unexpected guests: elisabeth dunker.


i’m so happy we’re headed to Gothenburg today, the second largest city in Sweden, to the home of photographer and designer elisabeth dunker of the blog fine little day. i have been a huge fan of elisabeth’s work for some time now, so to have her as an unexpected guest is quite a honor. elisabeth shares a studio with artist camilla engman, and together they have created studio violet.


you have no doubt seen their lovely work, and may know that i only use their journals to write my task lists each day. somehow their journals make my tasks seem that much less daunting! for more of elisabeth’s design work, check out her shop and studio voilet. so without further ado, let’s pop into elisabeth’s life in sweden for a bit.


studio voilet.


What is your idea of a perfect day in gothenburg?
The sun is shining. Me, the kids and my husband are biking the cycle route along the sea side to Saltholmen, the ocean. We take a dip in the not too cold water and are having a picnic on the rocks. Then we stop by a couple of fleas on the way home.



What don’t you leave home without?
My mobile phone.




What’s your favorite local shop?
Holmens marknad, a big second hand store with furniture, household goods, books and a lot more. I go there as soon as I got a chance. One can find nice things for the kids there as well.



What’s on your wish list?
A summer house. Something like this maybe. Or this. Or this. Or why not like this?



What’s your favorite bargain find or product?
I like rough handmade stuff, toys, paintings, crafting. I also love to re-use objects.



What is your biggest interior design nightmare?
A whole home decorated in nothing but brand new Ikea furniture maybe?




Who is your favorite artist? And why?
For the moment, english ceramic artist Claire Loder. I just love her craziness and playfulness. Not only her ceramic work sparkles, take a look at her web identity.


Where do you find inspiration?
Above all – at flea markets, second hand — and antique stores. But a lot on the web too.



Do you collect anything?
I have several of items which I have more that five of, like sewing boxes, aprons, flower paintings… so yes I believe I do collect even if I don’t always plan to from the beginning.


If you could photograph anyone in the world, who might that be?
My self as a child. I have only a few photos of my self as a kid.



Who would you like to sit down to drinks with?
My mother and my youngest sister, we meet too rarely. But next month we’re going on a trip together to Prague, that will be swell.



Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Berries with a lot of cream. Chocolate, Valrhona or Marabou Schweizernöt for the moment.



What is your most treasured belonging?
My camera and my computer. Boring answer but it’s true.


What’s souvenir did you bring back from your last trip?
Napkins, cones and toe socks.


Greatest indulgence?
That would be books and magazines.



What are some of your favorites websites/blogs to visit?
Mieke Willems, Stork Bites Man, Weird Friends, Lena Sjöberg and many more.



20 Responses to “unexpected guests: elisabeth dunker.”
  1. ivy style33 says:

    Delightful post!
    You have to love everything about her work, studio,home, pictures, blog,life!So unique and standing out of the croud…
    I’m a big admirer : )

  2. libby says:

    gorgeous!! huge fan of fine little day.

  3. the local says:

    she is so talented…thank you for the insights!

  4. Deb says:

    My favorite designers! Ive got a studio violet picture in my daughter’s room….WOW take a lot of pictures :)

  5. StyleRoom says:

    Love this posting!! You’ve made me very homesick today (Swede, living in London), hope you’re enjoying Sweden and Gothenburg! :-)

  6. loved reading through the questions and answers!

    and, obviously, great pictures – some of them i’ve seen for the first time. lots of inspiration.

  7. Fee-AMore says:

    Wonderful post! I enjoyed it. :)

  8. kenzie says:

    this home + studio are so perfect, I love the unfussy style of it. I’m inspired to get new mismatched pillows!

  9. Natasha says:

    I am a huge fan of fine little day and therefore thoroughly enjoyed this post. I’ll be visiting Gothenburg this summer and cannot wait to check out Holmens Marknad. xo

  10. Megan says:

    What a beautiful space, all that white is truly serene!

  11. Iris says:

    Also a big fan of Fine Little Day! Truly inspiring! Greetings from Argentina!!!!!!

  12. Oh what great photos…love the interior design!

  13. Thanks for sharing this great feature! Elisabeth is perhaps my favorite photographer in the world.

  14. vigdis* says:

    i love her place!! could have moved in right away!

  15. Natalia says:

    I love this site but I speak a little bad English …, D
    I practice my English so jejeje
    Things that are so original.
    I like so much.
    I follow the trail!
    Kisses from Spain!

  16. Oh hello, so many nice and encouraging comments! Thank you all of you :))

  17. victoria says:

    so glad you all loved elisabeth’s home and style as much as i do!

    elisabeth – it was so nice to have you! thank you again so much!

  18. sc says:

    Cannot get tired of her and her style. Lovely!

  19. Thanks for having me Victoria!

  20. This was a fun visit. I especially love that puffy little cloud above the sofa.

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