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October 1, 2016

Plants and new stuff on the walls.A newly bought “Cheap art manifesto” poster from Bread and Puppet Press in Vermont, USA.

Plants and new stuff on the walls.A plant in our hanging crystal planter from Bean and Bailey Ceramics in Tennessee, USA. We bought it at The Big Crafty in Asheville a few years ago. Pretty much love all their stuff. Check their business out, here.

Plants and new stuff on the walls.

Various vases on the window sill. These ones come from Clas Ohlsson (surprise!) and from the Danish brand, Bloomingville.

UntitledA print, ordered from Gallerix, of a picture I took at the beach in North Carolina, USA, this past summer.

The floors we fell in love with are now ours

March 2, 2016

LIZ AND I HAVE BOUGHT AN APARTMENT IN UPPSALA!

Apt love.

Original painted wooden floors. Love it! 

It’s been crazy these past weeks!! In the beginning of February we were notified that we had have to move out in about six weeks due to personal reasons of the apartment owner. We freaked out since the housing situation in this city is unbelievably tough (competitive) and expensive. However, we ended up with the opportunity to actually buy one, so the search started, and we went to several apartment showings until we found the one that we might have a chance to afford. Some other apartments were either taken off of the market or had gotten too expensive (people bid on prices here. So one apartment, if several people are interested, can end up being really expensive – I truly dislike this system…but it is what it is). It was a really nervous day that Tuesday, two weeks ago, when we were competing for the apartment that we just fell in love with immediately, AND WE WON!! Today, we’ve signed the final contract, and gotten the keys so it’s time to celebrate a new era in our lives. An era where we don’t have to be stressed out about moving in the last minute, an era of owning a place where we can do whatever we want to the interior, and perhaps a tiny bit of renovation, whenever we want to. I’m so unbelievably excited, happy, and relieved! We’re moving, starting on this coming Friday already, and will permanently live there from Saturday! We haven’t really talked about this in social media until we knew for certain everything was set and done. And now it is!

Time to decorate our new home!

A dream apartment

October 22, 2015

As of right now, Liz and I are subletting an apartment in Uppsala, in an awesome location, with lots of character (wooden floors, high ceilings, etc.). However, we know we can’t rent this apartment forever. The living situation in Uppsala is horrible with really expensive prices when it comes to buying apartment (which is a normal thing to do in Sweden – basically you can either rent/sublet a house or an apartment, buy a house, or buy an apartment.

Since we’ve decided that Uppsala is gonna be our home base, where we eventually want to own our own place, and then later on also have a place in the States as well where we can go every now and then to, I’m checking the Internet and apartment market pretty much every day. I check it for various reasons: it’s fun, I want to learn what the market looks like, and I want to be as prepared as possible when it’s our time to purchase a home. When you do this research on a regular basis, you also come across some amazing places where you could pretty much move in right away because you love it SO MUCH! That has happened now. This apartment has many of the things I really love. Of course, there are also things I wish it had, which it doesn’t, but it’s pretty rare you find THE one, with everything you want all in one place. However, I thought I would share this dream apartment of mine that’s for sale right now here in Uppsala, and a place I so dream about owning. Gaaaaaah, if I only had some more money right now. First some explanation about the stuff I like.

Location
This apartment is located downtown Uppsala, on one of our favorite streets full of cafe’s, restaurants, independent stores, pubs, and our favorite pub really just around the corner. It takes about 2 min to walk to the main shopping street and about 1 min to get to the beautiful river. It’s a dream location pretty much, according to us.

Size
Since our goal is to have a second home in the States eventually, we really don’t need a big space. This is a one bedroom apartment (2 room as we say in Sweden), and is a little bit more than 470ft² (44 m²).

Floorplan
I really loved the open floorplan in the apartment we had in the States, where kitchen/dining room, and the living room, were all combined. And this one has the same. It’s perfect for socializing when someone is cooking food, and the other one or guests are hanging out comfortably in the living room area.

The building
I either love older apartments with plenty of character or modern, new-built apartments. This is a combination since the building is from 1810-1906 (it was probably built in different stages and additional parts of the building was added due to the huge span of about 100 years!), but modern inside, with still some character when it comes to the windows for example. I love that you go through a gate of the building on the street, walk across a backyard/courtyard, and have your own entrance to the apartment. It gives you a house-owning feeling, but it’s an apartment. Think: pumpkins on the doorsteps and a Christmas wreath on the door, and other holiday-related decorations that you can actually do even though you’re living in an apartment downtown!

