Still life “desert”

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Still life “desert”

This months assignment from Urbanjunglebloggers is Still Life “desert”. So I assembled the few desert-like plants I have and took out some old items that I associate with desert life.

In the images you can find a camel adornment from Turkey (hanging blue thing above), a beduin drum, a wall-hanging of wool from Tunisia hand woven in the desert grottos of Matmata, a camel of olive-wood from Israel.

And the plants of course. Aloe Vera of different sizes and two different cactuses. The smaller cactus above come from the bigger one in the same picture. It produces “babies” which I sometimes put into their own pots. As for the Aloe Veras… I have a larger one in the livingroom which is the mother of all the Aloe Veras that Ive kept. I’e given away one to my neighbor and one to friend Ulla. The Aloe Vera is a tropical plant though and not a desert plant… I somehow associate with deserts though because of the thorny edges of their leaves…

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Still life “desert”. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I kept switching positions between the camel and the drum…

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Still life “desert”. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Here you see both my cactuses at the same time. And the camel of course. The cactus nearest to the window I’ve got years ago from from friend Monica who is no longer with us. The seconds one, closest in the picture, I got when it was one very small round plant. I don’t know how long Ive had it. A couple of decades at least.

The woven wool wall-hanging I got for my father when Janne and I visited Tunisia in 1979. It is now mine.

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Still life “desert”. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Here I added a ceramic waterbottle. Beduin-model from Israel.

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Stilllife “desert”. Photo ©nini.tjader.2016

I also tried it out with a beduin-weave from Israel, a small replica of the carpets they once used to throw on the camels/dromedars in the desert. I’ve had a larger one once but it got so faded I threw it out years ago. Same colors and patterns though.

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Still life “desert”. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Then I took out a picture I love that has those very typical desert-like colors. I don’t have it on a wall presently but in storage. The picture comes from a calendar I had years ago. Took away the weaves and added my beduin camel whip (which inside has a metal stick … for killing animals, enemies?).

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Still life “desert”. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Tried it with either of the cactuses. I think the first one is the best here. The camel is still there of course.

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Still life “desert”. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The Aloe Vera was totally wrong here…

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Still life “desert”. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Also tried with my old kefie from Jerusalem. This is a genuine woven kefie, not a printed pattern which you often see today. Bought in East Jerusalem in the early 1970-ies.

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Still life “desert”. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

So, the picture, the camel, the drum and the whip, together with one of the cactuses and the small Aloe Vera…

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Still life “desert”. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

And the other cactus…
Or is a cactus and a camel enough for the desert theme?

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Still life “desert”. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016


Pink interiors, no thanks


Pinks for pink interiors. Image borrowed from the internet.

Pink interiors anyone? This autumn the color pink seems to be THE color in interiors. You see it everywhere (see my previous post about terrible colors for yet another image with a pink kitchen).

There are plenty of different shades of pink around. Some are more red than pink. Other are more brown than pink, or more to the lilac.


Pink lilacs, spring 2016. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I never liked pink interiors. Not now and not when I was younger and not when I was a little girl either. As a little girl I loved blue in all shades. I still do.


Pink interiors in a pink livingroom. Image borrowed from the internet.

I would never feel comfortable in a pink livingroom. I would want to turn around and get out of it as soon as possible.


Pink interiors, pink sofa. Image borrowed from the internet.

I wouldn’t even want just one pink object around in my interiors. Pink sofa? Shudder… One pink pillow then? Maybe, but no… please.


Pink interiors, pink wallpaper. Image borrowed from

Having a wallpaper with pink in is no better.

Pink in interiors used to be something that was used in the rooms of little girls or babies. Then it became THE color for a girls room, up to around the age of approximately 12 or so. Now the color pink has spread into all areas of living and interiors.  Kitchens, bathrooms, carpets, walls, livingrooms… Look at any magazine or website about interior design. Pink is there.


