The light can be a curtain as well as the darkness

– George Eliot

Yay! I finally found the perfect curtain rods to our living room. It was not an easy task, I tell you. I’ve been doing some searching for several weeks now. As always, I was first checking the options in different webshops, but was seriously surprised by how expensive the rods are. Who wants to pay 200€ for four rails? Almost by accident I found the Jysk website and tadaa – there they were, the best alternative so far what comes to both quality and price. I was not going to miss this chance, so just in case, I made a reservation which turned out to be quite handy. The idea is to simply make a reservation in the webshop and then pay and pick the items from the store the next day. So, I reserved the rods on Sunday evening and already Monday morning I got a message, I could come and pick them up from the local store.

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Picture from Jysk blog – I love every item! I had to really struggle not to buy that plant hanger and those cushions. That bench would be perfect in our future master bedroom. I will definitely start to visit the store a bit more often!

It’s been a while I’ve visited that store and I was actually positively surprised. I think their look has changed from earlier and there was many items I could’ve considered to bring home with me, but luckily I managed to keep my head cold and, in addition to the rods, only bought four seat cushions… because they were only 4€ piece… because I thought they would look great on the hallway bench (which they didn’t). This is a perfect example of feeling based purchase, but I think I’ll have use of them anyway, so I don’t feel that bad for my slip.

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Picture from Jysk – This rod will be perfect, as we have quite similar rods in all the other rooms. It has a vintage touch, but not too much.

Now when I have my rods, I would of course need curtains, but I got quite blown away of their expensiveness too. I would be happy to pay for quality fabric if I had the money, but I think I’ll do a search visit to different flea markets during the weekend and I’ll also call my mom to ask if she maybe has some extra ones. I would prefer white ones so let’s hope I’ll find, if not the perfect ones, at least ones that would work well enough for now. When the whole curtain project is ready, I’ll take some pictures to show you guys how it all turned out, so stay tuned.

The next task will be to find carpets to the dining room and the living room (or even the whole middle floor). I have a feeling this will not be any easier task. Whoa. But I know it will be worth the effort in the end, and to be honest, I do like this kind of long-term home decorating. It feels more meaningful than buying everything at once, but of course I know everyone doesn’t have the chance or desire to drag out on this kind of things.

Enjoy your week!

xx mybohem

Creativity is contagious, pass it on

– Albert Einstein

Oh well, after all my autumn praise I got to taste the downside of the season and catch a little cold. It’s been years since I’ve had fever! Luckily this disease only got me to bed for one and a half day, so I did have time to enjoy the weekend too.

Ever since I started this blog and my Instagram account, I’ve been very inspired about home interior stuff and had so many ideas running through my head. While I was healing, I had time to think about some of the improvements I’d like to make around the house.

One of the trouble areas for me has been our living room. It’s a large room with four big windows, white walls, wooden ceiling and dark tile floor – an ideal blank space really. Unfortunately, our house renovating projects are eating all our savings and extra money, so I can’t buy anything new or expensive (at least for now), and need to manage with the mix-match of furniture we already have scraped together for over the years. There are some quite nice pieces too in that mix-match, they just don’t go so well together and that’s why it’s been quite a challenge to make the room comfy, yet stylish. All in all, you could say the biggest problem has been the lack of  money to invest into this room styling, but also the lack of imagination and creativity.

The living room before the makeover (picture 1). I haven’t found the perfect drapes yet, but I like those big windows, as there’s so much light coming in, not to mention the beautiful views of the fields and forest.
The living room before the makeover (picture 2). The beige sofa covers don’t fit in that well and the pictures should be hang up on the walls. This side of the room would also need some more green plants to give a final touch.

Okay, so no money to spend for new decoration or furniture… for some it might be a deal breaker, but not for me, not when I’m having the creativity mode on! The minute I started to feel like myself again, I started to go through all our cabinets and cupboards, and collect things I could sell on flea markets. Although I have been quite good with recycling and we don’t have loads of extra stuff at home, there’s always something we’ve been holding on to, but don’t really need or use anyway. For example an extra blender, an old coffee set and 40 pieces of Ikea mugs (don’t even ask). Suddenly, I had filled the kitchen tabletop and a whole box with unnecessary things. When to it, I also did some organizing in the kitchen cabinets and it felt really relieving to suddenly have a little extra space. I’m doing Konmari my own way, haha.

Now after a few days I’ve been rid of only a few things, but already earned myself 100 euros. From that I’ve spent 50 euros on white sofa covers I found secondhand. The whole room freshened up and the covers match the color range so much better than the old beige ones. Of course, I’ll now also try to sell the beige covers and hopefully earn some more cash for the room makeover. As I was cleaning around at home, I even realized I have lots of different fabrics that would work well as new cushion covers, so I just need to start sewing.

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The new sofa covers are already making a big difference!

 

During the weekend, I even made a macramé plant hanger with help of these super easy instructions, click. I’m going to buy some more green plants, as I think they give a great final touch to any room – and because I love them! No explanations needed. Then I also have many different frames and pictures I’ll hang on the walls. For some reason I haven’t done that earlier, maybe because I’ve tried to figure out whether the walls should be painted or not, but in any case they definitely need some eye catchers. I think I’ll also try to make a macramé wall hanger.

My excitement is still on, so I’ll be reporting about the progress and results also in here, just in case it would inspire someone else to let their inner creativeness flourish.

