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Friday, 31 July 2015

KITCHEN REMODEL COMPLETE!

A few months ago, Graeme and I started the process of remodelling the kitchen. You can see the before photos here. After all our hard work, we're left with a lovely and practical kitchen, just how we wanted it. We are so happy with how it's turned out, and are excited to finally be able to show it off a little!



We opted for an IKEA kitchen, because of the very competitive prices (we were quoted up to 5 times the price in other places!), and because I kinda fell in love with the dark LAXARBY fronts a good while ago. I've pretty much been remodelling the kitchen in my head since I moved in two years ago, and had a pretty good idea what I was after. I didn't want an all white kitchen which seems to be the most common choice around here, but I still wanted it to feel light and airy. The old kitchen had as many cupboards crammed into it as physically possible, but I wanted it to feel more open. Besides, I used about half of those cupboards. And I wanted plenty of counter space, without too much clutter. I wanted it to have a contemporary feel, but I also wanted it to go with the rest of the house, and make sure my industrial stuff and my old hand me downs didn't feel out of place.


Now, there's two things we'd like to do still. First, we plan on building in the microwave in the end top cupboard. There's plenty of space, we just haven't got around to it yet. Second, we have one of those magnetic knife strips that we haven't mounted yet, as we haven't quite decided on where to put it. Suggestions?

So what did we do to this space? First, we gutted it. We got rid of all the old cupboards, countertops and white goods, the flooring, and the three layers of wallpaper. The latter took us forever, and was a real test of patience. We then put in new flooring, and covered the walls with a wallpaper made for painting, before we added three coats of white paint. While we were painting everything white, I also decided to add a pop of color, and painted half of the balcony door in a bright yellow.


For the bottom cupboards, we chose the black-brown LAXARBY fronts with FÅGLAVIK handles. The sink is the double bowl DOMSJØ sink with a RINGSKAAR tap that pulls out and can reach all the corners of the sink. The dishwasher was the only IKEA white good we ended up with, the RENGØRA integrated dishwasher. The fridge is a Samsung side-by-side, the fan from Bosch and the cooker and tops from Miele. The counter tops are PERSONLIG laminate countertops in light oak. They're textured and look nice and we're so happy with them. We were a bit limited in terms of which countertops we could order because our countertop is so long, and we wanted something durable and easy to maintain. Check and check.

The top cupboards have RÅSDAL fronts in white ash that pop open if you push them. We opted to keep them handleless so that the they'd blend in as much as possible to keep it feeling spacious. We first planned on having the OMLOPP lights under the cupboards, but our electrician had pretty strong feelings against these lights and made us get UTRUSTA ones in stead, which come with a dimmer, extra power outlets and handy little hooks as well.


Once the kitchen was installed, Graeme did the tiling. Our first attempt together ended up being so squint and horrible that I had to call my mother for emotional support. She came over and assured me that it was fine, until she realized we were still able to take it all down and start over--then the truth came out and she pretty much insisted we take it down and try again. The following day I went away for my second hen party, and when I woke up the day after a bit worse for wear, Graeme had completed the whole tiling on his own. Well played, Graeme, well played.




Lastly, we have Bo's little food station. Not much has changed here, but I decided to include a picture of it as she sleeps in a fruit basket and eats her food out of tea cups. And cause she decided to pose so nicely for the camera!

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

DIANA F+ & OLYMPUS TRIP: GLASTONBURY

Oh man, I have been neglecting this blog recently. I was expecting to have plenty of spare time this summer, but in between applying for jobs, remodelling the kitchen, planning our wedding, travelling and other engagements, it's been ridiculously busy. But I'm getting there. The kitchen is SO close to being done, and Graeme and I are now getting married in less than a month. This week we managed to secure someone to actually carry out the ceremony (just a minor detail!), so that seems to be coming together too. We're also pretty much done with all our travelling this summer, so I figured I'd share a couple of the photos Graeme and I took from Glastonbury a few weeks ago! Oh, how I love analog film. These were all shot on Lomography Diana F+ with a 35 mm back and the Olympus Trip.


We had a pretty awesome weekend (as seen in the last photo!). It's such a huge festival, and it was so amazing to just wander around and explore and take it all in. Florence + the Machine was probably my favorite show, but there were so many other amazing acts, and such a good vibe throughout the festival in general. Would definitely recommend if festivals are your thing!







Sunday, 21 June 2015

HIS & HER DIY JEAN SHORTS

Look at us being all coupley and matching! The Glastonbury Festival is this week, and Graeme and I and some friends are going. I've wanted to go forever, and I'm so excited! And for once (potentially a first?) I've actually started packing and getting organized in advance. I've got hand sanitizer, blister plasters, torches, sunscreen. My Diana F is loaded and ready to go. I feel so prepared.

