Eco Living - Reusable Dishcloths from Bloomingville June 23 2017, 0 Comments

Here at North by South we love promoting products that are good for the environment because after all, we only have one planet.
A new favourite product of mine are these gorgeous (win-win) reusable dishcloths from Danish brand Bloomingville.

There are two options, in soft pink and mint there is a loose knit cloth which is perfect for all kinds of cleaning. They are $8 each and so far I have used mine over and over and over again for 9 months now. They have lost a bit of their colour (due to the cleaning products i've used to test them with) and stretched into a longer rectangular shape but they work 100% as well as when they were brand new.
The other option is the tighter knit grey cloth which I have used in the kitchen for wiping down bench tops etc. At first I thought food and bits would get stuck in the weave but it doesn't and I promise I've found cleaning the kitchen a 15% more fun with this gorgeous cloth ;) This cloth is $14 but well worth its cost as it's has retained both it's colour and shape in the 9 months I have been using it.
xx Sofie.

Passionfruit Muffins September 25 2016, 0 Comments

We love passionfruit in our house and did some baking on the weekend!


We started out using this recipe but then changed it up a bit using fresh passionfruit pulp instead of blueberries.

They were delicious so we made some with raspberries as well!


Happy weekend!


Warehouse Sale Saturday 18th June 10am - 2pm June 16 2016, 0 Comments

We're kicking off our June Sale with a Warehouse Sale this Saturday the 18th of June! The weather forecast doesn't look that good so I'll have hot coffee and Swedish biscuits for those who are brave enough to come out :) 


- Big markdowns

- Last Chance stock

- 15% off all new stock (at event only)

- Lucky Door price


Address: Northgate Church, 1A Wearden Road, Belrose NSW 2085

Time: 10am - 2pm


Bring friends and family!



DIY Project #1 - Outdoor setting October 19 2015, 0 Comments

Hey hey!

We've got so many little DIY projects going in the new house so I thought I'd start sharing them with you!

A few years ago we were given a big hardwood outdoor setting. It's a bit old and worn but super solid and sits around 10 people so we were stoked. The only thing I wasn't really keen on was the off brown colour… so after procrastinating (which I'm really good at) for 3 years or so I got some paint and with a really handy father-in-law gave it a fresher look!

Before and after

The colour is called Flintstone by Taubmans and is like a warm grey. In reality I probably would have chosen a darker more charcoal grey but it's so hard deciding on the right colour before you have seen the result, even when you get a sample pot and try it first! I'm really happy with it though, now to find some outdoor cushions so we can enjoy sitting out there in the gorgeous weather!


House move and DIY projects October 16 2015, 0 Comments

Sorry it's been a while since I updated the blog! We hit a new level of busy when circumstances led to us moving house and having a new baby in the one weekend.


Princess MJ and a sleepy Willa

Life has now started to resemble some kind of normal after almost two months of madness. I've spent every spare minute between caring for my toddler and newborn unpacking, painting and organising!

Moving in madness!

We've moved into a 4 bedroom brick rental from the 1980's and since the house needed a bit of love the landlord has let us re-paint most rooms. All the architraves and skirting in the house is wood with clear varnish (which I'm in no mood to paint because it's a huge job!) so I chose Dulux "Natural White" for every room except the bathrooms. I wanted it to look really fresh and crisp. For the bathrooms I chose a gorgeous light grey called "Silkwort" which I've used before.

Follow the blog for lots of DIY projects and inspiration!


Introducing: Kids Room Decor! June 28 2015, 0 Comments

I'm so excited to share the newest products on North by South; gorgeous kids room decor!

Decorating a beautiful space for your child is so much fun, whether it's a nursery for your first baby or updating their space as they grow into a new stage of life!

These days, the possibilities are endless and there is just so much amazing choice. I've been searching for ideas myself on Pinterest and Instagram for my three year old girl. We are just about to move house and having a girl I find it so hard to keep up with good storage options in her room! She's got about two hundred 'favourite' rocks, a million hair clips and endless other little bits and pieces. To be honest, I don't even know what half of them are or where they came from but to her, they are just really important!


We have also just entered the world of playing dress up with her so now we have to accommodate for princess dresses, jewellery and more and she is determined they should have somewhere to hang!

