Project 52: Week 52

The End



It’s not just the end of the year, I’m afraid it’s also the end of this blog. I feel bad for just blurting it out like this on New Year’s Eve but the end of the year feels like a good time for me to wrap things up.

I’ve been blogging for five and a half years and have LOVED it but all things do come to an end and for the blog the end is here and now. There's a combination of reasons for my decision and I just want to assure you that none of them are health related, I’m perfectly fine, I just want to do other things right now.

Speaking of other things, if you want a glimpse of what’s going on in my life I’ve opened an Instagram account so if you want to follow me there look for @benitalarsson.

Thank you all so much for following my blog for however long it’s been! I’ve enjoyed knowing you so much and I’m sure I’ll be staying in touch with quite a few of you!

Happy New Year!



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cammie, Louisville KY


so sorry to hear this; it's amazing how much you and your family across the world became important to so many people, including myself. I enjoyed your blog so much and envy you your sense of style. best wishes on the next phase of your life


Takk for all inspirasjon her, jeg må nok finne deg på instagram. Ønsker deg og dine alt godt i 2014. Kommer til å tenke på deg i månedsskiftet januar/februar, da skal jeg besøke Stockholm for første gang. Klem fra g ★


I've enjoyed your blog immensely. I don't know how I stumbled upon it, but I am grateful that I did. You are girl power incarnate to me. There is nothing that you couldn't tackle. I will miss seeing your projects, but wish you the best of luck in your endeavors. Thank you for the many mornings of good reading.


I will really miss your blog Benita. I have loved watching you work on 2 houses and all your projects and organizing.


I'll miss your blog and getting a little glimpse into Scandivania every day. All the best from Annapolis, Maryland, USA. Mary

Misti Sciacca

aww! you will be wishes


Happy New Year and Best Wishes on your next adventure. I've very much enjoyed your blog for the last several years. Warmly!


I am sorry to see your blog end. It has been one of my favorites for years and I have got a lot of inspiration from it. As someone else mentioned, I also now have a candle drawer!

Enjoy the next adventure(s)!


I will add my voice to the chorus - we will miss you, but of course wish you well. A five year commitment is substantial and you have influenced people the world over (i am writing from Toronto Canada myself.) Enjoying your design ideas and just sharing a glimpse of your life is Sweden has been lovely. Thank you.


I will miss reading your stories and seeing your kitties. Also I will miss being inspired by your organization skills. Good luck in whatever comes next!


Your blog has been very inspiring, and I hope that we will see your talents again, in magazines, or perhaps a book. It has been very interesting to see a glimpse of life in Sweden, and your personal life as well. Best of luck to you, Wille, and the kitties!


It'll be sad, not to be able to read you anymore. Your blog was (is !) my number 1 favourite !!
It was great while it lasted, and I wish you all the best for 2014 (and the years after that !).
Let us know (via instagram ?) if you ever pick your blog up again.
A big hug from Germany.


Dear Benita,
will miss your blog so much! But can totally understand it.
All the best for you and Wille and take care !
Greetings from Singapore


Hi Benita - I have never commented on your blog, but I love it! It has been part of my daily routine for a few years now. I'm going to miss the blog, but look forward to following you on Instagram. You've given me so many good ideas and have been a primary source of inspiration for changes in my own home. Best of luck to you in the future!! Happy New Year from Columbus, OH!


Like others, so sad to hear this but completely understandable. Thank you for being such an inspiration. (While working on my home I would often think to myself"what would Benita do?" Always inspired by your clean aesthetics and DIY attitude.) You will be missed but I will follow you on instigram. Best of luck!!


Oh I am so disappointed and sad to see you go.

Thank you it has been a real joy and pleasure to be one of your many fans, you will be sorely missed by many of out here in the real world.

You are one the rare blogs that has always remained true and real and for that I admire you.

Good luck to you and yours for all future projects


Really sad for me, but I wish you all the best!
Ha det bra!


