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.
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.
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 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.
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…
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).
This (above) is more what the sofa-table is supposed to look like when most of the stuff on it is put away.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
View from the livingroom into the bedroom. Decorations on the small round table beside the chair in the livingroom.
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…
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.
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.
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.
This (above) is how the livingroom window is supposed to look, minus the tomato-plant.
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.
A bit crowded presently, I agree…
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.
It was a three-story, end of terrace house with a loft for storage at the top, three bedrooms and a large storage room at the bottom without windows. Small garden-area all around the house. It was the first time in my life that I lived directly on the ground with direct access to grass and nature. I loved it, but didn’t know all that much about plants then.
Janne and I moved in here on September 9th, 1986. Janne moved out and on to Eskilstuna some time in 1991 when we separated. I moved on from here on November 26th, 1992 as I couldn’t afford the rent any longer all by myself. I then moved on to Bäckgårdsvägen 31, also in Huddinge. (No pictures on that page yet, only the floor plan).
In the livingroom my blinds on the livingroom window broke. As it was too damaged to even consider repairing, I totally removed it. The blinds in the window in the door is fine and working.
Do I need blinds here? Yes, I do. On the other side of the fence is the road that passes through down to Tumba. Lots of traffic, lots of busses. On the other side of the road is a bus station. I see the people waiting there clearly. Do they see me? I have no idea, but probably not.
On the other side of the road there is also this strong orange road-light that shines straight into my livingroom at night. Very disturbing.
The windows in the livingroom are west-facing. In the afternoon the sun shines straight into the livingroom, It burns the flowers in the window (which is no big problem for the main part of the year, but in the summer it is). The sun also makes it impossible to watch TV in the afternoon as it blinds you in the room.
So I need something to replace the removed blind.
Picture above is taken early in the morning when the sun is not yet around the corner to this side of the house.
I am looking for something to replace the blinds. These are 3-glass windows and the blinds were placed between the window-glasses. I have the ventilation for the room up against the ceiling, behind the curtain-rods. Above it is also the electric outlet for a window-lamp. Except for the curtains hanging on the rods, I also hang the window-lamp on one of them and on and off hanging flowerpots as well. Presently no hanging flowerpots as my corokia cotoneaster and the fig-tree have become too big to have space for a hanging plant in the window as well.
I also have the sideboard for flowers and decorations just in front of the window. To be able to close out the outside world by drawing the curtains, I have to create a space between the windowsill and the sideboard. Doable, but… won’t look good. I would then also need to use more covering curtains than I have presently.
So what do I get for the living room window in place of the removed blind?
A new blind?
A blind on the inside of the window instead of between them?
Something else to hang on the curtain-rods?
All suggestions are welcome.
In the kitchen I use a semi-transparent blind on the inside of the window in addition to the regular blinds. I love those as they keep the worst of the sun out (windows in the kitchen are to south- and west-facing) without keeping the light out.
Those semi-transparent blinds are from IKEA and I have had them for a long time. Unfortunately IKEA no longer sells those and also has no good alternative to them. I need them in the kitchen so I cannot move them to the livingroom.
The blind in the bedroom also need fixing before it totally brakes as the one in the living-room. This is fixable though as the line has only escaped a little bit (so far). I’ve bought new lines for it. Have been waiting for warmer weather though, before trying to fix it, as it requires the window to totally open to be able to fix it.
In the bedroom, apart form the blinds between the window-glasses, I have a special darkening curtain that closes out the lights from outside, plus regular curtains. I close them all at night (including the blind) as I have the same problem here as in the livingroom with the streetlights and the lights from passing cars and buses coming right into the bedroom.
So, what would look good as a replacement for the blind in the livingroom window? Suggestions?
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.
My second flat was on the same street as my first one, but in entrance F instead of D and on the 7th floor (top-floor) instead of the 2nd floor. I moved here with Janne after a couple of years living in separate flats. We exchanged our two smaller flats for this larger, three-bed flat.
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.
I have this old cushion/pillow from Ikea since a couple of years back. It is meant for outside use, summertime. The cushioncase is very colorful and totally wrong for the inside (though it has been used in the chaiselongue occassionally). Took it off to investigate the pillow inside (and to put it in the laundry).
The pillow itself is OK. Quite big. Round. Soft.
So I decided to use a jeans-blue cotton yarn I recently re-covered from a former sweater and to crochet a new cover for the pillow. It is easy chrocheting. You just go around and around in circles until you reach the desired size.
