Monday, 9 May 2016

housetour

Our new home by the sea....


Hi! 
So, as I showed you our new home last week, as it was before I spent nearly 3 weeks...blood sweat and tears (yup...there was plenty of tears) , painting and decorating the place, today's post is a picture-heavy-bragging-tour of my decorating efforts so far....
There is no hocus pocus here....just tonns of white paint.... and a little grey (which goes to prove just how much difference a lick....or 4, of fresh paint can make to a place!)
(you can see the before pictures here)

I'm not going to lie, it was pretty heavy going there for a while, wielding that paint roller long into the night ....Doing up an entire (allbeit little) house on your own is NOT something I would reccomend...But now that it's done, I couldn't be happier with the result!

There are still plenty of things to sort out around here (to keep me busy) but I snapped these pictures the other week with my phone camera (as my proper camera is still in a box somewhere) hence the sometimes poor picture quality....apologies.....

Anyway....here it is: Our new home....in all its imperfect perfection....No styling...just a quick tidy up...a little make shift and slightly bohemian, I think you'll agree:


The kitchen

As mentioned in my previous post, the entrance to the house is through the kitchen, and I've updated this room by giving it a thorough clean, a good few coats of paint, white and grey..


and I've simply added some marbled sticky back vinyl to the worksurface and splashback by the sink to update these....


I actually love that the old cupboard doors squek a little when they shut....But not so much that the lower cupboard door, seen above doesn`t want to shut at all....like I said: Perfectly imperfect!


The hallway

It may seem a little odd that we don't use the entrance door to the hallway to get into the house, and come through the kitchen, but without having to explain too much: It just works better that way.


But the hallway provides us with a great little landing station, and space to store our coats and shoes...


And of course, it is the perfect place for a full length mirror, (which by the way used to be in the bathroom)....And that lovely old corner cupboard came with the house (I cannot open it as I haven't got the key...hehe)
In fact there is quite a few little bonus prices like that here....wich is perfect for me, as we didn't bring a lot with us in terms of furniture when we moved from England.

Upstairs

From the hallway the stairs go up to a landing strip space that is currently full of boxes and suitcases full of clothes...the plan is to convert one half of this space into a wardrobe area, and the other half into a workspace....but  that's all for a future post....


For now I've just painted it white and laid down some cork flooring....


Little Miss Moo's room


The main room upstairs, and the largest in the house, is Little Miss Moo's room...



A deep clean of the old carpets and a little paint in the eaves is all that I've done to this space ....so far....
Again, those lovely old beds came with the house, providing ample sleepover space for Mia's friends in the future....as did this lovely chest of drawers, below:


Mia loves having all that floorspace to play on, and I must admit her room does NOT look this tidy on a daily basis....but I don't mind...this is HER space and she can do what she wants up here!


She also loves this little den-nook I've very simply created by hanging some curtains from an old broom handle....


The french-matrass-style floorcushion also came with the house, as a set of 3....just wait till you see how I used the other two....

But first, I want to take you back downstairs and show you my bedroom:


The bedroom


Again this room has just been painted white...I say "just" with some reluctance as this was by far the worst room to paint...5 coats it took, ceiling AND walls, to cover the previous dirty beige...

As you can see, it is very much back to basics when it comes to furniture and decoration in our new home, and the bedroom is no exception:
Mum and dad was kind enough to donate me one of their spare beds, and aside from that, the old swing chair (Love it) and dresser came with the house...
...that's all you need in a bedroom , right??


...well, maybe, except a huge piece of DIY art and some mismatched rugs on the floor....


And a mirror and some nice lighting, of course ...

Yes...that is the door to the bathroom you can see in the picture above, and although it looks miles better now than it did before, I unfortunately failed to take some decent photo's of the room, as the light is quite bad in there, and my phone camera just couldn't cope....so I've decided to wait until I dig out my good camera and get some nice photos to show you in a future post....
...I'm sure you`re all gutted (hehe)

So....my bedroom is located next to the living room, and was probarbly originally meant to be the dining room, so I've simply separated the two by hanging some curtains on the open doorway:


The livingroom


This is my favorite room in the house....mostly because of those windows: Not only do they let in the most amazing light pretty much all day long, but they also have THE MOST AMAZING VIEW OF THE SEA...and face west , so that in evening I can watch the most beautiful sunsets you can imagine...follow me on instagram to see!!


You may recognise my coffee table, a DIY I did back in England, and one of the few pieces of furniture we took over the pond, sitting pretty ontop of my ONE extravagant (Even if it was a bargain!!) buy for the house: That huge and fantasticly soft and shaggy Boucherouite-style Beni Ourain rug.
 I've been wanting one for ages, and do not care one bit if they are going out of fashion....

As we had next to no furniture, I had to get inventive when it came to seating for the livingroom....but, as simple as it is, I adore my pallet sofa!! 4 pallets,8 wheels, a matrass and some cushions, and voila....a perfectly bohemian sofa! (I also love that I can store magazines and games underneath the seating)
And yes, those are the french matrass-style cushions that was here when we moved in: Perfect for making a comfy sofa back!! Don't you think?


