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Golden Details, Fall Vibes

October 31, 2019 • Home Decor

do you remember what it felt like first moving into a new home? were you like me – obsessing over every detail, trying to make every space look and feel as ‘lived in’ as possible right from the start? it doesn’t work that way of course – that true sense of ‘home’ needs to grow, as you learn more about a space you realize you need different things than you thought, and stuff that bothered you before stops bothering you after a while. and no matter how hard you try – you never ‘finish’ a new home. there will always be that one little detail you never took care of. a frame still leaning against the wall, waiting for someone to finally drill a hole in the wall and put it up? yeah, after five years you realize that’s not happening. or maybe it’s a light fixture you still need to go out and look for, to replace that stupid bulb hanging from a hole in your ceiling? yeah, that was us. did you know there is even a word to describe the ‘blindness’ you create to little details like that after living in a home for a while? i remember having read it somewhere, in a very clever essay in an anthology about interiors or homes. but i can’t for the life of me remember which book it was, and so i can’t even tell you which word. but you definitely recognize the feeling. right? (this is where you leave a comment to make sure i don’t feel like the only slacker in the world).

yet today i am so proud to say that i finally – after having lived here for five years – took care of that awkwardly hanging light bulb. after a friend remarked that it was not my style to let such a detail go unnoticed, i finally started browsing for DESIGN LAMPS and landed on the perfect one: the COLLECT SOCKET HIGH HANGLAMP designed by TRINE ANDERSEN. i knew i could size the cable to perfectly fit the awkwardly low height of our ceilings. most hanging lamps are way too long and hang too low for this area, which is not above a table but right in the middle of our living room where people actually walk through. add to that we’re both pretty tall adults, and you can imagine the head-bumping scenarios. so, this lamp was absolutely perfect in that respect.

but it was even more perfect in another way, thanks to the brass material, it blends into our living area so well. seamlessly, i’d say, if that didn’t imply that it becomes nearly invisible. i like how this lamp is very subtle, but it is decidedly beautiful in its own right. you may not notice it right away, but when you do, you realize it just ‘fits’. especially during this season, when i simply can’t have enough of the brass and messing details around. there’s something about the toned-down golden hue that just feels so cozy and festive – ideal for fall, but perhaps more importantly setting the right tone for the upcoming winter.

ok so now dish, please. what detail is still left unfinished in your home? what has been on your to-do list for so long, you don’t even notice it anymore? and i totally recommend tackling it this weekend – it gives such a ridiculous feeling of satisfaction to finally scratch that thing off your list!

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

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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