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Scandinavian Christmas Gift Wrapping

Monday, December 5, 2016


When it comes to wrapping presents there are many ways to do it, I personally prefer the simplicity of the Scandinavian way so this years theme was very much based on that style. I used paper drop cloth (usually used for masking floors while painting), ribbons in various sizes ( mostly black, navy and white color), some string and name tags that matched the color of the paper, and for decoration I used some branches of cotton and fresh eucalyptus. I wanted the presents to also have a personal feel, so every one of them is wrapped and styled slightly different, so they are all unique.


I also wrapped a few of the smaller ones with linen napkins (mine came from Hale Merchantile & Co). This is a great way of wrapping a present in a very sustainable way for no extra waste, but also for something extra in the form of the napkin. 
There are so many more unique ways to wrap the presents using the materials I used, I also just wrapped them with big ribbons, you can see more of the presents under my early Christmas tree in this post

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Inspiration from IKEA

Sunday, December 4, 2016


Livet Hemma (Life at home) is the IKEA inspirational blog, where various notable stylists and photographers regularly contribute posts, mostly including IKEA products, styled and photographed to reflect the Scandinavian style and way of life. New IKEA designs include updated materials, silhouettes and colors, all curated towards mirroring new trends in Scandinavian design. I regularly visit the blog for inspiration, today I am sharing some of my favorite photos as of late that make up for a full home tour, a home I would gladly move in today even. Below you can find inspiration for the office, the living room, the kitchen, the bathroom and the bedroom.

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Styling tips for Early Christmas with Stelton

Saturday, December 3, 2016

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This year I started decorating for Christmas and wrapping my presents a little earlier than what is usual for Scandinavian countries yet I did not want the house to look too festive too early, so I ended up buying a small cedar tree which was perfect for early decoration. Stelton's Nordic ornaments  and  Tangle Christmas decorations made for perfect fit on the delicate looking tree that I chose to keep as simple as possible wrapping it in brown paper for a Scandinavian feel.

The Stelton Christmas line consists partly of the Nordic ornaments, designed by Nordentoft and Secher Kau , a hanging heart, angel and cone in minimal lines, made of brass and porcelain.The ornaments are very light as well, making it easy to hang on the trees willowy branches. The Christmas line also includes the Tangle decorations, designed by Halskov and Dalsgaard, hanging ornaments but also candleholders and vases. All shapes in the Nordic and Tangle carefully curated collection are redesigned classic Christmas silhouettes, angels, cones, hearts and stars, but with a contemporary twist.

My favorites from both lines are the brass angel from the Nordic ornaments and the Tangle star candle holder also in brass from the Tangle line. I paired them together for a simple windowsill decoration.

I chose to wrap the presents in the same brown paper as the cedar tree, wrapping them with various ribbons and strings. I also added some moss in the cedars trees pot for a more natural feel. However I am thinking of adding some of the Stelton Nordic ornament line on the presents (instead of using branches) , this way whoever opens them will also get an ornament for next years Christmas.The ornaments can also be used as napkin holders or even just displayed on their own as I already demonstrated above, I am sure I will find more uses by the end of these holidays to share!

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New Press Page

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I have created a new page where I am sharing few of my favorite photos as of late and work for clients. All the photos included can be used for sharing in social media (reposts etc) and on blogs. I will be more than happy to see how you are using the photos, so  please do share a link with me! The folder will be updated frequently with new work.

You can find the photos and more information at the new Press Package page that can be also found now on top of the blog.

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@onlydecolove tag when sharing on Instagram.

For magazine and publications or other press inquiries please contact info@onlydecolove.com. 

