• October 28, 2014

    Today is Week #5 of the One Room Challenge, the last week to get my room completed before the final reveal on Wednesday.

    To catch you up on the progress, here are the previous weeks:

    WEEK # 1   

    WEEK # 2   -

    WEEK # 3

    WEEK # 4

    Knowing I only had a few days left to complete this makeover but buried with other redesigns and some shoots we were rushing to complete, it was stressful knowing that the vintage finds were sitting there in the barn, waiting to be painted.  Finally my great assistant and also photographer Mehreen decided to go out there and tackle the furniture painting that needed to be done.

    Now painting in a barn might sound quaint, however not when there is a local mosquito invasion…


    I picked out a super warm gold mustard paint color in the local paint store, to go on the new coffee table I had just found.

    I want the center of the room to look like a big golden sun.

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    The barn had been partially cleared out for a dining table that we built.


    It’s the new perfect spot for a party.


    I had found a great bamboo style coffee table with a glass top and a shelf at one of the recycling centers.

    I thought that the golden mustard in the middle of the room would be the spice the room needed.




    Mehreen had already painted the base layer, and was adding the bold yellow, when I came out to help.

    Having experience with mosquito invasions in this part of the country, I suggested she cover up.


    But Mehreen loved the never ending sunset and insisted she didn’t need any cover up….


    She bravely painted in short sleeve and bare feet.

    Although sunny and warm and a like any good Swede who hates mosquitoes, this was my painting gear.


    You can’t leave any part of your body exposed to these nasty creatures as the sun starts to go down. Unless you want to become their dinner. I hate them.


    The mosquito problem that started a couple of years ago with all the stagnant over flow water and has a been hot topic in town that has now become national.  Thankfully their time is short lived.

    I gave up while Mehreen bravely continued!!


    To give you any indication to why this was hell, check this out…

    My new neighbor let me take a picture of his legs so that I could send it to the local city council. He lives on the edge of the village where it’s very wooded down by the river.


    He was NOT happy about all his mosquito bites.

    The little town now has permission to spray against them, but they haven’t dared to do it yet.

    Instead they have sent in the troops…


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    No matter how cute they look right behind the barn and how hard they work stomping potential mosquito breeding ground.

    I got bit in any little part that was still exposed, and poor Mehreen got bit all over!


    …hey, the table looked smashing in it’s new color!

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    That big jolt of yellow is definitely fun.

    I will save the rest for the total and complete room reveal next Wednesday.

    ORC-Participant Fall 2014


    Check out what all the other designer/bloggers are up to:


    Abby M. Interiors

    Because It’s Awesome

    Bijou & Boheme

    Chinoiserie Chic

    The Decorista

    Design Chic

    The Design Daredevil

    Design Darling

    Design Indulgence

    Design Manifest

    House of Turquoise

    Jana Bek Design

    Maddie G. Designs

    Mimosa Lane

    A Piece of Toast

    The Pink Pagoda

    Stone Textile

    Waiting on Martha

    The Zhush



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  • October 27, 2014

    Some pictures from my week on the west coast.

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    Fall day in LA.

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    A snapshot from our booth at West Edge Design fair in the Santa Monica airport hangar.

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    A last minute fake prototype of the Leaf bed skirt designs that’s coming out. With Poseidon Mark carpet.

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    Snap shot of carpet display. Beach House Maze, Aloe Mark, Sand Dune Mark.

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    Walking home from the school bus – the neighborhood is once again a film set.

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    #pawsoncarpet  Our Red Electric wool carpet.

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    Hello San Francisco! Road trip with my mom and Luke.

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    My little mom and Luke in a huge redwood tree in Muir woods.

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    First timer discovering the stunning California coast.

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    Somersault stop. Windy beach in Monterey.

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    Big Sur. Prettiest place on earth.

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    Design inspiration. Hearst Castle indoor swimming pool.  Don’t you want to take a dive from that diving board?

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    Kitsch inspiration. Giant rock fireplace at Madonna Inn.

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    Sunset in Cambria.




