Pieces of Me: Insta-Living Vol. 02

Culture, heritage, architecture, and pure colour are just a few elements that influence me personally, including my fashion style and general perspective. So, I thought I would share a glimpse of some of these components, as well as others that I love.

At the moment, we are between a couple of places, and with busy schedules of work and travelling there hasn't been much time to decorate. Therefore, mobile uploads work best for unique and intimate captures, transforming a snapshot of even a plain box into somewhat, a work of art!
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When entertaining comes into play it's great to pull out old recipe books. And, of course, thanks to Christmas holidays mum always makes certain that all of us in the family are upgraded with proper dinnerware and silverware. Plus, guys don't tend to bring these type of items into the home initially do they? So, I was very pleased that I had these! I also just received "his and her" tuxedo style forks and spoons, but we have not got around to using those yet!

I adore these wooden bowls, they kept hazelnuts warm and ready for a new recipe that I tried a few weeks ago and modified!

On the mini baker's rack: we keep flour, dried red peppers, rice, spices and herbs like cumin and thyme, amongst loads of other ingredients in rotation on the shelves and cabinets. Saving the empty bottles of our cooking essentials, such as saffron helps to remember to buy stashes of it on upcoming market trips. Spice markets are some of my favourite places to stop when travelling. 

Marvellous gifted artful pieces, and intricate works that my papa gave me from Ghana, (an Ashanti 'Sankofa' Stool and carved wooden utensils). There's really too many family favourites to love. My brother has a very nice collection of his own as well in his family's home. But, this is one of my little tables for now that resides in what we like to call the peace room, which is not finished yet. Presently, there are plenty of comfortable floor pillows and lounge seating.

When guests are over they may also use this room to have important phone calls, meditate, or just relax before heading out to the crowded living room filled with gourmet indulgences and joyful conversations. I suppose more of my own artwork will also accompany this environment soon.
 

One of many German steins: This one is more of a playful piece that I have carried with me in every move. The top is removed now, as I use it to store feathers and notions. The older inherited one's are at my parent's house, which are in a glass case.

I love old wooden cigar boxes, and often fix them up so that I can use the boxes for crafting or storage. Last year, I restored one for my friend Lars, putting in requested velvet fabric cushions for storage. He wears funky cufflinks and uses it to store them .. it's truly a custom cigar box now!
 Ghainaian bloggers Expat
Paper flower arrangements and more art! A happy floral makes the day bright, however for the guest rooms, I generally use silk flowers or paper flowers. Several friends have allergies just as I do, and sometimes we never know who might be passing through or if they're indeed allergic to fresh flowersfortunately, I am not! But, aside from that, there's nothing wrong with a little handmade touch!

One of several favourite trunks! Although these only keep extra throw blankets stowed away, it does make a lovely corner to pass, and dream of world adventures in a matter of seconds. 

I hope you enjoyed my personal and eclectic splash of inspiration.


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  1. Thank you for sharing all these lovely pieces, Madison. Very inspirational indeed:)
    Happy Monday!

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  2. francesca romana capizzi22 April, 2013

    I love these pieces, the wooden bowls are amazing!!

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  3. Paper flowers are just now becoming popular here in the states. Love them! Great cutlery Madison. I love those wooden bowls and those German steins are fab. Wishing you a wonderful week. HaHa I'm allergic to horseradish like in shrimp cocktail sauces. My face will blow up!

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  4. Hi Madison! Your today post is very original and adorable! The wooden bowls with the hazelnuts are very cute but I fell in love with the utensils from Ghana, so adorable! As well as the trunk!:) Happy Monday dear, kisses! xo

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  5. Gorgeous pieces in your place...love the bowls and things..so nice. Have a wonderful week doll xx

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  6. Elegant and lovely!!! Love these pics :)

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  7. Insta-awesome post, darling!
    Love those salad servers!


    xoxox,
    CC

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  8. I love the idea of using old cigar boxes for craft storage!

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  9. Alexis Grace22 April, 2013

    Great photos, Madison. Also-- you revealed a little more about yourself today... I am intrigued by your new (?) living arrangements...

