New look – stylish and super functional

By | Colours, Fireplaces, Flooring, Good ideas, Kitchen, Lighting, Livingroom, My work | No Comments

«We want a home that is stylish and that is super practical and functional to our needs»

There was a definite need for an overhaul in this townhouse in Nesttun. There were two small living and dining rooms, dark and cold stairway and kitchen needed to be more functional and updated for a busy family of five. The man of the house is totally passionate and serious about his fireplace! Here had to be a fireplace that would warm up the house appropriately, stylish and cool to look at and have extra storage to firewood. Where the beam in the ceiling is today in the living and dining area was once where a wall was between the two rooms.

The entranceway and stairwell got a new look by removing the classic two door opening from the stairway into the living area. Rather than a closed-in stairwell being cold and dark, it was decided to remove the doors and open up the whole stairwell facing into the living and dining areas. A sliding glass door was put between the stairwell and entre, creating a more open stairwell connecting more with the living area, spreading more warmth up to the other floors and giving a more modern and functional living area.

A new window, the same size as the others, was put on the side of the house near the corner of the dining area and this allowed for more light and better connection to the terrace outside.

I must say I’m so in love with the kitchen! Its so cool and stylish, loads of storage, all that work space for baking and the little extra sitting area. The white benchtop was suggested to continue down to the floor which frames in the sitting area and adding extra style and finish. The subways tiles over the benchtop to the ceiling just gives a little extra wow factor.  Don’t you love it?

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All fotos : gunnkristinmonsen.com

RoomDesign has had the privilege of working on this prosject giving advice on the spaceplanning, design for fireplace, kitchen and in-built storage for television, furniture, flooring, lighting and colourscheme.

Thanks to the rocka family in Nesttun that allowed me to help them on their renovation travels!!<3<3

Hugs Lisa xx

 

5 Benefits to using rugs in your home

By | Colours, Flooring, Furniture, Good ideas, Happenings, Livingroom, My work, Patterns, Rugs, Tricks | No Comments

Having rugs in your home can make a enormous difference to the appearance, personality and style for your home. Those who never thought of keeping rugs in their house cannot realize the importance, elegance and difference in the overall living and impression that it will make.

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There are many benefits of rugs and I have gathered just 5 of many…

#1. Creates an instant and perfect focal point of colour for your room.

#2. Rugs act as a shield for your hardwood floors. They protect the floor from all kinds of stains and scratches.

#3. They  help to absorb loud noise of radio and TV, as compared to a room with hard surfaces.

#4. Rugs are made up of many different materials that will keep your house warm, thus saving your heating expenses.

#5. One fun thing to do is it can be hanged on the wall. Cool idea, no?

RoomDesign loves to do things that means YOU can be the creative expert in your own home. I am so excited about giving you the low-down in one evening at my office next week. Check straight into for more info her…..

Hope to see you there:-)

Hugs og love xx

 

Farger kan endre livet ditt

By | Colours, Good ideas, Kitchen, Tricks | No Comments

Farge er noe av det mest transformative du kan gjøre for ditt interiør. Det koste ikke mye heller. Det begeistrer, provoserer, lager intriger, roer og leger oss, ja rett og slett får oss til å føle oss bra. Spørsmålet er, hvorfor velger så mange kjedelige hvite vegger? Hvorfor er vi redde for farger?

Mange snakke om at de mangler selvtillit til å bruke farger. La oss finne vår egen selvtillit og sette i gang.

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Farger brukes på mange måter til å fremheve karakteriserende detaljer i rommet, skape stemning og atmosfære. Lek med farger og skap en sofistikert stil, en klassisk ton-i-ton stil som er meget lett å få til. Mest av alt må DU like fargen, nei ikke bare like fargen, med elske den! Følg magefølelsen.

Finn din fargeinspirasjon – lag en inspirasjons board, samle på gamle interiør magasinbilder, samle inn stoffprøver, finn noen kule fargeprøver. En egen pinterest konto kan være nyttig å ha i denne kreative prosessen. Samle på alt som fanger øyet ditt, selv om du ikke vet helt hvorfor det gir deg en god følelse.

