Simple Christmas wrapping

December 13, 2018


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Today I finally started on wrapping this years Christmas gifts, however as soon as I started, I realized I was missing my Christmas craft box. Over the years I have filled a huge box with wrapping papers, tools, ribbons of various colors and texture, name tags, ornaments, almost everything I would need in any occasion. Unfortunately I am in the country right now and my huge box is in Oslo. Kind of ironic really, if I was in Oslo I would just purchase what I would be missing, but here choices are limited when you are in a hurry. But if there is something the country has, is natural ingredients in abundance so I decided to theme this years presents with rustic simplicity. And really, it doesn’t get more scandinavian than this. Simple ornaments,  fyr, leather, twine and a cup of coffee and we are ready to go. First to wrap, a watch from Harper and Brooks ( I made an Autumn Winter editorial for them here and introduced them, if you are curious to read more about the local Oslo brand with incredible values that I am very fortunate to be working with). I am not going to presume you dont know what your loved ones would want for Christmas, but honestly every time I have gifted a watch it has always been received with high marks.

Two years ago my mom actually cried when she opened the box , as it appears her own had just broken down a couple of weeks ago and she was missing telling the time terribly. Not the one to spend on herself , she had halfway decided to see if she would be able to live without a watch, suffice it to say she lets me know how happy she is almost every time I call home. Seeing my mom cry for something as simple as gifting a watch was really a moment I will never forget, not to mention now I know how much it means to her. Last year I also gifted my sister in law with one, and once again it hit high marks. This time it was rather fashion that was the issue, all her watches were huge and clunky (remember the really big ones with the big bracelets we used to wear years ago?). So when I gifted her with a delicate 28mm watch (as seen in this post) she was just stunned, it appears she had been looking to buy one for herself yet haven’t decided on which one. She is so sweet about it, even after all this time she makes sure to tell me how much she appreciates it, although she still thinks it cannot be a coincidence I knew exactly what she wanted and the timing, and that possibly my brother had tipped me off!

I am sure I won’t hit that sweet spot where someone literally was on the market for a new watch every time, but again this year I am gifting one Harper and Brooks watch and I already know it will be extremely welcomed. Sometimes, the obvious, is the greatest choice for a gift, why resist it ?

As a Christmas offer,Harper and Brooks have created a selection of limited edition gift sets. Have a look at their best selling wool models and get 15% off ! For me, having the choice to change from a steel mesh strap to the super comfy wool one for a more cozy look is perfect combo, I always buy extra straps when I gift a watch!

// Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima

 

 

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My favorites and gift ideas from Høie

December 2, 2018


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Today I am sharing a few ideas for presents from Høie for either your loved ones or yourselves. I have been so impressed by the quality of these Norwegian made products, and the ethos of the company ( I talk more about that here) , and with competitive prices I think they make for great gift. Høie has just opened their Swedish webstore at www.hoie.com/se (soon in Denmark too) and have given me 20% off to share with you, just use code “Onlydecolove” after you are done shopping. I am sure you can find many options you will love but here are few of my favorite combinations!

1 :: As seen in my bedroom recently, Cecilie is on top of my favorites. Mine is in Ivory but there are many colors to choose from. The feel of these sheets is so great , the extra fine cotton has a curling effect which means the fabric retracts and gives a natural relaxed expression. It also makes it feel thicker than plain cotton. In addition, the bed set is stone washed for extra softness. I combined Celilie with the Vanja velvet pillowcases, again many colors to choose from but I went for a combo of Blue and Okra. Velvet on one side, cotton on the other, I turn them on the cotton side to sleep then flip them in the morning for the velvet to show. This way both the velvet side will last longer and look clean, but also I get to enjoy sleeping on the cotton side. No need to change the pillows , these are not just for show! For a final touch, I added a woolen blanket in a  light pattern, find it here.

For duvets and pillows I recommend the Saga series ( find my duvet here and my pillows here). Warm and soft yet crisp and airy ( plus Allergy-friendly recommended Asthma Allergy Nordic), I consider them the best duvets I have ever used. All Høie duvets have the Swan label ( Svanemerket) . The Swan label places strict demands on the entire product life cycle and is your guarantee of reduced climate stress, sustainable use of resources and a non-toxic everyday life. It’s good for the environment and your health!

2 :: For my second option, I recommend something that you might not expect to find in a contemporary bedroom, Høie Satin sheets. It is probably because people believe satin does not photograph so well (not ture), that we dont see it as often in editorials, I myself decided to use it in the 4 stylings we did for the winning bedroom back in september (see it here) and I think it looked fantastic.Why sleep in satin sheets? Satin supports healthy skin and hair while we sleep. It boosts your beauty game more than more traditional bedding materials because while other materials may tug at your hair follicles and strip your skin of natural, important oils, satin provides a smooth sleep surface. Skin and hair gently glide across as you catch sleep, reducing friction and leaving your skin and hair hydrated. This is key in helping to reduce bedhead, hair breakage, fine lines and wrinkles and dull, dry skin.  Try sleeping with just a satin pillowcase and you will see the difference in the first night only. Combine your satin combo with extra satin pillowcases from Høie in white (or buy them individually), or choose any other color. I prefer white for extra pillowcases so I can use them in any color or material combo. As for a blanket recommendation, I would choose one from the Rondeslottet series,with colors inspired by the natural landscape.

