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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! / God Jul og Godt Nyttår!!



Merry Christmas from all of us to all of you :)

Due to a fever I've cancelled all posts before Christmas and will focus on family and relaxing. I hope all of you will have a wonderful holiday and I'll see you again shortly after Newyears.

I have lots of fabulous posts coming up, with a book review, some new DIY and new plans and inspiration for the home!

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God jul fra alle oss til alle dere!! :)

Pga dårlig form og feber har jeg utsatt alle innlegg før jul. Kommer til å fokusere fullt på familien og avslapning, skal virkelig nyte denne ferien! Jeg håper dere har en strålende høytid og vi sees rett over nyttår!!

Jeg har mange spennende innlegg planlagt, med blant annet en bokanmeldelse, nye diy-planer for hjemmet og også litt oppussingssnadder!


Image Courtesy of Beautiful Living
Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas at Beautiful Living and a table makeover / Jul hos Beautiful Living


We're having an understated Christmas this year, with lots of vintage ornaments, decorations (mostly inherited or home made), and a color palette with pops of red, purple and silver/grey/white.

The "trees" are actually heather, and they'll survive for a couple of weeks inside. Love how they look like tiny christmas trees.

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Det er ingenting som er "over the top" med julepyntingen her hos oss. Vi har mange arvestykker, noe hjemmelaget og et fargepalett med innslag av rødt, lilla og sølv/grått/hvitt.

De små trærne i urnene er faktisk oppstammet lyng, og kommer til å overleve et par uker. Elsker hvordan de ser ut som små juletrær :)



I know, we still haven't gotten drapes... It's on the list though!

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Jeg vet det, vi har enda ikke fått gardiner... Det står på listen! Jeg klarer ikke å ta en avgjørelse på hva slags gardinstenger vi skal ha (karnapp-utfordring).


The milk glass compote is filled with ornaments from Jeanne D'arc Living.

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Fatet i melkeglass er fylt med julekuler fra Jeanne D'arc Living.

More pics of Christmas at Beautiful Living over the next few days :)

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Flere bilder av julen hos oss kommer ila de neste dagene :)

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

tin-tof giveaway vinner / winner!

klikk på logo for å besøke nettbutikkken / click on the logo to visit their online store


Gratulerer / congratulations, TheLennoxx!!

Please send me your e-mail address, and a gift certificate will be on it's way shortly!


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What would you do with it? / Hva ville du gjort med det?


This table from the early 1900s has been haunting me for quite some time now... It's been up for auction about five times, without anyone being interested. This is the sixth time it's being put up for auction, and I'm wondering if the timing is right? There are some cons to the table though:

1. I wouldn't know where to put it, I just WANT it...
2. Mr B has banned all house related purchases for a little while
3. It would need some love and is definitely a DIY project... I don't know what to do with it though, am feeling blank..

So what would you do?? Would you get it? And what kind of makeover would you give it??

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Dette bordet fra tidlig 1900-tall har forfulgt meg en tid nå... Det har vært oppe til auksjon fem ganger uten at noen har vist interesse. Dette er da sjette gangen, og jeg lurer på om timingen er riktig?? Det er noen punkter som veier mot å by på det:

1. Jeg vet ikke hvor det skal stå eller hva jeg skal bruke det til, jeg bare VIL ha det..!
2. Mr B har bannlyst alle interiørkjøp en liten periode
3. Det trenger litt kjærlighet og kommer definitivt til å bli et DIY-prosjekt (gjør det selv)... Jeg vet ikke hva jeg skulle gjort med det, føler meg rett og slett blank?

Så hva ville du gjort? Ville du kjøpt det? Og hva slags makeover ville du gitt det??

PS
- Ikke glem giveawayen! -

-don't forget about the giveaway! -



Monday, December 14, 2009

Bloggers Taking Action: Pencils of Promise


Several bloggers are coming together today in a collaborative effort spearheaded by Paloma Contreras of La Dolce Vita, in order to make a difference for a very deserving charity. Pencils of Promise is a wonderful 501(c)(3) organization based in New York, that partners with local communities and organizations to build schools of early-stage education in developing nations for some of the world’s most impoverished and undereducated children. Sadly, there are more than 75 million children in this terrible situation worldwide.

Last December, the Pencils of Promise team visited a small village in Laos and by July 2009, they had built a new school for the village children who started attending classes on September 1st. This month, Pencils of Promise will be opening their third school and they hope to open the doors to education for more children in 2010.

In the spirit of the holiday season, we are asking for your help today on behalf of these children. Just think of the enormous impact we could have if each person who reads this post donates just $1.00. If you are willing and able to give more (35.00 buys shelves for a classroom, $50 provides pencils for one year, $100 provides a teacher’s salary for three months and so on), it would be greatly appreciated. We are in the midst of the giving season and hope that you will find it in your heart to make a donation to this worthy cause today. You can opt to donate via PayPal if you prefer. To donate via PayPal, visit http://www.pencilsofpromise.org/ and click on the "Get Involved" page which has a link to their PayPal. Every little bit helps!

