Remember back in May when I showed you our Slow Interior Decorating
? It was fun, right?!
We are still not finished with this place, and I continue to document everything because it's just so exciting to decorate a place completely from scratch and see it evolve.
Anywhooo. This is today. Let's back up until June, shall we?
We didn't yet have a lot of furniture so I filled the place with fresh tulips instead.
And made pretty still life arrangements here and there.
The living room was empty except for this old stool and a couple of plants and trinkets. My plan was (and still is) to turn this room into a jungle. Here we were just getting started.
Found a pedestal for the Monstera at one of LA's flea markets.
Eucalyptus and tulips everywhere.
Even the kitchen got some flower action.
And then we found an old dentist cabinet at a flea market. I scrubbed it clean (it was beyond dirty) and placed it here for the time being. I thought I would move it later but when the rest of the furniture found their spots it felt like it was perfect where it was. It just needed a few friends around before it could feel completely at home. Aww.
We were still rocking the cardboard box table in search for the perfect bench. It had to be taller than regular benches for the plants to reach the window. And it had to be long. Those are not the easiest requirements...
It could still be really beautiful though. Cardboard box and all.
I was using the empty spaces for yoga and dancing freely without risking bumping into furniture corners. I am the master of that, by the way. Every damn table corner will meet my hip and give it bruises. That's just the way I am.
I went to a lot of estate sales this spring. One time I bought a bunch of scarfs that looked pretty hanging to dry in our bathroom.
Tired of tulip photos yet?
Watermelon Peperomia says "I'll carry you, my dear Tulip Petal".
A friend of ours sent us a text message one day. "Do you want this old hall tree?"
YES PLEASE! She bought it a few years ago when Warner Bros sold out a whole bunch of stuff from their prop house and now she didn't have any place for it anymore. Isn't it cool?! It has a space for umbrellas but since it almost never rains in LA we just store our shoes in there.
And then! Then we found our bench! Well, we had it made. One of the sellers at a flea market we go to makes tables and benches using re-purposed wood and pipes, so we asked them if they could make one that fit our space perfectly. And they did! Look how happy my plants are!
We also found the three little mid century side tables at an estate sale.
And we bought a coffee table! That we kinda regret buying because everything just falls between the slots.
Kitchen window still life.
And then BAM! Everything happened all at once it seems!
This was a fun time. Boxes upon boxes upon boxes.
A pretty Japanese vase that I found at an estate sale.
The living room started to look like a real room. Like a home. We bought a huge Palm tree that lives in the corner, as you can see.
Try to ignore the cords. I know it's hard. But try.
We bought a vintage school chart that I've been drooling after for years, and it makes me so happy. Chestnut trees are a favorite of mine.
Look! A flowers that isn't a tulip!
Over the faux fireplace we wanted something big. So we ordered this one
from my Society6 shop. It's a photo I took somewhere between LA and Santa Cruz mountains when David and I were here in November 2014. We were on our way to visit some friends, but had to stop because David had a conference call with what would end up being the producers of Lights Out. We found a random side road in the middle of nowhere where we could park, and then I wandered around taking photos for an hour. So this picture feels like the start of this entire Hollywood adventure we're on.
Also: It's pretty. And the colors are perfect for our living room.
This window is a constant source for photos.
This lamp. This. Lamp.
I LOVE this lamp.
We had seen a few like it on flea markets but they were always crazy expensive. Like 450 dollars expensive. And then I found this at an estate sale. I was a little bit scared to ask for the price but I figured I couldn't leave without asking. He said 85 dollar. 85!!!! I was standing there staring at it trying to decide on the best way to get it onto an uber without damaging it, when the man seemed to think I thought it was expensive. So he said 65. 65!!!! I would have bought it for 85 but OKAY! 65 it is!
I love it so much and it adds just the right amount of strange to the room. You need something strange to make a place interesting. Remember that.
Oh, and we got an area rug too. It's called Celery. I like food names on non food items.
And this is today. A bit messy but still perfect. The cat balloon was a birthday gift to me from David. It meows the Happy Birthday song.
So that was all from this episode of Slow Interior Decorating with Lotta and David.
We still have the bedroom and hallway to finish so I'm sure there will be more blog posts like this one.
Hope you liked the tour!
This has been a very quiet space lately and I have been thinking that maybe I should blog but, nah, not today, and then time did its thing and now here we are.
Anywhoooo. A while ago, almost two months or so, David and I went to the mountains to relax after shooting Annabelle 2. Plus, we celebrated 3 years as married around that time too so we thought it would be a perfect reason to just go away for a few days.
The drive there was supposed to take 2 hours but a huge fire started at the same time we left LA so we were stuck in traffic for a loooong time. It took us 6 hours to get there and we were very tired and hungry when we arrived at the cabin.
We were a bit scared though, because we could see the fire clearly from the balcony. What if we came here and had to evacuate in the middle of the night because the fire spread to us? We sat outside, wrapped in blankets, eating sandwiches, watching the flames, and checking all the news sites hoping we were safe.
