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…
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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!
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.
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!
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…
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!
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…
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…
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 …
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.
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…
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.
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…
The winners will be announced in a different post both on the blog and instagram on the 1st of January 2017.
The calendar candle in my home, with tarnished silver and watched by two kids that cannot wait for the 25th to come.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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.
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!
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!
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…
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…
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!
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.
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…
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
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…
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…
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 …
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…
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…
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.
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
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
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