about



I am Lisa Hjalt, a born-and-bred Icelander, living with my family in a seaside resort on the west coast of Scotland. I started the blog in Antwerp back in 2010 but since then the nature of it has changed. These days it's usually a peek into the books and magazines on my table, my reading lists, the coffee table books I have in sight, and other simple pleasures. Textiles, especially exotic patterns, interest me greatly and I never tire of receiving samples in the mail. My posts are usually written during long lunches, influenced by a double-shot latte.

In the last years we have done a bit of country hopping and lived in England, Luxembourg, Belgium, Denmark and Canada (a long time ago I also lived in Switzerland). I kind of like to think of myself as a citizen of the world with an Icelandic passport.

I was born in Reykjavik and spent my summers with my family in salmon fishing areas or with my paternal grandparents, a home with many Danish traditions. I studied English literature and linguistics at the University of Iceland (and took a fair amount of courses in other faculties) and wrote my BA thesis on autobiographical writing. I have many interests: books and textiles, as mentioned above, interior styling and design, photography, art, history and travels. I'm one of those people who still take out library books and usually take my stack to a café before heading back home. One of my passions is experimenting with recipes that include fresh and unrefined ingredients. My blog, which is also available in Icelandic, reflects my interests and since the beginning of 2015 mainly all the images on it are my own.

I like using other inspirational outlets like Pinterest, where I have a large following, and Tumblr, where I post images with credit only of interiors, art, textiles, styling, etc. I also caved in and opened an Instagram account, where you may find some behind-the-scenes images, the books I'm currently reading, etc.

I am available for collaborations, as long as they are related to the blog's content. Please keep in mind that I don't accept any pre-written articles.


Lisa Hjalt
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