Det kan være en kjempegod ide å ta en titt rund i huset ditt, det kan hende du allerede har litt kunst, farger i teppet, eller noe i garderoben din som du liker og som du kan forsterke med fargenyanser.

Se opp og ut, inspirasjon finnes overalt i naturen. Farger i trær og blomster, fugler, på himmelen, eller på havet. Farger i naturen vil alltid funke sammen, super chic og fantastisk og lett å skape i hjemmet.

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Ikke feig ut – det er mange som mister motet når de ønsker å bruke mørke farger på veggene. Mitt råd er å bevege seg mer over til den mørke siden. Når du først har tatt dette første vanskelige steget, lover jeg deg at du ikke vil ønske å gå tilbake til det hvite og kjedelige. Farger kan endre livet ditt. Du vil bli mer selvsikkert, dristigere og gi mer blaffen i hva andre folk tenker. Følg hjertet ditt når du begynner på ditt neste malingsprosjekt. Hva er det verste som kan skje? Du maler bare over det igjen, og samtidig brenner noen kalorier.

Vinn-vinn situasjon synes jeg:-)

 

 

5 simple ways to add style to Your home With plants

By | Good ideas, Happenings, My work, Plants | No Comments

Not all people are clever With plants. That includes me! Sometimes we need just a few easy tricks to give a room that ‘wow faktor’. I believe With these few styling tips under they will just give you that little push and inspiration you need. So read on…

1. Group plants for impact! Minimum effort gives Maximum effect. Group several of the same type of plant in a corner or an area in Your living room that needs a little love:-)

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2. Use height! Make a statemant in Your home With a tree. They give any room Depth, grandeur and creates loads of interest. I like to knock People off their perches when they walk into a room With a big tree in it:-)

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3 Use interesting potholders! There is nothing more fun, and strange, by using a boring old bowl or vase that you haven’t used for yonks. It gives New life to any plant. Recycle, re-vamp or re-invent. Have fun!

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4 Use texture! Plants With different sized leaves and foliage create a beautiful backdrop for a table. The textures they create together as a Group makes a magical statment. They compliment each other in Complete blissful harmony.

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5 Use contraster! Here is where you really can have fun. Try differents sizes, different potholders, different heights, differents coloured greens etc. Mix and match, hard spiky succulents With soft long cascading plants. Play and make an impact!

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NB: All pics come from my Pinterest

How was that?! Just a few little ideas to give you that edge to turn Your home from drab to fab With plants in Your home.

Have a fun day…hugs Lisa xx.

Cabin by the sea

By | Bathroom, Bedroom, Colours, Flooring, Furniture, My work, Rugs, Wood | One Comment

Rita and Arvid tok kontakt with me over a year ago. They owned a little cabin by the sea that needed a makeover. It was already quite old, outdated and because of its location and sentimental value they wanted to start using it with their own family til the sommer months.

Consideration to regulations of houses being so close to the sea, these days,  there was not much allowance for building out. In any direction! There was, though, allowed to build out the small terrasse by the kitchen. Here was placed glass sliding doors to bring the beautiful views and nature outside in.  Cladding out side the house was updated and modernized and at the same time a new terrasse was made at the entrance door. Inside walls were taken away between the kitchen and living room. The bathroom was made slightly bigger by building a little shower nook into the guestroom! Maksimalising the little space there was and a super good idea! There was made plenty of space for the garderobe in the guest room and walk-in garderobe in the main bedroom giving loads of room for extra storage. A window was suggested at the end of the hall in the entranceway adding extra light and giving extra depth to the hallway.

Take a look at all the pic’s under and get inspirert!

RoomDesign has come with advice, suggestions, ideas and space planning to the inside and outside, colours, kitchen design, bathroom design, furniture and lighting.

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Thanks to Rita and Arvid for letting me help them with the renovations to their cabin by the sea.

Hugs xx.

 

 

Join the «Afternoon Tea Party»!

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Thanks to all the wonderfully fabulous ladies that joined me at my «Afternoon Tea Party».

Those who know me know that I just love, at any chance, to have a party! I brought 6 m of linen from IKEA, as a tablecloth, to reach over the two long tables put together. I made sure that I washed the linen first to give it that crinkled effect.

