Bestå Gets a New Look with Norse Interiors

Seems that there isn’t anyone who doesn’t enjoy a good IKEA hack that’s probably easier than most you’ll find online. Without the need for tools or hardware, Norse Interiors offers a range of custom fronts and colors as well as cabinet knobs so you can…

Wrapping Tip : Wax Paper

Advertisement // Sponsored post in collaboration with Ellos.I am finally finished wrapping presents for Christmas and although mostly they are wrapped in a beautiful grey paper, I decided I needed a little bit of variation. I have been looking for brow…

A gallery corner

New inspiration from IKEA’s Livet Hemma, a gallery wall, or rather corner, with a variety of different sized artwork, frame, transparent shelving and a glass keepsake box. A stylish and artistic corner created by Linnéa Salmén using black, white and nu…

Tricks of the Trade – 6 Simple Secrets to Improve Your Cooking

You don’t have to aspire to be a professional chef to know…

5 Days of Christmas Day 3 / Make These Easy Cream Cheese Mints

December is the month we bake the most, by far. For better or worse the kids and I make a lot of festive treats as a means to occupy the kids who are inside more and a way to celebrate Christmas. Of all the things we’ve made though, sometimes it is the…

5 Days of Christmas / A Golden Table Setting

Entertaining can be daunting, even more so during the holidays. If you have friends you want to impress or picky family members or you just want to really wow people, it might be difficult to know where to start.Today I’m sharing my take on a Christmas…

Slightly Christmas ready

This weekend we are getting ready for Christmas at home but also for the blog! Next week a good friend of mine and myself are kicking off a week long series to get you (and me) ready for the holiday with stories, styling and DIY’s. For now this little …

8 tips for taking photos in low light

Shooting in low light is challenging, especially when it’s not your typical aesthetic. Rather than fight it Ulrika gives 8 great pointers for making the most of what little natural light is available for photo taking without resorting to flash!1/ First…

An afternoon DIY to get you in that Autumn mood


Swedish Photographer and super stylish mom of two, Ulrika Nihlén shares with us a simple activity that gets you into nature and crafting with you hands, a particular great one to do with kids.

So, this is nothing new to you but it is one of the cheapest and easiest things to craft with, using what is almost always outside. Especially when kids are involved, creating from nature is one of the funnest activities, letting them chose what to create with. Bill and Frances here collected a variety of leaves, branches and berries for themselves in a bucket and the we brought them inside to make art from it.

Of course it can create a mess but I believe it is really important to be allowed to use our creativity freely, whether you are 1 or 95 years old!


Bill however is 3.5 yrs old and is becoming more strict about what he wants things to look like and takes his time. But for me, I like to differ the leaf colors. This is so simple, you only need glue and pieces of colored paper. Another good idea is to take a photo of the art when it is finished, especially IF you have a tiny destroyer in your house who loves to tear the art apart afterwards. :)

Mini radish tacos with chicken dill salad

This is more of a summer food and one that sustained me thoughout many quick lunches over the summer months. I’d make the chicken salad in a large quantity and slice up one or two radishes which was a quick and ready to eat meal for a few days.The best…

MAKE / Milk Jello

When I was a girl I remember eating Arroz con Leche, which is basically a Latino version of rice pudding, at my grandmother’s house or made by my mom. Sometimes she’s ruin it with raisins but mostly it had this sweet condensed milk and cinnamon flavor, the flavors of which is still incredibly nostalgic for me.

So last week I came across a recipe that is pretty much the jello version of this called Gelatina de Leche or Milk Jello. Wait, jello?! Who makes desserts from jello anymore? This isn’t the 1960’s!
Well maybe lack of trendiness made it all the more intriguing for me to try and when I showed the recipe to my mom she said my grandmother used to make this. Of course she did!

In part because my family-isa recipe to resurrect and after buying 2x the supplies, just in case the first effort didn’t turn out, along with three stops at thrift stores for old copper jello molds, I was ready to give it a try. If you follow my Stories on Instagram then yesterday you saw Elin helping me and part of the process, ending with my son jiggling the set and unmolded yellow creation.

It tastes like my childhood and so I thought I’d share because, being a cold dish, it just might be the perfect dessert for a summer night. The recipe I used was found here, where their flawlessly bright white jello doesn’t resemble my own in the slightest! Even though I removed the cinnamon sticks after 4 mins, part of them separated and then sunk to the bottom of the mold while chilling. I’m sure straining the mixture before refrigerating would have prevented this, but the recipe never called to do so. Also, how is theirs so white?! I used the table cream, just like the recipe asked for, and it has a very oyster white color that keeps this from being a true, stark white.

Regardless of the aesthetics I thought it was good, so here you are with the directions:

Ingredients
1 cup cold water
5 tbsp unflavored gelatin
4 cups of milk
2 large mexican cinnamon sticks, broken in half
28 oz condensed milk
1½ cups crema mexicana (table cream)
2 tsp vanilla extract

/Start by blooming 4 or 5 tbsp of unflavored gelatin (reduce the amount to 4 tbsp if you don’t want it as firm) in the cup of cold water.
/Then in a medium saucepan add milk and bring to a boil. Once the milk reaches boiling point, add the cinnamon sticks, reduce the heat and simmer for about 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
/Using a slotted spoon, remove the cinnamon sticks, add in the unflavored gelatin and whisk gently until completely dissolved. Mix in the condensed milk, crema mexicana and vanilla extract, stirring until everything has been fully combined.
/Pour your mixture into your mold and refrigerate for about 4-5 hours until firm.
/Unmold your jello by dipping in a larger bowl of hot water for 3 seconds. Place a plate ontop of your jello and invert. Garnish with fresh berries, or not.


