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Clever lamp with usb port

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MULTI Vägg, a clever lamp. Image borrowed from Markslöjd.

I have a weakness for designer lamps. Mostly they are too expensive for my economy, but… I still love designer lamps. Preferably with a simple design. If they also have some clever function, the better.

The other day I saw this lamp above at another blog and it caught my eye. A very clever lamp. Includes an usb-port for charging your smartphone or pad.

I want that lamp… More info about it here (and no, I am not sponsored). It comes from Markslöjd and is called MULTI Vägg (wall). It is also dimmable. Lamp not included. And it is black.

Would love to have that one beside the bed. Price: from SEK921 upwards, depending on where you buy it.

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MULTI Vägg. Image borrowed from Markslöjd

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MULTI Vägg. Image borrowed from Markslöjd.

Posted by nini in Furniture and Decoration, Interior Design, Lamps and light, 0 comments

Choosing wallpaper for the kitchen

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One of the kitchenwalls. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The wallpaper in my kitchen has seen better days. I am therefore looking at getting new wallpaper to exchange it with and am presently in the process of choosing wallpaper for the kitchen.

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The present wallpaper, close-up. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The present wallpaper was put up in 2003 when the flat was built. Looking close on it you see what I mean when I say it has seen better times. I actually like the pattern on it, but the colors have faded and are gone in places. It also has various damages here and there. And it is dirty.

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The second wall with wallpaper. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I only have two walls to wallpaper. The ones with the windows. And the second wall, the one above where the bookcase is, is “short” because the kitchen has a sloping roof at that side. So I do not need all that much wallpaper to renew those two walls. 2 or 3 rolls will be enough I think (haven’t measured the walls yet). The work I’ll do myself. I’ve wallpapered walls before.

So I’ve been looking at various wallpaper for the kitchen. Mainly at Boråstapeter and Sandbergs. There are other places of course, but these have some of the wallpapers I’ve been looking at for some time, of the style I want in the kitchen. In the rest of the flat I have painted walls (painted one color onto the wallpaper). Bedroom is dark blue, livingroom is light grey, my two hallways are dark grey. In the kitchen I want color and patterns. I think that would suit it.

Below are the ones I’ve been looking at. I’ve ordered samples (quite cheap) from both sources and expect to receive the samples by next week.

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Flora from Boråstapeter.

This is FLORA from Boråstapeter. One of my favorites.

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HERBARIUM from Boråstapeter.

Then there is HERBARIUM from Boråstapeter. I think this will probably be the one… Love it.

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AMELIE from Sandbergs.

Then there is AMELIE from Sandbergs.

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Growing Garden from Sandbergs.

Growing Garden from Sandbergs is also nice, but maybe a bit too romantic for my taste…

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Rabarber from Boråstapeter

RABARBER from Boråstapeter is just released.

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Christophe, white from Sandbergs.

The there is CHRISTOPHE, white, from Sandbergs. Maybe a bit too flowery…

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FLORA white from Sandbergs.

And the above is FLORA white from Sandbergs. What is the difference between that one and the other Flora from Boråstapeter? Is it the same? No, I don’t think so. But they are VERY similar.

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RÄVDUNGE from Boråstapeter

RÄVDUNGE from Boråstapeter is also a nice one… and colorful.

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KÖKSVÄXTER from Boråstapeter

And there is KÖKSVÄXTER from Boråstapeter, “kitchenherbs” in English.

As the price for the sample wallpapers was 5 for… I also ordered the below one, HENRY, from Sandbergs. In grey… Not colorful, but I like the pattern.

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HENRY from Sandbergs.

Reamins to choose, which one? To be continued…

Posted by nini in decoration, kitchen, patterns, wallpaper, 0 comments

Flowering trees and bushes

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Flowers on a small appletree. photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

This time of the year is wonderful when it comes to all the flowering trees and bushes we can experience. It last for a too short while though. The apple trees of various kinds… lovely flowers.

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Another blooming appletree. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

And then there are the lilacs of all colors that just started to open their flowers in my area. And their scent… wonderful. A promise of a coming summer.

