Wednesday, 13 November 2019

My biggest dream has come true!

I have something so exciting to tell you! I finally decided to follow my biggest dream and open my own interior web shop ~Interiorboutique Cimla Interior ~ and the grand opening is today!

I'm sooo excited about this! It's something I've been wanting to do for so long! I remember how I loved to play that I was selling when I was a child. I used to build a store out of cardboard boxes under my desk, and sell my treasures to my family.

In elementary school, me and my two best friends, sold our Eastern crafts in the local shopping mall, in order to raise money for the school trip.

The road that led me here has been a long process, with numerous courses and preparations. But it has all been worth it! Finally I decided that I don't want to look back on my life, when I'm old, and regret that I never pursued my dream.

Everything has gone so fast now in the starting phase. After all the years of preparations, the opening only took about a month. But I've been working night and day and had a lot of help from my partner and my family.

But enough about me for now! I think you're excited to hear more about the store! The store is called Sisustusliike Cimla Interior and is going to be a web shop in Finland in the beginning. You can find the shop here: Sisustusliike Cimla Interior.

In the shop you'll find beautiful products, handpicked by me. For instance we have pillows, decorations, storing solutions, textiles, lanterns, candles, kitchen supplies, decorations for the kids room and a whole lot to give as a gift. In the picture below, there's a little sneak peek of some of the products that are in the store at this moment.

I really hope you'll enjoy the web shop!
I would love it if you would take a look and let me know what you think!
I'm really excited about hearing your thoughts!

This blog post was made in collaboration with Sisustusliike Cimla Interior

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Beat the Spring Fatigue!

I might not be the right person to write about spring fatigue, because I'm hit by it really hard and have always been. But maybe that's the exact reason for me to be writing about this..

I have always had real trouble sleeping, ever since I was a little girl. I remember going to the school nurse already in elementary school for tips on how to sleep. I remember them telling me to open a window a while before bedtime. Maybe helpful to some, but didn't help me at all... Not long after that, in high school, I was already on sleeping medication. But the problems never ceased. Since I didn't want to get addicted to the medicine, I only took it if I really, REALLY needed it, and still do.

I believe my sleeping issues are one of the reasons spring fatigue hits me so hard. I'm usually always tired, but comes spring I'm totally beside myself with exhaustion. I also suffer from migraines, and in spring they are constantly picking on my brain. So I have a really hard time functioning during spring. I'm tired all the time, light sensitive and I get migraines that just don't go away.

Only a couple of weeks ago I did what any normal person would do, I googled it! And what I found out was that D and C-vitamin is a really great way to beat the spring fatigue.

To get the C-vitamin I started a new morning routine, I started to make freshly squeezed juice of orange and pink grape fruit and had one glass every morning. And all of a sudden all of my tiredness and my migraine were gone! Now I just need to get my sleeping rhythm in order and I'll be all set.

I'm not an expert on the matter, but this is what worked for me and I hope this could be helpful for someone else! Because would I have known this before, I think spring would have been so much easier for me in the past!

And if you have the time, please let me know how spring fatigue affects you and what you do to beat it?

Have a lovely day!

Sunday, 27 January 2019

A Perfect Day For Breakfast in Bed

I noticed I haven't written anything here in a long while, so I just wanted to pop in to say hello to everyone and wish you alla a great Sunday! We're making breakfast in bed today and our plans for the day is to get some cleaning and organizing done before we enjoy our day off relaxing with a bit of Netflix. What are your plans for the day?

Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Christmas Table Setting

In this blog post I'm going to share some simple tips and tricks you can use when you set the Christmas table.

The winter brings so many emotions to me and so many fond childhood memories. The anticipation of Christmas, with snow, Santa's gnomes, and the whole Christmas spirit! For me Christmas is about family and friends. To gather, eat great food, laugh, hang out and have fun together.

A well set table is very inviting and puts the mood on top for the evening. I'm going to share a table setting I made in a minimalist Scandinavian style and what I keep in mind while setting the table.

I like to stick to a color scheme of 1-3 colors to give the table setting a harmonious look. I love white interior and it also shows in my table settings. But even if I like to have the rest of the table fairly neutral, I usually make sure that the napkins are more colorful. But in this table setting I made an exception and used completely white napkins, to instead put the focus on the decorations.

I like to use influences from the nature in my interior and I just love to bring it inside for Christmas. In the table setting I have chosen to add a little fir twig. These twigs gives a nice color boost to the table setting and they also spread an incredibly good scent around. I tied the napkin and the twig together with a small piece of yarn and finished with a wooden reindeer decoration from Valona. Alternatively you can use a candy cane or other nice decoration you have at home.

