Happy new year everyone. Hope 2019 is treating you good so far. The new year started with a boom for me, i have been running around doing lost of fun stylingprojects / homestaging propperties before sales.
The reason why I love my job so much is that I get to be creative and no day at work is the same. I get to visit kind and welcoming people in their homes and help them get a good price for their home. And plus I get to shop – a lot. Hehe
If you like to follow me at work, check out @styling_habitats on Instagram:)
For a long time, I’ve wanted to paint a wall with chalk paint. I really like the rough look it has, with different shades of the chosen color. And last holiday, I finally got the time to paint.
It was a bit challenging as it was my first time painting with chalky paint. I found out that it was very important to make a good prework: Wash the wall, block holes and polish them smooth, finally but NOT least, prime the wall.
1. Start by cleaning the wall with a good basic cleaner, to make a total clean surface.
2. Block holes ( if you have any from things you had on the wall before) After drying, remember to smoothen the blocked holes very well, otherwise it will show.
3. Put on masking tape, to mask the area you want to paint.
Paint the whole area with a primer, remember masking tape to frame the area you are painting. Make sure the tape is on so that the chalky paint doesn’t seep under and create an uneven line when you remove the tape. It is so magical to see a straight line underneath as you rip off the tape.
Now it’s time for the chalk paint. There are no rules for how to apply the paint, but you can go for some techniques: short strokes make a wild look, and long strokes make a calm look. I did the short strokes.
Let it dry for at least 4 hours and then you can paint a second time if you feel like it, but it is not necessary if you are pleased after the first coating.
Let it dry completely for 24 hours.
Now enjoy your new chalk paint wall😊
1.Block holes, smooth holes, place masking tape
3. After 2 hours of drying
That magic moment when you rip off the tape.
4. After 24 hours drying
Do you hear those jingle bells already? Christmas is getting closer and you’re feeling stressed? That
happens to me every time and a few years ago I came up with a thought of having a nice and quiet
evening just by myself. It’s like a pre-Christmas and what’s best, without the hazzle.
Here are some effortless ways to maximize your relaxing indoor enjoyment this season.
#1 “Netflix and Chill”
There is a great selection of seasonal movies on Netflix, Viaplay etc. I just love “Gilmore Girls: A Year in
the Life” but this year I’m watching Christmas episodes on “Friends”(usually 10th episode of the season).
#2 Get warmed up with Christmas drinks
What a perfect way to start the festive season. Get in the Christmas spirit with this easy drink:
Bring to boil 7 dl apple juice, 4 cinnamon sticks, 4 whole cardamoms, and 4-star anise. Remove from
heat and allow to steep overnight.
Pour in 3 dl white wine. Place over medium-high heat and cook until hot but not simmering. Serve warm
in a mug with some sliced ginger. ( I feel warm and cozy already 🙂 )
#3 Snuggle in on a movie night with delicious White Chocolate Popcorn
Transform plain popcorn into a crispy chocolate treat. I just do this in the micro-oven. Pop the popcorn,
cover with melted white chocolate and allow to cool to room temperature. Easy peasy!
#4 Just have candles on
Candles are a wonderful way to bring a cozy atmosphere to your home. Set the scene by lighting candles
around the room.
#5 Get cozy with your best and fluffiest blankets
This year I’m cozying up on the couch with beautiful pompom blanket from Barong Butik
I wish you a wonderful Holiday Season.
Today, the kitchen is still a big and open area in the house. Since around 2000 the kitchen became the room the family spends the time together.
While dinner is being prepared the rest of the family is gathered around. Some making homework, some working at the next project at work, or someone making a completely different thing, just to be around. Even though everyone is doing something different, everyone is still gathered, and that has become a fantastic way to spend the hours after work and school together. Maybe that is why it’s never become a last year thing to have such a room. I think that the little kitchen behind the door, where there’s only room for the most necessary kitchen stuff, is on it’s way out as people getting their new kitchens, and it’s never coming back. The big and open kitchen is here to stay.
My no. 1 thing in my kitchen is my stove. I had it with gas. Maybe it can be a bit frustrating while
you are cooking and the last gas is out, but if you always make sure to have an extra tank, it will never be that big a deal. It’s just so cozy on a gas stove. Maybe because it’s like making food in a fireplace.
Another thing I’m so glad we did in the kitchen is that we put the oven higher than the usual way. Never bend over to take something in or out. And it’s out of reach for smaller children ( child safety doesn’t work for my kids😂)
One last thing I’m happy about is the vacuum cleaner at the base of the kitchen. You only sweep crumbs together and sweep it to it and then it cleans it up. faster and easier than with the ordinary vacuum cleaner. A BIG recommendation from me and should be in every kitchen.
One thing I did regret is the extractor hood. I think it breaks the room in a bad way as it’s hanging down in the middle of the room. It could have been so much better for the room with a hidden or one on the ceiling. Well well, never too late to change a thing or two.
Christmas is approaching the highway. I guess it’s not just me who have trouble keeping my fingers in control when you see all the beautiful Christmas decorations that pops up on Instagram? Last year in December we moved into the apartment, so instead of Christmas tree and candlestick, there were moving-boxes and chaos instead. December went so fast that we barely understood that it was Christmas. So this year, I’m taking extra time to enjoy it.
What I really love this time of the year, is Christmas-crafts. Just light up some candles, take out those gingerbread cookies and play the Christmas-playlist. It’s like therapy, I promise! And even though it is a few weeks left until Christmas, I had to sneak in some decorations here and there. Last weekend I made this wonderful wreath, which took place over the dining table.
It’s made of a straw of wreath that I wrapped with eucalyptus, buxbaum and green moss. I was very pleased with the result and it smells SO GOOD.
