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Maison: A Private Club For Women To Work, Relax and Network

Hi everyone, how are ya? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve mumbled the F word under my breath working from home. It’s so hard with a 5-year-old! My husband also works from home, so if I need privacy, forget it - never happens! This is why I need my own space for photo shoots, to record my podcasts and videos for my online classes, etc. But sometimes, I honestly don’t need privacy at all. I need other women to network with. I need to be around others like me who are really trying to make good things happen in their work life each day. So when I heard about Maison in New York through a friend, I had to learn more.

Maison is a private club designed for women where members can focus on work, relaxation, learning, and connection. This is the ultimate co-working space because not only is it very female-friendly, but it’s beautifully designed as you will see below. I really love this concept…

Maison Club for Women in NYC

I also wish we had something like this locally. Sure, we have Hafven in Hannover, but it’s 85% male - from the design, architecture, decor, even the people who are using the space are men. The only people who work there who are female are in the kitchen. The rest of the space is for men, by men. I certainly don’t mind, they have the right to do as they please with their business, but before they opened I was SO excited because I really thought it would be a place where women could work too. Sadly, all of the women I meet who have gone there never return. They feel uncomfortable and also don’t like the atmosphere. It’s just not a place where women want to be and I imagine it’s because we usually get more energy (creatively speaking) from inspiring environments and from other women who are dealing with the same struggles and challenges, who are also entrepreneurs, and who really “get” what it’s like to be a female trying to work independently for a living.

Maison Club for Women in NYC

We need a place like Maison in Hannover. If anyone wants to work with me on developing this, please let me know. :) I’m 100% up for the challenge! I can design it and pull together a concept that will be 100% design-focused, beautiful, and women-friendly.

But aside from that, Maison is special because it goes beyond just offering a co-working space. That’s a bit past-trend by now, to have simply a co-working space. People want more than desks and chairs and some outlets and a cafeteria. For instance, Maison offer members exclusive benefits in wellness, travel, fashion, food and beverage, beauty, and more. In addition to a gorgeous space to work, socialize, or relax – Maison curates programs that offer insights into the worlds of art, fashion, entertainment, parenting, wellness, business, and current events.

Maison is a 3400 sq ft multi-purpose space located on the second floor of a mixed-use building, a little bit above the everyday chaos of NYC. We have a kitchen stocked with healthful snacks and beverages, desk space to plug in and get to work, private booths to take a call or just meditate for a few minutes, and comfortable lounge areas to curl up with a book and a coffee. Created for the multi-faceted woman with an ever-evolving schedule, Maison can be used how it suits you on any given day.
— Ashley Wu, Founder
Maison Club for Women in NYC

Founder, Ashley Wu, opened Maison because she couldn’t find what she was looking for in her local co-working spaces, "I found myself looking for a place to regain my balance and reconnect with the part of myself that isn’t a mother, wife, or caregiver. A private place to write, work, read, or just meet up with a friend I haven’t seen in awhile. I looked around my neighborhood and found there wasn’t a space that addressed the specific needs and desires of myself and others like me, so I created one." I love this can-do attitude. You want it, you do it yourself!

Maison Club for Women in NYC
Maison Club for Women in NYC
Maison Club for Women in NYC
Maison Club for Women in NYC
Maison Club for Women in NYC

At Maison, you can also order meals and snacks. They offer a light menu from brands like Daily Dose, Magic Mix, Pilot Kombucha, and The Real Coconut. They also offer Intelligentsia coffee and teas from In Pursuit of Tea.

Isn’t this a gorgeous space and concept? What do you think, would you work in a space like this?

I’m off to Copenhagen to shoot a story for my magazine, which will be out again in September. I can’t wait to show you highlights from the road on my Instagram, so please go follow me there at @decor8.

Love,

Holly

(Photos with permission from Maison)




Meet Stylist Pella Hedeby and See Her "Soft Minimalist" Home in Sweden

Hey guys, happy Friday to ya! How was your week? I was in Romania for the past four days on an influencer trip but now I’m home just relaxing and decided to blog a little because I have such a special interview to share with you today.

You know, I’m VERY inspired after seeing the beautiful Transylvanian countryside, visiting the city of Sibiu, and the number one highlight - visiting the beautiful TISCA rugs and their manufacturing facility. Have you ever been to Romania? I will talk all about my experience there and what it was like on Monday, but I really was impressed… Transylvania was such gorgeous area to explore.