Hej Benita,

Jag kommer att sakna dig. Har fölgt bloggen nästan dagligen i flera år. Från det gamla huset och till det nya. Och varit orolig när dina katter har vandrat för långt bort och inte visat sig hemma på flera dagar.
Jag tänker att du har valt att efterleva ett gammalt råd om att "sluta medans leken är god".
Tack för de här åren - Lycka till med det du nu ska igång med :-)


Tak for al den fine inspiration gennem årene. Ønsker det bedste for dig og dine i fremtiden.
Knus Sanne


En till här som verkligen kommer att sakna din blogg! Jag har varit en följare i åtminstone fyra år och din blogg har varit en del av min morgonrutin länge! Det är konstigt med bloggande, man tycker man lär känna en person så mycket trots att man aldrig träffats. När jag stötte på dig på den där InDesign-kursen i somras kändes det hel-underligt att du fanns i verkligheten och inte bara i etern! :-) Jag kommer verkligen sakna din blogg men hoppas att du går vidare mot massor av nya spännande saker. Lycka till!
Många kramar,


Oh, nooo!
When last year I discovered this blog, I read all of the first post and continued to follow. You are my inspiration for many things in life.
Often my day started with a morning cup of coffee and your blog. That I will miss. :(

I wish you much love, health and happiness in your future life adventures!

Elisabeth Cunha

Dear Benita
It is certainly bad news to hear you are not writing anymore... I discoverded your blog one year ago and I always found it wonderful. I live very far from you and the way you shared your life was like hearing from a friend far away. I really will miss your posts but I want to thank you for all you showed me. My family always begged me to write to you, because I often told them things about you, your son and pets, about the weather, the little things (or big) you crafted and the beauty of your country. I wish you and your beloved all the best.
Please tell if you start another blog!!!!
Thank you and good luck!
btw I live in Brasil.... Tell me did you have a white Christmas?


Nooooooooo!!! I only just found you a few months ago and I check you page first thing when I wake up. Your organization is so inspiring! I will miss you and I hope this site stays up so I can refer back to you.

Best of luck!


Your blog has been such an inspiration: I will miss it.

All the best to you in your new endeavors.


Farewell Benita- thank you for sharing .

Karen from CT

Benita, I will miss visiting your blog in the morning, I so looked forward to your posts. Best of wishes to you in your next chapter. I will surely keep up with you on Instagram, hope to see lots of Willie, Bonus and Minnie pix. Hugs to you and your family!

Anne in Portland

I, too, thank you for all the inspiration. I will be visiting the archives from time to time, I'm sure!


Dear Benita, thank you for everything! Your lovely cat drawing
is hanging on our wall very low just where the cat's bowls are so we think
of your special family of four very often!
I will miss your posts a lot! Until now i didn't want to open an istagram
account, since I am already addicted to pinterest and wanted
to avoid another addiction. But if this is the only way to get
some news from you, Istagram will it be.
I wish you luck, health and joy for the time that comes.


For a second my heart stopped!
But I must sayI sensed it, too, somehow. Female intuition I guess.
Thank you with all my heart for the beautiful, inspiring, cute, white, funny, crisp, clean, creative, swedish, american, family-related, food-related, ...glimpses of your life you shared with us.
It was wonderful to be your visitor again with every new post.

Have a wonderful life and take care!

All the best and a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig hug


Oh Benita, we will miss you. Even when you told us you would not be blogging daily, I still checked daily.

We saw Willie grow up, we all held you in our thoughts during your divorce from Martin, then applauded your friendship with him and his new partner. We have laughed and loved Bonus and Mini. And, marveled at the beautiful transformation of your home(s). Thank you for sharing your life, your ideas, and your vision with us for all of these years. I wish you the very best. Diana from San Francisco

PS - if you change your mind and decide to blog again. We will be here with arms outstretched in a warm welcome.


I've never commented before but I've followed your blog for some time now and I will really miss it. I wish you all the best and thank you for sharing this blog with us.


Dear Benita, only some weeks ago I stumbled upon your blog - and was hooked immediately. I couldn't stop reading and devoured your descriptions of organizing, decluttering, streamlining... And those beautiful photos, and all in white!
You were sent from heaven because due to a lengthy illness in the past two years I could not summon the energy to do or change anything around my apartment, but now my spirits were reawakend and I feel able to tackle the renovation of my kitchen which has long been overdue. Your shining white kitchen will serve as a model (I hope you don't mind). My bathroom, by the way, was redone some years ago - completely in white.
I can't thank you enough for being such an inspiration and for bringing on new energies in me. Although I totally understand your reasons for closing the blog and moving on I am really sad but the entries will remain and I will consult them very often I am sure.
Benita, all the best for you, Wille and the adorable kittens, Petra from Germany
P.S.: I felt so enthusiastic about the "Elljusstake Siluett" that I immediately tried to get it, but it's no longer on the Åhlėns website and I could not find it via Google either. Do you know any source where to get it? Thank you.


