New in the livingroom

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New in the livingroom. A new curtain. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I do not use curtains all that much. When I do, they are usually all white without any patterns or colors.
But… the last time I passed by IKEA I fell in love with a textile I saw. Black and white with a graphic pattern on it. So I bought it.
I bought 2,840 cm of the textile. I didn’t remember the exact height from ceiling to floor so bought more than I needed.  It is called INGVILL and is 100% cotton. Total cost SEK139,16. 

At first I intended to use it in the entrance hallway, but re-thought its placement and tested it in the livingroom.
And liked it. So after a few seems at top, sides and bottom, and some ironing, the livingroom got a new curtain.
And I love it.

I still have enough left of it to sew a pillowcase as well.
A cheap way to renew the livingroom.

The natural light this time of the year is very poor and almost non-existing which makes it really difficult to take pictures the way I prefer. The lack of light also kills plants. The one closest to the door to the patio is gone after I shot the above picture. It just died.

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Detail of new curtain in the livingroom. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

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Wallpaper and textile in the same traditional pattern


This is a wallpaper in a traditional pattern. Image borrowed from Tapetstudion.se.

The above is a traditional Swedish pattern. When I was little it was used on textile for mattresses and cushions/pillows. It has now been made into a wallpaper called Bolster. I borrowed the image from Tapetstudion.se. Available in several colors.

The textile in the same pattern has also re-appeared.

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Runa pattern in textile from Ohlssons Tyger.

The textile can be found at Ohlssons Tyger and is available in several colors.

It is definitely the same pattern. Wonder what the pattern was called originally? When I was little the blue or the grey variants were the most common. I like the light blue one. Might get some for a pillow…

I wouldn’t want to have this pattern on the walls though, even if it is a nice enough pattern. This pattern always makes me think of old mattresses in poor condition…

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Pillows and pillowcases


Pillows and pillowcases. Image borrowed from the internet.

One of the simplest tricks you can use to change the look and feel of a room is to change the pillows and pillowcases in the room. Just by changing their color themes can change the whole room.

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Pillows and pillowcases. Mainly from Ikea. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

If your sofa or your chairs are in one color, no patterns, and colors are neutral, it is even easier to create a combination that works well. Keeping the pillows in approximately the same colors but different patterns makes the combinations calm and interesting at the same time.

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Elephant pillow from Svenskt Tenn. Image from the internet.

Pillowcases and pillows come in various materials, patterns and styles. They also come in various price classes.  The pillow above from Svensk Tenn and costs SEK 950. I think that is a ridiculous price for a simple pillow. This is printed on linen. I would never pay SEK 950 for a pillow, no matter it being a famous pattern like this one, or that it covers a down-pillow (just guessing that it does).

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Nadja Wedin pillow. Image from the internet.

Some pillowcases are made by famous designers, like the above by Nadja Wedin. Costs SEK 695. I think that is ridiculously expensive as well.

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Pillow from MIO. Image from the internet.

This one is from, MIO and costs SEK 359. Still too expensive in my opinion.

It is EASY to make a pillowcase all by yourself. The pillows inside can be of any kind and you can find inexpensive ones at IKEA for next to no money. IKEA also has pillow cases for reasonable prices.

All you need to make the simplest pillow case is cloth of the size of the pillow it should cover + some extra for the sewing. If you make a pillowcase in envelope-style, some more cloth than the actual pillow. You can close the pillow case either with a zipper, or buttons, or straps. If envelope style, the cloth itself closes it.

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Knitted pillow case. Image from the internet.

For some time now pillows covered by knitted or crocheted covers have been seen in various interior design magazines and pictures. The above is about the simples model there can be to knit yourself. Why pay a lot of money to buy one? Unless, of course you have no knowledge of how to knit… You only need yarn of some sort (preferably thick yarn) and 2 knitting needles. How you close the cover is up to you.

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Knitted pillowcase. Image from the internet.

If you Google the internet for knitted pillowcases you will find plenty of descriptions about how to make them.

