Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Something Furry Something New



My mail arrived today and I had to make this small post to finally introduce you to one of my very well kept secrets. 
My key-chain obsession. Not as much as a problem as I just like to change them quite often. People that know me well know that a key-chain will go a long way with me. It should come as no surprise then that when I won a giveaway from Fur Bazaar for a furry key-chain I was practically over the moon.  Doesn't it look oh so stylish? Maybe it's just me and my little obsession. This week I will be trying to find a shop to copy my new keys in golden hue to match my new purse toy!
And incidentally, it doesn't look too bad as an interior prop either ;)

Have a great day! 



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My Coffee Station and latest additions



I have been planning to redecorate my  kitchen for a while now and I am still thinking of how to do it so it will be as low cost as possible since I don't know how long we are going to live in this house for.Another year for sure, but any longer is really up in the air. For now I am content in making functional corners that I like hovering around and looking at. The coffee corner is one of them and we use it quite a lot of times daily. The latest addition to it is a small container for small marshmallows (it is winter after all) and Design Letters made from wood, that form the word "Coffee" in Norwegian (and incidentally in Greek as well!) I chose all black letters with a grey A for emphasis and it really makes our coffee spot feel even more cozy and stylish! 

The mug and milk jug are from TinekHome for curious readers :) 

What would you write on the wall with these letters ? I would love to hear some of your ideas!







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Monday, January 26, 2015

Portable Home Office




When I was at school I always used to study on my bed. Even at Uni, although when it came to designing I had to use my desktop so I had to get off my beloved cozy corner.
Today, even though I love how my home office looks like (and how comfortable it is), I will still grab every opportunity to relocate to my couch in the living room ( or sit on the floor on my sheepskins ) or the bedroom. My laptop is quite old and really slow so I have been using my ipad mini as a substitute to great effect. My ipad has everything and it is so mobile, I can honestly say I can not live without it. My only "problem" with it was that when I needed to type something lengthy, the native on screen keyboard would make it a tad difficult. I usually postponed this until I absolutely had to move from my cozy spot. 

Therefore it comes as no surprise that I had been eyeing external keyboards for my ipad for a while now and it comes as less of a surprise that Logitech had the perfect solution.
The Ultra Thin Keyboard for ipad mini and the Keys to go (for any ipad) are both great for me for different reasons.






The Ultra Thin Keyboard almost transforms my iPad mini into a tiny but very powerful laptop in more ways than one. Since all the covers are easily removable I can always use my iPad the way I want to with no restrictions. For when I want to attend a professional meeting this is my go to cover and keyboard at the same time. I can type while I am talking to my peers and at the end I can just slide my iPad down and close it just as I would with my laptop. Apart from being very comfortable to type and it's great battery ( it will stay charged for 3 months and since I always turn it off I haven't had to recharge it for 4 months now and the indicator is still green) , I really love how it looks! I would be lying if I said styling is not one of my top criteria a product has to meet before I purchase it and the Ultra Thin Keyboard has that in abundance. How sleek does it look in my photos above and below? I really like using iPad mini due to its size and the Ultra thin cover doesn't add bulk to it at all. I can easily fit it in my small bag just as easily as without it.





When it comes to my other choise, the colorful bluetooth Keys to go, I think I have found a winner for my go to keyboard when I am at home or I just want to casually bring a keyboard with me wherever I go. The Keys to go keyboard is just as comfortable to use as the Ultra Thin Keyboard keyboard and since it is a tad bigger it will definitely accommodate even the most demanding users. I love that it is completely detached from my ipad which means I only have to take it out of my bag when I want to use it and otherwise remain hidden. At home it has a standard spot on my living room sofa table. I will type emails or anything lengthier that I might need at the moment leaving me with the choice to have the lightweight cover of my choice on my iPad. In many ways this is an ideal solution even for professional use. As an added bonus it is waterproof and it has already resisted various accidents on my coffee table.




It is very hard to choose between Ultra Thin Keyboard and the  Keys to go. Both are comfortable to type and their battery is equally great. Which one do you get first? I would definitely choose the Ultra Thin Keyboard for a more professional approach, if you wish to use your iPad mostly at work and the  Keys to go for when you want something more colorful and personal to use a little more sparingly at home and your outings. I personally love having both to cover my professional and my personal needs!