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Libratone Zipp Copenhagen Edition

Monday, November 28, 2016

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Music has always been essential to me, for any activity. While working, while training, in the car, travelling, it is is a big part of my everyday life. Finding the right speakers or headphones is quite important, I am looking for a combination of great design, great sound and utility and I am happy to have found everything I was looking and more in the new Libratone Zipp Copenhagen speakers. The speakers come in two sizes, in beautiful Danish design featuring interchangeable wool covers (just zipp one out and zipp the new one in), aluminum top and bottom,  and a black leather carrying handle. The sound is robust ( 360 degrees play), they connect via Bluetooth or your wireless network at home (streaming has never been easier) and with 10 hours of play  time you can carry them around anywhere at home, so you can always have your favorite music with you. One of the advantages I found very useful, is the ability to connect any number of the Libratone Zipp Copenhagen  and Libratone Zipp Mini Copenhagen speakers together and create a soundspace, effectively setting your music free,  and enjoy it in every room, every space, every part of your life.
In other words, you get the freedom to place the speakers wherever you want and move them around in your home as you like. And due to the beautiful design and the fact that you change the cover of the speakers they can always be part of your interior at home. Both speakers make for a perfect Christmas present as well!


Everything mentioned above are things that make the Libratone Zipp Copenhagen speakers a great portable sound system, but I would also like to share my personal experience with them, as I have been using them for some time now.
Apart from the overall beautiful design and great sound, what I enjoy most is the freedom these speakers give me. I always keep one upstairs and one downstairs so they can be connected and I can still enjoy uninterrupted music when I move around. The sound is controlled from the touch pad on top, the controls are very intuitive, I literally feel I have all my music in my fingertips. A wonderful surprise feature lets you hash the sound for as long as you like by simply placing your hand on top of the speaker without having to interrupt what you are listening to while you need to momentarily focus somewhere else. In my personal experience, the touch pad is very responsive, and so far it has registered every tap with extreme ease.

I usually keep my Libratone Zipp Mini Copenhagen with me upstairs by my home office desk , although I will take it with me when I either move to the dining table where I work sometimes or when I sit by the couch in the living room. The dining room, living room and home office are all connected so I can also leave one Zipp Copenhagen in the middle of the area and all the space will be filled with music when I turn it on. Since the battery lasts for 10 hours I find I rarely charge it more than a few times per week, however when I need to the wire sits comfortably on the table held down by an aluminum anchor. 

Whether you will be wrapping gifts, cooking in the kitchen, working on your laptop or any other activity at home this holidays, the Libratone Zipp Copenhagen speakers will be a perfect companion for any music lover, and a great gift for yourself or your loved ones!

//Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima

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Lights on for Christmas

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The simplest decorations are the ones that speak to me the most, almost always. In a time when I do not necessarily feel like decorating for Christmas for personal reasons this year, simple string lights will create a festive feel without committing so much into a festive atmosphere. I combine mine with a few choice candles as well, scents that will calm the mind and create an overall warm welcoming feeling. 

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I am sharing some inspiring photos I found on Pinterest with string lights, where the result is minimal yet very engaging. Wrapping a few garlands of string lights around mirrors, a makeshift wooden star or a ladder, will bring soft light into the house, creating an almost fairytale like vibe. I opt for simple white ones so I can possibly leave up for a longer period of time throughout the year, not just Christmas, however they are a top pick when it comes to decorating for the upcoming holidays as well, no matter if the choice is a minimal or a more festive feel.



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Bedroom Sneak Peek

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


I promised I would share my new bedroom before November ended, and while it is not quite ready yet I am so happy with the result I am posting a sneak peak. I don't want to reveal too much since a post with all the details (and before photos) will be up soon, but I will share some information and answer some questions I have been asked a lot. 
We moved in yesterday night after letting the floors dry ( painted white) for a few days. So far the paint is holding on quite well although I did put protecting pads under every single furniture that I moved in, including the bed. The only problem is the floor will get dirtier faster, even after a few days and while it was empty, however it is nothing a simple quick swipe with a broom wont fix. I am proceeding with painting the rest of the floors downstairs starting from today so everything is going to be a mess at least until Christmas. 
After we moved the bed in, the only furniture that made the cut were the bed (along with its linens), a marble side table, a table lamp, a pilea plant, a Bluetooth speaker and some hand care creams. 
I returned from Bergen without the IVAR cabinets I wanted to place opposite the bed since they were completely out of stock, so I will have to wait for them or find another storage solution. I do not wish to overcrowd the bedroom, so other than a little bit of storage, a mirror (the Georg mirror from Skagerak is perfect) maybe a basket and am extra chair, I will not be adding too much.
For now, even as empty, I am very happy with the look, I am really looking forward to it finishing though, and hopefully the IVAR cabinets will restock quite soon!


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