fredag 19. september 2014

STRAP UP YOUR STUFF

 
 
Leather belts, or leather straps can be useful  in your home, as well as on your jeans :-)
Buy practical, nice leather strap products in the store, or...if you are a bit handy, be creative and make them yourself :-)
 
 
 This playful vanity shelf and mirror from Ligne Roset is so cool.
 
 
The Gubi leather belt mirror top left is a classic , leather and wood hanger is designed by Jesper Su Rosenmeier, Strap shelf... get similar here, and the nice cloth rack you will find here.
 
 
Stylizimo used the leather strap cloths rack in her office. Creative and very decorative:-)
 
 
Decorative and super practical solution in small entries!
 
 
The complete wood and leather  series from Jesper Su Rosenmeier 

Hope this triggers your imagination, be creative, and create your own personal storage solutions!
Personally, I bought two cool leather belts, and I used them to hold up the roll up blinds in my son`s room.:-))
 
Have a nice weekend everyone!
 
 
Therese

tirsdag 16. september 2014

FUNKY LIVING IN BERLIN

 
 This funky apartment is located in the middle of Berlin, and you can rent it if you want!! A really cool place to stay when in Berlin. :) Check out this suite, and many more at Suite 030 
 
 
 
Lots of decorating ideas in this apartment as well! The dark colored roof whith text written on it. Or how about a huge leather punching bag in the living room? Decorative and usefull when one needs to get some frustration out of the system ;-))
 
 
 
A simple, metal storage solution, but very decorative, and practical too.
 
 
How about printing a picture on some weathered wood boards? Not very difficult actually! A lot of printing companies offer this service.
 
 
Or, you can put up a map of the city, as an educational art piece ;)
A great deal of inspiration and ideas in this masculine apartment, and a nice place to stay if you are visiting Berlin I would think!
 
 
 
Happy Tuesday, and thanks for stopping by everyone!
  
 I would love to hear from you, so feel free to write a few lines in the comment box below :-)) 


mandag 15. september 2014

MASCULINE MONDAY

 
 
When fall arrives, the masculine colors, textiles and fashion trends always inspire me a bit extra! :-)
 
 
This clean lined interior has a masculine, yet calm and cozy feel, created  by matte and muted wallcolors, soft mustard yellow textiles and a thick wool carpet on the floor. The picture is from Jotun Lady`s new color chart "Everyday Simplisity", and the styling is done by the always inspiring duo Kråkvik & D`Orazio. Needless to say at this time, I    the industrial glas doors ! ;-))
 
 
The colors above are all from Jotun Lady`s "Everyday Simplisity". Great basic colors for your home this fall. Be creative, and make it more colorful and personal, by adding colors like mustard yellow, strong blues, or maybe a fresh rasberry red.
 
 
 
I find the masculine check and stripe psatterns looking balanced and sophisticated. Do you think it is to strict or boring?
 
//  All moodboards made by: Therese Knutsen, Images: Via  //
 
Leather is another material that I think fits this style. Leather furniture, headboards, handles, and even some nice, worn boots fits in here:)
 



 Via
 
Even if everything in this room is dark colored, it doesn`t feel unpleasant or boring at all! This diningroom has caracter and it looks cozy and inviting, right?
The Picture is from Slettvoll`s wonderful product catalog.


 
 

Hope your week has started out wonderful!
 
  I will be back tomorrow, with pictures of a stylish, and very masculine apartment in Berlin.
 Stay tuned!

 

 
Therese



fredag 12. september 2014

CUSTOMIZE YOUR IKEA FURNITURE

 
SUPERFRONT IN NORWAY
 
 
September last year, I wrote a blogpost about how to Pimp Your Ikea, and I gave you some tips on how to personalise Ikea Furniture. Well, today I have even better news on the matter...Superfront opened their first showroom located outside of Sweden this morning, here in Norway! :-)

 
Their Collection includes 8 different patterned fronts, in 13 different colors. 8 different type of legs, and 7 different handles, in wood, brass, copper, marble and leather.
 
