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Sunday, November 19, 2017

I am supposed to pick up colors to paint the living room and the bedroom this week (more photos of my bedroom today you can find here), but I stumbled on this beautiful bedroom at Alvhem, and now I am thinking maybe just a fresh coat of some sort of white is what I really want, and instead have color in the kitchen and living room. A super minimal bedroom works great for a lot of people, however I need mine a little bit more cozy, and of course you can have cozy without having to sacrifice design. The bedroom on Alvhem has more of a country vibe, if I was to replicate it probably I would see something like this in the cabin rather than my Oslo apartment, but there are some beautiful details that I would love to copy today even. Build in shelf? Yes please. Blanket in earthly colors ? Another yes. Old table repurposed as a mini office is also a great idea, while the Danish chair as a sidetable is a nice touch as well. I have ordered the Georg office desk by Skagerak for the bedroom which is also going to look beautiful, but I will also visit finn to see if I can find an old table for the cabin to use in the bedroom loft. I have been very slow in getting the Oslo apartment together, but I want to think that it will happen before December is over, minus many some details. If there is anything I am learning is maybe it doesn't need to be perfect, it just needs to feel like home.










 // Photos via Alvhem



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Weekend Bliss

Saturday, November 18, 2017

It is finally the weekend, and even though I am freelancing, meaning every day is a working day for me, I can feel the weekend vibe from other people which in turn relaxes me as well.  Today I woke up early , worked out, then run some errands and shopping in Oslo center. I have to say, I love that Christmas decorations are already up, lights and festive music, it all creates a happy atmosphere, it feels so great even just walking on the streets with a warm coffee on your hands. On the weekend agenda : relax. I always of course end up working regardless, however next week is going to be very busy ( have I mentioned I am off to Copenhagen again and then to Stockholm?), so this weekend the plan is to slow down, have a lot of tea, make myself comfortable, and only then pick up my mac to work. This way it doesn't feel as much work , even when it is as tedious as gathering receipts for the accountant or updating lists with emails, phone numbers etc. To help me unwind and relax I treated myself to something that I have wanted for some time now, the room spray Bibliotheque from Byredo and the Wick trimmer you see above, again from Byredo ( tired of having to wash my scissors everytime after cutting wicks, plus I love how the trimmer looks!). If you are a fan of the scent, you will love the room spray, especially if you have missed out on the limited edition Bibliotheque perfume that is not produced anymore. Not pictured above, I also got the Bal D'Afrique body wash while at the store. I know, it seems weird that a new body wash helps in relaxation, however I love the smell, and I am planning on spending some quality time in the shower as well this weekend with hair masks, treating dry skin , face care etc. And really, these things , no matter how small or insignificant may sound, they really helped pick up my mood today and motivate me to dedicate the weekend to self care and relaxation. A little shopping goes a long way, heres to a great relaxing weekend!



// Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima



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Cecile Mantz for B&O play Cecile Mantz in collaboration with Kvadrat

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


B&O Play is releasing an all new entry in its multi-room speaker line-up, the BeoPlay M3. Designed by award winning award-winning Cecilie Manz, it is available in either a wool blend fabric (created by Danish textile company Kvadrat) or a pearl-blasted anodised aluminium finish. The bookshelf speaker can hook up over Wi-Fi to a good range of Bang & Olufsen devices, so if you already have a few at home you will be able to create quite the acoustic experience. For me, Bang & Olufsen always delivers not only in sound and design but also in connectivity , I will gladly try other speakers but I almost always return to my all time favorites. The M3 right now comes in Natural and Black, but my sources confirm other seasonal colours are going to be available in the future. I am off to a dinner party with Bang & Olufsen in Stockholm in a couple of days , I suspect we might be able to see the M3 up and close , so keep and eye on my instagram stories for sneak peeks and candid moments!

