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 thing turned out really well, even if I say so myself. 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 accomplished!

A big thanks to Valona for the beautiful birch ornaments and Tuias for the handcrafted tableware, that I got to use during the styling! These beautiful Finnish design products really came together in the table setting.

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

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Progress on the Stair Remodeling Project

During summer our staircase renovation project took a break, since it was way too hot to renovate. But this fall we've been back on the project and it shouldn't be that long anymore before we're done. There's just some finishing touches left. I can't wait until the whole project is done so I can show you how it all turned out!

But I'm so excited about this so I do need to give you guys just a little sneak peek! But the rest will have to wait for a little bit longer.

I'm really excited about the stairs!! The transformation is so huge and we're not even done yet!

If you've missed our project you can find out more about it in these posts:
My Top 5 Interior Dreams (including the stairs)
The Hell of Living in the Middle of Renovation

I hope you enjoy your day!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Summer Memories II

In my last post I started to share my best summer memories with you. But there was so much fun and so many pictures to share so I'm continuing in this post, and I believe in a few after this as well.

Almost as soon as my hubbie got his vacation in July we jumped in the car and went for a week long roadtrip in Sweden. We visited Jönköping, Varberg, Smögen, we took a trip to Norway and visited Fredrikstad, after that we drove to Enköping and last to Sala where we visited the silver mine. I just love Sweden so much. One reason is that they speak my mother language there and another reason is because of how kind and sweet the Swedes are. They have amazing small shops and I love the nature in Sweden. We spent a whole week driving around visiting both familiar and new places. We've been on many roadtrips to Sweden, but this time we drove the longest distance yet: 1850 km.

I have to say, that of all the places we visited this roadtrip, Smögen was my absolute favorite. I've never seen a place like that before. It has a really long boardwalk by the sea with small shops and restaurants. Beautiful boats, a huge amount of cottages and amazing scenery. I love this place and I really need to visit it again!

To be continued...

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Summer Memories I

I hope you all have had a wonderful summer! I had an amazing time and the weather in Finland was awesome.

I love to do as much as possible in the summer, so the time we spent at home was limited. This also means I'm more inactive on social media during summer.

But now I'm back home and every day life kicked in again, which means I'll also try to be more active on my blog and on Instagram.

I wanted to share some of my favorite moments of this summer with you. But I noticed that I have so many great memories and beautiful pictures I want to share with you, so I'll have to do a couple of posts!

I visited so many beautiful places and spent time with my wonderful friends and family. This summer was filled with trips, parties, cottages, weddings, camping trips, swimming, boating, amazing food and a lot of other fun stuff!

At the beginning of summer I visited Hankoo with my mom and my aunt. I love this little seaside town! We did some interior and clothing shopping in their cute stores. We walked around, took pictures, went to a restaurant that had an amazing seaside buffé! We stayed all day and as you can see in the pictures the weather was  incredible!

We had so much fun in Hankoo that me and my mom decided to spend the next day visiting Tammisaari. Another beautiful little town by the sea. We did a lot of shopping and went to our favorite restaurant and our favorite café: Café Gamlastan.

To be continued...

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Join My Give Away!

Hello everybody! I know it has been a while since I wrote here last. I'm having a bit of a struggle coming up with things to write about. I'm more of a person that loves to take pictures, but the text part of it all is not really my strong suit. That's why I'm much more active on Instagram.

And now we get to the fun part! I wanted to tip all of you, who live in Finland, that I'm throwing a give away lottery together with Jotex at my Instagram page to celebrate reaching 3000 followers. You can win this beautiful lantern.

Just click HERE and follow the instructions to join the lottery! 
Note that you need to live in Finland in order to join! 

I wish you the best of luck!

Thursday, 19 April 2018

How to get your Magnolia to bloom!

I can't quite believe it! I finally got my Magnolia to bloom!

I really wanted to have a Magnolia, because I've never had one and I thought it was going to be easy. You just buy one and instantly get pretty blossoms! Some pretty pictures for your Instagram and blog and a beautiful flower to admire. But no, that's not how it goes at all!

First I bought one branch, and I did exactly as they said in the flower shop, room temperatured water, one teaspoon of suger and changing the water every other day. Nothing happened and eventually all the buds were dried out.

But I of course wasn't going to give up this easily so I went to another shop. They also told me that it needed room temperatured water. But they told me not to add any sugar in the water, they said it could prevent the Magnolia from blooming. They also advised me not to change the water too often, that once a week is fine.

So I tried this and it took a really long time! I checked the receipt and it looks like it took one whole month before anything happened! So you need to be really patient.

Also what I find interesting is that only this one bud is blooming, and this bud happened to end up behind a painting, so it got the sunlight trough a white canvas painting. Wonder if that has anything to do with it.. But if it did, it would probably be good to have the Magnolia branches behind curtains and not in direct sunlight.

I hope you found something useful in the instructions I was given.
I think I might try this again next year... but I'm not sure because this was a complete struggle!

Have you ever had a Magnolia? 
How did you take care of it?