As for what I'll be brining clothes-wise, this is a British festival after all, and I've been to enough of them to have learnt the lesson of how unpredictable the weather can be. Flashback to T in the Park 2007, when it rained so much the whole campsite turned into a mud bath, and then the sun came out the next day and we all got sunburned. So while I'm packing a few more practical items, I'm still hoping for sunshine and wanted to get a pair of black shorts. But after a failed shopping trip where I tried on a bunch and liked none, I decided to make my own out of an old pair of jeans I already had.
I made these by using a pair of shorts I already have as a template. I find that the easiest way of doing this is by wearing the shorts on top of the jeans you're about to cut, marking with pins where they end and cutting about an inch below that (for the rolled up variety--if you just want cut offs then just cut along your marks). Take everything off (keeping the pins in), and then roll them up using the pins as a guide, pin in place and sew. It feels a bit silly putting your shorts on over your jeans, but I feel it leaves a lot less room for error, and my chances of cutting my shorts too short and ruining them decrease drastically. And while I was working away on my shorts, Graeme showed up with an old holey pair of jeans wanting jean shorts too. So here we are, matchin' away, ready for Glasto!

Sunday, 14 June 2015

DIANA F+ / SCOTLAND

We are still in the middle of our kitchen renovation process over here. Currently, we've just finished doing the walls and flooring, and the kitchen itself was delivered a few days ago and is sitting in boxes in the living room, ready to be installed. We cook our meals outside on the bbq, and have to do our dishes in the bathroom. Our fridge sits in the middle of the living room. In other words, the whole house is a tip. To distract ourselves from the situation, we've been accepting every dinner invite thrown our way, and travelling whenever we get the chance. We went to Oslo to meet with the British Embassy to get some wedding-related paperwork done. Some friends of ours from the UK were running the Copenhagen Marathon, so we jumped on the ferry, drove through Denmark and cheered them on (I still have blisters from trying to keep up with them, stomping all over Copenhagen's cobbles in my wedges--not the best choice of footwear, I'll admit). Then we also went away for our stag and hen parties. Graeme went to Scotland for a week, and I had a long weekend in Bristol. I had the best time, and I'm now convinced it's some tropical paradise where everyone stays in beautiful houses and the sun shines every day (we stayed in the most gorgeous Victorian townhouse through airbnb and I got a tan). Today we're contemplating taking a few days at my parents cabin before the kitchen finally gets installed and we can return to normality. I'm planning on spending pretty much all of next weekend in the kitchen, cooking and baking and making a mess.



As we've been keeping pretty busy staying out of the house, I haven't really had much to blog about. So while we're still living in this kitchenless limbo and travelling a lot, I figured it'd be appropriate to share some shots I took while travelling over to Scotland this easter break. Graeme and I went to Glasgow for a week to visit friends and family, and then had a couple of sunny days in Edinburgh to finish the trip off. These were all taken with the Diana F+ with the 35 mm back. We're heading to the Glastonbury Festival in a couple of weeks, and think I'll be taking this camera with me!



Friday, 15 May 2015

KITCHEN REMODEL - BEFORE PHOTOS

This whole kitchen remodelling thing technically started months ago, when I spontaneously bought a fridge in the Christmas sales. It seemed like a good idea at the time. But then the gravity of a kitchen remodel dawned on me. Somewhat in denial, the monster of a fridge ended up sitting in our entry for months, like a giant metallic elephant in the room. Fridge? What fridge? Oh, that old thing... But then a couple of weeks ago, Graeme and I finally ordered our new kitchen and today we started taking down a couple of the cupboards. So now it's official and the remodelling process has begun for real! Eeeek! And on that note, I figured I’d share a couple of before-photos!

The kitchen hasn’t been changed much since being built, except for back when I was born and my parents added an extension to the house, expanding the kitchen and adding a balcony and another bedroom below. Since then it’s been painted cream, re-wallpapered a couples of times, and last year I (…aka Graeme) changed all the handles. It’s got a great size and gets tons of light, and it’s also got a pretty sweet view and opens up to a balcony overlooking the valley. I love having breakfast there in the morning as the sun rises behind the mountains.




More or less everything in the kitchen is going and will be replaced. There's still a couple of things we're still figuring out, like flooring and what we're doing with the extractor fan. The fan is connected to a motor in the attic which also connects to both the upstairs and downstairs bathroom, which meant that we weren't able to get it from IKEA along with the rest of our kitchen. Yep, if you're ever at mine and want to take a shower, you'll need to go into the kitchen to turn the fan on first. If anyone has any experience with this, suggestions are welcome!