The goal for Blog Day: Build safe, legitimate housing for the female children to have access to further their education. Currently, some parents are unwilling to send their kids to school because of the danger of these huts that you will see others living in. This dormitory size will fit about 200 young Laotian girls.

To read more about the project, or DONATE, click here.

The current state of the dorms:

If you would like to stay informed about the difference Pencils of Promise is making, be sure to become a fan on their Facebook page.


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Don't forget about the tin-tof giveaway! / Ikke glem tin-tof giveawayen!

16.desember trekkes vinneren av et gavekort på kr 200,- For å bli med i trekningen, legg igjen en kommentar her.

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The winner of a NOK 200,- gift certificate will be announced in Dec 16th. To join the giveaway, leave a comment here.

Hva med et "slag" musebowling"?

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How about a game of mouse bowling?

Eller noen nye julekuler?

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New Christmas ornaments?

Eller en glamorøs notatbok?

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A glamorous notebook?

Eller en gullfugl på treet?

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Or a beautiful ornament?


ALLE PRODUKTER ER HENTET FRA TIN-TOF

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ALL PRODUCTS ARE FROM TIN-TOF
Friday, December 11, 2009

Tin ceiling tiles - a fresh approach / Alternative områder å bruke blikktakfliser på

Image Courtesy of Simon Upton


I've always loved ceilings covered with tin tiles, and when I read apartmenttherapy's post on alternative areas to use the tiles, they had some great ideas.. My fave was actually a headboard!

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Jeg har alltid elsket tak med blikkfliser (tin tiles), og i går hadde Apartmenttherapy et innlegg om alternative bruksområder for de nydelige flisene. Min favoritt var en sengerygg!


Image via crib candy

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mrs Obama looking fabulous in Norway / Mrs Obama ser fantastisk ut på Norgesbesøk


The Obama's are currently in Norway to accept the Nobel peace prize. LOVE how Michelle tied her scarf!

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Obamaene er for tiden i Norge for å ta imot fredsprisen, og jeg fokuserer selvfølgelig på antrekkene til Michelle. Digger hvordan hun knyter skjerfet!



Images from side2.no

Image from minmote.no

Beautiful vintage portraits from ebay / Nydelige vintage portretter fra ebay

As you all know, I'm always on the hunt for unique and captivating wall art. I've been browsing/stalking ebay quite a bit lately, and I've found some beautiful vintage portraits. These are my favorites...

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Som dere vet er jeg alltid på utkikk etter unik og ikke alt for dyr kunst til veggene. Jeg har vært en del på (eller stalket...?) ebay i det siste, og jeg har funnet noen nydelige vintage portretter. Dette er favorittene mine...

Image Courtesy of Gale House Gallery

Portrait by R.A. Voelcker

Image Courtesy of WBM Books Dolls and more

Oil painting by HL Roberts

Image Courtesy of Antiques and Oddities

Bartley E Holden, 1949

Image Courtesy of dermalpro

Elizabeth Vigee-Le Brun - Portrait of Louisa, Queen of Prussia
Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Objects of Desire: Kaiser Dell Scissor Lamps / Kaiser Dell sakselamper





I was browsing finn.no (Norwegian version of Craigslist), and found these amazing Kaiser Dell lamps. They're obviously vintage and cost a small fortune.

To check out the listing, click here.

The art deco pendant/chandelier below is another treasure I would have loved to own.

To visit Circa Design's online, click here.

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Jeg har surfet litt på finn.no og fant disse fantastiske Kaiser Dell-sakselampene. De er vintage og koster en liten formue.

For å se oppføringen, klikk her.

Art Deco-lampen nedenfor er også en liten skatt jeg gjerne skulle eid.

For å besøke Circa Design online, klikk her.




All images are by Circa Design


Ikke glem vår tin-tof gavekort giveaway! Klikk her for å delta. Du kan legge igjen én kommentar hver dag frem til trekningen!!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009

tin-tof giveaway! / Du kan vinne gavekort til tin-tof!

English text follows


Image Courtesy of tin-tof.com

tin-tof har akkurat åpnet ny nettbutikk, og i den forbindelse har Beautiful Living fått et gavekort til en verdi av kr 200,- som kan bli ditt!! tin-tof har et spennende utvalg, og i bildekollagene kan du se noen av mine favoritter. Prisene er også midt i blinken for deg som handler på budsjett, har kan de finne flere bargains!

"tin-tof er en morsom nettbutikk for hele familien.
Vi er opptatt av å ha det gøy på tvers av generasjoner og synes aldri man skal bli for gammel til å leke."

For å bli med i trekningen gjør du følgende:

1. Legg igjen en kommentar i dette innlegget. Gå inn på tin-tof sine hjemmesider.
2. Legg deg til som følger av Beautiful Living. Er du allerede følger, skriver du det i den første kommentaren.

Du kan legge igjen én kommentar om dagen frem til trekningen 16.desember for å øke vinnersjansene dine!