So for the online store, I thought storage would be a good place to start so click on our Children category to see the new wall shelves, cloud hooks and storage wire baskets. They come in a variety of colours and sizes to suit your little ones' space.

Check them all out here!


Christmas Inspiration from Sweden December 14 2014, 0 Comments

Just wanted to share some beautiful Christmas inspiration from Sweden.



Thursday recipe: Summer Berries with Lime and Mint Yoghurt October 15 2014, 0 Comments

I'm sitting here on this freezing cold wednesday night, preparing to write the Thursday Swedish recipe. I'm wearing my Swedish thick knitted socks (raggsockor) and a blanket around my shoulders and I'm flicking through my recipe books, dreaming about that wonderful warm weather we just caught a glimpse of. 

In Sweden, probably because summer is so short ranging from June to August if we're lucky, we are very good at enjoying what we've got while we've got it. That's why you'll see Swedish people turning towards the sun as soon as there's a bit of warmth in it. Eating every single meal outside if the weather allows. Or coming up with amazing desserts for all those amazing berries that grow everywhere in summer.

Here's one of them, oh so simple and delicious;

Summer Berries with Lime and Mint Yoghurt


Serves 4-6

1 cup plain yoghurt

3 tbs liquid honey

2 tbs finely chopped mint

2 tsp lime juice

500g raspberries

500g strawberries

250g blueberries

250g blackberries

Mix yoghurt, honey, mint and limejuice. Divide the berries between bowls or glasses. Pour yoghurt over berries and serve!

This dessert taste amazing with fresh berries but you can also use frozen and thawed.





Thursday Recipe: "Blueberry Soup" October 09 2014, 0 Comments

I bought this little blueberry bush earlier this year and with the warmer weather, my daughter and I have eagerly watched gorgeous little flowers appear. Now we are hoping for a world record size harvest of these delicious little berries so that we can make all sorts of yummy treats with our homegrown blue gold!

One of our favourites is what we in Sweden call "Blueberry Soup" and to be honest, I'm not quite sure what to call it in English to explain it properly. The consistency is thickish but it's drinkable, but you can also eat it with a spoon in a bowl with some vanilla ice-cream or whipped cream.

Having grown up with this, it's the one thing I crave when I'm sick. It's my ultimate comfort food ;)

It's always a hit with the little ones.


Blueberry Soup (Blåbärssoppa)


Recipe from Per Moberg (Morberg lagar husmanskost, 2012, Bonnier Fakta)

Serves 4

3 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen (thawed if frozen and strained to remove excess water)

1/4 cup sugar 

3 cups water

1 1/2 tbs potato flour


Optional for serving


whipped cream or vanilla ice-cream


Pour blueberries and sugar to a saucepan. Add water simmer over medium heat until the berries soften, about 2-3 minutes (but not until the berries fall apart)

In a separate bowl, stir the potato flour into a small amount of cold water. The texture should be thickish but not a paste. Slowly pour the potato flour into the soup whilst stirring. Bring to the boil.

To avoid a skin on the surface of the soup, just spread a small amount of sugar over it.

The soup can be served warm or cold, with or without whipped cream or ice-cream.

Soup can be stored in the fridge for a few days.




Where would you go? October 04 2014, 0 Comments

Have you seen our gorgeous world map posters?


I'm a huge fan of world maps and can easily get caught up daydreaming about where I would go...

The maps are available in three colours; black, brown and white and comes rolled up in a nice box for $19.95

Frame it or stick it to the wall with washi tape to suit your style. Use it as a nice decorating feature or cover it with pins and travel plans!

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Thursday Recipe: Morning Tea Buns October 02 2014, 0 Comments

Morning Tea Buns (Mellanmalsbullar)

Great buns for the little ones, yummy but not too sweet. Wonderful to eat warm out of the oven but can also great to have in the freezer as a morning tea backup :)


Makes about 24


Oven temp: 250 degrees Celsius, fan forced 225.


25g butter

1 cup milk

14g dry yeast (Swedes use fresh yeast and this recipe says to use 25g fresh yeast but generally 7g dry yeast is equivalent to 15g fresh compressed yeast and I use 2 sachets of 7g each which worked well.)

