Summer memories and a nostalgic address plaque

It’s a bit strange how different seasons can bring various memories and various feelings to life, don’t you think? I don’t know about you, but I personally remember the summers when I was a child and later a teenager, and I remember the scent from the sea, the pleasant sound when the waves reaches the beach and the stones, and the calm breeze in the hair while walking along the sea side… All these memories make me feel nostalgic, and they also make me think of Skagen, a very beautiful place in Denmark. If you’d ever like to visit Scandinavia I definitely think you should make sure to visit Skagen. It’s a quite amazing place actually, and you can actually see two different seas meet there. Quite a fascinating view I can assure you!

Thinking of Skagen makes me think of our Lighthouse design, which I personally like a lot. I really like the rust red color, and I think the arched address plaque is one of the most beautiful signs in our entire shop. I’ve tried to make up my mind lately, to decide what address plaque I’d like to have, and the more I think about it, the more certain I become that I’d like to have a sign like the one in the photo above. I think it’d look real nice, as our address contains a 3 digit number and a street name, which makes a sign with two lines the obvious choice. I think this would be a great choice, don’t you agree?

Do you have any beautiful memories to share? Or maybe a story from this summer holidays? It’s always nice to listen to happy stories from other bloggers and readers, so please don’t hesitate to tell all about your summer, this one as well as previous summers… And please don’t hesitate to tell me if you think I should choose this address plaque, or if you prefer one of the other ones on our website?

A beautiful number sign for every house

Take a look at the photo above! It belongs to Tiff, who runs the lovely blog Mrs Tiff… Living creatively. I really like the blog. Tiff writes about her various projects and shares lovely photos, and the blog is frequently updated, just like a good blog should be. I really think you should pay her a visit, if you haven’t done that already.

However, what I wanted to say is that Tiff won a give-away on another blog a few years ago. She picked the Highlander, as you can see, and she made a great photo! I think it looks great with the white flower at the side. I think the greatest thing of all with our Highlander collection is that they fit in almost everywhere. You can have it on any wall, or inside any house, whatever colors you may have at home.

I also read something on a blog, which I think is worth mentioning to everyone who considers buying a house number, but doesn’t know where to put it, maybe because they rent their place, or maybe because they can’t find an obvious place to put it. Well, our house numbers doesn’t have to be placed on a wall or a fence outdoors. They will look just as good indoors, and they can be put on a door or a wall inside, or on a wall shelf, to be clearly visible. That way you can show your house number even if you rent an apartment or a house, and the sign will be just as beautiful wherever you put it.

Have you got a sign indoors? Then you know that it makes a great addition to the interior. Mind showing us some photos? It’d be greatly appreciated!


Harvest and enjoy – a rewarding hobby

I love spending time with friends and family, but I also think it’s important to have a hobby, or something to focus on, that is your own, something you really enjoy doing when you’ve got some time to spare, or when you just feel a need to be alone for a while.

I’ve found mine in gardening, and I think the most fun thing of all is to grow herbs and berries in the garden, as it gives so much in return. You can bring them up from seeds into growing plants, and eventually harvest the result; delicious and nutritious berries and herbs, that can be used for baking, cooking or just as a treat every now and then.

Do you enjoy gardening, and do you grow your own herbs and berries? I’ve composed a list of berries and herbs that I think is great to grow at home. Maybe you’ve already got some of them in your backyard, or maybe you’ve got more favorites to add to the list? I’d gladly add them, so just let me know!

  • Fragaria x vescana – Do you like strawberries? Then you’ll love this delicious little berry, which is a mix between strawberries and wild strawberries. They are smaller than a strawberry, and just as sweet as wild strawberries. They are usually ready to harvest in July and August, and when you plant them you should place the plant in a sunny, yet protected place.
  • Orange Balsam – This is a type of Thymus which is easy to grow. You don’t have to water it daily, as it can stand dry surroundings without problems. Place it in a sunny spot. It’s beautiful with its leaves which are coloured in a mix of grey and green, and its flowers which are purple-pink. You can have it as a beautiful addition in the garden, but you can also use it for cooking purpose, and it’ll taste just perfect when used in meat dishes and stews.
  • Yellow Raspberries – Raspberries are always delicious, but if you want something slightly different, but still very delicious, you should search for yellow raspberries, or Rubus Golden Queen, as they’re also called. The berries are ready to harvest in July and August, and these plants are quite easy to grow, which is a great bonus.
  • Eruca Sativa – Perfect to grow as it’s easy to grow from seed, and you’ll be able to harvest all summer. Tasty to put in the salad, or along with pizza. You can grow this inside as well as outside, so it’s not necessary to have a garden of your own.
  • Sweet Cherry – Prunus Avium, as it’s called in Latin, is a delicious berry that can be grown in large pots on the balcony, as well as in the garden. The tree should be placed in a sunny spot, and you may have to protect the berries from birds when they are ready to harvest. The berries are really sweet, as the name suggests, and you can eat them as they are, or use in pies, etc.

