Thursday, March 26, 2015

Introducing : Cloak

 

Lately I have been looking for the perfect rug for my living room and I couldn't be happier to have discovered Cloak.

Cloak  is a new rug company that offers a selection of beautiful custom made rugs and is dedicated to architects and interior designers. Other than their impeccable design, their beautiful weaving is of the highest standards therefore it's no wonder their clientele already includes distinguished names such as Calvin Klein, Frank Gehry, The Guggenheim Museum, Louis Vuitton, Larry Gagosian, Norman Foster ,Vitra and Apple.  



What is also very impressive is their quality and raw materials integrity. Many of the rugs are made with undyed wool or colored with eco friendly vegetable dyes which makes them not only environmental friendly but also imbues them with outstanding longevity and color accuracy.






Based in Switzerland with offices in New York they also offer free shipping to most countries and you can check here to see if your country is eligible.

I have fallen in love with the designs and the materials, they fit my home perfectly and at this point is really hard to choose which one I would like the most for my own space. 

Which one is your favorite?


// Sponsored post. All opinions are my own.


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Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring is Coming

 


Spring is coming and with it an urge to shake things up and bring a different vibe to my blog.
I have refrained from posting photos from other sources other than the ones I take myself but there are so many other bloggers and houses I admire and draw inspiration from, I find it a shame to only catalog them on my Pinterest. So from now on you will be seeing some more posts with inspiring spaces here, some of my favorite products and wishlists! I will also be revisiting my favorite instagram accounts, I know you are all always on the lookout for new people to follow!
I will not be dropping the number of the posts I make about my own house or anything that involves my own photography so don't worry, I will only be adding to my blog, I will not be taking anything away from it or the things you already love about this space :) 

A little tip!I just posted this on my Instagram but if you want to follow me on Snapchat for an unedited part of my life, feel free to add me! Username is katerina.dima ! 






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Friday, March 20, 2015

Beautiful Small Scandinavian Student Apartment

When I was a student I would have loved to live in an apartment like the one I am sharing today. As a student most of the times you have to eat sleep and live in the same one room space and this apartment is a perfect representation of how you can achieve that. This is also great for when you move alone in a city for the first time. The styling is impeccable and I can't help but think I am a kindred soul with the stylist since this so close to how I would have styled it.












My thanks to Anu from  Decor Dots for sharing this.
 via : Stadshem, styled by Charlotte Ryding



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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Easter Inspiration




I am looking forward to easter this year and decorating with simple or cotton brunches, white eggs and feathers. Isn't this the best way to celebrate the awakening of spring again?


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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Shelfie



This is how we Shelfie in our house.
I love our new kitchen shelves from IKEA. Minimalistic, stylish and as an added bonus they are affordable and really easy to install. They fit our kitchen perfectly and they are ideal for holding all the things that had to be in the cupboards when I wanted them in plain sight and at hand. 

I get so many questions about why I didn't go for the Vipp ones instead. They indeed look very similar but there were two reasons I chose not to buy from Vipp. While they are much more expensive ( the Ikea ones cost a mere 28euro each and the Vipp cost 260euro each) and that was the first reason, the second reason was the decisive one. I simply liked the Ikea ones more for my space. The Vipp look great however they are much more industrial looking than the Ikea ones that look almost delicate compared to them. Also the Vipp white version comes with a black rubber overlay on the bottom that I preferred not having. Its purpose is to hold anything you put on top of it more firmly at place but I didn't like how that would look in my kitchen. If my kitchen was decorated differently I might have chosen the Vipp ones so if I have any advice is, always chose by what fits for you best rather than what you have seen in other spaces. 

How do you like my Ikea shelves? I love them them so much indeed that I am considering buying more for more rooms in the house!





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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Hot chocolate and wooden scoops

 


Hot chocolate with whipped cream is perfect for Sunday mornings. 
I woke up quite early today to work out and study and by now I have already finished almost everything I had on my list for this morning. Feels great to have the whole day in front of you and it is turning out to be an amazing sunny one as well! 

Before I go,I wanted to share a little tip for coffee tea and chocolate lovers. The little wooden scoops (as seen above) cost next to nothing at Søstrene Grene and they come in various sizes.They are perfect for scooping out sugar, tea, coffee or even sea salt. I only got one to try it out and I will definitely be getting more next time I am at the store! I love wooden details in the kitchen as well, so filling out glass containers with these scoops will look great.







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Friday, March 13, 2015

Gloomy days



I love gloomy days. Especially when I can cozy up inside the house while the rain falls out my windows is a great feeling. Some candles , few twigs that are just blooming and a warn chocolate are perfect companions. Winter is far from over here in Norway and I do hope in a few days we might even see snow again right on our doorstep. Of course skiing is only a few minutes away by car so snow is never too far away, but there is something when you wake up and everything is white outside. Since I spend so many months in Greece this year and barely made Christmas holidays I must have missed most of winter and I have way too many mittens and beanies yet to be worn in my drawers :) Hopefully easter in a few days will be snowy enough so we can enjoy it while at the cabin. Which reminds me, I always post images on my blog or instagram that are edited but I love a new little app called Snapchat. If you have it feel free to add me for a look at my everyday unedited life ( I can assure you it is pretty boring ). My username is katerina.dima :)






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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

March Favorites





I think it is obvious I am gravitating towards kitchen accessories this month. I would love marble counter-tops if I could have them but being realistic I think I will make due with marble details for the time being. While the terrarium is not exactly a kitchen standard, I love it so much I have already ordered one from Room21.no for the kitchen!


