Saturday, December 31, 2011

Bedroom photos & plans

I've been thinking a lot about our bedroom's design since we got the wooden birds and I started painting the panels, so I felt like taking some pictures and putting into words some of my plans.

First thing I decided about the bedroom was that I wanted Cole & Son's 'Woods' wallpaper in there. Everything else has come after and has had to fit in with the wallpaper.

The lampshade is a secondhand find from the net. I like it but lately I've been thinking about changing it into something different. What I really love is La Petite Volière by Mathieu Challières:

I've even been thinking about making an imitation of it myself. It shouldn't be too difficult but we shall see if it's what we want in the end...
We had one of my photographs printed on a canvas and hung it on the wall. I took it last winter from our balcony.

On the other side of the window we'll probably put shelves and the wooden birds. I still haven't decided whether to go with simple shelves painted with the same colors as the walls or with box shelves using leftover wallpapers as background. Here's an example of what I mean:

 As I mentioned, the bedroom door has a wallpaper with birds on it. I guess that was where the bird theme started. It looks nice and adds a little color to the Woods wallpaper which is black and white.

 I designed the look of our wardrobe. It looked horrible when we bought the place but now it's so much better. We repainted it with a shade of grey, put the mirrors in a nice arrangement and changed the handles. It's still old, of course, but a little facelift went a long way! Unfortunately I don't have any good 'before' photos right now for comparison.

The ceiling panels are perhaps the only thing we really like of the choices the previous owner made. They are big and simple, white with natural-looking patterns on them - we won't be changing them, even if almost everything else has been, and will be, changed!

Before christmas we moved the bed in front of the window.

 That seems to be the right place for the bed but of course we'll still have to move all the furniture one more time when we change the flooring. In the bedroom we are planning to go with Parador's 'Wine & Fruits' in black:

I think the bedspread is too restless right now. Maybe we'll go with a simple black one instead.
And we need a red pillow or something on the bed since a couple of weeks ago we decided to use this old rug in the bedroom. Someone gave it to us for free, it's black with red stripes, so we might be adding some red details in the bedroom to make it fit with the rug.

The bench or whatever you want to call it, I think it used to be a TV table, was originally made by my father.
Some months ago I painted it with some leftover paints and used leftover pieces of the Woods wallpaper for the sides - I really love how it turned out! But again, I don't have any 'before' photos to show you the difference.

By the way, my father also made a bedside table of the same 'series' but I didn't want to ask yet if we could have it. I feel bad that I always go everywhere and pick what I want and leave everyone else with crap - that's how I feel anyway, haha! Even if I'm sure my father would happily give me the little table as well.

I guess I love decorating the bedroom now that S started sleeping in the children's room and his bed isn't in our bedroom anymore. Now we have more space, and it's amazing to get a decent sleep again!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas impressions

Good food and wine.
Homemade gingerbread cookies.
Assorted chocolates. (These white ones were delicious!)
Blue cheese. (Me and K love it!) Try it on gingerbread cookies.
Good moments...
...and good memories.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Decorations & preparations

White christmas tree...

...with red decorations.

Something cozy...

...and something elegant.

Last night I sewed a new tablecloth for the kitchen table.
The fabric is Finlayson's Silmu.
A spray-painted an old pie baking dish black, and we put a collection of candles and decorations on it.

K cannot wait for Santa to arrive.
She is so excited about christmas that it makes me, too, see it from a whole new perspective.

A will be dressing up as Santa.
We'll have a rehearsal tonight after the children have gone to bed.
It should be fun!
We'll be staying up late anyway, cooking the christmas ham and making a cake.

And tomorrow is the big day...

Saturday, December 17, 2011


These wooden birds were made by my grandfather.
He made a lot of them and I've always loved them.
Recently my father gave me four.

My grandfather himself gave me one.
A little yellow chick which is still in my parents' house - I never seem to remember to bring it home.
But right now these four birds do just fine...

...and look damn fine with this skull replica I bought for A for his birthday.

At the moment they grace our bookshelf...

...which, by the way, I designed, and my father crafted.

Maybe crafting runs in the family...

Eventually they'll be finding their place in our bedroom which has kind of a bird theme going on.
The door has a wallpaper (is it called a doorpaper then, I don't know) with birds on it.
And I'm thinking about getting a cuckoo clock or a lampshade with birds.
And maybe some pillows, if only I could find a fabric with birds that I actually like...

PS. I'll be posting more pictures of the bookshelf and the bedroom sometime - just right now there isn't much to show, I'm still working on the panels, plus there's a lot of other little things to do.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Card Photoshoot

Today was the time for the annual Christmas card photoshoot.
A little late, perhaps, but better late than never, right?

This time it went really smoothly, and I got many good shots.
S was very interested in the lights, and we were able to bribe K into cooperation.

Have I mentioned how I love slipovers on S?
They make him look so adorable, so I had to get a red one especially for Christmas.

Usually K hates wearing anything in her hair but this time she agreed to wear these cute little polar bear pins.

Let's hope we can still mail the cards early enough for them to arrive for Christmas.

I've already ordered them but I'm not going to say which picture(s) we've chosen because some of you, my readers, will be getting a card in the mail!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Independence Day Weekend

Independence Day was on Tuesday.
A had two days off, so we took the children to grandma and grandpa for an extended weekend.

It snowed on Monday night and Tuesday morning.
Here's some pictures I took...

These pieces of ice made the most beautiful sound hitting against each other in the water.

The lake froze overnight.


A cut his hair a while back. I think he's never looked better.


Last month we were to two fireworks displays.
K still remembers the fireworks from last New Year's Eve,
so we thought she'd love seeing some more.

It also gave me a chance to try some fireworks photography.
Considering it was my first attempt, it wasn't too bad.