Farewell and thank you for the blogging! I've really enjoyed your photos and posts since I discovered your site a while ago - I hope you do keep up with Instagram and Twitter! All the best, Laura x


Åh, det var verkligen tråkigt att höra, Benita! Men jag klickade direkt in mig på instagram och följer dig där istället. :) Du har varit en stor inspiration sedan jag först började följa din blog, för kanske tre år sedan. Det var en av de första bloggarna jag började följa! Lycka till med allt i fortsättningen, och tack för den här tiden!

JR in Georgia

Thank you for sharing your talent. Your posts have been inspiational! Best wishes from Augusta, Georgia!


Thank you so much for all of your musings! I've loved reading your writing and will miss viewing home life from your perspective. You've inspired me for years. Happy New Year, wishing you much joy and happiness in 2014. To new beginnings!


You have been such an inspiration for me. Tusen tack för det. If you ever reconsider the idea of a book let me know!

Best of luck in new adventures!



Åh nej, så sorgligt! Din blogg är ju en av mina favoriter. :(

Tack för de här åren, och lycka till!

Heather P.

Sad to see you go, but glad to hear you're moving on to bigger and better things.

Thanks for all the amazing posts, and I hope you have a wonderful 2014!


Hi Benita,

I discovered your blog in mid-2013 and, though it's only been a short while, I wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed your posts. Your creativity and taste are amazing and I will surely miss your blog. Thanks for sharing and I wish you and Wille the best of luck in your future adventures.



Sad to hear that Benita - I've thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog, I must have been reading for almost 5 years so I was surprised to learn you'd only been at it for 5 1/2. I can think of two previous posts where I thought the title meant the end of the blog, so when I first saw this one I thought nothing of it - but alas, I can understand why you might want to move on.

Thank you for all the words and photographs, hint and tips and amusement you've given me over the years! You've been an inspiration in more ways than I think you can realise (I won't embarrass us both by elaborating). I will be back to go through your archive again in the future - as an uncontrollably untidy person it will do me no end of good!

Best wishes for 2014 and beyond to you, Wille, Mini and Bonus.



I too wanted to thank you very much for the time, effort, and ideas you shared with those of us who follow your blog. But, I wanted to especially wish you and Willi all the best in your new endeavors. You will be missed!

~Jillian in North Dakota

Sandra Willians

I'll miss your wonderful blog. I love your sense of style and everything you have shared with us. I would love for you to do a book! Any publishers out there listening??? I would be first in line to buy many copies for myself and friends and family!

I'm in NY for the holidays and couldn't wait to follow your and Willies footsteps from when you were here this year! Love to you both... You will be missed!
Sandra Williams


Dear Benita,
The flowers and the caption reminded me of an old post of yours and I believe I immediately sensed what was coming. It made me feel truly sad - which in turn made me feel strange, never having met you in real life and not really knowing you in person (if you know what I mean).
What I really want to say though is THANK YOU so much for all the energy, creativity, love and work you have put into your posts and photos. I have learned a lot from you and about you, about Sweden. I will miss my regular dose of all you Larssons, kitties included. Looking at your beautiful photos (love all the greens and whites and the clear, astehetic arrangements ) and reading about your days usually brought a smile to my face, no matter what.
Thank you again and all the best for 2014. I will miss you!


You have inspired me so much in my house over the last year when I discovered your blog.
Thank you for keeping it online, I am sure I will come back and browse through it.
All the best for 2014! Thank you.

Dagmag (Isabel)

Thank you Benita! I've been with you almost all of these 5 and a half years. When my babies were born, and I found myself in "baby jail" nursing and keeping the crazy sleep/awake schedule, your blog was an oasis of restful and organized calm! I enjoy following you on Pinterest now and will continue to do so. Happiness to you and Wille who we've seen grow up before our eyes. Thank you for sharing so much!


