Kitchen renovation. Before- after.


 When I found this house in 2011 it was outdated and screaming for a makeover. But still I immediately fell love with the old kitchen. Handmade in Rosendal in 1954. So nostalgic. And such a beautiful color!

When I bought the house I did not have anything to do with the town Rosendal at all. I had been here twice during 2011 working. I was amazed with the surroundings, the fjord and mountains. And the constantly changing light shining through the cloudy western sky reflecting in the fjord. It made me calm. I had difficulties finding this calm in Oslo where I was living for the past 20 years. And I wanted change and longed living closer to the countryside and sea. As a freelancer I felt I could live and work here, and travel when needed. So I sold my flat I was living in at the time and became a house owner and owner of 30 metres shoreline in the Hardangerfjord! What a dream! 🙂

I thought I`d show you some pictures from the renovation prosess! There was so much to do, nothing was done since the 70ties, you can imagine! Several of them budget-smart! I will post several rooms on Mondays, next room will be the bathroom! Please stay tuned!

This is the kitchen, you can tell something has been done 🙂 I`ve tried to reuse what I can, but the kitchen needed a more modern and practical solution.

I just had to keep the old kitchen and integrated cutting board. The respatex kitchen countertop is kept too, but a new is built on top of it, giving room for storage!

The floor is linoleum from Storeys, the paint is from Beckers, the new kitchen from Marbodal, lamp from Northern lighting, tiles from Modena.

The lounge area is kitchen closets with practical drawers. The seating and cushioned backrest is made of leftover plank, and old mattress and fabric from Clark & clark / Borge.

Otherwise the porcelain plates are from my mom, grandmother Signe and Fretex. The panorama picture is by the Norwegian photographer Christian Houge.

The table has always been in the kitchen, made once upon a time by the man who built the house. The chairs used to be brown, but have been given a grey coating, the same colour as the floor! The pillows are the old curtains from one of the bedrooms! I do love reusing & redesign!

Let me know what you think! Perhaps you have had a similar project?

Pictures by Filippa Tredal.



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Boligkrise Episode 8- Larvik


On this evenings program of Boligkrise we made interior renovation in Larvik.

The smokey, dark outdated Dj livingroom did not reach potencial customers. The ceiling was really low. I needed to lighten up, remove the smell of cigarette, add some color and make it a av inspirational place to live!

With grafic lines, yellow, black& white, redesign, new furniture and a custom made lounge it really became a room full of sunshine!

Here are the before and after pictures!

Thank you Smail & Hege, you are too cool!

And by the way the house is sold and the couple have moved to France!





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West Germany pottery


I am impressed over the diversity of West German pottery. We have all seen it!

But it is not just one particular style, it is a range of styles; colors, form and concepts. Inspiring colors and glazes.

We often see them in interior articles and in our grandparents homes.

I often wind up buying objects that are colorful, have a grafic patterns or glazed. It just catches my eye.

This green one is one og my favorites. I`ve had it for ages.

Are you interested in WG pottery? Check out this West German pottery. And beneath you can see some colorful variations, press the picture for the source.

Will show you some of my other pieces another day!




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Color and texture combination

Wik & Walsøe, Fretex

I often move things around. Mixing and matching new colors, textures and patterns.

These seagreen ceramic items have been around for years. But never used them in my interior. It`s about time. The flower pot has a beautiful runny glaze and the vase has a retro pattern. Both of them with different shades og seagreen.

They fit so well with these brown tones. The retro mirror from Mom. The macrame net from a fleamarked. Ceramics from Fretex. Brown porcelain vase from Wik & Walsøe.

The carpenter bench has been in my house forever. I actually have two. Lucky me!

And what would an interior be without plants. Green plants. I love them.

Have a lovely day!

// Signe