In the morning the white smoke covered the mountains like cotton. It seemed like the fire weren't coming towards us but it was still going strong. We had breakfast infront of the view and decided to not do anything substantial all day. It was perfect.
I spent most hours of the day looking at the view. I shared a glass of wine with the evening sun.
And then when the sun was setting it became clear that the fire had not gone away.
This mirror was luring me all weekend. I have SO many photos of that mirror.
We went to the mountains last year too, after shooting Lights Out, and it feels like this is going to turn into a tradition. The fresh air and pine trees make us so happy. I think it's because it reminds us about Sweden a little bit.
Anyways, look at this view. Just look at it. And breathe.
So scary. Yet so beautiful.
New day. David called his family and friends and picked bark off of a tree as he was talking. The things you do when you talk on the phone, right? Some people doodle, some strip a tree from its clothing.
I was taking photos of this strip of road surrounded by trees. I took at least four photos a day of this exact view. With my Nikon, with my phone AND with our polaroid. It's just something with the smooth shape and the colors.
David had been extremely busy for more than a month, so he had a lot to talk about with people back home.
One day we went on a mini adventure. I had read about a heart shaped rock that was supposed to be worth seeing. We didn't really care about the rock but thought it would be nice to see at least one of the local sites, get some fresh air and a walk.
David climbed a tree.
I was in Spooky Root Heaven.
I mean. Look at this!
Nice of nature to create a step for us humans wanting to hike without killing ourselves.
And there it was! A heart shaped rock!
A couple was climbing around there and I tried to take sneaky photo of them to show the size of the heart. I didn't do a very good job, but you can at least see the top of the heart in the bottom of the photo.
We also found a beautiful glade that looked like it came straight out of Jurassic Park or something.
Right outside our cabin we had this beauty. Love how the roots seem to hold onto the rock like their life depended on it.
To come "home" to this view was something special. The cabin was situated in the tree tops.
We found a bunch of board games one evening and played backgammon. This is David's thinking pose.
New day again! This was our last whole day in the mountains.
That mirror again.
We had one last thing we wanted to during our stay in the mountains, and that was to have a sort of Anniversary Picnic with a view. When we first came to LA last year we didn't have any money so our favorite thing to do was to drive somewhere with a nice view and eat sandwiches. We call it Dinner with a view and it is lovely.
So, this day we packed some sandwiches and drove to a spot we had seen from the car the day before. We hoped we would be able to get to the view without trespassing or something, and we were in luck! We found a cliff that we climbed and right on the edge, on the very top of the rock, we sat down to have our Dinner with a view.
The view was spectacular!
All around us, breathtaking nature.
We had to sit close to not fall down the very steep mountain wall infront of us.
Dangling my feet.
It was so wonderful. And a bit scary, because we were really high up.
Look at this handsome devil!
One more, because Look At Him!
When the sun had set and it was starting to get dark we climbed down from the rock on the mountain and drove back to our cabin in the trees.
And then it was a new day again and we headed back to LA. But first I had to take a photo of some spooky roots.
I know this was a while ago now, but better late than never right?
My computer died (because I happened to get an entire glass of iced coffee in it...) and then the admin page for my blog went bananas, but now! MAYBE! I can get back to blogging once in a while.
So time seems to have gone by?
I have been neglecting this space lately because it's been the most overwhelming time of my life, and sitting down and writing about it just felt WEIRD because I was in the middle of all of it and had to wait it out a little. You know what I mean? (You can ALWAYS find me on instagram
I think this blog will have to be for more sporadic things. The big news or a random thought. These last couple of years I've felt bad for not blogging but I don't really feel that way anymore. So that feels good. This is my home base, that I will always come back to.
ANYWAYS! Here's what's been going on lately!
Lights Out had a sneak first screening at LA Film Festival in June. We really had no idea what to expect but there was a red carpet and a pre party and it was super glamorous. So it was a great rehearsal for the big premiere that was a month and a half away at that time.
We also had a screening at VidCon and it was AWESOME! More than 2000 teenagers screaming their heads off! It was magical, you guys!
I was overdressed, as always.
I went to my first ever Hollywood round table reading for a movie. Because I have a small part in Annabelle 2 that David is directing!
I actually didn't expect to get any part in it because there are not a lot of characters in the movie that would fit me, but there is one- and I got it! SO HAPPY!!!
We also took our usual evening strolls. Here's David up at the reservoir next to a huge Agave.
We kept furnishing and decorating our apartment. We bought a beautiful Jung Koch Quentell Pull down school chart that I've been drooling after for years.
We were invited to a super fancy party in Malibu. It was us and a a whole bunch of fancy people and celebrities. We are not really party animals, but there was AMAZING sushi (for free!), a beautiful ocean view and it was lots of fun people watching.
David started shooting Annabelle 2 on the Warner Bros studio lot and I got to roam around taking photos of cool set buildings.
