::

1. Chevron Vase  2.  Modern Chair (Budget Friendly)  3.  Modern + Feminine Lighting  4.  Kubus Candle Holder  5.  Modern + Bold Art  6.  Modern Dining Table  7.  Contrasting Wall Color  8.  Crystal Bowl  9.  Cow Skin Rug

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The bedroom is the perfect place to go ultra feminine and splurge on sumptuous linens, but balance the look with modern furnishings to keep it from feeling too sweet::

1. Stitched Quilt  2.  Graphic Pillow  3.  Modern Stool  4.  Jewelry Storage  5.  Embossed Jewelry Box  6. Mid Century Dresser  7.  Graphic Picture Frames  8.  Metallic Silk Pillow


We hope you saw something that caught your eye!  Incorporating different styles into your home is the true way to express a global lifestyle!


Modern and Feminine Danish Home Tour

by Tina on June 29, 2015

in Decor

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Hello and Happy Monday to you!  I am super excited to get another week started, especially since I have a tour of a modern and feminine Danish home to share.  The current owner, Pia, is a fellow design enthusiast and that really shows in her perfectly styled home.  (I simply walked in and photographed the home as is, since Pia is heading out for a bit of adventure and a job opportunity in Australia & New Zealand and will be renting her furnished home to one lucky duck!)  This home is located just steps away from Amager Beachpark and the Metro, so it’s ideally situated for anyone wanting to live the modern Danish dream where clean lines rule, and access to the city and the beach is just steps away.

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Pretty amazing, right?  Anyone else ready to move in?

Find out more about this home at Capital Homes.  All photography by Tina Fussell for Capital Homes.