decorating a home, to me, is almost an excercise in mindfulness. while i am scanning a room, assessing how a space could look and feel better, look for things to move around until something clicks – i don’t think of anything else. i’m not stressed about my job, i’m not fretting about my kids’ meltdowns from that morning, i don’t have a chance to feel bad about anything, really. i’m hyper focused but at the same time super calm. it really relaxes me, and even gives me energy, to remove all the contents from one cupboard to sort through them and move them into different boxes and different closets, so the original cupboard can change place and get a whole new function. i’ve always been this way – just ask my mom how many times i got up on a weekend morning and decided my childhood bedroom would not look the same by the time the sun would set.

a few of you who follow me on instagram have this year asked me to do a home tour, and i would love nothing more. the recovering perfectionist in me won’t allow me to do it live on stories yet – i’m recovering, but not nearly there yet – but i’d love to do the tour right here on my blog. it gives me the time to go through each room and ‘reset’ it with intention, ready for the new year to roll around. i’m starting with the master bedroom, because that’s where i’ve invested a lot more time and energy lately. the kids’ rooms are so much fun to decorate and re-invent from time to time, but just like parenthood has guided our focus as a couple to our kids, i’ve began neglecting our own space in our home. i really want it to become my favorite room again, where i can feel like myself – all the parts of myself.

the first thing i needed to change, was our lighting situation. the paper lamp we had hanging from the ceiling was lovely when we bought it eight years ago, but the white paper had turned yellow and it had become a sad little remnant of our pre-adult lives. when i discovered the FERM LIVING BRAIDED HANGLAMP while scrolling through the DESIGN LAMPS on, i didn’t hesitate for a second. the rotan design by TRINE ANDERSEN is a much better match to the natural materials and neutral tones i have embraced in our bedroom, and which give it a nice, calming atmosphere.

the lamp ties in nicely with the dried flower bouquets that found their way to our room after i redecorated the living room with evergreens for christmas. they feel nice here, i think they’ll stick around for a while as they’re so timeless and elegant. remember THAT VASE by the way? i love to invest in pieces that you know will fit in anywhere in your home. while arguably my cupboards are perhaps a tad too full with items like this right now, it’s so nice to be able to ‘shop’ from your own collection to change things up every now and then.

you might also recognize the HOME OFFICE CORNER that used to live in our guest bedroom – which we moved here when we turned that room into eloise’s bedroom. as you can see we have changed our printer (goodbye ugly black thing, hello slightly less ugly white thing) but i am still using the moebe organiser set. now i come to think of it, most all of the recent additions to our interior over the last two years have been in natural wood and/or brass. i just love how those colors brighten and warm our mostly white interior, and how they seem timeless to me right now. i’ll probably look back on this in ten years and disagree, but at least i know i’m good for another decade!

i’m only showing you guys one side of our bedroom today, because i have something else to share on the other side that i want to devote a post to. stay tuned – and let me know which room you’d like to discover next! are you tired of seeing the girls’ rooms yet?

FERM LIVING LAMP gifted by my partner • as usual – all opinions, stories and photos are my own

Eloise’s Cozy Corners

September 29, 2019 • DesignHome Decor

the frames and photos i showed in my previous post aren’t the only recent additions to eloise’s room to make it feel cozier. last month i also finally got my hands on the FERM LIVING ROUND DORM SHELF and after briefly contemplating putting it up in our living room, i decided on eloise’s room instead. i’ve liked this design by TRINE ANDERSEN ever since it was first introduced, but once it was hanging on the wall in our own home, i fell in love with it even more. it’s just the perfect way to showcase little trinkets and objects that hold a special meaning and add a layer to the room’s story.

for eloise i really welcomed the opportunity to gather some of her things that we love, and i added in some souvenirs and objects. the oyster shell is from our visit to an oyster bar last spring. it was the first time we took eloise to this place that was already so special to us, because we discovered it on a trip with juliet while i was pregnant with eloise. the fabric crown is from eloise’s first birthday, the knitted pears and rubber duckie were little gifts for eloise before she was even born, while the maileg mouse and main sauvage doudou were some of her first christmas gifts. we also made that little hand print in salt dough around christmas time – it’s one of my favorite ever souvenirs of a tiny baby eloise. the wool paci holder and pacifier were gifts, too, and i love how well they fit the color scheme.

you might also notice another of FERM LIVING’S ACCESSORIES in the photos – eloise’s memory box. i couldn’t be a bigger fan of the brand right now, they make so many beautiful things that appeal to kids and parents alike. and you know that’s my number one requirement for any kids’ toy or piece of decoration that enters our home, right? both generations have to love it, because in my opinion that’s the only way we’ll be able to create a home together where everyone feels good.

what’s your golden advice for decorating/making a home with kids? do you sacrifice your own tastes to please the kids? do you educate them about the choices you make or do you involve the kids in making these decisions? for now, we’ve got a really good give-and-take approach going on, but i wonder how long it will last with our two extremely strong-willed girls!

photos by stephanie duval • FERM LIVING shelf kindly gifted by MISTER DESIGN


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