Style
The apartment is like a blank white canvas where you have the chance to put your own touch when it comes to decoration and interior design. I want my place to look clean, but yet have a personal touch with textiles, and decorative things based on our two cultures – the American and Swedish culture. The windows, again, are f a n t a s t i c!!!

Ok, so there are a few things I do wish this apartment had. First of all, a balcony! However, it’s only a two floor story building, where you can always hang out in the common backyard areas – grill out and sit at a bigger table etc. If you live in a house, you have to step out of a door, down to the grassy areas anyway. I also wish it had a walk-in closet because I really would like to be able to see and have all my clothes available all year around and not have to pack them away due to season. But as long as I have some more space than I have now, I’m fine. Dressers could be a good solution. In my dream world, it would also be amazing if it actually was a two bedroom apartment instead of one bedroom, so we could have a separate office/guest bedroom. But, again, we don’t want a big apartment anyway.

Here we go with the pictures.

Svartbäcksgatan

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Love this apartment so much and I will probably cry a bit the day I see it’s sold to someone else…

Art on the walls

August 29, 2015

Liz and I bought some new posters this summer while visiting Fotografiska, a photography Museum in Stockholm. They’re from the artist Vee Speers and we finally got them framed in (long story short, one of the frames had scratches on it and we had turn go back and exchange it)! It also took a while to get ourselves into starting the process of hanging them up as well.  Anyway, they’re finally up, hanging above our couch, and we love them!

While we were up hanging stuff on the walls, we decided to rearrange a few things and add some more stuff so printed Instagram pictures, that Liz has taken, are now also hanging on the wall. Yay! They all make such a difference in the feeling of the room now.


Shopping


Newly framed art


Instagram pics

Just some Pinterest love

July 16, 2015

Ok. I got something to “confess”…I truly love Pinterest. Period. It’s such an inspiration for me when it comes to outfits, hair styles, interior design/decorations, and also to use it at work – it’s an endless resource and huge inspiration. You can find me here → pinterest.com/lierlikes and get some snippets down here from my “Style board”. ↓

 

 

Follow Lina’s board | STYLE | on Pinterest.

HAY

April 21, 2015

(Short summary in English, below)

Liz och jag fick i höstas av Ann-Louise (min goa vän från gymnasietiden), ett presentkort på Illum Bolighus Sweden i Stockholm (en Dansk inredningsaffär) då hon var och hälsade på oss i Asheville. Jag hade berättat för henne att vi funderade på att flytta till Sverige så hon kom på idén att då ge ett presentkort till den affären. Herre, vad jag älskar den och kan spendera timmar där inne. Hur som, när Liz och jag var i Stockholm i lördags för att titta på körbärsträden i Kungsträdgården (ett annat blogginlägg om det en annan dag!) så passade vi på att gå in och shoppa upp presentkortet.

Vi hittade så himla mycket fint och med oss hem fick en fin liten sax, en förvaringsask i glas samt en kopparljusstake följa med. Samtliga av märket, HAY, vilket är danskt design. Älskar alla de tre och tack Ann-Louise för den så himla bra presenten. Tacktack.

HAY Packaging

HAY Small Gray Container

HAY Small Gray Container

HAY Scissors

HAY Candle Holder

HAY unpacked


Short Summary

HAY

Liz and I got a gift card last fall from my good high school friend, Ann-Louise, when she was visiting us in Asheville, to an interior design store in Stockholm called, Illum Bolighus Sweden. We visited the store when we were in Stockholm last Saturday, and I was in heaven! We found some really cool stuff from HAY which is a Danish design brand. Please try the more or less good Google translate, if you want to translate the whole text.

INSPIRATION

March 2, 2015

(Short summary in English, below).

Jag har alltid varit intresserad av inredning och då det har blivit en del flyttar i livet, har jag fått rensa/skänka/sälja majoriteten av det jag ägt, vilket betyder att jag också fått starta om på nytt inredningsmässigt många gånger (både till en för- och nackdel). Jag har gått igenom alla möjliga slags träslag inredningsmässigt – från björk i mitt tonårsrum, ek då jag studerade på universitet, svart/brunt-färgat då jag hade mitt första professionella jobb, till vitmålat/industri. Så vad är det dags för nu, i vårt nästa boende? Har gjort ett litet collage här nedan med inspirationsbilder och där det visar lite på hur vi tänker framöver.

