• January 4, 2015



    I get so inspired when I see people live their dream and create a home that truly reflects who they are, and how they want to live. (Hence the name of my blog…LiveLikeYou.)

    I read an article about super model Angela Lindvall’s eco home in Malibu and just had to share it. She transformed a piece of land in Topanga Canyon in Malibu to a sustainable paradise for herself and her two sons. The home is in the country side, has dreamy mountain views, yet not even 30 minutes outside LA.  Her eco-home has a filtration system (to cut back on bottled water), huge fruit trees and herb plantings, a charging station for her Ford C-MAX Energy hybrid, and solar panels to power the yurt in her back yard, which is used as a guesthouse.   And perhaps my favorite part, the airy circus-tent-like canopy made from a re purposed army parachute where she and her yoga instructor teach yoga.

    Enjoy!

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    Images via Elle Decor.

    Cozy outdoor sitting area.

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    The house and trampoline area for kids.

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    Outdoor fireplace for those cool LA nights.

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    Swimming pool and charging area for her electric car.

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    The indoors has a lot of character. A cozy rustic retreat with lots of personal touches.

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    The yoga tent.

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    The herb and vegetable garden.

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    A yurt as guest house, love it.

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    Kind of makes you want to move to California, right?

    You want to see more on her home and philospohy? Here is a cool video.

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  • December 31, 2014



    Happy 2015!

    I was a bit apprehensive leaving the disaster scene at our new place in LA to go to Sweden for Christmas.  Renovating from 5000 miles away, requires some planning. However with the internet age anything is possible!  Javier wisely suggested we do all the boring stuff….new sewer line, new electrical wiring, new hvac system, in short all stuff that you don’t see that requires no design decisions. Also stuff that would be a bore to cover on the blog.

    But some progress took place….

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    This is Javier my builder with my real estate broker Henry the day I left.

    We meant to spend a little time just picking spots for electrical outlet and switches, but of course we ended up discussing the trillion decisions that need to be made.

    Here was the kitchen and dining area before…

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    Two small rooms one for eating and one for cooking. The kitchen had an 18″ sunken ceiling that made it feel even smaller.

    Here is the new opened up area.

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    You might see a mess but I’m thrilled with the open feel!

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    Here it is in the other direction.

    Wide open!! So exciting.

    I’m thinking of switching out the windows facing the terrace out to to an accordion window.

    Have you seen on in real life? I haven’t, I hope they functionally make sense.

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    We live in California so creating an indoor/outdoor living experience is a must.

    And I would love a bar by the pool…

    Here is the same idea below.

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    Interior design by Novogratz

    I can’t wait to have a big open kitchen like this…

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    I love the open space, being able to see in to other rooms.

    We won’t be able to create the huge open space like this image below, but my aim is to go there as much as we can.

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    The one visual change while gone was the living room. After opening up the hallway walls there was space enough to create a den a separate den at the end of the room.  The sliding doors have to be moved to the left to be centered in the new living room area.

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    You will also then be able to see straight out to the middle of the pool when entering.

    I’ve said it a million times, but I love nothing more, than entering a home and see a view out the windows.

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    Might look messy now, but it will look great done.

    Javier sent me these pictures.

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    The door is being moved.

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    The first part of renovating is always ugly, the pretty part comes later.

    Tomorrow we are back in LA, and the hunt for tile, faucets and flooring is on.

    Oh, and I bought the nicest appliances!! Never thought I would get excited about appliances, but I can’t wait to share.

    Happy 2015!!

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  • December 29, 2014



    Now is the time to reflect on the year that has passed, and make plans for the new one to come.

    Looking back at 2014 I definitely made the mistake of being a slave to daily chores and responsibilities, instead of following some well written plan of action. Something I aim to change in a big way.

    The great thing about a New Year is that you can wipe the slate clean and get a fresh new beginning. The next two days I’m going to steal some quiet time to clarify my direction, and write down concrete goals for 2015.  We finally will move in to a new home and I’ll get a big new office, so I’m super determined to get focused, grow my business and go after and accomplish all that I want.

    Do you write New Year’s goals?

    Here are some of great tips from great self help gurus on how to set goals and follow your dreams.

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    1. “Raise your standards.  Yesterday does not determine where your possibilities lay tomorrow. Write down what you no longer will tolerate in your life, what you no longer will accept, and every single thing you aspire to become. Changing a company,  a country or the world, all starts with changing yourself.  The power that was available to some of the people who changed history, is available to you, if you just give yourself the courage to claim it. – Anthony Robbins

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    2. “Hand write your top ten most important goals every single morning to reaffirm them to yourself. Write them in present tense, as if you have already achieved them and attach a date. The simpler your statement the faster your subconscious can go to work on them. Every time you write down a goal you program them deeper in to your subconscious and you activate the Law of Attraction. Your start to see possibilities you haven’t seen before. ” – Brian Tracy

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    3. Use a tree as a goal setting map. I’ve done it on paper and it made a lot of sense.  Here is an app that makes it easier and more detailed. TREED

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    4.  “Write a personal mission statement that tells you what your purpose is, and what values will guide you on your journey.  It should be a personal compelling vision so you know where you are trying to head and what you want to leave. Try writing your obituary, the process gives you a sense of what you want to be remembered for.  Look at that mission statement every morning to start your day and set your intention, and then at night look at it again and ask yourself “How did I do today? Where there some things I could have done better? ” You constantly need to be proactive about what you are trying to accomplish. “  – Ken Blanchard

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    5.  And here is just my personal favorite quote “Be fearless and mighty forces come to your aid.”  I don’t know where it comes from but I heard Anthony Hopkins say it years ago.

    It’s so easy to not do something because we are afraid of failure, or we worry about making a mistake. But the reality is…whether its leaving a job, a bad relationship, or moving, or anything else. Feel the fear, then take that first step anyway.

    Once you do, tremendous power and strength will amazingly come your way.

    Here’s to a fantastic 2015 and I hope all your dreams come true!

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  • December 24, 2014



    Happy Holidays!

    The renovations are getting a break this week while we’re making a quick holiday visit to Sweden. I’m so grateful to be able to come here. Our new life in LA had us seriously dreaming of a white Christmas.

    And thankfully this is what we came home to.

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    All white and a morning fog.

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    Not a perfectly Christmas decorated house.

    But an awesome view.

    Things are simple over here.

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    I’m decorating with my Danish grandmother’s table cloth.

    Luke is riding a sleigh behind the neighbors tractor (with a nine year old driver! yes its the countryside)

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    Rooms still look they way we left them this summer.

    (Headboard still needs some legs, however I’m still crazy about the Sunshine Deco Bedding.)

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    I’m okay that it’s not all perfect.

    But it sure does feel like Christmas.

    From our place to yours have a very Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday!

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    P.S. Another little Christmas thing…

     

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