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Pre Renovation kitchen post



Before I share photos of the semi renovation I did for the kitchen I thought I 'd share some pre renovation photos of stations I was creating all around the house for things that didn't quite fit in the actual kitchen. Preparing breakfast was always such a chore! Having simple coffee machines really helped out with making coffee and tea everyday. There was no fuss and they require minimal cleaning so they were perfect for us! I am going to miss the light the room above had for photos however, perfect grey lightning and shadows.
I am off preparing breakfast in our actual kitchen now, I cannot wait to share photos with you!





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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Ready for a busy new week!



I have spent the last few days renovating the kitchen and cleaning up the whole house so everything would be in place and organized. Next week I am starting my Norwegian course and I don't know how many hours it will require of my day along with studying so I had to have my space as calm and clean as possible. As for the kitchen it already looks so much better than before! We decided to paint it white and it has made such a difference. Now I am inching to take it a step further and take down the wall and completely redo the whole room but it will be something that has to wait at least until summer. For now I am really happy with the result and I can't wait to share it with you.

While on my cleaning and organizing frenzy I added some final touches to my home office as well. I am really happy of how my office space looks right now. It is simple yet it has a calming quality I really like which makes me want to spend more time there and work on my projects. Latest additions are posters, trash basket and paper bags to hold everything in place and out of sight. Nothing is new, I just had them in other places of the house or hidden away in storage until I decided on how I wanted to use them. While at IKEA I stocked up on frames for my posters and I couldn't be more pleased with the result. Does't the Bat Cat look great in her black steel frame?

Off to make myself a cup of coffee and get back to designing!

Have a great weekend everyone!







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Thursday, March 5, 2015

New in : Sudio Klang Earphones



Lately I have been looking for the perfect on ear or over the ear headphones. Perfect for me would be something that is stylish and looks amazing while it also feels great on my ears, it is easy to carry and lightweight with top notch sound. Not too much to ask right? The iPhone in ear earphones really hurt after wearing them for more than an hour or two so I thought getting over the ear headphones would be the best solution for me. It is therefore funny how chance had it that I was offered a pair of Klang earphones from Sudio as a gift for me to try out. Although I had given up on in ear ones I decided to try them since I loved their design. White and gold with the ability to control your iPhone?I thought, at least they look great and at end how worse can they be from the native iPhone ones I am already using?

I was lucky they arrived by mail just an hour before my trip to Bergen this weekend so naturally I took them with me to try them out. I was instantly impressed by the little white carrying leather pouch they came with and the golden toned accessories. When things are new I love protecting them as much as possible and when it comes to wires I do prefer having them tucked in before I put them in my bag. While all this was expected ( I had seen plenty of photos on their Instagram page) what came as a surprise to me was how beautiful they sound and what sealed the deal for me how comfortable they felt in my ears. Bonus points for them being almost completely soundproofing as well, a fact I had to check with my boyfriend excitedly after a few minutes I was wearing them. While in a room with the TV playing comedy show full with people laughing I could only hear my music. It felt surreal especially since I was wearing simple in ear earphones. 

I couldn't love the Klang earphones more so I am even happier Sudio created a code for all my readers to use and get 15% off their price. Just use onlydecolove15 and apply on exit. They also offer free worldwide shipping!







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Monday, March 2, 2015

Weekend news



I just realized it has been a week since my last post, time just flew by! Everyday I was so busy, I have not even had time to answer to my last posts comments. I do apologize I will get on it first thing tomorrow :)
On my news, we have been in Bergen for the weekend since Friday and it was a blast! Lots of shopping and quality time with my boyfriends family, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would love to repeat this every single weekend! 
Shopping included several interior stores and much needed supplies for a small kitchen renovation I am planning. Of course I couldn't resist visiting Illums Bolighus in Bergen. If I could shop the entire store I probably would but this time I only got a candle from Skandinavisk and a pink Muuto Silent vase in small. How can anyone say no to such great smell, and a vase is really always needed, especially with spring coming!
Today we have been painting all day the walls of the kitchen and I can't wait to show you the results! I took some before photos with my phone and I think the result will be really great, especially since it will be in a tight budget with only paint and some IKEA furniture and shelves. We have painted everything white as of now and I am typing this as we are waiting for the last coat of paint to dry so we can move in all the kitchen things. 

I will try to take photos of the finished kitchen as soon as possible for a before and after post, so stay tuned!

Hope you had a great weekend everyone!


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