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

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...