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I have discovered in life that when you find a good thing, it is best to hold on as tightly as possible to it and only let it slip away when it can no longer be contained.  In addition to this, I have learned that if you don’t get what you want the first time, keep trying.

Both of these thoughts were running through my mind as I dropped off the kids at school and headed back to the Cherry Blossoms at Bispebjerg.  I thought I might beat the crowds and get an unobstructed photo of the tree lined path if I got there early in the morning, but as I drove up my heart sank quickly in my chest.  There were at least 30 other people who had obviously had the same thought. After 15 minutes of watching, waiting, re-shooting the photos I took the day before, two extraordinary things happened simultaneously…

1. The sun came out in a brilliance that made bathed the entire path in pink.

2. A videographer and his assistance cleared out every single person from the path and the surrounding area for exactly 30 seconds.

At the time I was fairly focused on holding the camera still because I was nearly shaking in the magnitude of the moment.  “My God,” I  thought, “I know the paths of heaven are supposed to be paved in gold, but pink wouldn’t be such a bad alternative if they ever decide to redecorate up there.”

Convinced that the camera could never adequately capture such beauty, especially with me manning the operation, I lingered anyways with my face hot to the touch from the heat of the morning sun.  Content simply by the fact that I had been present for something so beautiful, I jumped back in the car, cranked up Frank Sinatra and didn’t think much more of the photos until later that night.

Here is what I found…


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Anyone else want to vote for more paths of pink in the heavenly realms?  It would make quite an entrance, don’t you think?  When it comes to grabbing the perfect shot, sometimes a little persistence is all that is needed… and sometimes a little dumb luck doesn’t hurt either.


Photography: Tina Fussell


The Transitional Living Room

by Tina on April 23, 2015

in Decor, our home

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Our home is currently in a state of barely contained chaos due to the roof being replaced along with several windows in the attic, but rather than letting that make me crazy, I have been trying to create a peaceful place for us to sit together.  I’ve been playing around with the furniture in a few rooms since we had to move things anyways and the living room is going through some massive transitions.  I’ve been wanting to change this room for a while and knew that we needed to buy a new sofa, so we put the old sofa upstairs and are in the process of creating a family room upstairs where we can all actually have a place to sit rather than trying to cram into this room where only two of us could sit on the couch and see the tv.

I’ll soon show you more of the family room, which the kids have affectionately called “The Summer House” because it feels like a get away, but let’s chat about this transitional living room.  I kind of love the modern, sleek look of our Moroccan couch in here, but my mom made a very good point.  No one is going to be comfortable sitting here long and it won’t work on the adjacent wall because of where the doorway is and how you enter the room.  So, while I do think it is very pretty, I know we have to change it.

The problem?  I can’t decide on a sofa.  I have serious issues with making decisions… as in I even drive myself nuts with my own indecision!  The issue is not helped by the fact that my husband and I have completely different ideas of what sofa we should buy.  Perhaps I should let you guys help us decide?  Are you guys interested in seeing more interiors or do you prefer to see more posts on the road?  I feel like there is always a wavering here on the blog between going and staying, but that is probably because that is exactly how we live.  Forever on the road, yet always happy to come home.  We are a strange little tribe for sure!

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Do ballerinas travel on their pointe shoes?  That may seem like a silly question, but when you meet Shelby, a ballerina currently dancing with the Boston Ballet, you might not think so after all.  Some of you may recognize Shelby from an interview we did when she was a ballerina in Copenhagen.  Shelby is one of the loveliest, most elegant people I have ever met, and even after she moved back to the US, we have stayed in touch.  She is such an inspiration, not only in beauty and character, but as a fellow curious soul and traveller.

Shelby recently partnered up with photographer, Karolina Kuras, to shoot these beautiful photos at the New York Public Library.  Not only has she inspired me to purchase a dreamy dress and waltz down the street, but now I am dying to visit the New York Public Library!  Did any of you realize that it is so beautiful there?  I’m totally adding it to my Travel Bucket List!

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You can follow along with Shelby and her adventures as a  traveling ballerina through her blog, Tutus and Tea, and be sure to check out Karolina Kura’s instagram for up-to-date photos of more traveling ballerinas!

Photos: Karolina Kuras


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The first time one of my Danish friends recommended visiting a Cemetery I had to try not to make a face.  “Politeness first,” I thought, as my friend went on and on about how she loved to go there and walk the paths and enjoy the nature.  My only view of cemeteries up until that point was not pleasant to say the least.

But, when in Rome, do as the Romans, and when in Denmark, do as the Danes, right?  The Danes treat their cemeteries with the deepest of care, creating stunning gardens with winding paths and wide lawns.  We recommend visiting Bispebjerg Cemetery around the third week of April to catch the cherry blossoms.

The blossoms are quite extraordinary and my heart skipped a beat when we came upon the trees bursting with pink while a steady hum of bees buzzing about filled the air.  There were at least 100 people trying to take photos of these spring beauties, so we had to wait patiently for our turn, and my husband entertained himself by taking photos of me.   I hope you don’t mind me sharing a little of both of our photos?

Tip:: Tourists have caught on, so arrive early to get the least obstructed photos.  Expect a quiet but serene environment.

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Want to see more of the cherry blossoms?  Check out my fellow bloggers’ photos at Anya Adores, The New Diplomat’s Wife, Afterglobe and Dejlige Days!

Clothing: Shirt: J Crew, Skirt: Abercrombie & Fitch, Similar here and here, Sunglasses: Gucci, Shoes: Bow Heel, Bow Wedge, Bow Flat

Photography: Jack and Tina Fussell


Family Friendly French Style meets Brooklyn

by Tina on April 20, 2015

in Decor

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It is so fascinating to see how other people live, but to see how someone interprets their own style in a foreign country always has an extra draw to it.  This family friendly French home in Brooklyn is one of those times when I feel awestruck because everything flows perfectly seamlessly as though it was all meant to be together.  The homeowner, Florence Mars, who is a fashion executive for Bonpoint, and her husband, Alexandre, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, have created their own little slice of France in Brooklyn by scouring flea markets in the US to compliment their modern French style while created a home that their entire family can live in comfortably.

The American flag (a rare find with only 49 stars!) is a sweet reminder of opportunity for this family who came to the US for a two year stint and have stayed because they love it so much.  (I think I understand that feeling, too!)

I’ve been in quite a few French homes over the years and what has struck me over and over again is the laissez faire attitude they have to their homes.  They just seem to have a knack for putting things together than appear quite ordinary and creating something really beautiful, such as  trophies and books on a fireplace, artwork leaning against a wall, and items placed without much thought while seeming perfectly placed… basically, much like in fashion, they epitomize the perfectly “unstyled” look.  (And I’m so jealous!)

Take a look around and see if you love this family friendly French home as much as I do!

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All images by Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer for NYC&C via Domaine Home

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