Thank you for such an amazing blog to follow! I've enjoyed every post, ever photo, every diy. I will be sad to see you go, but onward and upward to better things, eh? Thank you so much! You will be missed on the blogosphere for sure :)


Hi benita...very best wishes for all you do in your life.... enjoy:) xx


Just like everyone else, I will really miss you! But I can understand you needing to move on to do other things...I just want to thank you for all that you gave us over the years. Best of luck, and think about sharing something in the future when/if you are ever in the mood...hope springs eternal and I would be eager to hear from you again! So long, friend!


Tack, Benita, for att du givit oss sa mycket av dig sjalv. Alltid inspirerande, klokt och vackert. Allt gott infor det nya aret!


Hi Benita!
Best of Luck to you! I have really enjoyed your blog..... truly inspirational! I started reading your blog just before I moved to Hong Kong about 5 years ago and I remember that you actually went to Kong Kong around that time and blogged from here.
I love your organised sense of style and regard for simple elegance, I have taken many great ideas from your blog and have used them in our tiny apartment... and it had made life easier for us! All the best for what ever lies ahead for you and Wille! Thank you so much !
Stephanie x

Long time reader

So sad to see you go. I learned so much from you!! Good luck with life!


Tack / Kiitos / Thank you


Benita, I want to thank you so much for the generosity with which you've shared so much of your life! You gave me such an enjoyable window to see both into and out of another woman's point of view, home, country, cats, parenting, decorating--all of it! I'm only a little sad, though, because whenever someone makes a big decision to nurture themselves differently, it's a cause for celebration!


Thank you very much for being a great inspiration and motivation for over 5 years! I think, you have had a great and wonderful influence in the blog sphere all over this time! I wish you, all of your new projects be such as successful as your blog has been! All the best for you, for Willi and four your cats! :) And thank you for giving us the opportunity to have a glimpse of what's going on with you in the future, then you have become a sort of member of the family! Thanks a lot again and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Benita, Happy New Year! Thank you for al the effort, energy and good spirit you put on your blog. I learned a ton of useful things on improving my home, and I always viewed your blog like a good book on home decoration (I still hope you'll publish a book one day!), though to be honest Mini and Bonus were always fun to watch :) I wish you knew how much I enjoyed reading your articles all these years, usually with a nice cup of coffee beside me, taking a short break from the chaos around me. Even though I'm sad "Chez Larsson" ends here I'm happy for you because you explore new interests. That's what life is about and what better new year resolution is there that that? I sincerely hope to see you again in the future in a new blog project! Stacey (from Greece)


Hello Benita,
Kiitos, thank you for your wonderful blog, I have thoroughly enjoyed the ride. I'm sorry that it has to end here, but understand it has been a big commitment for you over the last 5 years.
Wishing you, Wille, Mini & Bonus all the very best.
I will miss Chez Larsson very much but I'm pleased I can still re-read the blog from time to time.


Hey Benita,
I hope none of the reasons you have are negative... If they are, I'm sure they are temporary. And for 2014, I wish you good luck and lots of inspiration with your new adventures!
I will miss you!


susanna segal

Oh my, I will miss your blog. Thanks so much for all your hard work and sharing your creative life. Wishing you a continued beautiful life with Willie, Mini & Bonus xx Take care lovely from Sydney, Australia xx susanna :)


So sad to hear, that this is the end of You beautiful blog. It has been one of my absolute favourite sites to visit. I've enjoyed and been heavily inspired by your tips around organisation in your home and your elegant simplistic style. I simply love it.
The blog will be missed, but I will change the channel and follow you on IG.
Wish you a happy new year.


nooooo where will i get my daily dose of white?? ;)
All the best and thanks for so much inspiration over the years. All the best and take care.
Cheers from NZ

Claire May

Honestly I am sad that you are saying Goodbye. I have enjoyed reading about your DIY projects and your dedication to white. I would like to thank you for blogging in the first place and I hope that you enjoy all the free time you with now have. Good luck.


I really enjoyed reading your blog over the years, and although i might not comment often, i've loved all of the beautiful images and inspiring projects that you've completed over the years. Good luck with whatever endeavors you undertake and ill certainly become one of your IG followers!


