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Moving carpets around

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Present carpet in livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

So, I finally got around to moving carpets and switching them between the bedroom and the livingroom. I thought about it for quite some time, but then when I fell on the large stone and hurt my chest, and after that got a severe cold with a cough… Couldn’t execute the switch for quite some time.  Could just think about it. All is well now again and I did the switch about a week ago, all by myself. Had some help in the bedroom by neighbour in the end as it is tricky to move a carpet in under the bed at the same time as you lift the bed. Hard and sweaty work because it also included moving furniture in the livingroom (and moving it back again after the switch).

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Carpets in the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The beige carpet started its life in the kitchen. It drove me nuts there because it was really hard to move chairs out and in from the kitchentable with this carpet. I then moved it to the bedroom, under the bed, where it has been until now. Lately I realised that it would be much better in the livingroom. In preparation for a new sofa it was time to mover it again.

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Livingroom carpets. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The longhaird wool-carpet I had in the livingroom, I moved to the bedroom. I might not keep it there. It is nice underfoot when you get out of bed, but it needs cleaning.

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This rug is much smaller than the one I moved to the livingroom.

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The rug in the bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

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Carpet in the bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

And yes, I DO want a carpet under the bed, despite the dust that collects there. Small rugs at the side of a bed is an accident risk. You risk flying away on those smaller one if it moves on the floor. So a heavier carpet, firmly stuck under the bed is the thing. I might change to the blue one I have in storage though. This long-haired off-white wool-carpet looks dirtier here than it did in the livingroom… That will probably look worse when I switch to my all white bed-cover (which I first have to clean) as this carpet is not all white to begin with.

I am happy with the result in the livingroom though.

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Indoor plants in January

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Indoor plants. My kitchenwindows 2017-10-15. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Indoor plants in January can be rather depressing. The ones that are still alive often look very tired and almost gone. Others are already gone for various reasons. And some are still green and promise to survive the dark winter days. The picture above is from October 15th 2017. The number of plants in my kitchen windows (which are exceptionally good for indoor plants) has since changed somewhat.

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Indoor plants in the kitchen January 5th, 2018. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018 The south-facing window.

They have also become fewer. The large philodendron that climbs both windows and is there instead of curtains has grown further. It has lost a lot of leaves but at the same time also sprouted new leaves here and there. It actually looks better in January than it did in October. My ginkgo biloba has gotten a new pot and fresh soil. Not optimal to replant in December, but the pot was empty and the ginkgo needed a larger pot. It is still green and has so far not lost any leaves. It will though. That is what it normally does. The two green hanging plants look as they’ve always looked… Not much change there.

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Indoor plant sin the kitchen, January 5th, 2018. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The west-facing window in the kitchen. I’ve opened up roll-up curtain all the way for the winter. The plants (and the kitchen) need their light when there is some.

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Dying rosemary 2018-01-07. PHoto: ©nini.tjader.2018

One of the rosemary plants I had in this window is gone. It just died. The remaining one in the middle of the window is slowly dying too (picture above). Will have to get a new rosemary plant later on in spring. I use rosemary a lot on oven baked potatoes for instance. I still have some dried rosemary too but I prefer the fresh one.

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The small aloe vera in the kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The small aloe vera there has grown a lot since it got a new pot and fresh soil in the autumn. I know. shouldn’t replant in the autumn. But sometimes there is no choice.

I threw out my orchids during the autumn. They were really tired and uninspiring. And I needed the space.

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Indoor plants in the livingroom, January 7th, 2018. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The indoor plants in the livingroom include two figtrees that are indoors over winter. They have extra light to survive. They are both growing surprisingly well indoors. The smaller tree has lost some leaves, but the oldest and bigger not. That one lost its only fig the other day though when the large aloe vera fell on it… My fault. I moved their stands to be able to reach electricity and to clean under them.

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Indoor plants in the livingroom, January 7th, 2018. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

There are fewer indoor plants in the livingroom too as some have been moved to the kitchen and others hav e gone for ever. (I need to do something about all the cables on the floor…). Under the sideboard I keep the bird-feed for the birds outdoors. They need extra food particularly in the winter.

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Indoor plants in the livingroom, January 7th, 2018. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

Notice the large aloe vera to the left in the above picture? Notice how small its pot is? Yes, right… it needs re-pottering in a larger pot.