½ tsp salt

¼ cup sugar

100g cottage cheese

3 to 3 ½ cups plain flour


1 egg, beaten



Melt butter and add the milk, let cool until luke warm 37 degrees Celsius. Add yeast to a large mixing bowl. Add some of the milk and butter mixture and stir until yeast is dissolved. Add the rest of the liquid, salt, sugar, cottage cheese and most of the flour. Work dough until smooth adding more of the flour when needed.

Cover dough with a clean teatowel in mixing bowl and leave to rise until it has doubled in size. Roughly 30-40mins.

Work dough for 5 mins until smooth again using the rest of the flour.

Shape and roll into round buns. Put the buns on greased trays or lined with baking paper. Mine got a little stuck on the baking paper so it probably wouldn't hurt to grease the paper a little too.

Cover buns on trays with teatowel and let rise until doubled in size. Again about 30-40mins.

Brush buns with beaten egg and bake in the middle of the oven for 8-10mins depending on the size you rolled them into.





New Klinta & Co Lingonberry Scented Candle September 23 2014, 0 Comments

I've got a new Klinta & Co favourite! I know I change my mind every five minutes because they are all amazing but currently, it's this one:

Introducing: Lingonberry

Klinta & Co Lingonberry Scented Candle

Lingonberries can be found in Swedish forests and you can buy Lingonberry Jam at any supermarket. It is a small red berry with a sweet but tart flavour. It is popular to use in cooking and baking, you can use it in everything from sauces to tea cakes. You may have tried it with Swedish meatballs at IKEA!


I have just received a new delivery of Klinta & Co scented candles in store so stock up and try Lingonberry now!


Thursday Recipe: No bake Chocolate Balls September 18 2014, 1 Comment

Thought I'd introduce something new here on the blog; A new Swedish recipe on Thursdays!


Living away from the country and culture I was born in, cooking and baking things I grew up with helps my home sickness. This means I often make Swedish dishes and treats for different parties and events and since I'm regularly asked for the recipe I thought I would begin to share some of my favourites here!

First up:

Chocolate Balls (Chokladbollar)


These yummy little treats take hardly no time to make, can be made in advance and kept in the fridge or freezer and just to clarify, these aren't the healthy type you see everywhere these days, these are the good old naughty kind ;)


Makes about 30:

100g butter

1/3 cup sugar

1 tbs Vanilla sugar (Pretty sure you can't buy this in Australia but you can replace it with a few drops of vanilla essence, a little vanilla bean paste or seeds from a vanilla bean)

2 tbs cocoa powder

1 1/4 cups rolled oats

2 tbs cold strong coffee (instant coffee works fine but for more punch use espresso coffee)


shredded coconut   

Let the butter sit in room temperature for a bit so it softens. Mix butter, sugar and vanilla (sugar) well by hand or in a food processor. Add cocoa powder and mix well. Add oats and coffee. Mix until everything is well combined. Roll into small balls. Roll balls in coconut until coated on all sides. Can be eaten straight away or refrigerated.

The mixture should look similar to this.


In Sweden they are often rolled in this chunky sugar (parlsocker) but you can really coat them in whatever your preference is; coconut, sprinkles or hundreds and thousands.
 If you prefer them less naughty you could reduce the sugar, use raw cacao, change the butter to Nuttelex etc.


Happy Thursday!

Please let me know what you think if you try making them!


L:a Bruket Handmade soap and spa products July 08 2014, 0 Comments

Yesterday I visited the factory and gorgeous showroom of L:a Bruket in Varberg, Sweden. (Roughly translated "The Little Factory")



They make handmade organic rustic soaps and spa products. They say their style is a bit rough and rustic mixed with a romantic touch. Their products have become increasingly popular over the last few years and have started to spread over the world. 


I have a few favourites, like the Wild Rose Body Lotion, which smells divine but you can also find really interesting products like shampoo with a scent of black pepper and coriander! Their products does not only smell amazing, leave your skin beautifully soft or energized but they also take care in designing their products and packaging which has won them The Swedish Design Award 2012.

Have a good week!

Love Sofie.

