Mondays

I have been under the weather the last few days and with so many things to be finished before Stockholm design week I can feel the pressure of time already. If I haven’t answered your email yet please forgive me, I am trying to prioritize but work…

Sundays Tip : Ellos Vintage

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Todays office and painting plans

I am finally back at Oslo and I put myself to work immediately. One of the first things to cross from my list for 2018 is to finally paint the apartment, especially since I have had a wine accident spill on the bedroom walls and everywhere it hit …

My first Wreath : Christmas Edition

I have envied the wreaths I saw over pinterest or on blogs that people have been creating for years, and so I decided today as I was wrapping presents it was about time I tried to make one. I hadn’t planned for this and yet I found myself with all…

Christmas presents wrapping : Sneak Peek

I came back to Oslo on Saturday, and as soon as we parked the car, we left our kitty in the apartment  (she was only too happy after 6 hours drive to be able to relax on the couch) with our luggages then quickly took the tram towards Karl Joh…

Winter feel and how to achieve it

Even though it is not even December yet, for the first time in quite a few years I am already done with shopping for Christmas presents. This mostly occurred because I happened to be in Copenhagen and Stockholm last week and the shops I needed whe…

At home with some of my favorite essentials

Since getting a bed in the bedroom (sneak peek of the bedroom)I feel the whole apartment has finally come together, it feels much more like home now than it did when I first moved in July. I love spending time in here now, and since I have been a little bit sick last few weeks I have been working from bed much more than I would normally do. I don’t have a speaker in Oslo for my bedroom so the new portable Beoplay P2 has become my best companion ( mine is in color Sand ). It doesnt have any controls on it, but tap it twice to pause any song ( double tap again to resume ) and shake it sideways to skip a song are all the controls I need :)  It also has a microphone so when I get calls I dont even need to pick up my phone! I always take it with me when I travel too, it is lightweight and then I can listen to music or podcasts or audio books while in my hotel room, its a win win. The sound is great as well for such a small speaker, it is now firmly on my essentials list.
To make the bedroom a little cosy, I like having a candle on the windowsill next to the bed (the bedroom has two big windows), and with some books and magazines, a mirror and a lamp the scene is almost complete.

On the window you might have noticed some products, they are from the Nuori face care line, the Perfecting face oil on the left and the Supreme moisture mask on the right. If you don’t know about Nuori already, apart from their super minimalistic design, what distinguishes them from other skincare is that their products are always fresh. Mine were mixed right before they were delivered and their ingredients are 100% natural. A lot of brands claim this to be true, but Nuori actually delivers, read more about it here if you want and I promise you , you will be converted. 
Last but not least my top favorite brand Aesop launched a new perfume! ( They are currently launching a new website , I will link to it as soon as it is up! ). When it comes to how it smells, you should really visit one of their stores, it is a little too masculine for me but I love how it smells on my other half :)

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Sunday Thoughts and Upcoming Plans

Lets just say it has been a busy August and September looks just as active. Even though I am constantly sleep deprived and my feet feel like I have been running the marathon every other day, I love it when there are so many things to do, and honestly, even when fairs and press events and travelling doesn’t take so much time in my weekly schedule, I already have plans for things that will occupy me other than work. I am quite grateful my planner was empty for this weekend though, I have managed to finally clean the house, do all my laundry and finally rest. Resting involves planning ahead, responding to emails and organizing my calendar and upcoming shoots/stylings, but it is something that I love doing, it really doesn’t feel like a job. 
For now, next week involves a quick 3 day trip to Paris/ Provence until Friday noon with Pillivuyt, while Friday night and the weekend, Designers Saturday will be at full throttle in Oslo with so many brands showcasing, plus all the parties! Cant wait! However this year sadly it coincided with Maison et Objet in Paris , and with the Pillivuyt trip getting most of the time while in France I will not be attending this year.
From tomorrow I will be sharing however some of the highlights of this and the previous week , just stay tuned ;)

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August Favorites

Usually every month I make a wishlist, but this month I thought I should just share some of my favorites that found their way in my apartment. First up, some goodies from Ferm Living , in the photo above spotted : a Neu mug, a small brass spoon, a brass candle extinguisher and a special chocolate I brought with me when I visited Ferm Livings new showroom The Home last week (what a fabulous dinner and company!). I will be travelling to Copenhagen again next week so I will be stopping by for some photos, but for a sneak peek and some photos from the dinner you can check Elisabeths post at Elisabeth Heier.

I am waiting for quite a few deliveries next few days but a small one arrived yesterday with just the right accessories. One of them the mirror Aura by young and talented designer Bjørn van den Berg manufactured by New Works. I got the wall version and now I am thinking I need the table version as well, for now the wall version looks perfectly at home on my windowsill. 
A few days ago I realised I was missing pencils and pens, so I hopped over to Lush Dive that’s just in the neighborhood for some office supplies. I am very peculiar when it comes to pencils, I prefer writing with B, HB, or H depending on the paper , while a 2B is always great to have around for sketching. I think I got enough for a few months though!
I love a minimal speaker system and I was lucky to be gifted a new Stammen from Urban Ears. I got the Indigo Blue version and I love it. The sound is great partly because the speaker doesn’t run on battery, so all the space is used for sound. Unfortunately what makes it so great it is also its only downside, since it doesnt run on battery it is not portable at all, it needs to be close to a power socket and the wire always shows. If you can live with the downsides, it is otherwise a great sound system with powerful sound.

Last but not least, one of my favorite perfumes Santal 33 was nearing its end, but I was lucky to be gifted a Neroli 36 by Le Labo which came just in time. I dont think I can have enough of their custom made perfumes, but Santal 33 will always be my first love. Oh! I also found a marble Hay tray 70% off at a local furniture store in Sogndal right before I left, how lucky am I? It is a great solution for gathering all my face care essentials in the bathroom and it definitely deserves a place in my favorites!

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My Kitchen in Oslo

The kitchen in my apartment in Oslo is one of the rooms I spend most of my time in. Partly  because it is the most furnished room, but to be honest, I love working on the table. I showed a sneak peak of the kitchen here, where you can see my working spot, but I thought I would share what can be seen in the opposite direction as well. I already have a small routine after waking up, and it mostly came to be because the cooktop is not induction and since I didnt bring with me an electric water boiler, the water takes about 9-10 minutes to boil. So I wake up, turn the cooktop on, then I have a good amount of time to brush my teeth, wash my face, ( bathroom routines ) before I get dressed and head to the kitchen for a morning tea and something light to eat while I open the first emails for the day. I am not showing the whole kitchen yet on purpose , I need to paint it, then change some shelves, decide what lamps I want, then finally change the water faucet and I think probably add some plants or a board to scribble on. There are lots to do then next month and with fairs, press events and projects coming up I am wishing the day had 48 hours and not 24. I know it seems  from the photos that the kitchen hardly needs any change but the details are those that will define the space when it is a rental although I am lucky the owners are open to changes.

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Vacation Mood

I cannot remember a time where I didn’t blog for so many days, it was certainly not intentional.  After my move to Oslo first of July, the month just went too fast. I made a few early posts from the apartment ( you can find them all in the Oslo Apartment new category ) but I am still waiting for a lot of things to be delivered so the space is still quite empty, but you can already see how it is turning out! A few days ago however I returned to Sogndal at the cabin to spend summer vacations and the weather has been so beautiful that we have spend all our time just enjoying the warm days. I kept up with working behind the scenes however, all the work that goes into the blog that no one gets to see and certainly what is the least fun. Accounting, cleaning up emails, scheduling posts, upcoming plans, ordering props, timing upcoming press events ( already from August my calendar is almost full ) , flights, hotels, etc. There is so much to juggle, it really takes most of my day everyday. 
Today I am finally sharing a sneak peek of the bedroom up on the loft, I spend a few hours moving some things around and the result is a room that feels quite better than before. The basics are there,  a slanted roof , window with great view towards the fjord and minimal wooden floors. I removed most of the furniture that was in the room, but left the double bed , an old chair (not pictured here) and old wooden shelves filled with books that currently sit on the floor. Since this is a vacation house there are no plans in place for a big renovation, however I am looking forward to painting over some of the wallpapers with a neutral color, it is the fastest way to upgrade any space without spending too much time. I have also brought some of my old but favorite design items from the house, a small selection for now that will grow as time goes by. It is a sort of recycling that works great, things I have grown slightly tired can come and live here, while old favorites can move back home again. As for now, the small nook I created on the loft is perfect for the summer, the loft tends to get a little hot and moving the bed under the window was the best way to catch that soft cool breeze.