// Press photos by Beoplay



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A tip for you on a snowy day

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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Waking up today and seeing the first snow fall out of my window really made me appreciate staying in bed and working from in between my covers. With an amazing view from both the bedroom windows and a hot cup of tea really the only reason I got up was to snap quickly some photos, then tuck myself back in and put my mac on my lap so I could work for the next few hours. 
And since I am spending a few precious hours in bed,I have a tip for you today, if you are looking for a conscious choice when it comes to sheets of good quality that are budget friendly. The Juliette Organic Cotton range from Ellos is not only environmentally friendly, but very soft and comfortable as well. The colors vary, mine as seen in the photos is Kittgrå , a beautiful shade between Ecru and gray. Can you blame me for not wanting to get up? 




// Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima



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A peek into the Fredericia World

Sunday, November 12, 2017

//Trip and expenses were sponsored by Georg Jensen and Fredericia.
A little while ago I and a few other colleagues had the chance to visit the Fredericia showroom in Copenhagen, learn more about the history and designs of Fredericia Furniture but also, enjoy a full day of an amazing tour, part of the Scandi design Tour 2017 organized by Fredericia and Georg Jensen. I have already written about the day we spend at Georg Jensen at my Inside Georg Jensen : The making of the Torun Bangle post, for a full tour you are welcomed to read both!

Starting our tour we left hotel SP34 and walked towards the Fredericia Showroom in a beautiful sunny day in Copenhagen. The new Showroom at the top of the historic former Royal Mail House was renovated and restored to display the entire collection of Fredericia designs, a creative workspace and a gallery with changing exhibitions. We met with Thomas and Rasmus Graversen (2nd and 3nd generation owners of the company) on the first floor of the showroom, where first we were introduced to some iconic classic designs, like the Spanish chair, the Trinidad chair , the 2213 sofa and the Søborg Chair . Fredericia is also proud of collaborations with a carefully chosen circle of international designers, all renown for their exceptional level of design integrity. All with the ambition of creating contemporary design that is always beautifully crafted, relevant and aesthetically intriguing. Already iconic examples include the Swoon chair ( as seen above in the Space Copenhagen offices) and the Spine Collection from Space Copenhagen.

The Hunting Chair, as seen below, designed by Børge Mogensen in 1950, was Mogensen's first work with exposed wooden framing and saddle leather. The chair in the Fredericia showroom is the very first working prototype, we were lucky that the showroom was exhibitioning such rare iconic furniture. With the Spanish Chair Mogensen expanded upon his work with solid oak and saddle leather. The chair was launched in 1958 as part of an innovative living space exhibition, in which all tables were removed from the floor to create an open living space. Fredericia has its roots in traditional craftsmanship based on a deep understanding of natural materials like vegetable tanned leather and solid wood. Solid pieces of oak from sustainable European forests are refined and processed; creating the elegant frame for the iconic Spanish Chair. Each part of the timber frame for the Spanish Chair is assembled with wooden dowels and bonded together under high pressure to ensure strength and stability for decades to come. It takes a steady hand to colour the leather edges of the Spanish Chair and continuing our tour in the Fredericia showroom we were treated to a craftmanship class by one of the craftsmen from Tränsjo Garveri , who showed us parts of the process.The entire production requires fourteen days of patient craftsmanship and passionate dedication to complete the iconic Spanish Chair. You can see the Spanish chair in the making in a video at Fredericia website here and gain even more insight in the design and the process. Below you can see some photos from the process captured by me, and then the Spanish chair displayed in the beautiful rooftop part of the showroom on the top floor where at the evening we were treated to an exquisite dinner and cocktails. 

We were lucky to be able to experience prototypes in our tour, the 2213 sofa as seen above Mogensen designed for his own home in 1962, and it is that very one that is displayed here. With generous proportions, modest aesthetic, a choice of materials and execution second to none, the sofa achieves Mogensen’s ambition to create the ultimate sofa. From the solid hardwood frame construction, to the carefully measured ratio of foam to feather in the cushions, the sofa part of the collection is thoroughly uncompromising. The bull hides used at Fredericia are of the highest calibre, from animals that have been raised under strict ethical guidelines. Every sofa and chair in the collection is 100% hand crafted and upholstered in the Fredericia factory in Denmark.


