Home post #2: Christmassy dining and living room

Snowy but already warmer greetings from my wintry hometown!
Christmas holiday is over and small New Year's vacation is already auspiciously welcoming us. It's four saving days before practically endless wait strikes again but I have firmly decided not to rest before my birthday in the middle of June. Wish me luck. Anyhow, this post is finally about our fresh-fallen dining and living room and slightly about Christmas too. By the way, if you haven't seen the first my home series post, check it out here, it's about our master bedroom.

But first and foremost a few words concerning the recently bygone Christmas.
On Christmas Eve I and my fiancé hosted a festive dinner at our place together with my grandparents, brother and parents. In addition to feasting and chatting we naturally swapped presents but when it comes to those I'm not going to showcase everything here. I will leave you with one teaser though ;) Oh and we still haven't got the chance to hand over E.'s parents' and sisters' gifts so we definitely want to do that in the near future.

Now, the first five photos are totally Christmas themed and you can see a few snippets of the Christmas table, our lovely Christmas tree with all the presents, some shiny decorations and even my very simple but still festive Christmas Eve outfit (the Barbie pink dress is an oldie from boohoo.com). What did you, my dear readers, wear that day?

But now about our dining and living room! My small collage of the before photos consists of four snapshots deriving from March and June and I frankly believe the transformation has been more than obvious. All electric wires have been replaced, every single layer of old wallpaper was removed, the former open fireplace was entirely pulled down and replaced by a brand-new beauty created by E. himself, the floor was polished and varnished over again, even the shape of the ceiling has been completely modified. Indeed, the whole thing from beginning to end has been changed beyond all recognition. And let me tell you that everything was executed by my fiancé who is a natural-born constructor (all right, sometimes his helpful dad gave a hand ;)

Unfortunately I currently don't have too many good photos because this season truly offers the worst daylight ever. But I will share more pictures, for example after finding the right folding corner sofa that is capacious enough (the ones in Estonian stores have been unsuitable/too small so far). My Estonian readers can share some hints or suggestions at this point when they have any. Thank you! :)

Anyhow, at least you can explore my favourite fireplace in the whole wide world, posing with its modest accessories, a proud elk antler given us by E.'s grandfather (the little sky-blue birdie is a gift from my father), cinnamon rolls baked by me, some more decorations and a swift peek into the only cupboard inside that room. And just in case I repeat: I'm going to show more photographs when I run into decent sunlight one day (hopefully soon). For the time being I hope you enjoy these photos. And be sure to let me know what you think :)


  1. Your home looks so lovely.........HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!! Your fire place is truly a work of art!!! Your Christmas tree is really beautiful!
    Much Love'
    Chari T (deep fried stilettos)xoxo

  2. Your living room looks so cozy, warm place.. Homey, is that a correct word. Lovely and natural, that's what I like. Oh can I visit.. ^^

    And your outfit is also very cute, Christmas'y dress :)

    Thank you for the comment! Feathers are my absolute obsession, heh. But I guess you already knew that x I hope you will have a Happy New Year's Eve ♥

    Indie by heart

  3. Your home is so cute , and the dinning room is so lovely
    Happy new year

  4. Too bad that you did not made more pictures of your outfit, that dress looks super pretty I love the color!
    Your home looks very nice I love the small details, makes it very modern and charming :)

  5. Oh, you look so delightful in red! I've never worn a red dress because I don't think it would suit me very much but you are absolutely ravishing and so festive! :)

    I love how your house has been embellished with all the Christmas details - so wonderfully festive and so very much in the spirit of the season. :) I sadly didn't even manage to put up a Christmas tree this year! :(

    Have a happy new year darling!

    <3 Mandy xx

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  7. aw looks like you had a really wonderful christmas :) you look so beautiful in that red dress!!


