My kitchen presently

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My kitchen. Photo ©nini,tjader.2017

This is my kitchen presently, in Februari 2017. I know I have shown it before, but it changes slightly over time, which is why I sometimes come back to it with new pictures. That wall-paper has still not got exchanged…

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My kitchen windows on a sunny morning. Photo ©nini.tjader.2017

My kitchen has the most fantastic light in the mornings if the sun is shining.

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My kitchen windows. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

The kitchen has two windows in an angle. The one to the left faces south, the one to the right faces west. They are perfect for flowers of all kinds.

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In my kitchen. The windows. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

I do not use curtains in the kitchen. Instead I have this now huge philodendron plant which grows along the top of the windows, attached to the curtain-rods. I do not have neighbours or passers by that can look into the kitchen anyway even though I live on the ground floor. I do have blinds in case I need to block out the light for some reason.

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My kitchen.Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The floors are oak parquet (as is the entire flat). The floor is easy to maintain, not as parquet floors used to be when I grew up. Nowadays they are very practical. 

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My kitchen carpet. Photo: ©nini,tjader.2017

As the falt is on the ground floor the floors are pretty cold (if you ask me), so I have carpets everywhere and in the kitchen too. The present carpet is from IKEA and called Ravnsö. I love its colors. It is flat-woven, which is a must when you have chairs to draw out and in from under the table. I had another Ikea carpet before which drove me nuts in that respect.

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My kitchen ceiling lamp. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The ceiling lamp looks like a designerlamp called SEMI, but it isn’t. This one is an old Ikea-lamp that I love which has followed me through several flats by now. As the electric attachments in this flat were different than in my previous flat (more modern), and the kitchen also has a sloping roof and no electric outlet in the roof, I exchanged the electricity in the lamp when I move in here and gave it a longer cord. It was much needed. Because of the sloping roof it also got an extended arm to hang in (not seen in the pictures).

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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The kitchen is more or less square and has a nice size. It could have been better planned though when it comes to cupboards, fridge and freezer.

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My kitchen Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

In the corner in the picture above there used to be a regular bottom cupboard, I exchanged its content a couple of yeras ago to drawers instead of shelves. The shelves were impossible down there in that corner. You couldn’t reach anything without first more or less emptying the cupboard. It is also 60 cms deep which made the shelves down there in the corner really hard to be useful. I love those drawers. They were worth the cost.

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My kitchen. Photo ©nini.tjader.2017

I have plenty of cupboards but no real pantry. For a while I used an Ikea Billy bookcase with doors as pantry. When I exahnged the shelves for drawers in the bottom cupboard though the drawers became my pantry for all dry stuff. Those drawers has a lot of space for your dry goods.

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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017
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My kitchen. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

I’ve got two sinks, both pretty big, 

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The coffebrewer. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

Just beside the sinks is my coffee-brewer. I love its rounded form and that it is bright red. 

The benches are oak-imitation. I would love to change it for something else.

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My kitchen. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

The stove is an Electrolux stove with glass ceramic top. I didn’t want an induction top when I exchanged the stove two years ago as that would have meant that I would have had to exchange several of my pots and pans.

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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Just above the stove is the kitchenfan and a spicerack. Only the spices I use the most are kept here, the rest I keep in the cupboard to the left of the fan-cupboard where it is dark.

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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

To the right of the stove I keep all those things and tools that are essential when cooking, plus two black bread-boxes and the cutting boards.

The hanging shelf under the cupboard I found a Lidl some years ago. Comes in handy for small stuff.

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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

There are more cupboards on the other side of the kitchen.

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My kitchen. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

Here you also look out to my work-corner and the two halls that you pass to come to the kitchen.

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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

In the corner there you see the fridge and the freezer. Really small. I would love to have full size fridge and freezer. That would mean though that I would have to remove some cupboards. Heights is also an issue because of the sloping roof.

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My kitchen. Photo ©nini.tjader.2017

On my fridge/freezer.

