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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Stair renovation -Before & after!

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Do you have a old wornout wooden staircase in your home?

I had one from 1954. Varnished and covered with glue and red linoleum. That`s the way they used to do it. I guess it was practical…..

I waited a while renewing mine… because I just knew it would be a huge project! Two years ago I decided to get it done. And last week I gave the stairs a fresh coat of paint. So now the steps are smooth and bright white. And the stairs don`t squeek anymore either!

So what did I do?

1) Remove flooring.

2) Remove glue with lemon cleanse. Scrape off that glue. Be patient. Get it all off!

3) Wash with a suitable detergent. End with clean water and a clean lint free cloth. Let dry for a day.

4) Sand down till you have a smooth surface. First with a coarse type, then fine. Vacuum and clean with a damp lint free cloth.

5) Prime all surfaces. Old varnish can easily sneak it`s way through new paint if you don`t. Let dry thoroughly.

6) Paint with floorpaint. At least twice. Let dry between layers. I used Beckers primer and floorpaint for wooden surfaces.

Supersatisfied!

Any questions, feel free to ask!

Signe

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Wallpaper from Borge design Hanna Werning. Floorpaint from Beckers

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Style your home before you sell!

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Here is some advice if you are in the process of selling your home! A little effort is so worth it! It doesn`t have to cost a fortune! Think smart, use what you already have!

This article is in the latest Obos bladet. Photo bt Nadja Frantzen. Written by Heidi Røneid. Thanks for visiting ladies! Soon the article will be published here

If you need advice I`d be more than happy to consult you! Send me a mail.

Signe

The green floral wallpaper is Simi from Sanderson. The grey floral is Florentine from Borge. Both vinyl!

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Green & gold

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Adding a little more color to my walls. A new picture with different shades of green.

Such a thoughtful motive. Loved it the moment I laid eyes on it.

Framed in a light oak frame, i´t looks good surrounded by golden details and a thrifted green glass bowl from Hadeland.

The gold lamp is originally an old dark retrolamp I sprayed gold. And of course the lampshade i new.

I do like the colors and motives that artist Eva Laszka creates.

Check out her website!

Wish you all a great loooong weekend!

Signe

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