Mi mancherai tantissimo cara amica del web. Ti auguro tutte le cose più belle: tante stelle da spolverare e solo lacrime di felicità. Ti voglio bene. Paola (Bergamo - Italia)

Benita ~ Chez Larsson

Ramona, Susan, Gladys, Beatrice - Apparently, if you're unable to use Instagram on your phone you can follow via Statigram on your laptop or computer: Hope that works, still a newbie at this :).


You will be missed! Best wishes to you, your family and your friends you have mentioned over the years. So glad you are happy and healthy. Thank you for the ideas and inspiration.


Thank you for the thoughtful posts and the time that it took to create them. Like so many others, your blog was a bright part of my day.

All the best!


I found your blog about 18 months ago and have been a daily follower since that time. Thank you for the sunshine I found here. I shall miss you. Best of luck to you and to your son.

Noga from Israel

Dear Benita. It's been a pure fun. I liked the blog and seeing you growing up to a great success. I wish you all the best.
Noga from Israel

Sona Jacob

Oh! Yours was one of the first blogs that I began reading...
All the best for the future...
Will you leave the blog up?


My Dear Benita,

I join with your other readers in saying that yours is/was the first blog on my mornings at my computer; lately the number of blogs has been reduced to three. You've never failed to inspire, encourage, or cue me into action. Needless to say, a LOT has been done at my house--a number of books have been ordered and read, recommended products ordered and successfully incorporated into our household, and recipes have been tried and placed into my recipe file. I've loved your blog for the NEARLY 5 1/2 years that I've followed it. That's a lot of interaction initiated by you! And I can't thank you enough for all of it.

I'm sad but very pleased that you are moving on with your life. I understand that with Willy's recent launch, you are ready to move into that apartment in the city that you spoke of, travel, maybe find a place in Williamsburg, N.Y., and spread your wings on your flight into the wild blue yonder that is your future life. To that, I say, God speed, Benita! And thank you from the bottom of our collective hearts for all that you've done for us! We couldn't/wouldn't have done it without you, kiddo!

Much love and affection,
Peggy in San Diego, California


I just discovered you this past year and have thoroughly enjoyed your design aethestic, your love of organization, and all things white. All the best to you and yours. A big THANK YOU.

Josseline Wood

Benita my initial reaction was Oh no! This can't be true. But enough selfishness, you have been so generous for all these years, you certainly deserve to pursue other endeavors. Your fans have already expressed everything I feel and said it much better than I could so Good Luck, Farewell, and most of all Thank you for hours of pure pleasure spent reading your blog. My best to Wille and best of luck to him in his future undertakings. As to these two adorable fur muffins, I will miss them very much. Give them an extra kiss and pet for me please.

So Instagram, here I come, as soon as I figure out what it does.



Thank you for the blog. Thanks for sharing your life and your home improvement exploits. I have loved it every bit.

I wish you all the best !

Annie Pazoo

Thank you for your inspiration and your honesty, Benita. It has been a joy to follow and be inspired by you. I wish you all the best and hope to see you on the Interwebs again! In the meantime, Instagram and Pinterest!


Thank you for the many years of pleasure you have provided to me, and obviously, many others. Yours was one of the first design/organizational blogs I started to follow and the one I enjoyed the most. I especially enjoyed as you created your own space in your new home. Thank you for sharing all of this with us, it has been a treat each and every time you posted. All my best to you, Wille, Mini and Bonus, I also enjoyed the kitty updates:). Good luck and good fortune in whatever you chose to do in the future.


Goodbye Benita, yours was the first blog I ever followed and it's still my favourite.

Jane in Nottingham UK


I will miss you, too. It has been a pleasure to read your posts. See you on IG. /annika


It's been wonderful following you...I've gotten a lot of inspiration from your aesthetic and wishes to you!

Debbie from Chicago

Oh, this is sad news! I understand, but it is sad news. I wish you the best!

Margo Ayotte

Wishing you all the best in the future, thank you for your many wonderful posts in the past. A door closes and a new one opens as the saying goes, I hope your door opens up many new possibilities and adventure along the way.