Hollyhock, summer 2016. Photo ©nini.tjader.2016

Will it stay? I doubt it. I can accept a pink t-shirt, and I find pink flowers in nature beautiful. Let the color pink stay in nature. Leave it out of the interiors please. I know I don’t have to use it because it is in fashion presently, but I don’t want to see it everywhere either.


Pink interiors. Image borrowed from the internet.

Baby pink in the livingroom? No thanks. Even this faded pink would make me wonder about the personality of the owner of the home. The images above are worse though.


Pinkflowering bush. Photo ©nini.tjader.2016

Pink plants and flowers then? Yes please, those are nice. The above is a bush at my neighbors which get large flowers. It is by the way flowering again right now in mid October. I’ve forgotten the name of the bush.


Pink interiors, pink wall. Image borrowed from the internet.

One pale pink wall then? No thanks. It is better but… well, it is still pink.

But in nature and in flowers it is a nice color. I just don’t like pink interiors. Let it stay in the nature on flowers.


Pink pelargonia. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Terrible Colors

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Kitchen. Image from ELLE Decoration.

There are terrible colors and there are colors.

There is this very colorful flat featured at ELLE Decoration presently. It is also featured in their Instagram-account.

I find it awful…
A kitchen with pink cupboards and teal colored floors…
I would personally turn back out from that kitchen immediately. Definitely doesn’t get me in the mood to cook or anything else you usually do in the kitchen. These colors… According to ELLE Decoration those are beautiful colors… I couldn’t disagree more.


Livingroom. Image from ELLE Decoration.

And the livingroom isn’t one bit better. Sofa with different shades of green in the sofa cushions, paired with lilac walls and a red carpet on a dark-blue floor… No thanks. I think the sofa opposite to the green one is pink…  It is just too much. Makes me nauseous.

That many colors, in those combinations, only makes me want to immediately turn my back and get out of it. That is, if I was in that house…  There is no rest in that house (feng-shui someone?). How can you relax with these colors and color-combinations?

I actually like colors.
But not like this.
And not combined liked this.

How an interior decoration magazine like ELLE Decoration actually can find it beautiful is beyond my comprehension. This hurts my eyes and makes me sea-sick.

The flat is located in Copenhagen, Denmark.

My livingroom, presently


My livingroom, presently. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

My livingroom, presently, looks like in the above picture. I regularly take pictures of my flat to document the here and now in the rooms. Some things change over time, others not. Lamps and decorative items move around. Pillow covers change. Plants come and go. The mess on the sofa-table change all the time. The latest bigger change in the livingroom – except for the the plants that moved in from the patio – is that I changed the big carpet. After two years with the off-white carpet I went back to the blue carpet recently.

(The sharp-eyed can see that my olive tree is on the plant-stand in the bedroom. Just moved it indoors. Have to get a plant-light for it soon, so it won’t die.).


The living room in august 2016. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The blanket in the chair that Gustav (and Alice) love to sleep in change regularly as it gets dirty from the cats. So does the pillow case in the same chair.


My livingroom Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In august the view over the sofa-table, TV and the entrance to the bedroom looked like in the above picture. The sofa-table was not as messy as it sometimes is…


The sofa-table Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

This (above) is a more normal state of the sofa-table. The table is massive oiled oak, done by Hans K. Very heavy. I looked for a sofa-table for a very long time before I got this one. I love it. Otherwise sofa-tables now-a-days are usually too low. (The book on the table Ive finished since picture was shot).


The sofa-table. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

This (above) is more what the sofa-table is supposed to look like when most of the stuff on it is put away.


The livingroom, TV-corner. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

I have a 40″ SONY TV in one end of the livingroom. I prefer watching TV on an actual TV-device and not on the iPad or the iMac or the MaBook Pro, which are my other choices. I only revert to those devices when I need to watch something on SVT Play that I’ve missed out on for some reason.

The gym-ball is there because I actually sometimes use it. And I also use if to put my feet on if I sit in the chair where the neighboring cats usually sleep.


The livingroom Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The livingroom view from the TV-wall towards the oping that leads to the hallway, bathroom and kitchen. As usual the ironing-board stands there in the livingroom… I hate ironing.