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Lilacs, blooms not yet fully open. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

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White lilacs. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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Pink lilacs. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Our new bush in the garden reached its flowering peak recently.

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Our new bush with flowers. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The flowering was nice, but it is over now. Insects of all kinds took advantage of the flowering.

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Bush flower with insect. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Earlier on all the fruit-trees in the villa gardens in the area were in flower.

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Quite overwhelming. All gone now. The trees really have a very short period to flower, before the leaves come. And, later in the season, eventual fruit.

I love this season. It is too short though.

Posted by nini in Flowers, Garden and Nature, Nature, Outside, 0 comments

Recycling books

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Books going out. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I never throw away books. As I see it, that is very disrespectful to the authors. I either give them away to somebody else or give them to a charity organization for them to recycle. I still prefer reading printed books. I don’t enjoy reading on a computer screen or iPad (not to mention iPhone).

I have three reasons to recycle books.
1. Book is hopelessly outdated, like the below ones in the picture.
2. I don’t like the story in the book.
3. I need more space in the bookcases (to be able to add new books).

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I recently started a box for books for recycling. The above ones I found in one of my bookcases and have placed in the box. Hopelessly outdated technical/computer books. So these are going out, and if anyone wants them, be my guest. Adobe GoLive CS? Application has been discontinued long ago. Adobe Dreamweaver CS3? We are now in version CC2015. Learn HTML? A lot has happened with html since that book was published. Mac OS X Leopard? Well, that was long ago. There are more in that bookcase that I need to get rid of.

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Going out… Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

And then there is the above one… Found it in my bookcase for un-read books the other day and thought I’d read it out in the sun. I have no idea where I got it from. I cannot possible have paid for it? Can I? 28 pages and 4 chapters in I closed the book and decided not to read it. So “simple” both in language, ideas, story, expressions, and builds on pre-conceived ideas about how people think and act. Really bad. Took me less time than usual to disregard this book. “A romantical comedy” as it says on the cover… Definitely not my cup of tea. I do not read romantical comedies…

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Sunbed in the garden. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Instead of that book I switched to one by Peter Robinson, “Piece of my heart” to read in the sun. He is good. All his books are good. Love his books.

The exceptional summer weather with loads of sun and warmth is now over and we are back to grey and rain and much colder weather, so I can also go back to blogging… Who wants to sit inside in front of the computer when there is sun and warmth outside?

Posted by nini in Books, Nerdish, Thoughts, 0 comments

Take photos of your home

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Sofatable in the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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.

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

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).

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On the kitchentable. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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.

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My kitchenwindows. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

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.

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On the kitchentable. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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.

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Picturewall in the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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.

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

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.

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Pillows on the bed in the bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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).

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My 2-seater sofa in the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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.

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My livingroom in the seventies. Photo: ©nini.tjader

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My livingroom 2009-05-02. Photo: ©nini-tjader,2009

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Part of my livingroom 2016. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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My bedroom, February 2011. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2011

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

 

Posted by nini in bedroom, decoration, furniture, Furniture and Decoration, Interior Design, livingroom, Photography, 0 comments

My very first flat

In the kitchen. Very colorful.

In the kitchen. Very colorful. Photo. ©nini.tjader

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.

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The sofa-corner. Witch cat-basket in it. Photo: ©nini.tjader

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.

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The daybed in the livingroom. Surrounded by greenery. Photo: ©nini.tjader

I loved that daybed. Unfortunately it broke when I once stepped onto it to reach something on the wall.

See all the pictures from my first flat here. All pictures are my own.

Posted by nini in Flats, furniture, Furniture and Decoration, Interior Design, kitchen, livingroom, 0 comments

Jungle Animals

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Aloe and Jungle Animals in the kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

This months assignment for Urban Jungle Bloggers was to combine plants with animals in ones home-jungle. Quite fun actually.

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Parrot under the fig tree. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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Bird in the fig tree. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Notice the fig under the bird? It is still there and I am waiting for it to get ripe – if it ever gets ripe. I’ve never had figs before.