So! Today I want to share corners of the beautiful home and work “house” belonging to Interior Stylist Pella Hedeby from Sweden because a little Friday interiors inspiration is always a good thing, right?!

Oh and by the way, tomorrow I’m off to Münster for 24 hours (overnight) for the Garden & Home Blog Awards 2019 where I’ve been on the jury now for three years (such an honor!) selecting the winning German blogger from several categories in this lovely niche of interior and garden bloggers. I can’t wait to see everyone again and enjoy a night in a beautiful hotel, too. It’s always such a treat to stay in beautiful places, isn’t it?

So…. It’s time for a home tour!

Meet Stylist Pella Hedeby

This one is located in the countryside just south of Stockholm and inside, lives Pella Hedeby - a real interiors dynamo (known for her gorgeous styling and decorating at Lotta Agaton Interiors). She shares the space with her boyfriend Andreas along her kids Leo 14, Viggo 11 and daughter Filippa 14. Together, they own a 3 bedroom 110 m2 home that Andreas drafted and built right before they met over 7 years ago.

Along with some photos, would you like to learn more intimately about Pella? I had the pleasure of meeting her personally over a year ago here in Hannover but had already been following her Instagram @pellahedeby for years. Now, you can also “meet” her since she’s about to share her philosophy on home along with a few of her favorite things, including the types of plants and candles that she loves, her playlist, her one dream item to own, Instagram accounts that inspire her and more. I especially loved the two singer/songwriters that she mentioned - I’d not heard of them before and wow - really great stuff!

CORNERS OF PELLA’S HOME

Living Room

Living Room

Dining Room

Dining Room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Meet Swedish Stylist Pella Hedeby on decor8
Meet Swedish Stylist Pella Hedeby on decor8
Bedroom

Bedroom

Bathroom

Bathroom

Meet Swedish Stylist Pella Hedeby on decor8

Pella, what does home mean to you?

It’s my personal hideaway. The place where I can relax and just be. With a house there is also a lot of work and we always have projects underway. But I love staying at home; the garden is an ongoing favorite project and one of my greatest interests.

How would you describe your style?

I am a minimalist wannabe, but my home ends up more cluttered and cozy. A kind of soft minimalism where textiles and texture adds a natural warmth to modern clean lines.

What do you love most about your home?

The calm and peaceful location in the countryside with nature just around the corner.

What would you like to change?

For the floor plan, we really need an extra bedroom for my boys since they are getting on eachother’s nerves sharing the same room lately. We do have a small studio house, but it functions as my workspace and guest house, though that would be perfect for one of the kids when they grow a bit older..

For the interiors, I wish the house wouldn’t have white wooden panels on the walls indoors that my boyfriend selected for a “New England” style. I would prefer chalk painted walls and a more modern look. It really is a superficial thing though and I really enjoy the atmosphere of the house in general. (but a couple of walls I have actually recently plastered and painted with lime paint which creates a little balance in style).

THE STUDIO HOUSE

(Below) located off of the main house where Pella does her work.

Pella’s Studio House

Pella’s Studio House

Pella’s Studio House

Pella’s Studio House

Pella’s Studio House

Pella’s Studio House

Bathroom

Bathroom

Pella’s Studio House off of of the main house where she works

Pella’s Studio House off of of the main house where she works

What is your favorite thing to do at home?

I love to be outside and work in the garden. I also enjoy my morning yoga on the warm patio during summer which is my absolute favorite thing.

Favorite candle and/or scent:

The Bohemia candle from BYREDO is my long time favorite but recently I discovered Quod. They are organic scented candles in beautiful ceramics jars, handmade in Sweden. The Bouquet no 1, Black wood smells so good and is currently on my wish list!

Some of Pella’s favorites from her yard

Some of Pella’s favorites from her yard

What are your favorite flowers and plants?

I like to keep my interior calm and low-key. Using beautiful twigs from the garden to enhance the natural look. For the garden I prefer grayish green plants and white flowers for a toned down and serene look. Olive trees, lavendula and thyme are my all time favorites together along with sea buckthorn with its silver green leafs.

What’s your favorite meal to cook and why?

I try to eat more vegetarian and love meals that feel complete with few ingredients. My favorite is pasta with homemade pesto. I can eat that everyday...

