A week of snow and now it is like autumn again. Let's hope there will be no severe frost when there is no snow, the poor plants are already suffering from the wet winter. But oh boy, am I glad we had the energy to slave away with the gravel last summer, this wet and cold weather is easier to stand when there is no mud on the yard!
sunnuntai 31. tammikuuta 2016
lauantai 30. tammikuuta 2016
maanantai 18. tammikuuta 2016
Unlike to carpets, we are spolied for choice when it comes to wallpaper. All (Swedish) wallpaper companies have released 1800's collections in this year. Our favourite for Vårkulla's living room is at the moment Sandberg's (link...) Edvin black. I might like a paper with flowers and/or birds with exotic colours but as it would be rather hard to convince my husband to agree we just might get on with the one we already agree on. In any case I want every room in Vårkulla to be different. At the moment the kitchen is gray, the hall green, bedroom golden brown and the bathroom muddy brown (or grey). The living room will either be very dark (as in Edvin black) or then very colourful.
sunnuntai 17. tammikuuta 2016
lauantai 16. tammikuuta 2016
keskiviikko 13. tammikuuta 2016
What to do when the small cabinets are too low for your husband's loudspeakers and at the same time you have too many books? Answer: put a stack of books on the cabinets and voilá, two problems solved! A bit bohemian but works for us.
tiistai 12. tammikuuta 2016
maanantai 11. tammikuuta 2016
This is the year of the monkey in Chinese zodiac. To honor this (and because the thing was so cheap) I bought a brass monkey from H&M home. It is a candle holder but as a candle would hide the monkey's face I put a small Christmas bulb in to the holder so the monkey doesn't have to sit with empty arms.
sunnuntai 10. tammikuuta 2016
We bought a small sofa for watching TV. First we put the sofa in front of the TV - no good, the whole room looked small and stuffed. Then I realized that we have to get rid of my desk and put the sofa beside the window. Now all is well except I don't have a desk anymore...
The sofa looked a bit boring so I added a white woolen blanket my mother has knitted...it wasn't quite what was needed so I added a colorful fringe and a couple of pillows to make the sofa more inviting. Our laundry basket with an old tablecloth makes do as a side table. The room needs a bit of tuning still but it looks good enough for a while.
torstai 7. tammikuuta 2016
We have tried (and tried) to find suitable stands for the loudspeakers and have tried everything from stack of books to garden stools. The newest finds are these two cute cabinets with marble tops. My husband thinks they are too low, I think they are perfect. Well, if not for loudspeaker stands, then for something else.
keskiviikko 6. tammikuuta 2016
No, I am not crazy! We just happened to find two Christmassy school boards in the local flea market today. These will be perfect as Christmas decorations next year. On the other hand, the turquoise one could pass for the rest of the year, too, don't you think?
tiistai 5. tammikuuta 2016
The old plastic Christmas tree that was already here in Vårkulla when we bought the house has been out in the garden this year. It looks rather good with the small lights and snow. But what's more, it lightens the front yard.
sunnuntai 3. tammikuuta 2016
I don't understand why everything is always so difficult. We decided we'll need new carpets for Vårkulla's kitchen: red-white or mint-white with a Swedish style traditional weave. Should have been easy but wasn't. We visited all interior decorating shops and furniture stores before landing these three (all from different shops). We almost lost hope before finally finding the biggest red carpet under the table (this one is from Sotka, the smaller red-white from Hemtex and the mint one from Anttila).