You can mix and match all the tea cups and tea pots, that just adds to the charm of the evening. I made 3 batches of scones Cheese Scones, Date scones and some fresh strawberry scones they were all delicious! Don’t forget to have a small selection of different English teas.

Oh and by this stage have a glass of champagne to calm the nerves  – and then dress the table and then just wait for the guests to arrive. Of course I had to make a Carrot cake as well just for fun.

Don’t worry I have written the Scone recipe half way through the picture book undder. Just scroll down and enjoy!

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Scones

3 cups flour

6 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

75g butter

1 to 1 ½ cups milk

Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Cut butter in until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add milk (not necessarily all) mix quickly with a knife to a soft dough. Knead a few times with your fingertips, avoid handling too much. Lightly dust an oven tray with flour. Press scone dough out onto this. Cut into 10–12 even-sized scones. Brush tops with a little milk. Bake at 220 C for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

You can add cheese at the end on top of the scones. Or you can, while blending, add some dates and a little cinnamon and sugar. Or what about fresh strawberries right at the end of blending with a spoon full of sugar before baking?

Eat with cream and jam. With the cheese scones I would spread some butter on the warm scones. Enjoy!

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Have fun and make Your own ‘Afternoon Tea Party’.   Highly recommended:-)

Hugs xx.

The Big Easy Abstract Art DIY

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Hei guys!

Today I have the honor of having a guest on the blog!! June Olsen has the blog called Nostalgiecat, is based in London and is doing a tutorial  with us on how easy it is to make the big statement Picture for in Our home…oh I’m in!!!

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Adding a BIG piece of art to your interior is a great way to personalize and add some colour with maximum impact! It is a real and confident statement!

Big art can be very expensive, and hard to choose, especially if you are after a certain colour combination that will work with your interiors. You don’t need an art degree or a big supply of materials to create your own, and by making it yourself you can custom it to the size and colour!  Making it ABSTRACT will keep the focus on the colours and expression of the art, as well as being an easy option when it comes to DIY.

In this tutorial I will show you how you can create an easy and cheap, huge piece of abstract art to fill that big blank wall in your home, like the one I made (above):o

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The most costly investment you’ll need to make this will be your «canvas»: I used a sheet of Spruce plywood that I bought from my local builders merchant for less than £30…I chose the 18mm spruce plywood because I love the grain in it, and the thickness makes it look substantial and will minimise any bowing of the wood. The sheet I bought was actually twice the size I needed, and I simply asked them to cut for me at the store, leaving me with enough leftover for other projects/pieces of art.

pic 3Other than that you’ll just need some paint colours in your choice. I used DecoArt crafters acrylic paints as they lend themselves nicely to painting on wood + there is such a great array of colours to choose from. And for less than £2 a bottle, it is an affordable option.

You’ll also need some big round stickers, like these, but I got mine from Søstrene Grene.

A credit card for painting With.

A piece of cardboard to use as a palette and some baby wipes/a damp cloth for clean ups.

You’ll be using the credit card to drag the paint onto the wood With. The idea is that by using a credit card as opposed to a brush it is easier to get a clean «smudge of paint» with neat «square» edges…Using a credit card to paint with will work best on a hard surface, hence the choice of wood as a «canvas».

pic 5Simply pick up some paint with your card, then place it onto the wood where you want it, and drag the paint down towards you, applying a light pressure, flexing the card like a squeegee. It is best to use this technique with your wood canvas laying flat, in a space where you can move all the way around it , so that you can get the technique right all around.

As I mentioned above, DIY’ing your own piece of art will give you the freedom to choose colours that will work with your interiors, and a great tip to get this right is to take colour inspiration from a big piece of furniture, like a sofa or a rug that you already own. Try to limit your colour palette to a maximum of 10 colours…the less confident you are about choosing colours, the less different colours.

When creating a Big piece of art, you’ll want it to make a statement, so try to be brave and inject one or two bright colours into your piece!!

 Let’s get started:

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Start with your palest, most neutral colours. Use the credit card to drag on the paint, creating blocks of colour throughout your canvas..