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Jungle Animals. In the kitchen window. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The bird flew onwards to the kitchen and landed in one of the orchids. In the air is a flock of pink bird, originally from Israel.

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Jungle Animals in the kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The small bird (originally a xmas decoration that I kept in the plants, simple but decorative) also liked to be in the aloe vera and communicate with the big bird there.

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Little bird in the white orchid. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Had to spread out the taking pictures over two days as the light has been extremely bad due to bad weather outside and light came and went.

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Bird in the aloe vera. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

This bird (whatever kind it is) suits the aloe vera.

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In the hanging plant in the bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The small bird moved on to the hanging plant in the bedroom.

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Bird in the olive tree.Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

There is another kind of bird (with a hat) in the small olive tree in the bedroom. That one is permanently there.

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Dragonvase in the bedroom. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

In the bedroom there is a dragon in the jungle.

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Parrot in the jungle. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The parrot has been there as well.

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Dog and owl in the bedroom jungle. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Bulldog and owl can also be seen there. The wooden owl to the left has a smaller wooden owl inside it. It comes from Sicily (or was it Greece?). The bulldog is ceramics by Lisa Larson, a famous Swedish potter.

Notice the November-cactus in the background. It is flowering time again. Last time was at the beginning of October. The thorny cactus had several of its small kids removed today. Will get proper soil for it and plant the cactus-babies and see if they will grow. The big one gets several babies every year. I usually just remove them and throw them away. This time I thought I would try to plant them.

Meanwhile the cats (from Sicily) and the bulldog (from Sweden) will protect the jungle.

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Cats and dog and cactus. Photos: ©nini.tjader.2016

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Posted by nini in House plants, Interior Design, Plants, Urban Jungle Bloggers, 0 comments

Little boxes on the wall

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For some time now, little boxes have been very popular to hang on walls to solve various storage needs.

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One of the bedside boxes. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I have had mine, in the bedroom, for a couple of years by now. My problem was that I couldn’t find a bedside table small enough to put there. Space is limited and bedside tables were usually too big. These two boxes are prefect for my needs.

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One of my bedside boxes. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Thes two I bought from Ellos for a reasonable price some years ago. They are no longer sold, but you can find similar ones in several places. They can be hung either horizontally like here, or vertically if you prefer that.

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My bedside boxes. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In addition to the little boxes Iv put a picture ledge, slightly longer than the width of the bed and the bedframe above. I use it for pictures and decorative items, but of course you can use it for storage too if you like.

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Little boxes from Svenssons i Lammhult . Image from their website, slightly cropped.

The above little boxes are from Svensson i Lammhult, and expensive. Attached to each other, or not. For more examples and prices visit their website. If you don’t want to pay ridiculously high prices, IKEA has alternatives as well, the VALJE series for instance. As do most furniture stores presently. With or without doors. With or without backsides towards the wall.

Does a simple little box have to be expensive? In my opinion no. As long as the finish is good I prefer a cheaper box from the more expensive ones. If the size is right.

Little boxes are a nice solution for many storage needs and very flexible.

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Little boxes. IKEA VALJE. Image from Ikea.

Posted by nini in bedroom, decoration, Design, furniture, Furniture and Decoration, Interior Design, storage, 0 comments

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.

Posted by nini in bedroom, Design, Furniture and Decoration, Interior Design, 16 comments

Lookalike shelves and tables

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Shelf by byLassen. TWIN.

There are certain things that seem to pop up everywhere in more or less the same form looking very much alike. Shelves, like the one above from byLassen, is one of those forms. When I saw this, recently announced by byLassen, my first thought was that I had seen it before. But where? Also available as a table.

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Olivia, sideboard by MIO.

Was it the one at MIO? I have the above sideboard. Also available as a table and some other models.

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Olivia by MIO.

We can also compare it to IKEAs series VITTSJÖ, which gives the same expression.

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Vittsjö by IKEA.

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VITTSJÖ by IKEA.

All come in either black or white and sometimes some other colors as well.