Remember now you also have an extra 20% off using the code  “Onlydecolove” after you are done shopping, and if you shop now you will get them guaranteed before Christmas!

 

// Collage by Katerina Dima

 

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Inspiration for Christmas on a budget by Ellos

November 20, 2018


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November has only a week left in the calendar but I think we are all already preparing for Christmas at this point. Some earlier, some later, I am among the ones that do it early not only because I love this season but because I always try to find great ideas for you as early as possible! Be it on the design side, affordable or splurgy , I have been scouting the web for the best. This year (the winner for the budget side) Ellos Christmas editorial is very much to my taste. So much so that my take on Christmas would be almost identical if I was shopping the entirety of my selection from Ellos. I like to mix and match of course, so this will not be the result in my own home, but how beautiful is this festive editorial? Down to the colors, styling, everything is so well done I am so very impressed. In fact, I have already put an order for some decorations, and if you are planning to do so as well you should now. From experience last year I tried to buy some of their decorations mid December and almost everything was gone, so be quick if you want to be in! You can find all the range as shown in the photos here . Scroll down for the beautiful photos and check my favorites below each one!

Vase here | Chair here Christmas bubbles here | Christmas bubbles here Star lamp here | Tablecloth here   Cutlery here | Napkins here | Plates here | Bed linen in Rusty Red here// Photos Via Ellos , Collage by Katerina Dima

 

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My fluffy duvets and pillows from Høie

November 16, 2018


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I have wanted for a long time to post all the most asked questions I usually get in my email from you, but today I decided to go for one of the questions I get the most : Where are your duvets from and are they so fluffy or it is something you have done to them ?  I must admit I have made a copy paste answer for the information and you might have gotten it too :

My duvets are from Høie of Scandinavia , the model is Høie Saga and you can find it here.  If you want to achieve exactly the feel and look, the size is 140×220 and it is the warm duvet , Saga varm dundyne .

And really that’s all there is. I have done nothing to my duvets other than just occasionally fluff them by washing them , though I see no real difference from before washing and after. And mind you, I have been using mine for over two years now, they have not changed texture or “fluffiness”. Warm and soft yet crisp and airy ( plus Allergy-friendly recommended Asthma Allergy Nordic), I consider them the best duvets I have ever used and I dont see myself ever changing them, other than perhaps replace them with new but of the same version. They are available in both cool, medium warm, warm and child sizes, the warm for the winter and the cool for the summer are perfect combinations.

onlydecolove 2I know I will keep getting this question long after I have posted this, but I dont mind . I remember I was just a teenager when my best friend bought a duvet that had all the Høie characteristics, but I did not recall the brand back then and then, years later when I started looking for one of my own, I never found anything close to the characteristics I was looking for, until I bought the Saga warm duvets from Høie. That is a long time to wait so I understand why so many people want to know, I would as well. Also worth mentioning are the pillows I use, also from Høie, two  Saga high ( Allergy-friendly recommended Asthma Allergy Nordic), and two  Høie Frigg 350gr  filled with 100% white Siberian goose down feathers. All Høie products are made in Norway, in Brekstad, an hour with boat from Trondheim.

Onlydecolove 6Onlydecolove 7Onlydecolove 8To finish up the look as you see it today, I have dressed my bedroom with the new duvet covers Cecilie in Ivory  and two velvet pillowcases ( front velvet and back 100% cotton) Vanja in Oker. The Cecilie new line has impressed me a lot with its quality and softness. The extra fine cotton has a curling effect which means the fabric retracts and gives a natural relaxed expression. It also makes it feel thicker than plain cotton. In addition, the bed set is stone washed for extra softness. In occasion I have given you tips for really great quality cotton sheets that are budget friendly as well, Cecilie is probably the best I have seen, and not just from the budget friendly category ( in my opinion it could be well among much more expensive sets). The woolen blanket is also from Høie and you can find it here.

onlydecolove 5Onlydecolove 9Now for the promo suprise code, Høie has just opened their Swedish webstore at www.hoie.com/se and have given me 20% off to share with you, just use code “Onlydecolove” after you are done shopping! Its now a perfect opportunity if you wanted to shop duvets or pillows or sheets, dont miss up on it 😉 The code can be used in both Norway and Sweden.

Before I finish this post, I really want to highlight all of the green efforts of Høie, one of the reasons I love their products but also working with them. You can read more about it here and how Høie takes responsibility and acts, but also, you can also invest on their green duvets, that you can find here.

Høie Pure duvet is filled with white European 90% duckling –  Swan label ( Svanemerket) . Sleeping in , you sleep in one of the most natural and environmentally friendly insulation materials. The Swan label places strict demands on the entire product life cycle and is your guarantee of reduced climate stress, sustainable use of resources and a non-toxic everyday life. It’s good for the environment and your health! And as an added bonus, my loved Saga line is also Swan certified! Since I need my bed to be allergy free this is double good news for me!

onlydecolove 1Onlydecolove 10// Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima

 

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