DIY & Design

Our decorista Ann-Kristin is just full of great ideas

Violet edition: White January

Clew’s recent colour musings have been leading up to this magnificent colour: Violet. Violet as in creativity, poetry, flowers, mystery, expectation…and Clew. Violet is Clew’s colour, and it is often regarded as the colour of wisdom and creativity. So our 3rd anniversary edition (already!) will revive some of our old words of wisdom and creativity. This is […]

Wrap it in!

For as  long as I can remember, I have taken huge pleasure in wrapping gifts. Each Christmas I change the theme, from glitzy paper to pure white. This year I go for rustic, natural nostalgia.

Don’t leave the leaves behind

I can think of many reasons to love fall; one of them being mother nature’s beautiful colours, another all the the cosy indoor activities. With all the fallen leaves scattered around in my garden I came up with some simple family DIY activities: Decorative leaf balls I used paper to make balls, but you can also use oasis […]

Retail’s lure – the expat’s hook

The exterior arrangement of a store should be considered as an alluring exhortation. The resolution of falling into temptation is easily solved by entering the shop – nothing fits better than the assertion “the only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it”. And this is exactly the implicit mission of a store: Shine […]

Prawns in a gutter

If you visit Norway during the summer, you’ll discover that Norwegians love to eat prawns, to the point where we regularly host prawn parties. We like to serve them simply with butter, mayo and lemon, on a piece of white bread. And peeling is part of the fun! So when I recently hosted a «Norwegian» garden party […]

Bring me outside!

When cleaning up my (husband’s) wardrobe, I found an old belt that is no longer in use. Instead of throwing it away I said to myself: «What can I do with this belt?». I always have a project going, and right now it’s renovating a small cabin in Norway that sleeps 8 and has limited space, so […]

DIY: Flower power

During a sunny morning walk in the forest, I came up with this little DIY project: By simply using scotch to make a grid pattern in a shallow and wide bowl, you can fill it with flowers and they will stay where you put them! Text and photos by Ann-Kristin Øvreeide, May 2015 Ann-Kristin Øvreeide has […]

Creating still lifes

With a background in decorating and interior design, I love bringing different objects to life. Home styling is both a passion and work for me. I’ll let you in on a few tricks for your own home styling. One of the first things you learn as a decorator is how to group objects. A group should consist of odd numbers; 3, […]

DIY: Home spa

We’re not good at putting ourselves first; children, spouse, family, work and friends are often more important. All the more reason to find the time to do some self-pampering in the everyday, if only for a few minutes – and relax! Home spa is one of my favourites – a warm bath, candles, perhaps a glass with something refreshing and […]

Get it sorted – make a mood board

A mood board is basically a collection of images and text samples organized in some way that helps you explore the desired overall look and feel, or tone, of a project. Mood boards could help you in smaller projects like organizing your spring wardrobe or making a gift list for an anniversary, or in bigger projects like […]