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?

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Floral Beauty

I'm just popping in to say hello. Right now there is not much else happening in our lives except for the renovation that's going on. And every blog post can't be about that (update coming later). So today I'm just sharing some floral beauty.

Have a great day!

Friday, 6 April 2018

The Hell of Living in the Middle of Renovation

As you saw in my last blog post, we have some upgrading dreams for our home. The first one on our list we already got started on during Easter. We are redoing our stairs and also the hallway on the second floor.

But after the holiday when everyday life takes over and you are left with minimal time to finish the project, it just gets super dragged out! So far we teared down wallpaper and panels, we filled holes in the walls, sanded it down and yesterday Ben washed the walls. So there is some slow progress going on, but never the less: progress! And today we are painting the ceiling.

But living among a remodeling chaos is everything else but fun! The first thing I get aggravated by is the amount of stuff everywhere. I thought this was going to be easy peasy since we didn't store anything in the stair and not that much in the upstairs hallway. But oh my what a mess it makes anyway! We immediately put up one ground rule: nothing, and I mean NOTHING, goes into the bedroom! We at least need one place of serenity! And that has worked out fine. But here in our home office it is completely crammed, so it feels a bit stressful sittning here writing right now.

So stuff everywhere stressing me out. And then we come to the remodeling chaos. Right now, even though it has been vacuumed, there is dust all over the renovation are. You can probably imagine what it's like living with dogs and of course walking through it yourself: it means you have dust all over the house. Oh my!

But we are both super happy that we finally got rid of the last piece of wallpaper from the previous owners. They had wallpaper on every single little bit of surface! And of course layers and layers of wallpaper. It was a complete nightmare when we moved in, since we wanted to get rid of it all!

So that's that about the nightmare! There are also plenty of positive stuff while remodeling. Of course the number one reason that people do renovate: to get something better, more beautiful, something more like you. Making a house your home! I love the planning part, the searching for ideas on Pinterest part and having an eye out on Instagram. This is going to be so beautiful when it's done! I can really imagine it!

Here you can see how far we've come on the stairs. The first picture is before the renovation and the second picture shows our progress right now. I'll keep you updated during the process!

And of course I need to leave you with some eye candy and tips on remodeling stairs! 
Pics found on Pinterest, links behind each picture. Enjoy!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!