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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The cupboards beside the fridge/freezer. That fake oak-top again.

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My kitchen. PHoto: ©nini.tjader.2017
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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Tea, cacao and regular coffee (red tin in the bottom row) are kept on these small shelves from Ikea (not sold any longer).

That wall-paper will be exchanged one day…

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My kitchen. Photo ©nini.tjader.2017

Under the tea-shelves is the Ikea-trolley with all kinds of dry stuff that I didn’t find a logical place for elsewhere. To the right of that is a bookcase with cookery-books, recipes and the like. Presently my former iMac also stands there. Have to empty it and try to sell it. It has a sick graphic card that needs to be changed if it will be possible to use properly. It also isnät compatible with the latest OS.

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The kitchen bookcase. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017
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The kitchen bookcase. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

That concludes the kitchen roundtrip.

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My kitchen. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

Blue bedroom. My blue bedroom.

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Blue bedroom. My blue bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Blue bedroom. Dark blue walls. My bedroom has dark blue walls. Lately many interior design articles and papers are showing and writing about dark colored bedrooms. As if it would be something new?

I painted my bedroom walls – all of them – dark blue at the beginning of 2015. I wanted another color on the walls already when I moved in in November 2009. Couldn’t stand the original pale green color. I began the project in October 2014, and finished it in February 2015.

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My blue bedroom. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

Not much has happened since. I change the bedspread, the bedskirt and the pillows now and then, and the curtains, but otherwise it looks much the same as in February 2015. I have changed the carpet too to the big one I had in the kitchen before.

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My blue bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I am happy with my blue bedroom and the dark walls. It is good to sleep here.

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My blue bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I have plenty of white details in the bedroom. Perfect against the dark walls. The bedframe is also white, as are the doors and outsides of the cupboards. The bedframe is one piece of an IKEA Malm bed. The rest of the bed is stored in my storage space. Its construction was/is really bad nowadays. Every time I got into bed it felt like the bed would fall apart. So I reverted to steady legs on the mattress and stored the rest of the bed, minus the bedframe.

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My blue bedroom. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

I have never regretted painting the walls in the bedroom dark blue. It gives calm.

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My blue bedroom color. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

This is the color I used. I have some left if I need to repair somewhere. 

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My blue bedroom. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

Having white, or light, details in furniture makes the room feel lighter than it actually is. It is a rather small room, but the dark color doesn’t make it feel smaller because of it. I have too many bookcases and wardrobes though, which makes it impossible to have bedside tables by the bed (even though the bed is only 120 cms wide). I solved that need with those small boxes on the wall as an alternative.

(Why do I have two iPhones charging there? One the old iPhone 3 is my alarmclock, the other is an iPhone 5s that I really should get rid off as I’ve exchanged if for an iPhone 7 recently. The old iPhone 3 has no SIM-card.).

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My blue bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Pictures and other decorative items in the bedroom stand out fine against the blue walls provided they are light enough.

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My blue bedroom. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

My oldest iMac (the very first Intel-model) stands there as an option for playing DVDs and watching them in bed. Still fully working with an old OS and applications which I don’t have on my regular Macs. Cannot get updated.

After having the bedroom dark blue since early 2015, I am still happy with the dark blue walls. I might in the future change them again, but for now they are fine.

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My blue bedroom. View towards the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Nothing new under the sun…

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Picture from Fermliving.

I today read about the new collection from FERMLIVING in a few of the blogs I follow. One of the items that caught my eye were the saucers in the above and the below pictures.

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Image from Fermliving.

I thought: wait a minute. Aren’t those very much alike the old saucers I have in my cupboard that I inherited from my parents/grandparents?

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Image from Fermliving.

I also thought: What is new about these ones, this model? Haven’t we seen them before? Or at least very similar models? These cost €34 a piece and are not yet in stock at Fermliving.

