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Blogger Wishlist: Monika & Alaina

Blogger Wishlist: Monika & Alaina

It’s Wednesday again… I’m always amazed at how quickly Wednesday arrives and before I know it I have to get another Blogger Wishlist post together! Today we another two fabulous Blogger Wishlists, one from Alaina in Chicago and one from Monika in Seattle.

First up is Monika, a self confessed design junkie originally from Sweden and now living in Seattle. Monika is one of the warmest, sweetest bloggers you’ll meet, she’s a proud mom of three and an interior decorator too. Her blog, Splendid Willow, is a lovely mix of contemporary design with a Swedish twist. Monika has such great style and I love visiting her blog for a daily dose of inspiration.

Monika's wishlist
Over to you Monika, what are you wishing for?
1. A Saarinen table (first introduced in the 50’s). It is such a classic. And it is so flexible. Dining table, cocktail table, bedside table. The kids will fight over the ownership when I am really old and decrepit.
2. A second home in my old  home country, Sweden. Preferably an apartment downtown with white walls, white hardwood floors and everything Swedish! I dream about it every, single day.
3. A large antique marble bust. I have been wanting one for years. It works in any setting and I just love the mix of really old and new objects.
4. It is time for a bedroom makeover at my house. An extra tall, tufted headboard is so on my wish list! For comfort and to add some drama to the room.
5. Every Spring I splurge on a pair of quality sun glasses. I have not started to shop for a pair yet – but these full metal Aviators by Marc Jacobs look lovely.
6. A  year supply of bottled Kombucha. I drink one bottle a day of this fermented tea. My energy is up, the immune system is great and I swear that my hair and my skin is healthier than ever! (Horrible tasting (like Vinegar) in the beginning, but you get used to it).

Thanks Monika, your choices are so stylish as usual, I absolutely love that headboard and of course a holiday home in Sweden would be absolutely incredible!

Our second blogger today is the lovely Alaina from Live creating yourself. Alaina is a graphic designer based in Chicago and has just moved into a vintage apartment with her boyfriend. Her blog is full of daily musings on interiors, fashion, design, Chicago and her home as well. It’s always fun seeing snippets of her life and what she gets up to. I love the way Alaina writes, she has a great sense of humour too, visit once and I promise you, you’ll be back for more!

Alaina's wishlist

Over to you Alaina, what’s on your wishlist?…

1. A Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair, ideally I’d have six of this iconic chair around a dining table. But for now, I’ll settle on one in my living room. Please, pretty please?
2. WS Home hand-woven Ikat rug. O. M. G. Ikat. This rug is all that is right with the world. It’s stunning. Bold. Unique. What’s not to love?
3. A Crate and Barrel Petrie Sofa, as soon as I can afford to purchase my first real sofa (aka not something used off of CraigsList or a family hand-me-down), this will be the one I buy. You might remember it from The Break Up. I love the structured shape and vintage style. Still undecided as to what color I’d get. I’d love the white, but my pups would destroy it.
4. A Restoration Hardware Brickmaker’s Table, if I could have one coffee table for the rest of my life, this would be it. Hands down.
5. DVF shoulder bag, obsessed with the bright colors of this bag. So fun for spring and summer, and I love the shape.
6. Tabitha Simmons Bailee suede sandals, just saw these last week when Gwyneth Paltrow was on The Marriage Ref. She wore them with a red dress by Victoria Beckham, and I could not take my eyes off of them. I had never even heard of Tabitha Simmons, and I won’t be owning these any time soon seeing as they are over $1000. That’s why they are on my wishlist!
7. RayBan Clubmaster II, I’m obsessed with 80’s and early 90’s style glasses coming back – think HUGE round frames or SMALL round frames. These remind me of the small rounded glasses stars like Johnny Depp and Meg Ryan wore back in the day.

Thanks Alaina, I love your choices, especially that beautiful DVF bag! You see friends… bloggers have such style, don’t they?! Be back next week for Wishlists from  Stockholm and Toronto!

  1. Charlotta Ward

    26 May

    So lovely to find this blog and I thank my dear friend & Swedish sister Monika for showing the way. x

    Mon, your list is fantastic and I share your wishlist, only I would drown in aviator shades and would have to settle for another style.. πŸ™‚ Thank you for the ups on Kombucha – must immediately search for a reseller here in Australia.. In dire need of magic in a bottle!

    Alania – your list too is great. I hear you on the Wegner chair, Petrie sofa and Brickmaker's table!

    Off to explore your blog now.

    Thanks for a great post and such a fun initiative.

    x Charlotta


    26 May

    Love these wish lists!

  3. The Design Dish

    26 May

    great lists! Love the blogger wish lists! So fun!
    The Design Dish

  4. travelingmama

    26 May

    These are so great! Thanks so much for the introduction! I just bought a couch almost identical to the Crate and Barrel Petrie… except it's gray because I am a realistic mom! πŸ™‚ Now I just have to wait until we get to Denmark to "unwrap" it!

  5. Mona Thompson

    26 May

    Enjoyed the blogger wish lists. I'm afraid I have an ongoing list as well. We never stop dreaming do we? Found this site thanks to sweet Monika. I will come back. You might want to visit me too.

  6. Delishhh

    26 May

    Coming from my friend Splendid Willow. Love the wish list. I tried that juice, i couldn't finish that bottle too disguisting for me :). Love the extra tall headboard.

  7. SogniSorrisi

    26 May

    I want a bust, too. And those Tabitha shoes!

  8. Splendid Willow

    26 May

    Lana dear, thank you for inviting me!
    I had so much fun!

    With regards to Kombucha – try the Mango version first. You will taste some vinegar, but it is not that bad!

    Hugs to you all,


  9. Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself

    26 May

    Thank you so much for featuring me in this series, Lana! It's been a pleasure to read and I'm thrilled to be a part of it. Have a good one!


  10. Jutta

    26 May

    Great wish lists! I'd love the Saarinen table too, and some chairs. And a house that looks like that (doesn't have to be in Sweden) and the marble bust… And some other things too. Maybe some day πŸ™‚

  11. Helena - A Diary of Lovely

    27 May

    great blogs, and fabulous ladies!!! great series

  12. manvi @ mochatini

    27 May

    Oh Mon, I just KNEW I would be either adding or already loving every item on your list!! saarinen table, yes please! and def looks like my injured body could def use the healthy tea drink. hope oyu find your dream home in sweden very very soon.
    hello alaina, nice to discover a new face and another DVF fan.
    Lana, Im really loving this series!!

  13. Crystal @ Plush Palate

    27 May

    Fantastic post! I have been lusting after the same Brickmaker's Table as Alaina forever! And I agree…I love her writing and humor πŸ™‚

  14. The Zhush

    27 May

    Just popped by from Monika's blog…so glad I did! Really enjoyed this fun little series, and will be back again for sure!

  15. Sparrow

    27 May

    what an absolutely wonderful feature Lana! Thank you for showing other bloggers wish lists. a great way to get inspired from stylish folks and prompt a dialogue.

  16. Lana

    27 May

    Thanks for all the comments, it's always fun to see which pieces are globally loved!
    And welcome to all my new visitors!

  17. Kat

    27 May

    Glad to discover these two bloggers!

  18. one sydney road

    27 May

    Oh yes me too – I'm with you Monika! A Saarinen table – I've been looking for a used one or knock-off – no luck yet!!

    And Alaina – love those shoes – I think I'm obsessed now!!

  19. Vintage Simple

    28 May

    Found my way here through Monika at Splendid Willow – I love her #1 and #2 choices… Siiigh. And I love Alaina's couch and coffee table choices, too!


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