6 Essential Housewarming Gifts Curated By Scandinavian Design Experts — Scandi Week

Welcome to Scandi Week—Apartment Therapy’s seven-day focus on all-things Scandinavia (often defined as the countries of Sweden, Denmark, and Norway). Sometimes it seems like the whole world is obsessed with trying to copy this corner of the globe, from its timeless style aesthetic to its now-famous coziness rituals. For the next week, we’ll take a look at all of it—cleaning, pop culture, and of course tons of eye-popping design inspiration. Pull up a blanket and get hygge with us.

When your friends finally get settled in a new apartment, they’re likely to invite you over for wine, cheese, and general good cheer. And, being the good friend you are, you don’t want to show up empty-handed. One option is to take part in a very old tradition from many European countries, including those in Scandinavia: Gift the happy homeowners (or renters) rye bread and salt. If you don’t remember the well-known scene from the very American movie “It’s A Wonderful Life,” the bread is gifted so that the person moving into the new home may never know hunger, and the salt (which back in the day was super expensive) so that they always have the necessities and flavor in their life, says Joe Cooper, an American expat living in Copenhagen and working as the head of sales for Studio Arhoj, a well-revered Danish design store.

But, like us here in America, Scandinavians might want to give something a little more fun and useful. In Denmark, specifically, Cooper has noticed that people are very practical with their gifting. “When you move into a home they don’t just buy you anything, they put a bit of thought into something useful,” Cooper says, adding that people usually gift a kitchen tool or something they’ve found to make a difference in their everyday lives.

In the other Scandinavian countries, it’s custom to give a small gift like a candle, a bottle of wine, or a bouquet of flowers. But, instead of running to Target or Anthropologie like you would in the U.S., Scandinavians hit up a local boutique or design store for small gifts with a distinct Scandi flair.

Next time you’re invited to a housewarming—don’t just reach for a bottle of wine. We reached out to some of the best design shops in the globally-renowned design cities of Oslo, Norway, and Copenhagen, Denmark, for their favorite housewarming gifts to give. Here, a curated list of the best Scandi-inspired picks:

READ MORE »


from https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/scandinavian-design-housewarming-gifts-262684
from waaaay over here —> 6 Essential Housewarming Gifts Curated By Scandinavian Design Experts — Scandi Week
from https://jovialsoulinfluencer.tumblr.com/post/178481040090

Advertisements

Before and After: Costco Is the Reason for This Affordable Kitchen Renovation

This vacation home is in a totally dreamy spot and boasts amazing views, but it had a few issues involving the words “filthy,” “particle board,” mauve,“ and "sagging joists.” The new owners were able to resolve all of these issues in a reasonably affordable and prompt way, thanks in part to standard cabinets ordered online.

READ MORE »


from https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/costco-all-wood-kitchen-cabinets-review-262792
from waaaay over here —> Before and After: Costco Is the Reason for This Affordable Kitchen Renovation
from https://jovialsoulinfluencer.tumblr.com/post/178480486505

The Face-Print Decor Trend Is Still Going Strong, Here’s How to Bring It Home

Portraiture has always been big in interiors, probably because we’re all vain enough to want to see our faces in paint and photographs—and to put them on display. But these works used to be pretty much confined to the walls. Or maybe you’d find a piece on an easel or tabletop. And most of this “mugging” was photorealistic, that is, until, people like Picasso came in and totally changed the game with abstract, cubist likenesses in the early to mid-20th century.

Since then and especially as of late, designers and makers have been all about putting full faces on different types of decor, from vases and mugs to bedding and even bath mats. According to Etsy, on-site searches for “faces” are up 38 percent compared to 2017 (over the same period of time). So there you go. Most of the renderings I’m seeing are flat and linear, perhaps for their universality and nondescript qualities. Anyone can see themselves in a sketchy line drawing, right? But you can certainly find ceramics with facial features in relief and a creepy disembodied head or two serving as a planter.

Why all the face time? Hard to say exactly. The popularity of emojis could have something to do with it. We’re so used to seeing facial expressions on our phones these days, maybe it was only a matter of time before they took over textiles, art prints, and more. There’s nothing really offensive about abstract face motifs, and most are rendered in a black-and-white color scheme, so they kind of go with everything. I guess all those eye motifs that were popular a year or two ago had to lead somewhere, right? Let’s check out some ways people have been decorating with faces and heads, so you can decide whether this trend is for you or not. Because it’s showing no signs of slowing down out in the market.

I’m into the winky face pillow above. Or maybe I’m just obsessed with that tufted green velvet couch and would like anything that was put on top of it. But you have to admit. There’s something whimsical and lighthearted about a face throw pillow.

READ MORE »


from https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/face-print-decor-trend-262820
from waaaay over here —> The Face-Print Decor Trend Is Still Going Strong, Here’s How to Bring It Home
from https://jovialsoulinfluencer.tumblr.com/post/178480062850

A Bold Bungalow Is Bursting with Stealable Decor Ideas — House Call

Name: Sarah Ward, my husband Dave, and pup Oliver
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Size: 1,800 square feet
Years lived in: 8 years, owned

Our home is a 1920s Craftsman bungalow located in Calgary, Alberta. We have lived in the home for about eight years and have slowly brought it to where it is today. We were lucky enough to purchase the home a few years after the previous owners had completed a renovation, so many of the basic essentials had been dealt with but still gave us lots of room to add our own personality to the space.