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tin-tof recently opened their new online store, and has donated a gift certificate of NOK 200 (about US 35) that will be given away to one lucky reader. tin-tof has an exciting selection of products, divided into two main categories; interior and toys. In the pictures above and below this text, you can see some of my favorites. The prices are also budget friendly, there's several bargains waiting ti be found!

"tin-tof is a fun online store for the entire family.
We're all about having fun across generations, and think you're never too old to play!"

To participate in the giveaway, do the following:

1. Go to Tin-Tof, check out their site, and leave a comment in this post.
2. Join as a Beautiful Living follower

You can leave one comment per day until the drawing on December 16th to increase your chances of winning!

Image Courtesy of tin-tof
Monday, December 7, 2009

Some new artwork and a gallery wall update / Nytt litografi og en galleriveggoppdatering

Image Courtesy of Sedonaron Collectibles

I just got this litograph by Chambers. It was printed up in the 20s or 30s, never been framed, and has been in storage ever since. The colors are well intact :) The size is 10x13 inches, and it's going to be part of a new gallery wall I'm planning on in the staircase. Other items will be the suzani, and the bright red OTT frame. I've also gotten this really beautiful portrait of a horse (yes, a horse) by Bærre Lækkert.

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Jeg har akkurat kjøpt dette litografiet av Chambers. Det ble trykket opp på 20-30-tallet, har aldri vært rammet inn, bare ligget arkivert hele denne tiden, så fargene er fortsatt fantastiske. Størrelsen er 24x31 cm og skal være en del av en ny gallerivegg i trappen. Andre bestanddeler vil være suzaniet, den røde rammen og et hesteportrett fra Bærre Lækkert.

The uzbek suzani will most likely be stretched onto a wood square "frame" like a canvas made by moi :)

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Suzaniet fra Uzbekistan vil mest sannsynlig bli strukket ut på en treramme jeg lager selv, som et lerret :)


To see the process this frame has been through, click here.

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For å se hva denne rammen har vært gjennom, klikk her.


This is an old postcard that's been blown up on canvas by Bærre Lækkert. Check out my post about them here. They have a database of over 400 000 postcards, and ship internationally!

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Dette er et gammel postkort som har blitt blåst opp på lerret av Bærre Lækkert. Klikk her for å lese mitt innlegg om butikken, utrolig spennende konsept! De har en database på over 400 000 postkort, og forstørrer på lerret eller papir. Et must om du ønsker unike bilder på veggene dine, de har virkelig alt!
Friday, December 4, 2009

My Favorite Christmas Ornament / Min favorittjulepynt


I got this ornament in Gdansk, Poland back in 2005 and I love it! It's made of glass and I love how the light hits it. I have five of them, and they're all special in their own way (they're hand made, so they're all slightly different).

Have a fabulous weekend, and enjoy the second Sunday of Advent! :)

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Jeg kjøpte denne snøkrystallen i Gdansk, Polen i 2005, og ELSKER den! Den er laget av glass og jeg elsker hvordan lyset treffer den. Jeg har fem stk, og siden de er håndlagde, er de alle spesielle på sin måte.

Ha en strålende helg og kos deg 2.søndag i advent!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Hollywood Regency gone bad.. / Hollywood Regency i dass...

Image via Hooked on Houses

Hollywood Regency is still one of my major sources of inspiration, and when I saw this house I was in shock. How can elements that usually look so stylish end up SO crappy looking? Guess who lives here? Xtina of course... To check out more pics of her "Hollywood Regency" inspired decor, head over to Hooked on Houses... Warning: It's NOT pleasing on the eyes.

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Hollywood Regency er fortsatt en av mine store inspirasjonskilder, og når jeg så dette huset ble jeg sjokkert. Hvordan kan elementer som vanligvis ser så bra ut, se så LATTERLIG ut? Det er rett og slett griseharry! Gjett hvem som bor der? Xtina selvfølgelig... For å se resten av hennes Hollywood Regency-inspirerte hus, klikk deg videre til den supre bloggen, Hooked on Houses. Advarsel: dette er IKKE eye candy.


Successful Regency inspired decors:
Image Courtesy: Mary McDonald

Image Courtesy of kwid
Wednesday, December 2, 2009

This is Stella / Dette er Stella


Born: Nov 23rd 2009
Weight: 3475 g
Length: 49 cm

And she's as peaceful as she looks... At least for now :)

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Hun er like fredelig som hun ser ut.... I alle fall inntil videre :)

Og vinneren av gavekort til Daikai er....

English posts are back tomorrow. This is an announcement of a Norwegian SPA giveaway winner.



Gratulerer så mye!!! Send en e-post med adressen din til contact.b.living@gmail.com og du får to stk gavekort til en samlet verdi av kr 1500,- i posten :)

Vinneren ble trukket via random.org
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

VINN SPABEHANDLING HOS DAIKAI FOR TO! TREKNING I MORGEN!!


Legg igjen kommentar her for å være med i trekningen :)

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