Jan
24

Happy Weekend

by Sofia   -   in Interior design

Another week soaring by. I have been packing up the house with an inflamed shoulder ( luckily it is my left shoulder joint and as a right handed person I can still function fairly well) which basically means I can sort and fold and pack but not lift anything remotely heavy. It´s still going very well and next week we say good bye to our beloved home. My husband is not half as sentimental about things as I am or our daughters, especially Cotton Candy. I literally tear up when I even think of the days left in this apartment even though it has not been looking anything more than a storage unit for two weeks now. Anyhow it is weirdly hard for me. He is already very excited about the new place and has his eyes already there whereas I have mine sort of in the past.

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You may have to read the blog post to the very end to get how the pictures are relevant.

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But as I try to reassuringly tell my daughter all the memories will remain and you don´t really forget a house you lived in, ever. It is in your mind with you always. So instead of welling on these feelings I try to make her think of the new place and what great things we have waiting for us in our new dream home. The girls will be sharing their very own bathroom ( with two sinks which seems to be an important detail) and have their own rooms which is super exciting for them and they are also quite excited that daddy bought a huge tv & a sound system so they can host movie nights for friends ( you can then imagine how exhilarated I was about the tv but my husband promised we can keep a pretty photograph as a screensaver and it will look like a framed photo so I´m hoping that works). But the girls were most excited about moving very close to some of their very best friends!

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Jan
18

Have a lovely weekend

by Sofia   -   in Interior design

Everything is covered in beautiful beautiful snow here in Helsinki. It just makes things look brighter and I love how the snow mutes all the sounds outside. The city is a little quieter and a little lighter. 

I have spent my days sorting and packing and trying to keep my eye on the big prize that awaits in the end. Although, but not surprisingly, the renovation finishing date has been moved up a month. Renovating a house from scratch is quite a project even if you don´t do the actual work yourself. And trying to renovate an old apartment to fit the era it was built in requires quite a lot of sourcing and studying. Luckily we have had plenty of help from my brother. But I feel like I mostly flip through the web sites of so called building pharmacies for remakes of late 1800´s knobs, light switches, cornice moldings, lamps and little accessories like toilet paper holders and bigger ones like bath tubs. I feel like whatsapping my friends about exciting things about the new house, or to decide between a round or an oval knob that look very very similar, all the time and then stop myself. Does this really interest them so much. Seriously. It is where my mind is right now but who really cares which pretty porcelain light switch or socket I found for the place? 

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Jan
7

Starting fresh

by Sofia   -   in Interior design

Who is excited for the new year? I love that we have seen some more light daily. Even if it is baby steps you know that eventually Spring will come. But before that there are so may wonderful things coming like Valentine´s Day and another school holiday ( in Finland it is literally called the ski-ing holiday and us, like many others are spending it ski-ing) and of course Easter.

If you have decided to clean out your closets to get a brand new start then I´m sort of with you. As I am literally emptying every single nook and cranny of this house and getting rid of things that are no longer relevant ( I´m very rubbish at that as I hold on to things even just for their sentimental value, like a baby book that is all ripped but was Cotton Candy´ s favourite book as a teeny tiny start of a toddler). Anyhow I´m trying to be sensible and to get rid of the excess.

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I love the idea of a fresh start and a clean closet. Pure white flowers and the sunny late winter mornings are already in my mind. We are going to have to wait a few more months until our own house is ready but hopefully the move will be before the winter turns completely to Spring. As to me it is the time of new things and new beginnings and it would just make me so happy to be able to be there to put the house together at that time. To organise my table linens, candles and silver in the dining room. Set up my cake stands and glass items in the pantry. To fold white towels and sheets in the closet. To have a vase of fresh flowers in every room and all my pretty scented candles and dear books and precious shells around the house. To set up my laundry room with my Laundress products and pretty glass jars for my detergents and clothespins and cashmere combs & stain brushes. To only have the pretty and needed cosmetics in my bathroom cupboard and to know that our attic and basement are in neat order with the new see through boxes and nothing extra in there. I will open the windows in my kitchen and breath in the Spring air…

You know I only have to think these thoughts to get me through all this packing somehow. It is my carrot to imagine the new place and how it is all worth it in the end!

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