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10 CREATIVE WAYS TO REUSE PACKAGING

1 // Use a egg carton as storage. We all have little things that tend to get lost in drawers, but it can be hard to find the right solution to fit. I love this simple idea from IKEA; cut an egg tray to fit your drawer and you’ve got a great jewellery organiser for free.

2 // Use a cardboard box as a penholder on your desk. You probably have a lot of cool cardboard boxes in different sizes from different homeware or design items purchased. Instead of throwing these out they can be great to use in the home. On my desk I use the cardboard box that one of my Design Letter mugs came in, it is the perfect size for storing pens but also has the perfect look for any Scandinavian design & typography lover.

3 // Use shoeboxes as storage. I usually don’t even take with me the shoeboxes from the shop, but next time I buy a new pair I will make sure I do so I can make some DIY storage boxes. These ones by Mormorsglamour are so gorgeous, and the idea of adding little leather handles is such a great idea! Keep the boxes as they are if you like the design, or paint them.

4 // Use old jars as plant pots. Small succulents or cactuses are the perfect size for storing in jars. These from Yesterdays Sweetheart are so cute, and a great way to reuse any jars you might have such as these candle jars or jam jars.. Wouldn’t they be a cute little gift to give to someone instead of the traditional flower arrangement?

5 // Use a cool bottle as a candle holder. Don’t let glass bottles go to waste, and instead wash them and use as home decor. The Hendrick’s gin bottles have a great look, so if you are a gin lover be sure to keep your next empty bottle (or any other liquor or soda bottle for that matter). This image is by Daniel Leon Stern via Instagram.

6 // Use a paper bag as a planter. Nowadays a lot of shops will have their own designed paper bags, and its a shame to just throw these out when you get home from a shopping trip. I love the idea of using these in your home to store anything you like in, but especially as a planter as seen on Sanctuary. This paper bag is from the Merci shop in Paris, known for cool packaging. I visited the shop last year and still have my bag (the smaller version), so now the hunt for the perfect plant to keep in it starts!

7 // Use cans as kitchen containers. Just remove the labels, give them a good clean and they are ready to use in your kitchen. If you want to customise them with paint, but I like the simplistic look created by Weekdaycarnival.

8 // Use old calendars, magazines or newspapers as wrapping paper. Keep a stack of old paper items you don’t use anymore for wrapping birthday, Christmas or any other gifts, this is from Deko magazine. The monochrome look is great, but the possibilities are endless and it is easy to customise.

9 // Use a perfume bottle as a vase. Next time you have an empty perfume bottle, don’t throw it out but keep it to put a nice branch or flower in. This would be a lovely nightstand decor idea or on a vanity. This one was found via Tumblr.

10 // Use wine corks as candles. What? This seems a bit weird.. But according to A Subtle Revelry you can create super easy candles, all you have to do is soak them in a capped mason jar filled with aceatone alcohol for a week. Then afterwards, put them in little candle holders and light them up!

Do you have any other creative ideas on how to reuse packaging? I would love to hear them!

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FRIDAY INSPIRATION: PRETTY DIY LEATHER STRAP INTERIOR IDEAS

Finally Friday and almost weekend! Today for my Friday inspiration post I wanted to share some DIY finds with you. I’ve been seeing so many great ones using leather straps lately, so I have compiled my favourite ones below. Leather straps are so versatile, I absolutely love the idea of using them as magazine holders or handles on a cupboard.. Would love to hear if you have used them for anything else creative! Now, lets get ready to start the weekend! Maybe time do to a little DIY project?

You can find links to them all on my Pinterest page or click on the sources below the image collage.

// 1: planter / 2: tray / 3: magazine holder / 4: handle / 5: potholder / 6: shelf

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FRIDAY INSPIRATION: SIMPLE DIY GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS

I can’t belive how quick December has gone by, suddenly Christmas is approaching! I have already been home in Norway for a few days and looking forward to spend the holiday with friends and family, you can see more of what I get unto on Instagram.

Here in Scandinavia we celebrate Christmas with the family on the 24th, so tonight is the eve before the big day! For anyone needing some inspiration for their gift-wrapping, here’s a collage of simplistic and beautiful DIY ideas. You can find links to them all on my Pinterest page.

Hope you all have a lovely holiday full of hygge!

