Isabelle of Dos Family designed an apartment for a living exhibition in Stockholm and focused on personalizing a rental apartment. I was happily surprised that the books on the bookshelf were actually brightly colored wallpaper!
I live in a rental apartment and wonder if my landlord would approve of gymnastics rings in the living room, book wallpaper and a pink bedroom!
Photos by Isabelle McAllister
While wandering through Target the other day with a friend, we checked out the clearance offerings on endcaps. Found two sets of five-hook fixtures that were adorable: one white and one black. $10 each. I snapped them up as my giftcard would easily cover the cost.
"I love hooks and would put all my clothing on them, even underwear", I pretty-much-shouted to my friend. She didn't fall for it...and questioned the underwear part. She has a point. I will continue to hide unmentionables away in drawers but everything else is fair game.
I then stumble upon this pretty blog where the author has just redone a corner of her bedroom to include two hook fixturs to tidy up her hoodies and scarves. (note: I kept staring at the photo, wondering what the cute little room was around the half-wall when I realized I was staring at the reflection of the bedroom in a mirror. nice.)
Here's the "before":
all images via lovemaegan
Crisp, clean, colorful, organized rooms and shelves. That's why I continue to post images from the home of the good fairy. (dang! I keep wanting to type out "the tooth fairy" even though my family never believed in the tooth fairy....oops.. am I spoiling it for some of you?)
If you visit the good fairy's blog, she has some recent posts showing purple accessories for the home which make me want to add way more purple to my apartment's color scheme!
IT'S FRIDAY. yippee! I am getting cable TV again after going without it for one year. Was called by the cable company to add cable TV again for a pretty low price that's guaranteed for a year. What sold me on it (apart from the low price that will be added to my cable interent price) was that I will be able to program my DVR from a website. To get why I'm so excited about this, let's walk through how I recorded programs from 2002-2005: (see way below - under the photos)
+ I had a small tv, a vcr and a stack of VHS videotapes labeled Monday - Sunday.
+ I would then go into the programming mode with my VCR remote and up would pop a blue screen with white text that had columns for the date of the program to be recorded, the start time (you set it yourself) and the end time (you set that yourself as well), and the exact channel number to record it on. (If you recorded two shows and they overlapped by even one minute, no error message popped up to show you the discrepancy and help you resolve it!)
+So after every program (Oprah's show, a few shows each weeknight, movies on weekend) was meticulously programmed into the VCR, I had to pray that no storm would cause havoc by shutting off our electricity at home for even one minute. If so, the VCR programming would be erased and it would be back to square one - a blank screen with a cursor blinking at you as if to say "HA! go ahead, I dare you, just try to remember exactly all the shows you meant to record and make no mistakes!"
+When the electricity would go out when I was away from home, my poor (angel of a...) roommate Karla would stay on the phone with me while I walked her through what should record that very day (until I could go home between work and going out) - so she then had to tackle The Blue Screen for me.
+When watching a show, I might start the videotape and FAST FORWARD (while hearing a whirring sound) to the show I want to watch and if the wrong channel was chosen or if there was a delay in programming due to urgent news, the President's speech, etc. then I was out of luck and would end up with a recording I didn't want or need.
Let's sum up, shall we? VCR + TV + meticulous programming = temporary peace of mind.
Is it a wonder I wanted to leap for joy when I heard I could get a DVR again and program it remotely?! hallelujah!! No more watching shows online on a desktop computer while sitting in a hard, wodden chair at a desk - within arm's reach of the mouse to jiggle it to keep the screensaver from popping up. No more having to be home at the exact time the show is on (hello 1950s to 1980s to see my favorite shows.
If you're looking for me in the next week, just look on the couch. I'll be watching TV again with a blissful smile on my face for about a week or two. TV, I've missed you!
Have a groovy weekend! Be good!
Loving this scarf display in Katrin's bedroom. And the paint color next to the white wardrobe. And the orderly bookshelves.
I went exploring around Katrin's home on flickr and it's adorable. Just take a look!
Good morning from this not-so-savvy blog designer. (ha! not a designer either!) I was given this gift of a badge from IKEA Family LIVE because I adore their site and return often to snag inspirational photos to share here! (It took me forever and a day to figure out how to put the image into the sidebar. Since I was poking around there anyway - I changed the blogroll to green just for fun.)
I will accept the badge because it seems there are only four of us worldwide who have been given the badge.
Well now, let's jump down off a high horse (sheesh..feel free to knock me down from there anytime!) and look at some photos of a home a couple moved into recently - as in - they're barely settled in but the place looks really good.
I love peeking into other people's homes....and a facebook page lets me do that. (and now you know my secret photo source. since I'm divulging secrets, I should tell you that I don't just crave sweet foods or salty foods. I like a mix of sweet and salty - like a french fry dipped into a chocolate shake..then eaten. Perfection.)
Annaleenas HEM has been fun to explore as it's filled with images of interiors that are spare and organized. Google's translation of Annaleena's intro is this:
How is your week going? I was able to be at home all day yesterday during the blizzard. A friend and I challenged each other via email all day to get projects done around the house. So now I have a newly organized bathroom, a sparkling kitchen, and a decluttered dining area/entryway. With intentions of baking some muffins later, I began to read a book. A long nap later with my book abandoned on the floor, thoughts of baking were set aside in favor of making dinner and watching American Idol auditions.
images via annaleenas HOME
We're facing a blizzard here this afternoon. [wow...typed that out so calmly. yep - a blizzard.] With a day at home tomorrow, I am vowing to tackle the clutter that is hiding in drawers, cupboards and closets.