That blue pillow-case on the round pillow needs to be exchanged now that I put the blue carpet in the livingroom again. The two blues simply clash. It will get a white chrocheted pillow-case instead. Just have to make it first.

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The sofa in the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The sofa in the livingroom is a two-seater KARLSTAD sofa from IKEA. Some time after I moved to this flat I changed my three-seater to a two-seater as the other sofa simply was too big for the room. Here is were I spend most of my time when in the livingroom.

The plate-mat on the sofa-table is there because I often eat my meals in front of the TV, sitting in the sofa, and ont want to harm my sofa-table.

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The picture wall in the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The picturewall in inte living room presently looks like this (and has done so for quite some time now). It is a mix of posters, two printed pictures of art, and five aquarelles done by yours truly.


In the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

On the low bookcase near to the door to my outside place I keep some candle-houses. The poster above it is a 1st of May Russian poster which I’ve had for a long time. Now that the darker season is approaching fast, I will start light the candles in them again.


In the livingroom. Photo.©nini.tjader.2016

View from the livingroom into the bedroom. Decorations on the small round table beside the chair in the livingroom.


In the livingroom. Photo.©nini.tjader.2016

The white cover on the chair where Gustav and Alice (the neighboring cats) like to sleep, is still white. Might be because of the long time with dry weather. No wet and dirty cat-feet…

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The livingroom. photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

By the window in the livingroom is the chaise-lounge. Also white cover presently.

As you might guess, I have a lot of books, and I read a lot. And yes, I prefer paper-books to digital books, be they onscreen e-books or audio-books. Paper books is what I prefer. Bookcases are BILLY from IKEA.

At the foot of the chaise-lounge – which I’ve by the way considered selling if anyone wants to buy it – stands my training bicycle. Yes, I DO use it on and off. Has to stand there so I can watch TV at the same time as I use it.


Chaiselounge in the livingroom. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I also have a light grey cover for the chaise-lounge. I’ll put that on soon as I have to wash the white cover which unfortunately got a blackcurrant-juice stain on it recently. Remains to be seen if I can get rid of the stain. Under the book on the table is my MacBook Pro on IKEAs small computer table. Under the pillow (cover knitted by yours truly) is a computer-pillow (IKEA of course) to put on your lap if you want your laptop (or iPad) on your lap. Beside the MBP is a small radio that also can serve as charger for the iPhone.


In the livingroom. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The chaise lounge stand near to the door to the outside place. Above is how it looked in the window before I moved som of the plants from outside to indoors storage over the winter. Under the sideboard by the window I keep bird-feed and some other stuff that go out and in constantly to the garden.


Livingroom window. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

This (above) is how the livingroom window is supposed to look, minus the tomato-plant.


Livingroom window presently. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

This (above is how it looks presently sine the fig-tree and some other plants were moved inside. The Australian wild pelargonia under it, will move up onto the sideboard when the tomato-plant is finished and gone. The fig-tree has lost three leaves since moved indoors. It will lose some 3-4 leaves more soon. Perfectly normal.


In the livingroom. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

A bit crowded presently, I agree…


My livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I had to move the chaise lounge and the training-cycle a bit towards the door to gt the fig tree indoors behind the chaise lounge. Cup-boards in the corner are BESTÅ from IKEA. The other ones are BILLY, also from IKEA. Ceiling lamp is from IKEA as well. The sea-gull hanging from the ceiling I bought long ago in Tel Aviv, Israel. It has accompanied me in different flats for many years, always hanging from the ceiling in the livingroom. Wings flap if wind gets indoors or if you pull its red “legs”.

Below you can see the corner with the chaise lounge and the bookcases together. I have a mirror on the wall beside the bookcases to provide more light to the plants and to the room. I love having plants in the room but maybe not this many plants.


The livingroom. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

New kitchen carpet in place

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RAVNSÖ carpet in the kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

A new kitchen carpet is now in place.