Even though I visit Copenhagen a lot these days for work, I was still very happy that the team had arranged for us to have lunch at a cafe a short walk by, that serves something all Danish people enjoy for lunch everyday, the unique smørrebrød (literally spread bread, or open faced sandwich). Invariably based on rye bread, smørrebrød can have an almost limitless number of different toppings, from herring, to raw beef, seafood and egg, and it is delicious, you can take my word for it.


After lunch, taking advantage of the beautiful weather we walked towards Space Copenhagen offices, where the talented architects ( and designers) duo Peter Bundgaard Rützou ( above ) and Signe Bindslev Henriksen ( below), talked to us about the design process from concept to prototype to production of few of their iconic designs for Fredericia, the Swoon chair and Spine Collection.

Space Copenhagen originally designed Spine for the interior design for a Michelin starred restaurant in 2011. The Spine series has a solid character where the texture of the wood and upholstery are given solid emphasis. The hand-sewn upholstery for the chair is inspired by techniques that were developed at Fredericia’s workshop for Børge Mogensen’s exclusive 1960’s leather series. Spine is a fusion of the organic, solid, and modern. In designing the series, Space Copenhagen felt their way forward using their intuition, until reaching a balanced design that invites many hours of relaxation. The Swoon was designed to fill the gap between a conventional lounge chair and a typical armchair – for use in lounge areas as well as private homes. The organic, yet structured design holds the seated body and provides an instant feeling of relaxation while offering excellent back support.

After our visit to Space Copenhagen, it was time to return to SP34 for a quick rest, then head back to Fredericia Showroom for a beautiful dinner on the rooftop. I dont have photos from the dinner but, the table was set with Georg Jensen tableware while we seated in an array of all Fredericia chairs, iconic classics and new favorites. At the end of the night we moved outside on the balcony to learn how to make our own cocktails using the new Georg Jensen Sky bar collection. All that with an exquisite view of Copenhagen from above. 

I want to thank the Fredericia and Georg Jensen team for organising the Scandi design Tour 2017showing us around Copenhagen. It was a fascinating two days where not only I got to be with fellow colleagues, but all of us got a chance to learn the history and appreciate even more these iconic Danish brands. 

I hope everyone enjoyed these series of posts as much as I enjoyed taking photos during the tour!


// Photography by Katerina Dima



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Novembers Favorites : Sustainable life

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

As I am sitting with my coffee arranging the rest of the month (there are some press events and travelling in November), I realise there are so many things on my to do list, it is impossible to finish everything before New Years. And when did November come anyways? It seems like Christmas last year was only yesterday! I am trying to refrain from already putting on Christmas songs, but it is so hard when I am already shooting Christmas stylings and I am arranging what decorations to put up. Blogging comes with the price of always having to celebrate a little earlier since blogs serve as inspiration (it is mostly where I get inspired as well!), but to be honest I have always loved this time of year, this is one of the things I gladly welcome. Not related to any festivities , I wanted to share some of my favorites this month, maybe you will find ideas for a gift , or early present to yourself? :)


A few weeks ago I discovered Pure Effects , the first in the Nordic market to offer biotechnological garment care and cleaning products for the home. The products are based on an active bacterial culture that cleans deep beneath the surface. Pure Effect’s products are tough on odors, grease and dirt, while kind to people and the planet. Don't let the small bottles discourage you, they last for months! And they smell heavenly, especially the clothing and shoe mists. And about time there was an environmentally friendly cleaning solution, that smells good, is budget friendly, looks great and takes so little space in your home. I have tried all the products (find the whole range here) and I am not going back. 


