Thursday, 23 February 2012

Talking

Yesterday we went to the bank to discuss loans and such, and I listened to this lovely, lovely song all day at work. Icelandic band of Monsters and Men, my new favourite. And an absolutely stunning video, so important!

Monday, 20 February 2012

Dreamin'

This morning I woke up with a smile. And not because today was anything special, but because I had such an hilarious dream! (And if you're one of those people who don't enjoy hearing about other people dreams you can stop reading here, it's your loss.) I dreamt that I had managed to get invited to a very exclusive concert, a joint venture between Metallica and Crashtest Dummies. This concert was to take place in a conference room in an office building where I recently did a project for work. (I must admit that the interior looked way more fantastic than I actually designed it in real life, but I guess dreams don't have to limit themselves with boring and silly things such as budgets or gravity.) I did not really dream all that much about the actual concert, except that all of the artists were dressed like the Beatles on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band-album. And they all had long hair (not so surprisingly) and John Lennon glasses (definitely surprisingly). After the concert I talked a little bit with the Metallica-drummer, who in this particular dream wasn't at all called Lars Ulrich (my all time favourite drummer by the way) but instead Silvio Ontario. Anyone know where that came from? I have no clue. As a great finally of this amazing event all of the artist stood on the stage, behind a white picked fence, and threw pealed oranges on us in the audience. And we threw them back. It was all very messy and funny and orange. And a pretty great way to start a day.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Sunday evening shake

Friday, 17 February 2012

valentines

We celebrated Valentines Day this year in a spectacular way. We signed the contract for our house. So now it's definitely official! We wont get access to it for about 6 weeks, but at least now I feel I can start planning for real. I'm making color and material mood boards, sketch out different kitchen solutions and discuss various renovation ideas with my colleagues. It's fun.
Anyway, now that it's official I feel I dare share some details about our home to be. And I'll do that by comparing it with my "must haves" and "dream of"-lists for when we started looking for an apartment.

Must haves and dream ofs:

a balcony
Well. It doesn't have a balcony. It's got a frecking garden! It's tiny, but still. And there's a white picked fence too. Go figure. 

at least as big as our current apartment
Hehe. Our new house is actually smaller then our current apartment. But that's fine. It's just a couple of m2.

pretty close to the city centre
It's not close, it's in the city centre. Wooop wooop! I never have to wait for the bus after a night on the town again! Or at least, for as long as we live here...

An open fireplace
Check!

a bed room big enough for a king size bed. And being able to walk around it without banging my shins on the frame. Check. There's even a full wall of clothing storage in it. Great!

separate kitchen
Check. Since I'm not all that fond of cooking I don't want to be reminded of that every time I try to relax in the living room, so I've never really like the open plan kitchen solutions.

some fun but sort of easy renovation projects. We're going to do something about the outdated kitchen, and probably paint pretty much every wall, so yes, we've got some projects to look forward to. Good for the blog, I'm hoping for some awesome before- and after pictures! And I'm just happy I can finally paint the walls and hang whatever I want on them, after renting for the last 7 years.

lots of storage space Not as much as in our apartment, but there's a tiny storage shed in the back yard. Otherwise we just have to plan a bit better... eeeeh

OK, so there's a few things that could have made this the absolute dream house, like a bathtub or a walk in closet, but honestly I still think this is almost to good to be true. Now I just have to fight the anxiety that something will happen that will prevent us from moving there, even if I can't for my life figure out what that would be.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

movie night

Yesterday I found these four movies that I've wanted for my dvd-collection for a long time! Right now I'm watching Metrolpolis, a film I've wanted to see ever since I was introduced to it during a lecture about architecture in the movies, my second year of architect school. And there's some pretty awesome city-scapes displayed so far, I can assure you. And some amazing silent-movie-acting too! It's so dramatic! And all of the wavy 1920s hairstyles, so pretty.


I think "Eternal sunshine of a spotless mind" has such a cute name in Norwegian.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

anticipation

So. Friday is contract-signing-day, and I can't wait for the end of March when we get access to our house. Our house. Look at me, getting all excited with the italic style writing! Anyway, here's a couple of things I keep myself occupied with in order to make time move faster:

- mentally arranging our furniture in the house, and the re-arranging
- figuring out what theme there should be on our house-warming party. Yes, there will be a theme.
- working on the play-list for just mentioned party
- avoiding cleaning our present apartment
- pondering what kind of plants to grow in the garden. A cherry-tree, potatoes and roses.
- listening to Hitch-hikers guide to the galaxy - audio book, read by Stephen Fry

Our last winter in the house under the bridge
Best way to get long and skinny legs
Pretty patterns
I dream of summer

Saturday, 4 February 2012

the best thing

The first thing A said to me when he called to tell me we'd won the bid for the house was: "So, what kind of cat should we get?". Truly the best thing about moving in to our own place is that we finally can get a cat. Or two. We're still deciding between having an outdoor cat or an indoor, if we chose the latter (which would be more convenient if we decide to change country in a couple of years) we're probably getting two. So now I'm googling breeds and trying to make up my mind. For me, it's now down to Ragdoll or Norwegian forest cat. Both big and furry, but the Norwegian is a bit more active then the lazy doll. We'll see.

Norwegian Forest Cat . Image from: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6e/Norskskogkatt_Evita_3.JPG
Ragdoll. Image from: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/88/Ragdoll%2C_blue_mitted.JPG

Thursday, 2 February 2012

new topic

Soooo, remember how I have complained about not really knowing what to write about here? That I've felt the blog has no real focus or actual themes? I've been pondering this issue and came up with a solution. So we bought a house! So from now on anyone interested in finding out what a Swedish architect/interior designer will do with a tiny house from the early 20th century in the middle of Stavanger - you're welcome back here the following month/years...

Well, I'm very happy about these news, hope you'll be happy with the "new" blog.

Just to add to all of these happy feelings I'm posting this lovely an very appropriate song and video. Maybe I'll colour my hair red and fill the house with animals too? It's not at all unlikely.