Kvadrat’s new Ready Made Curtain is here to solve all your window covering woes

We all have windows and so if you’ve ever needed to cover them then you know well the process that can come with finding the the right fabric in the right size, and the right color. It’s not always as simple as you thought. Then there’s finding the right fixtures for hanging the curtains . Chances are you also have different sized windows throughout your space so each one might require a unique solution.

Or maybe you’ve never found this to be a struggle and have no idea what I’m talking about but from my own personal experience I have not come across an arrangement that has particularly streamlined the experience. Even if you’ve found curtains that you love with relative ease then you still need to locate something to hang them with which might be altogether unappealing or difficult to install. To confess, I usually make my husband deal with the installation part because I can’t be bothered with it all. The options available are usually less than thrilling and it becomes one of those obligatory but unattractive components of your home that serves a function but offers little more than that.

Bouroullec and Kvadrat Textiles have joined creative forces to solve some of the issues that can come along with window dressing and created the Ready Made Curtain. When I was initially introduced to this product my enthusiasm did not need any additional persuasion. A minimal and attractive anchor and tethered string that can fit various sized windows that can be customized in multiple colors including the string, the pegs and of course Kvadrat produced fabric?! Count me in!


Once you install the pegs the cord can be fed through the center support and then then tightened to prevent bowing in the middle. Before you attach the other end of the cord however, slide the white pegs on to later hang the fabric with. After that you only need to snap the fabric onto the pegs. One of the visual benefits of using this peg system rather than say, a pocketed top that slides over a metal rod, is that there is a continuous and uninterrupted line of fabric from bottom to top.

If you’re looking for new curtains, want to change the look of your windows, or are even looking for a clever space divider, this Ready Made Curtain is a thoughtfully designed solution that might make the process a whole lot simpler while also making it more attractive!

*This post was sponsored by my wonderful partner Kvadrat, all images and words are my own!

A favorite smoothie bowl that’s a staple at home

If you follow me on Instagram, then you saw this smoothie bowl I posted on Thursday sans recipe. In case you’re wondering how it was made I thought this would be a better place to share the recipe. We have some sort of smoothie almost everyday, blame i…

Pilea Love : How to propagate your Pilea

//Photography by Katerina Dima

I am so happy to see my little pileas grow. I propagated them from the only pilea peperomioides I have and since it was my first time I really did not know what to expect. It turns out it was quite easy : with a sharp knife cut the new pileas that naturally grow around the plant, then plant them in a new pot (I found a useful video here). Water when the dirt dries and keep in a sunny window. After a while the pilea baby will start to grow once its new roots take in the new soil. It took about two (maybe even a little more) months before the two that I propagated started to show any growth though. There are many techniques as far as I read, one suggests putting the new pilea in water until it grows roots, another that states the pot must have a drainage hole, and another that suggests using a pot without it. I used pots with and without drainage holes and the baby pileas show the same growth, in fact the pilea without the drain takes longer for its soil to dry so it needs less watering thus making it easier to maintain. 

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A Winter Salad & Pumpkin Soup

An enticing winter meal to make using root vegetables, lentils and feta. The full recipe is form Artilleriet and is written out in Swedish, although I tried to translate it, I don’t want to be responsible for mistaking something incorrectly. So check o…

My bedroom redo / darker floors revealed


The best renovation projects for me are the ones that yield quick results. Tasked with painting a room or removing then replacing floors can feel daunting to approach but gratefully this renovation in our bedroom was fast and painless. Within one day’s time we went from bright and white to dark and handsome with rich brown Dominion Steele Chestnut laminate floors by Quick•Step.


Last week I shared our plan with the new floors, inspiration and thoughts about how meaningful and impactful flooring can be, today I share finished images with detailed images of the new flooring from Quick•Step. We’re very pleased with the outcome and the way it’s changed the whole feeling and look in our bedroom. Want to see even more images including “before & after”? Head over to Quick•Step Style where you can see even more photos of the new finished room. As part of the RoomUP Blogger Challenge you can also check out other blogger makeovers using different finishes and flooring colors.


Don’t forget to enter the RoomUP Sweepstakes where you can win new flooring for yourself!


Get more inspiration from Quick•Step on Facebook and Pinterest. You can also download their Style My Floor app to see how their floors would look in your home.

Make / almond milk that tastes so much better than the store bought variety.

At home we consume a lot of almond milk. Oatmeal, cereal and smoothies are common foods for the kids especially who are both very picky eaters. In my defense I did provide plenty of opportunity for raw fruits and vegetables when they were younger as well as exposing them to a variety of fish, eggs and other types of meat. Despite my best efforts they are both still challenging to feed. One day Elin loves black beans, cucumbers and yogurt and the next day she wouldn’t consider touching them. My son is toast obsessed and loves different kinds of bread it with different kids of butter and mashed avocado.

