Saturday, August 29, 2015

Mapiful News

A lot of you have been asking me about the city posters I have been using lately in my home. They are from Mapiful and I have great news to share with you! You can now use the code "Onlydecolove"  for a 10% off your purchase. You can create any city map you like, while you can customize it to portrait as I have above or landscape. You can also choose where to place the text or how it will look like! I have chosen the default version for both, I found the initial design fitted better with my space!


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

VisseVasse : New Norge Collection






I just got a preview of the new Visse Vasse collection.I am a big fan or their poster range and I couldnt be happier when they announced their full Norwegian product range! I already own a few of them in various sizes, their soft pastel colors fit my home perfectly. I am looking forward to adding then new Norge Collection in my selection of posters, the sceneries are so idyllic and they  capture the spirit of Norway perfectly. Bergen is one of my favorite cities while there are posters depicting landmarks and ideas that Norway is famous for, its fjords, cabins,skiing trips or even fishing cabins. What do you think of the Visse Vasse poster collection, would it fit your home?



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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Only Deco Love nomination for Amara Awards! Are you an Only Deco Lover?

So excited and honored to be nominated for Best Interior Designer or Stylist Blog at Amara interior blog awards! 
So many nominations of amazing bloggers in the category, I am so honored to be included!
If you are an Only Deco Lover you can vote by clicking the image below, it only takes a few seconds and I would be the happiest girl if I got to win! 






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Friday, August 21, 2015

Sinnerlig IKEA line

I couldn't resist buying some of products from the Sinnerlig line of IKEA designed by Ilse Crawford. I couldn't possibly fit everything I really wanted in the car so I decided to go for the lamp, the storage jar,bottles and some cup coasters. I think they look really beautiful, I like the idea of combining cork with other materials and I believe in this particular instance it fits perfectly. Couldn't resist showcasing one of my new pieces from ByLassen as well. Can you spot the white Line?


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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Felt Sleeve case the perfect Macbook companion






Lately I have been travelling a lot due to vacations and my Macbook was a steady companion on hand and in my luggage. While travelling, something that is very important to me is to be able to keep my things safe but in the most lightweight possible. A felt sleeve case is the perfect solution if you are looking for a case that is easy to slide in and out (no additional straps was a must for me), lightweight and soft so it protects perfectly while is easy to carry and small enough to wrap around your mac so it takes as little space as possible in your luggage or bag. Mine also works as a pad to rest my mac on or even as a mousepad if I use one and the surface isn't even enough. Westerman Bags has many designs and colors when it comes to felt cases and although my preference was one of the simplest ones, I think there is a felt case for everyone there. Double colored,with or without straps, the shops selection includes ipad and iphone cases as well for those that wish to further protect more of their gadgets, especially when they are new. I absolutely love my felt sleeve, I have been using it every single day since I got it so the only thing there is to find out is how long will it last? Stay tuned and I will let you know, although I don't think it will be anytime soon :)

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Ferm Living news – AW 2015




Ferm Living released their Autumn Winter 2015 collection and I can safely say I wish I could buy every item. I am especially attracted to their kitchen products, I love the trivets and the towels/aprons. Lately I have been trying to plate our dinners in a more stylish way and I can't help but wish I had a whole set of their Neu dishes, plates and pitchers and I think all their brass tools would complement any aspiring cooks kitchen. You can see more of their kitchen collection here. You will be seeing a lot of these products soon in my home, so stay tuned. I have wanted a nice apron for a long time and I have been looking for measurement tools and Ferm Living created the perfect ones for my taste!


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Saturday, August 1, 2015

August's Favorites


This months favorites highlights products I cannot live without for the month of August. A lip balm is always in my bag , while I am actively trying to drink as much water as possible (preferably above 1.5lt a day). My leather pouch will fit so many things, including an extra charger and my new Sony portable camera. Not everyday is sunny in Norway during summer, however I cannot walk out of the house without my sunglasses (my selection of Rayban is ever growing). Last but not least, an external hard drive is always useful, and I have been using my WD non stop since I got my new mac. It helps me stay organized while it stores not only what I don't use everyday but also backing up all my important files. What can't you live without this month?



