Make a welcoming entrance, on a low budget!

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I love visiting people that have done a little extra with their entrance outside! The feeling of being welcome. Someone who has done the effort of making it cosy not only indoor, but outdoor too. I really appreciate that!

In belief that others share my opinion I have made my own decorative welcome comitee.

I`ve used what I already had, added natural elements and seasonal greens found in the woods.

Keep a low budget, it doesn`t have to cost much!

Here are a few tips:

-Tree trunks are perfect to use to get things higher up and the add a natural rustic look. The do not get worn out with time, just get prettier!

-Evergreen plants are a good investment. My favorite is this olivetree that is outdoor all year! Tujas come in all kinds of sizes. These small round ones are so decorative.

-I collect branches/ driftwood/ roots found on the shore. They are smooth and have an amazing grey color. Each their own patina. Driftwood contains alot of salt, which preserves them.

-Glass/ vases with tall edges like the `norgesglass` are perfect for candlelight. They protect the flame from the wind. Be sure they tolerate frost!

-There are lots of figurines made out of plaster, concrete etc…that can make an extra detail. Like this squirrel! It belonged to the people that sold me my house! I am so glad I kept it. 🙂

-Pick pine branches and lay straight on the porch, got to love that green!

Otherwise; lights chains make a lovely twinkle or glow. Unique flowerpots, made for outdoor use, can add a little extra. Choose evergreen plants in different hights.

The snow came over night, what a surprise! A perfect setting for this outdoor entrance decoration.

Signe & Julipus (cat)

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Secondhand scoops

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Autumn. Time for fleamarkets. Treasure hunting!

This weekend I went to a local one. So many people. So much stuff! (lots of good homemade cake!! ) But I did mangage to find a few treasures. This old camping table caught my eye, standing folded up against the wall. That sweet green pattern. I totally started thinking of our family camping during my childhood. But this table must be much older.

The cups are from the swedish brand Rörstrand.
The series “Blå Eld” (Blue fire) was produced from 1950-1971, designed by Herttha Bengtson. That pattern inspired by a rope. The series contains of white and blue pieces. (The color red showed up in 1957) Bought 6 of these for 50 NOK! A scoop!

The ceramic pot is a earlier thrifted finding.

Are you finding any secondhand treasures this fall?

Signe

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Birthday table setting

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Setting the table for my birthday dinner today.

Having a few friends over. I do love birthdays!

The tablesetting is so easy. Roses in different pinks and peach, put in glass vases, glasses and bowls.  A white tablecloth. White dishes. Keep it simple.

It`s good to get older. Wiser. Understand things I haven`t understood.

Feeling grateful today too. For life, friends & family, good heatlh. Having clothes to wear, food to eat. For peace in the streets. A roof over my head. And for finding joy in the simplest things!

Happy birthday to me!

And a lovely evening to you!

From Rosendal with love,

Signe

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Redesign kitchen -Before & after

DSC_5601An outdated kitchen can have alot of potencial. Like this one!
The kitchen doors were so dark and stuck in time. And there were way too may doors on the top row! It all gave the kitchen a lousy impression and the top row too alot of space! It was about time to do a facelift.

The doors were sent to a laquer company and the remains of the kitchen were painted in the chosen two different shades of grey. Both NCS. Top 1500 and bottom 2500.

A double closet on top was removed and replaced with two open shelves to give the room more air.

The rug is from one of the owners mother. A nostalgic element that inspired me. I chose a apricot color, found in the rug, and painted four chairs. The old wooden table in the kitchen was replaced with a smaller and more modern type, as a contrast to all the wood.

Reuse and redesign what you already have! And add a little new. That`s the best way to really make it personal! This is how it turned out!

Signe

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