The other day I was reading the label on of the store bought almond milks, not terrible but there were a few necessary ingredients that I thought just don’t need to be there. After all it only takes almonds and a bit of water to make almond milk, why the extras? Also we had run out of almond milk and the prospect of dressing the kids, packing them in the car and driving 15 mins for a carton of milk seemed ridiculous. Ultimately we still had to wait until the next day because the almonds need to soak for several hours. Out of curiosity I did buy some remade milk from the store and we all had a blind taste test and unanimously agreed the homemade version tasted much better, even sweeter despite not having added anything besides water.

To make you’ll need at least 1 cup of raw almonds, cheese cloth (I used flood cloth which has a slightly tighter weave but still works well) and a container for storing your milk in the fridge.

Soak the almonds overnight in water, you just need enough to cover them completely with a bit of extra because they will absorb some of the water.

In the morning drain the almonds and throw them in a blender with about 2 parts water (if you soaked 1 cup raw almonds, add 2 cups water to the blender). Blend well.

Line a large bowl with a clean cheese cloth. Pour the blended almond/water mixture over the cloth and twist the cloth tightly so that the milk pushed through the bottom of the cloth. Once you’ve squeezed out every possible drop of liquid from those overworked almonds, pour your beautiful milk from the bowl into a cover pitcher or bottle.

Drink cold from a glass or mix it with muesli, oats or blend with fruit and frozen bananas…which is our lazy meal go-to. ;)

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At home in Minimalisma

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my ‘Story’ about the snow. We’ve had lots and lots of it in December and now into January. For our region we haven’t had this much snow since 1984-85! Right around the time I was born.Ill prepared and not…

8 images to inspire that Christmas mood


An evergreen in a vase, by Daniella Witte | Himla table setting | A crown of small branches | Hanging candle holder from VT Wonen


79 ideas branch & stars | Advent candles with berries | Stelton’s Nordic angel | Frama’s minimal Christmas setting

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Above are a few ornaments ideas, you can also find more inspiration here in my Christmas board with DIY’s, recipes, decor and more! Shop more of my favorites here as well.

a simple upgrade for IKEA’s BESTÅ

Superfront gives IKEA owners many options for updating their favorite pieces, enough that you can completely transform your piece into something new with doors and cabinet tops or if you want something more subtle you can add handles and legs. It’s the best of both worlds, budget friendly and easily accessible IKEA blended with elevated pieces that make your furniture look custom.
We went for something more subtle, changing out the boring legs on the BESTÅ I inherited from my mom for these Slender Low legs from Superfront’s bathroom collection. Beyond upgrading cabinets and credenza’s the range also includes custom sinks and taps for your bathroom! We have the Holy Wafers in our kitchen, btw, and I love their low profile on all our bottom cabinets.

Below are a few favorites including the brass Balance legs, Mini Reflection, Parallels front kitchen panel.

Scandinavian Christmas Gift Wrapping

When it comes to wrapping presents there are many ways to do it, I personally prefer the simplicity of the Scandinavian way so this years theme was very much based on that style. I used paper drop cloth (usually used for masking floors while painting), ribbons in various sizes ( mostly black, navy and white color), some string and name tags that matched the color of the paper, and for decoration I used some branches of cotton and fresh eucalyptus. I wanted the presents to also have a personal feel, so every one of them is wrapped and styled slightly different, so they are all unique.

I also wrapped a few of the smaller ones with linen napkins (mine came from Hale Merchantile & Co). This is a great way of wrapping a present in a very sustainable way for no extra waste, but also for something extra in the form of the napkin. 
There are so many more unique ways to wrap the presents using the materials I used, I also just wrapped them with big ribbons, you can see more of the presents under my early Christmas tree in this post

//Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima

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MAKE / cinnamon ornaments

With Thanksgiving now over here in the States, it’s officially Christmas time. Yesterday the kids and I made these simple DIY ornaments that made the house smell like heaven. The recipe or how-to is incredibly simple and you might already have everythi…

DIY advent calendar

Since my oldest was a baby I started making Christmasadvent calendars for him with small toys and gifts. Sure I could have taken the easy way out and bought one of those remade chocolate ones (why didnt I?!)but first it was fun. Now it feels a little o…

for the weekend & things I liked…

image from Kråkvik&D’Orazio

This weekend is already half way over but I still hope to get several things done before Monday, including to finish painting in our bedroom, and make sure the kids are ready for Halloween. My son has known all year that he wants to dress up as Kylo Ren and my daughter wants to be a princess. I tried to suggest a few other ideas to her but she was quite adamant that she must be a princess. Thankfully she received this really beautiful Tutu du Monde dress recently so both kids are basically waiting for Monday to come. I’ll try to take and share some photos too.

If you need a last minute costume idea and a more sustainable one at that, I thought this campaign by Zara about recycling their shipping boxes was clever. Scroll down a bit to the mask/black swan DIY section.

