•• snaps of mom & dad’s birthday celebration ••
I know I haven’t written anything personal in so long, but it’s been a whirlwind of preparations for my parents’ birthday celebration which was three days ago. Now that it’s over, there’s yet another thing on my plate—packing up to leave and fly back home to Perth.
The weather has been the most boring the last weeks here in Bergen. Only a few times has the sun peeked through the clouds. I’ve just been at home most days, helping my mom with house chores, the domestic lady that I am!
It’s been wonderful being with my family again. I always feel like I’m missing out when I’m away, but that’s just how life is once you move out I guess. Tomorrow morning I’m off to Perth through three different flights which will last about 24 hours all in all!
Once again, we’ll be moving a step higher into living our dreams: I’ll be on a lookout for a job, you guys! I’m excited about it yet nervous.
Little by little, I’m transforming this website into a more professional one. I’m currently working on my online portfolio, which doesn’t really consist of many projects, but I will make it so that prospective employers will know all that I’m capable of when it comes to technical design skills. It isn’t easy starting out, but one has to utilize what one already has. I may not have much experience, but I will do my best to show what I’m capable of. And that’s a challenge I’m working on!
When I looked for a job in Manila, out of favor, I got hired on my second interview. And on my very first day of work, I learned that we wouldn’t be living in Manila anymore. That was a whole year ago, and only now am I looking for a full time job again, something I’ve never had before. So I’m very excited!
It’ll be so nice to post interiors that I myself have designed, you know? And to get into the nitty gritty of the design industry, that will be so cool! I am so excited to learn, but I’m a little nervous that I may not be such a fast learner that I think myself to be. But all will be all good in the end. No matter what. ♥
You’re about to see the renovated family home of interior designer Charlotte Schultz. It was an old villa built in the 50s. (I presume it is in Scandinavia somewhere—the source doesn’t reveal.) All walls were knocked down, even the structural, to create an open living space for her family of three children and two dogs—something Charlotte achieved tastefully well!
•• the 13-meter long façade is lined by floor-to-ceiling windows to let in generous natural light ••
•• above & below: the sleeping zone ••
The renovated villa is divided into two zones: The sleeping zone, where a hall leads to four bedrooms and two bathrooms; and the main living area, where the kitchen and dining area, living room, and Charlotte’s office are …
“I wanted to create a home where kitchen, living room and office are combined in one, so that the five of us can cook food, do homework, watch television, play table football and entertain guests all at the same time. I think we have achieved a hundred percent with creating a cozy home, where there’s room to be gathered, even when we’re occupied with different things.” — Charlotte
The kitchen was once an atrium from the 50s, but has now a 5-meter tall ceiling and a band of windows that recreates the airy feel. I absolutely love the lighting here. It makes me wonder how it looks like when it’s dark outside though.
The kitchen cabinetry is customized by Koch Køkken—they’re made of Wenge with leather fronts. The round dining table is PK54 by Poul Kjœrholm, surrounded by black Eames side chairs, and a Coconut Chair by George Nelson stands on the side.
I think it’s a beautiful home altogether. The space in the image above is my favorite corner—it is cozy and its layers of textiles makes it look inviting. The leathers make it look warm, and I absolutely love the huge abstract artwork that sets the mood of the sitting area! And oh the greenery. ♥
•• photos above by my younger sister ••
Beautiful nuances of pink and violet painted the morning sky today, a day much colder than previous days. It’s below zero degrees Celsius now, which means that newly fallen snow no longer melts. It looks like white glitter has been sprinkled sparsely over the city, adding a touch of magic to beautiful Bergen. ♡ I don’t have much to say, but the photos below will give you glimpses of what I’ve been up to lately …
•• a fragile film of ice on the water ••
•• I can’t put my finger on my attraction to branches ••
•• grass covered by a thin layer of snow and hail ••
•• Festplassen, Bergen City ••
Yesterday, I went up Løvstakken mountain with an old friend of mine. I used to go up there as a kid most weekends, sometimes with my brother, sometimes with friends, and sometimes alone. After just 20 minutes of trekking, you already get a panoramic view of Bergen! ♥
You haven’t truly experienced Bergen until you’ve trekked one of its 7 mountains, that’s for sure!
Be inspired by these elegant Jonathan Adler furniture with complementing accessories. I adore the dark blue velvet pillow against the girly silver sequin pillow. And oh those sleek legs of the Maxime dining chair against the sturdy base of the Nixon cocktail table! Who says you can’t combine gold and silver?
I seriously can’t wait to finally have our own living area to design and decorate! It would most likely look something like the combined elements above. My design taste is ever evolving, and I find myself loving metals against a neutral color scheme, with an added touch of dark blues and greens, as of late. Candles will always be a favorite of mine, the vanilla scented ones especially. And you can never go wrong with an added touch of greenery and flora!
•• Photos above of Lars Hilles Gate, Bergen ••
I’ve been working on an interior design post for days now, but I just can’t find the inspiration for words. I’ve been going through a heartbreak, you see, and it’s been four days since the incident. Four days ago, all the way in Manila, our dear Piggy pug was on the line between a suffering life and a peaceful death, and the decision was in mine and my dad’s hands.
Her health had been on a decline since nine months ago, when every member of my family left Manila: First it was my parents and younger siblings who left for Bergen, then it was me a few days later for Andorra with BZ, and lastly it was my sister who had to fly to Bergen to give birth, leaving our black pug without any family. Poor dog, how was she supposed to understand why she was all of a sudden left behind?
I believe our pug was in good hands, but she might have experienced bouts of depression, which is apparently common in dogs when they experience grief and a change of scenery. Her drastic weight loss was a shock to us all when she was given back to my sister a few months later. Although it would have been proper to be informed of her obvious weight loss, it is impossible to pinpoint the cause of her health decline.
I don’t know why I’m telling you all this, as I’ve never shared anything so personal here on the blog before. It is personal to me because she wasn’t just a dog to me—she was my baby. I’m sharing this because I felt it was right to share one life lesson the incident taught me on loss …
Don’t ever take any one for granted. I know it’s always said; it’s a platitude, it’s cliché, but it has valuable moral content. Don’t ever take any one for granted. Regardless of how familiar you are with someone, a loved one or a pet, being in each other’s face every single hour—don’t ever take any one for granted.
Most times when I’m aware of being bored while talking to someone, or getting irritated by what someone has said or done, I think to myself (one sad but true thought): We’re all just passing by in life. Every time I let that thought sink in, I suddenly become interested and patient and gentle. We’re all just passing by in life. I learned that from the movie Before Midnight. Great movie. Lots of talking, but great movie.
It helps to remind yourself of inevitable truths.
And then there was another amazing movie I watched on the plane to Bergen that shook me back to the inevitable truth that we’re just all passing by in life: About Time. It’s not just a love story, but a story about loved ones as well, making you question how you would live today differently had you been given a chance to live it over.
It’s a real tear-jerker, let me tell you. Not an ideal movie to watch while you’re sandwiched between men on a plane, but I’m glad I watched it before I arrived in Bergen to spend time with my family. It is an unforgettable movie whose core principle has been etched in my heart. ♥
Cherish your loved ones,