Every blogger needs a desk

As a full-time blogger I spend most of my time at home, blogging from my desk (or dining table), which makes it essential to have the perfect desk! A desk with plenty of space for all those magazines, press releases, my endless piles of blocks and notes, and my many cups of coffee!

If you live in small space a combination combining both a bookcase and a desk is probably the best way to go. Or maybe just picking a wall mounted desk that can easily be closed, hiding away ones mess.

If you have more space, then don’t be afraid to look at dining tables, as many can be used as desks also – and many of the dining tables have the extra leaf option, so you always can go bigger, if you need more space for papers or an extra person.

Woods, metallics & stones

In Scandinavia we have a long history with furniture in wood. Many of the greatest designers ever lived were world-class carpenters, designing some of the greatest pieces of furniture ever made. Wood is great, because it never gets out of still. No matter with style period we have seen through the years, wood has been right in there. All, except one, the whole 60’ies plastic sensation fascination lead by Verner Panton. So unless you are still stuck in the 60’ies, anything made of wood is a very safe choice.

The past years we have seen a huge trend in adding brass and marble in with the interior. These trends is evolving this year and broaden a bit, so instead of focusing on only brass and marble, it is more metallic and stones in general.

Brass, gold and especially steal is making a huge comeback, team it up with any stone material, like black or white marble or concrete, and you are very safe and extremely trendy.

Must-haves from the Bolia Lookbook

For some reason Spring always make me want to throw everything out and start fresh with a clean pallet. Luckily this year, I made the big move from a small apartment to another way bigger in Copenhagen. Obviously I didn’t throw out all my furniture, but I had to find a lot of new ones.

One of the biggest mistakes I find many people doing, is rather than saving for the right and long lasting pieces they beat a path to the nearest Ikea. Yes, they have many nice things, but you don’t want to surround yourself with an entire Ikea catalogue. I would much rather live with an empty space for a few months and go without a summer vacation, than buying semi-good furniture. Remember, you have to live with these bigger pieces for a long time.

So to make it a bit easier for you, I have found my favourite pieces from the 2015 Bolia Lookbook, concentrating on the bigger items; a bookcase, a couch and a dining table. Along with a few good tips for you to think about when buying these.

Pick a bookcase that you can always add to. Variant is a great piece, as it fits perfectly for a smaller space and as you move to bigger spaces later in life, you can add to it.

If you only have space for one sofa, go as big as possible. Lets face it; you need a sofa where you are able to snuggle up with your loved ones on a hangover Sunday in front of the TV. My absolute favourite Bolia piece is the Mr. Big sofa – in aqua blue velour.

When picking a dining table, less is more! I always pick one where the tabletop can be made separate from the legs, as I might want to change the top, when I get bored of the look. Pick one in wood, as these gives warmth to the interior and as you don’t as easily get bored of wood as with laminate.

Sofa trends 2015

Allan Torp —  May 12, 2015 — Leave a comment

Sofa trends 2015

At the moment I’m in love with two types of sofas: the ones with slim legs and the ones with that unique, vintage feel. So if you’re looking to buy a new sofa, these are from my point of view, what you have to look for.

We have seen the slim legs on sofas for a few years now, however it is not until now that we really understand the beauty of them. A sofa can be, and very often it is, a very heavy piece of furniture in your living room, which is why slim legs, is a good idea. It lifts up the sofa, almost cancelling out gravity, giving the heavy sofa a much more elegant look.

If you are not quite there yet, and you actually like the heaviness of the sofa, then you should really look for a sofa with a vintage feeling. If you are lucky to find the perfect sofa from the 50’ies then go for it. For the rest of us, that doesn’t have time to find that perfectly worn-out sofa from the actual 50’ies, you should go for a new one, but with clear references to the 50’ies, 60’ies and 70’ies. One of the easiest ways is to choose either a good leather quality upholster, as leather quickly gets a vintage feeling, or go for the bolder version, choosing a velour fabric.

What inspires me

Henriette Kalbekken —  April 2, 2015

What inspires me

 

I’m inspired by many things. Day to day, by people – what they wear, how they look. Strong people really inspire me. Seeing what drives others and the lives they live is what inspires me most.

I love travelling and I love to see the colour contrasts around the world. Small details, such as a cup or a dish in a restaurant can inspire me.

