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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A Hot tub for all Seasons – Autumn

November 12, 2018


||This post was made in collaboration with Skargards

If you follow me on Instagram stories you will have caught glimpses of a new addition at the cabin, something that I think everyone would think possibly goes hand by hand with a cabin in the fjords, a hot tub, or as Norwegians call it, a badestamp. Traditionally a badestamp is barrel wood fired hot tub, mostly made of cedar wood. Rustic looking (exactly like a big barrel with wooden seating inside) , they are typically found in mountain cabins where after skiing scandinavian people will enjoy a warm bath in the chilled weather outside with steaming water. Nowadays hot tubs can be found in various sizes and made of various materials, with many different heating configurations such as electric, gas, or propane. When we decided it was time to also add a hot tub at the cabin we all agreed it should be wood burning. It makes more sense since we dont use the cabin all year long so it is more economical to burn some wood whenever we need it, but also, I think it gives out more authentic notes. I did not want a completely traditional barrel hot tub, cleaning is not ideal plus it is not that comfortable, but I did not want to completely abandon the look, this is a hot tub for a cabin after all! The Regal Hot Tub from Skargards ended up to be the perfect solution for us.

The Regal model , it looks like a traditional hot tub but it is very contemporary, manufactured in fiberglass-reinforced hard plastic according to the same technology as boat hulls, so it is light yet very sturdy. From my experience as I have used it a couple of months now,cleaning is minimal (just rinse the walls after draining) which makes it maintenance free, very important in my book. I could go on about the specifications of the tub itself, but you can find all the details at Skargards website, however, something also important for me, the tub itself is very efficient. When firing the stamp, a natural underpressure is created in the oven that causes the bath water to circulate by itself. The oven in Skargard’s Regal is cleverly integrated into the hot tub and with the inherent circulation a uniform water temperature is obtained throughout the hot tub. Specifications aside this means more room inside and more flexibility, regardless of how many people are in.

Typically when we think hot tub we think winter time with lots of snow and steaming water. Also we think of party right? We have certainly had parties since we got the tub but as the title suggests, I find the tub to be relevant all year long, for private baths but also for friends coming over. It has been a beautiful fall and we have greatly enjoyed spending time in the tub relaxing, listening to music and reading books that have been on our list for a while, watching the sun set across the fjords. We have also found that morning baths are splendid as well, half of the photos here are taken in the early misty morning, with a coffee on our hand tossing wood into the oven. Even better when we have used the tub the previous day because the water is still warm the next day for that early bath. Coming home after a long skiing day and enjoying the steaming tub relaxing your muscles is great, but it is another sort of luxury altogether to wake up in the morning and set off for a morning bath while the sun rises.

That said I cannot wait for winter to come for those steamy baths, then spring for the stunning fjord views when the earth wakes up. As for the summer? I cannot wait to use the tub to cool down after sunbathing on the platform. All in all, it is truly a hot tub for all seasons.

Accessories : Must haves 

  1. The Skargards tubs come with quite a few accessories,  I chose a bubble system for massage though we also ended up using it to naturally drop the temperature of the water when we feel is overheated for our taste. I dont know if its a must have but it is very enjoyable plus the added trick of lowering the temp without getting out of the tub is welcomed.
  2. I also added an underwater light something I highly recommend as during the night the illuminated water feels like swimming in an underground hidden lagoon. Turn it off if you prefer counting the stars, leave it on for magical light. Also it is convenient if there is no other light around so you know where you are stepping into (it gets completely black here at night).
  3. I originally ordered one shelf (as seen in the photos) but I put an order shortly for a second one that we installed on the opposite side of the first. If you have the tub freestanding like we do and dont integrate it halfway into your veranda for example, you need the space for convenience sake. We usually leave there glasses, bottles, our phones, books, bluetooth speaker etc
  4. The stairs are also very important unless you are above 1.80m in height. At a mere 1.65m myself it is hard to get in and out and the original stairs are by far the most elegant looking solution ( unless you can find an alternative).
  5. I did not get the extra smoke pipe, it reduces the heating time but with the insulated lid (see below), we decided to wait on it and judge afterwards. We are happy without it but of course if you need the most efficient heating you can add it.
  6. One of the most important must haves in my opinion is the insulated lid (as seen in some of the photos).  The insulation is reinforced with steel frame, and the entire lid is dressed in boat vinyl. Very durable and easy to handle since it breaks in half, its importance is multi faceted. The lid at its primary function protects the tub from objects but dirt as well ,it is completely insulated so the water and the tub both stay clean. Equally importantly ,it can lay over the hot tub during firing, which significantly reduces the heating time while it also traps heat afterwards. If we use the tub in the afternoon until before sleeping, upon waking up the water is still warm enough to get in for a morning relaxing bath. An absolute must have for outdoors tubs.
  7. I did not order a rain hat to begin with, but I do feel bad for the pipe when it rains so I ended up ordering one afterwards. Not a must have, but good to have certainly.
  8. I did not get a smoke pipe protection either, but the pipe does burn a lot and we have all now been careless enough to burn ourselves one way or the other ,so I think I am getting one soon. Just for my peace of mind. Absolutely must have if you have children.
  9. Last but not least, is dependent on the quality of water you fill the tub in and the temperature of where you live. The tub can be fitted with a water cleaning system , something we need since we use water either from our well or the fjord. With the cleaning system we never have to change water, and with the help of the lid we can leave the same water in for a good amount of months even. Filling in the tub can take a few hours so why not avoid this and also keep the water clean? A water heater can also additionally be hooked on the cleaning system keeping the temperature of the water up to 45 degrees. It can greatly decrease heating time but for us most importantly it means that the water will never freeze during winter. A must have. Important detail : You can have the cleaning system without the water heater but you cannot have the water heater without the cleaning system.