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Aloe Vera 2018-01-07. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

My oldest and largest aloe vera has again got lots of baby plants at its bottom. To remove them or keep them is the question. I donät need more aloe veras in the flat… I already have four, three of them originating from this large one at re-potting. I’ve also given away a few to friends and neighbours.

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Ale Vera in the livingroom, January 7th, 2018. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The problem with re-potting the aloe vera is that it is BIG, THORNY and HEAVY, I do have an empty larger pot that it can live in. If I take it into the bathroom I might be able to re-pot it. Inormally do this outdoors in the garden as it gets a bit messy. But it is winter and very cold just now. and the warmer season is far way still.

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INdoor plants in the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

This (above) is how the plantwindow in the livingroom looks when you enter the room and it is daylight.

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Indoor plants in the bedroom, January 7th, 2018. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

In the bedroom I keep three white pelargonias for their winter-rest, one put with three figtree cuttings (which are coming along just fine) and one hanging plant in the background which is not that fuzzy when it comes to light.

On the windowsill in the bedroom I have my cactuses and one more aloe vera plus a small aloe vera of another kind.

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Cuctus in bloom, 2017-12-30. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

One of my old cactuses started blooming some time in November and the above picture I shot from outside the house on December 30th (easiest way to take a picture of it without having to move it around on the windowsill indoors). New flowers are still coming on it. If it blooms, it normally blooms by the end of February or beginning of March. I got a bit surprised when I saw the flowers now. Wrong season. Not that I mind. They are quite nice. This one also need re-potting. Never got around to it in the warm season.

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The small aloe vera in the bedroom window. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

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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

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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.

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Ikea GJÖRA – an empty bedframe?

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GJÖRA bedframe from Ikea. Photo: IKEA

IKEA recently announced a new bedframe among several new items for what is coming this spring. The bedframe/bedboard is called GJÖRA and will appear in shops sometime in Februari.

It is a bit different to normal bedframes. The bedframe is “empty”.

What is the point of a bedframe that is just a frame and not containing anything but empty air? If you put it in front of a window, like in the above picture, of course it doesn’t cover the window and the light, which is good (I am otherwise totally against putting beds in front of windows). But what is the point of the frame? To hang things on it? Your clothes? Decorative items? An extra blanket or throw?

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Ikea GÖRA bedframe. Photo: IKEA

I certainly wouldn’t like to have my clothes hanging from the bedframe. Neither on the short side, nor on the tall side. The tall side, by the way, is a bit over-powering and very high.

If the frame is empty, you can as well have a bed without a frame, right? Isn’t the purpose of a bedframe to keep bed-linen in the bed, pillows on the bed and not falling out and to the floor and to protect the wall behind it (if you don’t have enormous bedrooms where the bed can be freestanding on the floor)? If the frame is “empty”, then what?

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Ikea GJÖRA bedframe. Photo: IKEA

One of the press-pictures shows it with a kind of curtain on the tall side. Now we are back to olden times when curtains obscured the bed from its surroundings and its content from the room it was in. Google “beds with curtains” for examples.

Instead of hanging the curtain as in the above picture, if it had a textile covering that was put onto the frame and drawn flat from top to bottom, then I would understand this kind of bedframe. The bed itself and the wood it is made of looks nice enough. But the empty bedframes? No thanks. Neither practical, nor useful, nor nice. I can too easily imagine the mess they would create with all the stuff hanging from them. Or falling down into the bed in the middle of the night disturbing sleep.

Sorry Ikea, but this I don’t like.

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Dark blue bedroom walls

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Blue walls. Photo: ©ninitjader.2015

The change of wall color in the bedroom is now done. All walls are finally painted and not just three of them. The painting came to a halt just before Xmas because of a flue and a then an irritating cough.  But last weekend I did the final wall. I now have dark blue bedroom walls.

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The color is the above mix. A dark blue hue that looks different in each angle depending on the light. It replaces the light green melange wall paper which I’ve never liked and planned already before I moved in to change. The green is finally gone.

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Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Painting the fourth wall and corner needed some logistics to move around furniture to get at that last wall and corner. The above “tower” of two Expedit was tricky to move, but I succeeded without anything falling out of it.

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PHoto: ©nini.tjader.2015

Needed to reach that part of the wall behind the sliding doors to the living room for instance. Not that anybody ever sees which color this wall has unless you move the furniture, but I wanted all walls done.

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And that corner behind the three wardrobes… Hidden behind the wardrobes are a telephone-connector, a TV-broadband-connection and an electricity output. I use the one for the telephone and the electricity one, but not the one for TV-broadband. I have yet another one like this in the bedroom and another one on the other side of the wall, in the living room.

