Christmas is right around the corner and I have been desperately trying to get as much of my Christmas shopping done as early as possible, and online because I really hate fighting the mall crowds. (Etsy, how I love you). And speaking of Christmas and online shopping, if you haven't already ordered Matthew Mead's Holiday book-azine WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?? Mine arrived in the mail a couple days ago and it's SO gorgeous! I'm going to have this out on my coffee table every Christmas season as part of my decor. Not only is it full of fabulous photos of spaces all dolled up for the holidays, but it's got decorating projects and recipes and a feature I mentioned way back in April about a select number of bloggers (including Jo and I!) and their holiday projects. Here is a sneak peek of what's inside...
By the time you read this I'll be cursing the fact I ever moved as I help lug the last bits and pieces into my house. Here's what my living room looked like with the previous owner's things. I've posted a video walk through with rambling commentary on my page. The before is always daunting! OK back to work for me!
I absolutely freaking LOVE this kitchen transformation that Ruben of Errez Design sent us (which Jo eluded to in a post she did of some of his projects back in September). In Ruben's words: "I wanted to share with you some images of a kitchen renovation we just completed in a 1925 Coral Gables cottage. This project is a blast of color and pattern used in a fresh modern way. We used a patchwork of vintage hand made Cuban cement tiles in a variety of patterns and colors. There is also a wall of floor to ceiling chalk board cabinets. Our goal was to both accentuate the charm of the old house and to reflect the young owners' personality." There is nothing I don't love about this transformation. The chalkboard cabinets are a great contrast to the rest of the all-white kitchen, the lack of upper cabinets is brilliant, and the seating area is SO FUN, bright and cheerful. I am so happy Ruben sent along some before photos as well. AMAZING!
Anne-Lise, an avid reader of our little blog, emailed us the following: "I have been meaning to send in pictures of my own apartment in Oslo for a while now. It is in a building from 1901 in a cosy neighbourhood. Crown moldings and hardwood floors are original and in great shape. The style is somewhat mixed of Scandinavian with some old finds from grandparents etc, and some things are things that I have either made myself, like the large lamp in the living room. I created that along with my father by using seven lamps from Ikea. The dining table and chairs were in a sad condition when my sister gave them to me, but with lots of love, sanding and oil they all came back to life. It is sad to me that I have to say goodbye to the place, but alas I cannot take it with me to Paris, France where I have just bought a new place." What better way to say goodbye than to have a little DTI feature on a Friday! I can see why you'll be sad to see this place go Anne-Lise, but moving to Paris is so exciting! Hope you'll share photos of your new home with us once you're settled. :)