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Styling Windowsills

One of the things that were very high in my check list when I was looking for an apartment was high ceilings and big windows with deep windowsills. I ruled out beautiful apartments because the sills in the windows were small, it has been a struggle to find just the right space but now that I did I feel it was well worth the effort. My windowsills are big and beautiful and create the perfect spot for either an impromptu workspace or more commonly, a lamp or two, candles, books etc. Since my apartment is still quite empty, they are a lifesaver, although I dont mind just having things on the floor on stacks of magazines either. My house, my rules ;) Some of my favorites as of late, the Standard Bordelampe from Menu (it looks amazing when lit at night as well well), Ferm Living marble candleholders (they are minimal and make a statement without taking too much space) and latest magazines and kinto cups (my windowsills also work as a side table for now). There are so many ways you can take advantage of big windows and their sills, I am really looking forward to finding new opportunities this winter , not just for photos, but I have to say, I love how they look everytime I turn around or walk in the room.
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Styling tip : Brass trays

If you are tired of the small messes next to the bed, the bathroom or the coffee table, just gather your little things in a small/medium tray. I know its a such a simple solution, however it is the simplest solutions we tend to overlook. My tip is, choose a flower pot saucer instead of an actual tray, they tend to be very thin so it will stand out less! My favorites are the Edge brass plates from Skagerak ( in small above and medium below) , but for a less expensive solution the zinc saucers from Granit will also work just as well. 
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Spending time in the bedroom

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These past few weeks of constant travelling between Norway/Denmark/Sweden has taken a little bit of a toll on me and I found myself taken with the common cold/flu, probably a bug from the airplane/airport air. I have found a new appreciation in my bedroom, having to spend all day in it for several days has added to that profoundly. This should go without saying, making the bedroom a comfortable and familiar space to be in, but since I have spend even more time here I changed my side of the bed to fit my needs. 
I am sure you have seen glimpses on my instagram, I recently got 2 items from Room21.no  from their Menu selection (Menu is among just a few of the leading Scandinavian brands that can be found in Room21) , the Standard Bordlampe and the Jewelry Box in white oak. Never underestimate how useful a lamp can be next to you, no matter how many hours you spend in bed or not, this one sheds the softest light ( adjustable) , while the Jewelry box is really useful for anything you want to hide. I tend to take off all my accessories before I sleep and since my cat likes to play with everything, it is best to just hide them away. The box can be open or closed, it looks great either way, plus the clever design with the mirror makes it very versatile for quick touch ups in the morning. Danish design, you can hardly go wrong with it :)







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Fresh starts and memories

As my move to Oslo draws closer and closer and I am starting to organize what I will be bringing with me , I can’t help but also think of what I will be leaving behind. The house I live in, although far from perfect, it has been my home for the last few years and I have had many good memories here. The room I will miss the most however is definitely the bedroom. I am sure I will make a cozy nook in my new apartment however I doubt it will be better than this newly renovated one. Even on a cleaning day (photo below), this space has so much character and charm, but instead of feeling sad for leaving it I will focus on feeling excited for a fresh start! The bedroom doesn’t have a lot of furniture so by default I will not be taking too much with me (something I am thankful for), but I will probably need some sort of extra storage space, something to think about in the future though. I am sharing some photos today of some of my favorite nooks from my bedroom, scroll down for more!
In other news, I am travelling to Zurich tomorrow in a surprise destination, so this is a good time to be checking on my instagram stories, as I am always updating them often when traveling! I wont reveal too much here,  I think since this is not a trip for a fair , some mystery will be nice! See you on my stories!

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Styling with Corals

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Some items have the ability to create calm vibes in your environment, and being from Greece I have always kept corals around me for styling for exactly this reason. Whether they have healing abilities as many believe it is not for me to say, however I find that their petrified softness gives me peace of mind when I glance towards their direction especially when going through tough times. Corals can be placed almost anywhere in the house, on the living room table on top a stack of magazines, by the bedside under the windowsill, even in the bathroom near the sink. Today I am sharing some of my favorite spots to place a coral in the home.  If they are native to your country then a walk on the beach on a warm afternoon is all you need, but if they aren’t, I have found a nice selection at Ellos Home. The small one as seen in the photos is the Dekor Korall hight 10 cm while there is a bigger one as well the Korall Serlina as seen here. Up until the 4th of April you can also get 25% of your whole purchase from Ellos, always a good way to get something that has been in your wishlist for a long time!


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New additions : Muuto Ripple Throw

While at Stockholm Furniture and Light fair, one of my highlights was the Muuto stand. I experienced first hand some of my favorites from the new designs : The Outline chair by Anderssen & Voll , the new Ripple throw by Margrethe Odgaard and the beautiful new Workshop chair by Cecilie Manz . I think I jumped for joy when I opened the door today to find out I had a Muuto delivery that contained one of the Ripple throws in a beautiful auburn brown color. The fabric is quite unique, it looks monochrome at a quick glance from far away however, as one gets closer all the beautiful intricate details are revealed in its textured form. It is just the right amount of color for my bedroom as well, a perfect companion to the rest of the colors.




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Bathroom tips

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 I just came back from Oslo yesterday and I am already dreaming about a new bathroom in the city. While in Oslo I managed to sneak in visiting some potential apartments, some with bigger or smaller bathrooms. Generally it is quite hard to find a big bathroom in the city, storage is always something to think about. Organizing some of my things in trays or boxes is my go to solution, with or without their lids. Today I chose some of By Lassen’s range of Frame accessories to round up few of my beauty essentials, while I also decided to put some of the smaller bottles on the window, I think they look perfect right there! The Frames come in 3 sizes and different color combinations, for my bathroom I chose the Frame 14 in the new dark blue color and the Frame 20 in smoked oak to store bigger items. And if they don’t fit in my new bathroom, I will just move them in the living room or the bedroom for storage!

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Pilea Love : How to propagate your Pilea

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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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Beige in the Bedroom : Early Spring signs

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As the weather continues to surprise us every day, from intense snowing to intense sunlight and warmth after just a few hours, I can’t help but dream of spring. While for most people spring translates to bright yellows, greens and pinks, to me all the exploding colors of the nature outside are enough, which is why I chose to bring spring inside my bedroom with various tones of beige, a color that to me represents tranquility and mindfulness.  In other words, perfect combination for the bedroom! I like to change my pillows often but when it comes to the fabric, I almost always stick to linen. I have had my eye on a particular design of pillowcases on Ellos Home for some time now and when they arrived on Friday I was so glad to see they fit with my plan perfectly. The pillowcases Putevar Candra in washed linen come in many different combinations, but I chose a plain white/silver so it would pop out against with my beige duvet covers and the rest the pillows. As the weather gets warmer I find that linen is perfect to sleep on, so all my bed covers are in linen as well by choice. My duvet covers are the Sengesett Candice in washed linen  (color beige), while the ice blue/white blanket is the Pledd Hannelin in washed linen (color grey-blue) also from Ellos home. And with this change of color, I am happy until summer!




