Monday goals

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Wishes for a wonderful start of the week!

Set your goals, make your plans and give your best self to achieve this.

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Shop my home:

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  • Pink-gold clips from Orell Fussli
  • Pink-gold diamond pencil from Orell Fussli

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  • Glamorous cup for your coffee to go by h&m

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  • Globe representing the continents about 200 years ago by Interio

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  • DIY Fragrance Oil for your space. Don’t through your empty glass of perfume and fill it with a fragrance oil preferably a biological and essential one.

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  • Another DIY Project for you with a bit more work ;). Selves and pen holders for your office. You only need some empty baskets and vases from marmalades. Choose the colors you prefer or what matches to your office and just paint them!!

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  • Buy a frame and put your kids painting ♥

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Time for DIY!

As I was tidying up my kid’s room, I came up with one of these ideas you just have to make happen! My “spring do it yourself” project!

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I decided to transform this suitcase, used for the Christening clothes of my little Lida to a beautiful bedside table for her room!

What do I need?

  • My brushes
  • Four wooden furniture legs
  • A happy coral pink colour
  • and of course the suitcase

You can find tips and details on the painting process on my Back to school post.

Don’t hesitate to ask, should you need any further information.

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Sweet September (or cheap and chic)

…and so comes the time when each of us takes turn in saying farewell to those clear-blue-water dives under the bright sun; to those careless vacation moments. Since I was little, I always felt that post-vacation time was somehow linked to a renewal or renovation I needed to do. This is, obviously, something that happens to everyone; a return to our base, a start of a new “academic year” full of optimism, new goals and rejuvenated surroundings!

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I, thus, feel that it is the right moment for me to present you my personal “alchemies”, that brought me this sentimental renovation without hurting my wallet. This explains the part of the title “cheap and chic” or  how one could state “before you through away a common or a too common furniture!”.

These ideas still inspire me for the next big changes I am preparing in my home.

If this IKEA chest of drawers could speak… what would I have heard… From dark brown, it was transformed to light turquoise (colour actually included in this years collection!) for the main bedroom. Then, just before Nefeli’s arrival, it became a part of Nefeli’s dressing table at a pal baby pink.

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IKEA Malm chest of 3 drawers black-brown (foto by IKEA)

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The bad choice of dark brown continues with this kitchen table (dark furniture generally tends to absorb the brightness of a room). No worries though, it can be easily transformed to a worn-out country style kitchen table.

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(IKEA Bjursta Extendable dinning table, brown-black)

What about this shine black TV-table that makes you want to cry? A nice orange colour can give an impressive pop-art touch in the living room:

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(IKEA BESTÅ BURS TV-unit, gloss black)

Continuing our mood for changes, there is a solution for the lazier ones that would rather avoid the whole painting procedure; assuming of  course that your furniture’s colour does not “kill” you every time you see it. How about changing only the knobs of your furniture? An easy, fast but also profound change.

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I wish you all the fun with your personal ideas! I’m always here if you need me for more magical inspiration!

Back to school

A beautiful and creative idea that can send you back to those innocent school years! It is just the feel on your fingers of a little chalk dust. Without second thoughts you write freely because you just know that erasing and correcting is in the palm of your hand (or in the sponge :). In that way you can create, let go, enjoy…

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photo by IKEA

My first thought was to transform this prosy IKEA child table. With a little blackboard paint, this white surface can change colour and mood daily; from a sunny landscape to a colourful child’s scribble.

One thought leads to the other; you only need to make the first step. Get your hands on your precious paintbrushes and you get more ideas! I decided what to do with all these empty wine bottles which were only taking up space in my cupboards!

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You don’t need much, only a paintbrush, paint and chalks for later. Useful advice for our prospective artists: don’t forget to rub all surfaces well with a sandpaper, even the glass bottles, then clean them thoroughly and remove all dust with a cloth.

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… and a nice idea for old jars to decorate your kitchen on a happy tone

Strawberry season

My obsession to attach emotionally with everything and never throw away stuff led me collect these strawberry baskets bought in late spring.

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A beautiful idea that gave a happy note to my balcony was to paint them at pastel colours and decorate with colourfoul candles which I can’t wait to light, if summer ever comes to Switzerland this year! 😉

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Don’t forget to rub the wood well with a sandpaper before applying the paint!

Going to the exhibition…

End of November, I visited the International Interior Design Exhibition in Zürich, neue räume 15. The thing that struck me the most, as a colour enthusiast, was the cubit, developed from the German company Mymito. The impressive and alive colours for your sofa or your bookshelf, that may look like a Lego construction; you can shape them as you like! I totally fell in love with them! How creative and how happy…

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(images by cubit)

Coming back home I faced once again my old crooked bookshelf, legacy of our first furniture shopping with my husband, which didn’t really satisfy me lately and was one of the first pieces on the list to be replaced.

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Until I possess my own cubit bookshelf, I have to do something about it!

Ta da:

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Try it before you decide to throw away your furniture or before you break the bank to replace it. The only things you‘ll need are some brushes, paint, imagination and… tons of positive spirit.

And here the artist in action:

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