Try to create neat edges to the dragged paint…leaving the top and bottom of your colour blocks staggered in a random way.  Should you get any rough and smudged areas, use the edges of the credit card to neaten it up!  A little in the corners, a little in the middle…Try not to make it too symmetrical, but spread these first blocks of colour all over…When getting abstract with colour, symmetry is your «enemy»: What you want is a seemingly random and relaxed pattern. A great way to achieve this is to use colours in blocks of 3. Visually the number 3 of anything is most pleasant on the eye (Just ask any good florist!!)

You’ll want to make these first pale/neutral colour blocks quite big, but don’t cover the entire canvas, Leave some gaps of wood and don’t worry too much about solid coverage with the paint, as later I will show you how to make the woodgrain coming through part of the expression in your painting!

When changing colour, simply use a baby wipe/ damp cloth to wipe your credit card clean before continuing with the next colour.

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Next you’ll want to start getting a bit braver with your colours: Working with, not your brightest choices, but your midtones, start adding these to the canvas.

If you did a little test before starting, you should have a rough idea as to which colours go together. Again work in blocks of 3 of each colour and avoid making the expression on the canvas too symmetrical: Vary the shapes and sizes of your blocks…..a big one here, a long one on the edge and a tiny square somewhere near the middle (You get the idea!)

Step back and squint at your painting to work out where to place the next colour Block! Start overlapping and layering the colours at this stage, but do make sure the previous paint is fully dried before going over with another colour, as you don’t want the colours to smudge together!

When you have blocked out all your mid tones of colour (But still left some patches of raw wood) it is time for the stickers:

pic 13The stickers will act as a barrier for the next coats of paint, so that later you can just peel them off and reveal what’s underneath, creating a mysterious insight into the previous layers of paint…

Stick them on at in random patterns spread throughout your canvas. Choose to cover areas where the current paint blocks look interesting:

I liked the way the yellow had mixed over the white in the picture above, so covered these areas with the stickers….and also stickered over some of the raw wood areas, so that this could be revealed later.

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Now is the time to go bold with your colours! Using your brightest colours go over the canvas, and block out as before, but this time also over the stickers…Remember to step back and squint to work out where to place your colour blocks…RANDOM is the word!!

Once you have added your brightest colours, take a little break….let the paint dry and your eyes rest…

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When you come back to it , you may want to make a few adjustments:

I felt that I needed the neutral areas to be larger and the brightest colour blocks to be smaller, so I set about covering some of the brighter areas with some of the paler paints…

This will also create some interesting effects where the bright paints are showing through the pale colours…

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As you can see in the image above, some of the areas are looking a bit messy, so I also neatened up any rough edges and changed the shape of some of the colour blocks at this stage.

When I was happy with the balance of colours in my painting I left the paint to dry fully. Knowing when to stop is probably as hard as making a start….so my rule of thumb is: when it stops being fun, STOP!!

Then finally, carefully lift and peel off the stickers to reveal the glimpses into the previous layers: This is where it all comes together….you’ll see:

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The spaces left by the stickers adds depth and creates some air into you colour blocks, lightening the expression in your painting. And adds some detailed interest upclose.

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Make any final adjustments if you feel like it, and you’re done!

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I love how mine came out and it makes a huge statement in my living room…

See how I’ve matched the colours to my rug? I’ve picked up the mustardy yellow and the minty blues, that is also picked up by my accessories. I am also pleased that I was brave and added the corally red (a colour I wouldn’t normally choose ), as it really lifts and livens up the space and makes a huge impact to my interior!

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The Picture has become a real talking point, as everyone can see something different in it (I love that about abstract art)….but for me, it is the close up details, like the way the colours have layered on top of each other and where the peeled off stickers have revealed the previous layers that creates an interest!

Lovesignature til June

 

 

Spring Clean!

By | Colours, Furniture, Good ideas | 9 Comments

Six ways to get your space ready for spring…

Well hallo everyone! Don’t you think, since spring is right on our door step, it’s time for a good old clean up, re-vamp, re-style, de-clutter, re-fresh or whatever you like to call it.       It’s time for a BIG spring clean!

