Friday, May 22, 2015

Rainy Day

 

Today I woke up to a perfect rainy day.It is so strange to me that this close to summer the days can still feel so wintery but for now I love it. I do wonder when this feeling is going to go away but I have to be honest I have always hated really hot summers! I do like some warm and heat of course,the sun is always so welcomed here in Norway, in Greece I have always tried to avoid it during summer! Of course I am lucky I get to have the best in both worlds, as I am going back to Greece in a few days for a few weeks of vacation! Hopefully it will not be too hot although end of May beginning of June in Greece is always a lovely time. You can catch me always on Snapchat since I will not be posting as often on the blog or on my instagram for the next few days!For now I will enjoy a hot cup of coffee in my new Kähler Hammershøi thermocups I bought yesterday. How can anyone be so happy just by getting new mugs?? (I cant hide my plans getting the full set by the summer :))  Hope you have a great weekend everyone!



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Monday, May 18, 2015

Acorn Vase


That feeling when you have been looking for something for what it seems like forever and then you happen to stumble on to it by accident. I have been looking for the Acorn vase for what it seemed like forever  and earlier this week I tracked it down to a shop in Sweden ( they are selling this specific vase exclusively). Such a little thing but it filled me with so much joy upon its arrival today. I cannot wait for autumn to come now so I can find appropriate acorns to grow!


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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Gratulerer med dagen Norge!



 

Today 17th of May, it is a national holiday here in Norway. They celebrate their independence, therefore also known as the constitution day. Så gratulerer med dagen Norge, with some handpicked flowers from the garden!Incidentally since they bloom around this time of year every year, they can be seen in almost every Norwegian house for todays celebrations! Have a great Sunday everyone!



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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Only Deco Loves :Anne Black (and a special giveway)


I am very honored today to get to style products of one of my favorite Danish brands, Anne Black. Anne Black is a Danish ceramist whose career has been centered around creating handmade porcelain collections with the finest quality craftsmanship and Scandinavian design. Each Anne Black item from the collection is 100% handmade and skillfully crafted porcelain with an elegant and timeless design, created for everyday use. Today I got to style Grow, a hanging flowerpot in two sizes. I chose to use the small one as a flowerpot whereas the bigger one I decided to use as an impromptu vase.With spring already here and summer coming really quickly these beautiful pots will be the center of attention in my living room hosting various flowers and fauna.
I am really happy to be able to give away two Grow flowerpots (one small and one large) to a lucky reader of my blog. All you have to do is leave a comment down below with your email address ( you don't need to if your name is connected to a blog or anywhere where I can contact you in case you won) and your favorite item from Anne Black online store!
Tip : You can double your chances if you also chose to enter on my Instagram as well :)
This giveaway will end on the  7th of June Sunday. The winner will be announced Monday the 8th of June.
Good luck to everyone!

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Good Morning from Only Deco Love HQ!


While usually my home office is a little more crowded, today the weather is so hot it inspired me to clean up a little bit and let all the natural whiteness of my space shine through. I get this urge everytime summer is right around the corner, while in winter I tend to prefer cozier atmosphere. Insulated carafes with water save the day especially when I add some lemon or lime slices and various fruits with antioxidants (such as blueberries, cranberries, strawberries,raspberries)  in the water. Doesn't a glass filled with chilled water and fruits look incredibly fresh? Now of I go to prepare for a long day. At least there is a hike today in my schedule and for such an activity the sun is more than welcomed! See you on snapchat!
Have a great day today everyone!

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New Poster love

I love finding new promising shops and the Samantha Totty shop is one of my latest finds. I picked some of my favorites to show you today, see anything you like as well? :)







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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Pancakes served in my new Anne Black Plates (and a trick to make them fluffier)







This weekend I decided to make some pancake batter which ended up with providing enough pancakes for two days. I just had to use my new plates by Anne Black that just arrived in my mail, I found that pancakes complimented them perfectly, or is it maybe the other way around?Saturday morning we had them plain with some sugar and fruits on top while today we had them with nutella, bananas and vanilla sauce. Clearly Sundays version was more of a dessert but that's the beauty of pancakes, you can eat them in so many different ways! There are so many pancakes recipes out there, the one I am using provides with fluffy pancakes although I found out a small trick to make them extra fluffy. While a lot of recipes call for folding egg whites or putting extra baking powder in the batter what I discovered has to do with baking them.

The Trick :
While most recipes will call for baking the pancakes in melted butter, simply cook your pancakes without using any butter in a non stick pan. The pancakes will rise at least double the size they would normally and their texture will be much more cakey when you eat them. Go on, try it :) The only downside is they will not get that crispy golden edge as seen above and of course the extra buttery taste. I don't view this as a downside, I love my pancakes both ways!

Ingredients :

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons melted butter

Preparation:

Mix all dry ingredients together. In a different bowl slightly beat the egg then add the milk and the butter.Keep whisking if the butter is hot so your egg will not cook. Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk until everything is blend well together but do not overmix, the batter is supposed to be slightly lumpy. Cook in a non stick pan over medium heat. Turn once after enough bubbles have formed on the top.


