Last week I spent my days off in Italy. Some of the perks of being a Cabin Crew is the incredible cheap flight tickets and not least, that I work 5 days on and always have 4 days off. We didn’t actually know where we were heading this weekend. We looked up all flights that had the most available seats and took it from there. We considered Iceland, Copenhagen, London and Spain. But If you are Norwegian, like me. The warmer temperatures seemed to tempt way more at this time of year. We decided to travel to Italy the very same day. “The numbers looks good, let’s go”. I am fairly used to the whole travel on impulse thing, but I must admit this was a new record for me, especially traveling with a 7 year old. I spent my time on the express train reading up on dress codes, currency, the top 10 “must see” locations and of course the most important word in the book “Thank you” (grazie mille. Loosely translated; Thank you very much). My knowledge of Italy was pretty blank. All I knew was that we were heading in the direction of the homeland of pizza, lasagne, gladiators, amazing architecture and gelato. Sure! why not?
We arrived late in the evening, so we drove to the coastline and booked into a small hotel by the beach, Hotel del Mare. We arrived pretty late, so the owner urged us to get outside if we were to catch any restaurants still open. Next door was a restaurant with mostly seafood and pasta. A boy were celebrating his 9th birthday on the table next to us and the owner was so kind to give Leo a piece of his birthday cake. We had been in Italy for two hours and here we were sitting next to a family celebrating and eating real Italian food for the first time. It seemed surreal that we started our morning in freezing Oslo, eating knekkebrød while watching Pokemon on Tv.
The next day we checked out the beach. Since we arrived when it had become dark we had no idea how the neighborhood would look. I love arriving when it’s dark, it’s like the world is wrapped in paper and you just have to wait until the next morning to see what the location will bring. The temperatures were alright, but not enough to make a beach holiday. We went for a walk on the beach while waiting for our taxi, that would take us to Rome.
To be Continued!
Thought I would shed some light on that one;)
I’m not new to blogging, as a matter of fact I had my first blog in 2004 before anyone knew what a blog actually was. We called it «my space» and it was a part of Windows Live Messenger. (MSN). Which mostly worked as a online diary where I complained about village life, homework and how much I loved HIM. Hahah time flies!
In 2009 I moved to England and studied illustration and I blogged mostly about art, England and Alternative fashion. In 2012 I started a new travel blog and backpacked through South East Asia, which is 4 years ago now. I went by the url kijoeibon.com and I used Kijo as a synonym. Heck I even looked a lot different back then, with neon hair and crazy outfits. I changed the url, the design, deleted all the content and that’s why I’m now showing up in everyones feed who subscribed to my RRS feed (bloglovin, feedly, google reader +++) back in 2012.
It was a good year. However when the adventure came to an end and reality hit there wasn’t really much to write about. Diving into a 800m long cave, playing with tigers, zip lining through the jungle, arriving at an abundant island.. Awesome, right!? Working 24/7, combined with a confidentiality declaration? Not so much. I worked non-stop for 4 months, moved to the capital, moved around, meet my fiancee, got a stepson, a new job in aviation, and purchased my first apartment. Boom. Grown-up points.
My goal right now is to get this apartment together and then travel. My job gives me the opportunity to travel the world for nothing but small fees. I got my base, I got the perfect job. The groundwork is done. Then there will as always be some art and creative projects in between. So for those of you that don’t care much for renovation, bear with me! Travel posts are coming! 😀
I know that there haven’t been a lot of updates lately, but to be honest the worst part of the renovation progress is not fun nor interesting. It’s a mess! You know that stage where the floors are gone, everything you own is in a pile of dirt and the walls are covered in tape? Yep. But luckily that’s all done now. We’re IN! Lately we have been spending time on orders and taking measures of everything. Washing machine, wardrobes and even a Murphy bed / office space. It will take 4-6 weeks to get the wardrobe in place, so I guess we just have to learn to live with the chaos for a while.
I decided to paint my contrast wall in the living room with something called Lady Minerals from Jotun, it’s a paint that gives a limestone finish to the walls and I really love it. You start by painting with a brush diagonally. Be quick and don’t give yourself any breaks between because this paint dries fast and every brush stroke shows. It had a terrible color when it was fresh and I must admit I was freaking out between the layers. But when it finally dried, I really love it!