I often think homes with a personality are inspiring – homes that have something that not everyone has. Preferably something vintage or something new. Colours and colour compositions are also really exciting to work with.

I work as an interior design and find it challenging as I constantly have to think up new ideas, and no two homes are the same. In many ways I have to feel inspired in every project I do – otherwise my body would give up. I wouldn’t finish the job.

Often when I’m painting I need to listen to music, be alone, travel, dream and let the inspiration come. I can’t force inspiration – it just has to come on its own.

It’s as if the body, head and heart are set to think in terms of interior design whenever I enter new premises, a new room, house etc. I can’t leave a café without having an opinion on what I would have done differently or having fallen in love with what I saw.

It’s fun and exciting – as long as you enter with your eyes open – when looking for it I usually always find the inspiration I need.

I think all people can do this if they want to – so next time try and let the inspiration come to you!

Green Living

Igor Josifovic —  March 25, 2015

Green Living

March is the first month of the year that slowly announces spring. It makes us yearn for the outdoors, for the green nature and first blossoms. While we are patiently waiting for spring to kick in, let’s invite the nature into our homes and live green.

Inviting plants into our homes has been a major trend over the past years. But living with house plants is not only a question of style and decoration, it is a statement and lifestyle choice. It enhances the living environment making our homes healthier and better for us and our beloved ones. House plants purify the air, release fresh oxygen and lower stress levels. They truly make our homes a more beautiful and healthier place.

The vast selection of house plants and green solutions for the home make living with plants neither difficult nor time-consuming. Those claiming not to have a green thumb can opt for low-maintenance or even no-maintenance plant solutions like sealed plant jars that care for themselves. Other can opt for terrariums or low-maintenance plants like cacti and succulents that require a minimum of plant care. Whatever your option is, you will be fascinated to see how plants bring a space to life and make it lush and cosy.

According to your home size you can opt for large or small plants, floor pots, small plant pots or even hanging planters if space is very limited. Go for it, live green, live healthy. Live, love and create!

My bowl table

Henriette Kalbekken —  March 19, 2015

My bowl table

My first meeting with the Bowl table made me fall head over heels. It had an unbelievably beautiful design, as well as practical space inside the table – I was sold. 

It has now been with me for almost four years, and is just as beautiful. Despite different living rooms and different houses, the table has always, with its distinctive design, been a strong contributer to the look that I have desired.

In my first apartment in Tromsø, it looked like this. My style was blue and brown, in a combination of cozy but minimalistic.

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I moved to Oslo, to a more modern apartment, where I painted the floors white-grey. The table fit in well there, precisely because of the floors. There was a nice contrast with the table top in walnut. There was a harmony of grey, with some colours in between. Blue was still dominant.

I moved again to a new loft apartment in the same apartment building, where I had to deal with dark floors in a cherry colour, which I felt was a bit of a trainsmash. I got a bit of anxiety from too many types of wood in the living room.

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So after a short time, I decided to paint the table top so that I could get it the way I wanted it. Plus, it was a personal change for me in the interior.

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When it was more neutral, it was easier to decorate with other colours and décor. I do not regret it. If I ever do regret it at some stage, I can just find the sander and sand it down until the woodwork is visible again.

After a while I moved again. This time to an older apartment building with old rosettes and hardwood floors. Here, the walnut table top would have been fine again, but I am so keen to paint the wall behind the sofa, so it is nice to have a more neutral table.

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The Bowl table has become something of a hallmark for me. Most people recognise my living room because of precisely this table. For me, it is so personal that I feel a sense of belonging to it. It cannot be replaced. It has been so popular, and I get questions almost daily about where it comes from. And yes, it is from Bolia.com.

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Leather goods

 

In real life it is something we all aim to – to age in style and with grace. But what we aim for ourselves, we can also wish for our home. Currently we can observe a micro trend around leather goods, handcrafted pieces and larger furniture made of leather with natural tan finishing. Leahter goods recall ancient handicraft and quality. They refer to the nature as the material is natural itself – and above all, it gains beauty over time.

Leather goods are not made for people who like timeless perfection and impeccable looks. Leather will age over time and it will carry the signs of time and usage on it. But the real connoisseur will appreciate that fact in particular: each leather piece will become unique, it will turn into a one-of-a-kind piece molded by time and use.