Patio where Pella loves to entertain her guests in the Summer

Patio where Pella loves to entertain her guests in the Summer

How do you entertain guests?

We like to invite people to watch films in our garage where we have a movie screen. Then we bring some finger food, wine and light candles. It’s really cozy. But in summertime the best thing is to sit out on the patio until sunset, talking about life.

What’s on your playlist?

Ooh Child with MILCK goes on repeat at the moment, and all songs by Julia Michaels.

How do you hope your guests feel when they visit your home?

I want my home to feel welcoming and undemanding. Both for us and everyone that visits.

What is important to you when you visit someone else’s home?

The person that lives there. That’s it!

What’s your dream piece for the home?

I think that I have everything that I could ever wish for and more than I need. But one can always dream, right? Then I’ll admit that I have the Roly Poly armchair from Driade by Faye Toogood on top of my dream wishlist.

Favorite city to shop?

Definitely Copenhagen.

Your favorite Instagram accounts are...

There are so many accounts that really inspires me, but here are some of them.

@silent__living Inspires with the beauty of simplicity.

@maureenme Photographer Maureen M. Evans shares her beautifully curated images.

@daniellesiggerud A Danish architect’s pure and perfect sense of style inspires in every way.

@emmaeelwin The co-founder of We Make It last (@wemakeitlast) inspires with a sustainable style.

@klimatklubben.se The Swedish movement that discuss and gives tips on how to live a more environmentally friendly life.

Thank you so much Pella for this lovely chat and also for sharing your home with all of us, and to everyone else please have a wonderful weekend!

Love,

Holly

(Photography: With permission from Pella Hedby)

Let's Get Interiors Inspiration From Morris & Co SS19 Collection

I think it is pretty funny that I didn’t really catch onto William Morris (of Morris & Co fame) until I was in Sweden visiting a wallpaper shop in 2007. I’d seen the prints before in design school, but mostly in historical homes and very traditional decorating magazines and books, and I didn’t take time to admire them because I’m not such a lover of super traditional decor in my own space.

Seeing William Morris in Sweden though, particularly in Swedish magazines showing home tours of lovely country spaces with a splash of William Morris wallpaper across an entry way wall or bedroom, or in a somewhat contemporary urban apartment, I was a changed woman. My mind opened to this whole new world of mixing periods and furnishings that is so typically European (in 2007 American decor was just becoming more “mixed”, people still stuck very closely to a specific style like Shabby Chic or Industrial.)

Ever since, I really love seeing their traditional prints in contemporary spaces or country homes with lots of white walls and painted floors, and mid century furnishings in wood tones, mixed with clean Scandinavian furnishings (like Danish design from Muuto or Menu). I think you can really mix their prints so well in any type of decor setting if you have a good eye for color and if you just have a good feeling for design and what pairs well together, which may not be something you are born with BUT over time - with experience - you can pick it up. I made a board for you on Pinterest to see Morris & Co. prints in various interiors that may inspire you…

My Pinterest Board showing Morris & Co in various interiors

My Pinterest Board showing Morris & Co in various interiors

Are you familiar with the brand? Oh of course you are, you’re a design fan too. Traditionally speaking, they are known for their prints and patterns in the home - as upholstery, wallpaper and as curtains, pillows and custom bedding. Most recently, they with H&M on a capsule collection for fashion, I bought a blazer, and they’ve worked with MT Tape in Japan to create washi tape with their prints which I have and love… They also worked with Anthropologie on some some furniture.

Their current SS19 collection showcases the talents of May Morris, the daughter of William and one of the most influential women in English embroidery with her flawless techniques and a distinctive style from the Arts & Crafts movement. Here is a glimpse of their new collection, do you see anything that catches your eye?

Morris & Co SS19 Collection For Interiors
Morris&Co SS19 Collection
Morris & Co SS19 Collection For Interiors
Morris & Co SS19 Collection For Interiors
Morris & Co SS19 Collection For Interiors
Morris & Co SS19 Collection For Interiors
Morris & Co SS19 Collection For Interiors
Morris & Co SS19 Collection For Interiors
Morris & Co SS19 Collection For Interiors
Morris & Co SS19 Collection For Interiors
Morris & Co SS19 Collection For Interiors

What do you think? Is this something that you can imagine in your own home? If so, how and where?

Have a lovely and restful Sunday.