Here's another couple of gems that came with the house:
That gorgeous vintage teak chair and the floorlamp.... I feel lucky just looking at them!


My DIY sidebard came across the pond with us, and now serves as a TV and Media console...


I actually love that the interior look of our new home is a coincidental mix of styles, naturally eclectic....and the little old fashioned woodburning stove, below, in the livingroom is one of my favourite things about this house....


Juxtaposed with the modern lines (although probarbly from the same era...?) of  my Eames chairs, below, now situated around a dining table (another inhereted piece)....


that also serves as a temporary work space..


I was not intentionally searching for a new interior style when I decorated our new little house, and the look has come together quite organically....wich makes it feel authentic and real....

All I'm lusting after now is some more plants to bring the spaces to life....The one above (I do not know what it's called) was a housewarming gift from my best friend...Thank you Janne;)

It feels wonderfully bohemian and minimalistic knowing that the stuff in here is either stuff we love or need...no more... no less, all set for a simple life. And I look forward spending loads of time at the nearby beach, the lake in the woods or montains....with this little simple home to come home to in the evening....
idyllic, no?

Monday, 2 May 2016

The old cottage by the sea....

Our new home.....before redecorating


We are in! 
After months of living out of a suitcase, me and little Miss Moo have now finally moved into our new home here in Norway....in fact we've been here for a couple of weeks now. And we love it!

It's been a long and hard journey getting here...but now that we are in, it finally feels like we can truly start our new life here in Norway!

I found this little house (No....it's not a "hytte" (Norwegian for cabin or holiday home).....it IS A HOUSE...it may be small, but it's just the right size for us!) to rent back in February....just a 15 minute walk from my mum and dads, on the utmost island here on the west coast of Norway....
Yes, it is in the sticks, and yes, it is small....and YES it is most definitely old!!
In other words: It's Perfect!!

I had to spend a lot of blood sweat and tears to get this place up to date and suitable for living, as it had been stood empty for quite a few years....but 7 kettles of paint later,it is now our home and dramatically different from the pictures I'll show you in this post.

I thought I'd share the before pictures of our new home today, so that you can all see just what a difference a few coats of paint can make , when I post the after pictures in my next post next week...

So here it is....our new home in it's unpolished and dated before decorating state:


The Kitchen

There is actually 3 entrances into the house: One through the bathroom, One that leads into a handy hallway and One that leads straight into the Kitchen, which is the one we have taken to using...
I fell in love with the old fashioned kitchen cupboards straight away, and even though the kitchen is small...(in fact it's so small that there is no room for a standard size cooker and the fridge has to go in the hallway), I could tell that this would be a perfectly cosy little kitchen with just a few modifications and some paint.....


Little Miss Moo did not share my vision of the cosy little kitchen when we visited the first time, as you can tell by the skeptical look on her face...And I can't say I blame her: it was cold and dirty....definately needed a little tender love and care!


The livingroom

The livingroom also felt a little worn and dirty, but those windows have the most amazing view (See my previous post) and the light in here is amazing....


It also has those gorgeous beamed ceilings and the retro woodburner in one corner....

Apart from giving the walls a few coats of paint to brighten the room up, the vinyl flooring needed a good on-your-hands-and-knees-scrub-clean!


My bedroom

Leading straight off from the livingroom is a room that was probably meant to serve as a dining room, but that now serves the purpose as my bedroom...


Again....this room felt a but dark and dingy, especially as the ceilings are quite low in here...but nothing a little paint and some nice lighting couldn't fix...

The bathroom


Leading off from my bedroom is the bathroom....or should I say toilet and shower room...


The old fashioned shower curtains and those pink walls really makes this room look hideous here in these pictures, and although there was not a lot I could do to modernize this room, the way it looks now is a definite improvement, just wait and see...

The hallway and stairs


I kept joking that the hallway felt like walking into a Swedish flag, with yellow walls and blue trim....
But I could tell that this space would be invaluable for storing our coats and shoes....as well as the fridge, wedged under the stairs. LOL.


The Upstairs landing


As you come up the stairs, there is a landing where I am planning on creating a little office space with a desk on one side, and a wardrobe space on the other under the eaves...


Again, this area needed a lick of paint (or 4 ) pluss some new flooring...


Little Miss Moo's room


The lovely big room upstairs is Little Miss Moo's new room...A little paint and a thorough carpet clean, and this room was ready for all her toys...


The lovely old-fashioned beds have both stayed, which was handy as I would've had to buy a new one if not. Mia loves her new room and having that big space to spread out in....


So that concludes today's tour of our new home....as it was before I redecorated. 

If you are curious to see how it looks now, tune back in next week for the "After".

It is by no means finished....and there is still the odd job or two to do....But as always, a Home is a constant work In progress....Something that evolves With Life and time, so it'll never be "done" , But then again that is exactly as it should be....perfectly imperfect❤️ 

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

A little red house by the sea....

