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Livingroom

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.

blogg-bildepic credit Pinterest

 

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

 

Some decorating tips for the New Year!

By | Lighting, Livingroom, Patterns | No Comments

I don’t know about you but by the time Christmas and New Year celebrations are finished I‘m bursting for a new clean start for the New Year!  And that means fluffing around moving the sofa, chairs and coffee tables round, trying new looks with the old furniture.

I’m always talking, at my interior courses, about how to make a room or space more interesting and how important it is to get away from the square-ness of a room no matter the size of the room. Easy peasy decorating tips and tricks will elevate your space in a jiffy!

1) Don’t leave walls bare –this just promotes the square-ness of the room. Adding focal points distract the eyes especially if the room happens to be small. So group together elements they give more power together than if they were alone!

2) Play with pattern and texture. It tantalizes and warms the room beyond belief. It’s the spice of the room.

3) Create different small zones in your room. This enhances and gives depth to any room whatever the size. The picture below is a great example of a small room with different zones. Makes for more balance and harmony in the room and more lived in! Perfect, yes?

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 Pic via my Pinterest

Have a great day guys!

Big hugs:-)

 

 

WELCOME 2014!

By | Bedroom, Gold, Interior styles, Livingroom, My work | No Comments

Thank you 2013, it has been a fantastic year with many experiences. New construction and renovation jobs, interior design courses at Statoil, many interior course evenings over the year, my New Office!!, a trip to DesignSaturday exhibition in Oslo, helping out and attending at the Interior & Housing Exhibition in Bergen , a mention in Bergens Tidende and a fantastic and inspirational evening at my office celebrating  with table settings for Christmas Eve from Norden&Verden from Scandinavian Surface girls, Nordisk Rom and Glass Thomsen! AND not to forget the lauching  of  Elisabeth Ellefsen new scented candles!!
WOW what a year it has been!
Rock on 2014!!
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Just a few pics of work that I have done through 2013.

 

Have a safe New year guys:)

Big hugs Lisa

 

 

Balance & harmony

By | Furniture, Interior styles, Livingroom | No Comments

Balance and harmony is very important in a well decorated home. A good balance is as simple as having furniture and elements spread equally around a room. And a good harmony is how well the elements actually work together.

Colours have to be able to look and work well together. Textures are used basically  to create an exciting unexpected visual tension in a room. With patterns it can be a harmonic basic colour that will bind them together to create an awesome marriage of the two or more. Exciting!

Balance and harmony go hand in hand and I love this picture below. It shows a well balanced room with a cool injection of harmony with cool textures and patterns together. Nice!

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Pic via pinterest

 

Happy and good decorating:-)

-Hugs

 

 

Off the railings!

By | Livingroom | No Comments

Decorating with attitude take guts! And when we finally get it right it’s like a hallelujah effect. Nothing more satisfying than achieving a wow effect in your home that you have created yourself!! We make mistakes but hey we learn from them right! So keep it up and never give up! This picture below dictates everything I like about decorating a home. It’s pushing the boundaries of craziness, creating several focus points and it just stops you in your tracks and says WOW! I love it!

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Pic vis my pinterest acc.

Have a great day everyone!!!

-Hugs Lisa

One, ever so good, general rule!

By | Colours, Livingroom | No Comments

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

 

 

Confidence

By | Furniture, Livingroom, Shelving | No Comments

Whatever you do…make your own style!!  We lose faith, nothing looks right and we give up way too soon when decorating our home. We just need a little confidence!   And I promise awesome things will happen:-)

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Pic via my Pinterest acc

 

Have a fun day everyone:-)

-LOVE

 

 

Moving furniture away from walls

By | Flooring, Furniture, Good ideas, Kategori, Livingroom | 3 Comments

Moving furniture away from the walls in your living room breaks up the linear aspects in your room.  It gives more depth to the room; by showing more of the floor makes the room instantly bigger, more airy and far less boring! It can be as simple as angling a chair or table slightly too just add a little interest to a room and away from the boring mundane linear lines of a square room! Who knows by moving your furniture a little you might discover a whole new look to your space!!

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Pic via Designsponge

 

Have a great day 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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via Littlenudgebathroom
via Shelterness

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via Houseandhome

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via Boligliv

wallpaper

via Beingtazim

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via Apartmenttherapy

 

Have a great day:-)

-Hugs Lisa