I like to have an eye-catching center piece on the table, it can be flowers, candles or some nice decoration. In this table setting you can see a few different variations of center pieces you can use. The stars in the last picture are from Valona.

Candle lights is an absolute must to create the cozy Christmas feeling and of course you can't forget the Christmas music in the background.

I really hope you liked these tips! Please leave me a comment below about what you thought and how you usually set your Christmas table.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Super Easy - Three Ingredient Nutella Brownies

A couple of weeks ago I tried to make some Nutella brownies and they turned out so amazing, I really wanted to share this recipe with you. I loved how fast and easy they were to make. It took about five minutes to whip up the batter and then they took care of the rest them selves. I love frosting so I added some frosting on top but this is completely optional. They are also good without the frosting, and can be served with a bit of ice cream if you'd like.

Nutella Brownie Recipe

4,5 dl Nutella (~ 600 g)
3 eggs
1,5 dl flour

Begin by preheating the oven to 175℃. Mix the ingredients in a bowl. Put the batter in a baking dish (I did not notice the batter rising so you can put them in any baking dish the batter fits in.) Bake them for 25-30 minutes. Check regularly so you don't over-bake them, which would make them dry.

Once they are done, let them cool off. After that you just add the frosting if you like and toppings of your choice.

White Frosting:
1 dl whipped cream
100 g cream cheese
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp butter (room temperatured)
2 tsp vanilla sugar

Brown Frosting:
1 dl whipped cream
100 g cream cheese
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp butter (room temperatured)
1 tbsp cocoa powder

 Happy baking!

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Oh my!!! I'm on a Korean reality show!!

You'll never guess what I did! Ok, I think the title might have given you a clue.. But let me start from the beginning! This Thursday I was asked to do a styling project for a home that was going to be on a South Korean TV show, featuring South Korean celebrities visiting different countries. I immediately thought this could be really fun, since I'm an Interior Decorator and love styling and decorating. Also the theme for this styling really made me excited since it was Finnish Christmas. Of course I said yes! I mean, who wouldn't! Right?

So far so good, nothing too weird.. But then the crazy stuff started to happen! The evening before the styling project, the homeowner called me and asked if it would be ok if they film me too.. Weeell... I'm actually kind of a shy person, that performs better behind the camera than in front of it.. but face your fears right? You only live once and that kind of stuff.. I guess why the heck not? I thought it wouldn't be such a biggie if they took some short takes here and there while I minded my business. But guess what! It turns out the whole house was rigged with cameras that would be on the whole time! And as soon as I arrived they put a clip microphone on me. Oh my! What did I get myself into? There were cameras in every corner of the house, and a filming crew of 24 people (I think), there was absolutely nowhere to hide! But I just kind of tried to forget about the cameras and did what I love the most, styling! I styled a Christmas table setting and sprinkled some Christmas feeling around the living room with some ornaments, candles and fir tree branches. The whole experience turned out really well. I'm still alive, I did not faint from overwhelm and actually had a pretty good time.. So that's that about my 15 minutes of fame now let me show you what I did on the set!

In the pictures you can see birch ornaments from Valona and handcrafted tableware from Tuias. These beautiful Finnish design products really came together in the table setting. I also want to give thanks to Valona for recommending me for the project.

I would be really happy if you would take a moment and let me know what you think about my styling and about the crazy day I had! I'm also really interested in what your answer would have been, if you would have gotten the same telephone call I did! Leave me a little comment below!

Sunday, 11 November 2018

BIG REVEAL - We Remodeled our Staircase!

I can now officially say that we finally are done with our staircase remodeling project! I can't express how satisfied I am with the result! It's much better than I ever could have imagined! I was so disgusted with our previous staircase situation, which consisted of carpet covered concrete stairs. The carpet was almost 40 year old and also a really disgusting color (see the before picture). I could not have lived with the whole carpet situation for much longer and I'm just so thrilled about our new staircase! I just get so happy every time I walk up or down the stairs. So fresh, so modern and best of all: so bright, even though we didn't change anything about the lighting. Have a look at the before and after picture:

Now we're just pondering whether to put in stair railings or leave it without. I think it gives the staircase a more clean look to not have the railings and we don't really need them right now.. What do you think? Railings or no railings?

I made the plans for our staircase, but guess what! My absolute favorite part is the railing upstairs. I came up with the design and the idea of using tile, but my hubbie came up with the amazing idea of not fastening the tiles in any way, this way we can mix it up and change tiles when we feel like it! Isn't that just the best idea ever! I just love it! And I ofcourse am now a proud owner of a whole pile of different tiles!

Let me now what you think about the result in the comments below!

To find out more about our project you can read these earlier blog posts:
My Top 5 Interior Dreams (including the stairs)
The Hell of Living in the Middle of Renovation
Progress on the Stair Remodeling Project