Renewing old frames, and just waiting…

Hi Everyone,
My due date for this pregnancy is within hours reach, so I’m eagerly waiting for my little angel to arrive. At this point the house could not possibly be any cleaner (I have a bad case of nesting going on), the bags are packed, and the cupboards are stuffed with dippers, wipes, and creams that any would tackle any kind of baby rash. That said, my home projects and blogging have been on the back burner lately 😉
However, I do have a little nugget to share: a project I did a while back when we were living in our little desert casa in Arizona. If you have any old picture frames lying around that could use a little TLC, this is an easy project. All it takes is a couple boxes of spray paint, maybe some old jewelry, gold leaf paper, a little corner of beautiful textile, and viola!
Steps Taken:
1. I started by cleaning the frames before I sprayed them with a sea green paint. Then I applied gold leaves. The gold leaves stick easily to the painted surface
 2. After the paint dried I applied a vintage border by decoupage, and some gems to its surface.
3. Lastly, I used a thick fabric (textile) as a backdrop in the frame instead of inserting pictures.
The pictures aren’t that fab because I used my iPhone. (If you want a clearer picture let me know and I’ll send one to you.)

Love,

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Baby room

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.

More pictures

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.

Love,

A great shopping site for everything interior

Hi Everyone!

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

Modern Studio

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.

Love,

Inspiration for kitchen makover

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!
Stay tuned, and feel free to shoot me your ideas!
Love,

Interior Convention

 

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?

Bergen, Grieghallen

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!

Link to the event

Love,