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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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Bilde kredit: Montana

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:-)

 

 

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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Badet.

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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.

 

 

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.

Changing a room with colour blocking

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Colour blocking often applies to fashion but it works well in interior and it simply means that you pair one or several totally different colours together to make a bold statement. Choose a shade that has the same level of intensity for a real cool effect. I talk about colour blocking on my interior courses and it’s such a cheap and quick and easy way of transforming a room! Fun!

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Pics via pinterest

Happy Thursday guys.

Hugs:-)

 

One, ever so good, general rule!

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One last general rule about colour: the more we understand colour and how they work together, the more we can play with them. It’s far too easy to go down the safe road and go plain but just think how much more tantalizing our homes could be if we push the boundaries. Stretch your horizons a bit and try putting colours together that you love and thought couldn’t go together.

Get inspiration from everything around you, put together a moodboard of colours and suddenly everything will fall into place.

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Pics via min Pinterest acc ‘colour me’…

 

Have a great day everyone!

-Hugs Lisa

 

 

Pale pink violet

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Last week Fargeriket announced lilac as colour of the year. Lilac or mauve is not one of my favourite colours. Not sure why really?  But pale pink violet sounds sexier than lilac and pale pink with a hint a blue purple adds a bit of a chill affect to the name. But I reckon this picture below with the crystal chandelier and the pale pink violet walls is absolutely gorgeous. Maybe, I might just be showing a little weakness for pale pink violet colour! If this picture has anything to do with it.

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pic via pinterest

 

Have an awesome happy week everyone!

-Hugs Lisa

 

Good as Gold!

By | Bathroom, Bedroom, Black, Colours, Fireplaces, Kitchen, Livingroom, Wallpaper | 4 Comments

GOLD is going to be hot hot hot this year in interior. Guaranteed!  So whether you sling gold together with white and pastels or rock it up in dark rooms you’ll be creating a space that oozes with style.  I think I’ll be opting for a spray can and blitzing up a few old vases or the like. An addition of wallpaper or a mirror in gold would be stunning. Whatever you do –do it with confidence and have fun!

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Have a great day:-)

-Hugs Lisa

 

 

‘Pip’ wallpaper

By | Bedroom, Colours, Lighting, My work, Wallpaper | No Comments

There is nothing more refreshing and positive using yellow in a combined guest/hobby room. Get those energy levels running on high!  I have just received some pictures from Elisabeth that was so lucky to win a competition of a few hours interior help from RoomDesign, through the used/recycling shop ‘DenGrønneBaljen’ (which is now closed unfortunately) here in Bergen.  Many ideas, tips and advice were discussed on how to furnish the guest room into a combined hobby room and some tips with colour and wallpaper for her bedroom.  See the results for yourself. I think it all turned out well don’t you think? And by the way for those who love  Helge Jordal, check out the last picture – Elisabeth has the most awesome picture of him in her entrance way!!! Thanks for sending the pictures,Elisabeth:-)

fra hennes egen soverom:-)
Inngangen.

 

Have a fun day everyone:-)