We’ve been in our flat for 5 months now and the bedroom still isn’t quite finished. All the finishing touches seem to be happening in the next 2 weeks. We’re getting a new bed and finalising our art / print choices for the walls. We’ve been looking for something big for one of the walls but couldn’t find anything we really loved until I stumbled across The Poster Club.
The online store, based in Copenhagen sells a range of art prints and posters by designers and illustrators from around the world. There are some really beautiful prints there but we instantly fell in love with this print by Kristina Dam.
Palm I is 70 x 100cm and it’s the perfect size for our wall. It’s hanging out in the living room right now but will move into its bedroom home in a few weeks when the makeover is finally finished!
Some would say I have too many plants in my home. I say ‘not enough!’. I wanted to make something to cheer the fridge up. Our living / kitchen area is open plan so since we have to see our fridge every day from the living area, we might as well make it nice to look at. Having the plants on the fridge is great if you’re short on space or surfaces and also if you have pets / small children and want to keep your plants out of reach. It’s also a good way to re-use old cans and packaging.
You will need
Metal / plastic containers
Plants & potting soil
Ferrite / Refrigerator magnets
Hot glue gun
Clean your containers, ready for painting. I used a range of metal tins and sturdy plastic containers. In a well ventilated area, spray the containers your chosen colour(s) and leave to dry.
Once everything is dry, heat up the glue gun and start sticking magnets to the back of each container. Depending on how large / heavy the containers are and will be with soil / plants inside, you may have to glue more than one magnet to your container. I recommend buying a range of magnet sizes to ensure each container will hold securely to the fridge.
When the glue has dried and the magnets are stuck securely, it’s time to pot the plants and then arrange on the fridge. I’ve chosen a mix of cacti, succulents and ferns but I’m thinking about how good a fridge mini herb garden would be!
We’ve just spent 5 days in Copenhagen. It was my first time and I loved it! There was great design and colour everywhere. We read a few good blogs and guides before we went but here’s how we spent our week in this beautiful city.
G E T T I N G A R O U N D
Copenhagen is such a forward thinking city when it comes to cycling. As a cyclist in London I’ve got to put up with the aggression of drivers and the attitude that cyclists are ‘in the way’ and a nuisance. It seems like everyone in Copenhagen has a bike and they’re free to ride all over the city on cycle paths that run alongside the pedestrian and vehicle areas. There are cycle hire places everywhere in the city and it really is the best way to get around. The buses and metro are never really crowded though so if you’re not into bikes (or walking) then that’s your best option.
We didn’t really want to do a lot of shopping, especially since we only traveled with cabin luggage and also – spending your holiday shopping is not a holiday. I can do that at home. But…there were a few places that we just had to visit. Stilleben is a beautiful independent shop selling ceramics, textiles, prints and furniture from Danish and international designers. You can find it in a pretty central area of the city and is also surrounded by lots of other shops, both independent and chain/department. Unfortunately, I didn’t buy anything here as everything I wanted would never have fit in my suitcase. Next time I’ll come prepared!
Around the corner from Stilleben is HAY House. If you’re not familiar with HAY products, prepare yourself for a visit because it will probably blow your mind. It’s 2 floors full of beautiful Danish furniture, homewares and stationery which you’ll find in the Hay Mini Market. The Mini Market houses shelves and shelves of beautiful stationery and designer home objects like trays, can openers and wooden toothbrushes. It’s also arranged by colour, making it even more appealing. We actually went to HAY twice as I had to look at it all one more time before we left. I managed to come away with a few things too which made my tiny suitcase a pretty weird shape and a little bit heavier on the way home.
T H I N G S T O D O
Copenhagen is a small city but there is a lot to do, like take a ride around Black Pond Lake (Sortedams Sø) on a swan boat. All. Day. Every. Day. Or you could try some of these…
There are three Coffee Collective locations in Copenhagen. We stayed in the Nørrebro neighbourhood so visited this one almost every morning before we went exploring. I’m not a coffee drinker but I’m told by John that this is some of the best coffee he’s ever had. They make a mean cup of Earl Grey too.
Musiksmag is a small and cosy basement bar on Jægersborggade. This street is lined with independent shops, workshops and cafes so it’s worth a trip down here. The bar is pretty basic, selling a few bottled beers and some Lambrusco but it had good music and a small selection of vinyl for sale too. The staff were really friendly and even gave us half a bottle of wine for free because they enjoyed John’s dancing to Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. But that’s another story.
Granola is so good we went there twice. It’s decorated in a classic 1950s style, not too kitsch and serves breakfast, brunch and dinner. I’d recommend the avocado, mozzarella and tomato on Danish rye bread. Both times we went it was really busy. If you can, ask to sit outside, although these seats go fast on nice days. Værnedamsvej is a lovely street with shops, cafes and a beautiful florist so it’s great for people watching as well as dining.