I share this on my FB page recently but I thought I found it to be so inspiring. It is a video for Bugaboo however I loved seeing into the lives of CEO’s Kasper and Sofie Egelund as they’ve moved continents to pursue new markets with VIPP. A leap I’ve often wanted to take in the opposite direction but with young kids I’m too nervous to follow through with.

Currently I’m searching for the perfect-for-me ankle boots. I have a long wishlist but realistically I’m not looking for an investment piece, just something chic and comfortable enough to, you know, be a mom in. These from Jennie-Ellen are seriously tempting me!

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen my Story yesterday of a new book called Scandinavian Dreaming. It has some of the best interiors and if you love Nordic design or just simply interior design half as much as me, this is pure eye candy.

How to cure your own olives ( from your indoors olive tree)

I think every scandinavian house has an indoor olive tree. They are easy to grow and their look is so very unique , yet it fits in almost any style.I got two myself a couple of months ago and one of them quickly filled with olives.Today I decided to take a few minutes from my day and harvest my small olive tree ( you can see how small the tree is here). I wasn’t planning on doing anything with the olives , I mainly wanted to relive the tree of its fruits so it would grow during the winter. However I felt bad just throwing the olives away so I thought I would treat them so they become edible in a few months. I have done this many times while in Greece where I own my own olive trees, though we mostly gather the olives to produce olive oil. In fact the olive oil I do have at home right now comes from my own olive trees! 
I felt bad for just throwing the only olives my little indoors tree produced for the first time, so I decided to treat them. If you have indoors olive trees and you want to treat them, do read on for a full tutorial. The whole process takes less than 10 minutes so you should really try it!

Instructions :

Step 1 | Pick the olives from the branches with your hands, this should take only a few minutes if you have a small tree. If you have a bigger one then you can gather them faster with a very wide plastic hair comb.
Step 2 | Make a small incision in each olive with a sharp knife. 
Step 3 | Use a clean clear bottle ( a plastic one is recommended ) and drop all the olives inside. Add a little bit of salt but only a pinch.
Step 4 | Seal the bottle and let it rest in a cool place where the sun does not hit for a couple of months. It is important that the bottle lays flat and the water covers its neck completely so no air comes in at all.
Step 5 | Once the olives are cured (read below for tips on timing) make a brine with fresh water, some salt and vinegar. Taste the brine and make it to your liking. Some prefer it saltier, some prefer it more sour. Add more salt or vinegar to taste. Fill a container with the brine and mix in the olives. Keep in a cool place.


Depending on how big the olives are the process might take more or less than 3 months. The incision speeds up the process especially when the olives are bigger but it is not necessary. Since I already cut my olives (and due to their original size) I expect they will be ready around Christmas. 
To test if the olives need more time to mature just open the bottle and try one. If it is still too bitter to eat then empty the water from the bottle, fill it with new one, seal it and lay flat as before for a few more weeks. 
That is all it takes to cure your own olives. I am really looking forward to how mine will taste like, although they are so small there will be more stone than olive! Hopefully next year or the year after that (olive trees produce fruits every 2 years as a rule) my indoor olive tree will be big enough to give significantly more olives in a bigger size as well. For now I will let you know how this experiment turned out around Christmas! 

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How to cure your own olives

 Today I decided to take a few minutes from my day and harvest my small olive tree ( you can see how small the tree is here). I wasn’t planning on doing anything with the olives , I mainly wanted to relive the tree of its fruits so it would grow during the winter. However I felt bad just throwing the olives away so I thought I would treat them so they become edible in a few months. I have done this many times while in Greece where I own my own olive trees, though we mostly gather the olives to produce olive oil. In fact the olive oil I do have at home right now comes from my own olive trees! 
I felt bad for just throwing the only olives my little indoors tree produced for the first time, so I decided to treat them. If you have indoors olive trees and you want to treat them, do read on for a full tutorial. The whole process takes less than 10 minutes so you should really try it!

Instructions :

Step 1 | Pick the olives from the branches with your hands, this should take only a few minutes if you have a small tree. If you have a bigger one then you can gather them faster with a very wide plastic hair comb.
Step 2 | Make a small incision in each olive with a sharp knife. 
Step 3 | Use a clean clear bottle ( a plastic one is recommended ) and drop all the olives inside. Add a little bit of salt but only a pinch.
Step 4 | Seal the bottle and let it rest in a cool place where the sun does not hit for a couple of months. It is important that the bottle lays flat and the water covers its neck completely so no air comes in at all.
Step 5 | Once the olives are cured (read below for tips on timing) make a brine with fresh water, some salt and vinegar. Taste the brine and make it to your liking. Some prefer it saltier, some prefer it more sour. Add more salt or vinegar to taste. Fill a container with the brine and mix in the olives. Keep in a cool place.


Depending on how big the olives are the process might take more or less than 3 months. The incision speeds up the process especially when the olives are bigger but it is not necessary. Since I already cut my olives (and due to their original size) I expect they will be ready around Christmas. 
To test if the olives need more time to mature just open the bottle and try one. If it is still too bitter to eat then empty the water from the bottle, fill it with new one, seal it and lay flat as before for a few more weeks. 
That is all it takes to cure your own olives. I am really looking forward to how mine will taste like, although they are so small there will be more stone than olive! Hopefully next year or the year after that (olive trees produce fruits every 2 years as a rule) my indoor olive tree will be big enough to give significantly more olives in a bigger size as well. For now I will let you know how this experiment turned out around Christmas! 