You start on one side with a few stitches. Then go around and add stitches at intervals as needed to each row to keep the crocheting round and flat.
When half of the pillowcase is crocheted, I left an opening wide enough to be able to insert the pillow into its cover and then continued with the same amount of stitches on the next row around.
This particular pillow has a straight edge of about 10 cms where I therefore stopped adding stitches for the number of rows needed, made the opening in the middle of the straight part, and then, when reaching the end of the straight edge, started reducing the number of stitches as needed to keep the other side of the pillowcase flat.
When the entire pillowcase was ready, I crocheted an additional row in the opening, plus one row with simple stitches to make the buttonholes. I then bought as many buttons as I had buttonholes in an appropriate size and sewed them to the other side of the opening of the pillowcase. Odd thing was that I actually had to buy buttons… I have a fairly large button-collection which I inherited from my mother and have kept adding to over the years. But this time there wasn’t any buttons in the right size in my collection.
I then inserted the pillow into its new pillowcase.
And closed it with the buttons.
Done. So where did I put it?
I put it on top of the pouff in the livingroom. It might not be its definite place, but the size of the IKEA pillow happened to be of the same size as the top of the IKEA pouff.
Unfortunately the light conditions had gone from bad to worse before I could shoot this picture. It was, and still is very dark presently and hard to get decent light conditions to take pictures in natural light. That explains the very grainy pictures above and below.
Sofa styles come and go. So also in my livingroom. Presently I have a KARLSTAD sofa from IKEA. A 2-seater (or love-seat as some call them). Presently in its grayish cover. Over summer it was dressed in white.
Before that, I had a MIO sofa called Coffee, that MIO still sell. A 3-seater. That one was way too big for the present livingroom. And I didn’t like its rounded look. I much prefer the straight and simple look that KARLSTAD has. The MIO sofa actually could be ordered with differently styled ends, not all that rounded as the one I then choose.
I gave the MIO sofa away for free when I bought the new, smaller KARLSTAD sofa. First tried to sell it on Blocket.se… None existent market. Too many sofas there. One of my neighbors got it for free (new it costed SEK 10.000…). He later gave it away to his son who lives elsewhere. Nothing wrong with the sofa, except the size of it. A quality sofa…
Now, these more rounded sofas are coming back again.
And Ikea has discontinued the KARLSTAD model.
IKEA flagged the discontinuation of KARLSTAD some time during this summer. What I do not understand is why on earth they discontinue a sofa that has been one of their most popular sofas over time…
It is really a pity that they discontinued KARLSTAD. It is a nicelooking, simple sofa. Straight and classy. Much loved by people all over the world. Including me. And it is comfortable to sit in and easy to get up from.
IKEA replaced it with a new model called NORSBORG. (Which has a 10 year guarantee, so I guess they will sell it for the next ten years at least… regardless of changing sofa styles…).
I don’t like NORSBORG.
It is too rounded.
Not an elegant form (as I see it).
And not particularly comfortable.
One detail on the new sofa NORSBORG is that pocket at the ends of the sofa.
After putting away the newspaper into the pocket a couple of times… how dirty will it be? Fun idea, yes, but practical? No. A loose pocket to hang over the sofa end is much more useful. As the one I have in the first picture (also from IKEA and not discontinued). Not for newspapers or books, granted, but for all those remotes you have.
The NORSBORG sofa also is not all that comfortable.
It is too soft.
Isn’t soft good?
No. It means it is difficult to get up from it.
I think NORSBORG is ugly…
Of course it is personal what you find ugly or not. But…
It is something with the proportions. And the roundedness…
Maybe Gustav, the neighbor cat, would like the roundedness of NORSBORG, but I don’t.
I wonder though how long the IKEA sofa EKTORP will survive… One of the most comfortable sofas IKEA has. When I was sofa-hunting, and bought the MIO sofa, EKTORP didn’t have any grey covers. If they would have had that then (they do now), I would have bought the much smaller and cheaper EKTORP sofa from IKEA instead of the one from MIO. Rounded ends, but much nicer than NORSBORG. The EKTORP 3-seater would also have been too big for this livingroom though and been exchanged.
I’ve spent the last weekend at my neighbors (where the cat Gustav and Alice live) helping her to re-arrange her existing furniture, a quick trip to Ikea to get new shelves, assembling the shelves and putting them in place, and creating a new picture wall above her sofa in its new location.
