GOT MYSELF A QUOOKER

There used to be one corner in the kitchen that you would never see on my blog or Instagram account. Not a messy closet or an unorganised office, but the kitchen corner with our water dispenser.
As we can’t drink from the tap here yet do take hydration very serious, that 20 liter water bottle was just a part of our day to day life.
For boiling water we used an old fashioned kettle. Not an eye sore perse, yet a kettle that I would always put in the kitchen cabinet after use.
So for me, as a stylist and a clean countertop activist, the Quooker is one of those items from my kitchen dreams

Quooker has it all

We have known the Quooker tap for a long time as it is a Dutch invention. Only recently, it became available in our region and I decided to jump on it. Because this tap has so many benefits. No more heavy water bottles to cary in, no more chemicals in the water, no more waiting for the kettle to boil, no more chilling of water. This tap has it all!
And besides that, the black tap I chose is an absolute stunner.

The installation was quick and easy. The beauty of this system is that everything is installed in the cabinet under the sink. With this tap rocking the counter now, I am able to get filtered water, boiling water, and, as a total bonus for myself, sparkling water straight from the tap. All in the exact amount I need it in, at any given time.

Worth the investment

As you might know, we live in a rental home. But because it is so easy to instal, remove and re-instal, we will be able to take this baby with us to what ever new home we will be moving to in the future.

This Quooker has changed the way I start the day with my morning routine. It has made quick pasta dinners so much faster, feeding the kids in under 10 minutes (an essential when having active boys I have learned). And it has increased the amount we drink.
The incredible esthetics and clean counter top makes this tap one of my favorite items in the house now.

The video

drink from the tap

SAM’S OWN ROOM

New room Sam

For nearly a decade, my boys have been sharing a room. At first it was a necessity as our New York apartment where we lived when Sam was born was tiny. When we arrived in Dubai, they started in separate rooms. But when I invested in the Oeuf NYC bunk bed (which had been on my personal wish list for a long time) the boys happily chose their obvious bunk. Jack up – Sam down. They loved being together in the mornings and evenings and I can tell you, it made the bedtime routine easy for me.

Now, almost 10 years down the line, my boys want their own room. And I fully understand. Although I am having some emotional moments realising that they are growing up, I am secretly very happy with a new project in the house. It’s been a while since I got my hands dirty on my own turf. Besides that I am very excited about working with some new brands and products in this make over. Bye bye guest room, hello Sam’s new room.

Bye bye guest room

The guest room was kept very basic. So we did need to work with a few make-over essentials. The first one being a beautiful wall paper. The water color grey from Photowall seems like a choice that Sam (almost a teen now) will enjoy for the coming years. We always want to create a space that kids grow into, not out of.

Storage is a fundamental element in any space we design. If you are, like us, happy to keep toys, stationary and homework behind closed doors, we recommend bringing in some kind of cabinet. Where in the shared room we used a vintage dresser, now I wanted to use one of my own babies. Fronteriors offers doors, sides and tops for IKEA cabinets. The beige slated door is one of the more recent collection and I added it to a BESTA unit that we hung on the wall.

This room will still be for family and friends when they come to visit. Therefore Sam will be enjoying this spacious double bed. Yet to make it his (opposed to the white bedding that I normally use for guests) we chose for a greyish green linen set complemented with a mix and match cushion covers from Alex & Alexa. A new find is the oak bed side table which suddenly made it a boys room.

Shop around the house

For this make-over, I wanted to work with furniture that we have in the house. Mostly, shopping around your own house will give you plenty of options. I brought in the &tradition lounger from my bedroom. I feels like a good match in terms of color and materials and makes a perfect reading corner for those slow starts on the weekend.

Art work is always an essential for me. Not only because there are so mant creatives out there making stunning prints, it’s also the best way to change the vibe of a room. For Sam I chose two prints that I found on my recent trip to Stockholm. The art from Facade Apt bring in some stunning color.

Get your essentials right

For now I have a happy son, and hopefully happy guests at some point. And let’s not forget that I had fun taking on this project. It demonstrates once again that make overs are easier then often thought. If you have the right essentials (a statement wall, storage, bedding and artwork), you can pull of any project in no time. Go for it!

sams new room

COFFEE TIME

Being a coffee enthusiast ánd an interior stylists gives me ample opportunity to make sure my coffee break does not only satisfy my caffeine craving, it also pleases my eyes. Call us  fanatics, but drinking from a certain cup and making the whole counter esthetically look good just makes us very happy.

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MY NEW HOME – MY NEW FLOOR

Being in a rental home can sometimes be a pro, sometimes a con. What we have learned in our previous rentals is that making a house your home can be a challenge. Especially if fundamental elements like the color on the wall, the type of floor or structural design is not totally up your street.
For those who have followed my latest move might know project #Getridofuglytiles.
As I am a Northern European girl, I got over my ‘let-me-not-invest-too-much-in-a-rental-home’ fear and went for something that makes this house feel like it is my own: a wooden floor.

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