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make / banana bread with greek yogurt

Lately I have not been in the mood to cook or bake. This is partly due to the kids being picky eaters and it normally feels like a waste of time and effort. Other times the kitchen is a mess and I despise cooking in a messy kitchen, those are nights wh…

make / pescado rodrigo

Wouldn’t it be nice to peer into other homes during dinnertime and see if their food is really as beautiful in real life as it is on Instagram? Secretly I hope they’ve also just settled for cereal and milk like me.

Alright, I can’t actually remember the last time I had cereal for dinner but there have been many a night when the kids won’t go to sleep and I haven’t had time or energy to make something proper. I knew I wanted fish for dinner, Sunday night, but I was in the mood to try something different. This recipe caught my eye and appeared to be the perfect antidote to my need for something easy and fresh. We grilled corn on the cob in stead of putting the fish in tortillas so we ate the fish with the sauce alone.

I’m pasting the directions below for you.

the sauce/
1/2 cp scallions thinly sliced
1/2 cp cilantro leaves
1/4 cp freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 cp olive oil
2 tlbs chopped jalapeño
1 tlbs soy sauce
coarse sea salt to taste

the fish/
6 ounces mild white fish fillets (I used Cod), rinse and pat dry
1/4 tsp kosher or coarse sea salt
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
all-purpose flour to coat fish fillets
vegetable oil
12 corn tortillas store-bought or homemade

In a small bowl, combine the scallions, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, chile and Maggi sauce, and stir to mix well. Set aside for at least 15 minutes. Season with salt to taste, if need be.

Sprinkle the fish fillets with the salt and pepper. Spread flour on a large plate and coat each fillet thoroughly on both sides.

Heat 1/4-inch of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the fish, in batches to avoid crowding, and sear for about 3 minutes, until crisped and browned on the bottom. Don’t fiddle with the fillets, let them brown so they don’t stick to the bottom and can be released. Turn and brown for about 3 minutes on the second side. The fish is ready when the thickest part is cooked through and it flakes easily with a fork. Put the fish on a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Keep warm in a low (250°F) oven, if you won’t eat it in the next 10 minutes.

Transfer the fish to a platter and pour the sauce on top. Or, you can do as I do, flake the fish and serve drizzled with the sauce, ready to make tacos. Serve with corn tortillas.

/recipe from Pati Jinich / photo by me

New Avocado tree


So many people have been asking me about how I manage to grow my avocado trees (you can find all posts on my DIY section of the blog and a step by step method here) , it is really very easy ! However I have note that not all stones will germinate so you might have to try stones from different avocados. I have thrown away quite a few stones myself that refused to show any growth after 4 weeks (the stone should crack as soon as one week after placed in water or soil), even have some die after I transferred them to a pot. My only advice is whatever method you might use, try a lot of stones from different avocados bought in different stores if possible, at the end you will end up with at least one healthy tree! Today I re potted the avocado you see above and to kick off with the new instagram easy snap function I have documented there how I did it. If you would like to see just find me on instagram and click on my profile image, the story should load right up!
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Avocado Tree Growth Rate

Last week I have been on vacation, though spend most my time at the summer house. Coming back home I was stunned at how much my avodaco trees have grown, and in comparison to a photo from about two weeks ago(as seen below) the growth is even more impressive! I cannot wait to see how much more they are going to grow, this is the first time I have done this so I am in constant unknown territory. I have re potted them quite a few times, as I started them in quite small pots to begin with. You see I did not anticipate how fast they would grow and that consequently they would need more space for their roots to spread. Their new medium to large sized pots will hopefully be big enough for the growing trees for the next few months. Either way, I have some pots in my wishlist I wanted to buy, change some of my old plants,if the avocados need another re potting I will be more than happy to oblige.

You can see all the posts concerning the avocado tree on my DIY section, including a full tutorial on how to grow one of your own from an avocado stone right in your home!

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MAKE / creamy coconut & pineapple mini popsicles

For me, Summer food is all about easy and fresh. I love eating fruits and greens when it’s hot but the kids usually ask for ice cream, even though they don’t get it too often. I’ve made fruit popsicles before and they were never too popular with the li…

DIY mesh mood board in 30 minutes of less

How to make a DIY mesh mood board in 30 minutes or less After decorating the horizontal surfaces of our homes, at some point we find ourselves at our final interior frontier: tackling those vast vertical negative spaces. The perfect frame or print are obvious choices (and faux taxidermy, not so obvious) but our favourite has to be the good old fashioned mood board, where passions, memories and hopes can be haphazardly collected for the ultimate interior self-expression. A mood board is also a creative tool to crystalise ideas and inspire the mind that will invigorate every creative workspace (and not just for the Pin-worthy photo ops presented therein). So here’s how to make a DIY mesh moodboard in 30 minutes or less. 1 Gather the tools Steel mesh sheets can be found in the gardening section of any hardware store like Bunnings for under $20. Choose your desired size with well spaced grids to allow for spacing out of inspiration without it looking cluttered. Choose an unfinished metal mesh for industrial raw aesthetic, or a painted one for something more sleek. If you’re renting and can’t hang anything on your walls, opt for a thicker, more rigid mesh that you can simply prop up. Next you will […]