Another favorite comes in the form of textiles, I attended Aiayu press breakfast yesterday and left with the best impressions and a press gift ( the toiletry bag above which was filled with Aiayu goodies ).
If you don't already know of Aiayu (which means "soul" in Bolivian where some of their products are made alongside India and Nepal), their philosophy is to re define luxury with an informal approach to elegance. Every single piece in their collection , from clothes to accessories, is made with respect to the environment and is part of a sustainable production. They draw on the expertise of local people, whose artisan skills are passed from generation to generation. The result is beautifully made garments and accessories, that have a history and soul. Even down to my toiletry bag.  See all the range here, one of my favorite brands as of late not only for their aesthetic but for their philosophy as well.

Lastly, a few weeks ago I met with the founder of Boynoo, the first and only candle company in Norway to make candles of 100% natural and organic coconut wax. With high quality essential-and fragrance oils that are phthalate- and paraben-free, Boynoo candles are lightly scented, which means that allergy sufferers may also tolerate them. They are hand brewed in their studio in Norway, and every candle is unique, they carefully pour each candle, inspect them, and stamp each labels. Each candle, from wicking to wax melting to pouring and wick-cutting, is created with the utmost care and precision. I go through candles quite quickly during winter, and every time I light my Boynoo candles I feel incredible knowing they are made with so much attention, each one, right here in Oslo.

I hope you found some new favorites today, I feel so close to sustainable design and everything on the list in this post reflects that. I am so happy so many companies today care for the environment and culture and keeping alive what is important.

// Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima



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How to set a minimal autumn table with Pillivuyt

Sunday, November 5, 2017

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Fall for me doesn't only signify the beginning of the cold season but also the start of the wonderful gatherings season, I am always so much looking forward to dinners with friends indoors and plans for fun nights have already begun. One of the most fun part of hosting a dinner is setting up the table and today I would love to share some tips with you on how to style a minimal Autumn table.The elegant Pillivuyt Plissé line fits perfectly with the design I have in mind and in this case I chose to make it the center of the table setting. Read below for tips on how to recreate my Fall Autumn Table setting!


1. Often the most difficult decision when beginning a design plan is choosing the color palette. I almost always end up choosing white when it comes to tableware because they are easy to style and they will match and complement any styling, no matter how traditional, minimal or whimsical. 

2. Table runners and linen tablecloths will define the placement of the table, however if you have a beautiful table , there is no reason to hide it under cloths. If anything I find a minimal table setting will look even more beautiful on a wooden surface, plus it is so much easier to handle spills! Place linen white napkins however in between plates to give a warm and inviting feeling.


3. Even a minimal composition has need for rules and structure, adding a big centrepiece will help define the placement of the tableware but be careful that it does not distract from the design plan. I suggest using a big glass vase that not only will make a statement but its transparency will make it light and it will not obstruct the view. 

4. Flowers are a favorite of mine, for my minimal design plan I chose a few simple stems in mustard color (so very autumnal)  and arranged them in my big vase. If you wish you can also add one stem on every plate for each guest, or add something else that represents fall for you. I filled the top bowls of my table design with chestnuts instead, this way I am bringing a little bit of nature on the table without overwhelming it.



5. Do you have a small table like me? Then do as I did and keep all extra plates that you are going to use or cups or saucers next to the table on a shelf in an open composition. This way the setting feels more intimate and it is easier to change the setting after dinner is finished. I always keep the coffee set close by, Norwegians love having coffee after dinner and it is so much easier to set the new table after eating.  Pillivuyt Plissé line is so beautiful , like my table I do not like hiding it!
As a final note, Norwegians drink a lot of coffee, and I am always setting up the table with a full coffee set after dinner. But regardless if you have this tradition, a full set of coffee cups and mugs is always welcomed, whether you are serving coffee after eating, or just enjoying it in a rainy afternoon by the window. You can find more photos (including a full setting for coffee) and a stop movie of how I prepared my table at Pillivuyt today!



// Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima


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