Sunday, April 26, 2015

Last snow and personal photos of last year



Last winter photo for my blog until next snow falls. The weather surprised us with a last flurry of snow last week. I absolutely love snow and this year I have been trying to learn how to ski, I would say very unsuccessfully. I have made big leaps however from the first time I tried where I thought it was a success just standing up enough on my feet to take a  proud photo of myself.
I will miss the beautiful light it casts although I am looking forward to summer and long hikes (how can you not hike when this is where you get to walk), swimming and vacations. Last year I was so happy to use the kayaks ( at the house and just before the first plunge here) and just paddle slowly around, during the hot summer days. My boyfriends family cabin is just by the water ( the view from the breakfast area is stunning) making this activity really easy and something I am looking forward to. You can just take a small boat or kayak to the other side of the fjord to find a nice secluded spot to swim when the tide is down around midday. There is a little pier right down the path of the house where you can also sunbathe if you don't feel like going anywhere or doing anything else. And how can I forget the wild strawberries growing freely out there ready to pick and eat while we are hiking! Are you as excited for summer as I am!?

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Home Office Storage Solutions



As you all know I love styling and rearranging things or moving them around always keeps a space fresh in my opinion. I took down the Polaroids I had taped to the wall and just hang some inspiration prints. While my office usually looks nice my problem is that it is hardly able to contain everything a home office needs and that comes down to the fact that other than some paper bags I have no storage solutions applied yet. I am thinking of adding some shelves and/or a furniture with drawers under the desk. A String Works solution will probably work great on the top and maybe one of it's parts for under the desk. Another solution is to  just add a simple shelf on the top (I am still thinking of what size or shape) and simply move all the office essentials to the side in an unrelated storage solution that will not be that close or that far from the desk either. I will let you know which one I decide on soon enough! 

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Only Deco Love on Snapchat


Just a quick post to let you know you can now also find me on Snapchat! If you wish to add me my username is : katerina.dima  I have to warn you, it is a very unedited part of my everyday life however I love following few of my favorite bloggers just because of that! While I appreciate all the inspiration I can get from the beautiful photos they post, it is quite refreshing to peak into their unedited world as well!
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Inspiration : Bedroom

I am in the process of painting our bedroom, I think I am going for natural muted colors as seen in my inspiration photos below although I might be adding a pop of color depending on the season. While a lot of people might prefer more color in their bedroom, I think muted and neutral colors help you relax more and when there is little natural light even the tiniest sliver of it can make a huge difference. About a year ago I was lucky to receive a pair of antlers as well that I have stored and I can't wait to put those up behind our bed as seen in the last photo. Ours however are almost double the size which will make them, I believe, quite the centerpiece. I want our bedroom to have a simple decoration with only some statement pieces and I think the photos below represent my idea of the final result perfectly.







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Monday, April 20, 2015

Goodmorning from my Kitchen



I have always loved rearranging my things and especially when I am getting new things I love using them as much as possible.So what is on my shelves today?
A few days ago I blogged about my love for my Eva Solo teapot and their grey silicone coated ceramic tumblers and since then I have been using them everyday. I thought it best to rearrange my kitchen shelves in order to accommodate them and have them in arms reach. I also found space to display my Eva Solo Trio ceramic coated white saucepan ( I have a few of the series pots in bigger sizes but this one I use daily). I love how easy it is to clean and maintain, I have been using it quite a lot and it is still as pristine white as new with no signs of wear or tear. The Eva Solo Magnetic trivet also found a new use between its actual purpose. It now divides perfectly my Bodum pavina thermotumblers and espresso thermocups. I love having some vanilla powder close by, from desserts to baking or adding a dab in my yogurt or cereal, on top of coffee cream or in chocolate, its uses are almost endless. My favorite is the Ndali pure vanilla powder from Mills and Mortar. Its quality is great, plus the packaging is amazing. AS far as cups or mugs go I think you have already noticed that I lately do not buy them unless they are thermo insulated. I have had the Menu ones with the lid for quite some time now and I am so pleased with them I keep buying more colors (not all the colors are depicted on this particular shelf however). The lid is super useful since you can also use them as containers as well, or use it as a coaster. On this particular shelf you will always find my Menu grinders in color ash and carbon. I have been using them daily for years now, they are by far few of my favorite tools. Some extra cutting boards and some marshmallows will also find their way around my shelves but I think they are a staple to every kitchen not just mine!


