LAY IT FLAT

Me and the Bean are spending some days at my parents place, mainly to get the Bean away from all the dust, mess and pieces of tile that make up the majority of our household these days. The kitchen revamp is pretty much on track these days, which means that it is really affecting our day-to-day life. So when my dad came for a “let me have a look at that Bean” visit, we jumped at the opportunity and joined him on his return. The H is staying home, working his buns of trying to get as much as possible sorted before we’re returning this weekend. If we are lucky we might just have our new kitchen up and running as a fully functional finished product by next week.

This week we’re getting a guy to do all our cutting and fixing of the wooden counter tops for us, there will also be a plumber coming by to take care of the pipes {a bit afraid he will tell us to change all the piping in our apartment, it looks rather half-way-dead to me} and we are deciding on what to do about the tiles, if the H is going to do it on his own or if we’re gonna hire someone to come in and do it for us. As we took down the old tiles and the wallpaper on the wall that will be fully tiled we realized that there is a lot of odd areas, which will mean a lot of wet saw time and precision. Gonna have some people come in to give us some estimated costs, if it is not too steep then the luxury of having someone just come in and whoop it all together may just end up being to tempting. So far we’ve not acquired anybody to help us out with the revamp of the apartment, but after the arrival of the Bean it suddenly seems more appealing.

Whilst the H is at the revamp helm, I’m spending my days in my hometown strolling about, catching up with some family and friends, basically just enjoying my time. Feeling rather spoiled right now, full-time motherhood greatness! Spent the majority of yesterday in my aunts cafe drowning in coffee and pomegranate lemonade, wandering around in circles enjoying a bit of sea air, shopping for “decorative” items to put in the kitchen once it’s done… And of course I’ve had some time to do some inspiration hunt, and right now I’m enjoying flat lays, maybe a tad too much. To say it like this, when it comes to inspiration, not much can beat a great flat lay. I really need to hone in on some flat lay skills! Inspiration flow!

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SWEDISH DREAM HOUSE

Came across this amazing Swedish home up for grabs at Fantastic Frank!

This is what the H would call a death house, I know it sounds a bit dire, but what he refers to is a home you could see yourself living a whole life span in. It’s the kind of home you move into, raise your children in, grow a veggie garden whilst growing old, invite your grandchildren to visit then smile as your looking at your garden filled with flowers before you die happily or get shipped off to some old people home… You get the drift! You only come across a death house once in a blue moon, through our 5 years together we’ve only seen two on the market {in areas suitable for our living}, unfortunately for us this is in Sweden, and at the same time I can imagine it being a bit outside our price range.

So here you have it, the ultimate death house, in all its 100 years of glory! Enjoy

All images via

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KITCHEN REVAMP #2 – THE BUTCHER BLOCK

The kitchen revamp is on… Last time I updated on this I told you I was lost on the whole counter top issue, but now we’ve finally decided. We’re going for wooden counter tops, or butcher block if you may. We ended up going with wood, mainly because we want to bring in a natural element to balance out the black and white theme going on. So now I’ve got huge wooden plates ready to go, at the moment they are taking up parts of our living room, can’t wait to see how it all turns out… I can see all the different elements of this kitchen separately, but when I am trying to put them all together in my mind I end up blank – so I’ll just have to wait and see… Too bad I’m one of the more impatient people I know! And this thing is not moving forward fast, baby takes up most of my time and work takes up most of H time.

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SUNDAY SHARING

Hello Sunday! Finally gonna share one of my beloved Sunday Sharing posts with you. This weekend has mostly been spent working on the kitchen and cuddling the Baby Bean. We’ve gotten the black paint for the wall, the counter top and the sink are in place, we’ve sanded all of the cabinet doors… We’re slowly moving forward. We’ve also managed to spend some time in the city this weekend, which was a lovely break from thinking kitchen, kitchen and some more kitchen. The Baby Bean thoroughly enjoyed the city, especially looking at all the people passing by, listening to all the chatter… All in all, a great weekend.

Over to the visual input, here is a collection of some of my resent favorites from my inspiration hunts. Enjoy!

Home

HOME

1. The second house, via 2. A new build London flat with an old charm, via 3. Swedish summer house, via 4. Great collection of favorites, via 5. Tine K Home SS15, via 6. Gorgeous design hotel, via 7. Kitchen nook makeover, via 8. Amazing Italian home, via 9. Compact living, via

Style

WEAR

1. On the street after Dolce Gabbana Milan, via 2. 16 fresh ways to wear a denim skirt, via 3. Outfit inspiration, via 4. Co Resort, via 5. I need that skirt, perfect for summer, via 6. Rag and Bone Resort, via 7. How to look cooler, via 8. Sneaker bliss, via 9. Black on black, via

Eat

EAT

1. Slow-cooked beef ragu pasta, via 2. Skillet brownies, via 3. Lemon grass aubergine curry, via 4. Roasted squash and bitter greens salad, via 5. Lunch time, via 6. Green smoothie bowl, via 7. Apricot curd lemon basil meringues, via 8. Popsicle via 9. Raw lemon cake, via 

