QUICK UPDATE – NEW HOME EDITION

I am back, just reaching the surface for a quick breather before bed… I have the best of intentions these days, but all is hanging loose – new home, new business, old home, work… Who would have known fixing everything is a pain? The good part in it all is that we are finally seeing some sort of progress, I’ve spent 3 days at work, and not being able to be in the new apartment working my ass off has been grueling. I am heading back to work on thursday, this time for a four-day shift… And I am fearing this trip will be even worse, cos we have gotten to the fun part now – the painting! Or to be honest, the painting of the bedroom – we still have the livingroom and the diningroom to paint, then there are the floors in the entire upper floor of the place…

Then there is the endless list of things we need, to make it livable – we have been living two nomadic lives – moving from place to place for a lot of years, and this whole settle down thing is making us realize our main possessions (besides my photo equipment, his architecture books and our creature of fluff) is down to clothes, books and some candle sticks… Oh not to forget the things we like to hang on our walls…

Besides that we do not have a lot of physical value to bring with us to a new home. This does make the moving process quite simple, but the grocery list a whole lot longer and more pricey. So we have decided that our goal is to have a fully equipped home by new years – and by fully equipped we mean a place to sit at night, a place to sleep, a place to eat and a place to work. And we haven’t even spent a moment contemplating how much work we have to put in downstairs, we know what to do with the space we have to work with – we have a hallway for storage, a guest bedroom and a separate space outside the apartment that will be our joint office space…

Here are some images of what has been going down since the last time I posted, I do hope I’ll get a chance to surface long enough to splurge on an inspiration post soon – I need it right now! To get the creative juices flowing whilst all I want to do is lie down in fetus position and do the shrimp dance!

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A part of me is going to miss these windows, a part of me is going to enjoy not having hotel guests looking into my bedroom…

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We’ve had a lot of this weather when we’ve been moving cardboard boxes, then it turns into sun and heat wave when we need to stay inside working…

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There has been a lot of back and forth, so with it follows a lot of city in movement imagery…

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Bedroom floors washed and ready for a coat of paint! This is what is going down tomorrow…

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Neighborhood report – damn it’s quiet here!

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The moment I realized me and plastic are not good friends, more like mortal enemies…

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The door is turning white soon…

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Hello grey bedroom!

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We had to buy a vacuum cleaner – I have never felt this much love for a vacuum cleaner before – work dust be gone!

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We be living in dust and boxes…

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Trying to unpack the bits of kitchen we own…

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The reason I love the new vacuum, this dust is now gone!

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Minimalist kitchen!

We bought a lovely bed on saturday, it will be arriving at key sometime next week… Then we will move in finally – with the fluff and all – the fluff here being our dog. Can’t wait, I am quite tired of the whole back and forth thing… I’m off to my nirvana now, shower and sleep!

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QUICK UPDATE – NEW HOME EDITION

It has begun – the fixing of the new home! So after getting the keys, celebrating with a bottle or two of bubbles – the full on work has begun.

We have walked around our new neighborhood – enjoying the silence you suddenly get when you move just ten minutes out from the city center – but mostly we have been ripping down tons of wallpaper (I hate textured fiber glass wallpaper). Still have tons of work to do – so the posts will probably be very slow these following weeks as well. Here are some of the images I’ve gathered through the week (tiny week, more like 4 days)… Enjoy

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Colors we have chosen this far is Chi (the whitest white out there, no yellow undertones), for the bedroom we have chosen a grey tone called Jade, for the dining room we have chosen the dark blue called Oslo (going to be on one wall – could get too dark if we do more of it) and for the floors we have chosen a light grey called Morgendis. I am already doing my best to figure out all the stuff we need to rip apart, remove, get new etc. Lists are being created in huge quanta. More images will come as we work our way through this… The first room we want to finish is the bedroom, so we can move in – all we need is a place to sleep when we work – right now there is nowhere to sleep… Then we are moving on to the living and dining room + the hallway before we start tackling the lower floor of this place… Can’t wait till it’s all done! (enjoying the process though)

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BEDROOM BLISS

So here we go, the room-by-room inspiration check is on its way. I’ll start with the room we’ll start fixing first, the bedroom. We have decided to fix the bedroom first, simply so we have a room to sleep in as we do the rest of the house…

I want the bedroom to be the perfect place to go to rest at night, and somewhere were you don’t mind spending an entire Sunday… We are still contemplating if we want to mix up colors on the wall, or just go for one unison color. We have considered having a different color on the wall behind the bed, I like the idea of having a different color or texture on the one wall… Besides that I want a lot of lovely textures; wood, linen and metals… Anyone got any tips on fixing a bedroom please bring it on!?