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Plans and Plants




A few days ago I was pondering on pots and paper bags to fit to my new plants.
I happened to stumble upon the most beautiful ficus tree and I am so in love with it that I have to have it on plain view wherever I go in the house. Thus the baby ficus keeps moving every few hours. 
I am reading however that they don't like moving as much and so I will have to find the perfect permanent spot for it soon. Also I have noticed its leaves keep falling and I m not sure if it is normal for it to shed that many. A quick google search revealed it might need more water or on the other hand I might be watering it too much. I will try either way and see and hope it will survive the experimentation. When it comes to its pot, I decided on yet another Uashmama paper bag this time in grey. I absolutely love these washable bags and their versatility. Even if I get tired of using it as a pot it is only a quick wash away before it can be reused to my imaginations desire. 

If you are wondering where this messy shelf is in my house, well it is in the walk in closet. I have wanted to finish this project for a while but with all the travelling to Greece I have been unable to. However the plans for this month are to finish painting downstairs, throw or sell anything we might not need anymore and finish the closet, the quest bedroom and...surprise! Our very own little private gym. This has me more excited than anything else. Finally the mattresses, Pilates equipment , weights and treadmill will find their home. And we won't have to store them after use everyday! Complete quality of life change. All is well in the world :)






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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Midweek Breakfast




What an amazing morning today! I woke up in such a great mode, maybe the fact there is ready batter in the fridge for pancakes from yesterday has something to do with it.
While today my breakfast table looks the same (only set for two) I am posting yesterdays photos for you to see how we usually eat in the mornings. 
I would love to have posted this yesterday when it was much more current but it was not possible due to time restrictions. Sometimes I want to split into two or three versions of me in order to do everything I want to but at the end I am only one. 

This is a very sensitive subject when it comes to blogging and sharing pieces of ones life in social media. It all comes down to either lying about where and what you do or actually do the things you want to but post belated. I would have loved to say this was todays breakfast, and how fun it was baking the pancakes then enjoying them with the rest of our breakfast while talking and drinking tea and coffee. The fact of the matter is though that if I wanted to post about it I would have to be at my computer while everyone else was doing what I would be writing about. 
Taking photos was the easy part (even though I only took photos while the pancakes were baking) but I edit my photos before I post them. Creating a blogpost after that takes at least an hour and by the time I was done breakfast would have been long over. I used to try to do everything at the same time when I realized I am writing about the things I was supposed to be doing but I wasn't there to enjoy them. So some time ago I decided to delay my posts if I have to and live the life I am writing about instead. 

I hope you enjoy the photos, I can tell you breakfast was amazing! Leftover chicken pie, meats and cheese platter, fruits pancakes and ice cream. It doesn't get better than this :)











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Monday, January 19, 2015

Memories Lab Giveway winner



Goodmorning everyone!

I picked randomly 3 winners for the Memories Lab polaroids giveway and it was one from my Instagram and 2 from my blog!

From Instagram @katharinanoire

From my blog entries amandamaziria @ gmail dot com and nadiaboule_18 @ yahoo dot fr

The lucky blog winners have already been emailed their codes.

Thank you so much for participating to this fun giveaway, make sure to check back for more surprises shortly!

Love,

Katerina


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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Pots and Paper Bags



I am planning on re-potting and buying some new plants for my house and I am thinking which way to go when it comes to their styling.
I love the quality of Uashmama washable paper bags ( I already own one on medium as seen here) and their look. I think they will fit perfectly with the rest of my style. But I also find the Tinekhome glazed pots so beautiful to pass. Their colors and shapes are just stunning.
I will have to give a few days of thought but I will get back to you with my decision.


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Friday, January 16, 2015

Subtle Scandinavian Colors with Weather Plaids from Nordic Tales



While most people believe Scandinavian design is all about white, the reality is that Scandinavian design is about soft minimalism that embraces nature and it's palette. Therefore it is very common to see colors, even bright booming ones in a Scandinavian home. 

