Hooray For The Home Team

The white anemone is a diversion with our makeshift kitchen in the background

Is your house ever in such a state that you *hope* noone drops by? Then you make a concerted effort to clear and shine everything before some anniversary, when a group of friends, who you invited several weeks ago in a fit of bravado, come to visit. For our part, with four kids, a big house, and two working adults, this is more like the normal state than the exception. … Continue reading

Home Sweet Home Improvement II

new kitchen floor plan sketch

Since I posted this post last September, listing our home improvement to-do list, few things have actually happened in our home (well, tons of things have happened, however, not so much home improvement-wise), but there has been some development on paper… The Garden Project The family room in the garden is taking shape with the new protective wall. This will not only make our garden more private, but contains a … Continue reading

Home Sweet Home Improvement

Home Sweet Home Improvement

After an adventurous year in Italy we’re back in our hometown, Trondheim, getting ready for some serious home improvement. Our house has been rented out to a bunch of young males, and you can’t say that it has improved much this past year. On the contrary, the weak spots were practically screaming towards us upon our return… Even though we have been quite happy to have a break from the … Continue reading

Our Home in Pisa

Living Room

It sure is strange to get out of the chair, pack our suitcases and head off to another country. Our lives are literally turned upside down. We are evaluating many of our old habits, and are slowly adapting to the Italian culture. It is an exciting and fun adventure! After a few short weeks it is even hard to remember what life in Trondheim was like. We moved from our … Continue reading

Teen Room Makeover (part 2) the Result

TRM_INSPIRE

Some time ago, my daughter and I started on a joint venture; to transform her room into a place for solitude and concentrated work, more in tune with her interests and tastes (and her new-ish status as a teenager). Well, today I’m happy to say “we did it!” We painted part of the walls, the window sills and a mirror; bought and put up new shelves, a clothes rack, lighting, … Continue reading

Teen Room Makeover (part 1)

nyplan2

Phase 1: defining the problem When we moved into our house in 2007, my daughter and I were both involved in picking out the colors and style, layout and furniture for her room. Together we chose the colors red, purple and white to be predominant, and were quite happy with the results at the time. But then her interests and tastes changed quite a lot. She was no longer comfortable … Continue reading

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