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Fortunately the wardrobes are only 50 cm wide (but 236 cm high) and not attached to each other or the wall (which Ikea thinks they should be). So I only had to push them and they slid nicely over the floor without making any marks on it.

Then it was just regular markup along ceiling and floor etc. and go to work painting. Two layers was enough as the paint is darker than it looks in the pictures. Dries fast. Water-based. Was all finished in the early evening and I could move the furniture back.

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I am happy with the result.

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Photographed on a sunny day which makes the walls look much lighter than they actually are. I also got light from the big mirror-door reflected on the wall.

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One thing that still needs doing here is to exchange the curtain rods. They are presently black, which looks odd toward the dark blue wall. They need to be white. Made a quick trip to Ikea and bought them, but haven’t put them up yet. Will do tomorrow.

bedroom, carpet bedroom, carpet, walls bedroom. carpet As I was already moving furniture around I also decided to change the carpet in the bedroom and put on the big colorful one I’ve had on and off in the living room. Brings color and looks good there I think.

It is a relief that the green walls are now gone. I am happy with my dark-blue bedroom walls.

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Bedroom view from the living room. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

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Bed in front of window

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Bed in front of window. Image borrowed from the internet.

A trend you see more and more of in various interior design solutions and articles is the bed placed in front of a window.

That is a trend I don’t understand… unless there isn’t space enough to place it in another direction of course. But usually there is… The bed above is also placed with the head towards the radiator. Not sure I would like to have the radiator that close to my head…

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Bed in front of window. Image borrowed from the internet.

The bed above might not be possible to place with head towards the wall, depending on how long it is, but this placement is really awkward as I see it. Not only is it in front of a window, but it also has a headboard blocking one of the windows, and hardly any space for bedside tables.

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Bed in front of window. Image borrowed from the internet.

Here is the same problem. You block one of the windows which becomes impossible to open or to place plants or decorations in. Personally I wouldn’t want to have the bed placed like this and the window behind my head when asleep – headboard or not on the bed.

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Bed in front of window. Image borrowed from the internet.

The above could work despite the placement of the bed and the headboard in front of a window. The two windows to the left and right could make it OK – if you closed the drapes behind the headboard on the middle window.

If you are into Feng Shui, read this about the placement of beds in front of a window.

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Three walls of four done

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Three walls out of four are now painted and done. The painting didn’t take all that much time. The moving around with the furniture and emptying bookcases took much more time.

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(Disregard the junk around and on the chest of drawers here. Work still going on in the room.)

I still need to paint the fourth wall behind the three wardrobes an the sliding door. Just pausing with that for a couple of days as it is all almost invisible areas. When done with that I need to fix a couple of dark-blue spots that happened to land in the ceiling… and a couple of spots along the ceiling where the wall-paper tore when I removed the protection tape.

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When done with the wall behind the bed, I also finally mounted both the white boxes to get a kind of bedside table. Works fine. The boxes look as if they are of different sizes on the photo below. They are not. They are the same size. Camera making them look like that.

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I am happy with the dark-blue walls. Makes the room calm. and I am finally (soon) rid of the military-green wallpaper which I’ve really disliked since I moved in five years ago. Dark walls is THE thing presently.

The iPhone in there is my oldest 3G iPhone. Only use it as a wake-up clock.

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Work in Progress – Bedroom Walls

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This is how it all begun in the bedroom. Just a couple of weeks after I moved in. I disliked those green walls already before I moved in. I had a 180 cm wide bed at the time. Too big for the room. Drove me nuts every time I made up the bed.

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This is the next stage. Bed exchanged for a 120 cm wide one without headboard or bedframe. Wall decorations temporary (to hide the old holes in the wall from the former lamps). Bookcase in corner still in the living room.

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Then I changed the decoration on the wall to this one. Noticed already then that it would not be easy to remove it. It takes the wallpaper with it when removing it… Low quality wall-paper…

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A week ago I finally removed the wall-decoration. Was really fed up with it. Wall then looked like it got some odd graffiti…

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At the same time I also removed the bedframe I bought in June this year, but kept the headboard. For the entire time since I got the bedframe I’ve started each morning by shoving the bed onto the wall and pressing the sides of the bedframe into the headboard and footboard… Bed has felt very unstable, actually to the extent that I was a bit afraid to move in it. It really was not securely fastened together which I noticed when taking it apart. I intend to complain to Ikea. I’ve assembled lots of Ikea furnitures over the years and they have regularly changed the system for how to attached different parts of the furniture to each other. The system they have presently for the Malm bed frame is no good.