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  • October 21, 2014

    For those of you who are new to this blog,  I’m participating with 20 Designers/Bloggers in the One Room Challenge where we have 6 weeks to makeover a room. We have to post every Wednesday.

    To get up to speed here are my previous weeks.

    WEEK # 1  Design plan & Inspiration

    WEEK # 2   – Paint & Carpet

    WEEK # 3  – Vintage shopping Swedish style

    Now WEEK # 4  -  I had anxiety.  I was feeling guilty for once again during my visit fearing I would not get it done. The room will eternally look like crap, and I will continue to make excuses for it when people come over.

    Although a pretty pink now, with a new carpet it was still an unstylish  MESS!!!  The cheap curtains, no carpet pad, no lamps, and and still the laminated $ 5 coffee table that was an emergency solution from years ago  — all  still there.  And none of the fab vintage finds have been painted, and none of the lamps or art have been placed.

    And on top of it, it’s always filled to the brim with family members, slipping and sliding on the carpet because I had not even had time to get a carpet pad or even cared to lay it down properly.

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    Thankfully my assistant Mehreen arrived from the US with a suit case full of new pillows from my line! It was like Christmas!

    And the most exiting part….my new Greek Key curtain design shockingly arrived this week ahead of schedule from India. This is something that never happens by the way, I’m used to waiting for samples forever. Perhaps it’s quicker to ship to Sweden?

    Anyway —- I LOOOVE  my new Greek Key curtain!!

    The clean lines and modern vibe of the Greek Key curtains cleaned up and modernized the entire space. I was bouncing around the room when we hung these. I’ll just show a sneak peek.


    I LOVE the sunny yellow lines in the space. Just a simple linen/cotton blend with sunshine cotton banding.

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    The curtains gave the room a huge lift not so “country” anymore.


    I got a carpet pad and laid down under the carpet and properly placed it where it should be. The funky fur stool got a place in the room right away.

    I had no time to reupholster so instead I bought a ton of sheepskin rugs from Ikea. Don’t you love those?

    They will take the place of reupholstering.


    They will make the seats warm and cozy on those dark winter nights watching movies in here.  In an old country house in Sweden, TRUST ME you need these. There is reason IKEA makes these. Sweden can be -25 Celsius in the winter time!


    Mehreen and I went through a bunch of pillows. I needed the color of the sunset.

    We finally voted out the pink! Wanted it more moody.

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    Trying to stick to the colors of the sunset right outside the door. Without the black. This room is better without black.

    Instead I want to anchor it with grey.


    So more sheepskins from Ikea in grey. I bought a bunch of Grey Ikea sheepskins and covered some pillows in them, to instead anchor it all with a softer grey.

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    Ikea sheepskin, Pottery barn faux fur covered all the seating and some of my new pillows, Lavender Ice Regency, and Sunshine Monogram did the mix.

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    I just want that fuzzy fur everywhere.

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    We played around and styled with all the new textiles and faux furs.



    Sheepskin, fireplace and firewood.  Perfect for those chilly winter nights.

    By the end of the week I felt MUCH better. The new textiles and white fur cleaned it up.

    We finally found the perfect coffee table, and a lamp. So next week it’s time for the vintage makeovers!

    Check out what the progress on these talented ladies rooms:

    Abby M. Interiors

    Because It’s Awesome

    Bijou & Boheme

    Chinoiserie Chic

    The Decorista

    Design Chic

    The Design Daredevil

    Design Darling

    Design Indulgence

    Design Manifest

    House of Turquoise

    Jana Bek Design

    Maddie G. Designs

    Mimosa Lane

    A Piece of Toast

    The Pink Pagoda

    Stone Textile

    Waiting on Martha

    The Zhush




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  • October 14, 2014

    Week three. Only the walls and the carpet have been done. Yikes.
    In case you missed the previous posts here they are:

    WEEK # 1

    WEEK # 2

    The problem is, every time I go home to Sweden the surroundings relax me so much that I never end up finishing the projects I set out to complete for the summer.  But this time I don’t have that option!