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The row of images and those pillows, bring it on, via

That border of hooks, pretty awesome, via

The bedding, via

The geometry, via

I am craving some linen bedding, via

Go grey, via

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Adore the bedding, via

I want that Tokyo print, via

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Bright and light – perfect, via

Great bedroom grey! via

Love the grey wall, via

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Love the photo wallpaper, maybe this would be a nice idea for the bedroom, via

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COLOR ME HAPPY

In just a weeks time we get the keys to our new home, and just tree days after that I have to travel back to work… So right now we are sitting in different countries trying to tie things together before the grabbing of keys… We have decided to stay in the apartment we are in right now till we’ve managed to put some paint on the walls, at least in the bedroom… So what we are trying to tie together is what colors to bring into our home. As most of you may have noticed, I do like my monochromatic base – and I am of course sticking to that for most of this – but I do have a love for a bit of shading here and there, maybe even some color as well. This far we’ve decided to keep our base on shades of grey (cold, no beige). We also want to pull some blue into it – but how to do it? Who knows, we’ve found some deep and dark blue hues we like, good thing is that neither of us is so-called bright colors on the wall fans. I can always toss some brightness into the mix, but in more changeable options – like a pillow or a side table (I do actually own a couple of pink and even some neon yellow items)… I have three main rooms I want to step aside from the grey base (this grey base does also contain white) – that’s the bedroom (one wall), dining room (one wall) and kitchen (either wall or the old kitchen in there)… We are not changing the kitchen straight away, saving up for that one, but the old kitchen does come with its own charm, only need to paint some fugly tiles…

I’ve gathered some inspiration these last couple of days, trying to draw a bit on the white, grey and blue tones… Still, I feel a bit lost! It’s been so long since I last set foot in that place – so I might step over the threshold of the home and go “This won’t work”… I have always had issues picking between two options, so how will I do with hundreds of colors to pick from? The H cracks up these days, over and over I go like this “We can do blue, but not too blue, we can go grey but not the beige grey, and not too grey!” What a pleasure I must be to share this process with! Inspiration time!

Bedroom greatness, love the copper pipe lamps on the grey wall, via

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I enjoy the sense of depth a touch of grey brings with it, I want subtle, so bring it on subtle grey! via

Love this light grey, via

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Great bedroom grey, via

A touch of blue grey, via

Kitchen blues, via

This is one of my all time bedroom favorites thanks to the great combo of white, grey, natural wood and leather, yes thank you! via

A great darker tone of grey, via

A combo of white, grey and wood (not to miss the metals), via

Loving the grey accent wall, still craving those glass doors though, via

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Love the touch of blue in that wallpaper, and who wouldn’t want windows like that? via

A pinch of grey, via

Also having a bit of a crush on this greyish mint kitchen, via

I would love a color like this one on a wall in the dining room (maybe a tad bit deeper and darker), the wall will have a couple of white metal shelves on it (thinking of going with these), which could do with some great color to build it up behind it, via

Well, that’s it for now, going to go through this room by room later… Share my ideas (so far) – and maybe hunt for some sound advice!

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THE GLASS WALL

I know this isn’t a viable option for our new place – but one day I will have glass walls in my home. We went to a couple of furniture shops today, getting into the home owner groove, deciding on where to sit and what table to eat our dinners off when I overheard a conversation… This was just a normal conversation between a sales person and someone looking for the right sofa, but then suddenly the customer said she was having a glass wall! I was probably green with home envy right then, so of course, after spending a couple of hours at home selecting stuff online to purchase when we get the keys I fell into the habit of looking for what I want when I get the opportunity… Some day I will have my glass wall – and it might look a bit like these:

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Boom, I’m ready to suppress this craving – at least for a bit… Or maybe I’ll find somewhere in the new place where I can make this happen? We’ll see…

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THE FAMILY SHOOT

Talking about moving forward, in the last couple of weeks I’ve gone from being a rental nomad to a home owner and my photography business is slowly starting to take shape (you can check out what’s been going on here). I have figured out that one of my favorite types of shoot is the family shoot. I find myself searching for more and more inspiration related to this, I am still a fan of the portraits and the weddings as well, but for some reason I’ve come across more people wanting family portraits. Kids are so open (at least after a bit of work) and they also opt for the most natural images ever.

Here is some of my family shoot inspiration.

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And here are some of my shots from a few of my latest family shoots:

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Off I go, I have a family shoot to attend!

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SUNDAY FAVORITES

I am still in a bit of “homeowner bliss” – tomorrow we are heading to the realtor to sign all the papers – then in July we will be moving in and starting the work… I can’t wait… I had a bit of a celebratory weekend, so this Sunday has been used to relaxation, lunching with friends and puppy cuddle, of course a lot of the day has been used hunting for inspiration. I  thought I’d share some of my Sunday favorites with you.

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1. These amazing fish tacos seems like the perfect summer meal, def. gonna try to make these happen, via

2. In love with the diningroom belonging to Rumi Neelyvia

3. Also loving Lyle’s in Shoreditch as a new home inspiration source, via

4. Absolutely adore these tiles, here used in Cipro Pizza in Sydney, I wouldn’t mind them in my new hallway – perfect for the floors! via

5. Summer inspired by this gorgeous image, via

6. Always inspired by Maddie, via

7. Got floored by this gorgeous ombre wedding dress, via

8. Craving some marble jewelry, via

9. Having a crush on this cabin, go recycled windows, via

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