Love,

Holly

(Images with permission from William Morris & Co)

A Beautiful Country Home near Amsterdam

It’s hard to believe sometimes how long I’ve been blogging - since January 2006 - omg! I think it’s incredible but also pretty scary to admit how fast the time has gone by. My life has also changed in ways I would have NEVER anticipated when I started writing here over 13 years ago. But a lot of others who also started blogs after me feel the same - they are still blogging but their life has changed in many ways too. Some stopped blogging but others, like my friend Danielle from The Style Files, are still writing and view blogging as a really nice and relaxing hobby while others turned their blog into big business.

Danielle gave us a tour of her apartment in Den Hague in 2006, do you remember it? Ha ha, ok, I’m guessing no, so here is a link. After that tour, I think a few years later (maybe around 2010?) she relocated outside of Amsterdam to a big old house and renovated it and had a baby. I never gave you a tour of that house because it has been a work-in-progress ever since - with the garden and outside areas being a big focus in most recent years. BUT today, you will get the grand tour of the house BUT there is a catch. YOU CAN ACTUALLY OWN IT IF YOU WANT TO because Danielle just put the property up for sale and it can be yours (link here for info at the realtor’s website or here to Funda.

OK so it’s time to check out this gorgeous country home, just 15 minutes from Amsterdam. I wish I had the extra cash to turn this into my summer home!

living room

living room

Dining area

Dining area

living room

living room

Tour+this+Beautiful+Country+Home+near+Amsterdam
kitchen - open floor plan with living and dining combined

kitchen - open floor plan with living and dining combined

Terrace off of living/dining/kitchen

Terrace off of living/dining/kitchen

Tour this Beautiful Country Home near Amsterdam
hallway

hallway

Tour this Beautiful Country Home near Amsterdam
Tour this Beautiful Country Home near Amsterdam
master bedroom

master bedroom

master bathroom

master bathroom

Tour this Beautiful Country Home near Amsterdam
Tour this Beautiful Country Home near Amsterdam
Tour this Beautiful Country Home near Amsterdam
Play area downstairs

Play area downstairs

Home Office downstairs

Home Office downstairs

Child’s room

Child’s room

Child’s room

Child’s room

Tour this Beautiful Country Home near Amsterdam

Isn’t this home amazing? And that’s just the INSIDE. Imagine living in a house like this on a huge plot of land with gardens and water in the backyard where you can dock a boat to explore the canal? And a big space for the children to play? It’s so lovely, I really hope someone deserving gets this special gem of a house because I watched Danielle renovate it over the years and know how much love she put into this home and I remember when she brought her newborn son to this home… So many memories.

If you like it and want to explore purchasing, you can click over to the website. I get NO profit and NO nothing from telling you about this house - Danielle is a good friend and I’d just like to help her find the perfect buyers.

Love,

Holly

(Photography: Interior by Paulina Arcklin)




Natural, Organic and Simple: The Home + Shop of Sukha in Amsterdam

Hello dear readers, would you like to visit Amsterdam with me today? Whenever I’m in this charming city, there’s a very unique shop that I simply must-see no matter what. It’s like LYS Vintage in Hamburg, Merci in Paris or Rossana Orlandi in Milan… I think each city has it’s “design/concept shop” and for Amsterdam, that shop in my eyes is Sukha.

What is “the” shop in your city? Comment below and let us know…

Since it’s a dreary and gray week day here and I’m in need of something bright and joyful, I will share impressions from the wonderfully inspiring Sukha while also going deeper below the surface into the home of Founder Irene Mertens. Together, Irene and I will have a chat too about her business and favorite things to do in Amsterdam, a city that she loves very much.

Care to join us?

But first, a mood board to frame this story - because this is what Suhka is all about - natural, relaxed, a bit bohemian, and very beige/white. It’s gorgeous!

Sukha Amsterdam

What is the concept behind your shop?  

Sukha is a flagship store in the heart of Amsterdam. Everything we sell – from fashion to furniture and from accessories to art – comes with a complementary dose of Sukha. Sukha means ‘joy of life’ in Sanskrit. And that is exactly what we are about. Sukha is a place where beautiful things are conceived, developed and created. We stand for fair production and take great care in selecting unique items that are handmade from natural materials and are often locally designed. Everything we do is done with a great deal of attention and consideration, always with a twinkle in our eye and, above all, joy of life.  

How would you describe your personal style?  

