Scandinavia Trip: Stockholm, Sweden

Swedish flag Gamla Stan Stockholm | Reidmore

After the best time in Copenhagen, Sam and I had high hopes for the Stockholm portion of our grand Northern Europe trip. As a semi-Swede myself, growing up with Swedish food and traditions, I was expecting a warm welcome from my fellow-countrymen. In my head I had daydreamed scenes straight out of the movies… me running through the streets as music played in the background, befriending random Swedish people and shouting “these are my people, I am home!”

Sadly, it was no warm and fuzzy homecoming.

I am disappointed to report that during our quick trip to Stockholm, we felt a little snubbed by the Swedes. They were quite cold, refusing to make eye contact or speak with us at all. On the streets they’d bump into you, step on your toes, cut you in line, not once pausing to say “excuse me” or “sorry.” Even Sam, the nicest person I know, was growing irritated with the less-than-friendly Swedes by the end of our trip.  A quick Google search confirmed our suspicions, it’s just a cultural thing.

But we had a wonderful few days nonetheless! Lots of beautiful buildings, food, and shopping to share below.

Monday September 28, 2015: Stockholm 

We stayed at another charming Airbnb in Södermalm, the southern hipster neighborhood. Our apartment was a few minutes from the main Södermalm shops and restaurants, and had amazing views of the Sofia Kyrka church across the street.

Since we were without our own personal tour guides, our plan was to join a free walking tour of the modern Stockholm city center right away. The tour walked through the business districts and shopping areas. And while the guided tour was informational, I think most folks smartly pick the Gamla Stan (Old Town, the older, more touristy area) tour instead.

After the tour finished, we walked over one of city’s 57 bridges to Gamla Stan, the main event! This neighborhood, built in the 13th century, was beyond beautiful. Cobblestone streets, old buildings in pastel hues, winding paths zigging like a maze. It was the photogenic and historic side of Stockholm I was hoping to see. I could have spent days just getting lost and weaving through the island.

Stomachs growling from the miles of sightseeing, we were eager to sample our first authentic Swedish meal. We grabbed a table outside at Slingerbulten and ordered up Swedish meatballs with lingonberry, potatoes, and cucumber salad (yum, for me) and pickled herring (ew, for Sam obviously.)

Swedish meatballs Gamla Stan Stockholm | Reidmore

After walking for miles with just a 7-11 coffee in the stomach, I was getting “hangry.” So I was in HEAVEN to just sit outside, take a long lunch break, people watch, and enjoy a real Swedish meal. The place, like most other European restaurants and shops, had free Wi-Fi, making it even easier to Instagram away. Like I said, heaven.

Souvenir shopping Gamla Stan Stockholm | Reidmore

After a little more souvenir shopping in Gamla Stan for the family and ourselves (no, the moose was not purchased,) we made our way back home to snack on Swedish candies, rest our feet, and try to follow a show that looked like the Real Housewives of Stockholm.

Tuesday September 29, 2015: Stockholm

Since we enjoyed our first free walking tour of Modern Stockholm and had already covered most of Gamla Stan, we decided to take advantage of the free Söder walking tour. Södermalm, the island we were staying on, literally meant “south” in Swedish. These days the neighborhood is known to be extremely hip and trendy. Vogue even named the area one of the hippest neighborhoods in Europe.

Our guide, born and raised in Söder, walked us all through the neighborhood, showing historic buildings, hip shops, and beautiful views of Stockholm across the water.

The remainder of the day we stayed on our southern island, visiting popular Swedish shops, browsing for souvenirs, and even tasting the famous Swedish hot dog stands.Stockholm hot dog stand | Reidmore

Near our Airbnb we stepped into a secondhand shop, where I picked up a few antique home decor items for myself. I loved the idea of bringing something home with history that I’d use and see everyday around my home, unlike a t-shirt or a magnet.

During the trip I had quickly learned that both the Danish and Swedes are obsessed with using candlesticks to create a “cozy” ambiance at home. Both Airbnbs had dozens of simple candlesticks around the apartment, and I was happy to pick up a Swedish one of my own to take home as well.

