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Christmas decorations at home

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Here are some of the things I’ve done in the apartment to make it feel a bit more like the upcoming holidays…

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And today, my sister and I are baking Swedish saffron buns!

Lussekatter or Swedish "Lucia cats" recipe

see recipe at the call-me-cupcake blog, click on pic

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Autumn decoration ideas for the home

The other weekend we went to the farmers’ market in Forest Hill and got lots of vegetables, cheese and fish. Perfect for weekend dinners.

I also got two mini pumpkins which are currently used as table decoration. I think it makes the kitchen look very autumnal.

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Autumn table decoration

farmers market autumn

What we got from the farmers’ market

Other inspirational decoration for this season: 

Natural Wreath - Twiggy Green Symphony - with Chestnuts, Evergreen Cones, Cherry Branches & Millet

Automnal wreath – etsy.com

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Pine cone garland – twigandthistle.com

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Chestnut decorated candles – mariangelasouza.blogspot.co.uk

candle holders with leaves – the alternative bride tumblr

I prefer the simple decorations to some of the many tacky and over the top fall decorations I’ve come across when looking for ideas.

 

Other amazing autumn pictures:

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Fall Leaves

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Autumn Squash and Apple Soup Recipe

westelm.com

acorns

Woodland Rustic Whimsical Tree Photo

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Autumn in London

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table decorations

These are my table decorations at the moment – a slate plate and shell that we brought back from our trip to Wales, stones from Croatia trip last year, a Fentiman’s rose lemonade bottle with lavender (I love that rose lemonade!), a table runner from the 50s and iittala candle holders.

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table decoration table runner 50s

 

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Numi the kitten & her food dish

We have a new family member, Numi! She’s 9 weeks old and the cutest little kitten ever!

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These are her food and water dishes, i didn’t have any actual cat bowls so we’re using my iittala candle holder and a sushi plate!

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I also think it looks a lot nicer with these than normal plastic cat dishes in awful colours

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my bedroom

The bedroom is not finished yet but it’s almost there so I thought I’d put some pictures up.

Romantic Bedroom

I love that we have two windows with amazing green trees outside.

white and wood bedroom bedroom trunk

I wanted a calm and romantic vintage feel in the bedroom so I mixed lots of white with wooden vintage furniture. I found the wardrobe on ebay for £50 and I think you’ve seen some of the mid-century chairs before as we have four placed at different spots in the flat. The trunk is my grandfathers, it has real labels from actual Atlantic trips. The cute little bureau is my grandmothers and the other day I found old insurance letters from the 30s in it!

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This was my inspiration for decorating the bedroom, a picture from Zara Home

Zara catalogue 2013

 

 

No what’s left to do in the bedroom is white curtains and some pictures on the walls. I bought an old map of Paris when I was there earlier this year, same map that my parents have had in their home ever since I was little. I just have to frame it an put it up. But why do these things always take so much longer than they should?

old map of Paris

the map to be framed

 

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new curtains & how to make your own

I have recently put up new curtains in the kitchen and living room. I made them myself when I was back in Sweden a while ago (with some help from my mum – tack mamma!)

Here’s how they look like in the lounge:

black and white living room curtainssorry for the scaffolding outside, it has been there for ages now which is really annoying! Here’s how it looks like when they’re pulled out, for example when watching a film

black and white living room curtainsI wanted something discrete and black & white and found this textile at IKEA.

For the kitchen windows, I also wanted something black and white but with slightly more pattern. The kitchen and lounge are in the same room but kind of separate, so they needed to go well together.

patterned kitchen curtains with leaves

kitchen curtains leavesIn the kicthen, it wasn’t possible to have the normal kind of curtains because of the windows. So I made these short ones instead.

But both the kitchen and lounge curtains are made in the same style, I think it’s called slot top, or they’re at least similar to slot top. And they’re pretty easy to make!

 

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN CURTAINS:

1. Measure the windows and decide how long you want the curtains and how wide you want them. The wider, the more “waves”.

2. Add some inches for the hemline on all sides, especially a lot at the top (see further down why).

3. Cut the textile accordingly.

4. Fold the top hemline, approximately 10 cm, then make 3 seams (see picture below), this way you create some textile above the curtain pole and one hole for the pole. Make sure you make enough space for the pole.

5. Sew the other hemlines.

6. Iron the curtains (wrinkly curtains are ugly) and then put them up!

 

Picture for the 4th step above – the top hemline. The dotted lines are where you make seams.

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This is my cute little sewing bag where I keep my sewing stuff!

sewing kit

 

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hallway interior

I haven’t posted anything from my apartment in a very long time. Mostly because I wanted to wait until it was all done, at least in one room. But as all these things, it looks like it’s going to take a while before that happens. Here are some pictures from our hallway:

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The one above is the view as you step into the flat. The chairs are from the 50s, I found them on ebay. The basket next to our wellies is a gift from my friend, we keep scarfs and umbrellas in it. Above is a painting I did a while ago. Further down the  hallway is an Ikea piece, Expedit, which I put on building blocks, like legs (as seen in another post: ikea bookcase fix up)

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I’m going to put up more pictures above this sideboard, but haven’t got around to do it yet so these two have to lean against the wall until then. The fish one was me playing around with ink at a painting class last year.

hallway

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