S:t Hans Cafe and Orangery June 26 2014, 0 Comments

I love the Swedish cafe culture. We call it "fika", to have coffee or tea with something sweet like a cinnamon bun, crumble or cake. 

I visited this really cool cafe on the island of Gotland. Not only did they have an amazing selection of fika, you can enjoy it in the beautiful back garden where they grow their own herbs and flowers.


It's the kind of place you could go with a friend and stay for hours. If you visit Visby on Gotland, swing by S:t Hans Cafe and Orangery!


Love Sofie.

Swedish summer June 26 2014, 0 Comments

I am currently in my native Sweden, catching up with family and friends and soaking up some wonderful inspiration. Swedish summer is just magic, everything is lush in a million shades of green, flowers grow wild in the fields and the sun never really sets at night providing a gorgeous twilight that just lasts for hours.


I'll be posting from the island of Gotland, the plains of Narke and from Varberg on the west coast.


Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for photos, updates and inspiration!

Love Sofie.

Scandinavian Easter April 20 2014, 0 Comments

Happy Easter or Glad Pask like we say in Sweden!

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend and enjoying the beautiful weather. My niece Brooke and I have been busy doing all sorts of Easter craft, mixing Scandinavian traditions with modern ideas. We have had so much fun and we wanted to share some of it with you!

An old tradtition in Sweden for Easter is to decorate branches with eggs or feathers in all sorts of colours, called 'paskris' and often these are placed outside the front door.



Examples of 'paskris'

Our modern take, mixing old tradition with Australian nature and monochrome feathers :)


Brooke and I had a go at dying and decorating eggs. We didn't have a lot of time so we used food colouring and vinegar in boiling water but on Pinterest you can find a lot of tips on natural ways to dye your eggs and also ideas for how to use the egg yolk and whites so there's no waste. (We are making pancakes for breakfast!) 

For decorating we used washi tape! It's been around for a long time but I'm still discovering new ways to use it and think it's fantastic!

For more inspiration, see our Easter Pinterest board!




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New colour Kitchen scales: Mint! March 23 2014, 0 Comments

The amazing kitchen scales from Danish Bloomingville are now available in a new colour: Mint!

They are as beautiful as practical in the kitchen with the retro look and easy-to-clean stainless steel bowl. They have been incredibly popular and due to the high demand from the supplier this might be our last delivery, so get in quick! 

Shop now!


Happy Sunday!


Light up those Autumn nights! March 20 2014, 0 Comments

Autumn is my favourite season. It's still warm enough to spend most of your time outside but with those beautiful fresh mornings. The ocean is still at a nice temperature for swimming but you might need to snuggle up in a throw when having dinner outside.

There are so many reasons to enjoy autumn, go on to our Facebook page and tell us yours!


On our home page I have gathered our lanterns, hurricane vases and candleholders for you, so you can light up the darker nights and enjoy the last bit of warmth before winter hits. Enjoy!


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Iced tea on hot summer days... February 21 2014, 0 Comments

I've been making and enjoying iced tea lately and it's so easy to make it at home. I just wanted to share a recipe I've been using from T2 tea! It's perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day and you can experiment and add your own ingredients as garnish as well.


Products in photo: Crumpled cup Pigeonhole $19.95, Bowl here in grey Madam Stoltz $6.95, Glass bottle with stopper 1000ml House Doctor $19.95, Ceramic chopping board House Doctor $44.95

I use T2's Turkish Apple and Mint Mix.

You will need 1 teaspoon of each tea per cup you are making. Fill to 1/3 with water at 100 degrees Celsius, stir to dissolve and then fill to top with ice. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and lemon or my favourite, raspberries!

Pour into a jug which fits in the fridge.


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Exciting times ahead! February 02 2014, 0 Comments

Hope you are all enjoying this gorgeous summer weather! I have been making the most of it in between tonnes of research, because looming just around the corner are the trade shows were I will be checking out all the latest homewares for autumn/winter 2014!

So now is the time to drop us a line, sharing what you would like to see! Which colours are your favourites, which patterns are you into? Have you been searching desperately for something but unable to find it?

I will be seeing thousands of suppliers so here is your chance!

