Monthly Archives: January 2014

CHANDELIERS do no longer belong to the ceiling???

I have a huge passion for collecting ideas and inspiration in any kinds of settings around the world! Just
been to a cozy restaurant and bar called Portas do Sol in the heart 
of Alfama in Lisbon. They really nailed some interior details, that I defintely want to do at home!

First of all they have a mixed style being industrial, modern and bohemian- It gives a cozy atmosphere and its defintely a recommendable place for food and drinks! Though my eyes got caught by a naked wooden wall that made it look unfinish, I was very amazed by this place! I am especially crazy about doing stuff upside down and use things in a way that they arent made for! Portas do Sol did it and I loved it – the chandeliers got down – hanging on a stand and it gave a cool, different and informal look with the light coming from bottom to top compared to top to bottom light sources. As soon as I come my 12 arm chandelier will end its days hanging from the ceiling! Cool or not, what do you think?

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ITS ABOUT TIME TO CoLoR YoUr WoRlD

Oscar Wilde said: “Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways” Thats exactly what I experienced today in the streets of Lisbon! Not only do they use tiles everywhere, which is stunning, they are also so colorful that it makes me think how much colors affect me and how much I miss colors in the streets, in my everyday life and in the Scandinavian interior style!

Can you imagine a rainbow tilewall, i think wicked!!!

How does the photos make you feel? They make me smile!
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Get the coolest interior kicks from Lisbon!

Im on vacation in amazing Lisbon, first day and already inspired by funky colors, artsy places and cool materials! Im on the hunt with my camera, and ill share all the cool stuff with you during the next week – happy reading!!

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DIY cutlery

I would really love to get the cutlery from my last post, but  I have  to face it, my kitchen abounds with silver cutlery that I have inherited from my grandmother. I really love it, but I think it could be even cooler if I give it some edge! I am crazy about mismatch, it gives a more dynamic and interesting look.

So, my next DIY project is to transform my cutlery into a mix of modern and vintage! I have searched to figure out how to do it and what to buy for my project. I´ve come around several creative people, all of them, use a kind of paint (photo source is from creative creative). It looks really good, but my experience in working with paint especially spray paint tells me that it faints and scratches off, and it happens quickly, which can look quite cool – I mean, I am a huge fan of patina but I don’t really want to repaint it too often!

Another option is to use rubber, which is much more durable. Who is better to look for inspiration than the up cycle specialist Danny Seo and of cause he had the answer right on page 114 in his excellent book UPCYCLING!

If you don’t have old silverware check out the next flee market or go to a second hand shop, I have found heaps of silver stuff for no money.

This makes a huge difference, can you imagine doing it in a clear color or make a mismatch, the possibilities are endless!

What you need for this project is:

  • Old silverware
  • Binder clips
  • Wire
  • Can of plastic dip

Clips and wire are used to hang up the cutlery to dry. Slowly dip each handle into the plastic dip container – allow each dip to dry before you do it again – repeat dipping until you are satisfied with the look! Let the cutlery dry overnight and HEY – here you go, old silver meets modern design. Ill recommend you to do it outside since this project can be quite messy  – if you feel hooked on this project, do it! And please send me photos – I´d love to see your result!

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WHY EAT UGLY, GO CLASSY!

Cutlery is no longer just utensils that you use to transport food into your mouth nowadays cutlery counts as an interior accessory, a piece of art! Small things count when it comes to interior design, they complete the look – so Im sorry, but the days are gone when you did not have to pay attention to the look of  your cutlery, your doorhandles, even your toothbrush! Luckily, its quite easy to find stunning cutlery!

Photo 2: Stunning Dorotea Night, the classic black design matches almost all kinds of styles – Magasin DKK 649 4pcs

Photo 3: Trendy Fuga, if you want classic and fun, for this who dare!  Now on sale, Magasin DKK 999 12pcs

Photo 4: Join Cutlery, a fun  and decorative option! The designer has won several design awards for the joint cutlery! Get it at Stormagasinet DKK 69 3pcs

Photo 5: SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE!! This cutlery comes in, hold on, black, steel and COPPER! … for a reasonable price of DKK 249 4pcs, get it at Mark & Waldorf.

Photo 6: This one from Almoco also comes in both black, gold and copper – so classy and beautiful! A bit more pricy 50 dollars 5 pcs, check it out at Design Within Reach.

 Photo 7: Last one is an option for those you want something new, a trendy look, but don’t want to spend heaps on cutlery! Etsy does it again, I must say! You´ll get a whole box with 12 pcs DKK 155 !!!

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