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Ellos January sales

Monday, January 15, 2018

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I have been waiting for some good January sales and Ellos did not disappoint. Some of the items I chose today have been on my wishing list for a while now, while I found some select new ones as well. I will keep this brief with essentials for the bedroom today,since I'm almost finished painting and redoing my Oslo bedroom, these are some things that I think will create a great look for me as well.

:: Big Velvet Pillow | This big pillow is perfect not just for the bedroom, but the living room as well. The Celina pillowcase is also part of the Conscious choice Ellos collection, and is now 30% off
:: Linen Bed Skirt | On the top of my list is a new bed skirt of my bed , they cover really nicely legs or a bed frame that does not look good, by design or age. The Himla Linen bed skirt is my favorite from any brand out there, and it is also now 30% off
:: Cozy rug | For the bedroom ( I need a rug for my feet when I wake up since the floor is cold) and the bathroom, the Tilde small rug from the Ellos home line is perfect and 30% off as well. The color is so me right now!
:: Leather belt | You might be wondering about the belt, but I have been looking for sturdy but not too expensive leather belts so I can use them to bind magazines. This one from Esprit is perfect, it can be found here and it is also 30% off.
:: Bed Linens | One thing I can never have enough of is bed linens ( and mugs). I have wanted a pair of Dirty Linen for a while now so when I stumbled along the Animeaux ones at Ellos at 30% off I knew I had to share!

And of course, if you exceed 499 NOK , shipping is free! Happy shopping!




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Facelift for a beautiful apartment

Saturday, January 13, 2018

I love the details in Måns Zelmerlöws apartment in Stockholm, Hannah Wessman responsible for the renovation which started in the kitchen, but also for the design of some of the furnitures, did an amazing job. It honestly makes me want to take my brush and paint on a few canvases , just colors and abstract shapes, I am a big fan. The photos appeared in an article about Måns and his newly redone space on Residence, however the agency Eklund chose to use a different set of photos as can be seen here , a little bit of a shame if you ask me. If anything, this is such a great example of what great styling and photography can do, the look is so different , they almost look like they are not the same apartment or this was a before and after article rather than a reportage. Scroll below for some of the photos, but remember the visit Residence for more shots but also for a really great article. 




// Photos via Residence , Styling by Hannah Wessman , Photography by Andy Liffner


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New JWDA in Black and Marble for Menu

Thursday, January 11, 2018

There are a lot of news coming our way already for the Spring Summer 2018 collections, but a propos my Menu Standard Table lamp getting broken, I thought I would share my ideal replacement, not necessarily the same lamp ( although I loved it) but something new and exciting for the season : the marble and all black metallic version of the JWDA Table lamp released in February.

The classic JWDA Table Lamp is being overhauled this season, as Menu is launching the lamp in a new version – a white marble and bronzed brass variety, which is 20% larger than the original, as both the bulb and marble-crafted stand is extended in size.  The first photos look absolutely beautiful, and I really cant wait to see them up and close at the Stockholm Furniture and Light fair in a few days. I know I will be getting either of those versions, I am not yet decided on which but I am sure I will make up my mind at the fair ( or before).

// Photos via Menu



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Todays office and painting plans

Sunday, January 7, 2018


I am finally back at Oslo and I put myself to work immediately. One of the first things to cross from my list for 2018 is to finally paint the apartment, especially since I have had a wine accident spill on the bedroom walls and everywhere it hit on the wall is now a color purple. Nothing that a little bit of paint wont easily fix! I have decided a long time ago which color to go for when it comes to the living room, but the bedroom is proving quite hard to decide. In reality I love the white walls, not because of any trends, but because I have always prefered my bedroom specifically to be white. It was really nice for a year where I had it grey in the previous house ( see here or here ), but the floors were completely white so it paired well.  For now I was thinking of going the way of a deep ecru/beige or off white, all this depending on how dark I want the walls to be. I would love to do a dark blue or minerals, but, when it comes to really dark colors I know I will want to change it 2 months , while I am doing mineral walls in the living room so I don't want it to be too similar. To be completely honest I think I have decided on color Space ( from Lady Jotun as seen here code 10678) , a classic light beige color .  If I find I miss white too much , then I can certainly repaint ;) Also another trick, I think I will not paint all the way up , probably I will stop in the middle of the windows closer to the top though. The results will be in Tuesday or Wednesday so stay tuned!

// Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima



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Simple small bathroom scandinavian inspiration

Saturday, January 6, 2018


When it comes to bathrooms one thing is sure , we vastly underestimate how much work goes into them. For example, when thinking of a bedroom, starting from scratch, the flooring will most probably be the same as the rest of house while the walls need only to be painted usually ( unless there is a specific construction),  while lighting can change at any given point. Whereas when it comes to bathroom design, consider the amount of decisions that need to be made and all need to be permanent, from where the plumbing will be, the materials for both the floor/walls/ possibly walls for the shower, storage solutions, in build laundry probably, will the shower have glass or wall, which faucets to choose, which lighting, what kind of furnitures and colors that will be permanent and not so easily changed as a normal color on the wall. And the list goes on. It is no wonder then that my most favorite inspiration comes in the form of bathroom inspo, whereas that is from a blog, from a designer, from pinterest and so on. In fact my go to place is the Ikea Livet Hemma blog because the stylists ( few of my favorites in the industry), always come up with brilliant ideas for bathroom renovations. The bathroom at the cabin is in desperate need of a renovation, however it is really expensive to do a full one so I am thinking of small tweaks that will elevate it and make it feel much more friendly. Todays photos from the Livet Hemma blog are perfect inspiration, they illustrate how some some temporary storage solutions can carry a lot of the everyday daycare weight without looking too messy or too heavy. And changing the lavatory and putting new tiles on the wall above to old ones is actually something that can be done on a good budget. Add some details and you have an almost new bathroom! Perfect! 


// Photography by Ragnar Omarsson and Styling by Anna Lenskog Belfrage for Ikea


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5 of my favorite Ceramics

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


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I love stoneware and ceramic tableware, especially when they are handmade. I find that when I have Pho in my handmade ceramic soup bowl it even tastes better, and while probably that is not the case, there is a lot to be said about eating with your eyes. Not to mention they look absolutely beautiful for photography as well. Today I am sharing a mix of handmade and ready to buy stoneware/ceramix favorites, some I already own and I am planning on adding to my collection, some I have had on my wishlist for a while.

:: Hasami | One of everything please, especially in this color. I do not have a proper tea set at home, this is my top choice as of now. 
:: Anette Krogstad | Local Oslo ceramist Anette Krogstad is right now my go to for handmade ceramics. You can see one of her bowls here in my house, it is certainly a collection I am planning to add to soon.
:: Frama AJ Otto | These stoneware from Frama are one of the most beautiful handmade tableware. I have a few and I am constantly adding.
:: KH Wurtz | Danish Ceramists, from father to son, you can find their creations handmade but also as ready to buy.
:: Kinto | From Kinto, the renowned japanese maker, I am obsessed with their Ceramic Lab line. I use it a lot in my house mostly for coffee ( seen here for example ). I wish they were more available in Oslo, I usually get more every time I am in Stockholm from snickarbacken cafe! 



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The Lost blogger archives : A cosy Finnish blogger Apartment

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A couple of days ago I was perusing through my blog feed ( I use Bloglovin and Feedly for reading and keeping up with other blogs), mostly to delete blogs that have been inactive for more than 2 years, in a way to clean up my feed and see if I have space to add some more. I am following at least 100 interior blogs right now and I was very surprised, and sad, to see than more than half of them have been inactive for more than a year now, up to 3 years. With Instagram taking over the blogging world I can certainly understand why some bloggers have chosen to stop, it takes so much time to make a good post, to maintain a good standard for your blog. If you are not getting paid for it, even as a part time job, after a while it is hard to justify spending so many hours on your webpage, while it is so much easier to just post on instagram and involve yourself into that community instead. With instagram however curating our feeds, I would like to see more bloggers coming back, controlling their feed through their blogs.The Lost Blogger Archives will be dedicated into trying to remind myself and hopefully you, that not all those beautiful photos are forgotten. I will be sharing once a month a home of a blogger that has taken a pause, as I would like to think!

Without further ado I present you Sanni Koffert who runs the Sees by Sunni . You can now find Sanni on her instagram account at Sannikoffert .