Nordic Tales is a company I particularly love and their designs are very close to my style. You might remember it from my post here about their beautiful Bright Sprout lights. They were more than generous to send me two of their soft Weather Plaids in sundown/fall, dawn/winter color combinations in virgin wool. They are very soft and warm, something that is so welcomed now in winter in Norway, but even more importantly for a interior blogger, they look great draped in just about anything including myself. Even right now I have one around my shoulders warming me up while I enjoy a cup of hot chocolate on a snowy day. Winter can't get better than this.





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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Beautiful Snow



Soft snow is falling out of my window since I woke up today.
 I couldn't help but step out for a few minutes with a cup of hot chocolate and inadvertently my camera, so I could share with you my view. I am not a very summery person although I should really say I am just not into horrible temperatures when it comes to heat. 
Here in Norway there is a saying. There is no bad weather just bad clothing (roughly translated), so I will take cold anytime over heat when it comes to being outdoors. In fact, I can think of nothing better right now than armoring up with my new thermal undergarments plus training gear and head out for a brisk walk. 
I love Kari Traa undergarments 100% merino wool, Nike running tights and Nike 4.0 running shoes . Then I only need to accessorize with gloves scarf and a beanie and I am ready to go! There are so many options for those, I have at least 3 drawers dedicated to them in any color combination. I am a little bit addicted :)

See you later!



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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ultimate Ears : Boom Boom Boom



Can you spot one of my favorite new pieces for my home office as of now?
Hint : It is portable and purple. And honestly I take it with me everywhere.

The UE BOOM from Ultimate Ears  is a Bluetooth portable speaker that perfectly fits my hands and my lifestyle. The sound is great and even though when it comes to speakers it is usually where their strength lies, UE BOOM surprised me with its ease of use, great design and versatility. It was almost impossible to choose between the many color combinations that it comes, but Orchid won me over.

I switch it on first thing in the morning for my morning music (conveniently it will also double as an alarm clock when you use the app on your smartphone) and immediately head over to the kitchen to make coffee and breakfast. Morning shower after? The Boom is fully waterproofed. Skiing or any outdoors activity with friends is now guaranteed to be filled with music with its 15 hour lasting battery. And speaking of batteries, you can just pop the Boom open and replace its Li-ion batteries at any time if you feel they are dropping low.

I have wanted this little amazing speaker for a long time now and I cant get enough of it. As I am typing this Ultimate Ears is launching MegaBoom, a larger version of my beloved Boom. How soon do you think it will take before I double up my Boom with its bigger brother in Plum?





For now the Boom is sitting comfortably at the very same place as you see in the photos.
Until I need to move away from it in which case I will carry it with me even though its sound travels around our whole two storey house.





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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Grey Living Room




There was a lot of snow last few days and everything outside is a beautiful crisp white. 
Inside however everything is a muted grey. The way I like it for winter. In Norway during winter you have to make your own light, candles and extra table lamps help a lot in creating a cozy and warm atmosphere. 

Since yesterday Nina storm passed by, today everyone is enjoying the warmth of their houses. I find myself enjoying my stress free Sunday perusing through blogs and shops for either home decoration or winter outfits and accessories. How cute is this Roxy bag? And about 80% off. I wish they would ship worldwide! 





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Friday, January 9, 2015

On my Office desk



I love an organized mess on my desk. It makes me feel even more creative. 
There is a big difference from messy mess and organized mess however! Having a stacking place for anything that doesn't fit and things that are supposed to be together is a really creative way to achieve this. I use a rubber metalic tree to hold things like my earphones or anything that can hang, and then vases and different pots to hold pencils, papers etc. that usually clutter the office space but still need to be at close hand. 

It doesn't come as a surprise then that the contents of  Designer Box N°18 would fit perfectly on my desk as well.




TSERETNIP (Pinterest spelled backwards) is a little portable gallery made of cork that allows you to pin on it anything you feel like displaying or having at close hand.
Inspired by the trend of virtual pinning, designer FW Balléry imagined Tseretnip, an object to be discovered.

You can find TSERETNIP in Designer Box N°18. Each designerbox is an exclusive unreleased object created by a designer and made ​​only for one month, for subscribers. I can't wait to see what is inside N°19!




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