Wednesday Vignette – in pursuit of grey

Yesterday, an Iranian woman asked me which country I like best – Sweden or the US. Good question, and quite impossible to answer. Both places contain things I love as well as abhor. Whereas I left my country for adventure, and she up-rooted and left to escape violence and persecution, we both know what it’s like to live a TwoTone existence. Your life will always be filled with contrast, comparison and a fair measure of consternation – that we agreed on.

As nations go, I don’t know that there is the perfect grey – at least I haven’t found it. For now, in Sweden for three weeks, I’m enjoying a couple of contrasting views offered by one of my two countries. TwoTone never looked better – or more bewildering…


Note the diagonal board pattern on the door. This has far-reaching roots and mystical connotations in Scandinavian vernacular buildings – something I wrote about here.


This is the bathroom at Rörstrand, where they made porcelain for 280 years before finally closing their doors and moving production overseas in 2004. Now it is a museum. Post to come soon…

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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16 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – in pursuit of grey

  1. Alison says:

    That is one weird bathroom!

  2. My head is spinning with the contrast and yet similarity of the two images you’ve shared. Excellent pairing with your commentary. My WV post also compares a native location with an adopted one. Unfortunately my subject had no say in the matter…

  3. The pattern in the first photo is very common in Germany as well. The 2nd photo is a killer. What a space; I’m overwhelmed and endlessly fascinated.

    My vignette is decidely more mundane:

  4. rickii says:

    Your greys are somewhat overcome by black and white. That bathroom is amazing! I tracked down and captured some true greys (well, OK, there may be some russet tones and a bit of green in there if examined closely):

  5. hoov says:

    Beautiful photos, and now I must find out more about those mystical patterns. Fascinating! The bathroom makes me dizzy in a good way, but “…they made porcelain for 280 years before finally closing their doors and moving production overseas in 2004”–that makes me sad. I hope you are having a wonderful vacation.

    Birds this week for me:

  6. Kris P says:

    That is one fancy bathroom! Like some art, I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. I hope you’re enjoying your trip.

  7. Evan says:

    Ow. Don’t look at that bathroom photo with tired eyes. Time to shut off my computer. Before I do, though, here’s my WV post:

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