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Birthday Girl

Today its my birthday and I treated myself to some gifts. Some magazines and books that were missing from my collection and a new Byredo perfume and bath products. The magazines arrived yesterday (photo above) while the Byredo additions probably will be here by the end of the week. When you shop for yourself time is irrelevant! Even though I am quite busy, I am trying my hand in a cake, the recipe of which I found in the Kinfolk Table book, Hummingbird cake with Cream cheese frosting. Fingers crossed! If there is any left by tomorrow I ll be sure to snap some photos :) And with these few words, I need to rush and get the cake out of the oven and then finish off my new media kit! 
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Spring Tip

I get a lot of questions about my avocado trees, and if I have one tip (earned from a few years of experience now), is to plant them early around January so they start growing when spring hits. They get most of their growth these following few months so if you want to plant one,  now is the best time. I have grown 3 now and although they grow a little bit during winter they do show almost triple the growth during Spring and Summer. Since I live in a small city for the time being, it is very hard to come by fresh flowers of my taste so I prefer either planting my own or buying a plant when I visit Oslo or Bergen. Avocado trees are very elegant and easy to grow, while they only need water and little care after that. Plus I always feel so guilty to throw all those stones! If you want a simple guide on how to grow your own from an avocado stone I made a blogpost a while ago (with step by step photos) that might be useful to a beginner. Now I am off to work for a few hours on my tax return and receipts, the glamorous side of my job!

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Bedroom Update

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I have been wondering what to put on the other side of the bed for a long time now ( you can see my side here ) as up until this point it was actually empty. Due to the bed taking a lot of room and its alignment under the window , this side has very little space as it is and I did not want to overwhelm it. I found that the best solution was to mount a lamp on the wall directly above the shelf, this way there is still just as much space as before for everything else I might want to include! I found my lamp on Ellos Home , it is the K-Fab Vegglampe Dexter and I combined it with an Edison type bulb the Led lyspære 64 mm that emits a soft  yellowish light. I hid the long wire behind some books and with the addition of a pilea on a stool and some books, this corner is now finally looking exactly as I had in my mind. The lamp can easily move from side to side completely which makes it ideal for this corner of my bedroom. I really like how a small addition can change a corner completely and this one took me less than 15minutes to achieve (see how it looked before here). Ellos extensive lamp selection can be found at Ellos- Belysning while there is a special offer of 40% off the most expensive item during the whole weekend in your basket, if you want to make a similar change as I did now is a good chance!

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Intimate Valentines Day

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 It is Valentines day today and even though I am not a super fan of the holiday, I am always up for a any excuse to make brownies and take out the new tableware and cutlery. While at the Oslo Design Fair I stopped by Bloomingville’s exhibition where immediately  a set of handmade ceramic tableware caught my eye. The line Sandrine (the plates and cups I used)  can be found at Ellos Home (among with an array of other Bloomingville designs) as well as the black cutlery I combined them with. I would have loved to get some anemones for the day (or any day as they are among my favorite flowers), however I did not find any so that tradition for the day will remain unfulfilled. There is plenty of chocolate though, a homemade brownie (I spoiled the surprise with the recipe in this post a few weeks ago ) and delicious chocolates from Chokladefabriken that I brought from Stockholm. We chose to spend the morning in bed, enjoying a cup of coffee after we prepared the brownies with the ice cream with chocolate upon chocolate. If anything, the day calls for it ;) 

His…
And hers…

A good idea if you prefer enjoying a more toned down version of the day, is of course to light a candle or burn some incense. I bought a candle just for today while in Stockholm, and I avoided burning it until this very morning. This way it feels a little bit more special even if it something that can be done at any day of the week. I also bought the most beautiful brass incense holder , as seen below, but burning both can be overwhelming, so best to chose either one or the other.


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In flight essentials and tips on packing

Today I am packing for my trip to Stockholm for the Furniture and Light fair, thankfully the flight is really short (less than an hour) so I am packing a light in-flight bag. My first tip is to pack a backback rather than a handbag , a tote or even a crossbody bag. Now that most travel documents are in electronic form ( early check in, automatic bag drop, e-boarding pass) all I really need is my phone, so I keep that in my pocket and everything else can be carried in the backpack that is far more comfortable to carry than a bag. I usually carry a lot of heavy things in my in flight bag , inevitably my shoulder would always end up hurting so the backpack is the perfect solution for me. 

When it comes to whats in my bag this time, below there is a full list with everything I carry, although this is the lite version since the flight is so quick!

:: Leather Passport holder | This little wallet fits my passport , a printed boarding pass (just in case my phone fails), some cards and usually any receipts I might acquire during the day. 
:: A Water bottle | Flights are notorious for dehydrating the body , water is essential. While security will not allow you to go through check in with a full bottle, I usually  drink the water I packed then fill it again from a drinking fountain that can be found in almost all airports. 
:: Headphones | Airports are also infamous for the cacophony caused by crowds, announcements, commotion from the planes etc, a good pair of noise cancelling headphones saves me the headache plus allows me to relax more in such a crowded place (and usually work when I have extra waiting hours). The ones I use are the Bose Quiet Comfort 35, they are wireless so I don’t need to worry about cables while their sound and noise cancellation is the best I have tried. Very comfortable ear cushions as well, I can, and I do, use them for hours.
:: A big scarf | I usually get cold in flights (and at the movies), a big scarf is easy to carry and it can double as a mini blanket. 
:: Hand Sanitizer | I don’t really care about germs as much but I am quite clumsy, so I mostly use a hand sanitizer to wash my hands here and then especially since I am prone to spill some coffee or otherwise. This one from Aesop also smells really good.
:: Hydrating hand Cream | My beloved Byredo Bal D’Afrique goes everywhere with me, no exceptions. 
:: Power bank | While the flight is short, the rest of my trip is not, so a power bank to charge my phone on the go is a must. I use this model that charges my phone up to 6 times before it needs to be recharged itself. It can also charge two to 3 devices at once so you can share with a friend or charge your camera or iPad or even the wireless headphones if they need it (or any other device) simultaneously. 
:: Small Cosmetic pouch | Not pictured in this post however small touch ups on make up (even though I do not wear a lot during the day) are necessary after a flight, plus it also carries the sanitizer and the hand cream and small bits and bobs I use otherwise, lip balm, hair clips, paracetamol etc.

As for my last tip, if you shop at Aesop as much as I do then ask for an extra small bag next time at the cashier. I fit my headphones/camera or anything I need to have in my backpack/bag and not just for travelling. They compartmentalize the space in the bag, while they keep all my valuables scratch free without taking too much space on their own.


The above is all I really need for a short trip however, when I know I will be spending more time at the airport or in flight my backpack will also include : My MacBook (I cannot live without a computer), my iPad and/or my Kindle Paperwhite so I can read or watch movies, extra soft long socks, a camera, gloves and a beanie and finally my sunglasses. 

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Back from Oslo

I came back from Oslo yesterday night, however I just started unpacking my suitcase. I did a little bit of shopping (stopped by Byredo, Acne, COS and Aesop), but I was also lucky to receive in the form of press samples some early copies of books I wanted to purchase as soon as they were available (courtesy of New Mags , with my thanks).

The first book, by Katariina Lamberg , Sacré Cœur, is a compact travel guide to Paris ( a sneak peek can be seen below). It includes maps, locations for restaurants, cafes, even ice cream shop locations, all neatly arranged in an A5 book that can fit in my bag. A must have next time I visit Paris , which will hopefully not be too long!

The Green Home Book does not need many introductions, but with a little more than 4 weeks before launch I am happy I get to peruse through it and finally have in one place all the care tips for all my plants. While it acts as a guide, it is so beautifully made, the photos and content so well curated, that it fits any coffee table easily as well.

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All books can be found at New Mags in Norway and various other sellers around Scandinavia and the rest of the world.

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Terracota pots in the kitchen

Today Stilleben is opening their second Copenhagen store No22 at Frederiksborggade 22. I wish I could attend and usually I travel a lot to Copenhagen so I try to fit such events in my calendar, but the next few weeks are going to be very busy with travelling already for design fairs and press launches in Oslo and Stockholm. However, I will definitely be stopping by next time I am around, Ditte Reckweg and Jelena Schou Nordentoft that are behind the Stilleben concept stores are also the designers of the Edge pot for Skagerak as seen in my kitchen in this post. I really love the design and the natural terracotta colors, and while the pots come with their own drain system making them stand out from other pots, I also use them as storage vases for my kitchen utensils. Tip of the day! 

