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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Our trip to Spain with many hospital visits

Last week Magnus and I flew out to Spain to stay with my parents (they moved there from Norway just a couple of weeks ago). They've rented a beautiful, recently renovated, town house in the Costa del Sol region. The day before flying out I got a phone call saying my Mum had been in an accident and broken her shoulder, so our trip changed mood. I had planned to work from there, but of course family comes first. My Mum spent five days at the hospital and also had a big operation. I'm so glad I could help with both speaking English and French, as neither of us speak Spanish (although I'm now thinking about having a go at learning it). I'm just glad we were there to offer a bit of support as it's still a long way to go for her shoulder to get better. We're grateful that it went as well as it did as it could have been so much worse. 

Here are some of my (not so many) photos from really hot and sunny Spain. 



Their roof top terrace view one evening. 


Before heading back to Scotland, I helped my parents buy garden furniture. These chairs look just as good inside as outside. 



I don't think I noticed the cacti heaven last time I visited Spain, but this time I saw them everywhere! They grow wild like weeds. Just wish I had some extra room in my suitcase. 


One of my big joys of travelling is of course discovering the country's interior design magazines.. 


Now back in Scotland, it's amazing how much it's changed and looks like autumn here. 
It's also feels freezing and it'll take us a few days to climatise.

Hope you're all well. It's nice to be back blogging again. It's been a while!
hx



Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Tall thin mirrors

I'm not sure if this is a trend or just a crush, but I keep seeing tall thin mirrors and they look fantastic. They can even make rooms look a bit brighter with reflections from windows. 

photo by Pikhala



What do you think?! Is it a new trend?
hx




Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Tuesday Tips - IKEA Hack table DIY

Petros from blog Hommie kindly sent me a DIY. I really like it. It's quite a flexible project as you could mix colours and even sizes of IKEA Lack tables and possibly other brands too. 


Right, let's get started. You need 2 x Lack tables, a roll of marble contact paper (if you wish to make the dip dye marble effect Petros has created) and you also need scissors. You'll have one spare table top when you've finished and will have to find a creative solution for what to do with that.. Cut in half it could be two simple bedside tables, couldn't it?! ;)


First, take four of the legs and mark an X with a pencil on the underside (the side that isn't drilled), from one corner to the opposite. In this way you'll find the exact centre of the leg. Next, drill with a 4.5mm drill bit where the two lines meet (on the centre of the X). Note that these sides of the legs you drilled are going to be assembled on the table top.

The four remaining legs will be covered with the marble contact paper. Cut the contact paper to be slightly longer than the leg. Slowly and carefully apply the contact paper around the leg, starting from one edge. Press firmly with a ruler as you go to smooth out any air bubbles. Fold the remaining paper on the sides. It's like wrapping a present!

Assemble each 'marble' leg with a white one using the screws of the package. Just connect each side of the screw with the holes on the legs and turn around until the two legs be attached.

Then, assemble the four 'new' legs on the table top, according the IKEA instructions that it comes with.



all photos by Hommie

I think this table can be used in many different situations and will keep this idea in mind.
It would be perfect as a key/mail/bag/allkindsofstuff-table in the hall.

Thank you so much Petros for sending me this project!
Hope you've enjoyed today's Tuesday tips.

hx



Monday, 6 October 2014

Cactus love

Seriously how cool is this window sill?! I've got major cactus envy here. Love it! Does anybody else feel the same way?!

I also really like this open space and the all the light. Ok, fair enough the table and chairs are fab too. 




all photos by Fantastic Frank

For more plants have a look at my Pinterest board.

hx





Floating storage solution in the bedroom

It might seem a bit strange to start the week with a bedroom rather that an office, but never mind. Quite a while back I wrote a Tuesday Tips post about floating shelves and here we are again. Back to floating shelves or cupboards. I love this bedroom and think this is a great way of adding storage. It's also a great place to display your art and decorations, not to mention the bonus of space for fancy shoes below the units.. 


Have a great new week! 
hx




Friday, 3 October 2014

Having that eye for details

Sometimes it really is all about having the EYE. At a first glance this to me looks perfectly styled and really expensive. It's actually all second hand either from bric-à-bracs or second hand shops. 

The bench was sanded and oiled (looks brand new to me). Sometimes a bit of vision is required for second hand items, but with that you really can achieve something rather spectacular. 



all photos and styling by RI-MAKE

As well as the bench, the vase and the candle holders were also second hand. It's amazing what you can find if you take time to look. One thing I really like about charity shops and second hand markets is that you don't know what you'll find and when. It's exciting! 

I came across the Norwegian blog Ri-make for the first time this morning and will definitely go back to visit. There are lots of inspiring projects and second hand finds. 

I also really love the concrete background and the green leaf. Can't get enough of green plants just now.


Happy Weekend!
hx



Thursday, 2 October 2014

Show rooms

When it comes to new apartment buildings and show rooms this is probably the nicest one I've seen. Yes, it does have quite a bit of the colour pink, but there are some really nice details here. I've been to a few show homes and they often look a bit too glam and princess like. Here it feels a lot more natural. Although there's the colour pink, I think it works really well with the more masculine black. 

This is a great way of adding an office space to your living room. The large office desk really makes use of this space that often wouldn't be utilised. It doesn't feel imposing it rather makes the space feel more lived in and loved. If you now feel inspired to get a black desk, you can find many options from Argos.





The bedroom is mainly dark grey and black, but some softer tones have been added in the way of clothes and accessories. Texture also plays a role here when you look at the bed with the linnen sheets. It brings a bit more life to the bed. 


Although this girls bedroom is pink it doesn't feel too princess like! Again, I think it's because of the black details. The large knitted beanbag makes a great reading corner and shows potential buyers how they could make use of the space. By adding a beanbag or if you don't have the space, a pouffe, like the ones here you're adding an extra seat to a room.



I often see show rooms where practical things haven't been given much thought. They send you off thinking it was lovely, BUT where do I put the children's toys, so to me a show room should be nice, yes, but also more practical.

Have a great day!
hx




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