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Friday, May 8, 2015

Breakfast at my Office


Quite a few times I end up eating breakfast at my office desk, especially when I am alone at that time in the house. We often want to think there is some sort of an elaborate breakfast involved when it comes to bloggers however the truth is what you see in this post today. A tray with an egg and a bowl filled with yogurt (or any other dairy product with fresh fruits) or apple oatmeal are my usual to go breakfasts with a side of milk with coffee ( yes I wrote and you read this correctly). Of course things can get even worse when I decide to just come upstairs, take said tray and go back to bed with it. I love cooking a really nice breakfast for when I don't wake up alone (or in a hurry) but that is rather not the rule. Wherever I might eat though I always try and style my breakfast, whether that is with matching plates or not, that is really up to how my mood is and what is clean in my cupboards. Design Letters lately do the trick just fine for me, especially since I got a matching black pink tray, a milk jug and bowls to complement my collection. I feel much more energetic when my office space is somewhat clean and tidy which is why having a tray to gather my breakfast is rather essential to me.Try it for yourselves and you will see how your mood instantly lifts up as well ;) 
(These photos are a couple a days old, I ended up purchasing an Apple wireless keyboard and I can't believe how my office looks so much tidier and clean! Not to mention, the Apple keyboard is so much more comfortable to type. Next time I post about my office space you will get to see for yourselves or you can see it already if you follow me on instagram :)

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Only Deco Loves : Daniel Wellington


My Daniel Wellington wristwatch arrived today in the mailbox and it made me wish for nothing else but summer to come swiftly. Given how much I love winter and snow this is a tremendous achievement. I have been wanting a DW leather watch for a long time and I am so happy I finally got to own one! I chose a Rose gold version named Classy Bristol, I think its perfect for when you want to dress up an outfit! How do you like it?

If you want to also own one before summer I have a surprise for you! You can use the code "erinagr8" when you buy one to receive a 15% off from your purchase until June 15 :) This is valid for all your purchases and there is no limit to how many people can use the code!

And something else only I could be excited for.I can't wait to have this watch on display in my walk in closet when I finish with its renovation. I don't always use watches everyday, I consider them more of an accessory rather than a necessity to read time, so having it on display will really be a nice detail in the walk in closet.



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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Weekend retreat at the cabin

 

With days getting bigger and summer right around the corner, it is becoming increasingly hard to stay at home. We spent the weekend at the summer house and I can't wait to go back again as soon as possible. The only downside is that internet is quite scarce where the house is build(although only roughly 5 minutes by car away from the nearest town) but sometimes that isn't necessarily bad. It means taking a little pause from everything related with the web and I have to say there are a lot of times when this makes for a very welcomed break.Just a few days ago I posted some photos from the cabin last summer (you can read about it here) and of course everyone on my snapchat got a glimpse of the house and the stunning views this weekend. This time we slept up on the loft in the newly renovated guest bedroom. The crisp white slanted roof combined with the beautiful natural floor made the room feel incredibly welcoming. All the details are matching beautifully together. Antique chairs, a beautiful fern patterned soft pillow propped on the chair or at the window provides support for your back while you sit and gaze at the view in the morning. The room is styled in a very Scandinavian and minimalistic way. A small box in the corner acts as a library/shelf where you can leave your magazines or an extra blanket. A mirror is propped against a wall beside a lounge chair, I found that corner was perfect for getting ready in the mornings. Scandinavian aesthetics call for simple yet elegant solutions when it comes to living and styling. I found all of those qualities in abundance in the newly renovated quest room in the cabin of my significant others very talented parents,who  happily welcomed us for the long weekend. I will be taking more photos next time so keep an eye for my next weekend post. And of course, if you prefer real time updates you are more than welcome to find me on snapchat ;)


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Inspiration Wednesday








I have promised to share my inspiration with you and today's post is exactly about that. This apartment via Fantastic Frank had me captivated for quite a long time today. I love the light and how the space is arranged. You definitely don't need a huge house to be able to create a spacious home for yourself and this specific apartment seems to have managed to create the perfect balance. The ample light is also helping a lot in making this space a beautiful home to live in. I could move in today, can you see yourselves living there as well?

All photos shown above are styled by Sofie Ganeva and photographed by Jessica Silversaga for Fantastic Frank



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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A day in my life





There is nothing better than starting off your day with a good breakfast and a cup of your favorite drink. Lately my morning routine involves starting out with a hot chocolate or coffee from my Tassimo (I love Norwegian Freia hot chocolate with a pinch of salt and extra frothed milk from my Nespresso) while I squeeze fresh orange juice. As soon as I climb upstairs I will start with the Tassimo and white the coffee brews I will make my juice. I drink the juice at the spot and proceed to sit at my desk and work on my blog, instagram and emails for the day while drinking my coffee/chocolate. An hour later I will prepare a pot of tea ( usually in my Design Letters tea set, perfect size for either one or two people that like to drink around 2 cups each) to last me for two hours or so while I still keep busy with my blog, take photos and edit them. I prefer shooting between 10 to 17 during summer or 12 to 14 during winter due to natural light being at its best.  Around 12 I will work out for an hour then go to my Norwegian class or the other way around. Coming home later involves shopping then cooking and some cleaning ( depending on the day) then on the afternoon either more editing or keeping up with my Instagram and social media, watching series or a movie, going out for a hike or getting something to drink or eat outside. It is also the best time to study or play games although I haven't had time for the latter for quite a few days now mostly due to studying and cleaning and painting downstairs. 
Quite boring but very calm and peaceful my days as of late, but it is always fun to change things around with a trip or some days off which I will be doing in a few days during the weekend. Stay tuned :)

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