  8. love the decoration!!! love ur home :D

  9. maikeniiiii is that your home? so lovelyyyyyy. also your little red dress ;)

  10. MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR BABE! We are down to the last days of 2012. Awaiting 2013.
    You're having a fun time with the renovation. Perhaps given your most important comments on the construction to ur fiance :)) He is doing a great job in redesigning them. Cant wait for the final outcome. May all good things be victorious for u in the coming new year. XOXO

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  11. oi ma pean ikka õlledega külla vurama ja asja ise üle vaatama. piltidelt tundub väga mõnna hubane elutuba! su kleit on selline armas lendlev või selline, et mulle algul tundus, et sul on lihtsalt öösärk seljas. mul endal oli väiksena mingi üsna sarnane öösärk ja arvata võib, et see oli mu suur lemmik, millega ma hea meelega niisama ka väljas ringi patseerinud oleksin. seda mõtet ei kiitnud mu ema aga kunagi väga heaks :D huvitav, miks küll...

    1. jees-jees, pead tõesti. ja väike õlle ei teeks ka üldse paha :P
      ja ei oskagi ette kujutada, miks ema ei tahtnud, et sa öösärgiga väljas viibid :D muide, seda kleiti ma kandsin siis esimest korda, aga kujutan täitsa ette, kui tsill sellega suvel olla võib.
      haha, ja hakkabki pihta see suve igatsemine.

  12. Hey girl !Sending you best holiday wishes for a great new year! Amaze us with your great style!!
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark

  13. What a difference! You living room looks fantastic, beautiful and chic! I so love that fire place. Amazing work done dear. It's a great place to spend free time and relax.
    And all the Christmas photos, so cute and they set a festive mood;)
    I also like your gorgeous red dress and that you are barefooted it adds a boho chic touch to the look.
    Happy New Year! all the best for you my dear Maiken! I'm looking forward to your new post in the 2013




  14. You look wonderful and can I just say how much I love your tattoo :). I hope that you had a lovely christmas, I'd be so stressed out hosting a Christmas Eve meal for the Parents etc - I'd probably burn everything haha! xx


  15. hi pretty blogger!!! How are you?? Just happen to pass by your blog!! very nice photo!! i want so much a camera like yours!!! :( If you want you can take a look on my blog!!I'm a new blogger !!!!! :) We can follow each other!!What do you think??? :) Just let me know your answer -where you follow me- on my blog and then i followed you back!!!

    happy new year!!!
    xoxo stefania :)

  16. your pink dress for christmas eve is soo pretty, I love that color! Seems like you had a fun Christmas :) And wow what a transformation from before to after. I love how the fireplace looks and the deer antlers are such a nice touch to the room :)

  17. Oh whaow, your home is dreamy! It's everything I ever wished for! And fireplace, oh come oooon! You lucky girl :D

  18. I love your home! So pretty. And you look SO cute in those pics - red is your color. Hope you have a great New Year! :)

  19. Love the decorations :D Very cozy and glamorous!!
    I wish you the best this 2013!! and tons of fashionable blog posts ;)


  20. Your dinner looked like it was so lovely!! And OMG my favorite was looking through the transformation of your fireplace! It looks amazing and your fiancé is so good!! My husband loves to do stuff like that around the house too but I don't even know if he could take on a job that big! I'm going to show him this tonight and see what he says! ;)

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  21. ooooh beautiful! I love the Christmasy table settings. what a fun pink dress too! I'm glad you had a wonderful Christmas hun

    The House of Shoes

  22. Oh wow, can I just say that I love your fireplace? That is so gorgeous with the red brick scattered like that, it's so bright but still so cozy looking. And congratulations to the two of you doing all of that work(with your dad helping out!) that takes a ton of time and hard work and it ended up so pretty. I really love your dinning room as well, the red walls are so pretty looking! (And you have such beautiful dishes! I love dishes, my little brothers always get me a few for Christmas to help replace the ones that the kids break over the year.)

    I hope you're getting to have a really amazing New Year dear, you are just the sweetest and kindest lady and I wish you all of the best!

  23. Happy New Year! It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas holiday, and what an amazing space to celebrate it in :) When I bought my apartment, I didn't have any desire to do renovations, but as I get older I'm beginning to see the appeal of taking a space and making it exactly the way you want. Although I don't have the talent you do! Your fireplace is just gorgeous :) I hope there are lots of wonderful things in store for you in 2013!

  24. Maiken, the home looks amazing! The renovations are absolutely perfect and wow, the fireplace is just gorgeous! You have a beautiful home, wow!