I’ve re-attached the legs to the spring mattress and it has also got a black cover. I’ll make go without a bedframe. Bed is now very stable.

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As I’ve mentioned before I intend to paint the bedroom walls (all of them) dark blue. So the other day I bought a tiny can with a test-mix of the color I’ve decided on. It has the values above.

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I’ve only used it on a limited area – 0.35L paint doesn’t cover that much. It covered the area with the destroyed wallpaper though so I could get an idea how it will look in different light conditions.

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Love it. With the white headboard from the bedframe and the other white details in the room I think this color will be fine when all walls get painted. Some friends have had concerns that it is too dark. I have seen plenty of examples of dark colored walls lately though and liked them.

All the walls will get painted eventually. Just have to buy the paint first… And I have to figure out how to move the furniture around to be able to paint all the walls.

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Approved by Gustav

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Made a small change in the bedroom. Dug out an old bedspread and changed the size of it to suit the bed. Also made a new pillow-case of the cloth that was left after sewing the door-curtain some time ago and changed the covers of the other pillows.

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Still need to fix the walls (paint them and remove the decoration behind the bedframe). As I’ve said so many times, I really don’t like that green color.

But Gustav approved of the new-old bedspread and pillows.

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Got myself a bedframe

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My present bed has until recently not had a bedframe, nor a headboard. Just ugly metal legs, hidden by the bedspread. Because the bed is 120 cms wide it has been hard to find a bedframe and/or a headboard for it. I’ve always liked the MALM bed that Ikea has. I had one in oakveneer that was 180 cms wide when I moved here. That was too wide. Took up the entire room and made me crazy every time I made the bed or removed the bedspread (that is twice daily). So I sold that and got this one.

Recently I asked Ikea via their webside why they didn’t have a Malm bed in 120 cms width and suggested that they should make one. There is none to be found on their websites. To my surprise I got a reply that they DO have it in 120 cms width, in white and in brownish-black. They just needed to know which warehouse I would like to buy it from and they could check availability there. Had the reply the next day, 16 white ones in stock at my regular Ikea. Went there as soon as I had time for it, bought the white 120 cms wide bedframe and got it delivered the next day.

With the help of my neighbor got it assembled. Took a couple of hours and some of it was a bit tricky. This is the result. I hope it will not fall apart…

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(The zebra patterned bedsheets are old and I’ve had them since long before zebra patterns got really popular).

Have archived the ugly metal legs, and also had to take down one of the small wall shelves as it was in the way of the headboard. The decoration on the wall behind the head-board will be removed when I will paint the walls later on. I also need to find a solution for the bedspread. This does not look good… I am happy with the bedframe with headboard though.

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Instead of a bedside table

Instead of a bedside table – which I have no space for – I’ve tested various alternative solutions.

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Bedroom, december 2013. Photo:©nini.tjader.2013

For a while there I used a short picture-list for some of the bedside stuff. That didn’t function too well though. And the bookcase in the corner to the left here is too far away to reach those things you want to reach from the bed.

Then I’ve used two small shelves, like this:

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Works quite OK except for the shelf with the waterbottle. It all the time threatens to escape from the wall because of the way it is attached. Feels quite unsafe… and it never hangs straight. I still have to find a better solution.

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Bedroom, april 2014. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

And I don’t like the green wallpaper… Have to do something about those walls. The green-leaf-decoration on the wall is walls-stickers by Ikea. Supposed to be able to remove without a trace… Ha! No way. I’ve tested. It takes the wall-paper with it.

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My four beds

Through my grown life I am so far only on my fourth bed. Comfortable beds are important. I’ve always had quite large beds, except for now.

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Number one. Bed in 1975

This was the first one. Transported from my fathers flat when I moved back to Sweden in 1974 after a couple of years in Israel and got my own flat. It was 110 cm wide if I remember correctly. Nothing fancy. Just a mattress on a wooden basis.

Looking at things around the bed, the only thing that still exists is the tin candelabra at the lefthand bedside table. And the palestinian shawl on the wall which is somewhere in a drawer.

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Number two. Bed in 1978

In 1978 (?) I bought a new bed. 180 cm wide, 2×90 cm mattresses. Bed in massive pine. It was a good bed. Very stable. At first it had foam-mattresses that were placed on pine-boards at the bottom of the bed. Later, after we moved to the row house, we exchanged those for real good spring mattresses.

