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Before and After in my Son's Room with Minted Wall Murals

12.10.2018



In partnership with Minted, I'm sharing a 'before & after', or more accurately a 'after & before' of my son's room using Minted's Wall Murals.
His room wasn't quite this barren (scroll to the very bottom), he did have a grey duvet on his bed as well but the wall in this corner was void of any sort of pattern or print.




I chose this Slow Fade from Minted's collection for his room as a way to add a subtle graphic quality that still allowed me to add a playful framed print and bedding in a rust hue. On the other walls he has a lot of books, shelves for displaying his Lego creations and board games so altogether I didn't want to add too much color that might make this look too busy.




In case you're wondering about install, this was about 3 1/2 panels and they're basically giant peel and stick panels. Our walls have a decent amount of texture so I had to make sure to spray the walls pretty generously with water before each piece. Once the first panels is in place (I had to peel, move and restock a couple of times) the subsequent pieces fit together easily.




We both really enjoy the new look with the added Wall Mural and the way it has pulled together his whole room. This was such a simple yet impactful way of giving his space a whole new feel and ultimately a simpler and less messy alternative to new paint!




*This is a sponsored post by Minted however all images, words and views are my own.
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Golden Melon Glow With IKEA'S New Marble Lighting

12.03.2018



The colors in this styling for IKEA's Evedal lamp are giving me that warm glow that I needed right now. After a week of no sunshine these hues feel fresh and nourishing and somehow so complementary to the lamp with is black marble topped with a grey, smoky glass shade.

Check out these previous stories featuring some lighting favorites including this wall mounted lamp!



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LED Mirrors for the Bathroom

11.28.2018



Whether you're building a new home, renovating an existing home or just looking for a bathroom update, you've no doubt shopped for mirrors at some point in your journey. The mirror is a pretty central component of any bathroom, but it can be more than just a place for reflection.
If you're the kind of person who loves cutting edge technology and clever uses for it at home, you also might prefer an LED mirror to a standard one. Even if you're not the type who prides themselves in finding modern tech for your home, you would still enjoy some of the convenient features LED mirrors can now offer.

Beyond having the choice of size and shape for your mirror, current technology allows for mirrors with integrated lighting, which can create a seamless look that combines the two in one. Maybe you haven't found the perfect vanity lighting or want to go for an ultra minimal look, integrated lighting can be the way to go. Some offer dimmable options controlled wireless through an app in your phone, others have additional features like bluetooth so you can also listen to your favorite music while you wash your face, brush your teeth and put on make up, if you're into make, up that is.





Decoraport has been distributing LED mirrors since 2014 with all the modern features options like touch control, infrared control, bluetooth and even anti fog applications. Imagine taking a steamy bath or shower while enjoying music from your bathroom vanity mirror which is, all the while, not building up fog from condensation. Anti fog applications allows you full use of your vanity mirror without the wait because as we all know, the bathroom can be accumulate extra moisture very quickly and by warming up the surface of the mirror, you don't have to wait for your mirror to clear. Dimming is yet another feature you can have built into your mirror and control from your phone for whatever lighting you prefer at the time.





Images via Pinterest.


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November Wishlist

11.21.2018

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That Christmas Mood

11.16.2018



I'm really embracing this dark wintery mood as the short days make it inevitable that we spend more time without sunlight. Rather than fight it, as is always my first inclination, I'm welcoming the dark corners and candlelit evenings. With Christmas coming up in just over a month, these images from Swedish home store Artilleriet are especially appealing.





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Aura is Norway's National Museum winner in new chair competition

11.12.2018



“Aura is a beautiful chair that adds a seductive softness and elegance to the room where it will be used. In its design the chair has contours that point both back and forwards in time," say Jasper Morrison who judged the competition of 10 Norwegian designers who were tasked with creating a chair that would be used in the National Museum in Oslo which opens in 2020.





Andreas Engesvik is the winning designer and creator behind Aura, a leather and steel seat. Other designers who competed include Anderssen & Voll, Atle Tveit Design, Linda Evensen Design, Hallgeir Homstvedt Design, Stine Aas Design, Morten & Jonas, Torstein Design AS, Vera & Kyte, and Johan Verde Industridesign. All presented designs will be on display at Mellomstasjonen.



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How to stage your home to sell

10.31.2018

*This post is sponsored by Travelers Insurance. All opinions are my own.