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Linen Love

Since I renovated the bedroom in the house ( you can see before and after photos here) , I find myself spending more and more time there. The newly painted white floors, the soft grey walls, the oak furniture, it is all calling out to me. I had my hesitations about painting the rest of the floor downstairs but after 2 months have passed, I see the floor paint is holding out really well, so I will go ahead and finish up the whole floor. Regardless of the color of the floors however, if I have any tips for a quick bedroom makeover is to invest in new good quality linens. From sheets and pillowcases to linen throws, I have not looked back since I changed all my old sheets and bedwear. I find they add so much to the feel of the room, and they are so comfortable and soft to sleep in as well. As you can see today it is cleaning day downstairs which means fresh linens and delicious fresh throws!

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Tip for a Quick Bathroom Makeover

Right before Christmas I bought an amaryllis that took much longer to bloom than usual, in fact it just bloomed a couple of days ago. I love this flower even though it does not last long, it is very elegant and adds personality to any area in the house without taking too much space. Here I moved the amaryllis in the bathroom and it immediately lifted up the mood in the room. I recommend using seasonal flowers for a different mood throughout the year , place them either on the window shill or near the sink, add a favorite candle and maybe some new waffle linen towels (I recently got these myself) and you have a quick bathroom upgrade in under 5 minutes. Tip for the weekend! 


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Home Office

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I have had the same office space for a long time now, and I feel it needs a change. First thing that comes to mind of course is a new desk and a new chair. I will be making a wishlist soon that will include some of my choices, however don’t be surprised if I end up changing the room altogether as well. I moved the office upstairs so that it would have more light, but I miss a more private space to work, so I might move it back downstairs now that I am renovating the second bedroom. With the right paint on the wall and the right ambient light, even a small room with a small window can look great, and with winter still around I think a cozy office space will not be a bad idea at all. In the meantime I am gathering ideas on my Pinterest board Home – Office. You are welcome to stop by and see where I get my inspiration from.
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The small things

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It is the small gestures that can make any day start well, and today I woke up to a small surprise in my mailbox ( I usually wear my robe and then barefoot I dare the cold and the snow to check my mailbox for some reason). Studio Esinam surprised me with their yearly planner in beige in A5 size,which will have a permanent spot on my office desk from now on. I had already purchased my 2017 planner ( in A6 size) that is already quite full if you can believe it, so this new addition will be perfect for anything extra and quick notes while I can keep the smaller one in my bag on the go. Since January and February are months that see a lot of travel ( due to press events and fairs) it is always good to prepare early!

Below some impromptu snaps from my instagram story I shared right after I received the package, as taken from my phone.

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Nordmann fir : Christmas tree tradition that will grow with you

It is almost Christmas (how did the year fly by so quickly?) and our tree is ready in its little corner. I decorated a cedar tree for early  Christmas ( more photos here ) , and I really liked the result for an understated holiday decoration, however we also bought a Nordmann fir of about 1m tall as our main Christmas tree. The idea is that it will grow with us as years go by and be our tree for all future holidays. I think it is a great idea for couples that are looking at creating their own Christmas traditions, and for us this is the one!  After all it is used to cold and snow so after New years we can leave it outside to decorate our veranda until next time. In order to make it look a little taller we put it on top of the low cupboards in the corner and surrounded it with gifts and minimal christmas decorations. A handmade felt Santa, some walnuts and a brass wreath all create a nice festive but also minimal mood, perfect for this year. Our tree ornaments are porcelain balls and bells in white, from Lyngby Porcelain, brass and porcelain ornaments from Stelton and some glass balls I found at Illums Bolighus (I cannot remember the producer but I am sure if you stop by Illums you can find them still!). With this and that we are almost ready for another Christmas Eve tomorrow, I wish Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone!


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This Weekend in Pictures

December has been a quiet month by choice, most of the days I have spend at home and the town around. January and February are going to be very busy months due to press launches and fairs and I do not expect to spend so much time at home. There is much to be appreciated when it comes to quiet comfort and I have tried to make the most of it while I still can. Since this weekend was the last advent of December I got some extra unexpected gifts in my mail, some hand soaps from TangenTGC, a gift much appreciated since I was running out of my favorite Aesop and was wondering if I could get a new one by mail before the holidays. The Georg mirror by Skagerak also arrived (it has been on my Novembers wishlist and I was right, it does fit my newly renovated bedroom like a glove). It is the perfect spot to get ready in the morning and this is usually how I have been starting my day as of late.

Speaking of the new bedroom, in a rare sighting, Milo has also been enjoying it immensely. Maybe it is the new soft linen throw ( the Crush Oro linen throw by Hale Merchantile Co) because she is always on top of it. It comes in many beautiful colors and although it was difficult to chose, the Oro hue won me over. 

First attempts on making an avocado flower. I think I should have cut it in even thinner slices because it was very hard to wrap around itself. Still delicious no matter the shape, and if you want to try it out here is an easy very good explanation video.

Wrapping up the weekend, when it comes to the weather it was a beautiful one. We woke up both days in a completely foggy town,  so much so that it looked quite airy since it was hard to see even 15 meters ahead. Long walks in the mist are very unappreciated, so we made the most of it while coming back to a warm home.

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Libratone Zipp Copenhagen Mini : Luxurious Sound

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Christmas is just around the corner and some preparations are in order. Baking some traditional cakes, preparing gløgg, the house smells like gingerbread cookies, anise and orange zest. Christmas tunes are as necessary in the house as cinnamon or cloves to holiday dishes, and I have been meticulously adding new ones to my Christmas spotify list ever since last year (the list can be found here).  I have been carrying around my Libratone Zipp Copenhagen Mini everywhere I go in the house, it is so easy to stream music from Spotify it is practically playing holiday tunes all day long while I am busy with Christmas preparations. While I move around the house,I usually end up carrying it around with me, from the bedroom to the kitchen and back at the office, it is always a great companion for music lovers , even more when the season is calling for all day music binging. 

Have you noticed I have changed its cover from grey to blue? ( You can see it in grey along with the bigger version of the Libratone Zipp Copenhagen and a review in this post ).  It took me just a few seconds to zipp the grey one out and zipp the new one in and it really feels like it is a new speaker. I liked the cool wool blue cover better in this case since the Zipp Mini mostly spends its time in the bedroom, and since my newly renovated bedroom now is so grey it gives the space more personality when it comes to its details. 

While in the bedroom I usually listen to music when I am getting ready, I almost always end up carrying it with me when I want to work by my office desk. It wirelessly connects however you want: WiFi (longest range and highest music quality), Bluetooth (stream from any device, anywhere), Airplay (iOS) etc so it is easy to play music from your phone but just as easy to pair it with your laptop. No excuse to work silently :)
In the bedroom, at the office, in the kitchen or in the living room, the Libratone Zipp Copenhagen Mini makes for a great companion if you enjoy music as much as do. 
Christmas Gift tip :  If you are still indecisive when it comes to a christmas gift for a loved one or for yourself, the Zipp mini is a great idea and you can still order it in time for Christmas as late as the 22nd of December ;)
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My Bedroom : Before and After and a giveaway!

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( In collaboration with Ellos and to celebrate finishing the renovation of the bedroom I am hosting a giveaway for 3000NOK each with two winners. More information and how to enter at the end of this post).

This week I finally put the finishing touches to the bedroom and today I am happy to share the final result along with some before and after pictures. Here is what the bedroom looked like before I started the renovation, dark laminated floors, brown walls, a questionable choice of brown wallpaper and brown furniture. I originally only painted the walls about a year ago but I wasn’t very happy with the result so I decided to commit to giving it a proper facelift this time around. With the help of a lot of paint, some tools and some choice selections from Ellos I created a look that is very representative of my style. Read on below to find out how I changed the look of the bedroom with minimal effort and on a good budget!

First of all I build a fake shelf under the window ( before photo of the same view as the photo above ) using wooden panels that I later painted on the exact color as the wall so the box would blend in and become part of the room. The box serves both as a shelf but also as a headrest for the bed that was moved under the window. I threw all the old furniture (expect for the bed that was new) and painted the walls a soft grey and the floors along with the lists I painted white. ( The painting process took about a week since I have to wait between layers of paint to dry. There are many floor paints out now that do not require sanding the floors first, so I recommend painting the floors heartily).