Is it only me that find them very similar? Except the price of course which varies wildly. I like the form of them, their expression. In the end what you choose depends on the measures and the price.

Posted by nini in Design, furniture, Furniture and Decoration, Interior Design, 0 comments

Kitchen Greens

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Kitchen greens. My best windows for greens are my kitchen windows. There is two of them. One facing south, one facing west.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

This is my green corner. The light and airiness of it is what I enjoy here.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The Ikea BITTERGURKA hanging planter has become a favorite of mine. I’ve got two of them. One hanging under the other. Both hanging on a curtain rod. Only problem is when the plants become too big and need more soil to be healthy. You then have to move them to some other planter. The hanging plant to the left (I have no idea what it is or its name) used to live in the top planter but couldn’t stay there for obvious reasons…

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The green and white plant at the top planter probably would need to be moved to its own planter too, but so far it is OK there. One of the plants in the bottom one also would need moving to larger quarters.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

My big aloe vera has baby-plants again. Two. This is the third time. One batch of baby plants have moved to my neighbor and is growing fast there. Another batch of baby plants have moved into town to my friend Ulla and seem to feel good there too.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The baby plants coming up now I will keep for myself and start a new, bigger one.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In the corner behind the aloe vera you see one of my six orchids. They all started blooming again just recently after an un-normally short period of rest. My orchids love my kitchen windows.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Here you can see two more of my orchids. One flowering, one with buds.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

During winter the blinds in the kitchen windows are kept all the way up to provide as much light as possible for the plants. And so is the semi-transparent blind which in the summer is halfway down to protect the plants from too much sun. The above is a west facing window.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

My oxalis plant is kept on the kitchen table, slightly in from the windows. I noticed at some point that it didn’t like to get too much light. I hope it will get more leaves come spring and summer. They are quite few presently, but rather large.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In the south facing window I have a rosemary plant which, too my surprise, is still alive and growing. Usually my rosemary plants die when winter comes (I keep it outside in the warmer season). This is strong and living though. I cut it regularly and use it finally chopped on oven baked potatoes. Delicious.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Above one of my orchids, Flowers stems on their way. This orchid is my oldest orchid. It will get white flowers with lilac edges. It grows a bit too much horizontally and always risk to fall off the window ledge.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

This plant is fake though… The cage is too small to have any serious plants in it. I bought the cage with the mini planter at a garden fair last spring. It came with a tiny violet plant in it which fast became too big to keep there. The little bird of feathers originally is a Xmas decoration but I thought it suits sitting on the cage.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I don’t only have plants hanging on the curtain rod in the kitchen. I also keep the open baskets with onions and apples there.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Yes, I have curtain rods. But I stopped using them for curtains long ago and replaced the curtains with my large climbing plant instead (a philodendron of some sort). It frames the window very well and is now well on its way over to the second window as well. Here too all the blinds are all the way up for the dark season. Come spring and summer the semi-transparent blind goes half-way down to protect the plants. The above is the south facing window.

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Kitchen greens. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The planter for the climbing philodendron stands on the floor on a stand that have wheels. This plant isn’t particularly thirsty but the planter is an old Ikea self-watering planter. Black.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I love my green corner of the kitchen. The piedestal with the amaryllis in the middle of the image above goes when the last amaryllis have died (which won’t be long now).

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In the below image you see all my kitchen greens at the same time. Ought to have removed the duster from the 5th chair before shooting the picture….At least there is less junk on the table than usual. Kitchen tables have a tendency to collect junk…

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Kitchen greens. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

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Posted by nini in decoration, Flowers, House plants, Plants, Urban Jungle Bloggers, 5 comments

It is cold outside

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Blackbird. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

It is cold outside.

After a very warm autumn and what was supposed to be winter, winter finally came the other day. With severe cold and some snow. Not much snow though.

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My busstation. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The above is my busstation, just outside where I live. One on this side when going down to Tumba, one on the other side where I get off. I live on the ground floor in the 2 story house just behind the red fence against road noise.

This morning we hade -17°C where I live (Tumba, Stockholm-area). It is a few degrees “warmer ” now (-8°C) after a couple of hours where a pale winter sun has been seen.

