Norwegian country house bedroom and a tip for storage

July 6, 2018

Summer cabin bedroom in NorwayYou might have noticed but the blog has a new face! What you didn’t notice was that I also moved it from Blogger platform to WordPress, though this is not something that should be visible. It took me a few days however to sort everything out so this space has been more silent than usual. At the same time I moved from Oslo to the country ( Sogndal for those that know) for the summer , and let me tell you I have never been more exhausted in my life. Dont worry I am not leaving Oslo for good, but since I had to move out of the beautiful apartment since it was sold I thought it would be a good time for a break plus a good opportunity to search for a new apartment during the summer! Hopefully I will find a dream apartment in a dream price before September , or at least thats the plan! For now though, I hope you dont mind summer cabin photos, after all this is where I will be for the next few weeks!

At the same time, this cabin just passed in our hands, before now I couldn’t really put my signature on it, so whenever I was here I didn’t show too much of it. Now that we own it though, I can finally change it at will, budget allowing of course. I am planning on painting and redecorating and I have already started so stay tuned for more posts! 

Today I thought I should share our bedroom on the loft, plus some tips! I dont have a before photo for this, my father in law actually had to take this room apart completely 2 summers ago and rebuilt it floor upwards. He kept the old door and the old window and installed new floors and tapestry. I painted over the tapestry a few months ago but I still dont really like how it looks. This is the same colour I had in my Oslo bedroom but due to the environment there it looked beige, here it is just grey and I m honestly tired of grey. I decided to paint the walls white but use the same type I will use on the doors, and here is the first tip! 

TIP : Use the same type of paint for the walls as the one you use for the doors and panels, if the surface is small, this way the walls will look slightly thicker and will fit perfectly with the doors and windows giving a sense of cohesion! 

Plus for my bedroom this will mean the room will look bigger as well. The slanted room is amazing, it makes for a cozy space, but it also tends to drive the eye lower making the room seem even smaller. Painting it all the same colour will solve more than one problems! Next on the painting list are the floors. The boards look beautiful but they have a yellowish tint that doesn’t show in these photos, but it will after white washing it! I only need to wash the floor carefully, then paint over once, fingers crossed it will look exactly how I have it in my head! I will make another blogpost after the changes and I will list exactly what I used to achieve colours and hues.

Summer cabin bedroom in NorwayThe other tip comes in the form of storage. More than a year ago I bought these door hooks from Lagerhaus ( they also come in stainless steel  ), they are very versatile and sturdy, and budget friendly! Since they are single  they can be placed on any door and as many as the door can fit in a row, and they can hold quite a lot of weight as well. I have been using them for almost any door in the house, for hanging robes, to hand mirrors and purses or make up bags, anything that I use everyday and can be hanged for space, it will go on these hooks. And on the plus side? It really looks as if its styled for a photo when in reality it is just handy! What can be better than that? Beauty and usability! 

Summer cabin bedroom in Norway Summer cabin bedroom in Norway// Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima



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My apartment in Oslo full tour : Up for sale

April 9, 2018

Last few days I have been styling and photographing the apartment I am renting, and today I can finally share it as well! I have been very lucky to find this beautiful classic in the middle of Grünerløkka when I moved to Oslo last summer, with its beautiful layout and details, the original floors painted grey, stuccos and vintage stove.  The bathroom was completely renovated as well while the location of the apartment itself is perfect. Right next to Mathallen and a few meters away from Akerselva river, in the middle of Oslo. The apartment is located in the middle building of the city square and it is surrounded by a beautiful yard, full of trees and abundant space for summer strolls and dinners. Tim Wendelboe cafe is in the same city square as well, I can walk through my backyard in the morning for one of the best coffees in the city. 

Scroll down for a more complete look of my apartment, but also, if you want to see more photos in higher resolution , feel free to visit my dropbox folder . 

Although I spend quite a few months here, it took me a while before I painted everything the way I wanted. Call me a little bit slow, when it comes to another styling I make snap decisions, when it comes to my own space I move in turtle time. I did however manage finally make color decisions and I ended up redecorating the bedroom not a long time ago ( see before and after here ), while just a week ago I finished up the look in the kitchen and living room. Although I was planning on painting with Lady Minerals in the living room, due to time pressure I decided to instead use Lady Pure Supermatt colors since they are quicker to paint with ( they don’t require any special technique ) , while at the same time they give a timeless effect due to their supermat finish. The solution I ended up with was painting the wooden wall from its natural color to LADY 5455 Industrial Blue Supreme finish for wood and panels, while I kept the rest of the room simple and sleek painting in LADY 9918 Klassisk Hvit Pure color supermatt for walls. I love how my simple TV (and quite an old one) is now blending with the wall , while at the same time the beautiful blue is giving a feeling of luxury, win win!

