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Styling Windowsills

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

One of the things that were very high in my check list when I was looking for an apartment was high ceilings and big windows with deep windowsills. I ruled out beautiful apartments because the sills in the windows were small, it has been a struggle to find just the right space but now that I did I feel it was well worth the effort. My windowsills are big and beautiful and create the perfect spot for either an impromptu workspace or more commonly, a lamp or two, candles, books etc. Since my apartment is still quite empty, they are a lifesaver, although I dont mind just having things on the floor on stacks of magazines either. My house, my rules ;) Some of my favorites as of late, the Standard Bordelampe from Menu (it looks amazing when lit at night as well well), Ferm Living marble candleholders (they are minimal and make a statement without taking too much space) and latest magazines and kinto cups (my windowsills also work as a side table for now). There are so many ways you can take advantage of big windows and their sills, I am really looking forward to finding new opportunities this winter , not just for photos, but I have to say, I love how they look everytime I turn around or walk in the room.

// Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima


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Todays Office

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The apartment is slowly coming together, and although there are many essentials that I need, one I was missing sorely was a kitchen table. I had several designers in mind but I ended up founding an In Between &Tradition table on Finn for a very good price which made my decision quite easy . I already had 4 In Between chairs in the same colour , and although I didn't want to go for an all uniform look,  it turned up looking very similar to what I wanted it to look.
The whole apartment has big windows that let plenty of daylight in, but I really love working from the kitchen especially this time of the year. The kitchen is also where the balcony is at which is looking towards the small private park of the building ( the whole block is build around it), something I find quite ideal during summer with the nature bursting in. Athough it is Saturday I need to catch up with emails and work (moving has taken so much of my time this week), so you will find me here for the next couple of hours. Since I came to Oslo I have been taking more instagram stories, so for highlights of my day or my whereabouts you can always get sneak peeks there, I love sharing some Oslo love!





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Bolon | Innovators at Heart

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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Those who follow me on instagram a few weeks ago got treated with some sneak peeks from the opening of the Bolon Lab Store in Stockholm. Together with Elisabeth Heier (find her post about Bolon here but also a few highlights of what we got up to those 24 hours here), we met up with Susanna Vento and Therese Sennerholt and the rest of the Bolon team for a delicious family breakfast at the Bolon Lab Store, where we found out more about Bolon and its history.

But who is Bolon? I admit I had only known them by name and reputation as the highly renowned Swedish flooring company. What I was delighted to discover was that there is so much more passion , design and most of all innovation involved in the making and running of the company, something that in my opinion is the cornerstone of what defines Bolon and their success. Do read on if you are just as curious!


Bolon started as a labour of love. Founder Nils-Erik Eklund started making rag rugs out of textile waste and to this day Bolon is celebrated for the recycling processes that are the heart of flooring creation. Research and development at Bolon is a holistic affair, with a number of considerations about new products on a project-by-project basis. The recent collections with architect Jean Nouvel ended up as a six final colourways but generated over 150 samples over a two year development. Talented Annica and Marie Eklund ,Nils-Erik grand daughters who took over the family business a few years ago, are now the heart of Bolon, their vision and personality is what drives Bolon forward into an innovative future. They have been on a mission – to make Bolon a design-led innovator and fuse the conservative, traditional flooring branch with the boundless creativity of the world of fashion.In doing so, they’ve collaborated with world-renowned designers and architects as well as working with international brands.

In Projects we Love, Bolon magazine, we can find their most beloved projects intertwined with interviews, beautiful projects and compelling facts about the company as well as Annicas and Maries compelling facts and glimpses into their own lives. The women behind Bolon are fascinating and multi talented (Annica is a remarkable photographer, more of her works can be found at Annica Eklund Studio, as well as many of her published coffee table books with her photos) but at the same time so very approachable. They mention it is part of their upbringing, their house was always open to friends and family, so they are actively nurturing personal and professional relationships with the same passion. It is this humble but powerful attitude that has made collaborations with legendary names such as Jean Nouvel easy as sundays family dinner, and the same goes with Missoni , renowned fashion house. But it is more than an attitude that creates this feeling, Annica and Marie are not just hospitable, they are not just friendly, they believe in a personal touch when it comes to relationships passionately, it is so important to them and Bolon to work with people they have bonded with. Just a few of their clients include Armani, Google, Volvo Cars, Adidas, Skype, Missoni and Rezidor Hotel Group.
For more of their impressive projects, feel free to visit Projects we Love, while their flooring collection can be found at Collections.

