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Thursday, 20 August 2015

NORSKE INTERIØRBLOGGER




Flat 3/6 was featured on NIB the other day, how exciting is that! If your new around here, welcome! :D

We're quite busy around here preparing for our wedding on Saturday. The house is full of people and we still have quite a few projects to finish in time, including tomorrows project: baking the wedding cake (can someone remind me why I decided to bake my own wedding cake again?!). But as always you can follow on Instagram, I'm @hildeandhercamera!

Sunday, 9 August 2015

BO'S MINI PHOTO ALBUM

In 2013 Graeme and I drove our dog from Scotland to Norway. Little Bo visited England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark, and now considers herself quite the worldly dog. She's explored the cobbled streets of Bruges, and walked along the canals of Amsterdam. She visited my uncle in Bremen, and slept in a king size bed in Aalborg. Though her favorite part was probably all the windmills we drove past, she was endlessly fascinated by them.



I've been wanting to make a photo book from our little trip for a while, and I had actually started one using blurb's software, which is how I usually make my photo books. But after updating my mac's software, the blurb software no longer works and I've lost all the photo books I was working on, including a couple I was making as presents for people. Heartbreak. I've been looking into using InDesign to make photo books, but so far I'm very much in the learning stages so making a page still takes me a bit longer than I'd like. Meanwhile, we got a new printer, and it prints the most amazing photos. The printing process was definitely the most difficult and frustrating part when I made my last album, so this new printer is such a game changer. I only have to print things once. I now want to print everything. I started with a mini album of Bo's Journey through Europe.



So I cycled to a nearby craft shop and got one of those mini Instagram-sized albums. It's small and all the photos are square, which actually made it so much quicker and easier to finish. I think one of my favorite parts about making a photo album (other than having the finished product at the end, obviously), is how you end up reliving that particular trip or event. There were so many bits about the trip that I had forgotten about, and it all came back to me when I was going through the photos. I didn't do any stamping this time (other than some dates scattered around), but I kinda went to town on my photos with alphabet stickers. One of my original ideas was to use maps as backgrounds for journaling, but instead I ended up making some backgrounds in Illustrator and printing them on card, which made the whole thing feel a lot more cohesive, and meant I ended up with a bit of a color theme throughout.


I was a bit unsure of how to end the album as we didn't take many photos once we reached our destination, so ended up with this photo I took of the road map we used and our route highlighted. I'm so happy to have this album finished, and sitting in my bookshelf!

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

DIY TARTAN SKINNY TIE

As Graeme's Scottish, he'll be sporting a kilt in our ever approaching wedding. And as a wedding present from his parents, he got a custom made kilt with all the trimmings in their clan's tartan. A few weeks ago it was finished, so he managed to pick it up while we were in Glasgow for a friend's wedding and it's currently hanging in his closet! And as the tartan was made to order, it came with a roll of leftover fabric. I had my own ideas of stuff to make, but Graeme requested I make him a tie, bow tie and pocket square. You know, so that he's covered as far as McMillan tartan accessories goes.

But as I've already made him bow ties (like this knitted one and this tartan one), he might need to wait a bit longer for that one. But I've never made a tie before, so that sounded fun. I used this pattern from See Kate Sew, which is simple and easy to follow. Though I think if I were to make it again, I'd probably add about 10 cm to the length of it and try to make it all in one long piece rather than two. And as the tartan fabric is quite thick to begin with, I probably shouldn't have added interfacing, as I think it would have been thick enough on its own. But doesn't he look spiffy? It'd be fun to make more of these, in all sorts of patterns. Though I probably shouldn't say that too loudly, or ties will be all I'm sewing from now on.


Friday, 31 July 2015

KITCHEN REMODEL COMPLETE!

A few months ago, Graeme and I started the process of remodelling the kitchen. You can see the before photos here. After all our hard work, we're left with a lovely and practical kitchen, just how we wanted it. We are so happy with how it's turned out, and are excited to finally be able to show it off a little!



