Thursday, September 29, 2011

next step

Next step towards my farmhouse diningroom was to add open shelving.

This shelf cost me 10,90 NOK (less than 2$).

The staining technique is so simple and cheap...

I'll share more about it soon.

Next step is to exchange the lightning fixture... have allready another thifted one ;).

But allready now I enjoy having a cup of tea here!

(Never mind the floor is dry by now;)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Farmhouse style?

I'm dreaming of a simple farmhouse style dining room/breakfeast nook...
So when I came over these chairs at the lokal goodwill I thought I could make them work.

The problem is now they remind me of a german Sauerkraut and Bratwurst restaurant... 
they have this shiny golden brown finish:

If they looked more like that, I would be really happy with them:

You know what I mean? Any idea what I can do to make them more look like that?

Anyway they are super sturdy, and that's what we need with four boy's in our family ;),
and I was more than ready to throw out the cheap IKEA chairs which started to get really beaten up.

Another option is to paint them gray and pair them with my scandinavian bench:

Visit my pinterest dining room inspiration to see in what direction I want my breakfeast nook to move...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

beautiful fall

Sun. Crisp air.

The doors of the old church down the road got painted light blue - love it.
It would be a nice color for our front door, too.

It's strange to just have one child in the mornings - but we enjoy each other tremendously. ;)

I seldomly post pics of myself, but here I snapped one of today's outfit...

 I got inspired by this pic I found on pinterest:

I had not thought of combining a light lacy dress with dark leggins and boots - but had both! :)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

not too shabby

Working on my "new" sewing/craft room these days...

The desk was one of my first thriftstore finds here in Norway many years ago.

Want to see the view from the window to the left?
It's westward and we can look right over the pond towards America... or probably rather Canada!


More to come on the sewing room as I get along organizing it ;)...

Monday, September 19, 2011

Lucky me...

My husband bought me a new lens while being in the States. I had not much time till now to really try it out, but I took some quick shoots this morning.

I was really lucky thrifting last week. Usually I'm more drawn to cool colors, but now for fall I fell for a little rusty orange...

Saturday, September 17, 2011


I'm looking forward to tonight, expecting my husband back from a job-related trip - he has been 10 days in the United States. I doubt I'll get the children to sleep, even so we don't expect him before midnight. :)

(September 2010)

And I became aunt for the 14th time today!
Welcome to the family, baby girl!

Happy weekend, everybody!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sailing with dolphins

While crossing the Skagerrak (the north sea between Norway and Danmark) with their sailboat, my brother and his family were accompanied by dolphins. My niece (16) put together this amazing clip:


Monday, September 12, 2011


Fall has come...

(to be honest we had spring until july and scince august we had fall - summer was this day we had more than 23Celsius  / 74Farenheit)... this circumstance made people talk about the weather ALL THE TIME - and norwegains always talk about the weather (me incluted).

 Really they do. 

So now I'm done with it. No more hoping for more summerdays. Just enjoying fall...

I have no camera this week, so to warm up for fall decoration - a little recap from last year.

Høst = Fall

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Love it. It's genius.

My friend Rie's bedroom (from Home and Harmony ) 
was the first pic to be pinned in my bedroom file.

All my inspiration boards - so far - you find here.


Monday, September 5, 2011

life buoy wreath

I started out with a standard straw wreath and this:

Bought at Aldi (!) in spring when they carried garden items.

But scince we have a teak front door (at least for now - but that is another post),
I wanted it to pop a little more and painted the wreath with some diluted white paint.

Now it reminded me of these traditional plaster used on broken arms  :o

But then it suddenly remided me of a rustic life buoy!
And with our surname being very nautical and living a stonecast from the sea, I always can go for a costal look.

But I wanted it to look rather vintage than kitchy coastal ;)

I first tried this - but ended up like that:

I think it looks better on the wall on the side of the door, though.

Find more wreath inspiration here:

Friday, September 2, 2011

in my living room - right now...

I love using trays for displaying beauties on the table - it's so easy to clean the table up...

Sick child recovering from a stomach bug.
Yesterday he read through this (in german).

I doubt he'll finish " The Lord of the Rings" in one day, though ;).

Lucky babyboy, getting salt crackers even though he didn't have the stomach bug ;).

I so love this well worn thrifted "oshkosh"!
And he loves "Thomas, the little tank engine".

Happy weekend!