When you live in the center of a European city (Oslo in our case), space is a luxury most people can’t afford. When I first discovered that we were expecting a baby I started hunting for something roomier than our little shoebox. Well, turns out there were no contenders that could beat the price and location of our 50 m2, cozy nest. Needless to say, we decided to stay. But we are keeping our eyeballs pealed for something a little more spacious. Our decision to camp here a little while longer presented us with a new challenge: designating a portion of the living room into a baby room without compromising the style of the room as a whole. Unfortunately, to my husband’s dismay, the library had to go in order to attain the goal. This area turned out to be the perfect nook! To keep within the style of the room, I avoided some popular baby trends (e.g. plastering Winnie the Poo to the wall, low-hanging plastic thingies over the crib). I love natural elements because they give the baby room more of an organic feel. I hope that Nova will dig it, too.
Everyone needs a pink elephant in their living room…
The Casablanca Premiere crib in antique slate brings a vintage charm to the room. It is made of all hand bent wrought iron, and was a gift from dear friends. I think is looks like a gorgeous heirloom crib. It is simplicity and elegance come to life.
The bell formation on this dresser breaks up the overall linear structures.
Accessories that remind me of people I love
As I continue on in week 36 of pregnancy, I rest assured that little Nova now has a place in our home.
The best way to get inspired for a kitchen makeover is to take a trip to your local grocer, buy a bunch of your favorite food, and cook up something delicious. In our household a mexican feast is always heartily welcomed. And since I’ve learned a couple of tricks from my dear mother in-law, I’m sure to have a satisfied man in the house. A happy hubby is always a plus when it comes to meeting your renovation goals, especially when you’re on a stretched budget;)
As the spices are starting to fill the air with a mexi aroma, I have fun searching for a style that will fit the space and overall design. Since the building we live in was constructed in the 60’s our kitchen looks like the inside of an old light-house, squared off with a big window. We’ve got laminate countertops, old cabinets, cheap handlebars that are falling off one by one, and to top it off, a big sink that looks like you could pretty much dump whatever got caught in your fishing net. The view of the ocean and blooming cherry blossom trees are pretty much the only eye candy around here. Since the space is quaint and the building old, I can envision a retro cook space, that would be very budget-friendly, full of creative touches, with a little bit of Norwegian country mixed in the overall style.
Here are some of my findings that have inspired my makeover. They are all from the website HouseToHome, under Country Homes.
I got to find a high chair that I can make look like this one!