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DIY // WALL LAMP WITH HANGING LIGHTBULB

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So, it’s been a while since my last DIY post and I thought it was about time to share another one. This time I will try to do it more regularly, so fingers crossed you like it.

Ever since we moved into our new flat I have been searching for a wall lamp for the bedroom. It was so hard to find something I liked, so eventually I decided to create my own lamp so that I could get something unique that would fit into my home. Here is what you need;

💛 1 EKBY VALTER SHELF BRACKET
💛 1 SECOND CORD SET
💛 1 E27 LIGHTBULB – any shape or size you prefer

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The first thing you have to do is to use a drill and make a hole in the top front of the shelf braket, this has to be big enough so that your cord can go though as this will be where the lightbulb hangs from. When this is done, decide where on the wall you would like to hang the lamp and do so. There was a outlet on our wall so I had to use this, but if you don’t have this then make sure you place it near a power socket. If the socket is just below the lamp on the floor then let it hang down and make sure it is long enough to reach before you proceed.

When you have hung up the shelf braket in the position you prefer take the cord and tread it through the hole and around the top of the bracket itself a couple of times. Then attach it to the socket or in my case the outlet on the wall (and if you are doing this make sure you turn off the power..) Lastly place your chosen lightbulb into the socket and voila!

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This is quite a easy DIY, you can of course customise even more by using a different kind of bracket, a wooden structure or even branches.

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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SCANDINAVIAN HOME WITH A LOT OF PLANTS

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As I am slowly getting everything the way I like it in my own flat I have recently had the urge to add a lot of green plants, so when I saw this cute little Swedish home on Alvhem I instantly loved their use of plants. It does add that little extra personal touch, and having the plants hanging on the wall, the String shelves and the window in the kitchen is such a great idea. Now I feel like going out to purchase more plants…anyone else?

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// Photo credit: Alvhem

CREATING A GALLERY WALL

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My art wall is slowly coming together.. I am always on the hunt for great independent artists like these ones below to support so do let me know if there are any I should check out!

Print #1: MOUNTAIN ABC by Coco Lapine
A mountain for every letter of the alphabet, shaped out of different paint strokes on paper.

Print #2: NORGESGLASS by Emmeselle
A nostalgic Norwegian glass container based on a hand-drawn illustration done by Mona Stenseth Erlandsen.

Print #3: OH LETS GET OLD FASHIONED by OhCorrin
Inspire by the band Frightened Rabbit, hand drawn then digitally printed.

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I will share more photos when I feel finished with this wall, it is quite a big space so I am planning to create a nice gallery wall but these things takes time.. I don’t want to add too many pieces either so there is a lot of planning and though behind it. For now, here are a couple of examples of inspirational images I found online;

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// Photo credit: 1 & 2 Ingrid Opstad / 3 Alen Cordic via Bjurfors / 4 Coco Lapine / 5 Jonas Berg via Stadshem / 6 Petra Bindel via Elle Decoration / 7 Fantastic Frank

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CREATIVE WALL HANGING IN SWEDISH HOME

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As I am currently in the process of planning the walls in my home I am always looking for creative solutions other than just framed photos. As soon as I saw this beautiful and simplistic Swedish home on Stadshem I was very drawn to it. I love the choice to only have a few framed images and the lovely mirror in the living room along with the idea of hanging books and magazines up, how creative! In the kitchen the owner has hung up a few items such as the colander, an apron and the lovely planter which gives a very personal vibe.

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// Photo credit: Jonas Berg

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SCANDINAVIAN PINK DREAM INTERIOR

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I don’t know about you guys but I am totally in love with these soft pink walls.. It works very nicely with the minimalistic and clean expression, and makes this sweet little flat something out of the ordinary.

Click through to see the rest of the flat or browse the many great ones on display on Fantastic Frank – a great source for inspiration!

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// Photo credit: Fantastic Frank

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MORE SNAPS FROM MY NEW NORDIC FLAT

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It’s been a month since my first little home update so I though it was time to share a bit more. There is still a lot to do, but we are slowly getting there! I always find its better to live somewhere for a while to see what you actually need and get the feel of the space before you do everything.

I am all for affordable solutions, and knew that I didn’t want to spend too much on the dining table. Because of this we decided to get the basic IKEA table Ingo made of solid pine. It comes untreated, so we decided to do it ourself as I wanted a whiter finish. The process was easy but a bit time consuming as we ended up doing three layers of paint and sanding in between. I was so pleased with the end result, it is still not a solid colour so you can see the wood play through which gives a really nice effect. We also added a top coat to so that it is smooth and easy to keep clean.

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Another affordable and great purchase we did from IKEA was the white Sprutt cabinet. It is made of thin steel and comes with label holders on each drawer to easy organise everything. At the moment I have yellow blank labels in it, but I am thinking about something creative to do with them..

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This is our little music corner where the Crosley record player is the centre of attention. Over the shelf we have the small Mosslanda white picture ledge which gives the perfect space for displaying vinyl records as well as art or any small decorative objects. I love it because it gives me the freedom to change what I have on it quite frequently.

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You might have noticed already that I love yellow, and this duvet cover gives the perfect splash of colour to the bedroom. We still have a lot to do in that room as we have been focusing mainly on the living room, so I’ll share more photos when it is ready.

Now I’m going to snuggle up on the couch reading the new Cereal magazine while listening to the rain outside..

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// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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