After the floor was dry I moved in the bed. As can be seen here the bed was also brown so I decided to cover it completely with linens for a softer look. I used a simple white linen bed gown  and an extra linen sheet from Ellos to drape over the bed ( the bed is in layers so I decided it was best to also dress it in layers for a more uniform look). In this way there is no need to change the bed to change its look, and when I want a different color combination than white I can simply change the bed gown. Next step was to hang a white linen canopy above the bed ( the exact same one I used can be found here). After the canopy was set, I dressed the bed with new linens ( I used these ones in a beautiful beige color), brought in a chair and a marble side table , and added some details in the form of plants, books and a mirror to complete the look. I always have an extra blanket on the bed during winter, this linen one can also double as a carpet ( you can see how I used it in this post in my living room)!

Tip :: I also painted the pots in the same color of the wall so they would blend in! Try it not only when you want to make your pots blend seamlessly with the room like I did but also if you are just tired of their color!

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Do you want to also change a room in your house like I did? Just leave a comment below with your email address and you can win a 3000 NOK gift card for Ellos ! There will be two winners for 3000NOK each and the giftcard can be used for the whole store. If you want an extra chance to enter, head over to my instagram and leave a comment there as well! Good luck!

The winners will be announced in a different post both on the blog and instagram on the 1st of January 2017.


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Winter Sunday : A day in an interior bloggers life, sunday thoughts and conversations.

Some shots that describe how I spend a normal Sunday during winter (when I get to spend it at home). My day starts of course in bed, I will light a candle or my side table lamp until there is daylight coming from the windows ( not before 9 in the morning during December in Norway) and relax with a cup of tea while I go through Instagram or emails and arrange my week to come. It is also a good time to read up with magazines I haven’t gone through, check my favorite blogs and generally catch up with anything that I missed during the week. It is not possible to clear all my to do list but I have come to terms with that long time ago. Nightstand essentials as can be partially seen above : A bluetooth speaker for impromptu music ( the Libratone Copenhagen mini in blue wool cover). Stelton brass bonbonniere to house all small things such as headphones , charger etc, this one in large size. My very old ipad mini ( I don’t use it for anything else other than to watch a movie before sleeping ) can be seen standing up behind the sheets, while my new Kindle paperwhite is also always on my nightstand ( it is a joy to read from ).

After I get up, it is time for breakfast, maybe some coffee and possibly back at the living room table with my Macbook for a couple of  minutes to tidy off what was left from earlier. I will usually work from here a lot during the week as well however, so I have introduced more plants for better working conditions. Last week I took the time to paint some of my pots in a neutral grey color, they now house my pileas,my new avocado trees and also this years christmas tree, which contrary to general perception it is not the cedar tree as shown here. It was much too early to shoot for the Christmas tree so I prepared it silently until it is time to make a post about it. I painted the terracotta pot from IKEA that we planted it in the same grey color as the pots above, I have to say, I love this color more and more as time goes by. Favorite cup to drink from lately, the Broste Copenhagen from Nordic Sand line.

I packed a lot of presents this week (some I wrapped early for shoots as well) but today I will finish off whatever is left, it is a good thing last ones came by mail just yesterday morning. My trusty Hay brass scissors is an accessory I cannot live without. 


Next up after taking care of the gifts is some organising and cleaning up in the form of arranging things. On my list a trip to Copenhagen and Oslo in January, so excited about my new leather travel wallet from Status Anxiety (as can be seen on my Novembers wishlist ). The size is perfect,  I love the tan color and when it comes to its utility, there are many pockets to hold all essentials. It will get a lot of use in 2017 and I cannot wait to see it form a patina.

Sundays are also for visiting friends or family, having a home cooked sunday dinner or finally going to a restaurant that has been on the wishlist for a while ( any day is great for that however, depending on how busy the week can get), going for a run or a hike (this is where I capture some of the winter wonderland shots as seen on my posts here or here ),  some exercising, a movie at the movie theater, online shopping.. I guess the possibilities are quite vast, at the end I just end up doing what I feel like doing while I focus also on relaxing and enjoying my Sunday. Regardless of what I have done during the day however, come night I can be found where it all started, in bed by the candlelight!

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Christmas Gift ideas : Daniel Wellington Classic Black collection.

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A few weeks ago Daniel Wellington launched their new collection of their much anticipated new Classic Black watches and Classic Cuff line. If you want to read more about it (and see more photos of the colors and new accessories you can visit my post Getting ready with Daniel Wellington). The new look is very elegant and timeless, it makes for a great Christmas gift for a loved one especially when accompanied with the new cuffs. I have packaged 3 combinations already for my close family as gifts, some in silver and some in the classic rosegold variation, with different straps to fit each personality. Scroll down for more photos, some Christmas wrapping ideas for a small package and I am also glad to share a discount code that you can find at the end of this post if you want to order one for yourself or as a gift!

When it comes to wrapping presents this year I have completely embraced the Scandinavian way ( can see more photos in this post), so all my presents are wrapped in simple recycled brown paper, wrapped with ribbons, twine and decorated with leaves and branches. While for all the other presents I used branches of cotton and fresh eucalyptus, for the packages with the watches I decided to go with more classic Christmas decorations of some spruce and rose hips from our backyard, along with thin black ribbon and white/black twine. Classic Green Christmas decorations with black accents for the Classic black new watch line, it made perfect sense to me. 

My favorite combination of strap for the new watch has to be the Classic Durham . The tan colored leather strap feels instantly like it belongs to its new owner due to its predisposition to get patinated very fast. I love the look that is created merely moments after it is worn for the first time and I cannot wait to see how it will look after a few months of wear.

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As mentioned in the beginning of this post, I am happy to share a code with you towards any purchase of any watch or accessory from all the Daniel Wellington collection including the new Classic Black and Classic Cuff line. The Classic Black is so very special because the dial is black, I find it especially elegant and stylish, perfect for interior lovers.

Discount code love
Use “onlydecolove” for 15% off and free shipping worldwide until the 31rst of December. 

Also a little tip, you can get Eurobonus flight points along with any purchase from the site ( for every watch I believe around 1000 points) which can be spend towards free flights and duty free goodies! 

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Styling tips for Early Christmas with Stelton

This year I started decorating for Christmas and wrapping my presents a little earlier than what is usual for Scandinavian countries yet I did not want the house to look too festive too early. I ended up buying a small cedar tree which was perfect for early decoration. Stelton’s Nordic ornaments  and  Tangle Christmas decorations made for perfect fit on the delicate looking tree that I chose to keep as simple as possible wrapping it in brown paper for a Scandinavian feel.
The Stelton Christmas line consists partly of the Nordic ornaments, designed by Nordentoft and Secher Kau , a hanging heart, angel and cone in minimal lines, made of brass and porcelain.The ornaments are very light as well, making it easy to hang on the trees willowy branches. The Christmas line also includes the Tangle decorations, designed by Halskov and Dalsgaard, hanging ornaments but also candleholders and vases. All shapes in the Nordic and Tangle carefully curated collection are redesigned classic Christmas silhouettes, angels, cones, hearts and stars, but with a contemporary twist.
My favorites from both lines are the brass angel from the Nordic ornaments and the Tangle star candle holder also in brass from the Tangle line. I paired them together for a simple windowsill decoration.

I chose to wrap the presents in the same brown paper as the sedertre, wrapping them with various ribbons and strings. I also added some moss in the cedars trees pot for a more natural feel. However I am thinking of adding some of the Stelton Nordic ornament line on the presents (instead of using branches) , this way whoever opens them will also get an ornament for next years Christmas.The ornaments can also be used as napkin holders or even just displayed on their own as I already demonstrated above, I am sure I will find more uses by the end of these holidays to share!