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RAVNSÖ carpet in the kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I finally decided on the striped wool-carpet RAVNSÖ from IKEA. Size 170 x 240 cms. I would provide a link if it was available on Ikeas site, but it isn’t there. As Ikea explained it when I asked, it isn’t there because you cannot order it via internet. (That might change in the future?)

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RAVNSÖ carpet in the kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I really, really like it. And I like the colorfulness it adds. Had som trouble taking pictures of it as the autumn-light in the afternoon – when I shot the pictures – comes in at a not so good angle. But at least you see how the carpet looks there.

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RAVNSÖ carpet in the kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

One thing I had to remove in the kitchen was the very colorful tablecloth I normally have there. Didn’t go well together with the carpet. Have to get a new one in one color only. The carpet goes well with all my chair-cushions though and no matter which I use they match well.

So, what happened to the carpet I had in the kitchen previously?

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Carpet in the bedroom. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The previous carpet (LOHALS from Ikea) I moved from the kitchen to the bedroom. Makes the bedroom lighter. The carpet I had there before was blue, making the bedroom all dark blue. I’ve also always liked the feel of the LOHALS carpet under bare feet. My floors need carpets as living on the ground floor makes them rather cold at times. I think it looks good here. The discarded blue carpet I will throw out. It has seen better days.

I do need to move the carpet slightly to the left though as it is a little bit too long for the room and there is about 10 cms left to the cupboards. But, presently it got stuck here like this as it is very heavy to move, with bed and all on it. Gustav, the neighbors cat, was in here when I did this, sitting on the bed during all the lifting and shuffling… He got all excited about it… No wonder the carpet didn’t land exactly right… No pictures though as I was busy lifting the bed and moving the carpet into place.

Another day soon I will move the carpet closer to the window so I get less carpet up the wall in the other end (not in the picture).

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LOHALS carpet in the bedroom- Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Changed my mind about carpet for the kitchen


LOHALS carpet from Ikea in my kitchen. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I had time to change my mind about which new carpet to get for the kitchen. I will still change the carpet and put the present one into the bedroom, but I will not get the one I previously said I’d buy. I had time to change my mind because the carpet I intended to get, LOBBÄK below, was not in yet at Ikea and still isn’t.

You all the time get stuck with the chairs in the present LOHALS carpet so I just have to get something else that is less annoying.


Ikea LOBBÄK carpet. Photo from Ikea.

I will NOT get the above one… It is too beige-grey-colorless.

Because I want more color in the kitchen. Color that goes with the various cushion-seats on the kitchen-chairs and also with new wallpaper (whenever I get around to that).


RAVNSÖ carpet from Ikea. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I found the above striped carpet at Ikea. Wool. Flat-woven. One of the new ones for the autumn at Ikea.


RAVNSÖ carpet from Ikea. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Simple, colorful but not too colorful, flat-woven, wool. Perfect with whichever chair-cushions used when it comes to color. Also not too wild and not too strong colors and still colorful (if you understand what I mean). 170×240 cms in size.


RAVNSÖ carpet from Ikea. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

They had three carpets in store when I last visited. Otherwise it is listed as one of the new items for October… and it isn’t October yet. And it cannot be found on the Ikea-website…


RAVNSÖ carpet from Ikea. Photo: IKEA

OR should I go for the KATTRUP carpet instead?


KATTRUP carpet from Ikea. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

More folkloristic. Wool. Flat-woven. IKEA has had this one for quite some time. I’ve always liked it. Available in two big sizes. I think 170×240 is large enough even though the present kitchen-carpet is 200×300.

The colors of the Kattrup carpet has changed somewhat over the years. Ikea even has it in grey-scale now. I like the red one though.


KATTRUP carpet from Ikea. Sizes and prices. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

My friend Monica (R.I.P.) had it in her kitchen. Below how it looked in her kitchen in Umeå in September 2013.


KATTRUP carpet by Ikea at Monica’s in Umeå September 2013.

So, which one should I get?

