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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A new place to relax in the bedroom, Neva chair

Our bedroom now has a nice, comfortable place to sit. I’d like to call it my reading corner but we all know it’s really just my laptop/blogging corner. This Neva chair from Sixpenny is filled with down and covered in a natural linen, finished with fre…

The Best Bedroom Textiles

Finding good textiles to use in the bedroom is vital if you want to create an inviting, warm space that you feel comfortable in. I thought I’d share a few of my favourite brands and items, as I begin to share my home with you on Style&Minimalism.
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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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GIVEAWAY with The Poster Club

A couple weeks ago this giveaway was hinted at as I introduced the new print collection by Atelier CPH for The Poster Club and now it’s time! Generously The Poster Club is giving away a print from the collection, the winner gets to choose!Hop on over t…

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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The difference textiles can make / new rug & sofa cover



Earlier in the month I talked about getting a new sofa look without buying a whole new sofa. I’m glad to share our own IKEA sofa that got a new look with a linen cover from Bemz. Possibly you may remember when we did the same for a, now discontinued, Karlstad chair. It had an entirely different look.


For the sofa we went for linen again, though I originally wanted velvet, ultimately I chose a light colored natural linen because the sofa, though near windows, sits just in the shady spot so that a dark color just gets lost. I know because we’ve tried it.
Our cover before this was sort of an ivory and while I liked that one too, the linen Bemz cover gives the sofa a much more unique look and very causal too. I also chose matching covers for our throw cushions, a feature I really love as well. Many times I’ve wanted to match the cushions to the sofa fabric and with Bemz it’s completely doable.



The rug that was here before was also nice however this natural fibered rug from Armadillo & Co seems to work much better with the natural linen and the paler color makes this corner feel even brighter. It’s also large enough to anchor our table, pouf and daybed together with more purpose. One of my favorite features of this rug is it’s surprising texture. Most natural fiber rugs I’ve felt are rough and course, shedding fibers, especially when I think of jute and sometimes wool. Even though it might not look it, this one is very soft and perfect for walking on bare foot!


The difference a new sofa cover and rug make are subtle yet impactful. I like the natural materials together and also think it will carry us easily into Summer when sometimes heavy fabrics feel uncomfortable. Be sure to check out Bemz’s wide range of covers, the looks you can create are nearly endless and they will cost you much less than buying a new sofa altogether.


My tiny ballerina / Tutu du Monde

Elin is wearing another beautiful garment form the wonderful Tutu du Monde, who makes some of the most extraordinary garments, capes and accessories for little girls. For her birthday last month we had a ballerina themed party and she began ballet clas…

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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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.

Current Mantle

At home with a bit of sun and a collection of things including a watering can and books on our mantle.

My bedroom redo / going darker

Several years ago, before we purchased this house, we convinced the landlord to let us put new floors in. Looking back it was sort of a bold move but I was desperate to get away from carpet. Our son was sensitive to dust and no amount of vacuuming ever made it look very nice. At first the answer was no but after a few months of persistence he agreed. We chose a very inexpensive white washed floor, assuming in a couple short years we would be living somewhere else so this wasn’t supposed to be an investment project. Fast forward almost 4 years and we are still in the same home, with the low budget floors we thought would only need to last us a year or two. While the floor we installed has done so much for reflecting light and making the space feel clean, if I could redo it I would go for a higher quality and a bit darker color.

When Quick•Step approached me about trying out their laminate wood flooring as part of their RoomUP Blogger Challenge, I enthusiastically said yes! While it would be fun to redo every room we were not about to embark on a project of that size. Our bedroom seemed like the ideal place to give new floors a try. A space that I sometimes use for work and a personal space for my husband and I to read and relax when the kids are asleep, the bedroom needs to be a space that is distinct from the rest of the house.

Choosing the right color was quite easy and after reviewing several samples I chose Quick•Step’s Dominion Steele Chestnut flooring after observing it in different lighting and against some of our stuff. I knew in my mind that I wanted to find something not only darker than our white wash but in a greyed out brown. Considering our bedroom’s natural light along with bedding, lighting and furniture, I wanted to choose something that would work well with what we already had as well as a few things we had on our wishlist. You can see from the moodboard some new pieces were blended with existing pieces in natural tones that would complement the new chestnut floors.

