New, oval plates

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The old plates. Photo:©nini.tjader.2015

For years now I’ve been looking for oval plates. I’ve hade those grey ones from Ikea for ages, but never really liked them. That is, I’ve never really liked the look of them. I’ve always liked their size and how much you can put on them at the same time.

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The old plates. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

They are heavy. The surface started looking cracked (if you look closely) quite some time ago. I normally like the color grey, but not on these plates. Problem was, there were no other oval plates to be had when I bought these ones at Ikea years ago.

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New oval plates. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

But last week I found the perfect plates. At Åhléns. SEK 149 a piece. I was in town and thought I’d look if they had any oval plates. And they did. Called “Bon”, one of several models in a whole series of plates.

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The new plates. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

They are white, simple and oval. Just the model I’ve been look for the last couple of years.

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New, oval plates. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Perfect. Just the right size to have salad, potatoes and a steak on them at the same time.

I didn’t look closely on the other plates of the same series, but I will next time I’m in town.

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More new plates. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I recently also bought two new plates at Ikea. Also oval, but with a higher edge.

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New oval plates from Ikea. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

These ones are good for wetter food or pasta with a sauce or a salad.

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Oval plates from Ikea. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Used them last time Ulla was here and we had meat casserole which was rather wet. They are too narrow though for salad, potatoes and a steak.

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New plates. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

It isn’t easy to find nice, oval plates. But don’t give up, they are out there. I’ve seen several over the years when I’ve been looking, but then most of them have been too big and not meant to eat from but only to server from. My new ones of course can also be used for serving the food, but they are also the right size to eat from. Depending on which food of course.

And I love white plates. Not colored, not patterned. White.

The old grey oval plates will be thrown out next time we go to the recycling station.

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The new plates. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Plants & Art

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Plants & Art. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Got that fun topic “Plants & Art” from Urban Jungle Bloggers for September. I use to participate in the monthly topics as it is fun to see what you can do for a certain topic. This one was hard though.

Art above are a combination of five aquarelles I’ve done and some prints.

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Plants & Art. Corokia Cotoneaster, zigzag bush. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Why was it hard? Because I normally do not combine plants with art. I simply do not have the space for it or the right light for the plants where the art is. The above two pictures are from my livingroom. Having a plant in that location above would be risky. Could easily be run into and fall to the floor… (or into the sofa).

Aquarelle in the background by me.

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Plants & Art Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

So I faked it. Placed the plants near to the art where the art is. In locations where I would never normally put plants. The above picture and the following are shot in the bedroom. Unfortunately a day with very little light outside so the light for shooting pictures were not as good as I would have wished.

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Plants & Art Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

It was fun though to experiment and see how different combinations turned out. This location is way too dark though for any plant to survive there.

Pictures on the wall are one aquarelle by my father to the right, and a large print to the left that I bought at Ikea decades ago. So far the print has seen three different bedrooms. I want to be able to see it from the bed. The small thing on the wall is a souvenir from Greece, as are the greek ceramic houses and the figure on the shelf.

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Plants & art Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Some things were better looking than others. The cactus definitely looks better in its regular location in the bedroom window. The small olive tree – just moved inside from the patio – looks OK here though. But too dark for it to survive here. It goes back to the bedroom window.

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Plants & art Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015
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Plants & Art Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015
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Plants & Art Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015
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Plants & Art. To the left a Lisa Larsson ceramic dog. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

It was a fun exercise though. Plants are now back in their regular locations, and so are the various details used in the exercise. I guess this is how professional interior designers work when setting up different looks for a photo shoot.

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Inherited Hackefors dinnerware for sale

[SOLD ON SUNDAY 28th December, 2014 for SEK600 on Blocket.se]

I have this inherited old dinnerware that takes up too much space in my kitchen cupboards.

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I have long intend to put this inherited dinnerware onto blocket.se and sell it to create more space in my kitchen cupboards. I am aware that these kind of things do not sell for enormous amounts of money, but … The dinnerwware is from the Hackefors factory and was made some time in the first half of the previous century. Highest bidder that comes and relieves me from it will get it. It is in very good condition. A few pieces are missing, but not many.

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They are white with a golden edge on each item and a golden and black symbol at the middle of each one.

Anybody interested? Contact me via the comments and give me an offer. You have to be in Sweden and you have to come pick it up at my home in Botkyrka.

Here are some of the pieces in more detail. Click the image to see it larger. Contact me for sizes and numbers of each item. There is only 2 tea-cups left but six saucers to those.

[SOLD ON SUNDAY 28th December, 2014 for SEK600 on Blocket.se]

Fell in love…

Extravaganza Fruit Platter
Picture borrowed from the internet

The other day my eyes fellon this fruit-platter from Mateus. The Extravaganza fruit-platter. I normally do not like things this wildly decorated. I am more for sleek un-ornamented designs. But this one, I fell in love with.

I wouldn’t mind getting it as a present… I will, however, not be able to afford buying it myself. The price is SEK 1640 at the NK department store. It is available in several other colors as well, but it is this dark blue one I fell in love with.

 

Ceramic or glass vases?

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Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

This – above – is what happens if you put a ceramic vase with flowers and water in directly on a white-oiled oak-table and leave it there for a couple of days. (I guess it happens if you do the same onto any other wooden table or surface – and I know by experience that the same thing can happen if you put a decorative Halloween pumpkin on the table…). This stain is what remains AFTER sanding the stain and re-oiling the spot. It won’t go away… Ceramic vases leak humidity that destroys the wood they stand on.

Not to repeat that, I looked for small glass-vases and found these ones:

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Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

3-pack glassvases from RUSTA in different shades of blue and green with different structure on each vase for a total of SEK 20 (approximately USD 2.80)! Perfect. Here they are filled with drying lavender, but their purpose is to put small flowers in water on the table (with dry flowers it doesn’t matter which kind of vase you use). That they are cheap and come from a store that sell cheap things is fine with me. Even cheap can be beautiful sometimes.

Objects don’t need to be expensive designer items to be nice.

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Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

The small blue bowl is there to collect the drying lavender seeds when they fall off their stems.

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Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

So, which vase leaked? One of these below, from Ikea (flower in the picture is artificial). If you look at the bottom of a ceramic vase and see that the bottom of it is not glazed, then you can expect it to leak if you put water in it.

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Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

Trendy Danish Cheramics

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Globo

I love ceramics. Only problem is to bring it home when on travel (size and fragility) and the price when you find something you really like. Designer ceramics do not come cheap…

One of my favorite ceramics firms is the danish firm Kähler. I recently spotted their new items at the site called Trendspanarna and borrowed some images from there. The ones they initially got famous for here in Sweden was the Omaggio striped ceramics, originally vases in various sizes, now new striped items. Really love it.

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Omaggio

That butter-box is SO nice.

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Urbania

I’d love to have these light-houses… and add them to my small collection of 3 light-houses in tin that I have in the livingroom. At least one of them…

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Avvento
Cono
Cono
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Cono
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Globo

These Globo candle holders really talk to me… That simple form is fantastic in its simplicity. Just wish I could afford getting one of those for four candles. The big one below for instance.

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Globo

The images originally come from the Kähler press-release as I understand it. I hope they don’t mind that I publish them too…