 
 

 
When using Superfronts patterned fronts, the ordinary Ikea kitchen will get a unique and personal style!
 
 
 
 New legs really changes the look on a furniture, right?
 
 
You can even customize the top and sides of your Ikea furniture. Choose from Carrara marble, limestone, or any of the 13 front colors. :)
 

 
If you are in Oslo, make sure to stop by Superfront`s new showroom in Akersgata 16! Customize, and create your own unique and exclusive look whitout spending a lot of money :-) 
 
 
HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE!
 
Therese

fredag 5. september 2014

DESIGN HOTEL

THE WATERHOUSE
 
 
Some late night travel tip tonight :-)
I really love when industrial buildings are renovated and used for a totally different purpose, without loosing it`s identity.
A Perfect example, is the three -story Japanese Army headquarters building from the 1930`s, located on the South Bund District in Shanghai. The worn down building has been carefully renovated into a 19-room boutique hotel. So cool!!
 


The courtyard located whithin the waterhouse, has a clean white and minimal look, contrasted by weathered wood shutters on the windows, and a new addition covered in Cor-Ten  steel, to reflect the industrial past of the area around the hotel.
 
 
Inside the boutique hotel, the atmosphere is crisp, clean, and factory-like. Elements like the white, romantic chandelier creates interest and caracter to the rooms.

 

Love the weathered concrete wall!!
 
 
The two restaurants and the guest rooms are furnished Scandinavian style, by Danish designers like Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl, and Hans Wegner.

 


Room With a viewe! :-)
 
 


The Cor-Ten steel entrance connects the old and the new part of the hotel togheter.



 
 
And on top of the new built part of the hotel, you can enjoy a coctail, looking out on the Pudong ( the Shanghai equivalent of Wall Street) skyline.
 
Have a Nice evening, I`ll be back soon ;-D
 
 
 
Therese


tirsdag 2. september 2014

TUESDAY TIP...

 ...GARDEN PLANNING
 
August/September is actually the perfect time for some garden planning! :-)
If you want to improve, change, or maybe create a new outdoor area, start preparing now!. Be creative! Use the different levels in your garden to make planters,sitting areas, practical and estetic stairs and paths. Make sure you get shelter from the road. Use fences and hedges to create a private outdoor living space.
 
I help a lot of my clients with their gardens in the fall.
Togheter we come up with an overall layout, that best suits their wants and needs.
When the plan is ready, there are so much they can get done before the  winter arrives.
For example, in August/September, your garden is still green and blooming, and you can easily spot which plants to keep, to move, or maybe even remove all togheter. It is so much easier to remove unwanted plants and trees at the end of the season, when they are fading and withering away anyway.
 

 
Building terraces, moulding walls, stairs and planters...all perfect jobs to do in the fall, when you don`t spend that much time in the garden anyway:-)
By getting ahed with the build now, there will be less time wasted in the spring, when you really just want to enjoy the planting and the finishing touches, spending time and relaxing in your new outdoor living space :-)
 
Above, some drawings of a garden plan I suggested to a client who were starting from scratch. A lot of moulded concrete  planters, stairs and features. Would be great to get the heavy work done before winter right? ;-)

This is a project I am working on right now. I am helping my Clients find the final solutions to their already well established and almost finished outdoor area.
 
 
 Some nice curvy concrete planters, a large sitting area on top of the stone wall, an even  more spacious terrace on ground level, and some new functional stairs from the top to the bottom level.
 
 

 
 // Design, drawings and images: Therese Knutsen // 
 
My Clients often get a list of the plants I have chosen for their garden, wich makes it easy to start the planting in the spring. My advise is to get as much information as possible about the plants and flowers you want in your garden. Find out if they want sunlight or shade, how big they get, and what kind of soil they need to thrive. Plan your planting as well as your layout, and you will get a thriving green oasis, to relax in all summer.
 
 
 
I hope this gave you some ideas and inspiration to stay on a bit outside this fall, enjoying the colorful changes in the garden, and maybe make some exiting plans for next spring! :-)
 

 
Therese