Tuesday, 12 July 2016

going home

I've been here in Brunei for little more than a month now. During these first few weeks I have mostly spent time at the quarantine, in our hotel room and now in our new house, unpacking. I haven't done a lot of exploring or socializing and I guess that why it feels like life here hasn't really started yet. This feeling is even stronger since I'm actually traveling to Sweden today. It makes the time I've spent here feel like a holiday, although with very little holiday content... But I hope that when I come back it will feel different. Now I will have a home to long for while I'm there, with Andreas and the cats and all my things. I plan to keep on having a "vacation" until the beginning of September, when I plan to be back on some kind of normal routines, but even so, I'm sure coming back here in August will feel better - and more real -  than when I came here this time to just live in a sad hotel.


I most likely won´t blog while I'm in Sweden, but hopefully the content of this little space will improve once I'm back and have access to a functional study and wifi. Til then, hope your summer is awesome! 

Monday, 11 July 2016

Garden gems

Me and A have been doing a lot of shopping for the garden this weekend. And plant-shopping for inside too, actually. We had to give back our loaner car yesterday so we just made the most of it and splurged on plants while we had transport. It's so great to start adding greenery here and there, it certainly gives that extra touch of homeliness. It's also so much fun to try and find the strangest possible plants in the plan market...






Friday, 8 July 2016

the dining room: before + mood

One thing I'm really happy about is that this house doesn't have an open plan solution with an open kitchen. I like that you can hide the mess from cooking when you are eating. That makes the dining experience way nicer, I think! I like to design my home after the way I will use it most of the time, and the "preparing food while socializing with my guests" will never happen in any home of mine. That little rant brings me to the 5th space I want to share with you, the dining room, the final part of the big living room.

Before:





Mood board:

inspiration from: 1, 2 and 3

I don't have too much to say about this space. The mood board is mostly based on the furniture I know will be there, but with some upgrades. We have the Bestå glass cabinet but are planning to upgrade the look of it with new legs from Prettypegs so that it will match our mid century dining table. I'm not entirely sure what carpet I want here, we threw the blue one away when we packed up our stuff in Stavanger, so I guess I just have to see what I find. 

Shopping list:
  • Prettypegs: Kurt 180
  • Carpet, either black & white or green. 
  • Big plant plus planter
  • Low and narrow cabinet for under the window
  • Fridge

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

the TV room: before + mood

It's time to present the part of the living room that probably see the most use, if I know the to of us... The "TV room". This part of the room is actually a bit too small for all the furniture I want to have there, but logistically it made the best sense to place this function here. And since I'm a very sensible person, here's where it will be.

Before:

Mood board:

inspiration from: 1, 2, 3 & 4
First, let me just admit that I really love this mood board... I hope the space when it's finished can live up to my vision for it. Again, the mood board is created around items we already have and a feeling I want to have here. Basically our previous style of mid-century Scandinavian meets IKEA 2007 but with an added tropical and oriental vibe. Casual, cozy and bit more grown up than our previous house.

Shopping list:
  • Big Persian rug, in brown and red tones. 
  • Big plants and planters
  • Curtains, not sure what style yet...

Sunday, 3 July 2016

the library: before + mood

The second part if the living room I'll introduce you to is the "library". Or reading nook... This is a corner of the room that will be solely dedicated to keeping and reading books and magazines, as simple as that! Without further ado:

Before:


Mood board:


This is again a combination of items we already own. And the function is quite straight forward. Find what you want to read. Sit down and do it, comfortably. I want this space to be playful and cozy, and as all of our book and magazines will be on display here I think it will also function as a good representation of our different personalities.

Shopping list:

  • Carpet, preferably a Kelim one, in the right color scheme.
  • Curtains
  • Plants

Wanna see more of what I like when it comes to interiors? Check out my Pinterest.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

the entrance: before + mood

The next room I'm sharing with you in this little introduction to my plans for our new house is the smallest one - the entrance. If you remember the floor plan the entrance is pretty much just a corner of the living room. As you might guess from my plan sketch I have divided the living room into 4 different functions, and even though they are all in the same space I have also made 4 different mood boards and will present them in different blog posts. Mostly because it's fun and I'm the boss here.

Anyway, here goes. The entrance just consist of the few square meters right inside the main entrance door. As opposed to what I am used to from Scandinavian homes it is neither walled off or have an extra durable flooring, obviously for climate reasons...

Before:


Mood board

inspiration photos from here: 1. 2. 3

I want a de-cluttered and open entrance. As this is a tiny space, function will have to go before aesthetics, and I have chosen to use as much white as possible, with a few exceptions. I also didn't want this space to compete with the other parts of the bigger room. There's no need for storage of coats or jackets, so the only thing we need to keep here is shoes, bags and keys. And a mirror, for last minutes hairdo-checks, obvs.

Shopping list:
  • small shelf or list for keys and mail
  • baskets for storage
  • door mat or bigger mat for the whole are in durable material, like sisal or jute
To see more of what inspires me for the house right now, have a look at my Pinterest

Monday, 27 June 2016

Heavy rain

It's hard to capture heavy rain in a photo, especially with a phone camera. It's easier to display the results of the rain. So here's a few photos of what it can be like to live in a rain forest.