I had yet another dream about clutter last night - this one revealed my attachment to "stuff" (random collection of items that I haven't found homes for yet). In the dream, I'm stranded on the West Coast where I used to live and I have to catch a flight to the Midwest and cannot bring with me the cache of belongings that I've built up over the years on the West Coast and from my childhood home. In fact, I'm only able to bring a small bag's worth of items - and I tearfully tell someone it's so difficult to select what to pack because I love things and if I leave something behind, it's like leaving part of my childhood behind.
Who says dreams aren't truthful?! That dream was chock full of truths that I need to face.
[ummm..is this therapy? how much do I owe you?! could you please pass the box of tissues and maybe some chocolate?]
If you're in the path of the blizzard, stay safe.
If you're not in any kind of bad weather, enjoy your day!
(Please enjoy your day if you are in the blizzard. Just not outside.)
Isn't the bed and the crib cozy looking? I haven't been sleeping well lately so these photos make me want to crawl right into them and curl up under that green blanket and take a long nap.
EDITED: Here's the Google Translated version of the Family Living article into English.
Isabelle and Eric met through work for about five years ago. Eric worked with shop fittings and hired Isabelle who "would make a lamp". And so it was bombastic love.
- I lived in an apartment in Östermalm, the entire 20 square, and Erik lived in an apartment in Årsta when we met. Then I moved quickly in with him and it is a rather spartan. We had some old furniture that Eric had bought from a friend for fifteen hundred bucks, they were not so gorgeous there, right?
- It's your words, replies Eric.
- So, we bought nothing new and could not work for anything either, because we were going away, "says Isabelle, and remember that," there were piles of clothes everywhere because I do not even want to buy a laundry basket, I felt like that either we fix the works or may be ".
And so you took the leap to a family house at one time.
- Yeah, right! A real adult home of 76 square meters in the middle of town. It was strange enough, the first apartment we budade on, and we got it. We signed the contract on a Tuesday and on Saturday we found out that I was pregnant.
Wow, quick throw!
- It was the worst week. First, we never thought we could afford to buy a three-room apartment, we had no dough to tuck in and had to take bank loans in the works, but we managed to deal well. It was not very nice here, we can honestly say, small arches over everything that led to the rather small room. Not ugly, but it was not fixed at all and it was perfect for us.
So when you renovated while you were pregnant?
- Yes, that was like that, I think. We stayed in Årsta and moved here after having torn a lot of walls and made all the big stuff, "says Isabelle.
- Though we did get to pee in the hole where the bathroom floor for a while, "recalls Erik.
- That's right, a week or so, we had not even a bathroom, I had forgotten. And so we slept in a bed in what today is Dellas room, there was stuff everywhere.
You did everything ourselves?
- Most, though we are not reef walls and stuff. But we were good at bringing in help in the right places, type wide putty on the ceiling. I think you have to think smart when renewing. For example, we had someone cut all the floor, and so I painted them white, then himself.
After all, abrasive and removal of old building materials is now the apartment ready. Brown Pink walls, white floors and a green 50's influenced cuisine, with an extra sink of Vince, "I have a tendency to be rather long, two feet". They painted many flea market finds makes the whole feels very Isabelle-ig.
Who decides how it should look like at home?
- HAHA, it was good, tan Erik.
Compromised or you have Isabelle always a solution?
- Yes, she is well. Though Isabel is polite, and always asks how I feel, "says Erik.
- It's true, I do. And the craziest ideas I've given up because you have not liked them.
Kind of what?
- Would I be able to decide more, it would be more animals in here. And when we're talking not fur. Without animals, men and porcelain items. Erik came up out of himself "I do not want to have a zoo at home" again, so I have actually listened to. What is there more that I like as not you are so light it?
- You were inside a tag that you want a lot of glass everywhere, "says Erik.
- Exactly. I wanted more light and were thinking of having some sort of glass wall between the bathroom and bedroom. I like the Continental hotel feeling, the type that has a large tub in the middle of the bedroom. Dreaming well to be one of those New York girl with a big open loft.
Tile wall in the kitchen is the apartment's real pride. A work of art made by Isabelle who added a large puzzle on the floor with all the little pieces to try to work out how she wanted it before she mixed the grout.
- It is actually the one who does it would be difficult to move from here. Then came Beppe I dream of a room. The children will still be able to share and then we'll take a room for a combined work, gymnastics,
puzzles and games room for the whole family. Since we both work from home, it would be awesome!
What is a typical Isabelle-thing?
- Hmm, I like that said a lot of animals, pattern and color. I love flea market finds and odd stuff, like the 50's tones, nice colors, shopping at garage sales that others solve crosswords, you might say. It is relaxing and as a sport. I have problems with white, often think that it feels dirty and cold.
Cried tonight. What the..??? Watched Biggest Loser and cried when the makeovers were revealed and cried when two contestants pretty much gave a car to the unemployed dad whose car is 18 years old! These tears ....it's definitely that "magical time of the.." well, you know.
At least tomorrow is the last day of work before a five-day weekend. Cannot wait to spend a couple days with family (I'm traveling armed with National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation!) and might try a little shopping Friday morning. Not sure about that.
Are you a Black Friday shopper? Do you get up for the store openings at 3 or 4 AM? or are the outlets by you like the ones here that all open at midnight on Thanksgiving with some serious rush hour traffic happening that late/early.
Gee...these photos are all of bedrooms. Could be because:
a) It's so late and going to sleep would be a good idea.
b) My bedroom is the last room in the apartment to be organized and made pretty.
c) Shopping on Friday at 3 AM would require leaving the bed really, really early.... Why bother even sleeping Thanksgiving night at all?!
d) The simple bedrooms may inspire a decluttering weekend where all non-essential items are ushered out the door.
Am going with "all of the above".