Stockholm souvenirs | Reidmore

For our final Swedish meal we walked down the street to Urban Deli Nytorget, the coolest deli/casual lunch spot/hip dinner restaurant rolled into one.  After our fancy dinner out, we hit up the grocery store to buy Swedish snacks for family gifts, and then head home to schedule a 4AM taxi to the airport before hitting the hay.


Next stop, Reykjavik, via Oslo.



Scandinavia Trip: Visiting Copenhagen, Denmark

Yayoi Kusama Yellow Dot Room Louisiana Art Museum | Reidmore Blog

I am beyond excited to finally share some a ton of photos from the first leg of our Scandinavia trip: Copenhagen, Denmark. Months ago we booked our awesome WOW Air deal ($99 each way to Reykjavik from BWI) to visit Iceland, but knew we had to add a Copenhagen visit as well.

In high school my family welcomed Raisa, a Danish foreign exchange student, to live with us. She instantly became part of the Reid family and one of my favorite people in the world. Instant bffs. I’ve been long overdue to visit her in Copenhagen, so I couldn’t wait to see where she lived, meet more of her friends and family, and introduce her to Sam.

Looking back through goofy photos of Raisa and I from 10 years ago has me wondering… did we invent the selfie?

Copenhagen, Denmark Trip

Thursday September 24, 2015: BWI > KEF > CPH

After 10+ months of planning, our big trip to Northern Europe had arrived! Though it was 80 degrees out when we headed to BWI, we bundled up in many layers (mostly to beat the WOW Air baggage limits), took our sleeping pills (see loopy sleeping mask photo below) and 6 hours later, arrived in Reykjavik. We had a quick stop in Iceland, then headed straight to Copenhagen.

Friday September 25, 2015:

We made our way to our seriously charming Airbnb in Norreport to unpack then finally reunite with Raisa after 6 long years! It was surreal to actually be in Copenhagen with my old dear friend. Not wanting to waste any time, we hit the pavement for a day of sightseeing.

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Exhausted from the redeye, our first stop was coffee at the Torvehallernekbh market. Sam & I soon learned that coffee and pastry breaks are a daily occurrence in Scandinavia, a habit we were too happy to pick up. When in Rome!

Our first tourist attraction of the day was Rundetaarn, the Round Tower. We climbed the long spiral path to the top and Raisa pointed out the city’s  most famous landmarks. It was a great way to get our bearings from the start.

We then weaved our way through the city, passing through the shopping district and tourist attractions. And just like that, it was time for another snack break. We stopped at Royal Smushi Cafe, the most Instagram-worthy adorable little cafe I’ve ever seen! Ivy covered brick walls! Tall old Danish buildings! Colorful pastries! I was heaven. Raisa suggested we try 2 different traditional Danish layer cakes, which were delicious.

After more walking through the city, we headed to the very trendy Meatpacking District for dinner with Raisa’s boyfriend, Thomas, and sister, Clara, at Gorilla. The group went for the chef’s tasting menu of 10+ dishes! It was a wonderful way to taste a wide range of local cuisine in one meal. After a quick post-dinner drink and meeting more of Raisa’s family, we headed back to the Airbnb, wiped.

Saturday September 26, 2015: Copenhagen

As Copenhagen was recently voted the most bike-friendly city in the world, Raisa thought we should see the city like a local and rent bikes for the day. It was a great way to cover a lot of ground, but the Danes take their biking seriously, so quite intimidating at the same time.

Our first stop was Laundromat Cafe for brunch and mapping out our route for the day. Like most urban yuppies, Sam & I love a good brunch back home. So it was nice to see that’s a common trend with the Danes as well. The brunch dishes at Laundromat Cafe were huge, eclectic, but most important, delicious. There were meats, pancakes, cheese, nutella, fruit, greek yogurt, breads, eggs, and tomatoes. Perfect before a long day of biking.