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Friday, July 24, 2015

My new Sony DSC-WX500 camera and a review



I have wanted to get a small camera for a long time. It needed to be easy to carry around in my small bag, capable enough for my everyday needs when I don't want to lag my big and heavy DSLR around and last but not least to look if possible stylish but I was willing to compromise for just nice enough if the price was worth it. I was lucky to receive yesterday the DSC-WX500 camera from Sony and it immediately ticked all my boxes when it came to my needs and then some. There are many reviews on the internet about this camera, very detailed and very technical so I feel I can bypass the technical details and instead cover only cover the basics and what I feel is important when it comes to my needs.


The camera comes in 3 colors (black white and red) and my choice was white. Sony really focused on design when it comes to these series and the result is great. The camera looks absolutely beautiful, it is easy to hold and light, while it still small enough to fit into the smallest of bags. The resolution of the photos is 18.2MP and the lens is capable for 30x zoom, which is quite impressive. While the lowest -f- it can reach is 3.5 (the lowest the f the more nicely blurry the objects behind your focus are) the camera still handles depth of field beautifully due to its many programs and automatic enhancements. I was very pleasantly surprised to see that other than its many automatic programs, it also comes with manual and semi manual programs, which give you almost as much flexibility as a DSLR camera. Of course the capabilities of the sensor are limited however there is a lot you can do to manually alter aperture or shutter speed to fill almost any of your needs. In addition in almost any program you can alter exposure (very useful as in my DSLR this is almost permanately on +7 when I shoot inside in a cloudy day),color,saturation, warmth, vividness,metering,flash ,focus area,ISO and white balance.





There are also many digital enhancements that are a welcome addition such as , auto object framing, multi face recognition,smile recognition,picture effects that include many preset filters and finally a smooth skin enhancement that is perfect for portraits or close macros.Speaking of enhancements I have been loving the new setting called Superior Auto Mode, which takes a multiple series of shots and merges them for a final result.You have to try it out and see how beautiful the results really are, crisp and smooth lines that is almost impossible to replicate in rough natural settings such as night shots or dark rooms.
 The video that you can shoot is full HD and here is a nice trick that I will be using a lot. The display on the back flips completely up so you can see yourself while you are shooting. It is perfect for taking photos from weird angles and also for shooting vlogs!


My Conclusion 
This camera is perfect for a second budget light duty camera for serious bloggers that already own a DSLR (entry level or above) and want an alternative for when they are out and about. If you are wondering if you should buy an entry level DSLR or this camera I would suggest you get the DSLR instead or Sony RX100 mark II and above. If the RX was out when I got my entry level DSLR 10 years ago I would have preferred the RX which is an amazing camera that can completely replace an entry level pro camera. The DSC-WX500 is also perfect for any amateur photographer that wants to capture moments and also have a level of control on the settings. You don't need any knowledge to handle this camera however so even if you have only used your phones camera so far don't worry, you will do just fine! The camera is very intuitive and really easy to learn! 

This petite but wondrous camera will go everywhere with me when in vacation or anywhere else. I don't see why not always carry this with me, even when I just go for shopping.The quality of the photos and level of control of the settings is quite remarkable for such a small light duty camera,it will be the perfect replacement for my DSLR when I don't want to carry it around. I have already been trying it at home and I am so pleased with the results! Stay tuned as my next post will be with photos exclusively taken with my new little gem. 

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Only Deco Loves : Triwa Watches




Swedish Triwa doesn't need a lot of introduction. Their watch selection and sunglasses are known all over the world in very little time due to their quality and their design. True to Scandinavian style, they invest on minimalistic schemes with focus on superb quality for their components. I chose a Niben Azure for a sportier look, although it will match almost any other outfit as well. Its delicate stainless steel mesh band feels soft while it drapes your wrist but it is very sturdy and resilient. A true delight to wear, it always raises questions everywhere I go about where I got it!It was very hard to chose a design but when I do get a next one I will definitely go for either one of their Rose gold Lansen or Ivory Lansen for a classic Triwa look. Do check them out and see for yourselves how beautiful their design really is!

