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HOW I DECORATED MY SMALL NORDIC FLAT ABROAD FOR CHRISTMAS

It’s the last day of 2016 and a great day to share a couple of images of my Christmas decorations before it all gets taken down.. Anyone else sad that the festive season is almost over?

I have a confession to make, I am 31 and this year was the first time I had my own Christmas tree! Living abroad I always travel back to my family for Christmas, and because of that I never saw the point in decorating too much before leaving. But this year I decided it was about time to start a collection of decorations of my own. Growing up in Norway we always had a real tree, it was a lovely tradition I always looked forward to. Now when I am living in Italy there are less real tree’s available so people tend to go for plastic version’s. I was a bit sceptic, but decided to give it a go. We purchased our tree from IKEA, and I am very pleased with the result of my FEJKA tree. Not only does it look good, but it was also easy to put up and to store away again after as it comes with a bag. I also purchased the BULLIG bamboo box to put the tree inside, and added a lovely faux fur rug in it. The tree decorations was kept quite minimal and simple, with a colour scheme of copper, white and black which reflects the rest of the flat.

The light I originally bought to have on the tree thinking we would only get a tiny one, but since we ended up with a full size tree it would not fit. Instead I had it hanging on the wall which was very lovely. I might keep it up for a while as it’s not too Christmassy.. I also added tons of scented candles around the home like this one in ‘hot mulled cider’ to create that cozy winter feeling.

To keep with the theme I also got a couple of new pillow cases and a blanket. The pillows I already own have quite the summer vibe, so now I can change according to the season. I got one in white faux fur and a slight pink with copper details as well as this pretty blanket – the perfect spot for some hygge!

Last but not least I also created this super easy and cute DIY snow globe, all you need are some small trees, a jar of some sort and snow (I used rock salt).

That was it for this year, focusing on keeping it very minimal but cozy. Hope you all had a lovely Christmas time and let the countdown to 2017 begin!

// Photo credit; Ingrid Opstad

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IKEA CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF THE ICONIC ‘POÄNG’ ARMCHAIR

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IKEA is celebrating the 40th birthday of the iconic POÄNG chair with the launch of six new limited edition cushion covers as well as one new armchair frame. It was designed in 1976 by Japanese designer Noboru Nakamura with IKEA’s design principles in mind; sustainability, affordability, form, function and quality. Would you believe that this chair has remained almost the same for all these forty years? In fact, the POÄNG armchair with it’s clean Scandinavian frame is one of the top-selling products at IKEA, with approximately 1.5 million sold globally each year.

“POÄNG is one of our most popular products, and our customers see it as a failsafe home essential. Its affordability makes it accessible to all, and the classic yet stylish design means that it fits into any décor scheme. POÄNG is a trusty favourite which can easily be personalised through the years with new cushion covers and materials to suit changing styles, all with the same comfort! When you buy POÄNG armchair you choose everything yourself, except the comfort – which is always included!” – Luis Lopez

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Here are a couple of facts about this iconic chair;

✖ The chair was originally called POEM, but was renamed POÄNG in 1992 to correspond with a series of changes and improvements made to it.

✖ Today’s price of the POÄNG chairs is approximately 21% lower than the price forty years ago.

✖ You might have seen a test machine in your local IKEA store, well they have had them since 1978! It shows the durable form of the POÄNG chair, and pressure-tests the chair 20 times per minute at 1000 newton for a standard 50,000 times. That’s like a 220lb person sitting in the chair 20 times per minute.

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Do you have this classic yet modern armchair in your home?

// Photo credit: IKEA

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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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IKEA FRAKTA BAG REDESIGNED BY HAY

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Did you hear the latest news in the IKEA world? It was revealed during the Swedish company’s annual Democratic Design Day yesterday that their classic blue & yellow FRAKTA carrier bag has been redesigned by Danish design company HAY and will soon be available in this more subtle and chic style. The new bag is made of durable white and forest green woven fabric with forest green straps.

The redesign of the carrier bag is a part of a larger collaboration between IKEA & HAY that will be released in 2017. This minimalistic collection also includes a green chair, a bench, a wooden table and a desk lamp.

“In the same way as I feel with HAY, I feel that the accessories can be like the glue in this collection” – Mette Hay

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// Photo credit: IKEA & HAY

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DIY // STORAGE WITH HANGING LIGHT BULB

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I have been wanting to start a little DIY series here on the blog for a while now where I share some easy & affordable ways of making things for your home. I am by all means no DIY expert so it will be a case of learning while doing, and maybe we can help each other along the way if you also want to join in.

First up I got inspired by an image I saw in the IKEA catalogue which showed a custom storage solution. It is an easy & cool way to make storage that can adapt to any space, and also something you can change depending on your mood. So this Sunday I went to IKEA where I purchased a couple of items to create my own version;

💛 3 x KNAGGLIG BOX 46x31x25
💛 1 NITTIO LED BULB E27
💛 1 SECOND CORD SET

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The first thing I started with was to actually build the boxes, as they come in flat-pack true IKEA style. This wasn’t a difficult task but it did take a while to get all the screws in. The boxes are in solid wood, a durable natural material which is even more hardwearing and easy to look after if you oil or wax the surface. I have not treated them in any way yet as I like the rough style, but might do or even paint some in white or a colour later. They are are very sturdy when build, and easy to stack.

As I got 3 boxes I stacked them up together with one flat, one up right and the other as the main feature on the top. My idea was that the one on the top would be the one with the hanging light in it, and it fitted perfectly to hang the cord from and tie around the handle of the box.

FYI; the cord does not come with a plug attached to the end, so be sure that you know someone that can attach this for you unless you know it yourself. I was lucky to get help from my boyfriend who is quite handy.

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The light bulb itself has a copper detail on the handle which I really like, it goes very well together with the light wood texture and the black & white pattern on the cord. Inside and on the storage I have put different items such as books, Kähler vases & a deer head.

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Here is an image when the lightbulb is on so you can see. It gives quite a warm and yellow light which is nice in a white modern living-room, bedroom or hallway. But I even like it when it is not on during the day as you can still see the details inside the bulb.

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This was quite an easy little project to get into the DIY spirit. My plan is to get more of the boxes, also in the smaller size, and build on this idea. I really like the way the MUUTO Stacked shelf works with the little clips holding all the boxes together, so this is something that might even work in this case.

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So stay tuned for updates on this!

// Photo credit: 1 IKEA / 2, 3, 4 & 5 Ingrid Opstad / 6 & 7 Muuto

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