Friday, 24 October 2014

Personalised IXXI picture

A while back I treated my brother to a personalised IXXI picture for this Birthday.  He's been really nice and taken some photos so I can show you all. ;) 

My brother travels a lot and on a trip to Honduras he took this fabulous under water photo of a sea turtle whilst diving. I asked him for a high res photo without saying what it was for. 

I really like the way this image has turned out. I made it black and white for a bit of impact on his white walls. 

There's only one of these pictures, so it's both personalised and unique. I love it and thankfully so does he. The process was really quick and easy. Hanging the IXXI picture on the wall and putting it together took no time at all. I can highly recommend it. Doesn't it look great?

Happy Weekend!! 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Our curtain choice - charcoal

Whilst in Spain I helped my parents make their rental home a more personal home. One thing they don't have is curtains, so before leaving I requested some samples from The Natural Curtain Company. I received five samples and brought them to Spain with me. 

Although it's very hot in Spain I feel curtains can still add a cozyness to a room and make it more complete. My parents have always had curtains, so I think adding this comfort makes it more like a home they're used to. 

As they have white walls we tried natural fabrics as well as silk fabrics, but ended up with the made to measure fabric Charcoal which coincidentally is from Spain. It goes really well with their charcoal sofa as well as their garden furniture. As it's just the two of them, they don't want lots of clutter, so they decided to use the garden furnture inside and outside to free up space. I think this is a really good idea. 

For the curtain choice we decided the best option was the darker curtains - charcoal, as everything else is either white or light grey (floor tiles). It's quite a trendy town house with a glass stair case, so the colour scheme works really well. With the addition of some green plants it looks lovely. 

A couple of years ago, I painted the vintage frame in the photo. It was a skip find (yes, really!!). I painted a very thin coat of light grey paint to make it look nice in their Norwegian living room. Thankfully it looks nice in Spain too. The simple painting is of Magnus holding a balloon and was painted by an artist friend in France. (This is all very international.)

As my parents now are a long way from home, they have brought some of their things and are now making this their dream home. It's nice to be able to help them. Having the curtain samples with me was really good so they could see the colour and also feel the quality of the fabric. I can't wait to see the living room when it's all done. I think it'll look great. 

In the kitchen we're concidering roman blinds instead of curtains, but will stick to the same fabric as the kitchen / dining / living room is all open plan. 

I'd love to hear what you think. Was it the right choice to go dark?

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!

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?

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.


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.


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! 

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