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A Scandinavian Home Tour

May 29, 2015

Take a tour around one of my favourite Scandinavian Homes. It has inspired so many of our design choices for our own property refurbishment and features one of the dreamiest kitchens around.

Karlavagen 76 is a beautifully restored apartment in Stockholm a short distance from  the city’s prestigious Karlaplan park area. Developed by Oscar Properties the apartment occupies a grand old residential building which has until now been used as offices.

The interior decor is described as “sophisticated luxury: a classic turn-of-the-century residence, full of light and updated both in modern design and function.”

I hope you enjoy swooning over these images as much I do.

Kate

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DIY staircase decorating ideas

April 2, 2015
DIY staircase decorating ideas

This week I’ve been scouring the internet for DIY staircase decorating ideas.

After months and months of co-existing with a disgusting mold-green carpet on our stairs and cursing it on a daily basis, I finally decided that I couldn’t spend another minute staring at the dusty old relic, so up it came.

I’ll be honest, I was not at all prepared for how much of a mess this seemingly simple task would make or how much of a state the stairs underneath would be in. If I’d thought this through more carefully beforehand I probably wouldn’t have even attempted it but my general rule to DIY is “don’t think – just do!”

What I haven’t mentioned yet is that in about 3 months our house will become a building site when we embark on our rear ground floor and loft extensions. Why, you might ask would I go to the trouble of refurbishing a staircase when it will be completely submerged in builders dust and grime in a few months anyway? My answer to this, “there are just some things that I can’t leave alone” and it drives my husband crazy!

So here we are about 3 weeks later, after hours of meticulous refurbishing. Pulling out old staples and nails, filing, sanding, undercoating etc. We have a beautiful painted staircase with bare wooden treads but no carpet and we’d be crazy to fork out money for a new one that’s just going to get ruined in the not too distant future. So hence I started my search for some interesting and inexpensive DIY staircase decorating ideas that could see us through the next few months.

Here are a few of my favourites, I’d love to know what you think. Next week I will post some photos of the transformation (if I’m not in a chocolate coma.)

Happy Easter,

Kate

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Glazing dilemmas

February 28, 2015

I’m usually pretty good at knowing exactly what I want… but when it comes to the glazing for our new ground floor extension I just can’t seem to make my mind up. One minute I’m set on ultra modern, slim framed, sliding doors with that real wow factor. But then I see a picture of a traditional kitchen diner with classic white timber framed french doors and I’m so torn!

Below are some images that I absolutely love. Time to make some decisions.

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