For some time now I’ve been planning a refurnishing of part of the livingroom.
This is the wall between the door to my outside place and the sliding door to the bedroom.
My plan is to move the low bookcase towards to sliding door to the bedroom, and all the rest to the wall to the right of the bedroom door.
This, above, is where the two high bookcases in the previous picture would go. The TV and the TV-bench would go to the previous wall, to the left of the low bookcase. The picture wall would move as well. The chair would go into this corner, in front of the higher book-cases. The pouff on the floor (with a red pillow on) would go elsewhere as well.
The width of the TV-bench is the same as the width of the two high book-cases in the first two images.
The CD-DVD-shelves would stay where they are and the bookcases in the right corner above would be put more straight toward the wall to the right. They are presently angled.
All the cables for the TV etc. would have to be moved. There is an outlet for them just inside the bedroom, to the left. Only “problem” with that is that I would never be able to close the sliding door to the bedroom with that solution. But I never close that door anyways, so…
With this solution of the furnishing, the sofa would be towards the TV, and not like now, when you have to lay down in the sofa to watch TV. Nothing bad with that though… The new place for the TV would probably be better for watching TV (and not falling asleep on the sofa).
What I would do with the small round table beside the chair would still have to be decided.
That I haven’t started yet with the refurnish is all about how much work that is… I like to have it carefully planned in my head before I start moving around the furniture and cables. To move bookcases you need to empty them first. They are too heavy to move with content in them. AND I would be without TV and internet during the move of all the cables.
I will do this one day in the near future though. I’ll report with pictures when it is done.
The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017 is now over. I visit this fair every year to see new trends, beautiful furniture and lightings and to get impressions and input on what is to come in the near future when it comes to furniture and light. This year was no exception. I was there.
I visited on the one day that is for the common people, like me. The fair goes on almost the entire week for the pros. One of few fairs where you cannot buy anything unless you are a company. Liberating.
Overall impression was that the furniture is more rounded and stuffed than previous years. There are more colors. There was a lot of blond wood everywhere. There were less office chairs, more regular chairs, less office interiors, more interesting lightings (both in form and expression), more diningtables/conference tables.
This year I managed to visit all three halls and a short visit to the Green room hall. I even sat down for a while in the C hall and listened to an event about trends.
I took fewer photos this year than I use to. But, I’ll show you the ones I did take. I do not keep track on designers and/or firms or who did what. I just look at how things look and if I like them or find them interesting in one way or the other.
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Bar stools with back-support.
This years number one designer plant.
Wooden trees for … where?
To have extra shelves on the lamp is a good idea.
The obligatory daybed. This year in green.
A sofa with too many details if you ask me…
Dingroomtable or conference table.
Triangular and rounded chair.
Small wireless lamps.
Small wireless lamps.
Crocheted floor pillow.
Natural colors carpets.
Really useful lamps/lights/plantstand in one.
Interesting lamp with 2 lampshades, one inside the other.
A blue diningroom
Various nice lamps.
Wall lamp with really long arm.
A very comfortable chair.
STRING all whites.
Rounded shelf units. Imagine that in a large room.
Not a butterfly chair but similar idea
The greige livingroom… I would never want these colors…
Last years number one designer plants.
This should be really easy to do yourself for hanging your magazines.
When I got my first room of my own (when my grandmother moved to her sisters) I got some furniture that today, again, are popular and the very things to have.
One of them was a STRING shelf, like the one above. I had the exact same model. At the time it was one of the cheapest shelfs you could get… Today this small unit costs SEK 995 in most places. Which is a ridiculous price for a shelf this simple that has been produced for such a long time.
The shelf was designed in 1949 by Nils Strinning. Today it is an entire storage system, not just a simple shelf, that can be combined any way you want it. It is very flexible.
New incarnations of it comes every year.
Do I like the STRING shelf today? No, not really. I did then. It was the shelf for my then entire library of books. Most books I borrowed at the communal library so I didn’t need all that much storage space for them. We couldn’t really afford buying books but I got one or two for each christmas and birthday. I do not like the STRING shelf today. Particularly I do not like the price it has today. In my mind it is still a simple shelf which I remember as something cheap you got when you couldn’t afford something more expensive.