READ MORE »


from https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sarah-wards-craftsman-bungalow-in-calgary-tour-262822
from waaaay over here —> A Bold Bungalow Is Bursting with Stealable Decor Ideas — House Call
from https://jovialsoulinfluencer.tumblr.com/post/178479154275

10 Scandinavian Words We Wish We Had in English — Scandi Week

Welcome to Scandi Week—Apartment Therapy’s seven-day focus on all-things Scandinavia (often defined as the countries of Sweden, Denmark, and Norway). Sometimes it seems like the whole world is obsessed with trying to copy this corner of the globe, from its timeless style aesthetic to its now-famous coziness rituals. For the next week, we’ll take a look at all of it—cleaning, pop culture, and of course tons of eye-popping design inspiration. Pull up a blanket and get hygge with us.

We Americans are absolutely smitten with untranslatable words. There’s just something about the unity of an expression like “schadenfreude"—from German, it means feeling pleasure for somebody else’s misfortune—that validates a very complicated, yet collective, human feeling.

READ MORE »


from https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/scandinavian-words-262506
from waaaay over here —> 10 Scandinavian Words We Wish We Had in English — Scandi Week
from https://jovialsoulinfluencer.tumblr.com/post/178478660435

Here’s How to Decide Whether to Hire Movers or Go DIY for Your Move

When it comes time to move, you will have to decide if you should hire a moving crew or do the job yourself. There are some obvious pros and cons of each scenario. When you hire movers, you avoid heavy lifting. When you do it yourself, you save money.

Ultimately, it’s up to you. That’s why we compiled a list of considerations to help you decide whether to hire movers or go DIY. Read on below to help yourself get some clarity on this tough decision.

hire movers

Look seriously at all moving-related costs. Image: JMorris Design

Compare the cost

It should be relatively obvious that you will save money if you choose to move by yourself instead of hiring a moving company, but there is more to it than at first glance. You also need to evaluate your other moving-related costs. For example, if you choose to move on your own, you’ll have to pay for a truck rental and gas used to drive it, which can add up if you’re making a long-distance move.

Additionally, you’ll need to account for how much longer it will take to move by yourself, especially if you have to take time off work. The savings of a DIY move may not be worth lost wages. Finally, don’t forget to weigh the risk of injury, as well as the potential cost of medical bills. You will not save money if you throw out your back and need months of physical therapy.

time

Weigh how much free time you have. Image: Cornerstone Architects

Think about time spent

Most of us find moving to be an aggravating process that we would prefer to be done as quickly as possible. Many people hire movers because they argue that, if they do so, the process will go more quickly. Movers know the best way to pack and carry awkward and heavy objects, allowing them to move efficiently. They also have a good eye for organization. With movers, no time is wasted figuring out how to fit items in the truck.

On the other hand, if you’re thinking of going DIY, ask yourself the following: Do you have the organizational skills needed to pack efficiently, or will you leave it all to the last minute? Do you have good spatial relations skills? Do you have the know-how and stamina to lift heavy objects without risking injury?

protect

Consider the best ways to protect your belongings. Image: Newmark Homes

Consider how to protect your possessions

There are two factors at play when it comes to protecting your possessions during a move: theft and breakage. With a DIY move, there is no risk of items being stolen. That said, it is incredibly rare for movers to steal objects, particularly if you hire a reputable moving company. You can also carry any valuables directly with you to further mitigate the risk.

The bigger concern when moving on your own will be the potential for breaking items. If you carry something too heavy for you, there is a chance you will drop it, which could mean losing something valuable. Since movers carry heavy and awkward objects all day long for a living, they are much less likely to damage your possessions by accident. They also know the best way to wrap up large, fragile items, such as TVs, mirrors and cabinets with glass.

size

Consider how much stuff you have to move. Image: Angus Mackenzie Architect

Evaluate the size of the move

If you are moving between furnished apartments and have minimal possessions, it may be practical to do the task yourself. Even if you have a small place with a handful of smaller pieces of furniture, it may make sense to rent a moving truck and ask friends if they will help you. In cases where the move is short and you have minimal belongings, a DIY project makes sense.

However, any time more than one or two pieces of furniture are involved, it may be smarter to hire a crew to take care of the moving for you. Most people hire movers if their new home is further from their old location due to the amount of driving involved.  The process simply goes much more smoothly with the help of a crew, even if you do end up spending a little more money.

How have you traditionally done your moves: movers or DIY? Do you have any suggestions to add?

The post Here’s How to Decide Whether to Hire Movers or Go DIY for Your Move appeared first on Freshome.com.


from https://freshome.com/hire-movers-or-DIY/
via Here’s How to Decide Whether to Hire Movers or Go DIY for Your Move
from https://jovialsoulinfluencer.tumblr.com/post/178478035600

3 Important Spaces You Can Declutter in Just 20 Minutes — September Sweep

Decluttering isn’t just about clearing the coffee table or retiring some seasonal clothes. It’s about making sure your spaces—especially your storage spaces—are staying streamlined and working efficiently to help you live your life (and, you know, find the things you need when you need them).

With today’s September Sweep assignment, we’re targeting three such spaces that don’t always get a ton of attention when it’s time to declutter. But it’s just as important to clear them out from time to time.

READ MORE »


from https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/fridge-freezer-clean-out-checklist-september-sweep-262386
from waaaay over here —> 3 Important Spaces You Can Declutter in Just 20 Minutes — September Sweep
from https://jovialsoulinfluencer.tumblr.com/post/178477991220