Plantselfie september 2016

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Plantselfie with my red oxalis. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I’ve always found it difficult to take selfies. I just don’t look the way I think I look when in a selfie. Taking a selfie means you have to look at yourself, in the camera (smartphone) and preferably smile at the same time you shoot the picture. Taking a selfie together with your plants/a plant/ is no easier…

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Plantselfie with me and my red oxalis. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The above two pictures is of me with my red oxalis. The plant normally is inside but the light outside was better so shot there. The red oxalis, which lost all its stems and flowers recently when re-planting it, is coming along just fine. So far one leaf, and the beginning of a flower is also on its way.

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Plantselfie with my figtree. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

When outside with the plants there, I also shot a pantselfie with my figtree. The figtree is outside over summer but will get inside – provided I find a suitable place to put it – in a couple of weeks when the weather turns too cold and gloomy announcing oncoming winter. The figtree has grown a lot lately. It likes the unusually warm and sunny summer we have had and still have.

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Plantselfie with Gustav. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

When I sat there under the figtree trying to find a good angle for the tree, Gustav, my neighbors male cat, wanted to participate too and to sit on my lap. So, he got into the picture as well… He looks a bit odd that close to the camera…

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Plantselfie with Mårbacka pelargonia. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

One of my big Mårbacka pelargonia also got into the picture. I have two of those. The one above is the one looking the best. They are both really big and survived last winter indoors. This year I will not bring them in though. Simply no space. They’ll be outside until the frost takes them, then into the recycling.

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Plantselfie. Me and my caliente pink. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The caliente pink pelargonia WILL go inside though. Seems to be a healthy enough plant that might make it through winter indoors.

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Pelargonia caliente pink. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Above how the caliente pink looks all by itself.

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Plantselfie with pelargonia balcon red. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

This is my hanging pelargonia called balcon red. It is too big and too heavy to really “hang” so it stands on the railing of my patio.  That one will not go inside when cold comes. I have nowhere to place it inside. Even though it is large, has lots and lots of red flowers by this time of the year, it will actually go into the garbage when cold comes. A pity? Yes. But no choice.

Below the last plantselfie for this time. Three pelargonias and an olive tree I managed to squeeze into this picture. The closest one is a pelargonia with fragrance which I don’t remember the name of. Haven’t decided yet if it will go inside or not when it no longer can be outside. Depends on if I can find a place for it or not.

Task accomplished, plantselfie pictures for the Urbanjunglebloggers in september.

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Plantselfie on the patio. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016


Disaster or opportunity?

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Black currant stain on daybed. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I’ve got a stain from black currant juice onto my white cover on my Ektorp daybed…

The other day I passed my Ektorp daybed in the livingroom on the way outside with a glass of homemade black currant juice in one hand. I then wanted to pick up the book I intended to take outside into the sun… The glass slopped… A few drops of the juice landed on the white-covered daybed… And there it is. A large, blue stain on the white cover. Disaster?

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Black currant stain on the daybed. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Stains from black currant aren’t easy to get rid of, if at all possible. I don’t know of any working methods to get rid of this kind of stain.

Of course I’ll try to get it off in the laundry, but if I don’t succeed? Is this then a disaster? Or is it an opportunity?

Should I color the entire cover jeans-blue?

I have a second cover for the daybed, light grey, from Bemz. Ikea stopped selling this model of Ektorp daybed years ago, including its covers. Getting a new, white cover is expensive and nothing I presently can afford.

So, should I color the entire cover jeans-blue?

Plant stands

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Plant stand in the kitchen. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

When your windowsills don’t have enough space for your plants, you need plant-stands to put your plants on. The one above is from Ikea and called Satsumas. I like it because it is airy and doesn’t take up too much space. It is placed in the corner between my two windows in the kitchen, where plants get good light from two directions without being in direct sun. Only negative with this plant-stand is that no platform can take more than 5 kgs. That resulted in some re-organizing of my plants. (Picture also reveals that I need to do something about my electric outlets on the floor and all the cables…).

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Plant stand in the bedroom. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The above is the plant-stand I previously had in the kitchen, with the large aloe vera on it. It presently stands in the bedroom with a pot with fake flowers on it.