Natural, organic and simple.  

Have you ever thought to open other stores and if so, where?  

Yes, but we decided not to. We feel it’s better to focus on one beautiful shop, where everything comes together. Other shops in 13 countries all over the world are reselling our own brand, Atelier Sukha. We give them the opportunity to spread some Sukha joy through their own special places. 
 

Where do your products come from (that you design)?  

The products we develop with Atelier Sukha are brought to life in the poorest regions of India and Nepal. Our whole product line-up is set up with local communities. Our mission is to create more Fair Trade employment opportunities in these countries. Next to that we want to cherish the ancient crafts, which are passed on from generation to generation.  

Suhka Amsterdam
Suhka Retail Space

Suhka Retail Space

Suhka Shop

Suhka Shop

Suhka Retail Space

Suhka Retail Space

Suhka Retail Space

Suhka Retail Space

Suhka Shop

Suhka Shop

What are some of the most popular brands for clothing that you carry?  

Sukha Amsterdam

Monique van Heist, Elsien Gringhuis and Kings of Indigo, all designed in the Netherlands. Van Heist has a powerful philosophy, she designs everlasting basics. We are very proud to stand next to her. She takes slow fashion to the next level. Elsien only uses ecological material and fabrics. Her pieces transcend time and place. We love her focus on craftsmanship and eye for detail. KOI is our favorite organic denim brand.  

What is a trend right now that you love and support?  

The growing consciousness of people. First it started with food, now slowly we’re getting to fashion. People are buying less and they choose products with better quality that will last for years. More and more they choose colors, materials and prints that they’re feeling comfortable in - and actually love, instead of (blindly) following trends.  


What do you love the most about your shop?  

Our calm, natural and relaxed atmosphere. People from all over the world are visiting us because of that atmosphere, our special selection of products and our lovely team. We think it’s very important to really be there for every customer, have a little talk, drink a cup of tea together and help them get that timeless basic, beautiful present or lovely postcard.  

We have a close group of regular customers who stop by every now and then to add something new to their wardrobe or just get inspired by new products. We’re very grateful for such lovely friends of our shop and could not do it without them.
 

Suhka Shop

Suhka Shop

What is hard about being a shop owner?  

Our shop is 362 days a year open, it never stops... When we close the door at the end of the day, we’re not finished. You take your ideas, new developments and decisions to be made, to the home.  

Is social media helpful to your business?

Yes, it is very helpful, you can reach everyone all over the world, so we can spread our joy of life and philosophy in as many countries as possible. We believe the online world supports us and we’re trying to use it in a thoughtful, inspiring way.
 

What do you use (social media) to connect online?

Instagram is a very important tool to connect to our customers and has the largest reach. We try to inspire and educate, by showing everything we like (and has a sparkle of joy in it) and explaining how we produce, where we produce and by pointing out certain ancient techniques or special crafts.  

Are you inspired by your city and if so, why?  

Very much! I love the people in Amsterdam, they are so open-minded. Our city is ever-growing and developing and trying to do that in the most fair and sustainable way. There are a lot of new social initiatives. For most of my life I have lived here and I still get surprised by a beautiful new little restaurant, a great hidden playground for kids or a stunning sunset when I’m cycling home across the canals.  

Irene’s Home in Amsterdam - Master Bedroom

What are 5 places in Amsterdam that you suggest for a tourist to visit for hotels and food?  

Conscious Hotel and Loyd Hotel for sleeping. Choux is an amazing restaurant with a focus on natural ingredients, surprising combinations and beautiful natural wines. We’re also a big fan of Toscanini; a luxurious, yet low-key Italian restaurant serving high quality classic Italian dishes. An outstanding coffee-to-go-or-to-stay? Try Toki, close to our shop. This place is inspired by Japan, they only work with the highest quality of every product they use. Their lunch menu is small, but lovely and tasty. If you want to escape the city a bit, go to the Ceuvel. Their mission is to be 100% sustainable. They grow their own vegetables, produce their own juices and lemonades and work with local farmers and other parties to complete their lunch and dinner menu. It’s located next to the water and the locals even take a swim in the Summer there. 

Tell show you imagine your business in 5 years, what are some of your goals?  

Our main goal is to provide as many people as possible with fair work and a fair income. Therefore, we need to expand our online and wholesale business. We’re constantly developing new ideas and at the same time we’re looking critically to who we are now and who we want to be in the future and which place we want to take in this, fast growing and changing, world.  

