At home with Katerina from Only Deco Love

August 4, 2014

Nordic style living room. from Only Deco Love blog

green plant in living room. only deco love blog

living room details from Only Deco Love

from Only Deco Love

white and bright Nordic home office from Only Deco Love

Stylish coffee corner in Scandi style from Only Deco Love

Coffee corner details from Only Deco Love home

Cozy Nordic bedroom from Only Deco Love


This hot and sunny new week starts with a beautiful home tour of Katerina Dima’s bright and white home in Norway. Katerina is an extraordinarily lovely lady behind the always inspiring Only Deco Love blog which has been among my daily reads ever since I discovered it. And her Instagram feed… well, you have to see it yourself and you’ll definitely fall in love with it!

Enough said, I think you are impatiently waiting to start reading Katerina’s answers to the questions to learn more about her thoughts and plans for decorating her home.

Five words what you think the best describe your home?
Minimal, scandinavian, cozy, light and happy.

What is your favourite spot or favourite piece of furniture in your home at the moment?
Definitely my living room. It has gone through a complete transformation (if anyone is curious you can take a peak here) and I couldn’t be happier by the way it already looks. That said it has still some way to go before it is finished and I already know what I want to do but unfortunately I will need to budget for a while before my plans can come true. For now I love how it looks and how cozy it feels at the same time!

What are your favourite places for shopping things for your home? Any favourite webshops?
Now you opened pandoras online box. Here in Norway you can virtually shop anything online and the majority of people take happily full advantage of that. While it’s great to go to Oslo Hay store unfortunately it is 5 hours away from where I live so I just order online. I love shopping directly from Hay, Muuto, Normann-Copenhagen, Ferm Living andTradition, but also from some online retailers that carry a lot of my favorite scandinavian designers and more such as

What is currently on your wish list for your home?
Too many things! But I would love if I was able to get some of Muuto stacked shelves to compose a unit for the living room and while in the shop definitely one of their Leaf lamps (the floor version). For the bedroom I have my eye on the new marble sheets from H&M home and if I could keep spending I would also try to get a set of 6 Eames DSW chairs for the dining room. I know they are overused but I love them.

What advice would you give to someone who starts decorating and wants to achieve the style similar to that in your home?
I think starting fresh is the way to go. If you have walls with different colors, mismatching furniture or too many contradicting details remove everything and start anew. There is no need to throw away your old things of course but it is very important to empty your room in order to see its potential and what you want to do with it. Paint your walls with a neutral color, either white or any tone of gray will be great but also some pastel colors would fit very nicely with my space as well! When it comes to your old furniture and decoration try to avoid too many colorful details, repaint and reupholster things you might love to keep to match the minimalistic Scandinavian look!


Thank you, Katerina, for your precious time taken to answer these questions and it was such a pleasure to share your home here! xx


Before I go, today is the day to announce the winner of two Mathilda Clahr leather Strap hangers and Le Sac en Papier paper bag from my lovely blog friend Norsu. First of all, I want to thank all of you for your lovely wishes and nice words, it was such a pleasure to go through all these entries. The winner was chosen via and congratulations to Johanne Dueholm – you are the lucky winner this time!


// phtotos by Katerina Dima from Only Deco Love //

My Instagram | July

July 31, 2014

@decordotsblog Instagram in July


These are some of favorites from my Instagram feed in July. It was a sunny and hot month with many lazy days spent in our country home… And it was my birthday month – the birthday giveaway is still open for some days so you still have a chance to win a set of two gorgeous Mathilda Clahr leather strap hangers and Le Sac en Papier paper bag from  Norsu – a lovely shop full of Scandi style goodies.



House Doctor Moments 2014

July 29, 2014

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House Doctor‘s new catalogue Moments 2014 is now online and I have spent already a great amount of time flipping through it and adding some nice things to my wish list. The theme of this new collection is Perfect Imperfections to celebrate the beauty of imperfections. With this new collection they encourage to mix things up and add some quirky details to the scene that seemingly don’t really fit in – everything doesn’t have to be so serious and so perfect! But to me the new collection with it’s focus on imperfections seems still quite perfect! :) Click here to see the new catalogue.

Speaking of House Doctor, I have some great news to everyone living in Estonia! Strössel, a new interior design boutique in Tartu (which happens to be my home down, yay!), has a wide selection of House Doctor goodies in the store. And if you’d like to get something in the catalogue but not currently available in the shop, you can just order it. How great is that?