Rather than a very warm or orange brown I was quickly drawn to browns with a faded, almost ash hue. Quick•Step has a large range of finishes and species, different thicknesses and surfaces so you’re certainly not limited by lack of options.  

You can read in more detail about my process and here on Quick•Step Style and enter to win free Quick•Step flooring for yourself in the RoomUP Sweepstakes. Who doesn’t want FREE flooring?! Come on.  

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.

How to get a new sofa without buying a new sofa…

Not sure at this point if I’ve talked about this on the blog or if it was to a friend but when it comes to sofas I have my favorites! Pretty much all would need to be imported and are all what I like to call investment pieces, not budget friendly but certainly within the buy less, buy well school of thought. I like sofas with cushions built in or somewhat discreet, for example one long seat cushion rather than 2 or 3. My reality does not cease to remind me that as long as the kids are young and use the sofa for fort building and as a trampoline, my priority when it comes to sofas is not aesthetics first but primarily how washable and low maintenance the sofa is. We’ve had an IKEA Nockeby since Elin was just a few months old, somewhere around 2.5 yrs. It was a budget buy, large enough for several people to sit on or for one person to sleep on with generous cushions that aren’t too stiff but also don’t feel like sofa quicksand. You know the kind, the new sofa that looks deceivingly firm but as soon as you lean in sit down the sofa has tried to inhale you and regaining a standing position could not be achieved without the help or a friend. Well our Nockeby isn’t one of those either. Beyond the comfort and price we also like the Nockeby because it is from IKEA which means besides a warrantee you can also easily find custom covers from Bemz.

Two years ago our chair got a new look, and since then Bemz has made me a believer that being stuck with an IKEA sofa is not as uninspired as it sounds. In the last few years we’ve had multiple covers for the sofa, all from IKEA and all were less than thrilling. The colors were not quite right or the weave of another held onto crumbs or yet another pilled like crazy! Bemz has a much larger variety including velvet, cotton, canvas and linen. Bemz sent over some samples and I was happy to see that new velvet covers were available for the Nockeby! Ultimately I chose a different fabric because we have a velvet ottoman and our area rug has a very velvet-y texture. Trying to avoid velvet overkill I chose a linen blend, because I do love linen so.

Before & after photos coming soon!

Signs of Spring in the Living room

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Even though spring is far away for now, especially in Scandinavia, I think after Christmas holidays are over, we all long for warmer weather and the first signs of green. A good tip for those that cannot wait is to start introducing more greens in the house, add textiles that remind of Spring in light colors, new cushion covers or even a light colored carpet. In collaboration with Ellos Home I styled my living room with some fabrics and some greens to serve as an example for anyone that wants to bring some Spring feelings in their house, do read on for more details and tips! 

One of the first things I did was to get some extra linen pillowcases. My sofa is getting really old now and I don’t like how it looks, but with new pillowcases and a throw or two it looks as good as new! I decided to also add a carpet underneath so it can provide with some definition of the area. I really like how it softens the dark color of the floorboards, but also it makes for a great place to sit on since it is so soft and cozy. 
When it comes to greens, my tip would be to choose plants that look great on the floor. My Monstera Deliciosa is big enough now to stand on its own but I decided to put some magazines under to give it a little bit more visibility. A simple Pilea Peperomioides is all I need for my table (which is filled with magazines and books), but if I had the luxury of fresh flowers I think a vase would also look quite nice and fit perfectly. 

All products I used can be found at Ellos Home :

The softest throw from Himla in Gråblå color –  Pledd Hannelin i vasket hellin 130×170 cm 
Linen pillows from Himla various colors –  Pute Hannelin 50×50
Fluffy cozy carpet from Ellos Home –  Ryeteppe Tanger 160×230 cm

//Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima
I am also thinking some new curtains could complete the look, if you are missing curtains as well Ellos offers 25% off to all of their curtain selection!

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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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More than a footrest, NC’s Circus Pouf

Our living room has always been a work in progress. It’s on the smaller side yet it’s one of the rooms we use the most. Ultimately though it needs to be low maintenance and comfortable for all family members. I’m still in the process of achieving the r…

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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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…

A Month of Minimalism / Where to begin?