Did you find any of your favorites in the list? Or maybe some new ideas for your garden? Remember that it doesn’t have to be expensive to grow your own herbs and berries. Maybe you can exchange seeds or plants with friends or relatives? Maybe they’d like a strawberry plant from you, in exchange for some Thyme to plant in your garden? It’s often possible to keep the costs down to a minimum, if you’re openminded and willing to share what you have with others.

A beautiful room with an Engelhardt sign

You know what? One thing that I really love about my job is to see how the signs we produce can add beauty to any home. I love to see photos from happy customers, and sometimes I find them by coincidence on the net, and that’s just what happened today….

Take a look at the photo above! I think the entire room is gorgeous, and the sign fits perfect on the lovely table, don’t you think? The room (as well as the photo) belongs to Kelly, the owner of the fabulous blog Coastal Cottage Dreams. She won this Engelhardt sign on a blog give-away in 2012, and I love how she decided to use it. I’m usually an eager fan of white home decor, but this room looks so cosy and welcoming, don’t you think? The table is amazing, and so is the bamboo roller shades in the windows. I love everything about the room, and the sign has definitely found its place.

A fun thing to add is that Kelly picked this sign as it’s her anniversary date, and I’ve actually got a sign with the numbers 1983 as well, since it’s my birth year. I’ve already showed you that sign once on the blog, remember? You can find that blog post here. I decided to go with the Highlander design, and I love it, but this Engelhardt seen above is gorgeous as well, so I’m not sure about what style to choose for my next sign 🙂

Are you searching for great blogs to read online? Then you should definitely head over to Coastal Cottage Dreams. It’s frequently updated and it contains lots and lots of amazing photos. Kelly is a great blog author, so I’m sure you’ll like this blog as much as I do!

Gravel gardening – the beautiful and convenient alternative

Gardening is fun, no doubt about it, but not everyone has the time and patience, or even the climate needed to arrange a garden with soil, lawn, etc. Fortunately there are plenty of alternatives for everyone who wants a low maintenance garden with many beautiful and hardy plants as well.

So, what is the solution you may wonder? It’s actually gravel gardening. It’s such a fascinating solution, and it’s a great solution if you want to create a cosy garden with a touch of the Mediterranean. The great thing with this kind of gardening is that you can arrange a gravel garden wherever you live. You can make it on any soil type, but if you have the possibility to choose, it’s definitely better to do it on sandy or gravelly soil.

How to make a gravel garden

There are several types of gravel to choose between when you’ve decided to create your own gravel garden. Medium-grade gravels can be a wise choice as they are more pleasant to walk on than the small-sized gravels, but if you want to keep cats away, large-sized gravel can be a good alternative too.

Look for local gravel and get it delivered with truck, it’s a convenient way to get it where you want it, and local alternatives will usually be a cheaper choice.

Self-seeding plants will make your garden look more natural and wild, which is perfect if you want a real beautiful and cosy place, where you and your friends can walk about and discover new flowers and plants from day to day. You’ll soon notice that the market is filled with suitable plants to use for gravel gardening. Lavandula, salvia and rosmarinus are all perfect for this purpose, and you can also plant yucca, cistus and juniperus with successful result.

If you’re looking for suitable perennials you should try osteospermum, sedum, euphorbia or phlomis, just to mention a few, but you should also consider to add a few climbers, like campsis, to get an even more fascinating garden.

Low maintenance but still as beautiful

The great thing with a gravel garden is that you won’t have to remind yourself to water your plants daily, as they will keep growing anyway, and the rainfalls will provide the water they need. Another thing you don’t have to do is to add fertilizer on a regular basis. These plants are hardy and will grow without such help.

What you need to do is to keep an eye on the gravel level and add more when needed. You should also remove spent flower stalks in the autumn, but in case you forget to do it then, you can also do it after winter, early spring that is.

Do you think this would be a solution that would be suitable for you? I think it would be a wonderful idea to try, and I would definitely consider doing it if my garden was bigger. Have a look at the photo from Beechwell… It looks so totally natural, and it’s obviously a great choice if you want an amazing garden without investing several hours each day cutting the lawn, watering plants, etc.