The color name and code is Lady Minerals 1623 Marrakesh. I’m going to use an acrylic mix in the same shade around the kitchen area, this paint is really sensitive towards stains and water so don’t do it in a hallway or a kitchen area without a sealer!
And.. I love our new floors!
Today was my first day off after a heavy work-week in the air. It’s high season and everyone is going on their holiday. Me? I’m juggling renovation and a full-time job. And Daniel has two.. Jeezes! Welcome to Chaos.
I had stops in Molde, Tromsø & Harstad this work period so Daniel painted the ceiling and repainted all the white walls while I was gone. It seems like the white walls were not so white after all.. I should have known, that there is nothing called just «white» in the interior world. Our old shade had some sort of yellow hint to it, eggwhite or whatever the correct term is. We wanted pure white walls, the problem with that was that every single thing in the apartment was just that.. eggwhite. The skirting, windowsill, the sockets, the doors and even the whole kitchen fronts were eggwhite. With the freshly pure white walls everything else seemed dirty and yellow. So I had to decide; repaint or redo.
I have decided to paint the frames and windowsills shiny white. And I’m going to have a darker contrast color surrounding the kitchen fronts to make them more clean and white. I’m not quite sure what to do with the doors. We have 3, were one of them is the bathroom door that already has some water damage. So I think I might just replace them. We’ll see…
Tomorrow I’m doing my second coat on the contrast wall in the living room and Daniel is continuing on the floor. To be continued! 😀
Even though I love how big and bright the apartment looks with the white floor, I know it’s not going to last with our lifestyle. We want a pet eventually, I paint, Leo likes to drag his cars and toys all over the floors and I don’t want to worry about stripes and marks. I’ve bought some samples and it looks like we’re going with the shade that we wanted from the beginning.
We’re going for number 3. It’s not too white, and the structure is rough and more rustic.(Marks and wear is going to add to the charm, not become an annoyance.) I like the warmer shades, but I’ve never had light floors before and want the apartment to still look bright and clean.
These two pictures are exactly the same as sample number three, but as you can see the product photos come off completely different than the real deal. My advice to anyone who is looking to get their floors replaced is to quit wasting time online and go directly to the shops. I promise you will save yourself a lot of time and confusion.
I am really looking forward to get the roof and walls repainted, so we can get started on this! The floor really sets the tone and mood of the room. Right now we are ripping off skirtings, throwing out old wardrobes and prepping the rooms for paint!
Today I’ve been together with Daniel for 3 years. It’s really odd, sometimes I feel like we meet yesterday and other days I feel like I’ve known him my whole life. For the last 6 months we have been looking around for apartments, I feel like we’ve been everywhere. Renting is expensive in Oslo and it feels like a waste of money even though we have really enjoyed our old flat. This summer we finally came across an apartment we could afford that meet our expectations. So we celebrated 3 years together by getting the keys to our new home today! It feels amazing, but at the same time it’s hard to grasp that I actually own my own place. It’s right in the city center and best of all.. it has a sunny garden!
The apartment is from 2008, so it is in good shape but needs a layer of paint. We went straight to the store and bought supplies and paint this evening. So we might just go all in and start tomorrow. I can’t wait to spend the next months nesting and coming up with cool ideas.
So if you’re looking for interior, renovation and DIY inspo, this is it!
My name is Tonje. My work is in aviation and my spare time consists of creative outbursts with a lot of Netflix and chill in between. I like to bury myself in creative projects, imaginary worlds and loose track of time and place. I call that state Cloud Eibon (long story). I believe in sharing your passion or whatever makes you happy, however small, because if you never find the time to do happy, you are most certainly missing the point.
I come from a tiny fjord along the Norwegian west-coast with about one thousand inhabitants. I got restless at a young age and I’ve lived in many cities, studied illustration in England and backpacked in South East Asia. I am currently living in Oslo with my fiancee and bestfriend Daniel. Who also got a son named Leo that stays with us at weekends and holidays. Like I needed an excuse to spend my afternoon in pillow castles; coloring and blowing bubbles. I call that time well spent!
My heart has always been set on traveling. I have always been intrigued by Asia and the more abundant locations, but currently my job lets me explore Europe and I can’t say no to that!
This is my creative space to share my projects and log my journeys. My intentions are simple; I hope you find something here that inspires you or just make you smile.
With love and some freakin unicorn dust,
Oh and this is me.. I’ll try to ditch the mobile pics and get my hands on a proper camera soon. *Pinky promise*