New home, fresh start


So this is my first blogpost since what feels like forever....
I apologize for my absence here on the blog, but quite frankly I've not had the capacity to share with you all. Getting adjusted to our new life here in Norway has been a rough journey, practically, but even more so on an emotional level...
Leaving life as I knew it in the UK, my husband and our home was never going to be easy....and it's not! 
It is still an ongoing battle with my conscience, and a steep learning curve as I've been trying to get to grips with what's important in my life...I've been working very hard trying to purge my own  negativity and prioritizing life.....the here and now....the moments I share with Little Miss Moo, being present for her and supporting her adjustment into her new life, at the same time as I've been trying to create a life for us here: Getting Mia settled in a new, Norwegian School, starting work, Sorting out finances and medical issues that has not been prioritized over the last few years....and last but not least: Finding a home for the two of us!
I feel like I am having to be super woman..... with a pocket full of cryptonite...Obstacle after obstacle, there always seem to be something that needs sorting before I can truly start living again. But I have no choice but to keep going and keep battling: I am determined to create an easy life for me and Mia....but it's pretty hard work at the moment, and sometimes I just feel like quitting, roll up in a ball and get off the carousel....until I see Little miss Moo's happy face as she comes home from school all excited about finding an ants nest (or something else equally random, but oh so important) and just a hug from her fills me with renewed energy to tackle yet another day...

It does help that we now have found our new home....A quaint, little red cottage with a sea view....just the perfect size for the two of us! It's old, and needed a lot of work in terms of general re-decorating and modernizing, but the rent is cheap....and THAT VIEW!!


So over the last few weeks I've been spending all the time I could spare, in between working, sorting stuff out and being supermum, painting and redecorating the place....It's been exhausting to say the least, and as I write this, every muscle in my body is aching, but I finished the painting today, so bar giving the house a thorough clean it's ready for us to move into.....so I thought I'd celebrate by writing this blogpost! I will share more of my decorating efforts in my next post, I promise, but for now I just thought I'd share this news with you all!

I've very seldom shared too much of my personal life here on the blog in the past (bar the occasional emotional outburst, LOL) but quitting blogging and sharing on social media over the last few months has made me re-evaluate the focus of Nostalgiecat, and I've decided that I will use the blog to share a bit more about the life that we lead, not just interiors stuff....
After all a home is more than bricks and mortar.... it is an essential part of life itself....and the base of who we are. I've also on a more personal level become very interested in the concepts of authentic, minimalist living ....maybe as a product of having to choose what to bring with us when e moved, and living out of a suitcase since December , but maybe also out of a deeper need to simplify things in my life. 
If anything, these last few years have taught me that life does not always turn out as you may expect, or even wish, and I guess it's all about grasping onto the little moments that are in themselves perfectly imperfect.....like the other day when I laughed so hard at Mia's cheating at china-chess that I started crying....

So as far as my plan for the interiors of our new home and the content here on Nostalgiecat, I guess this time around I have a more philosophical approach to creating a authentic living space that hopefully will feed our creativity and happiness as we get settled into our new life here in Norway....

Thank you to everyone of my followers that has patiently been waiting whilst I've been picking up the pieces of my life, and thank you to YOU, for taking the time to read this...now please follow along our new journey in the pursuit of happiness!

Lets begin to live again!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

New beginnings....


Hi all!

Just a quick update!

Having moved back to my native childhood village of Steinsland, Norway about a month ago, we are still just trying to get settled into our new life here!
It is a big change from our life in England, and there is a lot to consider and still to work out, so I am not yet ready to take up blogging again. But I thought I'd give you all a quick update on how we are getting on, as well as share some of my dreams and aspirations for the year ahead:

I have started working in a music shop, selling instruments and sound equipment, and I love it....there is a lot for me to learn, but I truly enjoy having a "real" job again....
Mia has started Norwegian school, and although she struggles a bit with the Norwegian language, she is settling in fine, making friends and enjoying the slightly more free atmosphere of the Norwegian school....She's growing in confidence and getting more independent every day, and most importantly: Seems to be genuinely happy in her new surroundings....
The truth is : I am so proud of her and how she's coping with all the  changes in her life....more so than I have, as I have been finding it all a bit overwhelming, especially on a social level, and bar seeing a couple of friends I have kept myself to myself. 
But things are starting to resolve, and although we are still living with my mum and dad, I have started looking for somewhere to live, and as I write this , all our stuff from England is due for delivery today....Yay!!

So, I am hoping that once me and little miss Moo have our own home, with all our stuff....and all the paperwork and other essentials are sorted, that our everyday life will get a bit less daunting and become easier....

In fact, my goal for this year is to start embracing a simpler life....to find a calmness in the structure of "normality"....I look forward to brighter days as the winter darkness here up north will disperse into spring and want to spend more time outdoors, in the beautiful nature that surrounds us...the woods and the sea.....Making our new home and life here easy and carefree...
I dream of late summer nights filled with music, laughter, good company and good food....embracing a healthy and active lifestyle and fully taking advantage of everything coastal living has to offer...

I guess the blog will evolve a bit with me in these aspects, and hope that you will all follow along in my quest for the simple life, when I'm ready to start blogging again....
I can finally, after what feels like ages spent in darkness, feel my creativity starting to bubble up under the surface again now, and I am sure that this new beginning will bring lots more creative projects for the blog....

So until then,
wish us luck and stay happy people!

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