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Summer Cold Days with Urbanara


It has been a very cold summer in Norway so far. I got quite a lot of sun and a tan when I visited Greece a couple of weeks ago so I don't  mind as much and on the bright side,I get to enjoy all my new blankets that I got on a discount during spring!  Urbanara send me just a couple of days ago a beautiful 100% wool blanket  that fits the occasion just perfectly. I have been using it everyday to keep myself warm, along with tea, hot chocolate and warm socks while browsing their online store. Urbanara, besides their beautiful blankets and throws, has also a great selection of other homeware. I love their kitchen linen dishclothes, their natural cutting boards, their porcelain tableware (how amazing is this porcelain cup?). I could see so many pieces of their online online collection in my own home or as gifts for loved ones!  

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Macbook Pro Hard drive Storage and Dropbox

I am forever grateful about my decision to paint my office desk white, especially when the day is gloomy and cold. It really elevates my mood and I become so much more productive when my space feels fresh. Essentials on my desk when I am working, headphones to listen to music, a carafe for water or tea (my favorites at the moment are the Eva Solo carafe and tumblers), a notebook for quick notes. I have also moved my new macbook pro on my desk to get more accustomed to it and finally transferred all the files from my old pc to it (they are now divided between an external hard drive and my Mac). Apple does have a cloud storage but I have become obsessed with Dropbox and its incredible versatility. You can install it on all your devices and everything you drop into it will be synced along all your phones,tablets or pcs. If you want to join dropbox as well you can click here and register with your mail. If you use the link above you also get an extra 500mb space as well! While I would love to rest a little I have more editing to do and a photoshoot to plan, so I will see you later or on my instagram :)


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Friday, July 17, 2015

Skandinavisk : Automn Winter 2015





Skandinavisk released their AW 2015 catalog and I am happy to finally be able to announce I am part of it! One of my photos of the SKOG candle (as seen in this blogpost although I styled and re shot the photos so they could fit better in the catalog) can be seen at the end of the booklet along with other beautifuly styled photos of Skandinavisk candles (all the photos on this blogpost can also be found in high resolution at the Skandinavisk online image bank). While the candles are a dream to style on their own, it is the reason why you can see them in almost every scandinavian home, their scent is what puts them apart from any other in my opinion. Few of my favorites as seen above are the HAV (translated OCEAN) smells exactly like vacations by the sea, the morning freshness just before you dive in for your first swim. The SKOG(translated FOREST) smells like a hike in Norwegian fjords, under the misty trees where the sun barely peaks through the leaves. The KOTO (translated HOME) mixes delicate amber with exotic jasmine, mandarin and vanilla, an unforgettable scent so distinguishable from any other vanilla candle, it just smells like home. If you are like me and you love every room to smell fresh and have a special aromatic tone, then I also suggest a diffuser (the scent is stronger the more sticks you submerge in it, I always use one or two at most). My choice this time NAT (translated night) has a delicate sense of a romantic aroma, to me it smells like a seductive perfume, it is perfect to just leave in your bedroom, and it lasts for months. I love having candles around, especially in the bathroom when I step in the morning the first thing I do is light HYGGE(translated COZINESS). It fills the air with a subtle scent immediately and lets me easily find my way into my morning routine (you can read about it here). 
And before I forget, if you like the beechwood lids as seen above, for a limited time you can also get one for free with any order of a 190gr candle(1 per candle). I reuse the glass from my candles when they are burned out and a the lid is perfect for making them into containers as well.

Whether you are a candle lover or not, you simply will not be able to resist the beautiful aromas the Skandinavisk candles mete out. I fell in love on the spot.



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