Leather goods are popular in interiors with a natural vibe, be it Scandinavian interiors or bohemian homes. It perfectly blends into a rich interior scheme with colours, patterns and various textures as well as into monochrome, puristic interiors with a Nordic vibe. Leather pieces will always add character and texture to a room, transmitting a warm and natural feel.

So let your favorite piece of furniture age in style with you. And you will see that beauty comes with age – in both, humans and leather goods.

#myoldsofa competitionWe’re in a gift-giving mood and want to give you the opportunity to win your Bolia dream sofa. The model, fabric and colour are totally up to you! We know the importance of having a good, comfortable sofa when you’re watching TV, relaxing or grabbing forty winks. Everyone knows sofas are for sleeping in – lets stop pretending they’re not. So seize this opportunity and enter our Instagram competition to win your favourite sofa. The competition is very simple; all you have to do is take a photo of your old sofa. Tell us which sofa in which model you’d like to exchange it for. Share your photo on Instagram with the hashtag #myoldsofa. On 30 March, we will draw a lucky winner from all those who have participated in the competition.

We look forward to seeing your old sofas. Have fun!

Blue is the color of the year

I’m going to go completely against the words of the last two guest bloggers here, and claim blue as the color of the year! Sure, green is big, but I see it mostly in smaller accessories, as a wall color and of course in the huge amount of green plants we are seeing everywhere. On the furniture side though, blue is definitely dominating, especially for upholstered pieces like sofas and arm chairs.

At Stockholm Furniture Fair the other week, I saw blue in different hues from all the main brands, often combined with gray or black, or dusty hues of pink, beige and peach. It is also beautiful combined with all kinds of wood, anything from birch to walnut matches blue hues perfectly, and gives a warm contrast to a color that is otherwise easily perceived as a bit cold. If you aren’t feeling quite ready for the big step of investing in a blue sofa, but still want to incorporate this trend in your home, you can try some smaller pieces like cushions, vases or other accessories.

New Spring collection

Søren Kirkegaard —  February 24, 2015

New Spring collectionThe new spring collection’s style is clearly inspired by the Scandinavian design tradition, but with the addition of lots of vibrant colours to brighten up the home after a long winter. The new collection includes the hottest contemporary materials such as concrete, different coloured marble and glass and metals in the form of brass, copper and steel. Some of the trends the Bolia design team have based the new collection on include the concept of bringing nature into the home and designs featuring tonal colour combinations. The new designs can all easily be used independently, but we love putting together the different forms, materials and colour ranges in our own interiors.

The designers behind the collection include KaschKasch, Rikke Frost, Michela Catalano, Virgile Thevoz and Josephine Choquet.

The spring collection consists of many different designs such as patterned and floral cushions for livening a grey sofa up, various plant pots to bring some greenery inside, coloured, almost sculpture-like mirrors, minimalistic trays, raw images on postcards, frames with city posters, and last but not least, a mobile phone speaker.

DIY by Henriette Kalbekken

Hello!

My name is Henriette Amlie Kalbekken. I’m 24 years old, from Tromsø, mother to two lively boys and crazy about interior design.

I was asked to contribute to the Bolia blog precisely because of this passion, which I share through my own blog designlykke.com. As a former store manager for Bolia Tromsø I feel connected to company and its products and values. That’s why I jumped at the chance of blogging on behalf of Bolia. My wish is that this blog will allow me to share my passion with you in the hope that you will be inspired to let your creativity loose in your own home using your own unique style.

There is enough to say about interior decoration and design to fill any number of books, but to me the most important thing is feeling happy in my own home. I’m happiest when I get to create. I love finding the beauty in objects and making them my own, and that goes for both large pieces and small details. Although I am constantly repainting my walls you’re just as likely to find me focusing on the smaller items in the window sill. I’m truly in my element when getting stuck into a DIY project. Car boot season is almost upon us, which is why I wanted to dedicate this first blog entry to sharing some of my favourite DIY fixes.

Wall decoration

 

My boyfriend and I gave the wall in my old apartment a spontaneous facelift one evening. We felt it was dull and in need of a revamp. We began experimenting and masking temporarily. The result was amazing!

Home made storage

I wanted a marble shelf so I bought mounts and marble tiles to make a sleek kitchen shelf. Easy, affordable and really cool.

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The shelves in the bedroom were created using an old shoe rack from the early 90s. As soon as I come up with a new DIY idea I need to get it out there, otherwise I’ll never do it.