To begin this month I wanted to share my personal definition of minimalism, which will likely differ from others’ view and that is perfectly ok. I am a highly sensitive person, coming to this conclusion has taken me years and even longer to accept. Shr…

New Series / A Month of Minimalism

The beginning of a new year holds much promise and potential to see those promises realized. Personally I find it hard to refrain form writing unrealistic lists of things I want to accomplish and achieve. A few would include getting in better physical …

French clothing line for children, mixes earth tones with comfort

Le Petit Germain, created by Camille Chandèze Longuépée has mastered the union of wonderful colors with comfort. With an emphasis on offering children clothing for everyday use that gives a comforting tactile experience, Le Petit Germain is full of designs that compliment the essence of being a child.

Today we received a lovely gift from Camille at LPG and Elin wears a thick knit, high stretch pant with pockets and quilted cardigan in warm, earthy tones. As her mom I find her irresistible in this outfit but even when she’s not being cuddled I appreciate that she is free to move and play in such beautiful clothing.

The collection includes sizes from birth to 8 years.


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all wrapped up

We’re ready for Christmas tomorrow, gifts are wrapped and the last of the food shopping is complete. Today we the whole family is home and we finish some cleaning, baking and playing in the snow. So much snow has fallen this week, about a 13″ or more s…

a cosy family home, and these grey pedestals


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The dining room in this apartment is so great, and maybe I like it because it has similar furniture to my own! We have the Gubi Semi pendant with a black table, ours is from Muuto, and some Muuto Visu chairs. What’s even better in this home are the grey pedestals Josefin used to style the room with.
Funny enough I have been coveting some tubular pedestal tables, procrastinating though as I’ not sure where I’d put them in our small house. As yet I’m still undecided but I’ll share ultimately what I end up doing.

See above for my pedestal picks along with accessories to sort of ‘create the look’.

Also this child’s room, which I don’t talk much about on the blog but I love looking at kids rooms, especially ones with sweet details but still pared back and a bit sparse. From experience I know it is too easy to let their spaces become overloaded with stuff, so a kids room with ‘just enough’ is the most appealing to me. Also, you can find the bunny lamp here and grid box here.

Christmas details at home

A small candle spinner, you can find similar here. We have so many candles in the house right now and I light them all every night.Stelton’s brass ornaments are so elegant, they add a nice shine to our tree of otherwise handmade (by the kids) ornaments…

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!

//Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima
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!

//Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima

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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.

//Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima
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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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.

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!

//Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima

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countdown to christmas

The calendar candle in my home, with tarnished silver and watched by two kids that cannot wait for the 25th to come.

Libratone Zipp Copenhagen Edition

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Music has always been essential to me, for any activity. While working, while training, in the car, travelling, it is is a big part of my everyday life. Finding the right speakers or headphones is quite important, I am looking for a combination of great design, great sound and utility and I am happy to have found everything I was looking and more in the new Libratone Zipp Copenhagen speakers. The speakers come in two sizes, in beautiful Danish design featuring interchangeable wool covers (just zipp one out and zipp the new one in), aluminum top and bottom,  and a black leather carrying handle. The sound is robust ( 360 degrees play), they connect via Bluetooth or your wireless network at home (streaming has never been easier) and with 10 hours of play  time you can carry them around anywhere at home, so you can always have your favorite music with you. One of the advantages I found very useful, is the ability to connect any number of the Libratone Zipp Copenhagen  and Libratone Zipp Mini Copenhagen speakers together and create a soundspace, effectively setting your music free,  and enjoy it in every room, every space, every part of your life.
In other words, you get the freedom to place the speakers wherever you want and move them around in your home as you like. And due to the beautiful design and the fact that you change the cover of the speakers they can always be part of your interior at home. Both speakers make for a perfect Christmas present as well!

