The last few photos are places I dreamed of when reading a myriad of books as a child.
via Milk Magazine (click on individual photos to be taken to their specific stories)
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
At so-deco, a daughter requested a loft bed for her room. Her mom explained her thoughts here, "At first, I found imposing. We must rethink everything, instead of the dresser, toys ...Enjoy the space under the bed to make it a cozy little corner. Not to mention my madness for sweet vintage!!"
What a cozy room!
Have been distracted by some pretty, new-to-me blogs!
Here they are!
It's a long (four-day) weekend for me here with plans and goals of rearranging my office nook, tidying up a walk in closet, hosting a game night as a farewell for a friend moving away for six months, meeting a friend for coffee, catching up on blogs at a cute new coffeebar in town, and going for some long walks.
What will you be doing this weekend?
Happy Weekend to you!
So much for spring! We had sleet, icy rain, and then four inches of snow. Hello, Wisconsin weather! Thankfully I could turn to Green Is the New Black for some bright colors to offer instant cheer!
Beautiful children's rooms via krickelin-krickelin. You'd think I'd have children from all these children's room postings, but I don't. I do glean decor and storage ideas from the rooms though!
That first photo - I thought it was a doll's house with a tinier doll bed... and then realized it's really a child's bedroom! How lucky is the little girl who lives in this room?!
It is the week of Christmas. I took a vacation day yesterday and have one more on Monday - and that will be it for the year. I did have a productive morning in that I joined my former gym which I missed terribly and couldn't afford to join again until this month. This gym has a water fitness class I adore - keeps me from having to do aerobics in a studio where you sweat and sweat. Plus I'm addicted to the smell of chlorine. It just makes me smile! So to be able to attend an early morning class in the pool, relax in the hot tub then get ready for work - it feels like a luxury!
I also enjoy using the indoor track to walk miles in a week - because if I walk outside - there's too much ice and snow and I already fell once this weekend. Just have some bruises but that's why I don't walk for my health outside!
The gym also has this family pool area with a water slide - so it's fun to meet my friends there who have kids - and we have a jolly time as if we were on vacation - but we can do it on a Tuesday night or a Saturday morning. Anytime we wish. Such fun.
I do have some Christmas shopping left to do. A few Lego kits to purchase for some nephews and some creative thinking to figure out how to give cash to some other nephews. Must put on my thinking cap for that one.
Are you ready for Christmas yet?
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.
As I delved further into the Milk Magazine website, I found some gorgeous children's rooms. Had to share them with you ASAP! Enjoy.
These last three images look like dollhouse rooms, don't they?!
What a pleasant surprise to stumble up this blog, Bluebirdbaby, via I Just Might Explode, and find such a peaceful, well-organized play area! Much thought has gone into this play area, and it's updated regularly - with items given away and traded out to keep it fresh. As Erin explains,
...less is more when it comes to toys. I think it's so very important to have a calm, peaceful, inviting play area. Everything must have a place, and the quality of toys is essential. We really strive for handmade, wooden, and natural toys. This could be as simple as a basket of river stones, chestnuts, sections of tree branches for stacking, and a basket of felted figures. The little one plays with a bowl of chestnuts and acorns as much as she does her dollhouse! Simple things are often the best!