The brass lamp still exists and the drawings on the wall to the left. The bedcover too. The rest is gone.

Number two.

Number two.

The pine bed went with me when I moved to Vårby Gård after J. and I separated. The pillowcases in this picture still exist. And the curtains and the black and white wall hanging. The rest is gone.

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Number three.

I eventually tired of the pine bed and exchanged it for a 180 cm wide MALM bed from Ikea in oak veneer. Plus two bedside tables in the same series. Everything in this picture from 2007 still exist except the bed and the upper mattresses. I exchanged the two of them for one large one as I now had the entire bed for myself and didn’t want to get stuck between two mattresses….

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Number three.

Still the same bed in 2008. Another bed-spread and other pillow-cases but the rest is the same.

On November 1st 2009 I moved to my present flat. Bed came with me. Turned out the bedroom in my present flat was much smaller than the previous ones.

After about a year, with a bed that was too big for the room, I came to the conclusion that I had to get a smaller bed. Reluctantly, as I really like having a big bed. But it was difficult to make up the bed with the 180 cm wide one. There was too little space around it. I choose between getting 160 cm, or 140 cm or 120 cm. In the end I bought a 120 cm wide bed. I sold the MALM bed and the almost new upper mattress, but took the old spring mattresses to the dump as they were really on their last leg. It was easy to sell the bed and the upper mattress.

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Number four. Picture from January 2014.

Number four is a spring bed on ugly metall legs and 120 cm wide (had the wooden legs in the beginning, but they kept falling off, so returned them and changed to metal ones instead). Upper mattress  is one of those that adapts to your body when you lay on it. I regret buying that one. It is too soft and too warm. Have been seriously thinking of getting another upper mattress. Problem is they are expensive.

Need to do something about the green walls one of these days. I have never liked green. We will see what it will be in the end. Most of my previous bedrooms have had light blue walls. I might still choose blue, but not light blue. Considering a darker blue. Or grey.

Maybe another bed too… a bit wider. I still miss my 180 cm wide bed. 120 cm is too narrow in my opinion. Even for one person. Always feel like I will fall off the bed when turning around in it. 20 cm more wouldn’t make such a big difference in the room. Maybe even 160 cm wide…? That is 40 cm more than now. I would still not be able to have bedside tables. There isn’t space for those with the 120 cm bed either.

The bedside tables still exist though. Now serving as a tall drawer, standing one on top of the other. That works too.

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Number four.

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Bedside storage

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I have a problem with bedside storage as my bedroom isn’t big enough for everything I need to keep there. For instance somewhere to keep bedside books and a glass of water…

To the right of the bed in the picture there are three wardrobes. With doors that need to be possible to opened. There were no sliding doors for that size of wardrobes at the time when I bought them (one of the doors is a full-size floor-to-ceiling mirror). There are sliding doors now for this size of wardrobes… but I am not going to change them. Too expensive. To the left there is one corner bookcase and two more bookcases.

I know you are not supposed to have that much stuff in the bedroom, but I have no choice. The flat is small and I have too many books… unfortunately need the storage. So the above is how it looked until a couple of days ago.

When I moved into this flat I had a 180 cm wide double bed. Soon realized I needed to downsize as it was a real struggle each time the bed had to be made up (like, daily…). I still miss my 180 cm bed though… I love big beds.

Switched to a 120 cm wide bed – after first considering 140 cm but abandoning that as it didn’t give enough extra space. So that is what I now have. But I still had problems finding a good solution for where to keep the bedside books and the glass of water.

The shorter white picture-list was not a good solution. Too narrow. And I didn’t want things to fall down on me in the bed… (I move a lot when sleeping).

I’ve had though for quite some time two boxes meant to be placed on the wall as shelves. But I had mislaid their holders during a period when I used them in the kitchen, not attached to the wall… Looked all over for those holders now that I needed them. Finally found them last week. All my screws and other holders got sorted in the process of looking for those holders.

Now the boxes are up on the wall above the bed and the picture-list is taken down.

This is the result. Much better as they don’t need any floor-space. The boxes were bought from Ellos who still sell them. Newspaper-shelves they call them. They have them in white or black. SEK149 a piece. Can be placed any direction you want. No backside.bedroom, storage, shelves

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The one to the right is supposed to hold the water-bottle and glass. The basket to the right holds the bed-spread during the night so I don’t have to put it on the floor.

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