The ones I inherited, see below, are often seen at stores that sell used goods, like the Salvation Army store for instance. Then at a price of about SEK25 a piece. I still have seven of them left. You might be able to get more of the same model at the Salvation Army store…

Nothing new under the sun, right?

Below are my old saucers. Not the same, but similar in model and look. Mine have a handle and are probably not dishwasher safe. We used them for deserts when I was little.

Reload page to sort the images differently. Click on an image for a larger view. Photos below ©nini.tjader.2017

My entrance hallway

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My entrance hallway. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

This is my entrance hallway. It is very small, only 170cm wide and 200cm long. In that space there are 2 doors, one is the entrance door behind the black and white curtain above, the other is the door to my storage room which is to the right in the picture. Then there is the opening from the hallway into the flat itself, and my second hallway.

Entrance hallways need a lot of functions, like storage, somewhere to hang your jackets and coats and visitors jackets and coats, somewhere to put shoes you take off, somewhere to sit, a mirror, and good lighting. In my case, the lighting is in the ceiling and contains three spots that can be directed to the areas in the space where you need the light to be. The smaller a hallway is, the more important is it to keep order there and to think through which functions you need in a hallway.

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My entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

It isn’t all that simple to get all functions for an entrance hallway in such a small space, but I think I’ve managed well enough. There is a bench with show-storage to the left in the picture, a chair to sit on when you put on or off shoes and a cupboard to the right where I store outdoor jackets and coats and shows and such which aren’t presently used, but still used during the current season.

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My entrance hallway. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The bench I bought from Stalands not long after I move into this flat. No longer sold, but they have similar furniture for hallways. Small, but two shelves for shoes, a cushion on top to sit on, or as here to throw your bags on when you come in. It also have two drawers (the white ones) where you can put smaller things.

Above the bench I have to tall and thin mirrors that originally were bought at Ikea very long ago. They are there both so you can see yourself before going out/or when you come in, and also give the impression that the space is bigger than it actually is. They also brings in light.

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My entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The cupboard to the left comes from IKEA and is still sold. It is called ANEBODA. On top of them I keep two large paper-boxes (from IKEA, where else?) for safekeeping of various largish plasticbags).

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The entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

When I bought the flat the walls in both hallways, this one and the next. had orange wall paper. Before I moved in I painted the walls dark grey. I dislike orange in interiors.

As you can see from the image above my office-corner in the second hallway is very close form here and on the way to the kitchen.

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The entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Floor is oak. There are two carpets for dirty shoes.Just inside the door a large red one, and on the way further into the flat the above round one from IKEA.

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The entrance hallway. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

Beside the door curtain (cloth from IKEA) hangs a clock with figures by Olle Eksell that IKEA sold until recently. Below it hangs a small shelf that IKEA sold temporarily. I bought two. They were originally red but I’ve painted them white as it makes it easier to place them.

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The entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In that corner I have large picture of Picasso on the wall. It is a poster from Apple Computer that I got many years ago. It was part of one of their advertising campaigns. I have some other posters from that same campaign. 

Below the large picture is a short pictureshelf from IKEA that I use for smalls tuff I need to put somewhere, like keys and such.

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The entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016
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The entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Just under the Picasso picture and the picture shelf is the chair and whichever shoes are used in the current season. And more IKEA items: the wastepaperbasket and the shoehorn. The red carpet comes from MIO and is one of those kinds that can absorb a lot of sand and snow and wetness. Was expensive but worth it. The chair is HOLMSEL from IKEA.

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Hang up in the entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

On the door to the storage room I hang the current jackets, coats, bags and such and coats and jackets of visitors. I use an over the door hanger for this purpose.

As small as this entrance hallway is, it contains all functions you need in an entrance hallway. But small it is. If we are more than one person there, one of us need to move on towards the second hallway. But otherwise, it is functional.

 

 

Hangups over the door

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Hangup in the entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

We always need hangups, that is, somewhere to hang stuff, don’t we? When you have limited space for hanging things, use your doors where it is possible.