The 3 of us biked miles all around town by the Royal Palace, Kastellet (Citadel), Christhavn (and the odd Freetown Christiania,) and The Little Mermaid statue. Stopping for coffee and shopping breaks along the way, of course.

Raisa and Thomas in Copenhagen Denmark | Reidmore Blog

We finished our long day of sightseeing with a hamburger dinner at Hache. Back at the Airbnb, Sam & I were so happy from our day of biking, but mostly talked about how much we love Raisa and Thomas and wished they lived in the same town (or country or continent even!) so we could hang out all the time. Beyond the tourist attractions, it was just wonderful to get quality time talking with them. Hoping we’ll get a chance to return the hosting favor in DC soon.

Saturday September 26, 2015:
Louisiana Art Museum in Humlebæk

For our final (sad) in Copenhagen, Raisa led us out to Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in the nearby town of Humlebæk, a 30 minute train ride outside the city. She had told us this was the #1 most visited attraction in Denmark, had a great view of the sea, and some crazy art.

Crazy art was an understatement. The famous Yayo Kusama Exhibit was psychedelic and bizarre, but really fun at the same time. We took plenty of photographs in the dotted rooms, then headed to the museum cafe to sample Denmark’s famous smorrebrod sandwiches. Ocean view + smorrebrod + good company + sunshine = heaven. We were dreading our departure to Stockholm that evening.

Back in the city with time to kill before our flight to Stockholm, we stopped for one final Copenhagen coffee break with our beloved tour guide and friend, Raisa. Our time in Copenhagen was perfect and in hindsight we wished we spent more time there. Of course it was quite helpful to have a local showing you around, but we were just so happy to spend time with Raisa. It’s funny how you can still be so close with a friend that lives an ocean away.

Raisa: You have an open invitation to visit us in DC anytime! We would love to host you & Thomas. We love you + miss you already!



Recap of our Stockholm and Iceland trips to come soon.



A Family & Fall Trip to Milwaukee

View of Lake Michigan beach | Milwaukee trip

Next week Sam & I are flying off for our big Northern European adventure! As excited as I was about this trip, I was just as anxious about finding a safe/happy/decently priced place to board Tilly during our trip. Lucky for me, my parents graciously offered to bring us to visit Milwaukee over Labor Day. It was a double win! Not only did I get a weekend to visit my family, but I also know Tilly is in great hands while we’re gone.

Family & Fall Trip to Milwaukee:

In my head it was supposed to be a fall trip to Milwaukee, but Mother Nature surprised us with one final summer weekend. It was the best of both worlds – splashing around in the pool one last time and then hiking along Lake Michigan and picking apples in true fall fashion.

By day one, Tilly was no longer my city mouse. Look at her in true country mouse form.

Reidmore blog | Tilly in Wisconsin

Camryn, my youngest of 2 sisters, turns 16 next week (yikes!) and is on her high school’s swim team. So of course we had a lot of catching up to do.

Visiting Milwaukee Wisconsin

One of my family’s favorite activities is walking the Lion’s Den Gorge in Grafton, Wisconsin. Last fall I went for the first time and fell in love with the views straight out of the Pacific Northwest. Camryn wanted to practice taking photos with the nice DSLR, and this is the perfect place. Rows of birch trees, purple and yellow wild flowers and views of expansive Lake Michigan. For anyone in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, go! It’s really a lovely hike along Lake Michigan.

After we hiked the Lion’s Den Grafton Gorge, us Reid girls wanted to get a head start on our fall bucket list. We headed to Barthel Fruit Farms, a lovely family-run farm in Mequon. Since it was still early in apple season, pickings were slim. But we lucked out and had rows and rows and rows of raspberries to pick from.

And just like that, my final summer weekend was over.

Tilly Reid | Reidmore BLog

I said my goodbyes to Tilly & the family, and was back home at work in DC. Bring on fall and our big Europe trip!

