Sunday, 24 July 2011

Summerfix - Part III

And the last part of our summerfixing this week. We finally got the lamp delivered from K-Rauta this week, and installed it in our Stone Group ...

Summerfix - Part II

Another Summerfix this week was installing white curtains in the White Room.
Especially in the summer it gives a little bit more privacy while you still feel the sea through them … ( and they are easily opened off course using the Kvartal rail system from IKEA)

And if you look closely behind the curtains you will see that the speakers got a wall fix as well.

Summer Kitchen ...

One of this years summer projects was to "fix" a summer kitchen.

With some of the wood we had left from the front porch and some creative shopping in Ikea (we got the sink for 99 SEK and our favorite tap called Hjuvik for half the price) we got this little beauty up and running in a day.

We decided to hook up the tap to the outdoors summer water, so it is easy to disassemble in the winter and take the tap inside (not sure if the sink will stay outside) and with some creative connections, we transferred the 3/8" or R10 into a R15 connection that is safely secured to the summer waterhose (thanks to the nice lady at Bauhaus who helped us with this puzzle).

Cleaning fresh strawberries under the running water outside is a real treat and having an outdoor kitchen is much more as just a gimmick and really increases the outdoor experience.

So, how much did the outdoor summer kitchen cost (without the Weber, as that is albeit another story) ...

1.000 SEK for the Tap (the luxury element)
99 SEK for the Sink

Another 500 SEK for all the different water elements under the sink (in and out)

Some leftover wood and screws and a sunny afternoon.

Total cost: less as 2.000 SEK

Ohh, and Wivi decided to submit our "summerfix" for Ikeas summer competition, so fingers crossed :-)

Saturday, 25 June 2011

In Memoriam ...

At the age of 70, the cherry tree had done its duty.
Rest in peace ...

Sunday, 13 March 2011


Now ... did I get You mister Camera Man ?

A designer cage

Do you have kidz ?
Do they have an hamster ?
Are you not completely into fancy colored Tupperware ?

Do read on ... there might be a solution.

Our Cricetinae or as we call him Zlatan has been living in the classic nightmare colorful cage, after the Ovo from Habitrail was completely eaten by Sir Lancelot. So although we did like the Ovo from a designer perspective, the cage did not stand the critter of time (or Sir Lancelot in this case) and has been ripped to pieces (idem diti for the original Zlatan cage as he managed to eat himself out of his first cage overnight).
So we have been looking for a large white designer cage to host our overactive Critecinae aka Hamster and did a few shops to scout for the right cage.

Today our collective eye fell for the below designer cage from Zoo also called Garby 60... and with all the black steel and glass tubes All the Way you have to admit this cage has all the looks it need ...

So, completed it took Zlatan by surprise.

We will post pictures later of Zlatan enjoying his cage and going completely wild on the black metal bars like a true pole dancer climbing the roof, but that is for the sequel ...

For now, we have found our designer cage for the wonderful hamster called Zlatan ...

What do you think about the cage ?
Designer or not ?

Let us know below ...

Saturday, 26 February 2011

This is NOT a FatBoy ...

OK, I admit that Mss Fatboy was way too present available in the shoot and turns the attention to her, but this one is actually about cheap aka sheep designer woodsheds instead of Fatboys ...

I aka we are really happy with our designer woodshed that measures a real square meter of wood.
This allows us to load in every week for the next week, and always have a room temperature heated stock readily available.

For prices on this high end designer woodshed, just give us a buzz .-P

Red and Blue ...

It took a while, but now are both The Red and The Blue entrances hooked up to the hallway.

They will need an extra color layer later on, but for any young guest coming over, it should be clear when we tell them Birk is in The Red Room and Kalle is in The Blue ...

And yes, Wivi is still in The White One

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

One down ...

As some of you know, yours truly has a week of recup ongoing, and my battlefield is "home".
So, I have a few smaller projects running, and this one is officially *done*

We upgraded the roof, took out those cr*ppy light holders and got them replaced by a real electrician this time.

We managed to paint the roof (twice) and all this has been done in less as 48 hours

I am ... impressed :-)

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Table Project - Part III (mission completed)

And here is part III of the Table Project Deployment.

Before ...

And After ...

The Honorary Project of the original table completed.

Table Project - Part II

Here comes the second part of our Table Project, and I must say it felt more like a Runkeeper session ...

The uncharted fields I started to prepare last week, but got overruled by the heavy snow fall this week ...

The digging .... yeah a truly DIY.

The export of the furniture ... (see Table Project - Part III)

The Table Project - Part I

It has been a while, since we made a post at the XHM side of the family, but the Table Project is for sure one of the new XHM projects we are ramping up here at House V.

So, we have been looking at various tables for a very long time, and today we executed the first part of the delivery of the Table Project Plan now that we have moved in the deploy phase, after successfully have planned, build and tested the Table Project Plan.

Here we have the classical "before" scene, where we have our good old IKEA table and 6 classic chairs that have served us for the last 12 years and for sure shows the landmarks of two boys testing their knives and other cutlery when growing up.

Our good old IKEA table will keep on serving the family in a more honorary phase of the project, but stay tuned for that one.

So, our long term search from IKEA over MIO through some other local stores had us finally fall in love with the Skirö table of EM and it was time to go and pick up the table and the chairs (not from EM, but from ).

So our hallway was pretty much filled up with packages when we started the deploy phase of the project and we even ignored a global traffic warning in the Stockholm Area to stay home if really not needed to travel, due to the heavy snowfall. Off course we had a mission, and had to drive.

A clean workspace is always a good start, and Ruth (more on Ruth soon) was tasked to take on this piece of work. (And yes, we need to sand and oil the floor, but this spring project is already planned.)

So, bringing in the packages on the shopfloor, and honestly, I have to admit I was slightly worried on the quality of the installation instructions (if any) but was nicely surprised to see that installation instructions were available ...

And were crisp and clear to understand and follow.

While unpacking, I got confused when I discovered a hardware box in the core of the second box, and was already anticipating a full fledge software update ...

But after close inspection, this box contained all the "hardware" I needed to get the table connected. Including tools.

The building plan (should we brand this software ?) was very detailed and even the large tabletop was numbered (2) to make sure there was no misunderstanding this was the table top.

A very clear DWI (Detailed Work Instruction) with clear pictograms and numbering.

So, software, hardware and building blocks at hand ...

And within minutes, the table started to take shape, and the build quality of this one is sturdy.

Almost there, and ready to get undressed completely and the protecting was a triple layer of cardboard, white board and whit foam ...

So, before we knew it was time to open the last two extension packages from Vietnam (ouch, our carbon footprint just went up again).

And a full extended body of 2.90 at 90 cm is making it's mark in the living room. Ready to serve the upcoming family parties that are scheduled across February and March.

In her day to day live this beauty will operate in her standard size of 1 meter 90 on 90, and be supported with 8 new chairs.

So here we have the "after" picture where our EM table and chairs have taken up there duty to serve lunch, dinner and other artistic projects of the family.

So, first part of The Table Project completed.