Personally I have to admit it's not easy to get into thinking about colder weather, cups of warming tea snuggled in cosy throws but after all my research I am quite excited about it!

I look forward to hearing from you!


Tell us what you think!

Get inspired!

New Years Eve December 31 2013, 0 Comments

I hope you are all enjoying this sunny last day of the year!

 In our family we started a new tradition a few years ago, as the end of a year draws near, we each decide on a word for the new year. Almost like a goal as well as a resolution or a theme if you like.

Though sometimes New Year resolutions feel a bit cliché, often revolving around the same things and the jokes about how the gyms are empty on December 31st but full on January 1st, i think it is good to reflect and set new goals. It's something about the start of a new year, it feels like a good time to start fresh, to try again or try something new.

Do you have a resolution for 2014?



Also ahead are holidays for many people and lovely summer nights enjoying dinners outside. In the store we have some beautiful lanterns and candleholders to help light up your table and garden. Click on the images to see them in the store.

I would like to thank all of our customers and fans and wish you a great and safe New Years Eve. See you next year!



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Klinta - Swedish scented massage candles October 28 2013, 0 Comments

The much anticipated scented candles from Swedish brand Klinta have finally arrived. I kept them at home for a few days while preparing for the photo shoot and my house has never smelled so good!

I received one of the Apple scented candles as a gift a few years ago and since then Klinta candles have been my favourites, I am very pleased and proud to stock them in the store.

They are unlike many scented candles. They contain a warm massage oil which looks and behaves just like a scented candle. In contrast to many scented candles where the scent is found only on the surface, these scents are blended with the wax and therefore last the life of the candle.

Light the candle, let a pool of oil form (approx 15 min), blow it out, dip your finger and massage. The oil is not too hot even when the candle has just been lit and the oil remains liquid on your fingertip. Re-light the candle and put it out as often as you like.

The candles are made using canola oil, certified palm oil (UN Global Compact) and organic soy wax from renewable sources. Hand poured into a simplistic clear glass they come in several unique scents created using essential oils and animal-friendly fragrance oils. The burn time is 16 hours.

The candles does not contain any parabens, parraffin wax, petroleum, mineral oils or animal products and they are not tested on animals.

When you have used up your candle, wash out the glass and re-use for tealights!

Please note: Very frequent use of the massage oil will reduce your candle burn time.

I think they are such a great gift and they come in a great little gift box.


The scents available in the store are:

Vanilla & Chilli, Tomato & Black Currant, Raspberry & Quince, Wild Fig & Grape, Apple, Champagne & Pink Grapefruit and Honey & Oat.

We also stock them in a set of 3 tea lights in Cotton/Fresh Laundry scent. The tealights are great because they come in a glass, as opposed to metal casing so they are great to use in lanterns that are see-through where  you are able to see the exposed flame.

I hope you will like these candles just as much as I do!

Shop Klinta candles now!





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Council Cleanup - yes or no? September 30 2013, 0 Comments

Whilst out and about on the weekend I spotted this cupboard on the side of the road for Council Cleanup. Without hesitation I pulled the car over, jumped out and threw it in the boot. I even waved at the lady who's house it was in front of and who was watching from her window.

I'm not sure of the plans for this little cupboard which looks likes it's had a bit of a rough life but I think it's got great potential! After a light sand, some paint and new door hinges it might end up next to a nice reading chair or like a bedside table or in the hallway with a lamp and a pot plant on it. I will keep you posted on where it ends up!

When it comes to Council Cleanup, are you a Horder or a Chucker? Definite yes or absolutely not on picking things up?

My husband is not a fan because I always bring more things home than we throw out and usually my new found treasures involves a bit of work on his part, being a carpenter! But I like the old "re-use, reduce & recycle" rather than always buying new. One third of our furniture comes from Council Cleanup, eBay or are homemade using old material and sometimes, with a bit of creativity, fresh paint and work, I think these are the pieces that have the most charm.

Do you have a favourite piece of furniture in your home that came from Council Cleanup?

For some inspiration on what you can do with old cabinets, click here to see our Pinterest board.

Want to have a look in the store?

Have a great week and enjoy the sunshine!