Even if you're not a pro at interior styling and design, if you're about to sell your home it helps to learn a few tips about how to effectively "stage" your space in order to make it appealing to potential buyers. By doing this you're giving viewers a chance to see the maximum potential of your home and see the place in its most flattering state. Think of what you'd want to see if you were touring a home. While it can be difficult for us to see our own spaces from a new perspective, try to keep in mind what others see when they walk through the front door. To assist in this process I've gathered the most essential steps to styling your home so that it's "staged" to sell. You can refer to their home central resource here for more useful tips on how to stage your home for sale!


less is more:

You've heard me talk about minimalism and using less when it comes to interiors many, many times on the blog. When you're staging your home to sell, this cannot be underestimated! One of the worst things you can do is have too much stuff, especially very personal things in your space so that it makes seeing the structure of the home difficult. Too much of your own items in the house at the time of viewing also inhibits visitors from being able to imagine themselves living in the space. By removing all the extras you create a neutral zone that can suit many different buyers.
Some key items to remove would include any broken or dirty objects, furniture or rugs. Also family photos or kids artwork-remember this is only temporary. Any items with sentimental value that aren't attractive and functional should be taken out of the space when staging.




cover your basics:

While it is key to remove any clutter and excessive amounts of items in the home, don't go completely bare! Staged homes, on average, sell faster and when done effectively, allow buyers to visualize themselves living in the structure. Make sure you have a complete set of dining chairs, window coverings, sufficient rugs, seating in the living rooms, bedding and lighting. It might be alright with you to have mismatched pillows but when touring your house, make sure all the essentials are there and in good condition!


keep it clean:

It should go without saying but having a clean, staged home is also vital. Take a closer look at spaces you might have grown accustomed to overlooking. When a person enters your space for the first time, you want them to notice the positive features your home has to offer, not dusty baseboards and smudged refrigerators. Give any window coverings a wash or dusting and make sure textiles on the bed are clean and ironed, when applicable. Smell is also very important when you first experience a place, don't go overboard but do take care to notice what people might smell. It should be a fresh, clean and neutral scent. Again, nothing too personal and scent like perfumes and candles can evoke strong positive or negative emotion in people.




lots of light:

Now is the time to let in as much natural light as possible. Even if you have curtains or shades, make sure everything is drawn back and not interfering with letting in plenty of light from outside. Obviously this lets people see the space accurately, but it also makes a space feel larger, cleaner and happier. If you have a room with no windows, like a basement for example, buy LED lightbulbs with a cooler lighting that feels more like daytime. While you're at it, make sure any light fixtures have working bulbs as well, many people will automatically flip light switches when scoping out a home.


check the outside:

If you have a yard, don't fret over all new landscaping, just make sure the outside looks as tidy as possible. Rake leaves, trim the grass, make sure to remove any dead plants and make sure you have at least one nice looking potted plant. Set out a nice mat in front of the door and use outdoor furniture if you have any.



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Apothecary Inspiration for the Weekend

10.12.2018



Wish my weekend was about to be this beautiful and relaxing but it won't be as I will be working, attending recitals and prepping for my trip to Italy soon! For now I can dream of it being as spa-life as this scene from Frama's apothecary collection.
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Breathing Easier at Home

10.02.2018



For all the functions of home, at the very least it should be a place of refuge, a place we go to escape the stresses from the day. After a busy day of work, commuting or whatever other activities keep you away, walking into your home should be like taking a breath of fresh air! Actually it should be literally this:, your home should be your sanctuary, free of pollutants and a place you go to escape.

My oldest son is very sensitive to allergens, so much so that many times a fit of sneezing leads to bloody noses at all hours of the day and nighttime. Since he was an infant I’ve looked for ways to make the air he breathes at home and in his room cleaner and easier to ingest. With two children I want the same for my daughter as well but with four people living in the house as well as a cat who likes to explore the outdoors, we each bring in a variety of different potential allergens into the house without knowing it.

This is why having an air purifier is so important to me personally, but it’s arguably also an essential for any home.




I have partnered with Molekule to test out their air purifier at home - high quality, beautifully designed, portable and minimal structure that is equally effective as it is attractive.
Using Photo Electrochemical Oxidation, Molekule works at a molecular level to eliminate pollution indoors. In addition, Molekule was designed to be energy efficient and easily controlled from the app so even though it is easy to transport from room to room, you don’t have to follow it around in order to control the settings.

After using the purifier for a little while now we’ve all noticed how quiet it is, blending into the background of our home in seamless and unobtrusive way.




The family, and more specifically my son, has noticed how much more comfortable he is able to be at home, breathing cleaner air. He hasn’t been sneezing nearly as much, which means (yay!) fewer bloody noses! It is so exciting as a parent to know you can ease a discomfort for your child like this.


*This post was sponsored by Molekule, all words and photos are by me.
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Inspired by Bestå

10.01.2018




One of IKEA's standard and most adaptable storage units is Bestå but it's still surprising to see it being used here looking so chic and stylish!





Photo via Livet Hemma.
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Aesop's New Oil Burner is a Functional Thing of Beauty For Your Home

9.25.2018



Designed by Studio Henry Wilson for Australian brand Aesop, this oil burner is over 2 pounds of solid brass. The elegant and minimal shape is right in step with the brand's aesthetic and has rendered a burner that will gracefully patina with time and use.
I may have posted my September wishlist only yesterday but this is definitely a new addition to those objects I'd love add to my home!
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September's Wishlist

9.24.2018



It's been a little while since I last gathered a wishlist so here are a few of the things I've been eyeing lately.