I have a very small entrance hallway. Except for the entrance door it has one door to my storage room. On that door I use an over-the-door hang up thing for jackets and bags and such that I use frequently. Also my guests hang their coats and such on this hanger as there is no space for anything else for this. This particular one I bought at Lagerhaus long ago. I like its colorful heads. No longer sold, but there are similar ones around.

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Hang ups over the door. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

On that very same door I use both sides for hanging things. On its inside I have two small over-the-door hangers.

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Hang ups over the door. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Both hangers are used for bags for recycling purposes. They hang on the inside of the door to my storage room so you don’t see them unless you open the door. The one to the left is used for bulbs and batteries, the one to the right for plastic bottles to be returned to the store after use. A plastic bag with various paint brushes alos hangs there at the moment. It is always hard to find space for all that recycling one does nowadays. Hang them on hooks over the door works when content isn’t heavy.

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Hang up on the bathroom door. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I also use the door to the bathroom for over-the-door hangers. Here I only use the inside of the door, in the bathroom. There isn’t really anywhere in the bathroom to hang things, except for one single hook on the wall and smallish hooks for towels and then the towel-dryer. I need somewhere to hang my bathrobes and some other clothes. One of Ikeas over-the-door hangers solved that. When I bought it they only sold them in grayish metal. Nowadays you can also get them in white.

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Over-the-door hangers. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Except for the entrance door, I only have three doors inside the flat (not counting the sliding doors to the bedroom or the door to the patio). I only use two of them for over-the-door hangups, the one to the bathroom and both sides of the door to the storage room. I could use the inside of the door to the walk-in-closet, but presently have no need for it. Nowadays you can even find mirrors done for hanging over the door.

So, when there is no other solution for hanging things, use your doors.

STRING shelf and butterfly chair

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A STRING shelf. Image from the internet.

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.

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STRING shelves storage system. Image from the internet.

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.

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STRING shelves storage system. Image from the internet.

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.

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Butterfly chair. Image from the internet.

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.

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The orange wall with me and Bosse. Photo: my father Oskar Tjäder

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. 

Dusty Colors

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My dusty-blue table cloth in the kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

All of a sudden colors are supposed to be “dusty”.  Dusty colors. Which means that they aren’t clear colors, but “dusty”, and have lost some of their brilliance.

Those colors seem to have spread to everywhere in interior design. Particularly for textiles. I noticed it when I recently bought a new table-cloth for the kitchen-table.  The color on it is called dusty blue.

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Dusty blue. Image from the internet.

It could as well be called dirty colors… or? Dusty colors?

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Dusty blue table cloth. Photo: ©nini.tjaer.2016

I actually like the dusty blue table-cloth I bought for the kitchen-table (or I wouldn’t have bought it). The material is oilcloth. Had to change the very colorful one with flowers I’ve had for some time as that one didn’t go well with my new carpet. This one does.

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Dusty colors. Image from the internet.

Some of those dusty color shades are nice, but… I wouldn’t want to have too many dusty colors around. They are so dulled-down…

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Dusty blue table-cloth in the kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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

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Pink interiors, no thanks

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pink interiors, pink wallpaper. Image borrowed from photowall.se.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.).

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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.

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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…

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Livingroom window. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

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

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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.

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

A bit crowded presently, I agree…

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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.

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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

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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…

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RAVNSÖ carpet from Ikea. Photo: IKEA

OR should I go for the KATTRUP carpet instead?

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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.

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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.

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

So, which one should I get?

Carpet in the kitchen – again changing it

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Table-basket?

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Table-basket from linea.se. Picture borrowed from linea.se

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).

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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.

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Table-basket from Bloomingville, sold at ellos.se. Image borrowed from Ellos.se

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 Linea.se 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 ellos.se is called Svante and costs SEK 2499. The price is high, probably because it has a marble top.