Inspirations

A collection of what we discover every day—at home, at Alpine Modern, in Boulder, and out in the world.

  • Inspirations No. 14

    Hope you’re enjoying a relaxing Saturday. We’re getting bundled up and about to head down to the Cafe for waffles with our guests visiting from California. There’s nothing like sugary waffles and warm coffee to kick off a weekend with friends. We’re so thankful for the success of Alpine Modern Cafe and the amazing staff …

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  • Chasen + Stone Matcha

    We began serving Chasen + Stone matcha in January 2017 and our customers love it. They just released this wonderful video showcasing the process they use to make the matcha. Alpine Modern Cafe is one of three cafes in the world that serve the matcha produced from this farm. Between us, we are able to …

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  • Scandinavia Trip Itinerary

    When fall comes each year we find ourselves cleaning house, organizing, downsizing, and taking stock of the beautiful sunny memories of summer. As the kids nap peacefully this afternoon, we’re snuggled on the couch watching the last of the orange and yellow leaves of cottonwoods drift quietly in the backyard. We’re taking this window of …

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  • Pia Wallen Stockholm Design Studio

    We had the opportunity to meet with the renowned designer, Pia Wallen, in her magnificent Stockholm studio.

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  • 29|2 Aurland, Norway

    While on our family vacation through Scandinavia this summer we stayed at a magnificent bed and breakfast in the heart of the Norwegian Fjords. 29|2 Aurland is nestled within the Aurland valley. We starting our Fjord journey in Oslo and rode a high-speed train to Flam. We boarded the Flam Railway and traversed down toward the …

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  • Oaxen Slip Restaurant — Stockholm

    Our good friend and culinary expert, Colin Kirby, recommended we lunch at Oaxen Slip while visiting Stockholm this summer. The weather was perfectly sunny but even in the middle of summer, there can be a chilled breeze off the water. Fortunately, the restaurant provides cozy wool blankets to keep you warm while you dine. We …

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  • Louisiana Art Museum in Denmark

    If you must see one museum while in Copenhagen, go to the Louisiana. It’s about one hour north of the city and you can get there by bus or taxi. The exhibitions and installations are nice but what truly sets this museum apart is the architecture of the building and its setting on the water. …

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  • Best Airbnb in Hellerup, Denmark

    While traveling through Scandinavia this summer we stayed at the perfect Airbnb in Hellerup, Denmark. It’s about 20 minutes North of Copenhagen in a residential neighborhood and just steps to the beach. We were a bit hesitant to stay outside of the city but it turned out to be a great decision. The house was …

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  • Miss Holly Chair

    Yes, another favorite from Jonas Lindvall, our favorite Swedish architect. We saw this chair in small shop in Hellerup, Denmark Description of the chair from Stolab, which licensed the design and manufactures it: Miss Holly was produced with respect for the past and a feel for what is lacking today. Jonas has gained inspiration from …

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  • Arne Jacobsen Station Wall Clock

    Arne Jacobsen’s Station wall clock is an iconic Danish design dating back to 1939. As we toured Copenhagen on our family trip this summer, we couldn’t help but fall in love with this clock. The Airbnb that we stayed at in Hellerup had the smallest size hung in the living room. It was the only piece …

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  • Samsung Serif Television

    Samsung’s newest television, the Serif, opens many possibilities for integration into the modern home. A long time ago, TV’s were built like furniture, and it’s nice to see the pendulum of design swinging back in this direction. View more information on Samsung’s website.

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  • Jonas Lindvall

    Jonas Lindvall was educated as an interior architect in Gothenburg, Sweden and studied furniture design at the Royal College of Art in London and architecture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen. Upon completing his studies he returned to his hometown, Malmö, where he opened his own office. As an …

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  • PM & Vänner Hotel and Restaurant

    This hidden gem of a hotel is located in Växjö, Sweden. We stayed here in July and fell in love with the design, service, and dining. Architect, Jonas Lindvall, is responsible for the building and interiors. We were so taken by his design that we purchased a book of his work. We booked our hotel …

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  • Peace Industry

    Peace Industry began with a gift. In 1999, Dodd Raissnia bought his friend Melina, a painter and graphic designer fresh out of Chicago Art Institute, a little felt rug that he found in a craft shop in Tehran. When the pair became a couple, they wanted to build a business together. Melina, completely charmed and …

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  • Home Accessories in Felt

    So touchable! Modern pillows, baskets and rugs made from wool and other warm materials.

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