Feb
4

New floors & all that

by Sofia   -   in Interior design

How was your weekend? Mine was fun filled with a few too many classes of champagne and dancing. And amazing food here with friends. Sometimes it does a world of good to let loose a little, especially after having a tough month or week behind. So much fun. Now I´m resetting my body with healthy food choices. Also on the agenda stretching, physiotherapy exercises and a brisk long walk outside tonight to loosen up my shoulder a little. Over the weekend Cotton Candy joined me on my walk and we ended up getting my parents their favourite scones from St Georg´s bakery and brought them surprise breakfast on a Saturday morning when it was a very windy and snowy morning. They were very pleased and we got a nice little exercise out of it. Win-win.  

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On Sunday something exciting happened! Our floors were finally finished. So we headed out to the new apartment to check them out. As you know when the renovation starts with stripping the apartment to almost it´s bare bones it takes so long before you start to see any progress. At all. I mean it takes forever to do the plumbing, electricity, new walls, fix the floors, build new floors in other spaces etc. You literally see nothing happening for the longest time. So every new wall is very exciting. We did keep the old, original , fishbone parquet floors ( obviously) that were so amazingly made you quite literally don’t see any cracks on them at all. But we had them sanded and re-done. They are gorgeous! Also our kitchen finally got walls! Yay! I´m trying not to be over eager about the whole thing but it´s actually quite hard. My friend is getting a puppy and I think I´m as excited about the renovation as she is about the puppy which is nuts so I´m trying to tone it down a little. It´s not like we are building the Taj Mahal. It´s just an apartment. But I love picking and choosing fixtures and knobs and lamps. I found the perfect fabric for the Pantry´s roman blind. Then it was discontinued but I contacted them and they promised to make me 3 m more. Another reason to get hyper excited. About things other people really don´t care about. But I´m riding this wave now and your are sort of stuck with me on this surf. 

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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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