September 18, 2016

My house tour in Malibu Westlake magazine

Unless you live in Los Angeles you’ll miss my mini home tour in Malibu Westlake magazine which is out on the newsstands now. Its always fun to see how your home looks in magazines so thought I would share a few peeks here on the blog.   You can read the full interview with pictures and story here www.wmlifestyle.com.

I’ve included a few behind the scenes pictures as well.

I’m definitely happy I painted that front door blue…

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This is the current terrace awaiting a new coffee tables and carpet.

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Bedroom with my new (and favorite)  TAKES TWO bedding and ARCHES wallpaper for Jill Sorensen Lifestyle.

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And here it Behind-the-scenes with photographer Joe Hill shooting.

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The carpet is my GREEK KEY SHAG from Jill Sorensen Lifestyle.

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My new little master bedroom terrace made it in.

Behind the scenes pic….

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Waiting for those banana leafs to grow in.

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In the living room with Katherine Rally drapery fabric.

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Big thank You to Diana at Malibu Westlake magazine for coming to visit.

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August 16, 2016

Renovation plans created in one afternoon

We left our summer house in Sweden in slightly better shape than we found it in…

In case you missed the disaster I’ve dealt with you can check it out here.

You can see what the house looked like when we came home in June and I burst in to tears here.

The renovations are in full swing and I’ll handle it from the other side of the earth via images, e-mails and Face time. I’m really looking forward to restoring our beautiful house to even better shape than before the water damage.

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The new wood beams went in the last couple of days we were there and it was amazing how fancy it felt to get rid of the dirt floor!

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All the crazy items shoes, pots etc. from the 1800’s that we found below the original beams were collected and stored in the attic.

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I can’t help bu wonder if this old leather boot from the 1800’s that we found below the bathroom floor belonged to any of these people?

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The first owners of our home sometime in the late 1800’s.

When the plywood floor was installed we really felt we were living in luxury after a summer with the dirt floors.

Imagine that….to have a floor! We were seriously all smiles.

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Hans a contractor and friend of my brother’s since grade school has taken on the job. He did the first round of renovations when we first bought the house 13 years ago so he knows it well.

Now, how do you come up with renovation plans in one afternoon?

I visited two home stores with tile, faucet, flooring selections, a paint store and grabbed paint chips, then I grabbed a pen and paper and paid down on the foyer floor.  When you have no free time and under time pressure things can happen fast. Aaahh the luxury of doing it for yourself…old school style.

First off the Bathroom.

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The marigold seventies toilets that I bought from my brother’s recycling center set the tone.

The happy & fun toilets and sinks served as inspiration for the bathroom. I felt depressed when I forst arrived and saw all tha damage so the toilets put a smile on my face, why not orange toilets?

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Orange sinks?

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I drew layouts directly on the floors and walls. Moved walls for better space function and left instructions handwritten.

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At the local store I found the only cement tile they had and went for it.

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I found faucets that would bridge the gape between classic and modern and fit the sinks.

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Black and white subway tile for the shower cabin. White with two black stripes.

Next step will be to hunt down two old mirrors and wall sconces for the wall, and of course a shower curtain.

Now on to the kitchen…

Having the beams installed in the kitchen was the most luxurious of all. We could now walk in there and get to items in the top cupboards. The lower cabinets were salvaged and stored in the barn and will be put back in as well.

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How incredible to have a floor!

Try living without a floor for a while and you’ll come to appreciate the simple things in life!

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The kitchen needs:

–New flooring

— New Paint

–New tile  back splash

—New Light fixture

I picked them out in a flash at Stuvbutiken, Colorama and IKEA.

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I decided on plastic flooring for easy to clean surfaces. They have really great vinyl flooring options here and the actual plastic tile squares are not easy to clean.

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I have never installed a vinyl floor before, but this one looks refreshing.

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Tarkett from Stuvbutiken.

I would prefer to paint a wood floor like this below, but we have no floor at all so this is an easy and affordable solution.

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I’ll share pictures when its done and you can be the judge.

Have you ever used it?

The 80’s lamp above the kitchen table that I’ve been too lazy to change for so many years, will be replaced by this modern one from Ikea.