Just down the street from Granola is the Playtype concept store. Playtype is an online type foundry and the store sells typographic prints, mugs, clothing and lots more type related products. It’s small but well worth a look if you’re a font fan.
S U P E R K I L E N | Nørrebroruten, 2200 København
Superkilen is a 1km long park that’s split into 3 sections – Red Square | Black Market | Green Park. My favourite was the Red Square. After 2 years of wear and weathering the red has turned into pinks, purples and peaches which cover walls, cycle paths and play areas. The park was created to celebrate the diversity of people living in the Nørrebro area and has lights, benches, bins, trees and even soil from all over the world. It’s such a bright and colourful space to be in.
N Y H A V N | 1058 København
This is the harbour and waterfront area that you see in all the tourist guides of Copenhagen. It is a little touristy but the coloured houses are very pretty and well worth a stroll along.
A S S I S T E N S C E M E T E R Y | Kapelvej 4, 2200 København N
The walled cemetery is lined with beautiful plants and flowers and locals use the grounds as more of a park than cemetery. Hans Christian Andersen is buried there along with lots of other famous Danes so take a look and don’t feel like a creep, everyone’s doing it.
M E A T P A C K I N G D I S T R I C T | Kødbyen, 1711 København
This area is full of bars, restaurants and art galleries. Every venue is housed in empty warehouse spaces. The area is still used by butchers and meat producers so it’s still got a grubby, industrial feel and not too gentrified. We tried to eat in Kødbyens Fiskebar for some seafood but without a reservation there was no chance so we tried Tommi’s Burger Joint and joined the queue that went down the street but gave up soon after because of my rumbly tummy. Eventually we ate at a great Thai place just outside of Kødbyen. I’d recommend making a reservation on the weekends to eat anywhere in the meatpacking district to avoid disappointment, especially as all the food looks so good!
Mikkeller Bars are craft beer bars that sell their own beers and ciders alongside other craft brands from around the world. I’m not a beer drinker but they had 2 nice ciders on the menu that week and also had a homemade cherry wine which was pretty tasty. It gets busy on the weekends so we couldn’t take advantage of sitting on any of the beautiful Danish chairs and benches but admired them from our spot near the bar.
M A L M Ö | Sweden
You can take the train from Copenhagen to Malmö in around 30 minutes. We went over for the day to explore the Swedish city. We wandered around, visiting parks, some second hand shops and a few markets before heading off to meet a friend and explore the annual Malmö gallery night. The city’s art galleries and performance spaces are open for one night a year for people to visit and enjoy live music, art and installations for free. It was total luck that we chose to visit on this day but it was totally worth it as we saw some really interesting stuff and took full advantage of the free bars too! We also ate at Restaurang Mollan at Södra Skolgatan SE-214 22 Malmö which was great and serves semi-traditional Swedish food. The owner was so friendly and helped us with the menu which was (obviously) entirely in Swedish.
C O L O U R
Copenhagen isn’t a place I would have thought of as colourful. At least not visually, but I was so wrong. It’s a really vibrant place with green spaces, bright bikes, and street art on every wall. If you’re headed there soon let me know if you went to any of my recommendations or if you’ve been / live there let me know if I’ve missed any hidden gems as I’m sure we’ll be back soon.
Finishing off our bedroom has been a tricky one. It’s the last room in the flat to complete and it seems to be taking forever. We need lots of storage but also want our things to look nice and not just thrown in a corner or everything piled high on boring shelves. I’ve seen a few decorative shelves around using old belts or leather straps so decided to make this one for our sleepy space.
You will need
Leather strap (approx 200cm long for this shelf)
Wooden shelf (ours is 82cm x 17cm)
Screws (I used black but brass look good too)
Scissors or scalpel knife
Ruler / Measuring tape
Wall plugs / fixings that are suitable for your wall
Take your leather strap and either cut in half or cut 2 pieces to your desired length (ours was 200cm x 5cm). You can do this with a ruler and scalpel knife, or scissors if you prefer. Make sure your scissors are sharp as leather is not easy to cut with blunt tools!
Using the drill, make a hole at each end of each strap, approximately 2cm away from the ends and centred. I used a scrap piece of wood under the leather to stop me drilling into my table.
Quit screwing around! (It’s time to choose your screws). I chose black to compliment the rest of the colours in the room but I really like the way brass screws look with this paler tan leather.
Fold each of your straps in half and twist in your screws, lining up your holes. Using your spirit level, and hopefully a friend to help hold and keep balance, it’s time to fix the shelf to your wall. Make sure you use the correct fixings for the type of wall you have. Simply mark out your screw holes on the wall, drill, add wall plugs and screw in place.
It’s a decorative shelf and we’re not planning on putting too much on it but I’d say this could hold a decent amount of weight. Don’t go sitting on it, or piling your entire book collection on it, but you get the idea. There was a spare bit of leather left over so I also made this tea towel holder for the kitchen using the same drill method as above and a copper hoop. It might just make drying the dishes a bit less tedious. Maybe.