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Winter outside. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I am no fan of winter and snow. Snow is nicest in pictures and not in real life.

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Snow. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Snow can be beautiful though and quite fascinating. Particularly when it is really cold outside.

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Snow on outside chair. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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The Christmas tree outside. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The small christmas tree outside looks nice with snow on it. The cold plays badly with the lighting though. Last night it was lit the whole night, and blinking… the whole night. Either it is the cold causing it, or the batteries are about to quit. That would be about the right time for them to run out of power.

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Winterflowers. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Some of the flowers still stand in the flower beds. All withered and brown, but still stand as there has not been so much snow. Yet.

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Dry grass in snow. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The grass where Gustav (my neighbors male cat) loves to sleep during the warmer season) is still standing. It looks nice in the snow with frost in it and the sunshine coming through it.

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Winter trees. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I am also fascinated by the trees south of the road. When the sun shines through them on a really cold winters day like today, they are particularly beautiful.

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Winter trees. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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Winter trees across the road. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Above is the tree just across the road, straight out from my patio. A very pale blue winter sky.

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Winter om the patio. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

It is winter also on the patio. The the black chairs (one above) can manage snow and cold quite well (of you don’t try to sit on them). They have been kept outside for all years that I’ve had them. The table I normally take off the legs of and lean it toward the wall but this year I didn’t. It can also stand the winter and the snow.

Did I go outside in the cold to take these pictures? No. Most of them are shot through the kitchen windows and the door to the patio. It is too cold outside.

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Gustav’s path in the snow. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Gustav´s path in the snow is still there, or there again. He is not outside much when it is this cold but I can see that he has been here. There is bird-feed in various places, but almost no birds except for the blackbirds. Wonder where to they disappeared …

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Snow on the railing. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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Bye bye Samsung, welcome back HP

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My new HP printer. PHoto: ©nini.tjader.2015

My printer problems continued. I had to say bye-bye to the Samsung printer and got myself a HP printer instead.

The new Samsung SL-C480 color laser printer turned out to be less than compatible with Macintosh and Mac OS X 10.11.2 (my iMac) and 10.10.5 (my MacBook Pro). I installed and deinstalled, I downloaded new drivers directly from Samsung in exchange for those on the install CD. Nothing helped. Once in the blue moon the printer printed one single page. Normally it just printed gibberish. It couldn’t even print a pdf.

The newest drivers available from Samsung were released before Mac Os X 10.11 El Capitan was released. So of course they were not all that compatible. Apart form that it lacked a file it said when trying to install it. After trying to make it work for about a month, I gave up. Installing drivers and getting a printer to function shouldn’t be that difficult. And in this case, impossible. It was good at making color copies, but I really needed to print now and then.

So about two weeks ago I asked my neighbor to take me and the printer back to Netonnet to return the printer and get another one. Was a bit anxious if they would accept the exchange or not as the free 30 day return-period was passed with about 13 days. But to my relief they did accept to take it back when I explained it wasn’t compatible with my Macs (or the iPad or the iPhone either for that matter).

My choice for a new printer was between an HP LaserJet Pro 200 M277dw and a Brother DCP-9020CDW. As I had/have no experience with Brother printers, the choice fell on the HP. I have used HP printers for many years and never really had any problems with them. Both the above are sold at the same price at Netonnet (SEK 2.990) and cost SEK500 more than the Samsung I returned.

The HP printer was (and is) a totally pleasant and good experience from the very first moment. The installation was smooth, fast and easy and HP has drivers for the latest Macintosh OS. Everything just worked from the start. Both on the iMac, the MacBook Pro and the ePrint from the iPhone and the iPad. I am happy. I can finally print – even from the sofa from the iPad. Haven’t tested the copier yet, or the fax (don’t know where to connect it presently – have to find a vacant phoneline for it) or the doublesided printing, or the print from anywhere, or the scanning – but I will, soon. The most important thing was to be able to print. It has all the functions I want, including wifi-printing and much more. The HP toners are expensive, but so are the other firms toners too. May the printer last a long time.