The Lab Store is a hub of design where tactile flooring and textile installations serve as a backdrop for a rotating programme  of exhibitions, workshops, lectures and dinners. It is a space for designers, architects and enthusiasts to meet and exchange ideas. Bolon draws on its collaborative approach to design––which includes partnerships with Jean Nouvel, Missoni, Monica Förster, Doshi Levien, Färg & Blanche, Cappellini and more––to promote creative discourse around its architectural ooring. The Lab Store will provide a new forum in which to meet, enjoy a meal or coffee prepared by an in-house chef, engage in dialogue about ideas and plans, and receive advice and support from Bolon’s flooring experts.
We were also treated to a wonderful breakfast on the day of our meeting with Bolon, and the Lab Store lived up to its expectation magnificently. Everyone, guests, clients, designers, industry leaders, experts and manufacturers are an integral part of Bolon’s DNA, and they are all treated like members of the Bolon family. The in house chef prepared us exquisite breakfast and exceptional coffee and we were more than welcomed later to make ourselves fully at home in the Bolon world and interact with the exhibitions on display. 

We were also treated to some exciting news , Bolons first rug collection which we were allowed to see some sneak peeks. It marks the debut of Bolon’s new direction toward interior design with its collection of rugs. In alternating stripes in muted tones with a subtle shimmer, the rugs are the result of an experiment to combine glitter thread and wool to achieve a tactile effect characteristic of Bolon’s unique refined look and durable quality. Its colour and material palette – the result of an extensive research and development process – take inspiration from the deep jewel tones and moody neutrals of fashion textiles.

As a final note, I would like to thank Bolon for inviting me to experience the opening of The Lab Store, but mostly, for making me feel part of the Bolon family. It is this very magical touch that nurtures all their relationships and propels Bolon into the future. I cannot wait for what comes next for Bolon, keep an eye on the blog for future news.


//Photos 3-11 and 15,16,17,18 via Bolon | Photos 1,2 and 12-14 by Katerina Dima 

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Hello from Oslo!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

This weekend I packed everything my car could fit and drove to Oslo, this time however to stay! I finally found the most beautiful apartment a few weeks ago and from now, you can find me locally in Grünerløkka, hooray!  It is still quite empty since I brought only a few things, but thankfully the previous owner left me their couch to use until I get my own. I am also sleeping on it since I dont have a bed yet, while my duvets and pillows just arrived with the post today!  Did I mention I only have one pair of sheets and a blanket? I feel like a student again and I love it. I wanted a fresh start so I only brought with me a few select things and clothes, but now realize I might have gone too far with my minimalist plan. There are many things that will come by mail as I ordered them before I left, but they could take a few days to be here so for now, the apartment will be without plates or even cutlery for example. I should be ok, after all , sushi only needs a set of chopsticks right? The plan for the next few days is, get a table for the kitchen and a bed, while I ll need several trips to the super market to stock up on necessities. For now I am happy to set up my office on the couch, the windowsills work as side tables perfectly ;) I will be posting more updates on the blog as I settle in, but if you want sneak peeks and live updates of the apartment, just jump over my instagram and stories, for candid moments and moving tips ;)

// Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima


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Home Spotlight | The Private Residence of Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

Saturday, July 1, 2017

I recently got a press release for the new Menu Space, a newly finished showroom, office, and café, designed in collaboration with Norm Architects for Danish design company MENU. While browsing in the downloads folder however I stumbled upon a full set of photo of the the home of Norm Architects founder Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen. Since I am moving this Sunday to Oslo to my new apartment, I thought I was appropriate to share Jonas home first to serve as inspiration, get to know a little bit of his style and where he lives, before sharing the press photos for the new Menu Space which I was lucky to visit first hand a day before its official opening, while in Copenhagen for 3 days of Design (read more about that here).
Some of the items featured in Jonas own home happen to be on the top of my list , from Menu to &tradition to the custom marble office desk that is not for sale unfortunately. However if you are in love with the style, Menus new Plinth tables/podiums will alleviate some of the longing, at least it will for me. 