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Plant stand in the bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In the bedroom in the background in the middle is a white plant-stand. I had it outside until just the other day and only took it inside recently and cleaned it. It will have a plant on it later on when a lot of plants move indoors in few weeks time. Autumn is approaching though it isn’t cold outside just yet. That one was a find just outside at the garbage-disposal at my previous flat. I’ve used it for various plants over the years ever since. Not really my type of item if we are talking style… I like simpler things. At least it is white.

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Plant stand/sideboard in the livingroom. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

In the livingroom I’ve enlarged the area for putting plants by adding a sideboard. Presently it mainly houses decorative items, but that will change soon enough when plants move indoors. The pot of the plant in the corner to the left stands on another pot to get it higher up. That’s a temporary solution.

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Plant stand. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

This (above) is more my kind of plant-stand when it comes to style. It is black, wired, plastic-coated stand. I bought that at a garden-shop yeas ago and have used it on and off. It was outside until today when I took it indoors and cleaned it. The funny thing is that now all kinds of plant-stands of this type start to appear. Lots of them.

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My plant stand outside on the patio. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

This is how it looked outside. The plant now got a terracotta plate under it and another stand.

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Lagerhaus plant stand, SEK 179. Image from

The above one comes from and costs SEK179. They also have it in a smaller version that costs SEK99. This is really useful. You can use it turned either way.

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Plantstand from Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The problem with some of these plantstands is their size. They are only done for smaller pots which limits their usefulness.

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Plantstand from Image from

Th prices for these ones varies wildly. The ones from are the least expensive. There are others out there that are much more expensive.

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The NORM plant stand. Image from NORM.

This one is from NORM architects. What it costs? No idea. Who sells it? No idea. But it is goodlooking. Love it.

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Found on Pinterest. Image from Pinterest.

This one is nicelooking (found it on Pinterest), but it looks dangerous… Don’t come close or it will fall over?

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Plant stands from Nordic Living. Image from Nordic Living.

These ones are from NORDIC LIVING and costs around SEK 450.

There are many more out there. Either google for plant stands or look them up at Pinterest.

Of course you can also hang your plants from above. There are various solutions for that too, but that is for another time.

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Found on Pinterest. Image from Pinterest.

Some of the plants in the kitchen

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The plants in my kitchenwindows. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

This is some of the plants in the kitchen. I love having greenery around me. I have two windows in the kitchen. The one to the left is south-facing, the one to the right is west-facing. And then there is the plant-stand in the corner between them.

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Plantstand in the kitchen. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The plant-stand is fairly new. It comes from ikea and is called SATSUMAS. I like it because it is airy and gives a light impression. Its inclusion in the kitchen though is one of the reasons that the large aloe vera that used to live there had to move elsewhere. It is simply too heavy. Each platform on this plant-stand can only take 5 kilos.


Corokia Cotoneaster on the plant-stand. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

One of the plants on the plant-stand that got moved to the kitchen recently is my corokia cotoneaster, or zig-zag-plant as some call it.  After a couple of weeks there it seems to like its new place. It is very hard to take pictures of as the leaves are so small, many and spread. The pot it lives in is very light despite its size.

I got the pot from former neighbors Lars & Camilla when they moved north last summer. They thought it might get destroyed in the move. I also got four stephanotis, pots included, from them. Two I’ve kept, one I gave on to neighbor Gullis and one to friend Ulla in town.


Ginkgo Biloba on the plant-stand. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Also on the plant-stand is my ginkgo biloba, which has moved around a lot in the flat since I got it at a garden fair in the spring.  It has grown since I bought it and it too seems to like its new place in the kitchen.