// Photo credit; found via Pinterest

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10 SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS DECORATION IDEAS FOR YOUR HOME

It’s finally December, and for me the time when I start decorating my home for the holidays. I see more and more people getting festive already in November, but for me it makes it even more special to wait until the start of advent when the countdown begins.

Here is a little guide of ways to decorate your home with a Scandinavian touch, focusing on being cozy but keeping it minimal and natural!

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1 // Create a Scandi-Chic Christmas tree with a minimal look like this one by The Merry Thought. I love the idea of using a basket to put the tree in, in-fact I’m on the look out at the moment for something similar for my tree! Make it extra cozy by also adding a faux fur rug in the basket or on the floor under.

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2 // At Christmas time pretty much all Scandinavian homes will have an advent calendar up, why not create your own DIY version like this pretty one on the Mode website.

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3 // Introduce fresh greenery in your home like pine tree clippings. This DIY candle holder by Vienna Wedekind is so simple yet stunning, and would make for a perfect centre piece on a Christmas.

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4 // For us Scandinavians its not Christmas unless there is gingerbread cookies, we love the smell and taste of them and even decorate with them around the holidays. Hang them up in the window, on the Christmas tree, have them in a jar or make a gingerbread-house.. This one by Made In Persbo is made to look like a typical nordic outdoor toilet, so funny!

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5 // Choose a natural colour palette for your home and add little touches of a colour you prefer. For me this year I am adding copper elements to not stick to the traditional colours too much and make my decorations a bit more modern. Remember to keep things simple, less is always more. Just look at how gorgeous this tree by Homey Oh My is with only white and copper decor. I also love her idea of keeping the old pages of her Stendig calendar and re-using them as wrapping paper!

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6 // It’s great to use what you already have, and if you have a big selection of gingerbread cake cutters in different shapes then this hanging wreath made by An-Margit is the perfect way to display them.

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7 // The cups from Design Letters is a statement piece and can be spotted in most Scandinavian homes. Why not have them spelling something festive like here seen on Ma Maison Blanche?

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8 // A table set with some though behind it creates a lovely environment for delicious festive dinners. This simplistic and natural setting from Bo Bedre gives a nordic vibe and a hint to the holidays without going over the top.

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9 // Add some natural wooden elements to your tree, like this lovely homemade garland by Pinjacolada for The House That Lars Built. It could also be hung on the wall or be lying on the table.

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10 // Your shelf can be the perfect place to display subtle festive elements, like this white String shelf found via Nordic Days.

What do you think of the Scandinavian Christmas decor trend, will you be trying it out this year?

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DIY // HOW I CUSTOMIZED MY IKEA KALLAX SHELVING UNIT WITH DOORS & KNOBS

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I’m all for affordable and fun solutions when it comes to my home, and that’s why I love a bit of DIY. We’ve had this white KALLAX shelving unit from IKEA for a while now, but I wanted to do something to it to add a bit more character.

Here is what you need;

💛 A WHITE KALLAX SHELF
💛 1 BIRCH COLOURED KALLAX INSERT WITH 2 DRAWERS
💛 1 BIRCH COLOURED KALLAX INSERT WITH DOOR
💛 3 DIFFERENT KNOBS OF YOUR CHOICE

The process is pretty simple, as these doors and drawers were made to fit the KALLAX units perfectly. All you have to do is drill them into place inside the shelf, and add your own handles for a more bespoke look. I Like the contrast between the white shelf itself and the birch doors, the doors do also come in white but I’m trying to add a bit more light wood elements into our flat to break off from all the white.

The three door knobs I used were all from Maisons Du Monde, but to find the best fit for your home I suggest browsing websites like Etsy & Not On The High Street as well as going to vintage markeds to find unique ones. I am really happy with how it turned out. All three handles have a touch of copper in them to fit in with the current theme in the room, and its good to know that these are quite easy to change if I want to.

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This shelf is mainly our music station, so I am keeping vinyl records in it which the shelf size is perfect for. On top I have our loving Crosley player – it has a great vintage look and can be closed off as a suitcase when not in use. I have also added a TJENA cardboard box from IKEA with a fun pattern on to keep other random items in such as headphones etc. Next up I might add some legs on it, so stay tuned for updates!

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// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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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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