Margo on Vancouver island


I've been reading Chez Larsson almost since the beginning and there is nothing I can say that has not already been said, but Benita I will so miss you and your lovely blog. So much inspiration and I do hope you will leave it up for those of us that have made you our go-to for design ideas and your amazing creativity. I wish you every happiness!!! Willy too!! And the kitties!!! ;-)

Hugs and love from across the pond (Louisville Kentucky)


Sometimes blurting is best--kind of like ripping off the band aid. I will miss you and your blog--probably Minnie and Bonus most of all. Gosh, now I feel like I am in the ending of the Wizard of Oz.

Thank you so much for hte many years of enjoyment and good wishes for you and yours on the road ahead.


Strange to think how much you, a complete stranger, has affected my life for years, and in so many ways.

We'll never meet. I'm a complete stranger to you, but you've made my life better. I hope you to on to be happy and healthy and have wonderful things in your life. I'm grateful for the little time when our lives have intersected.



You will be greatly missed, but I am reassured that I can keep up with you on Instagram. Best of luck on your new endeavors and Happy New Year!

Trixie Belden

Hate to see this end but wish you all the best and I do understand. But still, I will miss your clean lines, simple crisp home decor and your fabulous projects. Thanks for sharing all these years. I wish nothing but the best for you and Willie and the sweet cats. Take care of yourself and enjoy life!!!

Mickey@EuroAmerican Home

Long time reader here. I'm so sorry you've chosen to end the blog, but I', so happy to have had a glimpse into your life all of these years. You will be missed, Benita!


I must echo all that has been said above me. You are an inspiration and I hope that you are aware of your talents! Thanks for sharing your life with us...


Loved your blog for awhile now. Thanks for the inspiration, the white, oh the lovely white organised tidy pictures.

You will be missed.

I wish you immense success. Good luck.

(off to figure out instagram)


Thanks Benita, for many happy early morning Blog reads here in the suburbs of Boston. I remember finding your blog around 4 years ago - soon after moving to my current home. I get up before the rest of the house to have some time to myself (two boys, two cats and a dog). I always enjoyed reading your blog with my cup of coffee, often with the sun just coming up.

I was lucky enough to visit Stockholm for work in the fall, and felt that I "knew" it a bit as a result of you!

My best wishes for a happy and healthy 2014 - Thanks you!

Benita ~ Chez Larsson

Awww, I've said it before and I'll say it once more, I've had the best readers! You guys are so sweet :).

Don't worry, I won't be deleting the blog so you can still check in and read the archives if you wish!


Good luck in the future! Thank you for sharing parts of your life with us. I love your style, your house. Enjoy your new "free time". Laura

Bonnie Feldbruegge

Benita, I have enjoyed your blog so much. Just stumbled upon it this past year. good luck with all your future endeavours. And the best in the new year


Hi Benita,
I began to follow your blog daily about four years ago, when I adopted a 17 month old boy. Every morning I sat with my tea before he woke up, and enjoyed a glimpse of order, calm and beauty -- with no plastic toys in sight! What a pleasure your blog has been. Please do not take it down, because I too love to check back on prior posts. And I hope you will someday write a book. All the best to you!

Ellen from England

Nooooo! I am very sad that you have decided to end your blog. I love reading your updates, your blog is my absolute favourite. But I wish you lots of luck in your new adventures! Have fun!!


Thank you so much for all you have given me over the years! Best wishes to you in all your future endeavors!

Julia Davies

Hey - it's been a pleasure to follow you and share your trials and tribulations. I've especially learned so much from your process of buying another house and then making it your own.
Go well and Thank you

Kim B.

Benita -- as with your many other followers, I wish you the very best as you move on from this blog. Thank you for all the writing, photography, styling, thinking, etc etc that you shared with us these many years. May you and Wille and Mini and Bonus have a blessed 2014.


That's two of my favourite blogs coming to an end. Very sad, but very understandable :) beat of luck to you and Wille and thank you for all the inspiration!


Sad news! But happy, if this means new projects for you.
Your work has been a huge inspiration, and a dose of daily beauty during sometimes difficult times. So, thank you so much! I wish the best for you, Wille, Mini and Bonus.
Hope we can see some of your future work. I´m missing this blog already :)


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