  25. What great decor and so festive, thanks for sharing your Christmas photos with us. I love your dress. Happy new year dear. xx/Madison

  26. eeeep i love all the christmassy pictures, so gorgeous!! BEST fireplace ever, i agree. MERRY belated CHRISTMAS lovely lady and HAPPY NEW YEAR as well!! It's been a pleasure reading your blog and having you on mine :)

    Couture Caddy x

  27. Christmas is my favorite moment of the year, somehow it feels magical and excites me a lot!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

    .Le Reveur.

  28. Aww, I hope you had some lovely holidays! Looks like a festive Christmas alright. Have a fabulous New Years, and I hope 2013 is a fantastic year for you :)
    I've really enjoyed getting to know you and your blog!

    Trendy Teal

  29. Love your decor! And you look beautiful in that dress! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Happy New Year! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  30. Love the new look of the Living room, and the decorations =)
    The red dress is so romantic and flirty ;)

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  31. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas darling!! I love your choice of outfit for Christmas - so cute! you looked gorgeous!

    On the day I wore a black dress with gold details, I actually have a picture! AHH! so ill post it soon hihi :)

    Your room transformation is incredible! Your fiancé is so talented! i absolutely love the details with the bricks here and there - it gives off such a cosy, housewarming feel! The antlers add to it as well! Cant wait to see more!! :)


    p.s. Happy New Year!

  32. Gosh, you take some lovely pictures, pretty lady! I love how crisp they are. It's always fun peeking into other peoples' christmas decorations... I adore the antler, and I love your ornaments! Hope your Christmas and New Year were fantastic. :D

    && oh my, I'm so glad that Guess lasts long! It was hard to spend that much on a coat, but now you've reassured me that the purchase was well worth it. :) Thank ya! <3

  33. hey! i've been seeing some of your purposes and i really love them! this is a fabulous blog, sincerely. i hope we could follow each other to stay in touch and see automaticaly our new posts. wish you all the best for this 2013. loads of love.


  34. so beautiful pictures so lovely love Christmas time shame is over hope you had a wonderful new years eve hun
    On this New Year I wish that you have a wonderful January, a lovely February, a Peaceful March, a stress-free April, a fun-filled May, and Joy that lasts from June to November, and finally a happy December. May my wishes come true and may you have a charming and lucky New Year 2013


  35. such lovely beautiful pictures! :)
    Great post

  36. Happy New Year Maiken! You look so beautiful! What a sweet home:)


  37. Nice decorations! Happy new year!


  38. Anonymous4/1/13 01:52

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  39. gorgeous photos! i hope you had a beautiful christmas and happy new year :) xo Jess

  40. maiken, hello pretty party ready! you guys have done so much work on your home, but it really does look nice. i bet you feel like you have accomplished quite a bit. :)

  41. Loving your blog dear! What about following each other? Also on bloglovin and fb if you want...just let me know :3 <3


  42. cute post! looks like you had a great christmas!


    ♥ Ellen

  43. love these shots... looks like you had a wonderful christmas! and you look absolutely fab in that red dress! xoxo linds {{http://www.rubygirlblog.com/}}

  44. U're looking just amazing. Great choice of clothes.
    Would u like to follow ?


  45. lovely post and the fire place is above amazing!!


  46. WOW the fire place is simply perfect, I want to live here ! ♥

  47. Aww, your intimate Christmas set up is just so sweet. Your decors were well thought of. You look Christmas-perfect in your red lace dress :)

  48. Your home is so beautiful,I cant believe the before and after pictures,so much work has gone is,it must feel so good to have a place of your own decorated by yourselfs,and that fireplace? E is very talented! so much character.
    I love your christmas outfit,so cute,I love the warmth in your first photos,with the glimpse of your gorgoeus christmas tree,so traditional.

  49. Cute pictures and your dress is very pretty.

    I hope that your Christmas was fabulous :)

  50. Wow what an amazing blog post with tons of beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing these with us readers! Thank you also for your kind comment on my blog!

    E from Helsinki

  51. Like your red dress! so cute!
    xx from paris
    the karl lady


  52. Wow, there's definetely been a huge change! I must say I like the effect of the appearing bricks in your wall :)
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