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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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NORDIC PLACES I WANT TO VISIT // HEJ COFFEE HOUSE IN BERMONDSEY, LONDON

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HEJ (meaning hi in Swedish) is a Scandi cool cafe / flower shop established in Bermondsey. With cozy Nordic interior and a wooden moose head mounted on the wall it gives the perfect hygge vibe, a little taste of Sweden in one of the most trendy streets of London. Here you can get coffee (of course), a selection of home-made pastries, open-faced sandwiches and Viking Balls – traditional Swedish meatballs in organic bread.

You can also find a shop section where they sell their own coffee blends, now also available from their online shop from wherever you are in the world after popular demand! Since they believe everyone should have access to great coffee, they also offer lessons at their coffee school for anyone interested, and even gives out free coffee if you pop in. This place sounds like coffee heaven to me.. If I was still living in London (and I actually lived in Bermondsey for a while) this would most likely be where you would find me most days!

“With a complex blend of hard work, an inquisitive nature and a dash of rebellion, we ensure our coffee delivers stacks of flavour and a generous heap of positivity in each cup” – HEJ

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// Photo credit: HEJ Coffee Co

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STROPP HANGING PEG // BY LASSEN

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Danish By Lassen created the multi-purpose Stropp as a twist on the traditional peg, it combines good Scandinavian style with simplicity, quality and materials that age with grace. Get the pegs with either black, brown or natural leather straps and brass, copper, black or stainless steel knobs.

Stropp can for instance be used for tea towels in your kitchen, for the outdoor clothes, bags & accessories in your hallway, to store magazines & newspapers, as handles on a cupboard, as a wine rack.. The possibilities are endless and these hanging pegs really adds character and a stylish expression to your interior. What would you use them for?

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// Photo credit: By Lassen

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10 WAYS TO CREATE A COZY BEDROOM

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1 // Add a lovely chunky knitted blanket for the ultimate hygge look like this one found on Decordots. A tray with coffee and a sweet treat will make it the perfect lazy morning spot!

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2 // Put a textured rug on the floor to soften up the room. This one seen on Avenue adds a lovely and personal touch. A cluster of framed artworks or photographs is also a cozy addition, especially if it includes things that makes you feel happy.

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3 // If you have a smaller and low bed, a large duvet touching the floor can give quite a cozy feeling. This image is from Urban Outfitters where the duvet cover is from.

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4 // Adding some stacks of books on the floor can add a cozy effect to your space, photo via Planete Deco. Keeping the bed a bit half-made will also add some cozyness.

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5 // Cute pillows like these “Big Spoon” & “Little Spoon” ones from Old English Company creates a nice atmosphere and encourages snuggling.

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6 // Green plants and personal touches like these hats on the wall are a lovely way to bring hygge to the bedroom area. Great idea to add the large hanging planter in a corner to utilise the space, like New Darlings has done here.

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7 // Mixing textures, fabrics and colours in the bedroom will help make the room ooze comfort, warmth and relaxation. A blanket casually draped on the end of the bed gives a nice and lovely feeling. This dreamy bedroom is from Norske Interiør Blogger.

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8 // Adding a large light fixture above the bed, like this one from IKEA, creates a lovely cozy scene. If you are lucky enough to have a wooden slanted ceiling like this one found via Vtwonen it makes it even more snug.

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9 // Accents of wood and nature is so welcoming and homely. I love the idea of putting up a wooden branch like this one found on the West Elm blog to hang items such as hats, scarfs or bags on. Keeping a couple of your favourite items on your nightstand like a book, a mug for hot drinks, flowers or plants and some decorative touches really helps to make it super cozy.

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10 // And last but not least, candles! Having a lovely scented candle on the nightstand, a shelf or on the window sill will give any room a cozy and warm tone. Or why not put them on a rustic bench at the end of the bed like in this image from Blog Milk? Just make sure you stay safe and blow them out before going off to dreamland… Zzz..

What do you do to make your bedroom cozy?

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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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MY FAVOURITES FROM FERM LIVING AUTUMN WINTER COLLECTION “SUBTLE DWELLING”

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Danish ferm LIVING just revealed their new furniture, homeware and accessories collection at this month’s Northmodern event in Copenhagen. This new Autumn / Winter collection is called SUBTLE DWELLING and consists of beautiful, functional and well-designed lifestyle pieces.

“Channelling an artisan approach, the collection focuses on simple shapes brought to life with textural surfaces, contrasting finishes and a colour palette that juxtaposes vibrant and contrasting hues with layers of tonal shades and monochrome colourways. Subtle designs evoking a quiet moment for rest and contemplation, dwelling into a personal space of shape, colour and texture.” – ferm LIVING

Here are my favourite pieces from the collection, but you can view the catalogue here.

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First of all, I love the whole innovative and interchangeable lighting system COLLECT LIGHTING. The idea is great, the range allows you to create your own beautiful lighting solutions by mixing and matching the pieces together.

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My favourite furniture has to be the grey HERMAN LOUNGE CHAIR, a beautiful lounge chair crafted from oak veneer set on a powder coated metal base. With its low design features, a oval base and a backrest that wraps around the body it is created to give maximum sitting comfort. Plus it looks very stylish!

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Another great new addition to their furniture range is the MINGLE TABLE TOP, above in light grey with the MINGLE TRESTLEST in the colour ochre. The table is elegant and contemporary, and you can combine any top with the corresponding trestles in either one of the six carefully chosen colours to create a dining table or desk for your home.

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The PUNCTUAL SHELVING SYSTEM here in grey is also another great addition, especially this 2X6 low version. The metal elements comes in different heights and a lovely selection of soft colour hues.

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The collection is also full of great homeware items, like these stunning ASYMMETRIC CUTTING BOARDS. They are cut from solid oak, then smoked to get a dark finish. They are perfect to use as presentation platters and have a handy hole if you want to hang them up in your kitchen. Available in three different sizes and shapes to use on their own or together.

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I’m always on the hunt for tins to store cakes and biscuits, and the new CONFETTI TIN BOXES are so adorable. The set consists of three boxes in different sizes and colours all decorated with ferm LIVING’s 10th anniversary confetti print with gold details in a matte finish. Simply gorgeous.

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The selection of CAST IRON CANDLE HOLDERS with minimalistic design and lovely textures are so beautiful alone or styled with other items from the collection. The holder is weighty, holds a single candle and comes in a selection of colours and sizes. I particularly am fond of the spotted version on the far left.

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How great are these graphic BRUSH TEA TOWELS? They come in a set of three and are printed with hand drawn designs of wavy and straight lines with swirling brushstrokes. A functional way to add some colour and fun to your kitchen space.

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And last but not least, I adore the new range of SCENTED CANDLES in ceramic pot with a reactive glazed finish. Fill your room with the warming fragrance of fig and choose from a selection of colours, my favourite being the running blue version.

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