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Bedroom Sneak Peek

I promised I would share my new bedroom before November ended, and while it is not quite ready yet I am so happy with the result I am posting a sneak peak. I don’t want to reveal too much since a post with all the details (and before photos) will be up soon, but I will share some information and answer some questions I have been asked a lot. 
We moved in yesterday night after letting the floors dry ( painted white) for a few days. So far the paint is holding on quite well although I did put protecting pads under every single furniture that I moved in, including the bed. The only problem is the floor will get dirtier faster, even after a few days and while it was empty, however it is nothing a simple quick swipe with a broom wont fix. I am proceeding with painting the rest of the floors downstairs starting from today so everything is going to be a mess at least until Christmas. 
After we moved the bed in, the only furniture that made the cut were the bed (along with its linens), a marble side table, a table lamp, a pilea plant, a Bluetooth speaker and some hand care creams. 
I returned from Bergen without the IVAR cabinets I wanted to place opposite the bed since they were completely out of stock, so I will have to wait for them or find another storage solution. I do not wish to overcrowd the bedroom, so other than a little bit of storage, a mirror (the Georg mirror from Skagerak is perfect) maybe a basket and am extra chair, I will not be adding too much.
For now, even as empty, I am very happy with the look, I am really looking forward to it finishing though, and hopefully the IVAR cabinets will restock quite soon!

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Kitchen Christmas Inspiration







I am looking for some Christmas inspiration, especially for the kitchen for some new styling projects, and these images from an old Artilleriet Christmas exhibition are just perfect. I am very into the rustic Scandinavian feel lately, but I like to introduce some minimal elements as well to it, this way it feels I am making it a little bit more my own. As for the perfect pre Christmas afternoon, some gløgg , wood fire, music and a good book is all I need!


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It’s beginning to smell like Christmas



In Norway and all Scandinavian countries, Christmas is all about the smell. Or at least, this is my opinion based on my experiences. The houses fill with Amaryllis flowers, Pine, Fir and Spruce branches, while there is almost always Gløgg shimmering on the stove, giving out a distinct aroma of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Gløgg is a mixture of mulled wine made with cloves and cinnamon, and served warm with a helping of almonds and raisins. You don’t have to make it yourself, several brands sell Gløgg in bottles and the preparation is as easy as pouring some in the pot, add some water and mix in your favorite nuts or orange slices. Blossa, a company that is very popular in Sweden for its authentic Gløgg recipe presented a few weeks ago its new bottle labels designed by The Studio , in a series of photos styled by Lotta Agaton and photographed by Pia Ulin. The effect is striking, the setting and mood fits perfectly with the Scandinavian Christmas feel and it leaves me even more expectant for the upcoming holidays!

//Photography by Pia Ulin | Styling by Lotta Agaton


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Cooking with Eva Solo – Nordic Kitchen

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Cooking is always so much more fun with tools that are practical but also look so good, you hardly want to put back in the drawer. I have enjoyed using the pots and pans from Eva Solo’s Nordic Kitchen for a while now, the set also includes beautiful oak cutting boards and knife stands. The pots and pans themselves are made of sturdy lightweight aluminium that resembles cast iron in feel and design but without the extra weight. They are so easy to lift even when they are full, it is a joy to use them for everyday cooking. I am a big fan of the wooden details in the handles and the lids too, the design is so very Nordic indeed that it justifies the name of the whole line.

I have combined the cookware with tableware from the Eva Solo Legio Nova line, I find the white plates and accessories with the subtle lining the perfect companion for dinner and coffee. The set is complete with plates, jugs, serving platters, bowls,cups, butter box, glasses and thermo mugs in two sizes ( my personal favorite), so there is no reason to mix and match unless you want to. I am missing some pieces still from the collection but I am happy to slowly add to it as new pieces come out as well.


 Today I am cooking baked cauliflower in the oven and on the side I whipped a quick chocolate cake for dessert to enjoy while we drink our coffee ( kept warm in the new light grey Fridge Carafe ). I found the recipe for the Baked Cauliflower in a new cookbook called Gone Fishing by Mikkel Karstad , while the chocolate cake is an easy flour-less recipe that can be found at Martha Steward site. It always turns out so great, I highly recommend trying it at least once.

As a final note, I want to make a note on how sturdy the cookware line is which makes me very happy. There is nothing I dislike more than buying something I really love only for it to age badly with use. I have been using the pots and pans from the Nordic Kitchen for at least 3 months everyday, and they look every bit as new as when I took them out of the box. You can see all the news of Fall ’16 if you click here , the collection includes the Nordic Kitchen line as well as the Legio Nova tableware and the new Carafes and Coffee makers. 
As seen above :

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Getting ready with Daniel Wellington Classic Black

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Getting ready for a Sunday outing can be an either 2 hours process or it can take just a few minutes, depending on where I am going , how casual I am planning to dress or if it is a formal event. An accessory I cannot leave my home without is definitely a watch on my left wrist. Latest favorite comes from the new Classic Black collection by Daniel Wellington and their new Classic Cuff line. I shared how much I liked this design on my Octobers wishlist, and as soon as I got it I have not stopped wearing it. Scroll down for more photos from the bathroom around the sink area where I prefer to get ready and also for a small surprise at the end of the post and a tip frequent travellers like me will appreciate!


I really like the design of their new Classic Cuff line as well, in silver or rosegold, it is a really good companion to the watch or even alone. I have always been a fan of bracelets ( during summer I regularly buy various handmade leather ones from the street vendors in Monastiraki around the Plaka area in Athens), and I have to be honest these look great even on my bathrooms boudoir. 

Now for the small surprise I promised in the beginning of the post, I am happy to share a code with you towards any purchase of any watch or accessory from all the Daniel Wellington collection including the new Classic Black and Classic Cuff line. 
Use “Onlydecolove” for 15% off and free shipping wolrdwide until the 31rst of December. 
Also a little tip, you can get Eurobonus flight points along with any purchase from the site ( for every watch I believe around 1000 points) which can be spend towards free flights and duty free goodies! 

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Next week planning

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As the week draws to an end I find I am always at my busiest. Shoots, styling, extra paperwork, they all seem to accumulate during the weekend more than during the week. On top of working, I have some plans for next week and hopefully by the end of it I will have some results already to share. 
Some of my thoughts and plans 

:: Painting Plans | When it comes to the bedroom and the first floor, I am finally painting the floors and of course I am going with white or light grey. I am mostly doing this because it gives me the freedom to otherwise experiment with the wall colors! I have wanted for so long to paint in dark shades (grey or blue) and while the floors are a dark shade of red wood it just doesn’t make for a coherent final result. I am so excited for this specific change, it will change the whole look of all the rooms downstairs.
:: Reading Plans | I am becoming an even bigger bookworm than I already was, so I thought a kindle was in order. I have accumulated already so many books in it, I am already half way through Three Sisters ,  Three Queens by Phillipa Gregory from her Tudor court novels and I am planning on finishing it this weekend.
:: Travelling Plans | I am visiting Copenhagen around mid December and due to Christmas I have to plan earlier than usual. I have also to make time to stop by for a coffee and a chat at my favorite showrooms and check the new renovated spaces. You better believe the new Copenhagen Cereal guide is going to be my most trustworthy companion!


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Long weekend at the cabin

We took a long weekend to visit the cabin, but before we left home I had to go by the post office and collect my latest purchases. Since my favorite online store Mitthjem was still running a discount campaign on And Tradition designs, I put an order for a lamp I have had my eye on for a long time, the Flowerpot in grey matte color. I immediately unwrapped it and placed it in the nearest windowsill I found and it looked too good to move afterwards. I also got my new 2017 planner from Marjolein Delhaas , this time around in Almond Black. My 2016 was in White Black but I noticed it got a little dirty from everyday use and I honestly loved the new color too much to pass. This little planner has been my go to for every note and detail I might want to remember , it is so handy and versatile. I had to put an early order since they go out of stock super fast, so if you want to make sure you will get one in the color you prefer, you might want to do so as well!


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Dinner for 4 friends with Eva Solo

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I often mention how Autumn is my favorite season, so when it came to styling my table for dinner for four of my closest friends, I immediately thought I should decorate for fall. Apples, cranberries and leaves from the trees create the perfect feeling along with a combination of an earthy menu. This was also a great opportunity to use my collection of Eva Solo Trio dinnerware, along with the new Fall 2016 additions of the beautiful line. 
I was very happy to also have a full set of the In Between chairs I ordered, so I was only missing a centerpiece. Since the table’s width is very small, I decided to instead hang from the ceiling a big driftwood I had been saving for such an occasion. It took me less than 15 minutes to “dress” it with branches from a forest tree. I hang it from the ceiling with the same twine I used to attach the branches on the driftwood.