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My Avocado Trees : A tale of growth




Yesterday I managed to re pot all of my plants, including my growing avocado trees and my new olive trees. I have wanted to change the pots for the avocado trees especially for some time now, they seemed always so very thirsty for water and it was no wonder when I took the big one out of its old pot, there was almost no soil left, it was filled with its roots. The two trees look very different to each other, the oldest one has its leaves curved and they are very hard to the touch, unlike the younger one whose leaves are soft,big and flowy. It might have been that the pot I originally planted it in was too small for it, either way, time will tell. I also burried its stone in the soil as well, I am not sure if I should do this or not, I left the stone outside for the other one. Regardless now it is in a big new pot, big enough for a couple of months at least. I will watch it closely and post if there is any significant change. 
I am experimenting a lot with these trees, I do not know how to raise them the proper way really. All the information I get is from internet and that is not enough to answer all my questions. In spite of my inability to sustain green life in the house however,the avocado trees seem to still be alive and somewhat healthy. For now, I am counting my blessings. 

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a simple roasted mushroom recipe



I am all about simple, uncomplicated things in life. Sometimes I find myself in the midst of a mess, which is unavoidable as a mom and someone who works freelance, but I always try to steer the ship back towards the simplest form of life. Or at least aspire to do so. Same is try for food because as much as I love eating complex dishes I don’t want to be in the kitchen all day for a single meal. My favorite sort of cooking involves just a handful of fresh ingredients and just a few basic steps for preparation.

Yesterday we grilled some blueberry & jarlsberg sausages (purchased locally) and I sautéed some greens. I also roasted these beautiful trumpet mushrooms. Nature really is so inspiring. The shape and color of these are so soft and appealing but what matters most if that they were delicious and quick.

Wipe off the mushrooms (do not wash), slice in half length wise and toss in a bit of olive oil, salt, pepper and throw in a few peeled garlic cloves. I also added a generous amount of fresh Thyme leaves over the top. Spread on parchment paper and bake at 400F / 200C for 15 minutes and enjoy!

Q and A on my Avocado Trees Growth : When to prune?

I have been asked a lot about the progress of my Avocado tree (you can check my post about how to Successfully grow an avocado tree here) so I thought it is best to make a post about it to answer all the questions I have received so far. Lets start!

Q:When should I prune my avocado tree? I am afraid it will halt its growth if I do it wrong!
A:I know a lot of websites and blogs talk about how the avocado tree needs to be pruned, but I have not pruned mine yet and I do not intend to. If you prune it you force it into remaining small and I want my tree to be around 2 meters tall, so I will not be pruning it until it reaches the height I like it to be.However if you want to prune it just cut its very top leaves and you should be fine. If you look at the photo above you will see 3 new leaves coming out on the top of the bigger avocado tree, just cut those and a tiny bit of stem with a scissors.

Q:I have been waiting for a long time for my avocado to start growing, how long does it usually take and what are the signs I need to look for?
A: This is a little bit tricky because timing can vary due to various reasons. First of all you should know not all avocado stones will be able to produce a tree. Some are manufactured not to in fact. I suggest you buy several avocados from several markets regardless,one of them will be bound to produce a tree! When it comes to how long you might wait, if you place the avocado stone in water or well watered soil,in a warm room,then it should take no more than 6 weeks before the avocado cracks and you are able to see a small root if you pick it up.

Q:How fast does the avocado tree really grow?
A:It depends on the temperature.The warmer the climate and the more sun it gets, then the faster it will grow.I live in Norway so I chose to plant my trees early enough so they get all the summer sun and warmth when they are in the first stages. Here is how long it has taken mine to grow :
0-6th week , gestation period (from new stone to cracking and seeing a root no more than half a cm long)
6th-9th week , first signs of a stem along with more growth of the root.
9th-11th week , stem growth from 1cm to 10cm long, first photo top-left.
11th-13th week , stem growth from 10cm to 15cm long,first photo top-right.
13th-15th week, stem growth from 15cm to 17cm long,first photo bottom-left
15th-20th week,stem growth slightly halted around 30cm long, first photo bottom-right.
20th week until today , around 40cm, second photo, more leaves are sprouting every week and there is about 1cm growth every week. Also the stem of the tree changed color from brown to green.
As far as I have seen it is different for every avocado tree, my first one had less leaves but grew more in height whereas my second one sprouted bigger leaves earlier. Both appear to be healthy and show signs of continuous growth.

Q:Will my avocado tree produce avocados?
A:If you let it grow in height , yes it will. However they will not be as flavorful as the one that produced the tree itself. It takes many years before the tree is mature enough to produce fruit however even with great care so you might never see any. Either way the usual period is between 5 to 13 years.

Q:I do not have a greenhouse,you say it is best if it grows in one,what can I replace it with?
A:You can top your glass(or any container you placed your stone in) with a water cup,a vase, or a jar, anything that is made of clear glass and is big enough to cover your glass/container. It will work exactly the same as a greenhouse!

