Friday, December 11, 2015

New home: Bathroom and Corridor

Hello! Here comes the third part of our home tour! Our bathroom isn't the most interesting room in the house, since there wasn't much we could change in there, but to be honest I don't mind it the way it is! When I was searching for an apartment all the bathrooms had the most horrible tiles with really weird patterns from the seventies. Gladly this house, even though it is built in the seventies, it has really simple white and red tiles which aren't that bad really. Maybe it has been renovated which is why it has more simple tiles...I don't know. Either way, here is our bathroom in case you were wondering what it looked like :)
The only problem we had in the bathroom was the lack of storage space. Also that weird corner there wasn't very functional so we covered it with a bathroom furniture we found in Ikea and voila! Now we have space to put towels and other bathroom stuff and we no longer have that weird corner sitting there empty.
 This is our corridor that leads to the bathroom, the kitchen and the two bedrooms. I know you will be laughing with my editing skills, but my computer has been having some difficulties with photoshop, so I put the arrows on the drawing program...hups!
 This is what our corridor looks like now! We are planning to put a carpet when we get the money. We are also planning to do a painting in that black frame, but we are still on the thinking process (or in other words, waiting for the inspiration to come!). 
 My mom's old mirror she didn't want to keep anymore.
Two little paintings I bought last summer on our trip to Tallinn:)

That's all for now people! Stay tuned for our kitchen tour!

Karoliina

Thursday, December 3, 2015

New home: Living/dining room

Hello! Here comes the second part of our home tour! I have to say that I had some difficulties photographing this space, so some pictures have been taken in a different time which affected the lighting in the room. Also on my before pictures, I made the mistake to not take the pictures before we brought all our stuff in...sorry about that!

So as you might be able to tell most of our stuff is from Ikea (nice and cheap),but I did buy the chairs from a local store here and I am really happy with them! The table once again is handmade by me and my mom, inspired from this table and the couch and the coffee table were Lazaros's old furniture that we changed up a bit. Anyway, I hope you like our colorful space! 


The credit goes to my mom who made the cover and the pillows for the couch!
  I guess you have noticed that I love yellow! At first, we were supposed to get a green armchair so that it wouldn't feel too yellow with the walls and everything. For some people it might be too yellow still, but I like the way it looks :)
The coffee table before we painted it
 Last but not least, our umbrella lamp. This was 100% my moms idea that I wasn't really excited about in the beginning, but it doesn't look that bad after all! (and yes, it is a real umbrella!)
That's all for now people :) Three more rooms to go!
Have a nice day!

Karoliina

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

New home: Entrance hall

As promised, here come the before and after pictures of our new home! Don't hurry though...I will take it one room at a time, buahaha! 

Before you go down to see the pictures (which you probably have done already...sneaky, sneaky), let me share the story of how we ended up renting this house. To begin with, finding an apartment in my hometown was extremely difficult since most houses were really old and the new ones were quite expensive for us. I had been looking for a house for three weeks and had gone to many apartments to see them, but none of them really felt like it could be our home. At some point we had found a nice apartment, but something went wrong with the owner and he didn't want to rent it to us anymore (I still don't know what changed his mind). Either way, I continued searching and called for an apartment through an agency. Unfortunately, that apartment had been taken, but the guy on the phone told me that they had another apartment if I wanted to have a look. I hang up and went straight to see the apartment which I instantly fell in love with. I took pictures to show Lazaros, but when I showed them to him he didn't like what he saw (ugh!). Couple of days had passed and I wanted to give that apartment one last chance before I continued with my search. This time my mom had come with me (since Lazaros was working) and she loved the house too, but the problem was still Lazaros. I tried to convince him through the phone and gladly he agreed to rent this apartment. What can I say...sometimes a woman knows best ;) Even though I understand why Lazaros wasn't excited with the apartment at first, since it is a bit old and not in the best shape, but now he is very happy with the changes I have made and we are both happy with the result (yey!). Gladly all that is over now and we have a lovely home that is both in our budget and close to my university and Lazaros's work! 

But enough of the talking and back to the house itself! First of all, I am going to show you our entrance hall (if you can really call it a hall)! I love the fact that it even has a little entrance space because most houses I had seen didn't have that. I decided to paint the walls a bright red to cheer up the space a bit and added some furniture to make it more functional.

 The shoe cabinet is made by me and my mom :)
    Here is a little sneak peak of our living/dining room, but more on that on the next post! 
Before I finish I must say a special thank you to my mother who helped me with pretty much everything in the apartment and my boyfriend who has been supporting most of my crazy ideas :)

Karoliina 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A little update...

Aloha! 

I know it's been a while, but here is a little update on what has been happening in my life for the past five or six (?) months! 

Let's start from the summer (which went by really fast)! I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work in Finland and earn some money (that we all know is well needed these days), plus I was studying for my entrance exam for University! 

In the end of August, I came back to Greece and soon after that I had my entrance exams in Thessaloniki (yuks!).  I have no idea how I managed to survive from those exams, but I guess I did pretty well since I am studying Architecture in the University of my hometown now( which was the University I wanted from the beginning, yey!)!

Long story short, now I live in a cozy apartment in one of my favorite cities and I am super excited about my new life here with my boyfriend!  

Stay tuned because I am going to share before and after pictures of my new home and yes, I am really excited about that too! :)



Karoliina



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Hello, hello! It's me again and I'm still very alive, even though I have kind of disappeared from the blog! Studying and drawing were keeping me busy and now that I have a job it's been even more busy! Gladly I had the opportunity to stay in Greece till the end of May and get some professional help on my drawing!Thanks to my teacher's advice I believe that I have improved a lot the last month and I hope that I am going to rock on the entrance exams in September! Wuapaaa! Now I am in Finland working and studying and continuing this drawing stuff by myself which isn't as easy as I thought it would be...but I am not giving up! I am so happy that I have found something that I enjoy doing and either I am going to become an architect or not, I still see this as a good extra skill to have! To be honest I didn't even think that I could draw this kind of stuff so personally I am happy with the result no matter what other people think!

BUT enough of the talking and let the pictures speak for themselves! I took the pictures before I left for the airport so I didn't have much time to make them look perfect. (note my fantastic editing skills heh) 


Of course there is always space for improvement, but so far so good! 
To end this post here is a weird video I found of myself in my camera today. You know the feeling when you find something that you have made or done and you think ''what the hell was I thinking?'' (or is it just me?), well I had one of those moments after watching this. 
I am sure you will appreciate it very much :P


Have a nice evening! 
Karoliina

Friday, April 24, 2015

Sister time part 3

Here comes the last part of our sister time in Amsterdam! It's a bit weird to be writing about this two weeks after I left Amsterdam...oh well! 

4.4.2015:

We didn't do much on that day since we were really tired watching the tulips the previous day. We were planning to go to Anna Frank, but the line was so huge that we gave up on that thought. Instead we went to see the pillow fight on Dam square and headed back home to watch Maleficent.


video


5.4.2015:

On my sister's last day in Amsterdam we decided to go see the one windmill we could find close by in Amstelpark. This time it was a real windmill, not like the fake one in keukenhof.

Happy Friday! Time to head back to my studying -_- 

Karoliina