We opted for an IKEA kitchen, because of the very competitive prices (we were quoted up to 5 times the price in other places!), and because I kinda fell in love with the dark LAXARBY fronts a good while ago. I've pretty much been remodelling the kitchen in my head since I moved in two years ago, and had a pretty good idea what I was after. I didn't want an all white kitchen which seems to be the most common choice around here, but I still wanted it to feel light and airy. The old kitchen had as many cupboards crammed into it as physically possible, but I wanted it to feel more open. Besides, I used about half of those cupboards. And I wanted plenty of counter space, without too much clutter. I wanted it to have a contemporary feel, but I also wanted it to go with the rest of the house, and make sure my industrial stuff and my old hand me downs didn't feel out of place.


Now, there's two things we'd like to do still. First, we plan on building in the microwave in the end top cupboard. There's plenty of space, we just haven't got around to it yet. Second, we have one of those magnetic knife strips that we haven't mounted yet, as we haven't quite decided on where to put it. Suggestions?

So what did we do to this space? First, we gutted it. We got rid of all the old cupboards, countertops and white goods, the flooring, and the three layers of wallpaper. The latter took us forever, and was a real test of patience. We then put in new flooring, and covered the walls with a wallpaper made for painting, before we added three coats of white paint. While we were painting everything white, I also decided to add a pop of color, and painted half of the balcony door in a bright yellow.


For the bottom cupboards, we chose the black-brown LAXARBY fronts with FÅGLAVIK handles. The sink is the double bowl DOMSJØ sink with a RINGSKAAR tap that pulls out and can reach all the corners of the sink. The dishwasher was the only IKEA white good we ended up with, the RENGØRA integrated dishwasher. The fridge is a Samsung side-by-side, the fan from Bosch and the cooker and tops from Miele. The counter tops are PERSONLIG laminate countertops in light oak. They're textured and look nice and we're so happy with them. We were a bit limited in terms of which countertops we could order because our countertop is so long, and we wanted something durable and easy to maintain. Check and check.

The top cupboards have RÅSDAL fronts in white ash that pop open if you push them. We opted to keep them handleless so that the they'd blend in as much as possible to keep it feeling spacious. We first planned on having the OMLOPP lights under the cupboards, but our electrician had pretty strong feelings against these lights and made us get UTRUSTA ones in stead, which come with a dimmer, extra power outlets and handy little hooks as well.


Once the kitchen was installed, Graeme did the tiling. Our first attempt together ended up being so squint and horrible that I had to call my mother for emotional support. She came over and assured me that it was fine, until she realized we were still able to take it all down and start over--then the truth came out and she pretty much insisted we take it down and try again. The following day I went away for my second hen party, and when I woke up the day after a bit worse for wear, Graeme had completed the whole tiling on his own. Well played, Graeme, well played.




Lastly, we have Bo's little food station. Not much has changed here, but I decided to include a picture of it as she sleeps in a fruit basket and eats her food out of tea cups. And cause she decided to pose so nicely for the camera!

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

DIANA F+ & OLYMPUS TRIP: GLASTONBURY

Oh man, I have been neglecting this blog recently. I was expecting to have plenty of spare time this summer, but in between applying for jobs, remodelling the kitchen, planning our wedding, travelling and other engagements, it's been ridiculously busy. But I'm getting there. The kitchen is SO close to being done, and Graeme and I are now getting married in less than a month. This week we managed to secure someone to actually carry out the ceremony (just a minor detail!), so that seems to be coming together too. We're also pretty much done with all our travelling this summer, so I figured I'd share a couple of the photos Graeme and I took from Glastonbury a few weeks ago! Oh, how I love analog film. These were all shot on Lomography Diana F+ with a 35 mm back and the Olympus Trip.


We had a pretty awesome weekend (as seen in the last photo!). It's such a huge festival, and it was so amazing to just wander around and explore and take it all in. Florence + the Machine was probably my favorite show, but there were so many other amazing acts, and such a good vibe throughout the festival in general. Would definitely recommend if festivals are your thing!