It is a very long livingroom where she also has her working space. It needed some division. Open plan towards the kitchen and dining area.
The dark picture on the wall mirrors me and my neighbor instead of showing the content of the picture. Has to do with how the light falls I suppose.
The solution was two new Kallax shelves from Ikea. This way she got a corner for the sofa and TV-watching, the computer corner partly hidden behind the shelves, and a new reading corner.
When at Ikea, my neighbors friend Pia also found a cover for the old darkblue officechair. That cover, created for diningroom chairs, fit the office-chair perfectly.
All that lacks in the reading corner now is a reading lamp and a carpet. The lamp to the left of the sofa in the pictures above is supposed to move to this corner. She already has a carpet that she plans to place here.
The livingroom became all new. The ceiling lamps need fixing, but that will come later.
The funny thing with the re-arranged furniture was the reaction of the cats. Alice, who slept during the entire re-arranging and appeared only when it was ready, and took to it with great curiosity and accepted it immediately. Gustav at first didn’t accept it at all. He hardly wanted to enter the livingroom… He got over it later in the evening though and accepted the new placement of the sofa.
The entire room became so much nicer with the picture wall, the re-arrangement of the furniture and the new shelves dividing the long room.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For a long time I’ve been looking for a sideboard to place in front of the window in the livingroom.
The purpose is to get more space for flowers indoors when the cold season comes (which will be soon). I’ve got several plants outside on the patio that need to move inside when the weather changes and the nights get colder. My windowsill in the livingroom isn’t large enough to house them all. Some go into the bedroom, but most need to be in the livingroom.
When I got the new catalogue from MIO last week I found the table I want. Right look, right size, right height. White shiny white top on metall legs. Simple and airy. (They have it with a black glass top as well, but on black you see all the dust and such).
I ordered it yesterday and it will arrive to be collected in the shop in about a week. Looking forward to get it.
This time of the year – what is supposed to be summer – I always get the urge to change the covers of the sofa, chair and chaise lounge to white instead of grey. he curtains and the big carpet are already white.
So, the other day I did just that. Changed the covers both on the chaise lounge, the sofa and the smaller chair.
Changing cover on the chaise lounge means screwing off the armrest first or you will not be able to change the cover on the armrest or the body of the chaise lounge. It is now white.
This cover has been along since I bought the chaise lounge and washed several times. Contrary to the one for the smaller chair, it has not shrunk. It gets very wrinkled when washed though (in the washing machine). Some of the wrinkles disappear over time, but until then you just have to live with those wrinkles…
I also changed the cover on one of the pillows here. It got a new, blue one from a temporary collection at Ikea.
The smaller Ektorp Jennylund chair (from Ikea) also got a new white cover instead of the dark grey it has had the entire winter season. The old white cover has shrunk a lot and is no longer possible to use. I have saved it and plan to de-construct it and use it as template to try to make a new one myself at some time.
As protection against dirty cat-feet (Gustavs’) had to put on a fleece as well… Or I would have had to wash the white cover really soon. I changed the pillowcase after the above picture was shot.
And finally the sofa – a Karlstad two-seater from Ikea – got a white cover change as well. I have had the white cover since I bought the sofa (which is normally grey) but never got around to changing covers until now. I know why. Changing covers on the Karlstad sofa is the same as de-constructing the entire sofa, sides, legs and all, taking off the old cover, putting on the new cover, and then putting together the sofa again, sides, legs and all. You don’t do that in a few minutes… But now it is done.
The sofa also got a change of pillow covers. Most of them are now blue, instead of the black-and-white ones I usually have here. The one in the middle is a new one from Ikea. When I was at it changing pillow covers, I also changed the one on the big pillow on the pouff to make it more summer-like.
If anybody wonders why there are three mice on the sofa-table… Well, I am fixing them by shaking them in every direction possible to make it possible to use them again… It actually works. What happens to them is that they get dust and dirt into them and then suddenly are impossible to move in some direction. Just haven’t got around to move them back to where they should be…
I have this long turkish hand-embroidered kelim carpet that I really love.
Until recently I had it in the hallway where my work-corner is. Had to have a cover of plastic on it so it wouldn’t get destroyed by the wheels of my work-chair. I have now moved the kelim carpet into the livingroom instead. Had an empty spot there just the right size for it.
Looks good here I think? Another benefit is that the chair no longer moves when heavy traffic passes outside… And you also really see it here, which you didn’t when it was in the hallway.