When it comes to my menu of choice, I decided it should be simple and earthy. Mushrooms are the perfect fall companion and a simple cod main dish would give me the earthiness I had in mind. 

Menu :
Chanterelle Mushrooms and Rodrigo-Style Cod.

For the mushroom dish, I simply sauteed chanterelle , I drizzled some lemon on top and served in one of my favorite bowls from Eva Solo Trio with some black sea salt. ( I usually cook and eat this for lunch during Autumn, as you can see in my Mushroom Season post ).

For the Rodrigo style Cod, I borrowed the recipe from Pati Jinich, I heartily recommend it, it is simple, quick and easy, yet delicious dish!

My centerpiece decoration had to go unfortunately soon after everyone was gone (the branches will wither rather quickly), but everything looked great while me and my friends enjoyed a fall inspired dinner. The Eva Solo dinnerware fitted perfectly with the theme, the design lines of the Trio line elevated the look and complemented my table. 
Overall I was very happy with how the evening went, and I am already planning a similar table theme but for Christmas this time around!
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And Tradition In Between Chairs for the Dining table


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I think from my posts lately it was plainly obvious I have had the And Tradition In Between Chairs on my to-buy list for some time now. A few weeks ago I finally splurged on 4 of them for my dining table. I was planning a nice post about them, however the post office only delivered two of them, so my plans for an extended post will be a little delayed. I did however snap some quick shots with one of the chairs, the evening light fell so beautifully on them I just couldn’t resist. The chairs come in 4 different color variations with the option to be upholstered as well. I got mine in white oiled no upholstery, I thought they would be easier to maintain in their original condition. They are very comfortable to sit on, and besides, if I need a softer seating I can always drape some of my sheepskins on them.  And Tradition is one of my favorite brands, you can find the chairs and many more designs at Mitthjem online store, one of my favorite stores to shop. If you want to take advantage of the campaign that is running for a while now, you can get the in Between chairs, and other products, on a great discount as well. I have already put an order in for a Flowerpot lamp in soft grey color and some other things, I will share them as soon as they arrive!


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Daily Skincare Routine

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My daily skincare routine has always been very simple, but I find essential to try new products especially when they come with hearty recommendations. This is how I discovered Aesop and for the last year I have been using their line almost exclusively. Latest purchases from last time I was in Oslo (other than the London travel kit that I talked about in my Packing essentials), a Parsley Seed facial cleanser(200ml), a Mandarin Facial hydrating cream (120ml) and the Rind Concentrate Body Balm in a tube (120ml). When it comes to my morning routine, I simply wash my face with the Parsley seed cleanser using a brush,then apply some of the Mandarin cream. If I know I am staying home for a couple of hours however, I will instead wash my face with a skincare soap bar from Diptyque, then apply an oil serum from Lancome. Those two steps are enough for me, I really cannot commit to a more elaborate beauty morning routine!

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Hallway Inspiration board

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Inspired by Jotun Lady fall new colors (more of my favorites can be seen here), I have decided to completely redecorate the hallway. It is a very small space so it shouldn’t take more than a few weeks and I have neglected it for too long now. I love the idea of shelves for storage (plus it is very easy to implement), a hanger for clothes, a basket for keeping bags or extra hats. There are two walls however so I am thinking one should definitely have a mirror for a last look before I go out and a bench or stool so we can sit and put shoes on. Of course all white with natural details will look great, however I am very much into the color swatches above, so I think while I am painting the floors white ( I know Nordsjø has great selection for floors), the walls should have a warmer hue. Washed linen ( second color from the bottom, also check the photo below for more realistic colors ) is my top choice for now, however I might end up with a warm grey instead. I love the Muuto felt basket in sand color, I think it will look fantastic as a contrast. The Gubi mirror can hang in either side of the walls, while the Lind DNA cloth hanger is on the top of my list. For now I do not want to spend too much, so this is going to be on a budget, however I think that since shelves are so cheap to buy and paint over that I will stay well within my limit. I can’t wait to share the final results!

// Collage by Katerina Dima | 1.Photo in Collage by Kristofer Johnsson | 2.Photo by Katerina Dima

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Mushroom Season


Autumn is my favorite season no doubt. The leaves that fall, the color palette, the last soft warm breeze, all the wonderful new flavors. It is time for long hikes in the forest with a basket ready for filling. Mushrooms, berries, wild apples, everything is within your hands reach. Yesterday I decided to make a mushroom mix for lunch, just two types of mushrooms that you can find abundantly at the supermarket freshly picked, or that you can find yourself in the forest since it is their favorite season to grow. If you would like to replicate my easy lunch, it only takes a few minutes, just read below on how to make yourself a healthy and hearty autumn bite!
:: Preparation | Lightly saute the mushrooms in a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil or butter.I add either a couple of tablespoons water so they wont burn or chicken stock for some extra flavor. After 2 to 3 minutes remove from heat and drizzle some fresh lemon juice on top. Add a tablespoon of low fat sour cream and season with some black sea salt. 

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Parisian finds

Finally I am back from all the fairs and vacations, and although I had a great time, I am quite happy to be back. I have spend most of my day today unpacking and organizing, and one of the first things I went looking into my bags were the ceramic spoons I bought at Merci store in Paris. I would have loved to shop more however my bags were already too heavy from having packed for a months worth of travelling. I had been looking for ceramic spoons for a while (usually this type is mostly widely sold) so when I saw the Serax ones at Merci I immediately reached out for them. I got two white teaspoons and two white coffee scoops, white being the only color that was available for now. Tip : These will also make for a great gift , either alone or along with a coffee set for coffee enthusiasts.


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Packing Essentials : Aesop


I have just a few days at home to prepare for the next few trips to Stockholm, then back to Oslo, then Paris then Santorini and Athens, so I thought I should start early and pack things I will not be using until I go. Samples are always a good idea when traveling, any disposable commodities or travel sized products I already use at home. While at Oslo , just after the Kähler‎ press launch ended, I decided to walk back to my hotel, and since I had already spotted the new Aesop store earlier,it was the perfect opportunity to get the travel kit I planned on July’s wishlist. I have been using the Boston kit however the lovely assistant suggested the London kit for my skin instead so I decided to give it a go. Some shoes, clothes and sleep essentials will go in by tomorrow although I always pack my make up essentials about 10 minutes before I step out of the door. I find that I almost always forget something when I pack earlier, so I have made it a habit to put in my travel make up case the products I use as soon as I am done applying them on my face. No checklists needed and this way I make sure I never forget something important! 
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Paris ready






I am already making preparations for my trip to Paris in September even though next week I’m travelling to Stockholm for the Formex fair (with a few in between trips to Oslo). However there are some places in Paris I simply don’t want to miss so I thought it is best to go prepared. Nothing says I love Paris more than a t-shirt and a poster so I brought out my Paris map poster to look at until its time to pack my suitcases, while I am wearing my I love Paris t-shirt behind the scenes. 

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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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Interview in Bolig Magazinet

Today I realized my interview with Bolig Magasinet is up on their website, so I made myself a coffee and decided to enjoy this morning while reading it. The post is here if you want to read it as well, you will find some of my favorite photos but also I have answered some questions that you might not see elsewhere. A fun read if you want to pass some time like me this nice summer morning. 

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New month, new week, new day.

I find Mondays are easier if I start working from bed. Whoever thought a portable computer is a good idea deserves more credit than they get. Usually I try to go for my daily run as soon as I wake up but today I will postpone it for a few hours. I hope rain wont ruin my plans for later. Here’s to a brand new month, week and day! 

