My sister and her familys moved in to their new house a week ago, and although I said goodbye with tears in my eyes after yet again being next door neighbours in Oslo the last seven months I really can´t blame them for moving from a small apartment to a new and very beautiful house they´ve got built for their family. When I visited yesterday I made sure to take some photos for the blog, I know a lot of you were curious about the bathroom after I posted some photos on my Instagram. They have really done great work with the design, and I have been lucky to be a part of the design process as well.
The bathroom is quite big so to avoid a huge (and empty) area in the middle it was separated with a wall in the middle. Behind the wall you´ll find both a bathtub and a double shower. In front a double basin and storage hidden in the wall. The materials and colors, a mix of black marble, tiles in warm grey, white painted walls toghether with the black faucets makes the bathroom look very modern and minimalistic but at the same time I don´t think they will get tired of this any time soon. So very much a dream bathroom.
The sink is custom made from Kuma in a very resistible material called Rector, the black faucets is from Vola, lamps from Astro Light, bathtub from Westerberg, black marble looking floor tiles from Cæsar (Anima Graphite) and warm grey wall tiles from Mirage Re plain 10 nat). The white walls is painted in NCS S0500-N. Stool from &tradition and towel from Houz.
Sponsored My latest addition to the living room is a beautiful marble table from the Finnish brand Adea. After months of searching for a new table that also would fit my next home I found what I think is the perfect match. I know I will be on the move again very soon, after all I am renting this place, and it is supposed to be short term.
The table is simple in its form but with details that makes it stand out. Also with room for lots of magazines, books and some flowers. Thats all you need isn´t it? The Plateau table range from Adea is available in different sizes and a variety of materials and different kinds of marble. The Plateau Table is designed by Mats Broberg and Johan Ridderstråle.
Besides tables, Adea is known for their high quality sofas. Their sofa, Mr. Jones designed by Alexander Lervik won the Swedish Elle Decorations award 2017 in the category Furniture of the Year. Their designs also includes a wide range of armchairs and shelves.
Earlier this week I posted a photo of my fig tree in my Instagram stories, and so many of you asked me how I´m keeping it. Obviously fig trees are still very popular, and I think it´s one of the most beautiful plants you can have in your home. I had several trees back in my old home but I must admit I did not expect the plant to grow so well in the apartment I live in now. Less light, but even though, I now have two trees with fruits on. So, this is my advice on how to keep a fig tree as a house plant.
– I keep the soil constantly moist. During summer that means watering every day. Especially during fruit harvest the tree needs plenty of water.
– I keep mine in a light place, with no direct sunlight. Moving it outside is ok if you follow the same advice, light but no direct sunlight.
– During winter time I keep the plant in a dark and cool place. A basement or storage room in the attic is perfect. Remember to water it once in a while. The best temperature is from 0 – + 10 degrees. It drops the leaves in the autumn, and at once you can see small green sprouts again its ok to move it back into your living room.
– I have been adviced to fertilize it, so the fruits will grow bigger. I have not yet done it, but berry plant fertilizer is on my shopping list.
Figs is one of my favorite fruits, maybe because its so rare here in Norway. The ones we can buy at the supermarket was harvested days ago, so being able to have a fig tree with fruits on in my living room is really a joy. Good luck on your fig trees then!
It already feels like «everyone» is on vacation. Auto reply occurs more often than an actual reply and the city seems to be in holiday mode too. Not me though, I still have work left to do before I can take some time off. As an freelancer I got flexible hours and it´s easy to just keep on working, and at this point only a few weeks with my children is scheduled in later this summer. But those flexible hours also allows me to be impulsive and leave for a weekend trip whenever.. And right now I´m dreaming about some of those incredible places in The Design Hotels Book. Number one tip for travel lovers, and dreamers.
Things I love right now also include nice packaging (well it always does). A few weeks ago I got a present from Abate, which of course not only included the very nice bag above but also the softest bed sheets I have ever slept in (first photo). Abate is an Oslo based bedding company with a simple philosophy. They focus their cost on production quality and reduce costs in all other areas. This means they can produce high quality products, have an ethical production and still offer a good price. The linen is made from the finest Egyptian cotton and manufactured in a family-run factory in Portugal. Abate is newly established and I am happy to give them my support, the bed lines are really worth trying. (I´m not sponsored, but yes it was a gift. Which I truly appreciated.)
Simple white tops and t-shirts is always on my shopping list. Of course for summer but also for the love of the casual jeans and t-shirt in the office outfit. The benefits of having an home office.. (The one above from Weekday.)
Last up but the far most addictive, the new aromatique room spray from Aesop. My favorite is “Cythera” which takes on spicy wood notes. Also, no secret I love the design of the Aesop products.
Sponsored A couple of weeks ago I was invited to Stockholm and the opening of Bolon Lab Store. I knew Bolon as a higly renown Swedish flooring company, but there is so much more. Let me tell you the story of Bolon.
Over 60 years ago in Stockholm an idea sparked into life. Bolons founder Nils-Erik Eklund started making rag rugs out of textile waste, and in many ways he was ahead of his time. His ability to see oppurtunity where others couldn’t still inspire his two granddaughters who runs Bolon today, Annica and Marie Eklund. Annica and Marie took over from their parents in 2003 and since then, they’ve been on a mission “to make Bolon a design-led innovator, fusing the conservative flooring concept their grandfather started with the creativity of the world of fashion.” And although none of the sisters originally wanted to work in the «boring rug company» I have rarely seen anyone tell so passionate about their work as Annica did at the opening of the Lab Store.