Irene’s Home in Amsterdam - Living Room

Irene’s Home in Amsterdam - Living Room

Irene’s Home in Amsterdam - Kitchen

Irene’s Home in Amsterdam - Kitchen

Irene’s Home in Amsterdam - Dining Room

Irene’s Home in Amsterdam - Dining Room

Irene’s Home in Amsterdam - Master Bedroom

Irene’s Home in Amsterdam - Master Bedroom

Irene’s Home in Amsterdam - Kid’s corner

Irene’s Home in Amsterdam - Kid’s corner

Thank you so much Irene for your time, your home and shop impressions, and for having such a thoughtful, beautiful viewpoint on products, production and retail overall. It’s inspiring and important!

(Photographer: Jeltje Janmaat  with permission)

A "Konmari" Home: Tour a Minimalist Space in Norway

Hello dear friends, I have a lovely home tour to share today - especially good if you’re a diehard Marie Kondo-fan (Book author and founder of the Konmari organizational method), because this home is super organized, pure and magnificently minimal. I really love it!

Katarina Dima's home in Norway

Let’s look at the 700 square foot (70m2) apartment of Greek Architect Katerina Dima (which she shares with her husband and cat) in Oslo (Grünerløkka), Norway.

The neighborhood of Grünerløkka is one of the most lively districts in Oslo, a truly hip area known for its street art, stylish bars, stylish dance clubs and chilled-out cafes. Indie boutiques abound selling design items and vintage fashion, while bustling weekend markets draw crowds in local squares for artisan foods, kitchenware, jewelery and bric-a-brac.

This district also boasts walking trails that follow along the Akerselva River, which is flanked by small quirky parks and cool industrial concert venues. Doesn’t it sound idyllic?

About Katerina: As mentioned, she’s an architect with a masters degree in renovation and restoration, born and raised in Greece. Since relocating to Norway, she works as a freelance stylist and photographer for private clients and brands and creates content for them and for her own channels, along with advertorials, editorial work, and creative consultancy. Katerina also works on side hustles which involve styling, creating new spaces and dabbling in home and portrait photography, which she’s quite good at (her home for this feature was shot by her).

Her goal with all of this? To ultimately integrate architecture into her work style because even though she works a lot with design, she misses being THE designer.

[On social media, you can find Katerina at Only Deco Love and also on instagram, pinterest, twitter and facebook under @onlydecolove.]

For this home story, I’ve asked Katerina for a mini interview, since I always love to ask our guests about their homes and what they enjoy doing there, what’s on their playlist, who inspires them, favorite scents and foods, and more. A home is certainly much more than a space that we make pretty - it also needs to make us happy and support or life. Let’s see what lovely Katerina has to say to my questions below, do follow along!

KITCHEN/DINING

Katarina Dima's home in Norway
Katarina Dima's home in Norway
Katarina Dima's home in Norway
Katarina Dima's home in Norway
Katarina Dima's home in Norway

How would you describe your interior style? 

I would say it is not a style, it is a sense of balance in design I always try to achieve with everything I do. I cannot possibly say I am a pure minimalist when I love Rococo so much for example, an excessively ornamental style, with an abundance of curves, counter-curves and undulations.

Have you ever been inside old embassies or Palaces? How can you not be awed by those views? Balance is the key however as I noted above, so when it comes to translating styles in the modern world, I am always borrowing elements from different styles, bringing them together, allowing them to live together in simplicity.

I guess if anything could describe my style, it would be that. Rococo ceilings painted in one color will work great with a super minimal interior, combining natural wood for a more Scandinavian feel and marble for a more European one. As long as there is balance and a sense of continuity…

LIVING ROOM

Katarina Dima's home in Norway
Katarina Dima's home in Norway
Katarina Dima's home in Norway
Katarina Dima's home in Norway
Katarina Dima's home in Norway
Katarina Dima's home in Norway
Katarina Dima's home in Norway

What does HOME mean to you? 

I traveled so much after finishing Uni. Living in different places has taught me that it is important to nest in order to function. To create a home everywhere you go, even if you are staying temporary.  Having a place to rest, to feel safe, to relax and refresh your social batteries is irreplaceable for me, and it is really easy to do.  I find that even my most essential travel belongings will do the trick for me! 

What do you love most about your home? 

