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Sunday, August 20, 2017


Usually every month I make a wishlist, but this month I thought I should just share some of my favorites that found their way in my apartment. First up, some goodies from Ferm Living , in the photo above spotted : a Neu mug, a small brass spoon, a brass candle extinguisher and a special chocolate I brought with me when I visited Ferm Livings new showroom The Home last week (what a fabulous dinner and company!). I will be travelling to Copenhagen again next week so I will be stopping by for some photos, but for a sneak peek and some photos from the dinner you can check Elisabeths post at Elisabeth Heier.

I am waiting for quite a few deliveries next few days but a small one arrived yesterday with just the right accessories. One of them the mirror Aura by young and talented designer Bjørn van den Berg manufactured by New Works. I got the wall version and now I am thinking I need the table version as well, for now the wall version looks perfectly at home on my windowsill. 

A few days ago I realised I was missing pencils and pens, so I hopped over to Lush Dive that's just in the neighborhood for some office supplies. I am very peculiar when it comes to pencils, I prefer writing with B, HB, or H depending on the paper , while a 2B is always great to have around for sketching. I think I got enough for a few months though!

I love a minimal speaker system and I was lucky to be gifted a new Stammen from Urban Ears. I got the Indigo Blue version and I love it. The sound is great partly because the speaker doesn't run on battery, so all the space is used for sound. Unfortunately what makes it so great it is also its only downside, since it doesnt run on battery it is not portable at all, it needs to be close to a power socket and the wire always shows. If you can live with the downsides, it is otherwise a great sound system with powerful sound.

Last but not least, one of my favorite perfumes Santal 33 was nearing its end, but I was lucky to be gifted a Neroli 36 by Le Labo which came just in time. I dont think I can have enough of their custom made perfumes, but Santal 33 will always be my first love. Oh! I also found a marble Hay tray 70% off at a local furniture store in Sogndal right before I left, how lucky am I? It is a great solution for gathering all my face care essentials in the bathroom and it definitely deserves a place in my favorites!

// Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima


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My Kitchen in Oslo

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The kitchen in my apartment in Oslo is one of the rooms I spend most of my time in. Partly  because it is the most furnished room, but to be honest, I love working on the table. I showed a sneak peak of the kitchen here, where you can see my working spot, but I thought I would share what can be seen in the opposite direction as well. I already have a small routine after waking up, and it mostly came to be because the cooktop is not induction and since I didnt bring with me an electric water boiler, the water takes about 9-10 minutes to boil. So I wake up, turn the cooktop on, then I have a good amount of time to brush my teeth, wash my face, ( bathroom routines ) before I get dressed and head to the kitchen for a morning tea and something light to eat while I open the first emails for the day. I am not showing the whole kitchen yet on purpose , I need to paint it, then change some shelves, decide what lamps I want, then finally change the water faucet and I think probably add some plants or a board to scribble on. There are lots to do then next month and with fairs, press events and projects coming up I am wishing the day had 48 hours and not 24. I know it seems  from the photos that the kitchen hardly needs any change but the details are those that will define the space when it is a rental although I am lucky the owners are open to changes.


 // Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima


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Temporary bedroom

Saturday, August 5, 2017

I just came back to Oslo and I am trying to make myself comfortable, but I am starting to feel the absence of a furnished home already. Due to summer vacations companies have delivery dates even longer than usual and as of now most of everything I have ordered has 6 to 7 weeks delivery time. I dont want to compromise on my coffee table or on the lamps I want, I would rather live in an empty house, which is how I ended up with one of course! I dont even have a bed , another item waiting to be shipped, but at least I have made myself an impromptu bed with a futon on the bedroom floor. I will love having an actual bed, but for now just the luxury of organic cotton sheets help a lot with feeling comfortable. One of the two big windowsills works as a side table above my head for essentials, while everything else I am spreading around me on the floor. Dont feel too bad for me, I am beyond excited to be in Oslo and in my beautiful apartment, and the journey is always worth it ;)

 // Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima


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Spend the Summer outside with Ellos

Sunday, July 30, 2017

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Just because August is so close, it doesnt mean the summer is over, far from it! I am getting back to Oslo from vacation today and my veranda doesn't even have the essentials so I have gathered a few things from Ellos Home that will help me, I hope they inspire you as well!

:: Hammock | If you are lucky to have a tree in your garden or anywhere to hang a hammock at your balcony I highly recommend Hengestol Svea
:: Pillows | Velvet is not just for inside the house, get comfortable outside as well with the pillows Georgia. My favorite color is grey-green.
:: Carafe | Sitting outside in the sun requires something refreshing and this carafe ( Mugge Mary ) will hold any beverage in style.
:: Vase | The same rules apply outside as they do inside. A table is just better with a vase filled with flowers, try the glass vase Similla for a minimal look.
:: Flowerpot | Flowerpots are not only for flowers, I use the metal pot Allison with the embossed pattern and decorative patinated surface to plant herbs and keep outside. Herbs do so much better when planted, and with all the outside summer cooking, having a small herb garden is a must. 
:: Rug | Last but not least, try a plastic carpet if you want to cover an ugly veranda floor that you cannot change easily, especially if you are renting. I like to use the same palette so the result is pleasing, so Peak fits perfectly with the styling of my veranda, but Ellos has a great selection of plastic rugs that can be found here . And of course, they can be left outside when it rains! 

// Collage by Katerina Dima , Photo above by Ellos.


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Vacation Mood

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I cannot remember a time where I didn't blog for so many days, it was certainly not intentional.  After my move to Oslo first of July, the month just went too fast. I made a few early posts from the apartment ( you can find them all in the Oslo Apartment new category ) but I am still waiting for a lot of things to be delivered so the space is still quite empty, but you can already see how it is turning out! A few days ago however I returned to Sogndal at the cabin to spend summer vacations and the weather has been so beautiful that we have spend all our time just enjoying the warm days. I kept up with working behind the scenes however, all the work that goes into the blog that no one gets to see and certainly what is the least fun. Accounting, cleaning up emails, scheduling posts, upcoming plans, ordering props, timing upcoming press events ( already from August my calendar is almost full ) , flights, hotels, etc. There is so much to juggle, it really takes most of my day everyday. 
Today I am finally sharing a sneak peek of the bedroom up on the loft, I spend a few hours moving some things around and the result is a room that feels quite better than before. The basics are there,  a slanted roof , window with great view towards the fjord and minimal wooden floors. I removed most of the furniture that was in the room, but left the double bed , an old chair (not pictured here) and old wooden shelves filled with books that currently sit on the floor. Since this is a vacation house there are no plans in place for a big renovation, however I am looking forward to painting over some of the wallpapers with a neutral color, it is the fastest way to upgrade any space without spending too much time. I have also brought some of my old but favorite design items from the house, a small selection for now that will grow as time goes by. It is a sort of recycling that works great, things I have grown slightly tired can come and live here, while old favorites can move back home again. As for now, the small nook I created on the loft is perfect for the summer, the loft tends to get a little hot and moving the bed under the window was the best way to catch that soft cool breeze.

// Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima


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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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