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Working Weekend

The pros and the cons of being self employed : more often than not the weekends end up being working days. August and September are going to be very busy months, there are so many fairs and press events to attend to, my calendar is almost full. However it is going to be so much fun at the same time, I can hardly contain my excitement. This weekend is dedicated in planning ahead, I do not want to miss any of the events in my planner so I am in the process of creating lists all the brands I want to visit, which halls they are located, noting down flying dates, hotels, routes,renting cars etc. And since I will be in Paris, I have to visit some of the places in the Cereal city guide. This weekend is shaping up to be more fun than work, I like it!

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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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In Vacation Mood : Essentials

Packing again for another weekend at the summer house. The weather promises to be nice to us this time around, although there were days previous week where we took the boat and sunned ourselves at the beach. As you see I don’t need to pack much, but I am cheating a little bit since I have a secret stash at the cabin with things I need.
I am not taking the camera with me,I am taking a much needed full weekend break, so see you Monday! 
Have a great weekend everyone!

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In Vacation Mood

We came to the cabin for a few days to kick back and relax, maybe if the weather cooperates sunbathe or even swim or kayak. While out shopping locally I found this amazing little blanket that is also thin enough to be used as a towel. Perfect. Now all we need is the sun to shine for a few hours and we are set to go. Either way, I can still wrap it around myself when it gets chilly, flexible design, what else can a girl ask for?

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Bathroom Essentials

Lately I have had a little bit of a trouble finding time to do everything I want. Blame it to my newly found running routine that is making it hard for me to concentrate on normal tasks. It is funny how adding something so small in my life as an hour of running, can take up so much of my time. Trying to get back into schedule I decided to organize the bathroom and gather all my morning and night routine essentials in one place, and then move to more rooms in the house.So far it has worked, and having my essentials in one place it really encourages me to actually use them daily as intended. I am so bad at keeping up with a schedule, it is no wonder even adding a new routine to it threw me off course for a few days. For my essentials you will find a combination of Aesop products and Meraki.When it comes to perfume the Santal 33 is my absolute must wear as of late and I have to say, I can’t wait to visit Paris on September so I can try more of LeLabo fragrances.


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Useful props

I somehow have ended up with a closet full of props,and at the same time I want to use them but also I want to keep for future stylings. Since I decided to repaint the bedroom however I think it is time I put up my oak Muuto dots, they are perfect for hanging those linen summer robes, both of which make for a great backdrop in the bedroom. Why put something in the closet or in the basket when you can display it and make it part of your decoration?

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Last Peonies


The last of my peonies, a single bud that for some reason took too long to bloom, is all that is left from a full bouquet of my pink peonies. Peony season is probably my favorite when it comes to seasonal flowers, I find them so delicate yet I can fill up a vase very easily with just a few buds. Their aroma as well is irresistible, I always try to have them close especially when I am working. Add a bowl of yogurt with some dried goji berries and cacao nibs and I am happy camper in my own living room. 
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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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Bathroom Details : New handcare love

Some details from the bathroom. I have wanted to try the White and Black tea Soap and Hand cream lotions from Compagnie De Provence for some time now. While the Aesop Resurrection is my favorite product line, I like having different options, it keeps me from getting too tired of even something that I love. I found the White and Black tea bottles in a local shop, I can’t hide how excited I was to have them in the bathroom! Beyond the quality of the actual product, I really like the design of the bottles and props for them not being plastic for once but instead made of glass. 
On a personal note I am off while the sun is still out for a run. I just downloaded an app that will help me start and stay in a running schedule, so I can go back to the physical state I was a couple of years ago, when I would run for an hour and didn’t feel like the world is disappearing from my eyes.The app starts you off slowly, today I only need to run 800m in increments, which I find is a great way to motivate you to start. The first few sessions are for free but I will gladly pay monthly for it if it gets me going and is as good on paper as it looks it can be. I will keep you on the loop, feel free to message me with any questions!


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Moments with Stelton : Enjoying an afternoon coffee with friends or alone

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There are moments you want to share with friends and moments you enjoy alone. For the midsummer afternoon coffee I prepared the table with a variety of warm tea and coffee, milk on the side,fruits and dessert, and added flowers to brighten the mood since it has been raining non stop for all week. With the temperature a little lower, everyone is sure to enjoy warm coffee and tea, and the new lavender color of the Stelton EM77 vaccum jug fitted perfectly with the fresh peonies on the table and the mood I wanted to convey. I brought the electric kettle straight from the kitchen so it would be easier to poor hot water for our teas, the sleek design blends perfectly with the table styling. All in all, it was a beautiful afternoon and the rain didn’t bother us at all!
When not with friends however I enjoy my moments alone just as well. With a full EM77 with coffee or chocolate, some chocolate bonbons on the side, I can spend countless afternoons either perusing magazines or working late. I find tending to small details always lifts up my mood, so when I discovered the new Peak brass bonbonniere from Stelton I was more than happy to fill it upwith bonbons and make it a permanent addition on my coffee table.

For more Stelton moments with the EM77 vacuum jug,the peak bonbonniere,the Emma electric kettle and the Emma tableware, feel free to check Stelton instagram account at Stelton Design.

//Styling and Photography by Katerina Dima for Only Deco Love
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Pink Peonies

It is funny how the best of plans go straight to the bin when you least expect it.You see I was planning a full weekend of activities,crafting,hiking,finally finishing styling the balcony. Well I woke up to quite heavy rain with no ending in sight so I guess I will have to plan anew and for mostly indoors. At least I went down to the market earlier and found these beautiful pink peonies to brighten up the living room but also my grey mood. There is nothing like a flash of pink to energize even the gloomiest of corners, don’t you think? I love fresh flowers in the house, I find it is a great and relatively cheap way to elevate any space.

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My Comfy Bed

Today is one of those days that I just don’t want to get out of bed.A photo can say more than a thousands words and what I feel today can be described by looking at the photos above.Laptop between the sheets, a warm chocolate and my phone on the side. Simple things make me happy. I will stay here, browse my favorite blogs and dream about vacation locations. If you like to see what I am thinking about, visit my Pinterest Board Dreamy Locations. From destinations to Hotels this is going to be my go to reference/to do list.Very much a work in progress since I just started it, but remember to add it to your following list, I promise you won’t be disappointed!


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Marimo Love

My Marimo moss balls are the newest green addition to my home. If you don’t know what Marimos are, they are green algae found mostly in a number of lakes in the northern hemisphere,they come mostly in round shape with velvety appearance. There are many reasons to have a few in the house, I  just find them very serene to look at. 
Some information about Marimos. 
::They grow very slowly,only a few millimeters per year,but they do grow!
::More often, Marimos will sink in water. However, when Marimos perform photosynthesis, the oxygen bubbles generated by Marimo will make them float up to the surface of the water (like mine as seen above, can you see all the bubbles?) They will also roll around even when they are not floating to receive more light.
::However they only need minimal light,making them ideal for keeping in any room without direct sunlight.
::A gentle squeeze is all you need to take care of them(to release any dirt captured in your Marimo) and fresh water every few weeks. 
::Marimo does not grow dead parts as other plants, if it is healthy it will always remain round , green and velvety looking. 

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Sunday Links

Sunday slow afternoons. Soon a new busy week will start and with it, new stylings and news I cannot wait to share with everyone. For now I thought I would share some links with things that got my attention this week.

:: From Lady and the Pups food blog a recipe I will be trying for sure this week Spicy sour Thai street noodles.

::Talking about recipes, I just discovered a youtube channel that makes delicious recipes in a jar,ready to take at work or anywhere else. You will love it!

::It is time to get a travel backpack ,ie a bag that when heading to press events will hold all my necessities while I travel,though possibly will rest at the hotel for the actual event. The Marti backpack by Alexander Wang in black will probably do the trick.Or this Phillip Lim, it looks super cute even though it is not a backpack.

::If you are thinking visiting Mykonos in Greece, I highly suggest sleeping at San Giorgio Hotel, more so since they just renovated their bar area. You will not regret it. A tip for you, book for middle of September. The prices are about half what they are for July or August while the temperature is perfect (July and August are in fact horribly hot).

::Last but not least  a house is up for sale in the Sogndal area. If I could afford even half of it, I would buy it in a hearbeat. Check the photos out here , dream renovation project.





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