New place

13 February 2011 · 8 comments in Home


About three months ago, James and I moved from the apartment we’d lived in for two years into a Victorian terrace house. I’ve been meaning to post some pictures of the new place for months, but I only got around to taking them this weekend. While cleaning, of course. (I promise it’s not always this neat.)


The new place is everything we could have hoped for. It’s got great wooden floors and lovely period features. The only thing we’re missing is a dishwasher. And the awesome kitchen more than makes up for it. I love the opening shelving, especially since I have collected some great-looking china over the years to display on it.


My taste runs towards neutrals with lots of pops of colour. As you can probably see, my favourite is red.


Most of our furniture is from Ikea, which makes sense at this stage of our lives. I try my best to include other bits and pieces so I don’t feel like I’m living in an Ikea catalogue.


We don’t have permission to hang things on the walls at the moment, so we have a lot of prints leaning against the walls. At least they’re not hidden away in a closet somewhere so we can still enjoy them. The cushion was specially purchased for me at Anthropologie by a friend of mine. I spotted it on Design*Sponge years ago, and have been looking for it ever since.


We have quite the collection of DVDs stored in the Expedit unit that we use as a TV bench. I like to arrange books and precious objects on the coffee table, but it’s mostly covered in my other clutter. Yes, that’s me in the photo. I think it’s from my first Christmas.


The crocheted blanket is almost finished. I’ve still got a alot of ends to weave in, but I’ve been using it to warm my lap at night for months.


I’m particularly fond of my Orla Kiely bedding and Castle pillow covers. I’m still a bit surprised that James puts up with the bright patterns.


My jewellery and other bits and bobs live in little boxes and bowls on my bedside table. Since I’m too lazy to put everything away in the evenings, this saves me from having piles of necklaces and bobby pins lying around the house.


The gorgeous F. Scott Fitzgerald books on the dresser were birthday and Christmas gifts. The teddybear was my dad’s when he was a kid and the picture is again me as a little girl in the 80s.


My dresses look so pretty lined up on wooden hangers.


I’ve loved the Cats let nothing darken their roar calendars for years, so I was thrilled when James bought me one for Christmas last year.


This red Ikea bookcase is another thing I’ve been lusting after for years and we finally got it just after the move. I love that the glass doors protect everything from dust. When arranging our books, I decided to go with the colour-coding trend. It’s not be the most practical way to arrange books, but I love the way it looks.


The bathroom is white and clean, which is really all you can ask for in a rental. I may have bought the Grown handwash and handcream because of the gorgeous packaging, but now I love the product as well.


Wow, I didn’t realise I had that much to say about our house! Hopefully it wasn’t too boring.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Anna-Kaisa February 13, 2011 at 9:02 pm

No wonder why you like your home so much. It looks really nice and homey!

Larissa February 13, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Your new place looks gorgeous. I especially love the red bookcase – I’m sure my life would be complete if I had one of those!

Thea February 13, 2011 at 11:53 pm

it looks lovely! And I love your little pops of color…..

Elena February 14, 2011 at 2:10 am

Thanks for opening your home to us. It looks so welcoming, cozy and clean ;0) in your new apartment. I’m sure you will enjoy a lot of great time there. I can understand you have lusted for that Anthropologie cushion, cause it’s really lovely.

Eliza February 14, 2011 at 4:00 am

your home is lovely! thank you for sharing! is that gilmore girls i see hanging out on your tv bench?

Melissa February 14, 2011 at 7:23 am

so nice! Thanks for sharing.

Emily February 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Love the look of your new house, Elin! It always feels so satisfying to nest in a new place. :-)

Maryse February 21, 2011 at 1:06 am

It’s all beautiful! You have great taste! And it says: home… ;-)

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