New sizes of Uashmama paper bags! September 11 2013, 3 Comments

I am excited to tell you we have just received new sizes of our washable paper bags! They are the smallest size yet and perfect for storing little things or as a little gift.

Uashmama (wash-mama) make these smart paperbags that feel a bit like leather, washes like fabric and flatten for easy storage. They are such a great product that looks good anywhere with just about anything in them!

They make the perfect gift, fill them with delicious treats, wrap it up in some cellophane with a cute ribbon around it and you have a gorgeous gift which also can be used over and over promoting sustainability.


Designed originally as a bread bag, Uashmama washable paper is made using a virgin fibre through cultivation and not through deforestation.

The bags are soft yet resilient, the manufacturing process is similar to leather where the paper is stretched and tanned making it durable to withstand washing and daily use.

All Uashmama products are designed and made by Le Sorelle (The Sisters), a family run company in Tuscany, Italy. Each bag is hand stitched making every one unique.

We will also be stocking the paper bags in silver and gold metallics closer to Christmas, anyone interested in one of them?

Let me know which colour you prefer and what you would use it for, I would love to hear it!

Want to shop Uashmama paper bags? Click here.



New favourite cafe August 30 2013, 0 Comments

Mj and me have found a new favourite cafe! It's called Fika Swedish Kitchen and was founded by three talented swedes and it's located in Manly, NSW.

 It's a great little cafe where you can enjoy Swedish foods and experience a bit of the culture. The cinnamon buns are especially good!

As well as sweet treats, desserts and coffee all day they do breakfast and lunch.

Pop in and say 'hej' to them! (Swedish for hi)

Happy Friday!




Fika Swedish Kitchen

5b Market Lane
Manly NSW 2095

Open every day 7-5pm

Bedroom inspiration August 19 2013, 1 Comment

Outdoor dining August 08 2013, 0 Comments

I have started dreaming about being able to sit outside and eat again, even though we are still in winter. We have begun to clean up outside after the cold and wet weather and B built a new table so as soon as it warms up a little we can sit there and eat breakfast. Can't wait!

Do you have a favourite outside spot to sit?

I went to Melbourne on the weekend for the tradeshows and it was so refreshing to see all the colours for spring and summer this year. It was all coral/watermelon pink, aqua and turquoise and soft yellows. It's going to be a very colourful summer!

If you want some inspiration on outdoor areas and dining, click here to go to our Pinterest boards.

To have a look in the store, click here.

Hang in there, not long to go!



Dip it! July 18 2013, 1 Comment

I'm loving this trend of paint dipping! It is such a fun and inexpensive way of freshen up things in your home. You can dip pretty much anything from tins, pots and cooking utensils to furniture.

For smaller items or the legs of a table or chair you would only need a sample pot of paint in your desired colour. These are usually no more than $8.


Below is the before and after shots of a wicker basket I dipped:


Have you dipped anything? What would you dip?


For more inspiration on paint dipping, head to our Pinterest board 

If you would like to check out our shop, go here!



Indoor greenery July 08 2013, 1 Comment

Something we are good at in Scandinavia is indoor greenery.

Perhaps it's because of our climate, when everything withers and dies outside in winter we like to bring gorgeous flowers and fresh plants into our homes to help remind us of spring and summer.


They also work to soften a room. Sit a plant in a beautiful pot on the kitchen table, keep fresh herbs in the kitchen, hang a pot in a window or place a succulent on a chest of drawers.

For more inspiration on indoor greenery, go to our Pinterest board here.

If you already have ideas and greenery, browse the store for gorgeous planters and vases here.



About dreams May 01 2013, 0 Comments

A few years ago I read a quote that really impacted me and changed the direction I was heading, or maybe more correctly changed my lack of direction to a set course.

The quote read;


If your dreams don't scare you,

they are not big enough.


So after years of dreaming it is with great pleasure, and some triumphant feelings, that I introduce to you my business and blog, North by South. In the blog I will share my passion and dreams of beautiful homewares, home decorating and inspiring style. Being born and raised in Sweden, the focus will be on Scandinavian style and in the store I will bring you some of my favourite Scandinavian brands but I am very proud to bring you some amazing Australian brands as well.


I wish you a very warm welcome (as we say in Sweden) and truly hope you will be inspired as well!