Be happy, be creative.

xx mybohem

Collect things you love, that are authentic to you, and your house becomes your story

– Erin Flett

It’s not a secret that I simply love flea markets and secondhand stuff! Our home is filled with things I’ve found on my little treasure hunts, and that’s what they really are to me, treasures. I feel like I’m saving these poor little things and giving them another chance, haha. Seriously speaking, it’s also more affordable and ecological, than buying new things, and if you ask me, it’s more fun too. You never know what you’ll find (sometimes nothing) and that’s what makes it so exciting.

Yesterday I decided to test my luck at the flea markets, and oh boy, I’m happy I did. It was a success! My whole catch is in the below photo. Almost immediately I walked into that large ceramic vase with the most beautiful color and shapes. I was thrilled, and felt it had already been a visit worth doing.

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I have a weird weakness for baskets. It doesn’t matter big or small, round or square, if it’s a basket I will at least pick it up and consider whether it’s worth buying, whether I really need it. I don’t, but at times I just can’t help myself. This time I was telling myself, I already had use for the basket, as I was anyway going to buy a big green plant, and would of course need a plant pot to put it in. So, the decision was easy – a couple euros versus 30-50 euros (as new) was quite a good deal. The other basket was just too cute to leave behind, as well as the white and turquoise tray. I like their boho vibes!

However, one of the best finds by far was this flower table. It’s old, dirty, worn and in need for a new paint layer, but in my eyes it has great potential. I will paint it at some point, but for now it works perfectly fine. I already placed it in the living room and arranged all my green plants on it. Now they can continue growing beside each other.

It always gives so much inspiration when you get new things to decorate with, and for me it often means, I’ll start cleaning up the house room by room. Today I finished up with the living and dining room and tomorrow I’ll continue with the rest of the house.

Have a good night!

xx mybohem

What greater gift than the love of a cat

– Charles Dickens

Getting a cat has been one of the best decisions we’ve made. Our cat has brought so much joy to our lives! It’s a wonderful and warming feeling to provide a good home and environment to this little creature, who is obviously enjoying it’s life to the fullest.

Our cat is named Helmi, pearl in Finnish, after the stripe around her neck, resembling a pearl necklace. The name suits her well and I have to say Miss Helmi is truly a personality! She always welcomes us home with loud meows, loves to be scratched on her tummy, often sleeps on the blanket between my legs, enjoys playing hide&seek and believe me or not, demands my husband to keep her company in the garden. She’s really playful and yes, I guess she’s kind of bossy too, but that just makes us laugh! And don’t get me wrong, she’s really loving and gentle towards us, and all people for that matter.

Helmi has been living with us nearly one year now. I still remember the day we got her. We’d decided to get a cat whenever the possibility would occur, and one September morning I saw an announcement on Facebook about this little kitten, who was still without a home. Later that same day we found ourselves driving back home with Helmi in a basket. We felt so happy!

The most unbelievable thing is that Helmi is born the exact same day we bought and moved in to this house, the home of our dreams. How can that be possible? I think it was meant to be, simply our destiny.

xx mybohem

 

A home with old furniture has no need of ghosts to be haunted

– Hope Mirrlees

Our home is a mix of furniture and details that we’ve either received as gifts, inherited or found secondhand. Actually there’s only a few furniture we’ve bought new to this house. I value the stories behind things and think it makes them a bit more interesting, and often more beautiful too. I will share some of my favorite items.

This antique cupboard is one of the most precious secondhand finds I own and probably the only furniture in our home I would not trade for anything. I just love it! I was so lucky to get this and I have to say, on top of everything, it was really inexpensive. The previous owners bought it in an antique shop in Rauma, and by chance that’s the town where my grandmother was born and spent her younger years. So maybe this has belonged to someone she knew or even been in the family, you never know.

I like these decoration details and cactuses. The bookshelf is painted with black chalk paint and I just love the matte finishing it gives.

This beautiful chest was a gift to us from my in-law’s. It’s really old, presumably from the 19th century.  The Stockholm Design House Light is also a gift I got on my 25th birthday from my high school friends. I like how this combination creates a contrast between old and modern. The side tables I found a long time ago from a local flea market.

The old Singer sewing machine is heritage from my grandmother. My grand-grandmother has been sewing with this back in the days. The chair is yet one of my secondhand finds and the lamp is from a Finnish brand called Pentik. The Raku ceramic houses are handmade by me.

It’s nice to surround yourself with good memories and things that remind you of important people in your life.

xx mybohem

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow

– Audrey Hepburn

My dream is to one day have my very own greenhouse. I’d like it to be made of old windows and big enough to have room for a coffee table, or preferably even a bigger table set, so we could chill there far into the autumn. It would of course be great, to grow all the veggies and herbs yourself, at least for the summer season.

I don’t have my dream greenhouse yet, so this spring I decided to start by planting some seeds in two pallet collar grow boxes. I’m hopeless when it comes to reading instructions, so the seeds were not planted exactly according to the ideal spacing but I’ve been telling myself (and my husband) that this is only a test and I’ll know better next year, haha. Anyway, I’m quite happy with the result! I can’t wait to get to taste the broccoli’s when their ready.

Soon it’s harvest time also for the apples and believe me, there’s a lot of them. Then we’ll make lots of apple juice!

xx mybohem

Better an oops than what if

– Beau Taplin

Here we go – my very first blog post! I have been planning to start a blog for such a long time. After so many ifs and buts I’ve finally gotten this far! So, I will just start out a bit easily and share one of my favorite quotes “Dream Like A Bohemian, Work Like A Boss”.

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I promise to keep this in mind also when it comes to my blog.

xx mybohem