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Newest plant in the kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The newest plant in the kitchen is the above one, which has only been in my kitchen a short time yet. I hope it will like it here. It is a muehlenbeckia complexa (in Swedish called slideranka or plättar-i-luften) or maidenhair vine or a lot of other names. Very trendy in interiors presently…

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Orchids in the kitchen window. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Another change for the plants in the kitchen windows is that I’ve moved three of my orchids (I have six) into the hanging plant-containers (from IKEA) in the window. I took the opportunity to do that when the latest flowering had passed. Next time the flowers come the flowers will be allowed to hang out from the container. I will move down the one in the top container and up the one with green-white leaves. There is another one of those in the top one. I divided the original plant some time ago. Now both have flowers.

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Stephanotis floribunda in the kitchen window. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In one of the kitchenwindows lives one of my stephanotis floribunda, a very common house plant. I have two. The other one hangs in the window in the livingroom. This one also used to be in the livingroom, but moved here when I moved the aloe vera to the livingroom. Funny thing is, it totally changed its form when it got its place in the kitchen windows. It now gets light from two directions which causes its leaves to turn in new directions. I like it.

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Plants in the kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I keep moving plants around depending on the season. When the cold season comes (October?) some of my outside plants will move inside. That will totally change the situation and fill all available space with plants from out on the patio.

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Plants in one of the kitchen windows. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

This is the south-facing window. This orchid is the last still blooming. It grows in a crazy way… Will have to do something about that when it stops blooming.

The large plant surrounding the window, a philodendron I’ve had for almost two decades, is now reaching the second window as well. It replaces curtains and is hanging on the curtain rods. The green-and-white-striped hanging plant is one of those tiny plants Ikea sells that has become large and got a larger hanging pot of its own. What it is called? I have no idea.

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Plant in the kitchenwindow. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I hang the hanging pots on the curtain rods as I do not use curtains in the kitchen. Blinds are needed though during summer for protection of the plants from the sun when it shines.

I’ve always had lots of plants in the kitchen. They change over time and with the seasons, but always lots of plants. Who needs curtains in the kitchen when you have plants?

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Plants in the kitchen. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016


Carpet in the kitchen – again changing it


LOHALS carpet from Ikea. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Carpet in the kitchen? Yes, I always want a carpet in the kitchen. My floors are rather cold during the cold season, then a carpet under your feet is good to have.

I am again considering a change of carpet in the kitchen. I love the one I bought last year, BUT it is no good in the kitchen. Why? Because it is next to impossible to get the kitchen chairs out when getting up from the table. They get stuck in the carpet. I didn’t know that when I bought that carpet. The present carpet is LOHALS from Ikea, largest size (200×300 cm).


LOHALS carpet in the kitchen. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Many do not have a carpet in the kitchen under the kitchen table, but I want one as my floors are rather cold during the colder seasons and I live on the ground-floor. And it should be easy to clean/vacuum and pleasant to walk barefoot on. The one requirement I didn’t take into consideration when I bought this one, was how hard or easy it was to get the chairs out from under the table.


Ikea LOBBÄK carpet. Photo from Ikea.

The carpet I am considering is the Ikea LOBBÄK carpet, size 200×300 cm, price SEK799. It is supposed to be beige. On the PR-picture above it looks more greige (greyish-beige) than on the pictures on the websites. On the picture on the Ikea websites it looks more brown than beige… Need to see it in real life to be certain of the color. I am no fan of either brown or real beige.


Ikea LOBBÄK carpet. Photo from Ikea.

Apart from that it looks flat-woven enough to be able to move your chairs from out under the kitchen table. They didn’t have it in the carpet-department when I visited Ikea on Thursday, though it says now on their site that they do have it (only four of it, but still…). It is supposed to withstand dirt, rain, snow… and can be used outdoors as well as inside. Sounds like a good carpet for the kitchen.


The present carpet in the bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The plan is to move the carpet from the kitchen into the bedroom and exchange the blue carpet there.


Carpet in the bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I think it will be good in the bedroom. It is larger than the present one, but there is room enough for it (I have measured the space). It will also make my blue bedroom a bit lighter I think. The present blue carpet there needs cleaning and might not survive a cleaning. It is a very cheap carpet I bought many years ago to have on the floor in my then kitchen when its regular carpet was to be cleaned.

First of all, I need to visit Ikea again and see the LOBBÄK carpet in real life. Then we will see.