Wedding

WEDDING

1. Fpeverafter bridal collection, via 2. Pom veil, via 3. Kate Spade meets Key West wedding inspo, via 4. Intimate fall Colorado wedding, via 5. Gorgeous wedding shot, via 6. North Carolina farm wedding, via 7. The money shots for 2015 weddings, via 8. Truvelle, via 9. Peach and gold wedding ideas, via 

Baby Bean 

BABY

1. Such a lovely space filled with great details, via 2. Otis flat on belly, via 3. Great play area, via 4. How to get housework done with a newborn baby, via 5. Need this cool cat look for the Bean, via 6. Neutral grey nursery, via 7. In love with this one, via 8. Future Bean bedroom inspiration, via 9. Garden romper, via

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INSTAGRAM FAVORITES #7

It’s time for another batch of my favorite instagrammers, still my number 1 source of inspiration these days. I continuously come across new inspiring feeds, it’s my new thing, instagram hunting. These days it’s the perfect go to source for some visual input of beauty, in between baby, kitchen revamp, playing with the dog, eating and sleeping… That is basically my days now, toss in the now-and-then shower bliss and you’ve got it! Today the H is out getting tiles, ordering counter top {I’ll come back to you on that decision soon} and sink/faucet… Tomorrow we are getting paint – and then it’s on like Donkey Kong.

So whilst I run frantically around the house trying to get stuff done, enjoy this batch of visual inspiration!

jessicacomingore

jessicacomingore

urbanxkoi

urbanxkoi

anneauchocolat

anneauchocolat

weworewhat

weworewhat

kseberlin

kseberlin

kaisapalomaki

kaisapalomaki

crystal_wee

crystal_wee

pablo.a

pablo.a

quietblessings

quietblessings

abby_tohline

abby_tohline

kessara

kessara

elizazachandra

elizazachandra

copenhagencakes

copenhagencakes

h.va

h.va

solveigsdotter

solveigsdotter

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KITCHEN REVAMP #1

We’ve finally started working on our kitchen revamp… In the midst of baby time, taking on this kitchen revamp seems like the best and the worst idea we’ve had. I am not the most patient person, especially not when it comes to living without kitchen cabinets and decisions being made here and there. Also, after the Bean arrived I freak out when things get too messy, and right now we are living in a constant state of too messy…

We’ve taken down all the cabinet doors, we’ve started sanding everything that needs sanding, we’re getting tiles this weekend, the list goes on… There is a lot of juggling between baby and revamping ahead of us. To top it all of we have not yet decided on a counter top, a part of me wants to splurge on marble – let’s just say this is not the sensible part of me – the other part has already said no 54 times and has won the argument… My not so sensible part is still allowed to dream right?

I thought I’d share what we’ve decided on so far… Or at lest a few pieces the puzzle that is our kitchen revamp… And of course I will add some visual inspiration on each of them, since that’s the way I roll!

Butcher/Subway Tiles 

This was one of those no-brainer decisions, which is a blessing in our household. So it was more or less our starting point. You see, I am one of those people who can ponder a decision for hours, days, even weeks – going back and forth between choices, classic indecisiveness syndrome. It is one of my less charming traits, especially when we want to move forward with this revamp.

Light Grey Cabinets

We ended up buying our paint on impulse, great success… We have a love for grey kitchens, so when we came across a light grey paint with a slight undertone of minty green we just went for it. It is a new color so we can’t find any reference pictures for it anywhere (I love checking out photos of spaces using colors before deciding, just to get a sense of how it works in real life), so we are pretty excited to see the outcome… Crossing my fingers I’ll be happy at the end of it.

Our paint seems a bit lighter than any of these, can’t wait to see how it turns out!

A Black Wall

This may even end up as a chalkboard painted wall, I’m still a bit on the fence about this… But I do know that I want some sort of dark wall in the kitchen, to break up the lightness a bit… We’ve been discussing the chalkboard wall, it could be a fun addition to the space, especially for the Bean growing up… His own “graffiti” wall in the house.

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I’ll do my best to take some shots now and then when we go through the processes!

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THE DINNER PARTY

Happy Friday everyone. The arrival of the Baby Bean has turned our world upside down, no doubt about that, but in all the right ways though. One of the things we have to adjust to is the new concept of planning, and all the new events in our life; we’re talking weekend visitors, baby play dates, birthdays and so on… Good thing I love planning things!

Right now we are planning his naming party, we are not having a baptism, so we have decided to just make it a nice naming dinner, just to gather some family and friends for a good meal and a small celebration of the Bean. I’m thinking great food, great drinks and a relaxed feel,  so these days I have been looking around for some dinner party inspiration to get us going. The one thing I really wish we had though is a backyard! Would be the perfect setting for a great dinner party!

Have a great weekend!

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