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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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SERIES OF FRAMED MIRRORS BY MUUTO

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When I went to the Milano Design Week hunting for great Scandinavian design last month one of my absolute favourite finds was the new Framed mirrors designed by Anderssen & Voll for Muuto. These beautiful tinted mirrors are now available in two sizes and three color versions, my favourite one is the rose copper version. Coloured mirrors are such a great way to add a decorative touch to any room, as you can see in the styled images.

”We wanted to create a mirror that was more than merely a reflective surface. FRAMED is a new perspective to the classic framed mirror; it is a decorative design piece that leads your thoughts to installation art. It adds not only the functionality of a mirror to your home, but with its depth, organic shape and tone-in-tone colour, it is almost perceived as an art object on the wall. The FRAMED mirror can hang beautifully on your walls alone or combined with other sizes and colours.” – Anderssen & Voll

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// Photo credit: Muuto

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LOOKING FOR A WALL LAMP

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In our new flat the ceiling in the living room is so slanted that we can’t have any lights hanging from it. Because of this the last couple of weeks I have been on the hunt for a wall lamp that might work well in the space, but it is proving to be quite difficult to find something suitable. It needs to give good light (obviously) and at the same time look good. On my search I have found quite a few, but not really “the one” yet.. Here are some options;

Initially I thought the CB0211 by House Doctor would be nice. Its very elegant but still minimalistic, and I think it could work well on a large wall. It comes in black and brass.

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Another one in quite a similar style is the Stretch Arm lamp by Bolia. It is very classic and beautiful, and it also comes in white which could blend in with the walls quite nicely.

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I also think the Tribeca Warren wall lamp by Menu is lovely. It is inspired by New York City glamour in the late 1930’s, a retro-chic piece of art!

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For something a bit more simple and anonomous the Frama’s E27 lamp in copper could be a good choice. It is an industrial and straight forward looking fitting with a textile cord, which can look very cool with a decorative bulb in.

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One that I discovered that was quite unique was the Secto 4231 by Secto Design. It is handmade of PEFC-certified formpressed birch in Finland, and the wood provides a soft luminosity for atmosphere and appeal. It has quite an interesting shape, and gives out light both up and down which is a big plus!

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Maybe something along the lines of the Edit wall lamp by Joanna Laajisto Creative Studio could be nice. It has a modern but still classic look, and has the ability to suit a variety of interior styles.

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This simple and trendy wall lamp comes from the Danish brand Bloomingville. It would be quite a safe option, either in copper of black.

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Have you seen any other lamps that might be good? Any help or advice would be much appreciated on my hunt for the perfect Scandinavian wall lamp.

// Photo credit: 1 Ingrid Opstad / 2 House Doctor / 3 Menu / 4 Bolia / 5 Frama / 6 Uzi Varon / 7 Joanna Laajisto / 8 Bloomingville

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EASTER FUN FROM TIGER

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Is it too early to get excited for Easter?.. The other day I went to Tiger, one of my favourite shops for affordable Scandi-style decorations, and got a couple of fun items to start the countdown!

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Chocolate eggs – because they are without doubt the best part of Easter. These pastel coloured ones are the perfect decoration to have in a bowl on the table (if you can resist to not eat them..)

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Polkadot egg-shaped candles! These will look so good next to the chocolates, and will fit perfectly in my Seletti Egg Holder in ceramics.

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These little stickers are to decorate eggs with, a fun idea for the breakfast table on Easter morning. I might put these stickers other places too.. They come in a pack of 2 sheets so you have plenty to spare.

Tiger doesn’t have an online store, but they are now located in 27 countries around the world and you can find a full list on their website.

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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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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Pantone Colour of the Year 2016 interior design

ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY AT HOME

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This week the Pantone Colour of the Year was announced and for the first time it was a combination of two different shades; Rose Quartz & Serenity.

“Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.” – Pantone

Here is a selection I put together showing you how to add touches of Rose Quartz & Serenity in your home;

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  1. MUUTO AMBIT LAMP
  2. FERM LIVING COPENHAGEN TEA TOWEL
  3. MUUTO THE DOTS WALL HOOKS
  4. HAY BITS & BOBS LIDDED BOWL
  5. HAY BALLOGRAF PENN
  6. MARGIT SELAND LITEN KANNE
  7. FERM LIVING WIRE BASKET
  8. WOUD COME HERE SIDETABLE
  9. H&M CANDLES
  10. FERM LIVING QUILT CUSHION
  11. MUUTO VISU LOUNGE CHAIR
  12. MICHELLE CARLSLUND ALPHABET NOTEBOOK
  13. NORMANN COPENHAGEN NOCTO CANDLESTICK


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