Sunday was our last day up in Gothenburg – after a late Saturday evening and night filled with pattering rain – we woke up to more sunshine. There was no rush home, Margurithe, my friend that drove was going to pick up her partner coming from London and landing at Kastrup, Copenhagen’s airport, just before midnight. We had plenty time.
Both Margurithe and Janina, whom we rented the apartment through, had planned to visit “Klädkällaren” – a shop I never been to and all I had planned was a visit to IKEA to buy food storage containers, dish brushes, juice glasses, cutting boards and plant pots.
Didn’t know anything about “Klädkällaren” – I thought it was only a discount shop for clothing and not at all that interested, but I went with them and wasn’t I up for a nice surprise. Of course there was loads of clothing for the whole family plus shoes and bags. It’s a very big shop and not at all what I expected. They also have a massive home decoration section and there I got lost for hours. Beautiful stuff and specially the curtain materials. Margurithe are a fantastic curtain maker and she found a big table with material for only 25.00SEK/$3.75/€3.00/£5.40meter – there my eyes fell straight away on a beautiful seashell pattern material in blue, green, beige and a little splash of yellow. I need green and yellow in my kitchen curtains, because my cabinets are in honeysuckle and my Gabbeh Persian rugs are in green.
The Kitchen is my second most important part of my apartment (after the bedroom), not because I cook and spend a lot of time during the day in it – but I want it to be an extension of the rest of my apartment. I have my breakfast at my shabby chic table and I open up my blog for the time each day i’m home at the table in company of breakfast, the most important and joyable part of my day. Love my breakfast moments.
I would love to have a proper crystal chandelier over the table, but I can’t find anything suitable, either too big or too boring. One day I will find the perfect one. I don’t have a dining room and it is nothing I ever fancied either, don’t want to carry food around the apartment and I don’t want to be cut off from my guests while I’m cooking or preparing. My kitchen isn’t very big, but I will be able to seat 5 guests and myself around the table.
I also had hope for that my kitchen when I moved in would be able to keep a small book shelve for my cookery books and it did. Left about 50 books behind when I moved back to Sweden – gave them away to staff.
That material really talked to me – so I bought everything needed for a new window setup plus matching table runner (very important) – Margurithe has never helped me with my curtains, never asked because she are always so busy with others and her own, but she offered to make them for me, so far I have paid big money for somebody to make them for me. Just collected a set up and it cost me 1200SEK/$180.15/€143.507£130.80.(the little picture in rusty)
Don’t change curtains more than in my kitchen, because in bedroom and living room I have to stick with what I have because of set up and color, so I get away cheap in the long run.
Margurithe, the curtain expert, told me not to wash curtains – because even if dry cleaned they will never be the same again. She told me to hang them out on the balcony/outdoors when it’s a bit moist in the air for a couple of hours and then let them dry up indoors. If there is no smoking in the house is there isn’t any need for washing curtains – just let them breathe.
600SEK/$90/€70/£57 the whole set up cost me with curtains, tassel and table runners to match. Only half price to what I paid for 3 weeks ago. Wonderful and in 10 days’ time we make the curtains when I visit her – and I will assist her. She is also going to make new side curtains for my bedrooms main curtains.We spend hours at “Klädkällaren” and after that was it time for IKEA – my friends wasn’t interested to come into the shop with me, so they went for the famous IKEA hot dogs instead and I went for what for I had planned to buy. Felt so proud over that I didn’t buy anything else. The place was packed and the tills were slow – because I had more than 15 items I couldn’t use the self-scanning check out, so it took a while to queue. Not one free parking space outside when we left.
After that back to the apartment to load all the other bags that we had collect along the weekend. The boot was packed and so were the back seat.
A perfect weekend, with just enough of everything … missed 2 of my girlfriends, they were busy with family matters – so I have to go back soon – to spend some time with them.
We stopped at the “Laxbutiken”- The Salmon Shop – just off the motorway outside Falkenberg for our dinner, something we always try to do, but to that I will come to later.
Half way home – I remembered my coat – it was still hanging in the wardrobe up in Gothenburg, but arrangement has been made and now I only need to clean my windows – and that I HATE and despair!!!
Thanks to ikea.com for the hot dog picutre.