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I hope that mixing in some retro vibe with all the old school stuff will be good.

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I’ll be renovating from afar, with picture updates every Friday from the contractor.  The big project in Virginia is going ahead full speed and the guest house renovation back here in LA is beckoning.

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July 22, 2016

Unplugging Swedish style

Hope you’re having a good summer.

I want to share some pictures from our trip over here. Since the house is undergoing renovations we have been out and about more than usual.

I’ve unplugged not been attached to my computer instead doing a lot of this…

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Enjoying evening swims in pristine lakes.

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Biking country roads…

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Even fishing!

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Time with lively nieces.

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Swimming off the cliffs in the giant lake…

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And of course spending time with family…

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…friends and neighbors…

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…and just enjoying this place.

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July 6, 2016

My DISASTROUS kitchen pictures & the coolest toilets ever

There are makeovers and then there are M-A-K-E-O-V-E-R-S. Seems the most challenging projects just keep lining up.

We arrived home to our summer house in Sweden, except what house??  If you follow this blog you know we had bad water damage this spring. Turned out it was BAD.

This is our kitchen now…Want to come over for dinner?

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Yep down to the dirt floor. As I’m looking at this I realize a lot of my projects look like bombs detonated in them.

All the floor beams were damaged and had to go. The cabinets could be rescued.

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New tile is needed, minor detail in this room indeed.

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I guess we will not be doing any cooking in here!!

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Turns out there is a covered up dirt cellar below the kitchen floor!  The house was built in the 1830’s, burnt down 1870 and rebuilt so this stuff is 150 years old.

And the bathroom and laundry room by the entrance….

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I giant hole, no walls or anything.

When they tore out the floor they came upon shoes and boots from the 1800’s and old pots used as bathrooms.

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To be hinest Ive been very upset as you might imagine, no rest for the weary. However Luke’s summer job at my brother’s new recycling center could not have come in more handy….

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Peter my very entreprenurial obsessed reclcer brother has started a genius business. He made a deal with out city here to be able to get  all the stuff headed fro landfills landfills, then fix them and sell them.

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I felt instantly happier when I made this happy marigold toilet purchase!

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And two marigold sinks to with it. If the old bathroom is gone, a new one will have to be awesome.

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Can you believe these were headed for landfills?

(You can check out a few items that are for sale online at  www.aterbruket.se.

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July 1, 2016

London calling!

Happy 4th everyone!

While you hopefully are heading out for some fun stateside celebrations I’m doing some traveling around Europe. The last two weeks have been non stop work in a sweltering LA heatwave so arriving to a rainy London was refreshing.

It was Luke’s first trip to London so we were dressed in sneakers and jeans ready to explore as much of the city as possible. We arrived here a couple of days after Brexit with all the drama of England leaving EU in the news, but you would have never known of the political turmoil once you got here.

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We stayed at the Soho house in Soho a couple of blocks from Piccadilly circus. A perfect area for a tourist -British flags and red double decker buses everywhere.

We started at the TOWER of LONDON.  I would put this first on your sightseeing list if you ever plan a visit. The tower dates back to medieval times and is a fortress mini city in the midst of the modern world.

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It’s surrounded by a mote and is right next to the river Thames.

Here is this remnant from a different life with the tallest building in Europe in the background.

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You can spend a few hours here looking around all the old castles and museums.

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This is the medieval fortress – love the fireplace!

Big Ben was next on the list…

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Luke had wanted the trip for his memory bank alone and tried to avoid taking pictures non stop but here Big Ben won out. What an architectural master piece!

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Here is Luke’s magnificent picture.

You feel giddy the second you see the clock tower.

Across the street from Big Ben is WESTMINSTER ABBEY the most gorgeous cathedral , famous for all the royals getting married there.

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It’s amazing what beauty humans built hundreds of years ago compared to the modern lines of architecture today.

And no visit would be complete unless you go to Buckingham palace which was not open.

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But we were happy enough to see the pretty gates!

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At night we wandered down to Trafalgar square underneath the rows of British flags. What a great city!

Hope you are having a great holiday!

Next stop Sweden…time to renovate!

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