Barcelona, Life

Barcelona 2015

February 19, 2015

So a week ago, I flew to Barcelona to spend some time with BZ again. We actually spent my first four days over in Andorra, which is a 3-hour drive from Barcelona, but made our way back down two days ago, and have two more days together before I fly back home to Bergen. Being just a few hours’ flight away from each other, and on the same timezone, has made everything much easier for us.

I have absolutely no idea where I’ll eventually settle down. You see yesterday, I had an interview with one of the best design studios here in Barcelona, all thanks to one of BZ’s colleagues. An opportunity to gain my very first taste in the design industry seemed very promising. I let them know though, that I will have another interview in London(!) on Monday, something which popped up a few days after I knew about the interview here in Barcelona. I was completely over the moon!

All of a sudden, life’s taking on a whole new direction once again and all I can do is to cherish every new moment I’m about to experience. These are big moments of change for me, yet again, and I know better now that life can take on a sudden course. Life is really full of surprises! Luckily for me, they’ve been good ones lately.

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Interior Design

A 17th Century Manor House by Kate Hume

February 7, 2015

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I’m in love with this 17th century manor house in France designed by Kate Hume. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of teals on an achromatic background. With touches of wood? Perfect.

The wooden beams in the ceiling add an air of magic to this space, don’t you think? I think they make this house especially unique. And add extra character. The way lighting has been integrated in this space is just phenomenal, giving them the opportunity to interact with the rest of the elements: Like an ongoing conversation between object and light.

Then at the end of it all, when you realize the setting of the house, you suddenly understand where the inspiration came from. ♥

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Interior Design

A Notting Hill Apartment by Cloud Studios

January 25, 2015

As you may know, I’m currently sending applications to design firms in different European cities.
As I’ve been browsing through portfolios showcasing beautiful interior projects,
I’ve had an urge to continue publishing interior posts here on the blog.
And I just had to show you this beautiful Notting Hill apartment designed by a London based company, Cloud Studios:

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I just love the luxurious feel of these spaces, without being over the top. The living room dons an air of Kelly Wearstler, yet simple with a balancing mix of textures and shapes tied together with a harmonious color scheme—champagne and neutrals. The same feel is extended into the master bedroom with darker colors, making it feel more intimate and cozy.

I’ve noticed how my design taste has shifted a tad: I used to love the stark whites of the Scandinavian look with all the pastels and the pine and all that. Although I still like that look, somewhat summery and child-like, I feel my design taste has matured a little; now having a better appreciation for the luxurious. Masculine—yes. I appreciate darker color palettes now. Talk champagne, dark browns and burgundy. ♥

Life

And January’s Coming to an End!

January 23, 2015

And next thing I know it’s 2015 … and almost the end of January!

I’ve been so fortunate to have gotten work every single week since I arrived in Bergen five months ago. It’s what I hoped for, and I don’t take it for granted at all. Working a 9-5 does use up almost all of my daily energy though, and I haven’t found time for much else. Two weeks before the end of 2014 however, I began sending out applications to design firms in different European cities. It’s only been a month since I started design job-hunting, and a response I received last week kept my hopes up—an internship opportunity in Copenhagen.

As I’m nearing six months of nonstop work, my desire to get experience in design is growing stronger. It has made me think about that quote: “It’s better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than halfway up one you don’t.” I feel so old as it’s gone three years since I graduated and haven’t gained design experience. People have pitied me, but I’ve assured them that I’m glad I experienced what I’ve experienced; I have learnt and grown in ways I wouldn’t have had I taken another route.

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