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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Our Lounge Chairs by Conform



A lot of people are asking me where I got my two lounge chairs so a post about them was long due. We found our lounge chairs at Conform. Conform is a Swedish company with a wide range of beautiful chairs with Scandinavian design on focus. Their timeless pieces are all designed by architects and designers with each individual model always consisting of equal levels of comfort and design. Indeed I can attest that the lounge chairs we purchased almost two years ago show no sign of wear or tear and they are so comfortable we often find ourselves sleeping on them. We use them for quite a few hours every single day as we sit on them while we work at our home office while they also double as extra seats in the living room. 

Our lounge chairs come from the Time-Out series. They are fully customizable from the fabric to the wooden base and the type of legs. You can even choose different types of legs or different heights. You may add a footstool to match your chair as well.Every chair is created uniquely for each customer however you can replicate ours perfectly if you so wish!  The cover is from the fabric line "Runner" and the color is "Light Beige". The wooden base is walnut lacquered,the legs are swivel aluminium with return memory normal height. When we were customizing ours there was no option for a complete white model something that was added later on, doesn't that look great as well? Maybe you prefer a lounge chair that its cover is made of scandinavian sheepskin? There are so many choices and so many models to choose from. Don't just take my word for their quality and their confort, find a reseller close to you and try them out yourselves! You can find many retailers in different countries but if you wish you can also contact Conform directly by phone or mail found on their contact page and ask them for a certified store close to you. 



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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Only Deco Loves : Eva Solo


I am a big fan of the Danish brand Eva Solo and their distinct line of accessories and kitchenware. One of my all time favorites their Big Tea Teapot and their Lungo and Cafe Latte tumblers are sitting beautifully on my sofa table ready to serve us fresh brewed tea. I am in love with the teapot and it's characteristic grey knitted cozy that not only looks stylish but also keeps the temperature of the contents warm so we can enjoy them longer. Last few days the weather treated us with some last bits of snow, and I couldn't be happier sitting inside enjoying a warm cup of tea. Even looking at the teapot is enough to make me feel warmer. The tumblers themselves are made of porcelain coated with a silicone layer for better grip. For those spending a lot of hours typing and know how cold your hands can get, these beautiful cups will also help keeping your hands warm. The silicon layer not only helps insulate the contents of the mug but also evens out the outside temperature and makes holding the tumbler truly a delight for cold fingers. The color of my tumblers is Elephant grey, and if you follow the blog for even a little while you know how much I love muted tones and this grey is perfect!




Eva Solo creates exclusive, Danish-designed furnishing accessories and kitchenware characterized by aesthetic appeal, functionality and high quality. Truly beautiful tools which are a pleasure to look at, use and own. Eva Solo imparts exclusive Danish design to everyday objects in the home. Simplicity, distinct lines and a high degree of functionality characterise the products in the collection. The series is divided into the following categories: cooking, serving, living, bath and outdoor. All in all, an extensive selection of tools and utensils so you can surround yourself with outstanding design throughout your home.
I am more than happy to own quite a few of their products and I can attest to all of their qualities. It only takes a few products to fall in love with Eva Solo and I am always looking forward to their newsletter for new products and new lines. 