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Styling Sessions for AXOR Montreux Campaign – A bathroom mixer with Authentic aesthetic

November 7, 2018


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Today I am happy to present you the campaign I have been working in collaboration with AXOR . Every mixer and shower from AXOR features their own unique design, designed in collaboration with world-renowned designers, such as Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio and Jean-Marie Massaud.

AXOR embodies luxury in the bathroom and kitchen. Avantgarde, one-of-a-kind products and collections are created to the highest aesthetic and technological standards. They all live up to the aspiration “Form Follows Perfection”.

I was free to choose whichever mixer I wanted and create an interpretation of how I imagine it in a bathroom. I chose the AXOR Montreux that combines authentic aesthetics ,with the evolution of industrial design at the wash basin. The design partner for AXOR Montreux: Phoenix Design is an independent design studio which has won more than 700 design awards. Focusing on product design in the tradition of the Bauhaus style and supreme ease of use of the products. True to the original style: the bridge mixer with high spout and cross handles with authentic porcelain inlays. Unmistakably classic.

But how can a classic fit a contemporary bathroom? I took the challenge by imagining the mixer in a lifestyle moodboard, a great visual in order to express what I had in mind. Texture and color are most important, for this reason I chose the Montreux to be made in Brushed Black Chrome FinishPlus surface finish. I find that this specific finish, chosen from the 15  AXOR Finish Plus colors, can be perfectly tailored to the interior design of almost any contemporary bathroom as well as any classic bathroom. It will fit just as well in a marble bathroom, or a bathroom with cement finishes, or even a bathroom with Moroccan hydraulic tiles. I decided to use classic details to show how even colors that one might not imagine will look great in fact complement the mixer ,brown packaging with wooden details along with soft natural colors.

Below you can also see the mixer in detail, and its beautiful brushed chrome finish. Scroll for photos of my interpretation of how a lifestyle moodboard can easily be transformed into a real bathroom.

Using the same materials and surface suggestions, it is not hard to go from having a mixer to creating a DIY bathroom. The AXOR Montreux can fit into a perfectly designed bathroom, something that AXOR has been a pioneer at .

Luxurious bathroom design is not dependant on the size of the room. The floor plan is not a benchmark for the high quality of the interior furnishings. It’s a question of having high standards with regard to shapes and materials. Granite, marble, wood and elegant fabrics.

While any AXOR mixer can be used in an architectural designed bathroom, here in Norway I know so many of you love to work on building on your own. From kitchens to bathrooms, Norwegians love to employ designers for a luxurious result, but they also love to create something on their own, and it important that it feels equally luxurious. With the AXOR Montreux that couldn’t be easier. The mixer comes ready to be mounted, with a minimal knowledge of having done this once before or watching a short video, installation shouldn’t be a problem at all. Here I present to you which materials you can start with that are easy to find an assemble. Wooden surfaces, water resistant paint for the walls, a ceramic basin. I imagined going all the way back to the classics for this composition. Feel free to change colors, add stone or cement, fabrics and details, the Montreux will bring everything together at the end and it will be the centerpiece of the washing area.

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Favorites from Ellos Home online Collection

October 25, 2018


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This week Ellos Home collection has great discounts up to 30%, if you are looking for an amazing bargain on something you had your eye on, this might be a great time to splurge. I have selected some of my favorites above ( you can see some of them in my own home here , my carpet which is 50% off, table and blankets ), check them out!

1.  Chair Bell :: 2 chairs are included ||  10% off

2. Long Carpet Saro :: In color Ivory || 20% off

3. Carpet Marrakesh :: In color Yellow || 20% off

4. Coffee Table Geo :: In color Black || 30% off

5. Coffee table George :: In color Grey-Green || 10% off

6. Coffee table Studio :: In color Black || 10% off

 

 

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