La Belleza de los Olivos – The Beauty of Olive Trees

One of my favorite places in all the world is Mission San Jose, California. I grew up running around its landscape populated by sun-drenched olive trees and habit-wearing Dominican nuns. My aunt, who was a nun for 76 years, lived at the Dominican Sisters Convent which is located directly behind the Mission. Nestled at the base of Fremont’s rolling hills, the landscape encompasses beautiful olive groves. This is where I fell in love with olive trees!

The Bell Tower of Mission San Jose, CA

The Bell Tower of Mission San Jose, CA

Olive trees have a simple elegance. Their delicate leaves and their hardy fruit combine soft beauty with vibrant rich life. Some of Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous works included olive trees. Art historians believe that Van Gogh viewed the olive tree as something sacred. This perspective was eluded to in a letter he wrote to his brother saying, “The rustle of the olive grove has something very secret in it, and immensely old. It is too beautiful for us to dare to paint it or to be able to imagine it.”

Olive Trees in a Mountainous Landscape, 1889 - Van Gogh

Olive Trees in a Mountainous Landscape, 1889 – Van Gogh

The beauty of olive trees can be especially appreciated during the frigid months of winter. A simple potted olive tree inside can be a beautiful way to counter the chilly wintry landscape outside.

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A tall potted olive plant is a beautiful addition to any interior. Placed beside a console table as lifeasarts.BlogSpot.com does (above), it adds a touch of serenity.

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 It can also introduce tranquility in our otherwise hectic lives as lookslikewhite features above.

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From Prove di Casa (above), delicate olive plants add a “vita in cucina” (life in the kitchen) subtly pointing to the source of our sustenance.

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From ihanuuttaarkeen.blogspot.fi

I love the simple touch of life that olive trees add. Here are some of my favorite interiors (above and below) that depict “la belleza de los olivos” – the beauty of olive trees.

From inspirewetrust.com

From inspirewetrust.com

From homebeautiful.com/au

From homebeautiful.com/au

 

From lookslikewhite.com

From lookslikewhite.com

 

Featured on akindoflove.blogspot.com

Featured on akindoflove.blogspot.com

 

From Ballard Designs

From Ballard Designs

From Pottery Barn

From Pottery Barn

From heltenkelt.elsasentoourage.se

From akindoflove.blogspot.com

From akindoflove.blogspot.com

From aboutgarden.wordpress.com

From aboutgarden.wordpress.com

Whether placed in a terra cotta planter or an industrial-looking pale, there’s no denying the simple and natural beauty that an olive tree can add to any interior. I hope you have been inspired to display things that you love and incorporate them in your own interiors. And I hope you’ve enjoyed my appreciation for la belleza de los olivos – the beauty of olive trees!

Nordisk Hvitt – Winter White

Outside my window

Outside my window

The landscape outside my window is cold and wintry white. The combination of the brilliant white and the natural wood is reminiscent of the beautiful Nordic Style. It encompasses simple, warm and natural elements reflective of the chilly landscapes of Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Sweden.

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From Boligcious.dk

Furs and acrylic chairs mix a natural warmth with a cool modern feel. From Regards et Maisons (below).

From regardsetmaison.blogspot.com

From regardsetmaison.blogspot.com

 

From heltenkelt.elsasentourage.se

From heltenkelt.elsasentourage.se

The Nordic Style of interior design incorporates a minimalistic approach (hence, the all white color) with a rustic naturalness (furs, light wood and basic elements).

From photobucket.com

From photobucket.com

From Villapaprika.no

From Villapaprika.no

The use of soft organic linens with striking white textiles reflects the Nordic Style’s inspiration: nature in winter.

From photobucket.com

From photobucket.com

Natural fiber rugs and natural linen textiles along with a striking brilliant white reflect the snow-capped barren trees found in my own back yard!

From Villapaprika.no

From Villapaprika.no

From Solstrandinterior.no

From Solstrandinterior.no

The simple character of the Nordic Style, the lightness of textiles and woods exudes an airy minimal quality. It works well with modern touches.

From Bloomingville.dk

From Bloomingville.dk

From Solstrandinterior.no

From Solstrandinterior.no

 

From bloggar.aftonbladet.se/bohemchic

From bloggar.aftonbladet.se/bohemchic

 

From Villapaprika.no

From Villapaprika.no

 

From Boligcioous.dk

From Boligcioous.dk

 

From Villapaprika.no

From Villapaprika.no

 

I helgen ska jag nog leta lite grenar att ta in. Bild lånad från Dzinetrip.

From Dzinetrip.com

From Coloramaboligdromme.com

From Coloramaboligdromme.com

 

From ipapercms.dk/Bloomingville

From Bloomingville,dk

The Nordic Style of capturing the ruggedness of winter and the brilliant white of snow has inspired me to reflect the Nordisk Hvitt in my own home…

My living room from Globalknockoffs.com

My living room from Globalknockoffs.com

Kitchen from Globalknockoffs.com

Kitchen from Globalknockoffs.com

Corner window from Globalknockoffs.com

Corner window from Globalknockoffs.com

Kitchen counter from Globalknockoffs.com

Kitchen counter from Globalknockoffs.com

 

I hope my reflection on the Nordisk Hvitt (Winter White) of the Nordic Style of interior design has inspired you. I encourage you to mix things up and make your home reflect the season and landscape around you. Have a creative Winter White day!

XO XO XO! Valentine’s Wreath

From styeroom.se

From styeroom.se

I saw this unconventional yet very cute Valentine’s Day wreath on styleroom.se (a Swedish Pinterest-like scrapbook site). What an adorable idea to feature the “XO” (kisses and hugs) expression instead of the expected heart. I loved it so much, I just had to knock-it-off! Mine was a little different. I began with a plain grapevine wreath and a plain grapevine bushel to use as the base. I bought separate flowers – pink and purple.

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I trimmed the flowers taking the bare stems off.

IMG_2371I shaped the plain grapevine bushel into an “X” shape and wired them together.

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Using the same wire, I attached the flowers to the grapevine. I put all the purple on the “X” and all the pink on the “O”. I then wired the two pieces together allowing about 2 inches of space between them. I topped it all off with a long vibrant white bow.

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I love my beautiful and unique “XO XO XO” Valentine wreath.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my knock-off! I hope it inspires you to create something wonderful. Have a very happy and creative Valentine’s Day!

A Swedish Valentine

I love this simple berry heart (above) created by Home of Voxgirl. I decided to knock it off! She used a Swedish berry called nyponröd. I decided to use cranberries. In addition, you’ll need wire and wire cutters.

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I shaped and cut the wire into a heart and one by one strung the cranberries onto the wire.

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You can continually manipulate the wire once all the berries are strung. I added a twine bow to keep it simple and natural looking.

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It looks so adorable hanging outside from a tree.

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I made several different sizes.

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I paired up two berry hearts to create a stacked effect.

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So simple, so delicate and so easy to make. The perfect Swedish Valentine. Glad Alla hjärtans dag! That’s Happy Valentine’s Day in Swedish!