The other piece of furniture I got for the room of my own was a butterfly-chair. Mine was yellow as the above but had black trimmings around its edges, and black legs. The most uncomfortable chair there is… There was no way you could sit comfortably in it. So most of the time I spent on my bed, which was a 120 cm wide bed (with a dark grey bedcover and lots of pillows). The butterfly chair of a model like the above one also were cheap to buy. You saw them in any room of a teenager at the time. The butterfly chair has made a come-back the last couple of years. No longer a cheap chair though, but over-designed in various expensive materials like leather and furs.
The butterfly chair was designed 1938 and was introduced in Sweden in the 1950-ties. It was designed by Antonia Bonet from Spain and Juan Kurchan and Jorge Ferrari-Hardoy from Argentine. It has been called many names like Sling, Wing, Safari and Butterfly.
Combine the STRING shelf and the yellow butterfly chair with this orange-cerise feature wall which I got in my room. It was not painted. It was wallpaper. I don’t remember which color the other walls in the room had, but I suspect it was greyish-white. The picture is of me and Bosse in 1964-65, my boyfriend at the time. I also remember that wool sweater which I bought for my very first salary at my very first job….
I guess it is “sustainable” that old designs still work and are still used… but it gets a bit boring to see the same things again and again.
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?
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.
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).
There are slight differences between them both in price and looks. But the basic idea is in my eyes the same.
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.
Yesterday Ulla and I visited the Josef Frank Exhibition at Millesgården. The exhibition was about his patterns, furniture and paintings (aquarelles actually). Josef Frank lived between 1885 and 1967. Read more about Josef Frank here.
The exhibition is in the building just inside the entrance to Millesgården.
I’ve always loved the patterns of Josef Frank and their colors. Now we had a chance to see them in real life, and also his aquarelles, which are less known to the public. He started painting at the age of 68.
I knew he made furniture and particularly that long sofa with the tulips pattern is famous.
The patterns are colorful and picture plants and animals with a lot of fantasy. They are very decorative.
The pattern in the middle in the picture above is called “Italian Dinner” and have pictures of all the ingredients in an italian dinner, like vegetables and sea-food among other things.
Most of the patterns I’ve seen before in various contexts. But not his carpets. The above carpet was created in the 1930-ties. Hard to believe that they did carpets like this at that time. The pattern of this carpet has been replicated in a planting outside in the park, filled with summer flowers.
The mural on this wall is an enlargement of one of Josef Franks paintings. Behind this wall is the exhibition of some of his aquarelles. The audience here was not really of the kind I normally see in the places where I go. Lots of elderly ladies of the upper classes, with a particular way to speak. Among them a few younger persons and some that very much wanted to look like artists. Interesting… There were more visitors there than we had expected for a Wednesday afternoon. Tourists? Yes. But not too many.
Joes Frank started painting at the age of 68. He said he didn’t have the techniques required but he enjoyed painting. I love his pictures and think they are really good.
The above pictures look like they are illuminated from the back of the pictures, but they are not. The effect is there because they are placed against a black background and because of the colors in the pictures.
The landscapes he painted… Just love them. Particularly the last one above. That, and the light, is exactly how it looks just about everywhere around the Mediterranean.
The above is a timeline about the life and works of Josef Frank.
We then had a look at what was on offer in the gift shop. As usual with these kind of places the prices are high. No. I didn’t buy anything. The guy in the picture was noted though. Trying very much to look like an artist?
The small glass vases below was also for sale at the gift shop. I don’t remember if they had anything to do with the Josef Frank exhibition or not. I noticed them as they look so very alike to some other small glass vases I’ve seen elsewhere for a fraction of the price asked here.
We then went out into the sculpture park at Millesgården and to the sun and blue skies.I will publish those pictures at a later occasion.
Sometimes you get guests who need to sleep over for one reason or other. Then you need some extra bed or solution to make that possible. If your space is limited and live in a smallish place, that is not all that easy to find a solution.