  // Photography and Styling by Sanni Koffert



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My 2017 : A year of change

Monday, January 1, 2018


On the left : My previous living room  | On the right : My Living room in Oslo.
It has been a whirlwind of a year, 2017 brought so many changes in my life that it almost feels it was two years packed in one. On of the biggest ones, has been my move to Oslo, around June I finally took the big step, and even though there have been some challenges, it is one of the best decisions I made in my life . With this opportunity, I wanted to take a moment before officially starting the new year, to look back  to photos of my old home in juxtaposition to my new apartment, it is certainly a chapter I will always remember fondly, the place I called home for so many years, a homage is in order. 

Above, my old living room juxtaposed to the one in Oslo. I used to only show a small part of the living room in my old house, the rest didn't have the look I wanted but it would have required a complete renovation to fix, which was something we decided to not go ahead with. In Oslo, the apartment is in a old Classic building,  and I am lucky with beautiful big windows and original floors, there is no corner I would not shoot anymore ( unless it is filled with packs of props which is more often than not). 
You can find all posts with the old and new living room on the category : The Living Room

We did however renovate the first floor during 2017 by painting the floors white and the walls a light grey, this completely changed the feel of the room ( above photo to the left) while it made it possible for me to finally be able to shoot wider frames. You can see a Before and After here , the walls were brown and the floors where dark, believe me, it is virtually unrecognizable! On the right from the photo above is a shot of the bedroom in Oslo early on after the move. Stay tuned for a before and after of this room as well in the following days!
You can find all posts with the old and new bedroom on the category : The Bedroom.

Unfortunately the kitchen (photo above on the left) was also in desperate need for renovation, which is why you only got to see small pieces of it. In fact I usually treated the shoots I would do exactly how they would be shot in a studio, I would introduce elements that were movable or add them digitally for a more appealing result. I have always been very open about this so I hope no one is surprised with this tidbit, but I have to be honest I am so happy I don't have to do this anymore for my new place. ( And who can forget when I tried to bring some of the kitchen in the previous living room by making a coffee corner with an ikea cabinet and our nespresso machine? Still one of my most visited blogposts! See it in all its glory here ).
The kitchen in Oslo ( photo above on the right), is bright and beautiful, and although if I owned the apartment I would definitely renovate it, I would only do so because I am influenced by trends that embrace a different look. I spend a lot of hours here, not only just cooking and eating, but working as well. Up until recently this was my main office space and I still use it as such depending on my mood!
You can find all posts with the old and new kitchen on the category : The Kitchen.

Speaking of my home office, on the photo above you can see on the left my old office space, which was on the opposite side of the living room. In the beginning in fact we used one of the spare bedrooms as an office, but it was way to dark with a rather small window, but also, it was just nice to move it upstairs not just for the ample light, but also because it was right next to the wood burning oven. We used a DIY office desk which was 2 and a half meters long, you can see how it looked with both computers on and when I didn't switch chairs around here. If you feel like going down the memory lane ( that office has changed a lot during the years, just visit the link below, you can find all my office posts there!). It was only just recently, first week into December in truth, that I created the office space you see on the right side of the photo above in the Oslo bedroom. The office is right in front of the bed and bathed in light, it is a great little place to work from during the day, although I usually use it the most as soon as I wake up when I need to respond to urgent emails, before even I visit the kitchen. When I am done I will either sit in the kitchen with some tea, or bring it back here to resume working.
You can find all posts with the old and new home office on the category : The Home Office.

Last but not least, the bathroom! One of my most repined photos is my old bathroom, as depicted in the photo below on the left. However I have to admit I am in love with my bathroom in Oslo, although small it is absolutely perfect! Since I am renting and the owners are selling the apartment in June, this is one of the things I will miss the most from this apartment! It does not have a window so it is hard to photograph, but I will buy photography lights so I can shoot more in it before I go, but you can often see it in my stories on Instagram, it is always a hit!
You can find all posts with the old and new bathroom on the category : The Bathroom.

I have actually gotten a little sentimental checking old posts, I cannot believe how many things have changed, from my surroundings to personal and professional growth. I had to stop myself from deleting some of my first posts due to photos I feel are so poorly styled, shot and edited, but, I think it is important to remember the good along with the bad! It is those defining moments that make us who we are!

Here's to a wonderful 2018, lets try to make it our best one yet!

// Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima



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