//Photos via Menu 

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Early Green Mornings

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Today I woke up really early ,right when the first rays of sun started hitting our small veranda. Scandinavian days are so long during this time of year, the sun is out almost at 6 in the morning. I usually start my day with water, during winter it is hot water with a little bit of lemon, while during summer I make a carafe with infused water that I keep in the fridge so it is ready whenever I want to enjoy something cool with a little bit of flavor. My favorite is really simple, just add fresh mint, some cucumber, lime and lemon slices in a carafe, fill it up with water and let it infuse for a few hours in the fridge. It coincidentally matches the all green clean white mood in my veranda as well, the look I created for this summer. It is really easy to replicate and budget friendly and it fits small verandas perfectly.
Start with painting the floors and the rails white if you can, but grey rails or black will work just as well. (I painted the veranda white last year and I barely need to wash it, it doesn't show its dirt at all and my veranda is not covered. The paint handled snow and rain great too, no peeling ). Cafe style chairs and cafe style table match well with the mood I wanted to create, they are easy to find in any store (mine are from Ellos but check measurements first before you order as they run much smaller than the usual cafe style furniture). Add a garland of string lights ( again you can fine the exact ones at Ellos, they are suitable for outside and they also come in black color) , they give off a French country cafe feeling even during the day! For a clean green look choose all green plants , a monstera and a pilea where the plants of my choice, but mostly I just use the plants I already have in the house.
Bring out a magazine, a cup of matcha tea or infused green water and enjoy an all green clean crisp mood in the comfort of your own home ;)

I will leave you with a photo from my instagram stories earlier today, it is not the best resolution, but it gives the exact feeling of a crisp early morning, or at least how my morning was exactly! And such a beautiful warm day it turned out to be!

// Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima


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Summer Wishlist

Sunday, June 25, 2017

I haven't done a wishlist for a while, it is mostly because I have been too busy to even find time to shop, I lately just pop in the store and buy quickly what I need. Summer is here however and there are somethings I want to buy and I thought I should share some of what has been on the top of my wishlist for the last few weeks!

:: For the beach | COS bathing suit that can be worn at the beach but also during the day.
:: For the home I am moving next week and the apartment is quite empty so far, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't smell nice. Aesop is launching a new line with home fragrances in the beginning of July, lucky me Aesop store in Oslo is right next to my door!
:: For me | Speaking of fragrances , Frama released a new perfume St.Pauls. I have smelled it during 3 days of design right before its launch and I cant wait to get one for myself soon.
:: Accessorize | And speaking of moving, a new leather key companion for my new keys from Stolbjerg Copenhagen I think will be very appropriate.
:: For the sunglasses | Don't change your Raybans for the summer, just change their case
:: For your hair | Summer can be hard on the hair and being Greek and living in perpetual summer has taught me is care for your hair. Kiehls Damage repairing and Dehydrating series is the perfect summer hair companion to your hair.
:: Walk in these | Summer is not only for sandals and open shoes and I need a new pair of adidas, this time in grey.

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Styling tip : Brass trays

Saturday, June 24, 2017

If you are tired of the small messes next to the bed, the bathroom or the coffee table, just gather your little things in a small/medium tray. I know its a such a simple solution, however it is the simplest solutions we tend to overlook. My tip is, choose a flower pot saucer instead of an actual tray, they tend to be very thin so it will stand out less! My favorites are the Edge brass plates from Skagerak ( in small above and medium below) , but for a less expensive solution the zinc saucers from Granit will also work just as well. 

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