Nude Superfine black socks / Lillian Tørlen Mould II vase / Nikari room divider / Ferm Living Arch candle holder / Togo sofa / Alina Vergnano Traces linocut / Lato side table from &Tradition
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News: AMM x The Sleep Shirt

9.18.2018



For the past many months I've been working on a secret project and I'm pleased, excited, thrilled to share it with you today! In partnership with The Sleep Shirt we have created a limited edition capsule collection for Fall! The collection includes a variety of their best styles from a short sleeved/pant set, full length sleeping gown and even a sleeveless nightie. We wanted to make a full spectrum of styles available with this for however you prefer to sleep or lounge. The fabrics we selected also offer a wide range of options to choose from a very sumptuous Cashmarello, a fine cotton twill to a smoky linen blend all keeping in soft neutral hues for a timeless look!







In case you aren't familiar, here is a bit of better introduction for The Sleep Shirt which is a small, female run company based in Vancouver, BC, CANADA. The Sleep Shirt's sleepwear is made in small batches in a factory whose employees are all paid above minimum wage. They also have very strict quality control with construction designed to last for many years, even more so if you follow the care instructions. (I have seen this to be true first hand!) Also, all of the fabrics used in the making of their sleepwear soften with time and wear, some of the materials actually need to be broken in before the reach their full potential for softness.






About three years ago I did some styling for The Sleep Shirt, if you've been following the blog that long you may remember it. Since then I have worn several of these shirts myself and can personally attest to their wearability and quality but also their luxurious feel. Incredibly, after three years of wear they still show no signs of breaking down!










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3 Benefits of Laminate Flooring

9.11.2018





When it comes to wood or tiled flooring, it can be hard to make a decision. Once you have eliminated hundreds of options to decide on the look you want, you may find yourself struggling to find the budget for your dream flooring. This is where laminate flooring may help. In comparison to solid wood or tile, there are many more benefits to laminate. Here we discuss the top 3 benefits that may persuade you that laminate can also be a great option as well.


Use In Wet Environments

Compared to tiles, laminate can dramatically reduce slip risk and create a much warmer feeling to a bathroom. Alternatively, wood flooring is known for its inability to withstand temperature fluctuations, humidity, and moisture, unlike some water-resistant laminates. Laminate creates the wood look without being affected by such conditions, and although vinyl can be an alternative, it can be more difficult to install, more expensive and not great for the environment. Laminate is bathroom friendly due to its HDF construction, underpinned by a watertight moisture barrier and topped by a wear layer for a protection.

Predictability

You know what you are getting with laminate, with no unexpected surprises from variation between trees, and no anomalous grain or knots that would come with real wood. In terms of tiles, stone can produce natural variations too, and you don’t always receive what you expected when ordering. Although an imitation, laminate is highly realistic looking too – many people struggle to spot the difference between the two. You can also be very specific with laminate, choosing much more accurately from shade, species, and finish to create the look you want most.

Warmth and Cushioning

In comparison to wood and tiles, laminate flooring can ensure you get a softer and warmer feel underfoot. This will help throughout the winter, for those who walk barefoot, and for children and pets who are much more sensitive to harder flooring.

Overall, there are several great benefits to selecting laminate, and should be an option considered when renovating or building a home. Comment down below with your own experiences using laminate flooring.



*image from Vincent Van Duysen's residence in Antwerp



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Make This Warm Huckleberry Galette

8.27.2018



Where we live it is Huckleberry season, which means these sweet little berries are now available at Albertson's on Broadway, who I have been working with on several tasty projects this summer. Huckleberries look quite similar to blueberries but their taste is more intense with more juice which makes these intensely delicious once baked as the juices release and mix with he sugar/flour mixture to make a syrup.
This is another simple and quick recipe that appears and tastes more labor intensive than it actually is! Check out the recipe below.





Ingredients:

pie crust (make your own or purchase one ready-made)
fresh Huckleberries, about 5 oz
3 fresh figs
2 tlb flour
2 tlb light brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
pinch of salt
zest from 1/2 lemon
1 egg, beaten
coarse sugar or honey for garnish




Directions:

Roll out your pie dough into a circle, approx 12" wide. Rinse your Huckleberries and figs and drain. Mix your sugar, flour and spices together and gently toss your fresh berries in them. Now fill the center of your crust with the dusted berries and then top with quartered figs and lemon zest, being careful to leave about 1 1/2" of dough to folding over the edges. Pleat your edges as you fold them up, brush edges with the beaten egg and then sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake at 350ºF/176 C for 40 minutes. Once galette is removed a cooled slightly you can drizzle it with a bit of honey. Serve with fresh vanilla ice cream or mascarpone cheese!






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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons on Broadway. The opinions and text are all mine.

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New Out of Sweden, Meet Aska

8.21.2018




Aska is a new Swedish design studio founded by the couple Carolina Krupinska and Linus Kjellqvist. Carolina who was originally a graphic designer, and Linus Kjellqvist who worked as a digital manager, began with a curiosity in the industrial materials that are not often seen in private homes these days and how they could turn that into something sensual and soft.

The result is these beautiful shelves that gives the impression of being very lightweight and can be hung both horizontally and vertically.


Later on this fall they will be releasing hangers and will be attending Formex’s Design Talent section in Stockholm, Sweden, after being selected to participate with their new series of shelves.

Photos by Ulrika Nihlén.







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