In 1967 Annica and Maries parents takes over the business and product development continues. From rag rugs to awning mats for caravans, to wall-to-wall woven vinyl flooring in the 1990´s. In 2003 when the sisters takes over the family business they bring their experience from the fashion industry as well as a wish to make the production sustainable into the company. The journey from a traditional flooring company to a top design house begins. The warehouse is moved from Belgium to Sweden, meaning production, design and all other functions are now based in Ulricehamn, their home town. Today Bolon has 117 employees and are recognised worldwide for their award winning flooring and collaborations with some of the the world´s most acclaimed innovators and creatives.
On discovering that Armani is using Bolon products, the journey from traditional flooring company to top design house begins in 2003. The Eklund sisters wish to merge the creativity of the world of fashion with their conservative flooring concept resulted in a design collaborations with the legendary fashion house Missoni. The “Bolon by Missoni” collection was revealed during the spring of 2012, and the richly coloured, versatile, and powerful collection of exclusive woven floors gives new and exciting expression to Missoni’s beloved and characteristic attributes. In 2015, the collaboration between Bolon and Missoni continues – and for the first time, it includes an interpretation of Missoni’s classic Zigzag pattern.
In the world of architecture, the name Jean Nouvel commands instant respect. The first collaborative project between Bolon and Jean Nouvel was presented during the Stockholm Furniture Fair in February 2012, and in 2016, Bolon and Jean Nouvel collaborated to launch the flooring collection Bolon by Jean Nouvel Design. A collection of handmade, industrial flooring products, defined by a bold colour palette, subtle striping and strong architectural expression. «The freedom is yours to use the flooring to play with colour and light, and engage the windows of the space. It is not a decorative carpet, but an architectural floor.” Jean Nouvel (Photos from the Bolon by Jean Nouvel Design collection below.)
Further on we find Jaime Hayon, Tom Dixon, Ilse Crawford, Giulio Cappelini, Philipp Thonet and many more on the impressive list of designers who has been using Bolon in their projects.
The Bolon Lab Store looks amazing, and already before you enter you get a feeling of something very different than what at least I expected from a flooring company. But this is not just a flooring company, its a design house. Bolon has created a living laboratory for flooring innovation, where the concept of the traditional showroom has been expanded to include food, hospitality and community, and where visitors are treated to a fully immersive experience of the Bolon world. Exactly like we did with the very delicious breakfast and the introduction to the story of Bolon. A story which both impressed and inspired me so much.
At the opening they presented several news, both an experiment where top international brands has interpreted Bolon textiles on voluminous design objects and their very first rug colllection. The rug collection marks the debut of Bolon’s new direction toward interior design and were originally designed for Annicas og Maries small boutique hotel in Italy. (Villa La Madonna, it looks amazing!) In alternating stripes in muted tones with a subtle shimmer, the rugs are the result of an experiment to combine glitter thread and wool to achieve a tactile effect characteristic of Bolon’s refined look and durable quality. Its colour and material palette, the result of an extensive research and development process, take inspiration from the deep jewel tones and moody neutrals of fashion textiles. Bolons original vinyl based product remains, now enhanced both with wool and glitter yarn. Creating a softer look and feel, and an expression which is both physically and aesthetically new for Bolon.
I don´t think the Eklund sisters will stop with this when it comes to moving towards the world of interior design. The poufs in the photo above is one of a kind and only sold at the lab store in Stockholm, but these are really perfect for both hospitality and recidential projects. And with the rug collection they have endless possibilities when it comes to design. I can´t wait to see what comes next from Bolon. I am sure it´s something quite amazing.
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In order to make some easy and quick changes for summer I´ve been moving things around again.. It is really not much I have done, but I wanted my bedroom to feel brighter with an airy feeling. So, first of all, new sheets. Linen sheets in light grey and beige. White sheets is really beautiful for summer, but a tiny bit of color is nice when the bedroom is all white. And my crush on the mix of beige and grey doesn’t seem to go away any time soon.
Also, I replaced the black marble table I have been using as a beside table with the Hoof table in oak. Having several small tables around my home makes it really easy to move them around and achieve a new expression whenever I feel like. Livingroom or bedroom, suits both. Paper lamps also makes the feeling airy, and for a more casual feeling one of my favorite art prints I placed on the floor, leaning against the wall.
I have gathered some of my favorite items and essentials on a new brass tray brought home from Copenhagen, both decorative and functional. Lets face it, at least I have at all times things laying around. And gathering them on a tray makes it look a little less messy.
Linen in layers is really beautiful, and toghether with my new sheets I also got a throw in the same beige color as some of the pillowcases which I combined with bedlinen in light grey. The throw makes a nice bedspread and on chilly summer nights it´s my number one choice to bring with my to the balcony. (Can also be seen here.)
Ellos´textile collection is both affordable and of good quality, and the ones in linen only get softer the more they are used.
Linen feels cool and pleasant, and is very moisture absorbent. Perfect for summer.