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FAVORITE COLOR

I can't brag about being very colorful interior wise, but on the other hand, I have a hard time sticking to just a couple of colors. I like earthy tones as base colors, light, dark browns and whites, and then adding some color to that. Lately I have had a very soft spot for purple. Actually so much that, when we moved into our new house last summer, I painted the raw concrete wall in our living/library room light purple. I kept one wall and put up a dark purple/brown wallpaper to create contrasts.

The rest of the house has more neutral colors and I occasionally spice it up with colorful pillows and accessories. I do have a fun little colorful project coming up though....our tiny guest bathroom needs remodeling and I'm thinking cute blue and raw concrete walls:)

Have a look at Fabriken for more favorite colors. /Sussi
 
 

PLANTS AS WALL ART

I like little green plants, but sometimes they look kind of tiny and sparse opposed to bigger and more artistic decorations. So I thought I could combine the two and make a fun decorative piece from little green plants. I wanted it to be a bit unusual and decided that it should function as wall art too.
I had this old bulb tray, which I thought would make a nice frame. I attached little metal flowerpots to the netting of the bulb tray, with some wire, and added some flowers. An easy project where you can make all sorts of results based on different pots and flowers.
 
Have a crafty Sunday! /Annika
 
Have a look at Fabriken for more great Sunday inspiration
 
 

SOFT RUGS AND FLOORBOARDS

I'm crazy about wooden floors and we have a lot of them in our house. Even though I think wood is both a very warm and natural looking material...it can sometimes feel a bit cold and bare. I like to decorate with smaller rugs,  because I like the look of the wooden floor to much to cover it with big rugs. To get that cozy feeling, I mostly use materials that create contrasts. I think the soft look of a really thick rug is beautiful against the hard floorboards.
 
Have a great Tuesday! /Sussi
 
Have a look at Fabriken for more beautiful rug inspiration.
 

BOTTLE UP SOME FLOWERS

This is a very quick decorating project and easy to do. You can use any old bottles you might have. These clear blue/green bottles are former white wine bottles and have a great color that gives a bit of airy spring feel. Take any piece of fabric and wrap around the bottles and secure with some string, ribbon or lace. We used a piece of fur, that was found at a flea marked, and some silky looking string to create contrast. Pretty much any cut flower with a long stem will do, but even twigs or branches would look really nice. This is a great "use what you have" project.
 
Have a creative Wednesday! /Annika
 
 

MY FOUND FLOWER CORNER

My little flower table is pretty much a mix of anything I have found and turned into something useful. The table is an old garden table with a really worn and chipped paint. I have covered it with a piece of left over floor protector from Ikea. This makes it easier to clean and I can still enjoy the old looking garden table. The shelving is made from old wine crates which I have painted. Working as a florist you get access to a lot of things that are reusable as we often get flowers delivered in pots or boxes, but we then replant them and are left with perfectly functioning containers etc. The two little metal baskets are former candle packaging and perfect for storing things. 
 
The sign is a recent project, made from an old shelf and I just love the simple look and feel it gives my little flower corner. My ribbon wall is a very good example of how collecting things can turn into something fun and decorative. I took apart an old wine rack and used all the bars for the ribbons. They have little holes in them from the wooden plugs that held the rack together, perfect for hanging on hooks. /Sussi
 
Have a look at Fabriken for more great recycling projects.
 
 
 
 

KNIT TO KEEP WARM

I hope you all had a great New Year. I't a beautiful morning today, frosty trees and a pink and blue sky. It is still quite cold here but I have to say that I'm not yet longing for spring. I love winter, its a season that has to be enjoyed as much as any other....especially when we have snow.
 
My sister haven't had any trouble keeping warm though. She's been knitting these beautiful big pillows:) One being 60 x 60 cm and the other one slightly smaller. She used three different treads for each pillow, one with a fluffy texture, giving it a softer look. The old lamp also got a make-over and now has a brand new knitted shade. /Annika
 
 
 

HAPPY NEW YEAR

New Year is here and this is our last post for 2010. We are looking forward to a very creative 2011 (we do have a lot of ideas in mind) and to share this with you. We want to thank you again for all the beautiful feedback you have given us.
We are going to end this year with some pictures of our New Years table decoration. We have chosen a very natural and cozy look, with a bit of silver and glitter and materials like yarn, lace, fur and ribbons. We are going to have a couple of center pieces made from old baking molds. They are perfect for holding a candle and ornaments.
 
We wish you all a Happy New Year...see you soon!
Sussi & Annika
 
 
 
 
 

favorite piece of furniture

This Tuesday's theme for Fabriken is our favorite piece of furniture. I have several that I really like, but I thought this was an interesting one. This is a piece I bought recently. It's a small kitchen cupboard I use to store china and some odd pieces of ceramics. I simply love this one. The patina is really beautiful and it has these little quirky original doorknobs.
Visit Fabriken for more favorite furniture. Have a great Tuesday! /Sussi

 

 
 
 

sunday decoration

Since I have been away for 1 1/2 week, the Christmas decoration has been lacking a bit around here. Today I made this simple tray with Christmas ornaments I found in my cupboard. I'm reusing my old stuff this year.
Trays are some of my favorite decorating items. They are so practical and easy to move around even when you have filled them with things.
I like this earthy and natural style and together with silver or gold it gets a really elegant look.

You can find more Sunday pictures on Fabriken´s site 

 

 
 

all i want for christmas

You know that moment when you think you have everything and couldn´t feel happier? When your wish list for Christmas consists of nothing else but a wish for a wonderful evening with family and friends!?
Well that feeling has turned into a craving for things I don´t even have room for and I have now decided to redo my wish list and include a couple more things. This is how it happened:
I was over at Vosges Paris (great blog) reading & browsing and then suddenly I found myself on the beautiful website of Dave Coote. A couple of clicks and I was weak to my knees. By the time I was done looking (for now), I had remodeled our apartment in my head 3 times to try to fit this gorgeous kitchen. My wish list is now overly crowded and I truly believe there is no such thing as cooking without a blue range cooker. :-) /Annika

 

 

 

 

4. Old cupboard I can paint. (this one is from Lauritz)
7. Retro Blue chair. (this one is from Lauritz)

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