// photos from House Doctor //

Home office inspiration | Le Sac en Papier paper bag

July 28, 2014

black and white home office corner. le sac en papier. from ollies and sebs haus

home office, Le Sac en Papier paper bag

Scandinavian home office. Le Sac en Papier paper bag. from Stilinspiration

Scandinavian style home office. Elisabeth Heier

light workspace, le sac en papier paper bags. from 101 woonideen

black and white home office. le sac en papier. from French by Design blog


It seems that you can find Le Sac en Papier paper bag in almost every Scandinavian style home office. No wonder, it’s both beautiful and has also practical value. If you don’t have it yet, you have a chance to win it (together with 2 gorgeous Mathilda Clahr leather strap hangers!) via my birthday giveaway here on the blog and also in Instagram! While there are many shops selling it in Europe, the good news to everybody living in other side of the world is that my lovely sponsor Norsu will be the first Australian retailer to sell the popular Le Sac en Papier paper bags!

Have a great new week!


photos // 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7//

GIVEAWAY | Mathilda Clahr Strap hangers + Le Sac en Papier

July 25, 2014

As I said on Monday, this is my birthday week and I promised you a surprise, so this is it!  One lucky person has a chance to win a set of two gorgeous Strap leather hangers designed by Mathilda Clahr (black and natural coloured) and Le Sac en Papier paper bag from my lovely blog friend Norsu. Scroll down to the end of the post to find out how you can enter!


Win two Strap leather hangers and Le Sac en Papier paper bag!


When we were planning this giveaway it came out that Nat’s (one of the lovely ladies behind Norsu) little daughter will turn 3 on exactly the same day as I will turn 30! So this is a really special giveaway, celebrating two birthdays, nice coincidences and friendships found via blogging! Nat from Norsu took it all together very beautifully:

Never did we realise we’d have so much in common when we first met Anu. We had spent endless hours trawling through the blog, excited and giddy as each article was posted. We’d decided it was “the source” for everything Scandi. It was our go-to place for new and emerging designers, must-have products to bring to Australia, and most importantly, the place where we would go to escape everyday life to enter the world of beautiful and inspiring interiors. There was no way we could keep this gem to ourselves and we decided to share it with our loyal followers, and of course there was no better place than Instagram to do it. We posted one of our favourite photos from Decordots and that was the day we met our now lovely friend Anu. Since then we’ve exchanged emails, shared our favourite products, gushed over styled photography… and supported each other just like friends do. Not only does Anu share our obsession for Scandinavian design, she shares her birthday with my daughter Annabel. As Anu turns 30, my little lady turns 3. So today, we know there’s reason to celebrate. Not only to Anu and Annabel on their special days, but to everyone who makes new friends for life through a shared passion… just like us.


Mathilda Clahr Strap leather hangers

Strap hangers by Mathilda Clahr


To enter the giveaway, the only thing you have to do is leave a comment to this post. (Make sure you enter your e-mail or url to comment form so it would be possible to contact you!) The giveaway is open worldwide and will be closed on Sunday, 3rd August midnight (GMT+2). The winner will be announced on 4th August here on the blog.

But this isn’t all! There is also a competition held on my Instagram account! We will give away one set of gifts here on the blog and one in Instagram, so make sure to also pop over there to double your chance to win! Good luck! xx


This giveaway is now closed and winners have been drawn. The winner among blog entries is Johanne Dueholm and the one from Instagram is @cassjherrick . Congratulations! 

photos // 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 //

From my home | Bedroom

July 22, 2014

Black and white nordic bedroom. from Decordots blog Black and white bedroom from Decordots blog Black and white bedding. from Decordots blog


Today I’ll show you another corner from my home, this time it’s the bedroom. Some time ago I painted the wall behind the bed bright white (it used to be greyish pink) and I’m really happy with the result. I thought long about painting it with some shade of light grey and I’m sure I would have liked it also, but I think it will remain white for some time. Now it’s so easy to change the look of whole room by simply changing the bedding. I love the all white look with white bedding and white walls, but this time I used some black pillow cases to add contrast to the room. And of course, green plants are essential to me!



Modern summer home with a view

July 21, 2014

indoor : outdoor living minimalist living room with a view Danish summer home modern and minimalist kitchen + dining


I hope you all had some good rest in the weekend and are ready for the new week ahead. I’m really excited as this is my birthday week – I will start my thirties on Saturday! I have also a surprise for you to celebrate it, so be sure to check back here on Friday!

This modern summer home caught my eye when going through my favorite blogs at the weekend. I like the modern simplicity of this cottage, it would be so nice and refreshing to spent relaxing evenings after long days spent outside  in a place like this… Lots of light, clean lines and big windows offering a beautiful view!