De-clutter… there are many things that we need to look closer at when de-cluttering. Is this an item worth the time cleaning or storing?? Or even could the space be used for something else? My Mum has a great motto to de-clutter a home. It’s a harsh one but it’s a good one…

…if in doubt throw out!  Holy moly!b9c271f31459546d5d12101aad75abc0

Paint…I love this, the quickest and cheapest way to transform any room without doubt!  A wall or a whole room, try a strong colour or a subdued colour.  Grab a colour cart and splash into a colour that you fancy.  Or, not to worry if you have some art or a picture on your wall that you love take a closer look in the picture and you’ll find a contrasting colour that you can use in your space. Notice how the wall, in the pic under, gives the room more depth than if it was white like the rest. Easy peasy.6664eaeb424dcf88ade363db9ce9799b

Freshen up…cushion covers are just the best. Don’t cost much and you can change your pillows with every season. Go fresh, go light, go with linen and cotton and patterns and textures. Think the more layers of textures the more stimulating and intriguing your space will be. Knock you’re sofas socks off:-)0001875a988124bf5e8602f713458e27

Go green…we are just so lucky at the moment green plants are in BIG! Get down to your local garden center and bring home some luscious green plants and trees for in your home.c264d8cc2344acb9bd3ccce218185593

Move it around…sometimes we really don’t need new furniture; sometimes it’s rather a case of moving the sofa or chair to another place.  Even re-grouping a stole with a side table and a floor lampshade will do the trick. What about moving your rugs around or put your sofa in the middle of the room and work some Magic round that. It’s all about bringing new life to your living room!800fd76a4b393de207c57d9605f5152b

Party on…it’s time for a tea party people. Make some scones and tea with jam and cream.  Invite your friends for an afternoon tea.  Good excuse getting your home spic and span clean before they arrive, I say:-)ae7b3e123b29d4369bc1bb4f866add60

All credit to pics via Pinterest

The best time of the year…spring! Longer and warmer days ahead and then….summer. Delight!

Have a great day everyone:-)

Hugs xx.

Clever ideas for a small bedroom.

By | Bedroom, Black, Furniture, My work | 2 Comments

Do you have a troublesome storage problem? Is the answer yes? Well you’re not alone!

I was called in for a project to help a family, earlier last year,  looking for exactly to solve this problem. With a baby on the way, the family wanted as much extra storage as possible!!!They wanted bunk beds, extra storage for books and toys, and a double bed for guests and a walk-in closet to clothes!  As you see with the pictures below I think we managed to get everything in.

The hidden away double bed underneath the bunk beds rolls out very easy. The built-in shelves at the end of each bunk gives good space for the books and toys, in easy reach. And the little walk-in closet at the end of the bed makes for easy access to hang all clothes and storage for other things. An advantage with built-in furniture it opens up the floor area for play and games for an active family.

Have to say a big thank you to the fabulous clever John Johnsen, the builder. None of this would ever have been able to do without his positive ‘YES!’ he can fix it attitude. I like to hear a Yes! He’s a good man and would recommend him to anyone wanting home building jobs!

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Practical and functional!  Great fun. You like?!

Have a great day everyone:-)

Hugs.

 

Embracing the ‘Slow Christmas’ spirit!

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What a fantastic ‘Slow Christmas’ evening!!!

It was a wonderfully inspiring evening with 32 interior-happy ladies packed into my office. We discovered and learnt and mastered the whole Slow Living concept! Overwhelming stress and a sense of detachment are very common symptoms of trying to deal with too much in this fast–paced, commodity–filled, and highly technological world. The concept for ‘Slow Living’ directs the desire to lead a more balanced life and to pursue a more healthy sense of well-being in the fullest sense.

We need to slow Down!

We were so lucky to have flower stylist Hilde showing us how to decorate our homes, this Christmas, with more thought and less stress. To re-design and re-use what we find out in nature! Some very cool and creative ideas she had. I was definitely inspired!

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Picture credits til Gunn K Monsen

A spesial thanks to everyone that was there that evening, you are all rock stars!

You all can look forward to the next event!!!

Hugs Lisa.