Q:How much sun does the growing tree need?
A:As much as possible. I have mine in a corner that gets sun from rise till dusk.

I hope this answered some of your questions, feel free to send me more! If you want to grow your own then check my full guide at How to plant and grow an avocado tree :Tips and tricks for 100% success. !



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DIY minimal pearl necklaces

I’ve been wearing my dainty pearl earrings almost every day for the past few months. I quite enjoy the highly elegant look they add to any ensemble without risking the granny vibes. The other day whilst digging through my jewelry box, I realized that those earrings are actually the only pearl item I currently have. […]

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Only Deco Love : My Photoshop Actions

Just a quick line to let you know that my photoshop actions are up again on my Etsy shop! The package includes several standalone actions for brightening up a photo.They also remove some of the yellowish tint that often sneaks in especially when there is no option of adjusting white balance in the camera. You can see a recent before and after above but also I thought it would be fun to share some other ones as well below! Is the before photo as seen above “bad”?I like the tone of the before but  I personally need it to be much brighter and this is where my actions come in. They are an automated process of quite a few editing steps that would usually take me more than 15min to replicate but now I only need to press the Play button and I get the same results in mere seconds. If you like the results you can find my actions here. Please be aware that these photoshop actions only work with Photoshop and not Elements or any other Adobe program.

//Photos | Styling | Editing :  by Katerina Dima
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My avocado tree : 12 weeks old

I am so proud of the growth of my avocado tree, I post about it quite often as it grows on my instagram and I get a lot of questions about its progress,so I thought I would share some details about it.
You can read my tutorial about how to grow an avocado tree from an avocado stone here, you can see detailed photos and I also share tips and tricks on that post for 100% success so do read it if you haven’t yet. The tree in that post was about 8 weeks old and it is the same tree you see in the photo above , at 12 weeks old today.
I wanted to grow more trees just in case anything went wrong with the one above so I followed my own instructions and I am happy to say, 7 weeks in my new avocados have already grown roots and 2cm long stems. I will make a breakdown in a future post with an exact timeline, I know a lot of people are wondering and I would have liked to know myself back when I was starting out this experiment.
One thing is for sure, when the avocado stem starts growing leaves, the tree needs at least 8 hours of sun for quick growth, so summer is their perfect season. It is quite satisfying watching it grow and caring for it, I can assure you it is a fun process too.
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leather/chair DIY

A clever and easy DIY from Livet Hemma using some wooden chairs, leather and a bit of glue.

floral chandelier DIY with DLK

Today I have one last post in collaboration with Design Life Kids sharing a simple DIY using this beautiful brass candleholder from Ferm Living. You can easily imagine this as a centerpiece during Christmas or New Year’s dinners but adding some fresh g…

How to Grow an Avocado tree : Scandinavian Style

I have been trying to grow and avocado tree from its stone for a few months now and I was delighted when a few weeks ago finally the first stone split apart to reveal some basic roots and a small stem. I tried various methods found over the internet and for a while it seemed to work for everyone but me. I had left my stones in water and soil for more than 3 months at that point (they are supposed to germinate in a month or so), with no results and I was about to give up when I decided to try something that might work out and to my delight it did! I was happy to find out I was not the only one with troubles about this so I decided to share my method with tips and tricks on how to grow an avocado tree on the blog today.
Method :
1. To grow and avocado tree we just need an avocado , any size will do but I prefer medium sized ones. 
2. Carefully cut in the middle and remove the stone, then wash under lukewarm water to clean all the avocado bits. 
3. Immediately take a sharp knife and start peeling off the skin. Make a small incision, as you see from the photos the skin is actually quite thin, and peel off. 
4. Prepare a shallow cup and fill it with some soil and water, or just water.
5. Drop the avocado stone in, the pointier edge should be facing upwards. If you used part soil then the stone will easily balance in the soil. If you are only using water then the stone will be tilting a little. Just make sure the cup is shallow so the stone touches the bottom, I used a small Ikea bowl for that. 
6. If you used part soil, pour more water so the stone is always halfway swimming in it. If you only used water then the stone needs to be always be submerged halfway. Every few days when the water turns greenish it is best to change it.
Germination process takes about a month or a little more so be patient, follow my tips and tricks and soon you will have your own avocado tree :)
Tips, tricks, important information and when to repot:
1. Put your avocado stones in a warm and moist spot. Avocados need warmth, but it is most important during germination period. I left mine near a window in the living room and they refused to show any signs of growth for more than 3 months. Once I moved them into the constantly hot bathroom it only took them a couple of weeks to take roots. Probably the laundry room will work just as well. 
2.While all my stones have grown, the ones that I grew from start to finish in the small glass greenhouse as seen above have shown twice the growth (and continue growing faster than the rest) and look much more healthy. The dome helps capture the moisture inside as the water naturally evaporates, creating a breathing chamber that helps the germination process. Once the stone was sprouted small roots and the stem reaches the top (about 8 to 10cm), it is safe to re pot it. 
3. Prepare a pot, fill it halfway with soil and remove soil from the center with a tablespoon. Carefully lift the stone by the stem and hold it on the level you wish to repot it. With your other hand use the tablespoon to fill the pot around the stone until it is buried halfway in. Be very careful not to break any of the very fragile roots. Once in the pot, water the soil until you can see water coagulating around the stone.Now you only need to wait for the first leaves to grow and remember, at this point it needs a lot of daylight and sun!