Marble mac

The marble Mac became quite a success. It went viral online and it was an incredible feeling knowing that it was the result of my imagination! It was a spur of the moment idea and so much fun to do.

I’m thinking about dedicating my next entry to things that inspire me. I’m already looking forward to it!

New store in Haugesund

Søren Kirkegaard —  January 15, 2015

Grand Opening in Haugesund

 

Dear Haugesund. It’s a great pleasure for us to open a store in your lovely city. We have for a long time been looking forward to the Grand opening and are excited to finally meet you all. We love that your city feel so cozy and have only gotten positive feedback when preparing the store for today – for this we thank you.

The interior decoration is inspired by ‘’city meets nature’’ which can be seen around the store and furthermore in the designs, where we like to mix materials and play with contrasts. We like to think that visiting us is not just a ‘normal’ store visit and would like you to feel comfortable and welcome – so we build an apartment inside the store. The style, decoration and music in here takes you straight to the romantic and beautiful city of Paris. It can’t be described – you have to experience it yourself.

So stop by our new store and take part in the grand opening! We promise to spoil you with snacks, champagne, welcoming offers and we always have a lots of Scandinavian designs and a fantastic service.

If you can’t make it to the store today, then visit us one of the coming days – we will keep celebrating the new store for the next 10 days.

More info about the new store can be found here

Living small with Bolia

Allan Torp —  December 30, 2014

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With a single word, I can summarize what it’s all about when talking about living small: THINGS! It’s not so much what we spend time on in our homes, but more what we bring into it. We (or at least, I) tend to bring things coming into our home on a single ticket – it builds up and even when we occasionally may have to move, then somehow it ends up in the new place also. When you live in small spaces you are forces to listen to the mantra “Less is more” otherwise it just ends up wrong. There is no way around, clutter and living small simply do not go hand in hand! This means that you have to consider your things and just surround yourself with the things that really serve a purpose.

So the very first thing you should look at when you live small (and for that matter, live large) is to get rid off all the things that are unnecessary. Many of us also make the big mistake that we go out buying more things, which we can use as organizers, but it does not help does it? Basically you only bring more stuff into your home! I know it is not easy to discard things, but maybe you do not need to it throw away, but just keep it in the basement or leave the large dining table you inherited from grandma at home with father and mother, who happens to live larger.

In many cases, good design in small spaces actually just needs good thinking. Although the same basic decorating principles can be applied regardless of size, you need to bring a much more holistic approach to your design problems where space is constrained. The smaller the place, the more is the likelihood that the changes you decide will have a dramatic effect. In other word, it is important that you do not tackle your problems individually.

Quite often the question is that you need to find space for both your living room, dining room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, storage space, all in only one or two rooms! We often think of fitting it in this way! The first step when you need to arrange a one-bedroom apartment is to wipe the slate clean of preconceptions. Forget rooms and their traditional use and focus on what you actually do and meet those needs and activities with simple units.

I selected a few cool products from Bolia that I think would go very well in a smaller décor.

Enjoy!

Gatherings

Allan Torp —  December 18, 2014

 

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Throughout the past year social media have been flooded with images of delicious food pictures and gorgeous tables set for a spectacular gathering. Gatherings with the sole purpose to get you to open your home or venturing outdoors with your loved ones have definitely become a huge trend. It is all about getting people to gather and cook in their homes, and experience the world’s oldest act of communication: sharing a meal.

Remove as much of the fuss and formality of normal entertainment as possible. Set your table in a modest manner, and serve honest and straightforward food. The focus should be on the sense of togetherness and the tradition that is richly formed and celebrated through the shared meals. Invite family, friends and other guests to join in the preparations of the meals and dine around the table. Don’t be afraid to invite strangers, you never know, you might end up with new amazing friends.

On the brisk fall days we often experience in the Nordic region I often go for family walks and outings. We collect leaves and take in the change of season. I love the autumn days where the air is cooler and the colours are vibrant. I try to slow down to really enjoy the day. After a day outside, there is nothing better that enjoying a warm meal that has been in the making all day.

Get inspired by the surrounding outdoors, create a simple centrepiece of foraged branches and scatter leaves sporadically on the table. Select clean white plates and if you are not lucky enough to have a wooden table like Bolia’s Nordic or DT20, then cover up your table with a white linen tablecloth. Remember one thing; don’t over do it. Gatherings are about the food and the company, not some extravagant table setting.

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