Everything mentioned above are things that make the Libratone Zipp Copenhagen speakers a great portable sound system, but I would also like to share my personal experience with them, as I have been using them for some time now.
Apart from the overall beautiful design and great sound, what I enjoy most is the freedom these speakers give me. I always keep one upstairs and one downstairs so they can be connected and I can still enjoy uninterrupted music when I move around. The sound is controlled from the touch pad on top, the controls are very intuitive, I literally feel I have all my music in my fingertips. A wonderful surprise feature lets you hash the sound for as long as you like by simply placing your hand on top of the speaker without having to interrupt what you are listening to while you need to momentarily focus somewhere else. In my personal experience, the touch pad is very responsive, and so far it has registered every tap with extreme ease.

I usually keep my Libratone Zipp Mini Copenhagen with me upstairs by my home office desk , although I will take it with me when I either move to the dining table where I work sometimes or when I sit by the couch in the living room. The dining room, living room and home office are all connected so I can also leave one Zipp Copenhagen in the middle of the area and all the space will be filled with music when I turn it on. Since the battery lasts for 10 hours I find I rarely charge it more than a few times per week, however when I need to the wire sits comfortably on the table held down by an aluminum anchor. 

Whether you will be wrapping gifts, cooking in the kitchen, working on your laptop or any other activity at home this holidays, the Libratone Zipp Copenhagen speakers will be a perfect companion for any music lover, and a great gift for yourself or your loved ones!


//Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima


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an easy update with bedding

We live in a smallish house and since I am home more often than not with the kids, the place often feels like it needs little refreshes to keep my interest. I can’t replace all of the furniture on a whim, nor would I want to but I do like to make small…

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…

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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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…

childhood dreams

As a child I love very feminine things. Give me ruffles, tiny details, glitter or pink and I was happy. Funny enough the older I’ve grown the more masculine my tastes have become, yet my childhood love of intricate details and soft color, ruffles and f…

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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Winter Living Room Makeover

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With the first snow falling, winter is officially here so I decided it was time for a living room makeover. Currently I love the feel of linens and marble combined with oak so I gravitated towards getting a few select pieces that would update my space without crowding it. All the additions are from Ellos, so they are very easy to find if you wish to easily replicate the look. Scroll down for tips and how I am using what I chose as seen above!

A while ago I mentioned I wanted to replace my sofa table (the previous can be seen here and usually appears in 2105 living room posts), and this was the perfect opportunity to do so. I chose the Sofabord Axx Stort , 75cm rectangular shape ,black metal frame with white marble top. I preferred it to be square and while usually most of similar style marble tables are 60cm wide, the one I chose is quite larger in both sides and it fits my big couch and my needs better. The marble top is quite beautiful  and everything seems to fit on top of it quite elegantly now.
Another tip when it comes to quick and budgeted makeovers is hidden in fabrics. From pillows, to throws or a carpet, you can change the look of a space in a matter of seconds without investing in any new furniture at all. Here I chose two linen blankets, one to serve as a throw ( Pledd Lilah) while the other ( Himla Pledd Levilin in silver grey color) to serve as a delicate carpet under the new table. In addition a simple belly basket can hold quite a lot of those extra blankets!

With the floor draped in blankets it is easier than ever to even sit down for a coffee and a magazine, something I have been indulging myself with a lot lately! I love the feel and look of linens to the point that I have slowly replaced all my blankets sheets and towels almost with them.


Posters are also an easy way to diversify the look of a plain wall (also easy solution is adding some wall lamps). I love graphic architectural drawings ( I can never escape my own profession) and the French poster Hotel des Ventes fit perfectly with my plans.  

And there you have it! In 1-2-3 easy steps I overhauled my living room without committing to a renovation. Below you can find the links from Ellos for everything I mentioned above, if you wish to recreate my look or get something new for your own space. Next in line for a makeover is the bedroom , keep an eye for that post very soon!


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a dark corner

This little corner of my dining room was posted to Insta earlier this week but I wanted to share it again because I like the dark mood, it’s sometimes a nice change.

a bit of brass from Denmark

It’s Friday and I’m heading out but not before I share this beautiful metal bowl from Danish brand Louise Roe. It’s just the right subtle shape and I love metals, they feel so luxurious.

