When I bought my house in Rosendal Desember 2010, nothing was done interior wise since the early 60`ties. You can imagine, or you can look at the picture above.
There was so much that needed to be done in the house. And so much I could have done. But at the same time I wanted to keep the soul and atmosphere. Modernising and renovating was inevitable, I had to do something.
The living room was tiny, outdated and dark, with a wall dividing it from the dining room. There was no window towards the sunny south, all the doors were darkly varnished and the windows toward the fjord were small in areal, from the 50`ties. When I sat down on the sofa, the view towards the fjord disappeared…..I could not live with that!
So I made a plan of every room: it`s use, needs, which colours, details and expression.
So what did I do in the living room?
-Removed the wall between the living room and dining room, making the open space 10 metres long, as long as the house is.
-Added a wooden floor, the old floor was really bad.
-Removed the old windows, and but in new ones that reached closer to the floor, giving me an amazing view.
-Sliding glass doors were placed on the south side, giving the room daylight and direct access to the garden. I had to cut through the concrete walls. A huge job.
-Chose a graphic wallpaper on two walls to give the room attitude and some pink.
-The other walls were painted grey.
The colours chosen for the living room: pink, yellow, green, purple. A palett that is so me.
I often google colours schemes and add the actual colours I want in the search. That gives me a place to start. At the bottom are a few schemes that inspired me.
My interior/ furniture is basically the same I had in Oslo. I wanted to reuse as much as possible, but I had to add something new. The mustardy yellow sofa and purple carpet are new. They gave the room a fresh colour contrast. The vintage palisander table designed by Torbjørn Afdal was added i 2016.
Use what you have and make magic. And mix old and new. That`s what I believe in.
A tip concerning graphic wallpaper is: lines and accuracy. You really have to be super strict in the process. I had to have one wall redone, because the carpenter that helped me the first time, was not exact in his measurements or amount of wallpaper needed…..See the picture below. And from one wall to another the lines differed horizontally with a few centimetres. I made me feel dizzy. So it had to be ripped town and put up again. #ARG
Work i progress…not always after the plan. Find good and competent people for the job!