View of flying into Washington DC | Reidmore


DIY Large Lucite Wall Art Frame

DIY floating acrylic frame

This spring when I moved into the new town house, there was a TON of empty wall space compared to my tiny little city studio. As a quick fix, I printed off a 3′ x 4′ engineer print of a black and white palmetto tree (taken in Columbia, South Carolina) poster for $7 at Staples. It was very inexpensive as far as wall art goes, while still making a big impact.

DIY lucite frame

However the print was just thumbtacked up to the wall and looked like a flimsy dorm room poster. I headed to Michael’s during a big framing sale, where they told me the cheapest and simplest 3′ x 4′ frame would set me back over $500!!! After I picked my jaw off the floor, I headed home to research cheaper options.

DIY engineer print wall frame
Then like it was fate, a few weeks ago while scrolling through my favorite home decor blogs, this colorful DIY Lucite Frame project on Little Green Notebook caught my eye. The lucite frame DIY could be tailored to any size wall art, and best of all, it was relatively cheap!

DIY Lucite Frame

Little Green Notebook | DIY Lucite Frame

You better believe I jumping for joy when I discovered this DIY  solution. How cool does the clear acrylic frame look holding up the colorful art, surrounded by industrial brass bolts? Upon reading Little Green Notebook’s helpful tutorial, I noticed she was inspired by Honey & Fitz’s custom lucite vintage scarf framing project.

I studied up on both set of detailed DIY framing instructions. Honey & Fitz took a slightly different approach and also provided a very handy breakdown of all the hardware and materials needed.


How I Built My Custom DIY Lucite Wall Art Frame*:

(*and you can too!)

During my preparation I compared all of the plastic sheet options sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s. Apparently Lowe’s offers free in-store acrylic sheet cutting (meaning you’d buy a bigger size, then cut it down,) but I noticed Home Depot had an acrylic sheet the exact size I would need that would cost less in the end. My advice to anyone repeating this DIY frame is to find the store that sells the clear plexiglass sheets in the size you need, or closest to it.

inexpensive acrylic frame diy

At Home Depot I ended up with 2 gigantic 36″x 48″ .093 in plexiglass sheets. In the large size I needed, my options in store were slim. But luckily the plexiglass was a good weight, not too heavy and not too flimsy. It was however, quite a comical pain in the butt to maneuver these two massive sheets around the store by myself. My second piece of advice: bring someone with you to help you move these around!

Stop two was at Ace Hardware, where they have a much wider selection of individual bolts, screws, and nuts so I wouldn’t have to buy big boxes of each. The folks at Ace were EXTREMELY helpful and patient with this home improvement newbie. They helped me find matching brass bolts, hex nuts, and screws in a good size. I also picked up a giant nail to pierce the lucite sheets with. In the end I had to downsize to a slightly smaller set of fasteners than Honey & Fitz did, just based off what was all in store, but it was barely noticeable.

make your own acrylic poster frame

Back at home I measured out the spacing and marked where my 12 bolts would go on the protective cling. I then taped the 2 sheets together to keep them lined up.

diy acrylic art frame how to hang engineer print

The next step was to heat up the giant nail on the stove top for 5 minutes. Carefully, I pierced the 2 sheets of plastic large enough to make room for the screws.

acrylic lucite wall frame diy

With the 12 holes completed, I then placed the engineer print in the middle of the sheets, and spaced it out just right. Finally I put in the screws, washers, and bolts. Because the plastic holes had cooled, it was pretty easy to twist them into place.

To hang the heavy frame, I purchased standard picture hanging wire at Ace. Before I screwed the bolts onto the side top 2 screws, I twisted and looped the wire around the screw. Then I was able to tightly put on the bolt, making sure the wire didn’t cause the lucite sheets to bow.

DIY lucite frame

And just like that, I was done! One hour and $90 later, my once flimsy palmetto tree art is now gallery worthy.