For my styling I mostly used my own furniture and props, but some details I really feel added a lot of depth in my interpretation of “Modern living in an 1890s apartment”. The Crown chair from Mass Productions, the TR lamp from Menu and the posters on the wall were some of the new additions in my living room (kindly borrowed from, the Panthella lamp from Louis Poulsen (kindly borrowed from Elisabeth Heier), all easily blended in with all the furniture I already owned, the Core table lamp from New Works (I got mine from Home Made Stories shop ) the beautiful plinth marble table from Menu, Hay slit table in mirror, Pallo vases in various sizes from Skrufs glasbruk, Sofa from Bolia, marble low table from Erik Jørgensen EJ 64 , details from Frama and Byredo. Tip : Color coordinating works wonders for details, the blue wall matches the Core table lamp from New Works (its granite blue), but also the blue speaker from Urban Ears ( on the floor on a stack of books). 

The kitchen was also painted but this time I went for a more colorful look using LADY Raw Canvas 10961, Pure color supermatt. If there is anything I would have added ( and I still may if the new owners allow) would be to also paint the windows and the door the same color for a more uniform and modern look. However even with white details it works quite beautiful I think , and since the floors are grey I got to keep and color match even the And Tradition In Between table and chairs I already had. Small details also work great however in this setting, glass and brass bottle from Menu, salt bowl and brass spoon from Ferm Living (also terracotta fruit bowl and brass candleholder from Ferm Living on the table). 

And while I still live in this apartment until July, I will fully enjoy the balcony ( not sure if the next apartment will have one), if you want to get the look then most of pots for flowers and trays are from Skagerak , the chairs and coffee table is from Fermob , the bench from Domo design, cups from Kinto and water can from Menu. If there are any details you would like me to specify, please leave a comment below and I ll get back to you as soon as possible! 

// Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima

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Four bedroom combinations for Spring

March 3, 2018

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When it comes to my bedroom, I love changing things around. When I moved in I loved how white and crisp it was but after a few months I completely renovate it and now I am obsessed with the beige profile ( check here the before and after). An easy way however to change things around if you are tired in the bedroom, is use different combinations for sheets and blankets. And I know, this sounds like the most boring advice ever, but it really works for me. The combination I used for my bedroom today is different colors with sheets  ( all from Ellos quality premium line ), called Neely in White and Linbeige. I find that the crisp white meshes so nicely with the beige sheets, but I have also chosen combinations with different colors for you (and everything I am linking is 20% off until the 12th of March!), just scroll below to find out!

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// Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima

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Oslo Bedroom : Final look

February 2, 2018

Most of the times when we see a before and after we expect the before to look quite terrible. In this case I think after the redo the bedroom looks so much more beautiful, but it still looked great before, it just needed a little love. Here you can see how it looked before ( or here very recently and here ), there was nothing inherently bad about it, it was just all white and since the room is so tall, it felt incomplete. A few months ago I attended the Jotun Lady press event where the new colors and trends were discussed, and during an impromptu interview where I was asked which new color was my favorite, I answered with color Space. I fell in love with Jotun Ladys new beige palette and as soon as I knew what I wanted to do with the bedroom it took me roughly a week to finish up the look. I will be making another post tomorrow with more photos of the process, but today I wanted to share colors and the direction I took with the room. Keep reading for all the details! 

You can see how the office corner looked before here, do you notice something different ( aside from the different styling) ? The first thing that should jump out is the fact that the lists ( or skirting boards) are now quite bigger. This was the cornerstone of the transformation and the idea that started everything. The room , as explained above, is quite tall, and while it is amazing to have tall ceilings , it can leave the room feeling too empty. Filling it up with items is not a good solution, it will end up looking messy. One of the best ways to balance the height is to create the illusion of layers, the eye will stop automatically on each layer while the room will still feel airy due to the natural height. 

I chose to create bigger lists by adding a small board 30cm above the previous one, nailed it to the wall and painted the old lists the new board and the wall in between the same color ( tomorrow I will share more of how I created the new lists!). This creates the illusion of a single but quite bigger list, it gives the room an added desired layer while it brings a palatial feel. I also painted the windows the same color to give a sense of continuity, but also because darker windows appeal to me quite a lot lately. The color used for both lists and windows is Space 10678 from Jotun Lady, Supreme Finish Mat for wood and panels. I also decided to not paint all the way up, leaving a ribbon on the top in the previous color  that matched the ceiling ( white ). The wall I painted in a light beige/grey, color code Sommersne 1928 also from Jotun Lady, Pure color , supermat. The color is described as not quite beige, not quite grey, and it was exactly what I was looking for.  I was debating whether to paint the whole space the same color along with windows and lists , but I decided against. I really wanted for there to be layers and introduce interesting transitions. Executed this way I achieved exactly what I wanted, and the two colors Space and Sommersne fit perfectly together! 

So what do you think? You like it better before or after?

Sponsored post in collaboration with Jotun Lady. The colors were chosen by me.

Some of the furniture are loaned from Kollekted by with my thanks.

Flowers from Wintherblomst with my thanks. 

// Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima

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