Am a fan of the bright colors used against the white backdrop. And those storage containers in the bedroom - woo hoo!
Have a great weekend!
These are some of my favorite wallpaper/decals from Mr. Perswall Sweden. Just look at that lace dress!
Now I have discovered the "categories" page and simply cannot pick a favorite!
[update: I have no affiliation with Mr. Perswall nor did I hear from them. I found them because of their beautiful images on their site! I need to save my pennies to buy the door decal - below - from them!]
All images via Mr Perswall Sweden
You know a flat has appeal when the architect himself moves in! What a pretty color combination of orange, gray and blue-gray!
Anna describes the flat as a "unique place has a kind of discrete industrial elegance about it". I agree completely.
After a long day of work and running errands and then attempting to replace a headlight on my car for the first time (had to get help with that one!), coming home to these photos was inspiration enough for me to clear some surfaces and add colorful details to the couch and coffee table before curling up with a mocha and a book under a warm blanket. Quite ready for this cooler weather. Welcome, Autumn!
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
I recently heard from Helena of Craft & Creativity , so I checked out her blog. Was so happy to peruse the photos she's posted! She often has a Craft of the Day and makes this not-so-crafty-girl want to do all the projects on Helena's blog!
Meanwhile, Helena has a pretty, new kitchen!
I'm also a fan of the bookshelves they built!
What a fun weekend! Got caught up with a friend who was working in Chicago all summer with a children's urban ministry then saw Crazy Stupid Love (found it slow in the beginning but when it sped up halfway through, it became very funny). Today was a crazy, hectic birthday party for my nephew Shawn's eighth birthday. Today is also my brother Jay's birthday so happy birthday, Little Brother!
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!
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.)
These photos make me happy. If anyone knows the photo source, please tell me. (via Room Service)
Meanwhile, I discovered the blog reader "Bloglovin" which seems to be a fun alternative (for me) to Google Reader. Anyone had experience with Bloglovin vs. Google Reader? Or am I missing all sorts of blog readers?!
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!
Pia Ulin has a book out called "Nesting" which features Swedish homes. Looks delightful!
"Nesting is a book consisting of 26 interesting homes. The Swedish version of The Selby! They have been documented over a period of 7 years, randomly chosen by the authors; Cilla Ramnek and Pia Ulin. The places and images are for real and not staged in any way. Exept for Cillas spontaneous styling with some of the home-owners things. The images always shot with the conditions provided by the space and light that existed only then. Please be inspired by these amazing homes."
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.
it's a sunny, cold day here. The daylight has been streaming in - inspiring a bit of tidying up and organizing. Soon it's off to meet a friend at a cafe to play cards.
What are you doing this weekend?
Some pink inspiration for you this lovely Saturday morning! Am soon off to a service project with my church girls (junior high age) and then some youth leaders and friends are coming to my place for dinner and a game night.
What will you be doing this weekend?
It's no secret that I love IKEA. However, when my sister in law Maya visited recently, she walked through and said "Cute IKEA apartment." That's great, since I love the store, but now it's time to inject some of my own personality and creativity into the apartment. Thus it was "happy happy joy joy" time to find that IKEA Family Live on Facebook has a photo section of creative homes using their products. Hope you like them as much as I do.
Anna-Malin just went shopping. LOOK at those colors she mixed together. I will be doing that this fall!
She blogs mostly about her own home, which is something I keep intending to do. Why re-hash photos that float around online when no one has photos of the little corners of my home?! Will work on that.
Meanwhile, what do you think of Anna's home? The white with color, the rusticness of some of the furniture pieces, her great eye for design. Oops..guess I'm swaying your reply. Curious to know what you think of this home.
Oh..and I use google translate to read her blog. I have Google Chrome as my browser instead of Internet Explorer, and then use a Chrome Extension that uses google translate to translate any webpage I visit that is not in English. It will tell me the page is in ______ language...would you like it translated? You can say yes or nope.
Back to Anna's home....
These photos are most likely zipping around Blogland even as I type this out....but I had to post them as well! Benita of Chez Larsson and her family have redone the desk that she is famous for into something even more beautiful.
After reading the post, I created a "note to self":
I am in love. Can you SEE the family above? Carolina (of the blog DoreDoris) has on my all-time favorite wardrobe mix of black and white with a SHOT of color (those tights!!!), the pink + green combo! his red converse! And that's just the family. Wait until you SEE their home!!! I want a pantry as organized and colorful as theirs; I want the airy, spacious feel to my own house that they have. I want...I want....
Oh go on already..take a look. Why are you reading my words?!