I am happy. I can print again. And I can recommend this HP printer.

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My new HP printer. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

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The kitchen wall is finally done

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Kitchen wall, before. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I today finally fixed my kitchen wall. At the beginning of the summer we (I and my neighbor) bought two reinforcing bars. The intended use was to be trellis. One for the rosebush, and one for my neighbors clematis. I put up the one for the rose. My neighbor regretted the buy and didn’t want it any longer. So I bought it from her. Thinking that it would be perfect to put onto the wall in the kitchen to hold various small things.

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Kitchen wall, before. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2015

It has been standing there in the kitchen ever since, waiting to be put onto the wall. Today I finally put it up. This is the result.

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Kitchenwall, after. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I got some decorative clothes-pins for hanging things with onto the bars.

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Clothes pins. Photo:©nini.tjader.2015

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Also had to slightly re-arrange the plates on the wall and some of the other things. i’m quite pleased with it. This part of the wall is pretty damaged with holes from pins and other things that have previously hung on the wall. Those marks became much more invisible with this solution.

Next time I’ll do something to the kitchen-walls will probably be to give them new wallpaper, or paint them. That will have to wait until I can afford it.

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Kitchenwall, after. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

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Planty Wishes for 2016

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The livingroom window. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Planty wishes for 2016! This is my livingroom window presently. The big fig-tree. I hope it will get bigger and that its three (3) figs will eventually get ripe. I also hope that my stephanotis floribunda (I’ve got two, one hanging on the curtain-rod) will grow and get flowers again. I might have to replant it in fresh soils though some time in February.

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The livingroomwindow 2015. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The lamp on the on the bench in front of the livingroom-window i won exactly one year ago in a competition on a blog I follow. It has finally found its perfect place here. The fig tree has a special flower-lamp to give it extra light. On the wall to the left I have hung a tall and thin mirror to get more light into the livingroom. In this case, it gives more light to the plants.

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Bedroomwindow. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2015

In the bedroom I made a small change. I moved the “gullranka” (Epipremnum aureum) from hanging in the window on the curtain rod to the top of the wardrobe in the background. One of my planty wishes for 2016 is that the two white pelargonias I keep here will survive until spring and get bigger. It is a very good sort. They made it over the previous winter and became really nice outside over the summer, despite it being a lousy summer.

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On the top of the wardrobe. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

In my planty wishes for 2016 are that it will survive there and get enough light there. Remains also to remember to climb up and give it water now and then…

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Olivetree in the bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I also wish that the small olive tree in the bedroom window will grow and bloom again. It bloomed this year, but the flowers fell off after a day or two. No olives… I keep the olive tree outside on the patio over the warm season. The rest of the year it lives indoors.

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Cactus in the bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

My smallest (not so small any more) cactus is growing. I wish it will get flowers again in the spring as it did this year. It still looks healthy, but I know it doesn’t get flowers every year. It all depends on light conditions and room temperature.

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Cactus in the bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

My bigger cactus keep getting babies on it. I use to pick them off now and then. It gets too crowded in the pot. I might save one of two tand start a new cactus-plantation. I see one there with roots hanging from it. There is also a dried out flowerbud on it that will never become a flower that needs to be removed.

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Figtree in the livingroom. Photo:@nini.tjader.2015

In the kitchen I just wish that all my plants will survive the winter and live into spring and the lighter season that is coming. The big amaryllis will not, it has soon seen its end. These are the last flowers on the red one. The white one died the other day. Another plant has also disappeared in the kitchen, the hanging plant that used to be on the black piedestal where the amaryllis now stand, tje Australian Violet. Had to discard it.

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Kitchenplants. PHoto: ©nini.tjader.2015

Some of the hanging plants need to get larger pots eventually. Question is, where to hang them then? Wish I will find a place for them. Might be possible in the leftside kitchen window when the star comes down.

Essentially, my planty wishes for 2016 is that the plants I have now will all survive the winter. With the darkness we have over winter, that is always an open question, will they live or will they die…

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My kitchenwindows. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

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