MAKE / warm Autumn toast with

Mmm, chanterelle mushrooms! These came home with me during one of my recent trips to the market though I had no initial plan for them because with mushrooms, when all else fails you can just cook them in butter. Though that is true for a lot of other foods too!
I wasn’t always fond of mushrooms, in fact it hasn’t been until the last few years that I’ve grown a fondness for them. If you’re vegan they’re like nature’s meat, savory with a hint of wildness and each variety with it’s own distinct flavor, shape and color.
So, now that the weather is colder I thought this would be the perfect time to enjoy these on warm toast as the perfect Autumn snack. I searched Pinterest for recipes and found only a lovely photo, no instructions, with cambozola and chanterelles with pear. To me that trio is the perfect gathering of autumn colors and flavors, a little sweet and a little buttery.

Toast some sourdough bread, brush with a little olive oil or fig preserves then top with sliced pears and a generous slice of cambozola. The sautéed mushrooms go right on top that to allow the heat from the mushrooms to melt the soft cheese quickly.

If you give it a try post a picture and tag me, I’d love to see!

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! 

//Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima


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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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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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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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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…

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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ready for Fall

Every year I sing the praises of Autumn, but I think it’s because Fall is like a breath of fresh air and a relief from summer’s heat and of course not as frigid as winter. I could live the rest of my life in Autumnal weather. I’m bringing out the knits…

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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sunset print

Yesterday’s sunset casts shadows on Atelier CPH’s print interpretation of the last moments of sun, adding warmth and burnt orange tones to the house. I’ve never been fond of orange, but when I say orange I think the fruit or pumpkins maybe and the satu…

a tile candidate for the kitchen

An update on the kitchen changes…

This tile sample is currently resting on the kitchen counter (although in the photo it it’s sitting on the dining room cabinets) as I try to decide how I feel about it. I’m hoping to add warmth to the kitchen but my first reaction is this is too warm, too brown for the kitchen currently. Maybe something more like a greige is better?
This tile is 18″ square so it would leave only a few seams along the back wall, which is what I would like. My first reaction to tile in the kitchen is that I want something smooth without seams to keep it as clean as possible, though maybe just a few (exactly 6 along the back wall) grouted seams isn’t so bad?

The jury is still out on this one.

/ the Studio Arhøj bowl from Stilleben

after a slow weekend

It’s Sunday night and I’m trying to wrap my head around this week’s to-do’s. I got sick last week which always frustrates me because I fall behind with everything…you should see the house. Laundry anyone?Whatever strange sickness I had has come and g…

new cutting boards & a kitchen update

One of my favorite stores, Artilleriet, recently had my most wanted oak cutting boards on sale and I took it as a sign from the online shopping Gods that then was the time to order a couple for myself. I bought the smoked oak ones but they’re not nearl…

currently play with magnetic tiles

The kids have been playing with these magna-tiles all week. As someone who tries hard to adhere to a minimalist philosophy in all parts of life, even if at times I fail, my kids do not have an insane amount of toys like I see some friends or relatives …

currently playing with shape mags

The kids have been playing with these magnetic tiles all week. As someone who tries hard to adhere to a minimalist philosophy in all parts of life, even if at times I fail, my kids do not have an insane amount of toys like I see some friends or relativ…

Studio Esinam giveaway!

The wonderful Gothenburg based Studio Esinam is giving away a copy of their New York elevations to an AMM reader! Leave a comment about where in your home the New York Elevations will go by either leaving a comment below or on the Instagram post.Giveaw…

Cold Coffee with frozen coffee ice cubes


Just when we thought autumn was in full swing , summer made a come back. Cold coffee it is then! Tip : fill a glass with milk then drop frozen ice cubes in to slowly melt. Delicious! The cubes start to melt immediately and depending on how strong coffee flavor you prefer you might want to wait for a few seconds and stir first. I use from 2 to 4 coffee ice cubes that I have frozen overnight and prefer my glass to be filled with skimmed milk. If you like coffee without milk you can make a cold brew coffee then use the coffee ice cubes to keep it cold but also maintain the consistency. Ice cubes water coffee down as they melt, why not use frozen coffee cubes instead? Tip :  For an extra flavor, also freeze hot chocolate for frozen chocolate cubes!
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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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my new desk chair

Our bedroom corner also serves as a makeshift desk. I can’t say that it’s completely finished as I’d like to figure out some sort of board or cork maybe to hold loose papers. Our printer also needs a home but I want something discreet because printers …

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

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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