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Plaza Magazine

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I think it's way cool that I'm getting a little bit of attention on my own turf nowadays. Being a Swedish blogger writing in English kind of makes me not really "belong" anywhere. Lately I've been given a fair amount of attention from Swedish press such as in the Amelia article, one in Swedish Cosmopolitan and also one yet to be published in Expressen Söndag.

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 This Plaza Interiör article is about home bloggers "taking over Sweden". Lo and behold I'm mentioned already in the second paragraph!

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 And there I am in my grey T-shirt. If you need a bigger dose of Swedish blogs than I can provide the others mentioned in the article are: Lotta Agaton, Trendenser, Husligheter, Design & Inredningsbloggen, Emmas Designblogg and Snusans Inredningsblogg.


List No.8: House Hunting Frustrations

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I haven’t mentioned house hunting until this past week but I’ve been looking for a while already. In the beginning not so much to actually be prepared to bid because we hadn’t made a firm decision to sell but to get an idea of what’s out there in my price bracket. Not a whole lot unfortunately.

This week’s list is about what frustrates me when it comes to house hunting. In no particular order (it’s all very frustrating):

* Most of the properties in my price range are newer condominium type homes where you pay a lower price but a high “rent”. Also there are often pet restrictions.

* When the starting price on a property is set low to lure you in to view and bid: Please spare us that agony sellers!

* When the listing goes up two weeks prior to the view date? Why??? Are the sellers too lazy to prepare the viewing of the house in a week or what? The wait is agony.

* When said houses sell before the two week wait… It’s happened to me a few times already. One house we planned to view in an open house on Sunday sold on Saturday… (scrambled photo above).

 

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* Wide angle lenses making everything look really spacious and when you arrive it’s really super poky.

* Photo shopped images where everything looks really clean and tidy and on arrival you notice it’s dingy and scuffed.

* The other potential buyers who look smug, rich and confident.

* Meeting with the bank to get approved for a loan. Nerve-wracking and frustrating since half the time I don’t 100% get what they’re saying. I’m so not good with numbers or interest rates nor am I that interested. I know what I can spend and I promise to pay you back, ok?!

* Bidding. OMG. My stomach is in knots most days anyway because of my IBS but this bidding business is so not helping (scrambled photo above…).

* Speaking of bidding and bidders; Please hurry up people! Why so slowly? Get on with it. Make up your minds, are you in or are you out?

That’s how I feel about it. What’s your experience house hunting?

Ps. Happy Friday!

Pps. Oops! I did it again. I accidentally posted this last night (in case you recognize it). See what house hunting does to me!!


Sprucing up a Paper Stack

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I got this promotional paper stack a couple of weeks ago. Ugh.

 

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I mean, who would put that on their desks? I know I wouldn’t, but I love having note paper handy for all those lists I constantly write so I decided to spruce it up a little.

 

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I tossed the cover and dismounted the paper holder so it lay flat. Then I used permanent spray adhesive (outside!) to cover the front, where the image is.

 

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I then placed the glued surface against the back of the paper I wanted to cover it with (a bit of wood grain gift wrap) and used a craft knife to cut along the sides of the cardboard using it as my template.

 

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When everything was cut out I reassembled the holder with double stick tape on the side and regular tape inside and outside at the bottom and popped the paper back in.

 

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And now it sits in one of the cube shelves by my craft desk and I always have a piece of paper on hand to jot down ideas or for writing yet another list.