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Staying Put

Have you had this problem? A carpet that came rolled up and never really wanted to lie flat after? The carpet's great for keeping the dirt from the entry door at bay but the corner drove us nuts as we kept tripping on it. That black thingy in the background is Bonus having a mid morning snack in the kitchen btw.

We tried wetting the corner and putting heavy weights on it but that didn't help so in the end I got my trusted velcro out. The sticky back version.

I just stuck the female part of the velcro to the corner of the carpet and the male to the corresponding spot on the floor. The easiest way to make sure it's the right spot on the floor is by actually sticking them to each other and then peeling off the backing on the male (how weird does this sound to you?) and laying the corner in place. That way they correspond perfectly.

Walk on top to make sure it's stuck down well. If the carpet needs removing to clean the floor just tear the velcro apart. You'll have to clean around the strip on the floor of course but I prefer that to constantly tripping.

And there it is flat as a pancake!

Bathroom Three Ways #3

BRIGHTIcelandic bathroom post #3. Are you ready?! This is the final one and I've called it Bright.

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To remind you what we're working on, that's the bathroom above. It's being remodeled as we speak and my moodboards are just the icing on the cake for this reader as I'm sure the bathroom itself will be stunning.

Here are the components in today's Bright theme. I've chosen mainly sources available on Iceland but also webstores that offer some international shipping:

1. If this were my bathroom and I'd choose this theme I'd go for pure white walls but there's also a nice shade of white from Jotun called Bomull (=cotton) which would give a little more warmth.

2. Again just to remind you that there are cute ways to disguise random ugly tiles in your bathrooms.

3. Love these colorful hooks. Each family member could get their own color.

4. Black and white goes well with the bright colors and I can never resist polka dots. Toiletry and makeup bags pretty enough to stay on a shelf or counter.

5. I had this Fräck mirror in my very first apartment and I loved it. Did you know that Fräck translates into Cheeky?

6. I would consider switching from a shower stall door to shower curtains. There have been discussions here on my blog about this before but I just like the idea of something flowy instead of that cubicle feel you get from the door. Also a lot of shower curtains can easily go in the laundry machine which I prefer to scrubbing the door. Curtains can be sewn out of any fabric and then lined with a polyester liner which can also be laundered.

7. Check out this unusual laundry basket. The image went weird on me but you can see it more closely in the link.

8. In my world there is no such thing as too many storage boxes. This is a nice black and white one.

9. Did you know Marimekko make soaps? Now you do.

10. Bright white and matching.You can never go wrong with that.

That was that! So which color scheme out of the three is your favorite if this were your bathroom? Fill out my little poll at he bottom, just for fun :). 

NATURALHere's a reminder of the Natural theme above and the Soft below.


Easter Tree


 Cute little dots in the Easter tree I hear you say. What are they? Clue, you probably have a bunch of them around.

Yup, you guessed it. Or didn't? Buttons, boutons, knöpfe, knappar! I have so many and hardly ever use any other than the occasional white one as a replacement on a shirt.

There are so many cute and fun buttons in colors I would never use on garments but in our Easter tree they're perfect. I simply strung each button on a transparent thread (regular sewing thread works fine too of course but I happened to have this and I like the way you hardly see the thread) made a loop and put a knot at the end.

I love it! Made it myself, it's recycled, it's almost free (too old to climb our birch tree in the back yard so I bought the branches at the flower market). What more can you want from an Easter tree?