// summer home from Moenhuset by Lykke + Nielsen, via April and May //

My Deer Art Shop

July 18, 2014

Hey you print by My Deer Art shop Rebel postcards by My Deer Art shop Que le fuck print by My Deer Art shop Super hero postcards by My Deer Art Shop Tres important print by My Deer Art shop Ey' how you doing print by My Deer Art shop Hero dog print by My Deer Art shop


For this Friday I have a lovely new art shop to share with you. Earlier this week, Maaike Koster from My Deer concept and design studio launched My Deer Art shop where she sells her own posters and postcards. It’s a must visit for everyone loving typography and graphic art! My favorite is You Batman Me Superwoman poster, it would be perfect fit for my bedroom! Also, I admire her styling skills, both on these photos above taken from her webshop and also on her inspiring Instagram feed.


// photos from My Deer Art shop //


At home with Michelle Halford from The Design Chaser

July 16, 2014

Scandinavian style living room of Michelle Halford from TDC

Living room details from Michelle Halford's living room

String shelf styling. by Michelle Halford from TDC

Michelle Halford's living room

Beautiful airy Nordic style open plan space of Michelle Halford from TDC


Kitchen corner of Michelle Halford from TDC

Kitchen details from Michelle Halford's kitchen

Home office of Michelle from TDC

details from Michelle Halford's Nordic style office

Office details from Michelle Halford's Scandi style office

black and white kids study space from Michelle Halford's home

monochrome kids study space details


This gorgeous Nordic style space located in Auckland is the home of Michelle Halford from The Design Chaser. We met online about the same time I started my blog, so she is definitely one of my oldest blog friends! I have admired her home from the moment she shared first photos of her newly built space in her blog and have enjoyed following the decorating process of her home ever since.

Michelle kindly agreed to answer some short decorating related questions to offer an insight into her decorating thoughts and resources!
Five words what you think the best describe your home?
Scandi-inspired, light, bright and relaxed.

What is your favourite spot or favourite piece of furniture in your home at the moment?
It would have to be the String Shelving System in our main living area. Not only is it great for storage, it provides the perfect place to display the things I love including ceramics, books, art and plants. I get so much enjoyment from them and I’m constantly rearranging the shelves!

What are your favourite places for shopping things for your home? Any favourite webshops?
My favourite retail stores here in New Zealand include Indie Home CollectiveSimon James Concept StoreBLOCCult Design and Bauhaus. When it comes to webshops, there are far too many to name but one local favourite for Scandi finds is LET LIV, while overseas I’m currently browsing Urban Couture and Stillebenshop.

What is currently on your wish list for your home?
So many things! Bedding for my youngest son’s new bed, especially the latest designs from by NordMini Rodini, and Rebbeca Kiff. Chairs for both the dining table and office, in particular from brands Hay and Muuto but I’ve also been eyeing up the new Nordic chair from Timothy John for Paper Plane. Anything and everything from the new Menu collection but if I had to choose a couple it would be the Yeh Wall Table and the Marble Wall Clock by Norm Architects

What advice would you give to someone who starts decorating and wants to achieve the style similar to that in your home?
White walls and pale wood or white flooring is a great starting point. To achieve a relaxed, Scandi-style look, think ‘less is more’ and layer in warmth and texture by way of natural materials like wood, wool, marble and metallics. For a monochrome palette stick to black, white and grey and add in subtle touches of colour like nude or rose pink.

Thank you, Michelle for your time to answer the questions and thank you for being such an inspiration with your lovely blog and home!  xx


// photos by Michelle Halford //

White walls + white furniture

July 14, 2014

white living room. picture wall inspiration. from Strawberry dreams blog

Black and white living room. Annaleenas hem

White wall + white couch. Elisabeth Heier

white wall + white couch + white hay tray side table. from

white wall + white couch. from Ollie and Sebs house

White living room, House Doctor DIY lamp. from Helt Enkelt


For today’s post I’ve chosen examples of interiors where white furniture is put against the white wall. And there’s a personal reason for this. Maybe you remember that I’ve talked long about painting our living room wall in some shade of grey. Well, it seems that it won’t be grey after all! I had already chosen two beautiful shades of grey and couldn’t decide which one to use, when I felt that I would like to have a living room with all bright white walls. And now after two days of painting (had to apply 4 coats of paint to cover the darker colour we had) I have bright white walls! And a total mess as all the stuff is placed in the center of the room. Since we have a white couch I wasn’t sure how it would go with white wall in the background (grey wall would have been a nice contrast…) and that’s why I collected some gorgeous examples of this combo to convince myself that it will look nice! :)


photos // 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 //

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