It’s time for my yearly summary! After so many years of changes upon changes, 2017 has been a quiet year for me. No moving homes, no new baby, no huge renovation projects, no changing jobs. Thank goodness! Instead I’ve been able to travel, work on my career, get to know my hometown and “just be”. The result of this year is a much stronger sense of direction and a home that is slowly coming together. We’re not completely finished renovating just yet – but I actually see the finished house in my mind’s eye now. Very soon our little home will be completely renovated.
In the beginning of January we completed our last huge renovation project – the downstairs bathroom. I wrote about this here.
This is my favorite Instagram picture from January. I spent the first month of 2017 running around Oslo in heels, wearing cateye sunglasses and a camel coat. I will probably be doing the same in 2018 as well. 🙂
I remember now that I spent a lot of February and March exploring Oslo. One place that we visited for the first time was Rådhuset. I wrote about this here.
2017 was also the year that I rediscovered my love for classic clothing items.
This is my favorite Instagram post from February. A photograph with my little boy.
Here’s a little backstory for you: in the early spring we fell in love with a kooky architect-drawn house that had been on the market for almost half a year. It sold before we got our bank papers in order (it can take a while, even in super-effective Norway). Since we already had our papers in order, we decided to look around and see what properties were out there for us in the neighborhood that we already lived in. This opened our eyes to our hometown.
My hometown. ♥ I live in a residential town that is on a “half-island”, as they call it here in Norway. In other words a piece of land which is “halfway” an island; a peninsula.
My family lives here, and my partner John has become very attached to this area as well. You can reach it with a ferry that takes 23 minutes from Oslo Harbour, or you can drive from Oslo. This takes about 40 minutes. This photograph is taken from a gorgeous residence that we viewed just for fun. It went quickly.
2017 is definitely the year that I became much more active on Instagram. I realized that I didn’t have the capacity or want to blog several times a week any more, and chose to instead focus on quality. Instagram is quick and easy, so it has become a “second home” in the digital world.
In February I spent a lot of time in Oslo, exploring museums and galleries. I was feeling restless and enjoyed discovering new places in a city that I already know so well. During the summer I just want to be in our beautiful garden, or on the beaches of my hometown. Winters are for galleries.
In April 2017 I officially moved to my own website: INGRIDHOLM.NET. I had spent years with media platforms managing my blog. First Stylista, which is under Bonnier Media, and then SIDE2 which was then owned by Nettavisen. Although there are many, many benefits of having a blog management, I felt like a phony. My heart was in my career and I knew that I was better off handling my own website. So I moved on.
At home I went all in for plants! I spent a shit-ton of money on full grown fiddle leaf bushes, a bonsai tree and other green growths. The whole process of buying huge, white pots that cost a small fortune in this expensive country, as well as the hassle of transporting small trees home has made me a full-time carer-of-plants. I googled plant-care, filled my outlook calendar with a watering schedule and am proud to say that my plants are all still alive and looking beautiful now at the end of the year.
In April we also visited Cinnamon Beach in the southern town of Mandal. You can read about this here.
My favorite Instagram post of April. The National Museum in Oslo.
This entry is getting very long, so I have decided to break this entry down into two separate entries. I have more house renovations, a few revelations, and some never-published photographs coming up in part two.