Cottage of the Month - August 2011
Hello fellow travelers. I hope you still have those passports in hand, cause this month we're visiting beautiful Norway.
Welcome to Trine's charming Norwegian cottage...
Where is your home located, and how long have you lived there?
My cottage is located in southeast Norway. Tucked in between fields, farms and forests. I bought it in 2008, but didnt move in until January 2009. I share my home with my two cats, Huldra and Heksa, and a Welsh Pony named Pixie.
What is your favorite decorating style?
Scandinavian Farm influence from the 1950's as well as beach cottage style. I also enjoy victorian naturalia/curiosa styles.
Where do you get your decorating influence from the most?
I use the internet, like Pinterest and Blogs, as well as magazines; my favorite being Country Living. I also take great inspiration from nature and traditional Norwegian farms.
In 5 words or less, your home is?
A Summer all-year Sanctuary
What is your favorite store or flea market to shop at?
Oh... wow... where to start eh? I love Etsy and eBay of course. As well as seasonal local fleamarkets and the local antique dealer. But I love car boot sales in the UK. I also venture into any interior decor store I can find.
Share one of your favorite decorating tricks or ideas:
Buy vintage and 2nd hand. I pride myself on not having any new furniture in my home. Everything has been bought 2nd hand at flea makets or charity shops. I also recommend carrying a colour throughout your rooms to create a flow. My colours are green and teal.
Your favorite paint color, name and brand:
I use Lady Interior. A Norwegian brand. And I always keep pots of sea glass colours at hand. Like teal, mint green, seafoam, etc.
What are your favorite things to collect right now?
Old green/turquoise books, vintage alarm clocks in the right colours, and vintage specimens (butterflies, fossils etc). I am always on the lookout for vintage kitchenware, like Skyline and Nutbrown.
What is your favorite room in your house, and why?
My kitchen or dining room. I love the colours, and I am very happy with all my pieces in there. The kitchen is nearly everyone's favorite. Even though most thought I was crazy to paint it pistachio green, ha ha. The joke is on them, because whenever people come over for a cup, it's where we end up sitting.
Your next project is:
I am doing the guest bedroom next, as well as work a bit more on my atlier. After that I need to work on the stable. Which I can tell you will not be "just another horse stable".
Please visit Trine's blog at: http://vinnord.blogspot.com, and be sure to let her know you saw her home featured at The Old Painted Cottage!