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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!

Wednesday Vignette – black and white

Looking through my photos from the past year (and more!), I realize how many totally decent blog posts I *could* have written, and just never did. It kind of bums me out. Don’t be surprised if at least a few … Continue reading

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Bloom Day – January, 2020

It’s been an abnormally mild winter (again), so I have more to show than I would if all was right in the world. For weeks, we have known that temperatures would drop and that – heavens forbid! – we might … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – finally!

Not sure what took me so damn long, but I finally got to visit my friend  and fellow blogger Dale’s beautiful garden. And, of course I picked a day when snow was coming down, but it fit in with my … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – meet me in the middle

I wonder what it would be like to be a 1,000 year old oak tree. If you made it that long, it’s fair to assume you would have seen an awful lot, and would probably be quite blasé, as you … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – road trip

On the very last day of 2019, I felt a bit disgusted with the way things are – here in the city and elsewhere. Blatant, obvious misery is everywhere you look, and even if you happen to do something nice … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – belated, and some things we learned.

So, Christmas happened. We had invited about twice the number of people our table could comfortably hold and were scrambling to finish all the cooking and rearranging of seating. Both Tuesday night and Wednesday slipped by in a whirl without … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – beauty and beast

Design showrooms can be overwhelming to those in the throes of home improvement, so today I came along in the capacity of advisor.  I don’t frequent these bastions of beauty as often as I used to, and thoroughly enjoyed being … Continue reading

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