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  10. What a smashing post! I loved looking at all your lovely bits and pieces and the utensils from Ghana are just so special! x

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  11. I love your carved wooden utensils, they are so cool! I like that they are pieces of art too.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  12. Oh to Be a Muse22 April, 2013

    I like that mini baker's rack. Looks like you have a lot of eclectic storage.

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  13. I like those beautiful artworks from Ghana.
    Wonderful post dearie.

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  14. Hi Madison, thanks for giving us a glimpse in you very stylish world, love all the unique and different cultural elements of your home, adds wonderful character.

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  15. Punctuation Mark23 April, 2013

    great post and images!!! have a great week!


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  16. Madison, I'm in love with all of your home objects, their history, origins and how they connect so well with your personality, travels, style and diverse cultural background!
    Amazing!!!

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  17. Love all of these items. I'm in desperate need of new silverware. None of mine match! haha

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  18. Hi lovely, What a wonderful post you have for us! Your homely touches are so pretty and its things like this that help make a home your own. I particularly like the cigar boxes and thank you for sharing these pictures with us :)

    Take care and enjoy the rest of your week,
    Daniella xox

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  19. I love the marvellous artful pieces from Ghana and the cigar boxes. Too bad you can´t buy them without cigars. Did you know that stein in german means stone?

    xx

    glamdevils

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  20. Your wooden pieces from Ghana and the cigar boxes have so much history and character!

    xoxo,

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  21. I obviously loved seeing all those goodies and reading all those little background stories :) I always love seeing other bloggers' homes and home related stuff overall. you should definitely make similar posts in future as well ;)

    Maiken,
    Maikeni blogi - part of me

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  22. miss b bobochic23 April, 2013

    You have some interesting pieces. The wooden bowl with hazelnuts is a lovely rich colour (the recipe sounds delicious too) and I agree - spice marlkets are fascinating places.
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  23. Thank you! :-) Yes, I agree and also like these type of posts. Have a great day Maiken.

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  24. Oh, thanks so much Erika! :-) xx

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  25. Glad that you enjoyed this post Ofelia. I have so many other items from my family, but just wanted to share a few that I love the most. :) Thank you for your comment.

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  26. Thank you. Some of my favourite art is from Ghana.

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  27. Thank you. lol, yes, sometimes it's good to share a little more, especially interior items. :-)

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  28. Thanks for your comment. :-)

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  29. Madison, I love this post! It's so nice to get to know more about you. I love love love your trunks! They are adorable, and if I had more room, I would definitely sprinkle a few of them all over the place! :) I also really like your gorgeous cigar box collection!

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  30. Beautiful photos and post!!!
    Have a good week, dear! and my g+ for you!!!:)))


    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  31. Playing around with old recipe books is alway a good idea!


    X Marjolein - nevertoopolished.com

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  32. great shots Xo Megan, www.TfDiaries.com

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  33. Omg!!! i loveeeeeeeeeeeee, very traditional, i fell in love with the wooden candle stand, the wooden spoons are just out of this world and the wooden bowels, that's the feeling i get when i visit the palace in Africa if you understand what i mean... very soon i will be visiting Ghana, my mum visits Ghana often but i have never been there. <333

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  34. My favourite thing about seeing people's homes is the unique touches that they bring, from their silverware pattern to the old glasses that follow them move after move, even if they don't match the rest of their dining collection. Thanks for sharing this glimpse into your home, Madison!
    xox,
    Cee

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  35. Thanks so much Cee, I appreciate these type of posts as well. We love silverware and entertaining and actually have both artsy colour sets and matching collections. It's fun to mix things up, especially with the friends that we have. Wishing you a great week.xx

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  36. Thanks love, and yes, I definitely understand. xx

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  37. Madara Lieciniece24 April, 2013

    Cool I like those tiny details! :)

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  38. Thanks Laura! Glad that you enjoyed the post.

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  39. Thank you. Yes, of course I knew that it means stone, haha, My father's fam is German. :) Enjoy your day dears! xx

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  41. Thank you Stanislava! :-)

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  42. I love that mini spice rack! And those pieces from Ghana are too cute!

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