Nov
8

New home

by Sofia   -   in Interior design

You asked me about the new house and to include you a little bit in on our process. We are not renovating it ourselves but have  a professional crew doing it on our behalf so I don´t have any neat renovation tricks to share but I can tell you a little about what I have planned for the house. Most likely I have to let go of a few of my dreams as there is a budget that is not endless. But luckily a house can always be added on to later on if one feels like it.

The new one will have basically the same elements as this one. Two bathrooms, a dining room, a living room and a separate kitchen. This new apartment has one extra room so in the future the girls have their own rooms. I also get to fulfil another dream of mine and get a large pantry in my kitchen with glass doors to the kitchen. It even has a large window and a place for a breakfast table. A dream come true!

In the future the girls will share a bathroom and in there, behind closing doors we also have our laundry “wall” ( instead of a separate room). My husband and I share an en suite bathroom with a bathtub and a shower that you get to from our bedroom by walking through our dressing room ( walk in closet if you may).

The building is late 1800´s and our apartment has some gorgeous old features like original doors, fishbone parquet and a green tiled Jugend style fire place that is in fact working! We will restore the apartment in the style of that era, very much so as we did on our current one. I hope it will turn out as lovely as it is in my mind. The colour scheme we will keep light and airy but with added warm touches of blue, grey and gold. That also draws from the colour schemes of that time. Obviously also from what we like. This time it looks likely we will be using a bit of wallpaper. But mostly something that looks time appropriate for that era.

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Aug
27

How was your weekend? Ours was spot on lovely. Mr Espresso was closing down the island house for winter. Which in itself is always a little sad and as we have been renovating the house a little the past few years we had to close it a little earlier this year as there is yet some remodelling going on. But it will pay in the end, I know that. Anyhow on Friday as I had the day off ( I was working on Saturday instead) I started my day at my friends new house with an after gym breakfast. Such a quaint area she moved to. Love it! After school & home work the girls and I headed to Espoo ( the lovely suburbs) as Cotton Candy had some dance performances there at a mall with her new dance group. We had such a good time and went for sushi and some shopping afterwards. As I don´t drive a car and we live right in the centre of Helsinki we don´t end up at malls or mega super markets too often. So we were super excited all three of us. The metro from Helsinki centre right in to the mall took about 20 minutes. We may very well go again just for fun! I even found a pretty new table cloth ( at Eurokangas if you like it too and just 10€/m).

On Saturday the girls got to hang out with my mom & dad as I had to work. And I´m just saying that it was quite nice to be home alone for a night. I poured myself a glass of rosé wine ( we had an opened bottle in the fridge from almost two weeks ago but it was fine) and rented a movie from Apple tv that no one else in my family would like to watch. Then I even got to read in bed!

On Sunday we had two little girls for a playdate. Bubble Gum´s bestie moved to another school for the first two grades so we try to organise playdate for them frequently. They both love to play with dolls, Barbies etc. so they are always off to their dream world the second they start playing. Cotton Candy and her friends made bread rolls for lunch ( I made the sweet potato ginger soup) and chocolate fudge milkshakes for dessert. So everyone was having fun and I just let them make a huge mess for once. It gave me time to sneak in to our bedroom to drink a cappuccino & to write this post for you. If you want to see photos of the playdate table setting etc. you can find it all in my Instagram stories ( table settings).

For some more frivolous happy thoughts. I love the new console I got for my birthday from Bukowski´s antique auctions. Is it not lovely. I hope it finds an even better spot in the new home. It really looks even better with flowers on it. And it would need a mirror or a painting behind it but that will need to wait for the new place too.

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Aug
24

Girls room

by Sofia   -   in Interior design

I wanted to share a few photos from the girls room now that they are still sharing. I was meant to share these a long time ago as I have downloaded these photos in April. I think it´s such a cute and cozy little girls room. Nothing extravagant. Most of the furniture is from my childhood room. I´m a firm believer in recycling furniture ( and clothes too). Why buy new if the old can be used or updated.  The beds used to be ours. When we bought a new bed for us they inherited our old ones. They do scream for headboards but maybe in the next house then. It´s still a little girls room as they are not teenagers yet. I think the next one might be designed for a little older girl for Cotton Candy at least. Bubble Gum still very much plays with dolls and teddies and the dollhouse so she gets to keep them for as long as she wants.

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