I'm in the quarantine kennel now, hanging out with the cats, and these photos are from the parking lot. The cats are doing much better, by the way. They seem relaxed and eat well. Hugo is terrified by this rain though, so at this moment he's cowering in a corner. Poor baby. 


Sunday, 26 June 2016

the tropical garden, thoughs and plans

It's going to be so interesting and exiting to have a tropical garden to work with! I mean besides all of the new plants and trees to get used to, you also have to take monkeys and monsoons into consideration...

Here are a few photos (iPhone only again, I'm sorry) from what the garden looks like now. I has some trees, brown grass, some piles of garden waste and a few bushes. It also have potential.

front of the house
leaves of one of the big trees at the driveway
the front of the garden, where some random cars parked the other day
also front of the garden, with the monkey-safe garbage-can cage
back of the house, where the drying rack is
also back of the house
leaves of another one of the big trees
detail that I kind of want to hide...
stem overgrown with something

And here's a plan where you can see the garden in relation to the house and streets. As you can see there is quite a lot of empty lawn - and the grass isn't very grown in. The view from the garden down in the left corner is really boring and the "hedge" there is very sparse. Otherwise there are some quite beautiful large trees.



I already told you about our shopping spree, and that we are planning to make this garden a bit more green and tropical, but here's an illustration of what I have in mind, at least as first steps.


The three solitaires on the lawn are the two palms from this post and the banana plant. I also want to fill in the hedge a bit with lower but denser bushes to give the garden more privacy. On the right side of the house I plan to add a small kitchen garden and along the front of the house under the porch I want to have some flowering bushes. On the left side I want to add something that shields the backside a bit so I can hang out there in my bikini. 

Saturday, 25 June 2016

the bedroom: before + mood

So I have already shown you some photos of the house (sorry for bad quality iPhone photos) and now I'm going to start sharing my plans for how to furnish and decorate it! My strategy here has been sort of the same I have used when I work with other interior projects, but way simpler of course. To begin with I have decided what functions I want where, how I want the different spaces to feel and then (digitally) furnished with the pieces we already own, where they fit in the scheme. I have also composed lists for what we need to buy and add to achieve the wanted feeling and function. My tools have been mood boards and a SketchUp model of the house. At the moment I don't have a Revit license, otherwise I would probably have made the model there instead.

As this is a rental I have not planned to make any remodeling of the current structure of the house or to even paint any walls. Even though I might have had big dreams of rooms painted in deep, tropically inspired blues and greens... We'll see over time if this changes.

Anyway, enough background. Let's start with the bedroom:
This room is almost square in shape and quite big. It's a corner room with windows on two sides and a double built in wardrobe.

Before:






Mood board:

inspiration found here: 1, 2, 3 & 4

I want a calm and clean space where it will be easy to relax. As this will be a combined bedroom and "dressing room" I want storage of clothes and accessories to be well organized and easy to access. I've chosen a light and soft color scheme that work with what we already have and I hope to not have too much clutter in here. I will mostly furnish with a bunch of IKEA furniture we have owned since we first moved in together, supplemented over the years as we moved in to places with bigger bedrooms.

The challenges here will be to keep it tidy and not end up having clothes all over the place.

Shopping list
  • green plant(s)
  • bedspread in a light color
  • hooks for hanging clothes on the walls
  • big, white and fluffy carpets
  • possibly some shelves
  • bedside lamps
Want to see more of what inspires me right now? Have a look here

Thursday, 23 June 2016

week two, a summary, some palm-trees and a kitten

Another week has gone by, how crazy is that? For the most part this week has been very similar to the last one. I've been visiting the cats twice a day, watching Netflix and planning the furnishing of our house in between visits and have had lunch and dinner with Andreas every day. The biggest difference was that we watch quite a lot of Euro 2016, but let's not talk any more about that. So, similar week, up until today Two funny things happened today! The first one is garden related. We saw and add in the local buy-and-sell Facebook group about someone selling plants and trees from their garden. It sounds a bit strange but that's apparently how things are done here: when you move, you bring your stuff and you sell what you can't bring including the plants in you garden... We answered this add since our garden looks a bit bare and ended up buying two semi large palms, a piece of a banana plant and some bushes. Awesome! We are arranging for a guy to help us dig the plants up, drive them to our house and plant them, because they are big. And because there's apparently a guy who does this for a living. But we did manage to fit the banana plant in our little car...




So, the second funny thing of the day! After picking up the plant we went to the house to drop it off. And while we were in the garden our neighbor dropped by. He introduced himself (Pat, middle-aged guy from Australia) and his pet cat he was carrying around. Apparently he had found this kitten in his garden yesterday and decided to adopt it! It's a tiny white kitten, an abandoned stray, and it's super cute. I'm almost certain it's the same kitten we saw in our garden two days ago and that I took this photo off! 


Obviously I liked this guy, even though he talked a lot. I even volunteered to look after Snowy (the cat) when he goes on vacation in a week. I mean, I love cats and it's important to have a good relationship with your neighbors, especially when you don't know anyone else around... 

So. Two weeks in a hotel (for me, two months for Andreas!) is hopefully over if all goes as planned and we get our furniture tomorrow and can move in! Crossing my fingers....