Ledorden är: jordnära naturfärger med inslag av grått, vitt, ljust trä samt industri (metall, koppar etc.). Tänk er gråa lakan (vår soffa kommer även att vara ljusgrå) en enkel plywood-bordskiva som skrivbord, förvaringslådor så att vi får undan småsaker för att få en mer clean look, industri-inspirerade möbler för att få den där lite mer robusta och hårda känslan, blandat med det ljusa träet, och många kuddar och filtar samt en stor mysig matta. Ja, och så lite färg förstås i tavlor/affischer samt i de ovannämnda textilierna. Jag tror att det blir toppen det här. Är riktigt pepp på att få börja inreda!

Med oss få USA har vi bl a. en del trådkorgar, gamla äppellådor i trä från Waynesville, NC (älskar när det står var de kommer ifrån, att de faktiskt har en historia och inte enbart är nyproducerade), en läderfjärilsstol, liten bokhylla, soffbord, en tidnings/post-förvaring i metall och så vårt porslin som går i två nyanser av grå mm. Detta var bara en liten del utav det vi flyttat över. För trots charmen i att börja om helt på nytt, så var det skönt att för en gångs skull ha kunnat flytta över en del – speciellt då våra inköp i USA utgick ifrån att vi faktiskt hade flyttat dit mer eller mindre permanent och då satsat en hel del på inredningen där.

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Bilder kommer från ikea.se, hemtex.se, hay.dk, chilli.se, granit.se, ahlens.se, alvhemmakleri.se samt denna blogg.


Short Summary

I have always been interested in interior design and here is an inspiration board of the styles I like and some of the things we have, will buy, or simply inspiration. The color scheme will be earthy colors, light wood, white, gray, and some splash of colors here and there. A little industrial feeling mixed with cozy pillows and blankets is also the plan. Exciting and so much fun to decorate! Please try the more or less good Google translate, if you want to translate the whole text.

balcony makeover

April 7, 2014

Liz and I decided to do a makeover of our balcony last Saturday.

Before:

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balcony2Realized when I was going to write this post, that we were lacking photos of the balcony before the makeover..so the two above are pretty much what I have. However, we had two red chairs, a rug, and a rectangular, metal table.

The process:

balcony3Worked hard putting all the furniture together…and before that cleaned the space and the windows.

The result:balcony4

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The chairs got cushions and we bought a stool which can be an additional seat as well. We added some plants for a little greenery, and bought a bistro table and two chairs, which is perfect for all the meals we’re gonna eat out there once it gets a tiny bit warmer. We ate our premiere dinner and drank some wine, after we finished decorating it. Do I have to say we love our balcony?

(credit to Liz for the majority of the pictures)

Apartment pictures!

July 30, 2013

Welcome to our apartment! Here comes a little tour..

(The pictures are a bit blurry, but all the pictures were taken with Liz’s older camera lens, which is not really as good as the newer one…but in order to get more into the picture, and not be as zoomed in, she had to change to the older one.)

This is the first you see once you step into our apartment. To the left is a pretty decent sized closet for jackets and shoes; to your right, the kitchen/living room; and straight ahead, the studio. Left is one big walk-in-closet, a guest bathroom, and the washer/dryer in a big closet-kind-of-space.

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We continue to the right and our kitchen with its island. Love that. We also finally have a dishwasher. That was a big “hallelujah-moment” when we found out about that! In the picture below, you can also see part of the living room, and our dining table. apt2 apt3 apt4

The kitchen from another angle!
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In this picture you can get a hint of our bedroom to the left..so let’s continue in there.apt6

The big dresser with all our jewelry, is the first you see once you come in. We don’t have that much furniture in here. Guess we’re gonna buy a cozy chair to put in one corner.
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Anyway, this is our bed. I’m sleeping on the right side, and Liz on the left.

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The dresser from another view, and in the picture below this one, the view from our bedroom. apt9 apt10

Zola, our cat, has plenty of cozy spots, but this is her favorite..

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Along with the bedroom is a walk-through-closet and a big bathroom. Ok, let’s head out of the bathroom, and into the living room. apt12

Our living room. Love the lounge chairs. They are really comfortable. We also have a little music station to the left in this picture, and the balcony to the right. apt13 apt14 The view from the balcony doors and the living room, into the kitchen. apt15The door, under the light is the front door, where you come in..so this is from the hall way to the left when you get in to the apartment. This is the way to our studio (and the washer and dryer is to the left in the picture below).

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Our desks in the studio. Liz is sitting to the left and I’m sitting to the right.We also have a couch that can be turned into a bed, in the studio, which makes it to a guest bedroom as well. There’s also the walk-in-closet in this room. apt17 apt18 apt19I believe the tour has come to its end. Hope you enjoyed it!