Apr
28

Night night

by Sofia   -   in Blog collaboration  Interior design

Last week I spoke about lavender sprays and freshly ironed sheets for the ultimate night time experience. Today I share a few ideas for sweet dreams and a lovely nightie I was generously gifted with some other beautiful products from the Gauhar Helsinki collection. It´s my favourite at the moment. Lovely linen, the best one from them yet in my opinion.

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Have you been sleeping well lately? I´m generally a great sleeper. Now I find that I need to add fresh air and exercise to my days to acquire a good night´s sleep as just staying home doing almost nothing does affect me a little. So if I keep my days busy doing chores and add an exercise to my day I sleep better. Here is a list of things that might be helpful for a restful night. I´m not saying I do all these, but if you feel like you need some help for a good night then these might be worth a try.

Go to bed and wake up at the same time.

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Apr
16

Linen sprays

by Sofia   -   in Interior design

The pleasure of a perfectly starched and ironed napkin. Or sliding in to a bed with freshly ironed or mangled bedsheets scented with a lavender linen spray. I don´t know many things better than the latter. When we find ourselves in situations like these the things that can give us pleasure are just so important. Little things. Yours may not be ironing or folding kitchen towels just the way you like. Yours may be something completely different. But if your happiness is found in polishing your old silvers, or de pilling your cashmere sweaters and folding them back in the closet just so, adding your little heart shaped cedar wood blocks in between, or indeed ironing then you may find this post is to your liking.

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I had a lovely conversation about ironing with my friend´s on our weekly Wednesday coffee. It ended up on a discussion about lavender linen spray and I did indeed try my hands on making my own instead of ordering a bottle online ( which you can also do, for instance here). I looked for recipes on Pinterest and as I had all I needed for it on hand I thought why not make my own. It´s just as good as the ready made one.

Lavender linen spray

1/4 cup which hazel ( taikapähkinä/ hamamelis virginiana) or rubbing alcohol or vodka

 30-40 drops essential lavender oil

3/4 cup ( distilled) water

Mix all the ingredients together in a spray bottle. Use when ironing or spray as a scent on your pillows or even in your linen closet. I like to spray some on our sheet when I change them and then put the duvet on top. When you open the bed up at night you get a waft of lovely lavender scent. Just don´t use so much so that you bed is wet when you go there at night.

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Jan
14

Little bathroom

by Sofia   -   in Interior design

Happy new year! I know I know, I sort of disappeared. But now I wanted to hop back here to wish you welcome to the 20´s on Lattemamma as well. Who is excited for a new year?

So did you make any plans for this coming year? It´s a big one for me as I will be turning 40. Yes, you read that right. I certainly don´t feel old and I have heard from multiple trustworthy sources that the 40´s are the best time of people´s lives. So I guess I have ten years of bliss ahead of me. The last decade was such a ride with babies, pregnancy, toddlers, nursery, pre-school and school all crammed in to it. Our marriage turned 10 and my husband turned 40. We moved twice and both times renovated an old apartment from scratch. It turned out well for us. So I guess this decade of teenagers might be either a lot of fun or a lot to handle but I´m pretty sure we can do it as a team and as a family. Besides I have friends around for both experience and for peer support. But first we get to enjoy these years of ” easy” parenting as the girls are independent yet small. I must say I´m truly loving it and embracing it.

As for my hopes and dreams for this big year ahead. Quite honestly my biggest hope is that everyone around me would stay healthy and well. The older I get the more I worry about people around me who get even older. You know how it is. My father is now closer to 90 than to 80. But for myself I really truly hope I would finally learn to not care so much about other people´s opinions. I wish I could learn to have a thicker skin yet keep a good heart. I have been a people pleaser all my life and it kind of makes your life easier in many ways, especially for the people around you but it is sometimes draining as well because we just can´t have everyone love us no matter how much we try and sometimes the harder we try the less they like us or the more draining it is for us. I have been on this mission for a few years now and I´m getting better at it so I guess there is hope for me yet. It´s not about bad self esteem or about being a narcissist, it´s about people pleasing. I really don´t mind making people feel better. Serving others or complimenting others feels very natural to me as I find it very easy to spot the good or beautiful in others or to find what would make them feel better. I just need to find an understanding to the fact that not everyone appreciates it and that some people will never even notice. Even if you find all the beauty in them they may not see it in you. We are just so different as human beings. Why do we care so much what other people think? I wish in my 40´s I won´t. I will however not stop being nice, it´s not the point. Other than that I will enjoy my last 5 months in my 30´s to the fullest. I will do things that I love and take care of the people I love, including myself. I will post pictures of things that make me happy even if someone thinks it´s egoistic or silly. I will make great meals and share them with the people I love. Or share unsuccesful meals, as long as it´s with people I love ( like our New Year´s dinner that was not our greatest success). I have a feeling it will be a great year! I´ll frame art and I´ll finish the decorating of this home ( is one ever really finished, but as far as some previously decided things go). I will do all the things I love like reading books and writing and running and travelling. I will continue to heal my shoulder to it´s best potential. Most of all I just hope for health and happiness. And lots of love!

I know you are always hoping for more picture from our home so here are a few from the girls bathroom. Mainly just the basins. I will try to take more photos from there one day.

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