    The room has  a great new color, and a fun carpet and we all already like it so much more, but its not even halfway there yet.  Mehreen, my assistant will arrive the following week for some shoots, and she is bringing pillows, so I have a selection I can mix and match and see what will make this room come to life.

    But before pillows I need a bunch of other stuff.  The big mission for the week is to go VINTAGE and SECOND HAND shopping. This is a very, very serious business in Sweden. They are the ultimate recyclers, and second hand is the way to go over here. It’s not a trend, its a lifestyle!

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    What I need to find :

    • A new COFFEE TABLE
    • ART for the walls
    • A LAMP for the side table
    • PILLOWS   ( my line)
    • Tons of FAUX FUR THROWS  to cover all the seating with since i don’t have time to reupholster.  I will get those at IKEA if I can’t find second hand.
    • And I need new CURTAINS.

    The current curtains are faded florals from Anthropologie that need to go.  I want the room to feel a bit more modern, so I designed a simple GREEK KEY CURTAIN that will be made in India for my label to use in this room. I figured out a design that will be inexpensive and chic.

    A simple cotton curtain with lining and with yellow elaborate Greek Key cotton banding.  Can’t wait to see it!

    Just hope it will arrive in time from India. This is the pattern.


    The yellow I ordered is a rich sun/mustard yellow.  A bit like the daisy yellow that grow in the garden.

    Everything around the house is used as inspiration.

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    I’m still committed to my sunset color scheme and you can’t have a sunset without some sun! So some of the vintage finds will get a sunny makeover.

    We headed in to Karlstad, my home town to go to some of the huge recycling centers.


    This is the old stone bridge in town.

    Second hadn shopping is serious business in Sweden. They recycle everything over here. Not just furniture, you can find EVERYTHING!!  Old computers, draperies, garden tools, toys, keys, magazines, clothes, doors, really every single item that you need for your life expect maybe tooth brushes you can find here.

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    Neatly sorted in the correct area.

    I LOVE THIS!!!!

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    We go to several stores like this and I buy all kinds of stuff for other projects.

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    I pick up a dresser for my guest house and fall for this random fur stool.

    It will have to go in the TV room!

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    It’s just so random.

    The year before I found this bookcase which is still unpainted in the room.

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    Going to these places are a little bit like going to IKEA.

    You have a list of what you are looking for, but instead you get distracted and buy all kinds of crap you don’t need!!  You then get overwhelmed and instead of heading to eat meatballs like you do at IKEA, you go have a “Fika” (=snack) in their little cafe and eat some cinnamon rolls and coffee. You get free FIKA cards if you donate some of your used furniture.

    My mom is an obsessed recycler. So I always get the free cinnamon rolls!

    All recycling and second hand stores sells cinnamon rolls and coffee in Karlstad.

    How can you not love places like this?

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    On second thought it’s actually scarier than IKEA because you buy even more because you feel you are doing something good, and recycling. And it’s so darn cheap!! (Am I the only one who does this???)

    After a couple of days of vintage shopping for the house,  I had filled two full car loads!

    But after many cinnamon rolls. Still no coffee table and no lamp.

    Back at the house, I started sorting our loot.

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    I bought lots of little paintings of Swedish landscapes. Swedes have a love of nature so there are lots of those around.

    I test hang a bunch of them in our new pink room. But until all the items are in, I’ll wait to finalize what art will go where on the walls. This will be saved for last. But its fun to test them out.

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    I definitely love bringing in what’s right outside the house.

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    I’ve got a long way to go, and I already have a bunch of furniture that needs makeovers.

    Check out what the other designers/bloggers are up to:

    ORC-Participant Fall 2014

    Abby M. Interiors

    Because It’s Awesome

    Bijou & Boheme

    Chinoiserie Chic

    The Decorista

    Design Chic

    The Design Daredevil

    Design Darling

    Design Indulgence

    Design Manifest

    House of Turquoise

    Jana Bek Design

    Maddie G. Designs

    Mimosa Lane

    A Piece of Toast

    The Pink Pagoda

    Stone Textile

    Waiting on Martha

    The Zhush



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