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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Home Office deskfavorites




Details from a small corner on my home office desk.Some of my favorites at this moment and some inspiration. I am starting to collect all scents from Skandinavisk candles. I absolutely love how they smell even when they are not lit, not to mention after they are finished the glass jar can be used in so many different ways. While at the office I will most of the times light a candle as the aroma calms me down and makes me feel much more creative. Some essentials include pencils and clips, clear and marble cases for storage as well as a lip balm. I have a healthy obsession with lip balms and I tend to spread them everywhere around the house, in my bags, the car or even in my wallet. I have been up quite early today and the sun is shining so I will bid you good day and head for a nice run to wake up my muscles. If you like to take peeks of my unedited parts of the day feel free to follow me on snapchat! You will find me under username katerina.dima !
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Friday, April 10, 2015

Living Room changes and Muuto Leaf floor Lamp plans





Good morning everyone!
Such a busy day today as I have been up quite early in order to finish up with the living room new styling.Almost ready to install the shelves behind the couch and change the composition a little bit so this will be the last time you see the living room in this exact placing. I am really looking forward to some change although I keep the minimalistic feel and overall style of it. Adding a few details will only elevate its design and hopefully it will also bring some more practical every day use to the space. I am probably going to be adding a floor lamp as well and my top candidate at the moment is the Muuto Leaf lamp in grey. What do you think? 


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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Busy Day while Working from Home





I spend the day today at my home office and living room with several cups of tea answering to mails, working on the blog, studying Norwegian and working out. Without having done a lot it has been quite the busy day but the blog is growing so I am more than happy to put more hours into it. The weather today was amazing as well, so sunny and wind free. Days like these make me wish I had a nice yard so I could work out outside with music rather than inside. Our yard is pretty small and on top off that very public as well, so for now it is not a possibility. I love taking hikes outside however and running across the river or into the woody areas. As summer draws closer I am planning on going for longer hikes with my boyfriend so I am considering buying a backpack to cover our needs. I don't want something overly big but not something too small either. I want to have with me a bottle or two of water ( one is often enough as in Norway you can find fresh water everywhere) some fruits and cookies, our phones and keys and wallet and a Bluetooth speaker. I would like if there was some extra space left in there as well for maybe a little umbrella and a hoodie just in case it starts to rain or gets colder. I am thinking of a Bergans but I think I would like something less than 40lt as I think it's a tad too big. If you have any suggestions please let me know in the comments below or as always you can email me or find me on Instagram :)



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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Healthier Lifestyle Choices : Your Tea



I have a soft spot for teas and especially when their ingredients are organic I just can't say no. When I was little my mom would treat me with chamomile that is found in the mountains where she grew up. My parents would gather it then dry it in order for us to have fresh organic chamomile all year long. I firmly believe chamomile can soothe you and even today it is my preferred tea before I sleep during winter. 
Herbs and different teas can help our bodies in various ways and tip the scales towards a healthier lifestyle, least of all their benefits they will help with drinking more water during the day!

Today I am trying Tiny Tea, a special blend detox tea from Your Tea. I am reading that it is packed with herbs that are designed to nourish and cleanse the digestive system. While I don't think any herb can alone change an unhealthy body to a radiant healthy one I do believe it is a step to the right direction to eat less processed food and drink more tea. So here's to the start of a healthier lifestyle with lots of tea, exercise and a healthier everyday diet! 










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Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter theme with Yellow Tulips





Easter came and left way too early this year. I have to remember every festive season to start with my decorations way earlier than I think I should, lest there be none at all like this year. I did however buy a bunch of yellow tulip bouquets that brightened the house in no time. If I have a tip on how to make your house look festive in 123 is to fill it with flowers that are color appropriate for the occasion. I love white flowers and I also love plain green plants but I always buy yellow for Easter or red for Christmas. After all they are only once per year so why not have a dedicated color for them? I also brought out my yellow and green Muuto E27 pendants, I love how they complement the room and match the flowers.
I haven't posted for a few days now due to the holidays so while my living room still looks like this it will be changing soon.I will be dropping off to IKEA to buy more frames for my posters and some shelves to place them on. I am especially looking forward to adding a big shelf behind the couch, it will look great and also it will hold all the things that I want to have close and I don't want to clutter my table with. Also I am thinking of buying some boxes to fix to the wall, I have seen some amazing compositions out there that have inspired me quite a lot. Hope you have a great week , I will be back soon with more updates on my living room!





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