DIY floating acrylic frame

I love the industrial brass bolts and the clear lucite. It floats nicely on the wall and doesn’t distract from the detailed art.

do it yourself acrylic lucite frame

Do not be intimidated by the literally giant size of this project! It was honestly pretty quick and simple to complete, and I’m still new to this DIY stuff. For under $100, I am in love with the high impact of this simple DIY wall art framing project. Quick, cheap, and high impact really are the golden trifecta for DIY wall art projects, and this one hits all three!

inexpensive large statement wall art

This project is Tilly approved :)


Favorite Books of Summer

Photo by Brittany Stevens on Flickr

This summer I put the Reid in Reading. Two weeks at the beach combined with lots of traveling meant I had plenty of downtime. And when I noticed my Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge (25 books this year) progress was falling behind schedule, I had to pick up the pace this summer.

As a traditional book reader, usually I prefer to buy the physical book so I can build my home library. However this summer everything changed when I discovered the DC Public Library not only checks out typical hardcover books, but also eBook versions for your Kindle. No stop at the library required. Life changer for this book-worm. Within a week, I had read 6 books.

Here is a list of my Favorite Books of the Summer:


To see what I thought of each book (some were much better than others,) check out my reviews on

For Fall I am eager to start reading All the Light We Cannot See and The Shadow of the Wind, which my neighbors said was the best book they’ve read yet. To see my full book wish list, check out my To-Read list on Goodreads. What are your book recommendations for me to read this fall?

Top photo of books by Brittany Stevens on Flickr


The Bushwick Collective Mural Photography

Murals of animals Brooklyn

Taking Photos at the Colorful The Bushwick Collective Murals

murals brooklyn While discussing plans for my trip to visit my college friend in Brooklyn, my mind automatically went to my fancy Canon Rebel! Keri is a photography whiz and me, well let’s just say I’m still a work in progress. Auto is my friend. I begged Keri for a camera lesson and she did me even better!

Photos of Bushwick Brooklyn Murals

She took me to The Bushwick Collective, a neighborhood full of beautiful and giant murals covering warehouse buildings. They were all done by different artists, so there was new art and style greeting you around every corner.

Photos of Bushwick Brooklyn Murals

To start off our mural hunting/photography taking day properly, our first visit was to The Rookery, a small but hip bar with a great patio out front. It took me back to the artsy outdoor patio bars I visited in Seattle. After a quick stop at The Rookery, we hit the pavement, cameras in hand.

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A Weekend in Brooklyn, New York

Crown Heights Brooklyn

Washington, DC is in the perfect location. I am in the middle of it all. I am always just hours from the beach, friends down south, and my beloved New York City. My college friend, Keri, lives in Brooklyn, New York with her new dog, Ernie. So when I was granted a Summer Friday, I booked a bus ticket on the spot.

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Thursday after work I headed to Union Station and boarded the Megabus from hell. The full bus was running behind schedule and an hour outside of Manhattan in New Jersey, we pull over for the third stop to change drivers. As we are getting back on the road, I hear muffled shouts below. There was a fire downstairs and us on the upper level were pushed and shoved, forced to jump out of the very high Emergency Exit windows. It was terrifying. I was shaking. We were forced to wait for a new bus out in the middle of nowhere in the dark. Three hours later, I finally got to Keri’s apartment in Crown Heights.

Megabus DC to NYC

After a good night’s sleep, we ventured out. On Friday we had a biscuits and iced coffee at Lazy Ibis then visited The Bushwick Collective Murals (separate post to come.)

On Saturday we met Keri’s former interns at Essex in the Lower East Side for a bubbly brunch. After filling up we walked around town, stopping in little shops and dodging tourists. (Yes, how hypocritical of me to judge tourists in New York when I technically was one! At least I wasn’t the sidewalk blocking and fanny pack wearing sort.) We walked down through Chinatown, over the Manhattan Bridge, and back to Brooklyn.

Manhattan Bridge VIew


My final day in town, we headed to breakfast at a diner and relaxed at home. I may or may not have gotten Keri hooked on Real Housewives. Whoops. We also took Ernie up to the roof and out to the front stoop for a decent people watching session. Continue Reading

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