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Knitted pillowcase. Image from the internet.

If course you use colors according to your own wish, and patterns too, just as if you were knitting a sweater…

Or crochet the pillow case. Use your imagination. Pillow cases do not need to be expensively bought.

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Crocheted pillow cases. Image from the internet.

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Pillows and pillow-cases.


Pillows on the bed in the bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I love pillows. Big and small. Most of the ones I have are black, white, grey and not colorful in colors but only in patterns. I frequently change them. Around Xmas I tend to bring out some pillows with red in their covers. The rest of the year, black and white and grey again.

The pillows above live on my bed in the bedroom. Three are made by me, two are bought (the two white rolls in the background that are from Ikea and the one at the center), and the lamb I got as a bonus from somewhere long ago.


Material to make pillows from. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Recently bought some tricot cloth in black and white that I fell in love with. Both of them will become pillowcases. Closure with black zippers.


My Singer sewing machine. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I use the kitchen table for sewing. As I’m not done yet the sewing machine is still there…


A corner of my sofa in the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Some pillowcases I buy. Like the wool-embroidered one above which is from Greece. I have two more of the same kind but with different patterns. The other pillows above are also bought.


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The two pillows closest in the picture are from Ikea and H&M Home. Usually though I find that pillow-cases are priced way too high, ridiculously expensive if you ask me… They are not that difficult to make yourself. It is just a piece of cloth of the right dimensions, a zipper or buttons or sew it in envelop-style, which is the easiest.


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This is Gustav’s chair. So presently he got a pillow with a cat-lady on… SEK 49 at H&M Home. That’s a reasonable price for a simple pillowcase.


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I also use floorpillows. This one is from Ikea. it is placed on the pouf to prevent Gustav to set his claws into the pouf itself, which he loves to do. Floor pillows are also useful when you do some assembly work at floor level… saves knees.


Pillows in the sofa. Photo.©nini.tjader.2015

These are the pillows in my sofa in the livingroom presently. Plus the smaller one below.


Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The smallest pillow here got a cover that closes with black buttons.



The above pillows are all from Ikea except the thin one at the top which I did myself from a small piece of cloth that remained from when I did the latest door-curtain.

I still haven’t done any pillow-covers from the tricot cloth below, but I will in the near future.

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Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

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Wrinkled Linen

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Image borrowed from the internet.

For some time now wrinkled linen, or rather bed-linen, has been and still is THE thing to have. And you see it everywhere in blogs and sites about interior design. As soon as there is an article about bedrooms, there it is again, the wrinkled linen.

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Image borrowed from the internet.

I am sorry, but I think it looks awful… Looks like you have forgotten to make up the bed when leaving it. And forgot to put on a bed-spread too.

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Image borrowed from the internet.

When I was a child we had linen bedlinen at home. It wasn’t wrinkled though. It was starched and mangled. Smooth and nice. Not wrinkled…

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Image borrowed from the internet.

I really do not like this wrinkled linen that is seen just everywhere.

I actually like linen. But then it has to be ironed or mangled and is nicest as curtains or table-cloths. Linen in clothes has the same problem as those wrinkled bedlinen. It gets wrinkled only by looking at it…

No thank you. I will never feel any love for wrinkled linen. In my eyes it is just plain ugly.

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Image borrowed from the internet.

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Damast linen cloths

Some time ago I wrote about and showed my inherited hand-embroidered linen cloths. I mentioned then that apart from those, I also have quite a few damast linen cloths – which I also never use. They just sit there in the cupboard. It is a pity really because I think they are beautiful when I look at them. These are the ones:

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The three white ones come with piles of napkins with the same pattern. The pink one I remember my mother used when she invited people for coffee and cake. The flimsy, shiny, silky, golden one was always used with a felt-cloth under it to keep it in place. My favorite is the one with the oak-leaves pattern.

I still wonder: Is there a second hand market for old linen cloths? Damast or embroidered.

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