I am close to having to prune the top leaves, a week later after I took some of the photos as seen above, the avocado has already quite a big stem and the leaves have grown more than a 2 cm. This is a whole new experimentation chapter though so as soon as I have tested the results I will share again!
I hope this is going to be helpful to everyone that has as much trouble as me growing an avocado, but for those that haven’t yet tried to, now is your chance to do so. You only need an avocado :)

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Avocado Stones to Trees : My Story

 I have been trying to grow and avocado tree from October. I read all about it and how to, it seemed I did everything right but my avocado stones seemed to just not want to sprout for more than 3 months. I was told it wasn’t the method but the fact that some avocados are engineered not to grow trees from their stones. It was about a month ago I decided to change things around and try what I thought would work with the same stones, and it did! I have grown 4 little avocado stems successfully and they keep growing 2 cm (more than half an inch) every single day after I replanted them in their pots. If you are curious or you want to grow an avocado tree yourselves check back here in a few days and I will have all the details for you, with photos and and all the tips and tricks you will need for 100% success , I promise. 


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DIY Céline hairclip

It’s been more than a year since we witnessed the emergence of the perfect hair accessory at Céline runway show of SS 2015. The thought of finding something similar one day has been stuck in the back of my mind since. I finally found what I have long coveted – the Céline hair clip look-a-like, […]

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minimize your wardrobe asking just one question

Let me tell you how proud I am of myself for managing to minimize my wardrobe. Very proud. There. This may sound a bit ludicrous to you, but if you’ve been following my fashion journey from the start, you would know just how much my style, thoughts and attitude towards fashion and shopping have changed. […]

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DIY embellished slippers

New in, straight from the back of my shoe cabinet. I am still amazed at how much a bit of spray paint, metal studs or ribbon can alter a piece of clothing. Once upon a time, these were just your average black pointed-toe flats. While I do love me a basic pair of shoes, these […]

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LA PETITE MAGAZINE ____________ work

My latest work for La petite magazine including instructions how to do this wall hanging is out now. /photo/styling Annaleena karlsson/ La petite magazine

DIY lip tint

What better time for DIY projects than summer vacation? If you’re feeling bored these days and have some free time on your hands, definitely try this one out! As it’s always the case with all my DIY projects, this one is pretty simple, quick and very inexpensive to make too. I’m so pleased with how […]

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MY WORK ____________ la petite mag + diy

Finally is the latest issue of la petite magazine out in stores! It is their third issue in print, and I’m so happy that I’ve been honored to make an interior article for them again.To this issue I styled a petit room for babies in calm and sober color…

DIY square hardware ring

After “making” my DIY tube ring, I was left with some more parts to play with. As you can see in the video, it takes literally zero effort to deconstruct a lipstick tube and get two industrial-looking statement rings. I have to say I like the looks of this square ring just a tad more […]The post DIY square hardware ring appeared first on moiminnie.

looking forward

image | styled by Lotta Agaton photo by Mikkel MortensenI took an unofficial break these past couple weeks. Ideally I would have kept up with the blog everyday but it was nice to have some down time with the kids and family and since I’m only one pers…

our love for green

‘Mooi wat planten doen’ is an initiative of the Flower Council of Holland and is dutch for ‘Beautiful what plants do’. It has been proven that you feel better with plants around you and thanks to the Flower Council you can experience this in the First or Second store in Alkmaar.You’ll find a wide variety of indoor plants, often several cultivars of one kind. Both hanging as standing plants. Totally green or colored blooming and we picked some of our favorites to share with you!A dark green room plant like this Alocasia Calidora gives your living room a fresh look. It ensures peace and simplicity, but is on the other hand a true eye-catcher in your workspace or living room.Macramé plant hangers are very trendy right now! It takes a little time but it’s simple to create them. Fun for yourself or as a (Christmas)gift.We also really like these mini Succulents. Make your own little garden by mixing them up and put them together in a low box and they fit perfectly into different spaces.For more tips for the (busy) plants lover, DIY & give-away-tips, plants for XS to XL rooms and all the trends in the field of plants… You’ll find it all here!Images by April and May

DIY make-up palette

The reason for me being away for a week is nothing more than a simple desire to just relax. October was a busy month for me and the past week was all about packing for my trip and running last errands before departure. Some time off was much needed. Now that I feel recharged, I’m […]

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DIY chunky chain necklace

Similar to Céline one, you’ve seen my version on the blog before. A lot of people were interested in knowing where I got it from and, later, how I made it – when I replied it was a DIY. Way before the idea light bulb appeared above my head, I was looking for a simple, […]

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DIY ______________ room divider

For the latest number of La Petite Magazine I made a DIY. As you can see on the pictures, it is a room divider. I promised to show it on the blog and include instructions, so here we go:To make a room divider is really easy. You’ll need:Two partic…