LOBBÄK carpet. Photo from Ikea.

PS. 2016-08-27 Visited IKEA the other day and they had one (1) left of the LOBBÄK carpet so I could take a look at it in real life. It looks fine. Less brown than in their website images. They aren’t really in store yet, but will be in larger numbers in about three weeks time. Then I will probably buy it.

The story of my figtree


A leaf of my figtree, February 2016 Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The story of my figtree is the following: I bought it last year, late spring. It lived outside on the patio the entire summer of 2015 until it got too cold for it to be outside. It then moved indoors and lived in my livingroom window over winter, with the help of artificial light for plants, but normal temperatures for indoors (approximately +23°C). The window is turned to the west and has afternoon sun.

The figtree got four (4) figs while indoors. Three you could eat, one was no good, the others were… so,so. It didn’t loose a single leaf over winter though I was prepared that it might.


My figtree, indoors, March 19th, 2016 Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

By the beginning of May it was time to move the figtree outside again as the outside temperatures became comfortable for both plants and humans. The figtree is supposed to manage even if temperature drops slightly below zero centigrades.


Figtree outside on May 6th, 2016 Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

It again got figs. Two this time. Lost a few leaves, but not many.


Figtreeleaf on May 10th 2016. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

What it didn’t like though was the strong sun. Some leaves got sunburnt and later fell off. I should have known to protect it better from the sun…


Figtree on July 19th 2016. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

By the middle of July I thought it looked poorly and partly naked. Remaining leaves were a bit discolored and it didn’t want to grow at all. Some of its roots were crawling on top of the earth in the pot.


Figtree on July 26th, 2016. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

So the figtree got a larger pot and new soil and some nourishing watering. That made it come alive and finally start to grow again. It also probably helped that the weather was fine and extraordinarily sunny and warm.


New figtree leaves July 26th 2016. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

New leaves finally started to appear and grow fast.


Figtree on July 27th 2016. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

There were signs of life at other places on the tree as well.

On August 6th it looked like this. (Click on an image to see a larger version).

To my relief the positive development just continued. By August 14th it looked like this. (Click on an image to see a larger version).

The progress and growth is fast now. It also seems to like the recent rains. Below is how my figtree looked this morning. I am happy that it is now growing.

Question is: where do I put it when it has to move inside again? It is too big by now to be put in a window…


My figtree on August 19th 2016. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016



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Table-baskets… I wonder: how come that designers seem to get the same idea of a design at the same time? Now, for instance, those table-baskets (or whatever they are called).


Table-basket from IKEA. Image borrowed from IKEA.

There are slight differences between them both in price and looks. But the basic idea is in my eyes the same.


Table-basket from Bloomingville, sold at Image borrowed from

They are supposed to be used as sofa-tables or similar and the top can be lifted so you can use the “basket” under it. Or maybe you cannot with the one from Bloomingville? It has no “bottom” and has a marble top.

I actually like them all. The price varies wildly though.

The ones from are actually a set of 3 called Vincent. Costs SEK598 for all three of them
The one from IKEA is called KVISTBRO and costs SK299.
The one from Bloomingville which is sold at is called Svante and costs SEK 2499. The price is high, probably because it has a marble top.

Clever lamp with usb port


MULTI Vägg, a clever lamp. Image borrowed from Markslöjd.

I have a weakness for designer lamps. Mostly they are too expensive for my economy, but… I still love designer lamps. Preferably with a simple design. If they also have some clever function, the better.

The other day I saw this lamp above at another blog and it caught my eye. A very clever lamp. Includes an usb-port for charging your smartphone or pad.

I want that lamp… More info about it here (and no, I am not sponsored). It comes from Markslöjd and is called MULTI Vägg (wall). It is also dimmable. Lamp not included. And it is black.

Would love to have that one beside the bed. Price: from SEK921 upwards, depending on where you buy it.

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MULTI Vägg. Image borrowed from Markslöjd

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MULTI Vägg. Image borrowed from Markslöjd.