The above bed is from JYSK and probably one of the most common models for temporary beds. Usually awful to sleep on. And n you need space to store it when folded, mattress and all. IKEA has a similar model and there are probably many similar ones in the market.
Another solution is to get an inflatable bed that doesn’t need all that much space when stored and not used. That’s what I did. The above one is from JYSK and comes in a small tote. The bed when air in it can, in my case, be put in the kitchen, just beside the fridge. Below you see how little space it takes.
Neither of these solutions are very comfortable though. For one night or maybe two, but…
This is one smart arm-chair guestbed. Comes in a couple of different colors (I prefer the light grey one above) and you can get it either with a high back or a low one. And you can get it with or without armrests.
To use it as a bed you take hold of the bottom front of the chair and drag it out to full-size bed-length. You then use the zipper of the cushion you normally sit on and you get a mattress.
Not only is this a 3-seater sofa when not used as a bed, but you can transform to a smallish double-bed, 132 cms wide by dragging out the mattress.
It also has a very good price… It is simple with clean lines. I really like it. It has space under the mattress for keeping the bedding for it.
ASARUM is my favorite. But I don’t have the space for it unfortunately. Maybe if I sold my chaise-lounge… (which isn’t long enough to sleep on). But two differently grey sofas in the livingroom would be a bit much, right?
There are several reasons that your should to take photos of your home.
1. For insurance reasons to have a picture-record of what you have in your home.
I originally started to take photos of my homes for this very reason. To be able to prove what I owed in case of burglary and theft in my homes. At the time I started doing it digital photography was not that widespread. Pictures were still mainly produced on paper and paper-copies were the ones you saved for insurance reasons.
Take photos of everything you would want to document that you own. Plants, books, decoration items, pictures on the walls, content of drawers and cupboards and closets. Be thorough and detailed. Photograph in good light, preferably day-light so the items get the right colors.
Don’t forget to take pictures of the titles of your CDs, DVDs, records, books etc. It is much faster than writing down all the titles…
The most important with those pictures taken for insurance reasons is to keep them in a safe place and not only in the computer itself. The computer can be stolen, then with all its content and then the pictures are gone too. Make backups and store backup in a safe place. Think thefts and fire (or any other natural disaster that can strike).
2. For styling of your home.
If you want to style your home, re-arrange your furniture, build a picture-wall, get an overview of a room, there is no better way than taking pictures of your interiors.
What you get is an overview and you can SEE the room (or the corner or the wall) in another way than you normally do by just living in the same interiors.
If you have the possibility to, get up on a ladder or a pallet to get the extra overview of items you want to re-arrange. You might realize then that there are too many things in a certain spot, or that they are arranged in an awkward way.
Take both close-ups and overviews of your interiors. In natural light preferably. Digital cameras are good at taking pictures in quite poor light conditions, but the best is to use the natural light in those hours when it is the best. When that is, depends on how your windows are placed and which direction your windows are turned. Never take photos in full sun-light. It is very difficult to get good pictures in full sunshine as the shadows become too sharp.
You will be surprised how different your home looks on pictures compared to in real life.
3. For blogging about your home.
If you want to blog about your home and show pictures from your interiors, the rules are the same as for the styling and insurance photos. Shoot them in natural light. Zoom in or out on what is important for the blogpost. Get up high on ladder or a pallet if you want to get an overview.
One difference with blog-pictures is that you can arrange them to your liking. Remove items you don’t want to show. Move items around to get the effect you want. Be personal. Don’t try to make your home look like in a magazine about interior design – that can be really boring. (Not the magazine the look like a magazine picture).
4. Other reasons to take photos of your home.
Other reasons for taking pictures of your home is to make comparisons over the years of how your home has changed. Which furniture and/or solutions or decorative items survived over the years. Which disappeared. How did your taste and style change over the years.
Here are some fun pictures for comparison of my livingrooms and my bedroom.
I recently started a new department on my blog called Nini’s flats. I intend to publish pictures there from all flats I’ve lived in. The only one more or less finalized so far is my very first flat at Diagnosvägen 1D. Still lacking the flat-plan for that one though.