The high ceilings, the beautiful original floors that are painted grey, and the location. It is in the middle of a city block, and my apartment is in a building with only three total apartments, one each floor. I would say that it’s idyllic to wake up in the middle of the city, yet have trees and flowers around you as if you were in the middle of the most beautiful garden!  

What would you like to change at home? 

If I owned the apartment I would invest into turning the bedroom into the kitchen and vice versa. Then I would open the two rooms with double doors so they would be naturally connected. I love having friends over and we almost always end up in the kitchen, so this is an ideal way for me to have it both ways while still having separate rooms. 

INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR HALLWAY

Katarina Dima's home in Norway
Katarina Dima's home in Norway
Katarina Dima's home in Norway
Katarina Dima's home in Norway

What is your favorite candle or scent?

Anything from Mad et Len. Their aromas are sublime.  

And what do you like to do at home?

It always varies depending on the mood, but playing music and making a hot chocolate to sip on the couch while browsing the latest news online, reading a favorite book, catching up with blogs/inspiration, is probably one of my favorites. I think we can all count binging on the occasional original Netflix content too however right? 

What do you enjoy cooking?

 Lately, anything Thai! I think we have a Tom Kha Gai or Pho at least once per week.  

When you put on the music, what’s usually playing?

 1. Waves - Acoustic by Dean Lewis 

2. Love & Hate by Michael Kiwanuka 

3. When the party’s over by Billie Eilish 

4. Eyes Closed by Halsey 

5. Don’t Tell Me by Ruel 

Let’s talk about entertaining. When you have people over, how does that usually play out?

For a relaxed evening we end up ordering sushi, though it usually is the case when a gathering was not arranged, or a last minute thing too. I will cook when I’m preparing a meal for festive occasions mostly. We end up drinking wine around the table and depending on the company, games will also be an option! Lately, we have been trying out Munchkin and we love it.  

Tell us what your dream piece is for your space…

I love statement pieces, especially when it comes to lamps, there are a few pieces that are on my “dream” list. One of them is the Cloud by Apparatus Studio

BEDROOM

Katarina Dima's home in Norway
Katarina Dima's home in Norway
Katarina Dima's home in Norway

What’s important to you when you visit someone else’s home? 

I’ve always been so curious to see how others style their spaces, how they live, how the rooms look! The reason to visit others’ homes has always been to satisfy my curiously, if there is a reason to love Instagram it is because I get to see so many homes!  We can always see celebrities houses in magazines, but with Instagram we get to see so many different homes, I love it! 

Fresh flowers or a plant? 

Both! I am also known to say that the more dangerous they look , the more I love them. 

Wine: Red or white? Or something else?

Not a fan of wine, though I love cooking with it.  It is all the way gin and flavored tonic for me. 

Chocolate or vanilla? 

I am a verified chocolate addict. 

When you leave Oslo, what’s your favorite city to shop and roam?

I would say Paris, if there is a city that has mastered of selling you a lifestyle as well as a product and/or a combination, that’s definitely the city of light. 

We all love Instagram, in fact, that’s how I discovered you! What are some of your favorite Instagram accounts at the moment, and can you tell us why?

While I am listing the Instagram accounts, these are mostly blogs that I also follow on Insta. I love to read what they have to say on their blogs and check out their photos in a larger size which is a whole different experience!  

For food:

https://www.instagram.com/themodernproper for recipes you will want to make for when friends come over.

https://www.instagram.com/smittenkitchen for recipes you want to make everyday

https://www.instagram.com/osloraw for super healthy all-raw delicious breakfasts, cakes and candy, trust me you will love it! 

For fashion:

https://www.instagram.com/oliviapalermo no introductions needed I think this is my celebrity crush https://www.instagram.com/inthefrow/ British favorite for chic style but also to follow daily, and https://www.instagram.com/icovetthee because Alix is your everyday girl who is a delight to watch in her youtube channel for everyday fashion and beauty. 

For comedy relief:

https://www.instagram.com/jude_devir he draws his everyday life with his wife in the most adorable and funny way

https://www.instagram.com/catanacomics an even cuter version of drawings of a couples life I just love when one pops up on my feed.  

Thank you so much for this lovely home tour and also for giving us some insights about your home and life. Such a pleasure to welcome you to decor8 today Katerina!

Love,

Holly

(Photography with permission by Katerina Dima)