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.
At 35 weeks pregnant there isn’t much more fun you can have other than browsing design sites, right?
The longer I’m a member of Dalani Home and Living the more obvious it becomes to me how selfish it is to keep this treasure island to myself! Dalani is a website that offers up to 70 % off on exclusive designer products. Their offers are short lived, so if you see something you love, you better be quick. On a positive note, this means that they are always updating their inventory. I should really be in marketing;)
Some of my favorite offers this week were these:
From Modern Living
An old highchair that could go with my breakfast bar..
From Efeso, simple elegance
A table made of wood and aluminum perfect for you hallway, showcasing a beautiful bouquet.
Unfortunately Danali’s free membership is limited to Scandinavian residents, but anyone can enjoy the site to get ideas. If you become a member you’ll get 150 Kr credit towards future purchases for each referral. Let me know if you are interested and I will send you the link.
I just want to say thank you to all you ladies who contributed to the beautiful baby shower last friday. A special thank you goes out to my gracious host, Silje. I was truly blessed by your love and efforts! I’m thrilled that baby showers are becoming a growing trend in Norway. I couldn’t resist getting involved in making something myself, so I sent my darling sister on a shopping spree to get everything necessary to make cupcakes for a little princess. Our efforts were inspired by Norway’s most famous blogger, Emanuela (with Passion 4 baking). If you need more ideas, or simply want the recipe, click the link. The kitchen was filled with delicious treats including Bella’s irresistible chocolate cake. A perfect scene for hungry eyes. An accessory that I couldn’t help but notice in her kitchen was the vintage Roberts radio RD60. This amazing device was a great addition to her quaint and lovely place. To all you music lovers who appreciate retro design, this radio will not disappoint. She is top notch, but pricey.
Hopefully i can convince hubby that this one is just what “he” needs.
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!
After a typical outing downtown of walking the streets in Oslo, drinking coffee, and munching on pastries, I found a new changing pad for my super Nova (baby’s name). It was a steal.
The only downside was that it had no hemp for hanging purposes. So, why am I hanging the pad? Simply put, our place is so small that we don’t have a separate bedroom for the baby, and I had to create a changing station in the bathroom instead. Needless to say, I would like the bathroom to look appealing to guests, and still be functional for everyday living!
What did I do?
1. I took an old neckless, made a loop, and sewed it to the chaining pad.
2. For looks I added an ornament, and hung the changing pad on the wall!
Real simple, real fun.. Feel free to share with me your own ideas!
I’m exited to join the yearly home & interior convention in Bergen this upcoming September. I am sure it’s going to be a blast. Thought I’d put up a link to their blog so that you home decorating enthusiasts would not miss out.
When and Where is this going to happen?
September 28-29, 2012
I’m looking forward to making it a weekend of fun design and inspiring, new ideas. Weegies in Oslo, you are welcome to join me!
As usual, I was shopping for groceries after work and took my obligatory “exited-expecting-mom-stroll” down the baby isle. While I was looking at binkies for the millionth time, I reached the same disappointing conclusion as always: that I needed to go to a expensive boutique to get the ones with a little personality (that does not include Disney or Dora the Explora)!
I found myself staring at a couple of neutral pacifiers which promised that 1.) they had the perfect nub for a little one to suck on (only in natural and good materials of course) and, 2.) with a breathable plastic rim, which is much better for sensitive skin. Very impressive I must say, but the only drawback was that those binkies’ designs were making me yawn on the inside. sigh.
Then the thought hit me. It would only take a couple crystals, some half-pearls, strong glue, and some stunning ribbons to outshine the contenders. Easy.
1. It’s helpful to create your design before you start gluing on your gems. Use a strong glue that will make it impossible for a child to loosen the crystals.
2. Apply your crystals with a pair of tweezers.
To view more images of binky bling visit the Gallery
I’m 30 weeks pregnant, and feel like I’m about to pop! What would be more fitting than for me to make a batch of cake pops? With ten more weeks to go (not that anyone’s counting), it’s relieving to focus my brain on various projects so that time moves a little faster. So, I took action and designed my pops to look like little pregnant ladies! Say “Hello” to my little fat friends!
Three simple steps:
1. You simply bake a cake, let it cool, and crumble it up! Then you mix it with the delicious frosting and roll your little bellies (no, I didn’t mean belly dancing)!
2. Add a lolli-pop sick to your belly (you can get these at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, or for Weegies, at Panduro). Then simply allow them to harden in the freezer before you proceed to the next step.
3. Finally, melt your your chocolate, dip, and decorate!
"Ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh; All the pregnant ladies, all the pregnant ladies!"
This year I wanted to step it up a notch and make my Easter eggs nicer than your average Joe’s. The idea was born as I imagined my eggs looking like oversized dinner party earrings. In my mind I went on a journey making a mix of hand-painted, dotted pink, and gold-leafed distressed looking eggs; both batches bejeweled with antique gems, water pearls, and faded pink stones (all real off course!).
No really, it was an inexpensive and fun way to decorate, and I hope it generates more beautiful ideas for my favorite holiday — Easter!
1. Go outside and find your green! Here in Oslo, the trees are budding and the colors are radiant.
2. Poke your eggs with a needle at both ends, blow the content of the egg out, and then whip up a big omelet for your family!
3. Paint your eggs with a base color before you add your design (unless you are using watercolors). While you let the base dry, you can play with ideas on a separate piece of paper.
4. For my pink eggs I used quality acrylic paint and a color-wheel to help me coordinate my pallette. I dotted the eggs with a toothpick.
5. Tying it all together was simple; I threaded everything on some beautiful yellow straw, resembling cute little fox tails. Lastly, I hung my oversized earrings on branches like it was Christmas!