I moved into my very first flat in 1974 when I moved back to Sweden from Israel. It was a one bedroom flat of 67m2 on the 2nd floor at Diagnosvägen 1D, Flemingsberg, Huddinge.
Seeing picture of interiors from the 70-ties is quite shocking. The interiors are painfully colorful. I used a lot of red, yellow and green at the time. Even the coffee-brewer was yellow… Those were the colors of that time.
The sofa-corner in the livingroom consisted of two brown corduroy sofas and a square white sofa-table. I had lots of greenery and plants already then.
I loved that daybed. Unfortunately it broke when I once stepped onto it to reach something on the wall.
There are a lot of powder coated steel shelves out there presently. The above ones come from MENU. They are nice, come in various sizes and colors and can be put on the wall in various directions. The only (?) thing that differ them from other very similar shelves is that they are open in one end. They call it “corner shelf”.
The first similar one that comes to mind is the VIPP shelf. Nice, but really expensive. Also comes in various sizes and colors.
Then there is the IKEA BOTKYRKA shelf. Clearly the least expensive of these ones. Comes in dark grey, white and yellow. One size only.
I am sure there are more similar ones out there. They are nice. If I had a space on the wall for them, I would like to have a couple. What I DO have is a smaller variant from IKEA that they no longer sell. Got two of them before they disappeared from their stores.
What I like about these shelves is the simplicity och cleanliness of form. Makes them very easy to place and versatile in use.
I visited this years Stockholm Furniture and Lights 2016 fair on its last day which is dedicated to us regular people and non-professionals. I git the impression that there were more visitors this year than previous years, but still not too crowded. Probably because this fair is HUGE and spread out in several halls. Usually I manage about 3 hours at a fair, this time it became 4, and I was more or less done with.
Impressions of the fair? Lots of rice-paper lamps. Lots of natural materials. Lots of cushions in various pale color hues. Lots of clothes-hangers and chairs of all kinds.
I am not much for memorizing brand-names, but the below chairs are from Normann Copenhagen. Why everyone this year put the chairs either on the walls or in piles though? Saving space for the exhibitions?
There were lots of paletts too, just like last year. Where there were most new things and innovative solutions was on the lightning front. A lot is happening there nowadays with LED light making it possible to create innovative lights. As many others have said, the next big thing in interior design will probably be the carpets.
It was as always hard to take decent pictures at the fair as the lighting is what it is. All pictures have therefore been edited in Camera Raw to get rid of most of the yellow cast on them.
For some time now, little boxes have been very popular to hang on walls to solve various storage needs.
I have had mine, in the bedroom, for a couple of years by now. My problem was that I couldn’t find a bedside table small enough to put there. Space is limited and bedside tables were usually too big. These two boxes are prefect for my needs.
Thes two I bought from Ellos for a reasonable price some years ago. They are no longer sold, but you can find similar ones in several places. They can be hung either horizontally like here, or vertically if you prefer that.
In addition to the little boxes Iv put a picture ledge, slightly longer than the width of the bed and the bedframe above. I use it for pictures and decorative items, but of course you can use it for storage too if you like.
There are certain things that seem to pop up everywhere in more or less the same form looking very much alike. Shelves, like the one above from byLassen, is one of those forms. When I saw this, recently announced by byLassen, my first thought was that I had seen it before. But where? Also available as a table.
Was it the one at MIO? I have the above sideboard. Also available as a table and some other models.
I like low shelves and always wish I had the space for them. Unfortunately I don’t.
Ikea has for some time had this shelf, VALJE, SEK 995/USD 99. I like it. 100x83x30. So, when I got an email from Bolia.com showing the below shelf, I thought, wait-a-minute, haven’t I seen that shelf before? Aren’t they very similar? The one from Bolia is 70x70x35 in size and now costs SEK1979 on sale (did cost SEK 3299). So, smaller and more expensive and no legs, yes. But in my eyes they are very similar. Both models come in various looks/colors.