My best Christmas-tip is to pick some spruce twigs from the outside and put them in vases here and there. It smells really wonderful and together with some scented candles, it smells exactly like Christmas.
Lots of love and Merry Christmas!
I absolutely L-O-V-E DIY projects. One of my favorite DIY:s are these bedside lamps we had in our last apartment, that also came with us when we moved. I get a lot of compliments and questions about how it’s made, and actually, it’s probably the easiest DIY ever. So here’s the long-awaited description of what you need, and how to do it.
Buy a console that you like
We love these wood-consoles in black from Ikea. I think they’re very stylish and goes with the rest of the bedroom. They are also very cheap, we used the big one. If you want something extra unique then you can look at some second-hand stores, sometimes you can find some really cool items!
Select a cord and light bulb
You can vary this forever. Choose the size, shape, and color of the bulb to match your bedroom. Both the textile cord and the light bulb I have chosen are from Lagerhaus.
Time to drill
Make two holes in the wall to attach the console at the height you want it. Keep in mind that the cord and the bulb will hang down a few centimeters.
Wrap the cord around the console
Twist the cord as you want it, and attach the bulb. Tada! Now you have a unique bedside lamp that gives a super-cozy light in the bedroom.
Besides my little hobby in interior and photography, my interest in food (and wine;) have grown a big deal in the last few years. My husband and I always plan ahead for what type of food and restaurants we need to try while on vacation, and one of our priorities as a couple is that we put off at least one night per month where the two of us go wining and dining:)
This time we decided that we would make this one a dinner for two at home, and picked out some delicious dishes from one of my favorite cookbooks.
A simple crayfish starter and chicken couscous for the main course 🙂
My husband did the cooking this time, and I made a quick and easy fall inspired table setting using warm colors and brass materials, and of course, lots of candles to get that cozy and romantic fall feeling.
Hope you take the time to enjoy a good meal and good conversations with someone you care about this fall 🙂
Have a lovely day.
The bedroom is where the day starts. It is important to create a calm atmosphere, that way it will make it easier to get a good night sleep and wake up calm. I made a calm bedroom by going with these colors.
The walls are mostly white but with one wall in dusty green.
White furniture and white fabrics on the bed with pillows in white and grey shades. All together to make a light and cozy atmosphere.
Details next. I use mostly black items just to make contrasts to the white walls and furniture. It can be things like lamps, frames, candle holders, figures, vases etc.
Plants are important too, they clear the air while you are gone. Isn’t that just awesome! And they look pretty too. WIN-WIN!
Clothing can be decorating to in a bedroom, like on a rail, where you can show your new or favorite clothing, or on a handle like me ( i don’t have room for a rail)
There are really no rules for bedroom decor, only that you feel comfortable and calm in the room. We spend a third of our lifetime in bed, so the bedroom needs to be a great room to be in. With no disturbing elements.
This time of year I`m always up for changes in our home.
Winter has just arrived and therefor I have more time to redecorating and painting.
Garden season is over and I have been thinking quite sometime now on what I want to do.
I`m thinking about adding colours, on the interior but also to paint walls.
Step by step I want to paint in the hallway, in the kitchen and of curse in my very white living room.
November makes me calm and peaceful and I therefore need a calm and delicate color.
I guess I`m looking for the perfect grey or beige.
These are, as you might know, a strong trend and many of you have certainly one in your home already.
Maybe you know the name?
What kind of colors do you have in your home? Are you satisfied with how it looks at the moment or are you up for a change, like me?
I need a warm tone now when we are heading forward winter and polar night.
Yes, November is almost here with the dark and all the snow. I`m lighting up with candles and candlesticks from “Menu” called POV are defiantly favorites.
Clean and easy to change the look with. Put them beside each other or on different walls. And light them up!
It`s funny how we can change so much with almost no budget at all. Painting may be expensive, but often on sale too.
Just follow the flyers that come with the mail, and then you’re on 😉
On this week`s to-do list I have to buy more candles (black ones), figure out colors, buy fresh flowers ( yeah, I have to. Everything beauty outside is frozen. If you have the possibility, then go out and get some for free! ) 😊
November comes with dark, cold and snow. I`m going to enjoy it anyway, or at least try! Think I need a lot of candles after all! 😉
Hi guys! Fall has arrived and we are expecting snow here up north anytime soon. Meanwhile, for those of you looking for decor inspiration, I have put together three different decor mood boards for you to get inspired. For more inspiration, you’ll find all these accounts on Instagram.
Jenni @kohteessa has a color palette that looks warm, cozy and inviting. Here are some key elements to create the look:
From up left: 1. SINNERLIG Pendant lamp, IKEA 2. Graphic M poster, Desenio 3. Birdcage, Clas Ohlson 4. Jute hanging planter, Plantagen 5. Candle holders, Royal Design 6. Lourdes curtains, Ellos.
Finish the look with extra cushions, warm blankets, and candles.
Satu @31_m2 has a home straight from a fairytale. Create this Scandiboho kitchen with these lovely accessories:
From up left: 1. String lights, Clas Ohlson 2. Poster with a map, Desenio 3. Papua bowl, Arvaliving.com 4. Moroccan mugs, Dari-design.com 5. Metal shelf HEJLSMINDE, Jysk 6. Vinyl mat rug, home4you.fi
Pauliina @vintageinteriorxx decorates her home with happy colors, carefully chosen vintage finds and plants. Get the atmosphere with these elements:
From up left: 1. Ceiling lamp, by Rydens 2. Mikado poster, Desenio 3. Dypsis lutescens, Plantagen 4. Ulrike pouf, Ellos 5. Agonda rug, Ellos.
I wish you a lovely and cozy November!