And then I broke my rib. A week before the premiere. I just have the best luck.
People were so sweet and helpful, and I even got flowers from the Annabelle 2 crew and that made me so happy!
The weekend after was the Lights Out Press Junket. That was a crazy weekend. We did so many interviews, answering the same questions a million times over, and got to sign Lights Out posters (don't know what happened with them after).
Photo of a monitor with David taking a photo of us. So meta.
And then it was the 19th and the premiere for Lights Out.
I got my hair and makeup done by the amazing guiniushair
. These two are just lovely!
You can see my mother in the background and the photo is taken by my dad. Because, yes! They came all the way from Sweden to share this experience with us!
Look! So glamorous! I thought "my first ever movie premiere- let's go full Old Hollywood Glam!"
The earrings are made by me, because OF COURSE!
LOVE this photo from the red (well, black) carpet!! My dad took it with his phone and I think it's the absolute best photo from the premiere. We're so cute! And look at all the photographers!
I think this was the peak of all the Craziness we've experienced during this entire adventure.
Here's another angle taken by our manager Jeremy (YES! I have representation now too! More on that later).
The dress is vintage and I bought it in Sweden two years ago. I have waited for the perfect occasion to wear it and when it became clear that Lights Out was about to become a movie I decided if there's a premiere I'm going to wear my red dress! It's just the most lovely dress.
The purse is from Cherry Pick Vintage
and I actually gasped a little when I found it. It's pretty, weird and fun- all in one! That's what I call a PERFECT purse.
My parents were staying in LA for ten days so after the premiere I took it on myself to show them all the places I love in this strange and amazing city.
We went to Venice Canals.
And we saw the ocean (and I bought hat).
We went to the Bradbury building.
And the Getty museum.
There was a HUGE brush fire going on in the mountains outside LA wisping up sand into the air creating this mystical effect. The sun turned bright red and the entire sky was orange and post apocalyptic.
On my parent's last evening in LA I took them on a long walk up to the reservoir and over the hills.
After checking out the filmset one last time it was time for my parents to go back to Sweden. But first a photo!
It was so lovely having them here during this overwhelming and exciting experience. I am so happy they came here. Now they have seen all the places that mean a lot to me and they know how our place and neighborhood looks and they have shared a little bit of this adventure with us.
And last week our Swedish car got sent to its death. And you might wonder why that is important, but it just felt kind of significant. Bye Soggy, you were loved and we had so many adventures with you. Thank you!
We found a HUGE Lights Out poster to pose infront.
So, now we are on the other side of Lights Out. The movie is going FANTASTIC in theaters everywhere,and it just blows our minds that this even happened. Two years ago we were still in Sweden.
And then last Friday it premiered in Sweden. Getting messages and comments from friends, family and acquaintances has been the most overwhelming part of all of this. And it surprised me so much! I was not prepared for it! I think I thought some of my friends would go see it over the first week and some would not go see it at all because they don't like horror. But you know what? All of them went the first few days! My two best friends who HATE horror movies went the very first night! I was so emotional! And my highschool friends went yesterday and sent me a video of them chanting my name during the credits, waiting for my name to pop up in the list of actors. And when my name appeared they were just screaming! I have been watching that video at least forty times now, crying happy tears. You can see the clip here
Oh, and about the representation I mentioned earlier! I now have managers and agents! I'm represented by Paradigm and Gotham Group so now this feels even more real for me. This actually led to so much more than just a one time crazy Hollywood experience. I'm believing in myself and I have people behind me, believing in me. This acting dream that I've had my entire life might actually take off!
Omg, I'm gonna start crying again soon if I don't stop.
It's emotional, you guys! /Lotta
On Sunday when David had to go to his office on the Warner Bros studio lot for a couple of hours, I decided to come with him and do some exploring of my own.
I ignored the blistering heat and took a whole bunch of self portraits that I wanted to show you.
White dress and sun hat playing their parts perfectly here.
I actually dressed for the occasion, sort of. I knew the white dress would look amazing as a contrast to the dark places I had in my mind (you'll see soon) but it surprised me how well it worked in this environment too. It has a real southern feel to it, doesn't it?
Oh, I just love the look of a falling apart greenhouse! The light! The colors! Yeah, this is a favorite.
I moved on to the dark alleyways in-between houses. Tried out the light and dark with some twirling in my white dress.
Found a brick wall to dance in front.
And imagined myself in a World War 1 movie drama.
"Hmmm... I wonder who stole Ms Mullin's motorcycle...I'm going to find out!"
Walked into a dark room and saw my own reflection in this mirror with the strange double effect (Looks like a double exposure, kind of. Or a photo taken with long exposure). Needless to say, I jumped a little in fear. Then I took photos of it, 'cause that's how I roll! Photograph what scares you!
Running (away from the Warner Bros tour bus).
They drove by every third minute or something. I stuck out so much in my white dress so I obviously got a lot of curious stares.
Ps: Love the floaty almost liquid looking feel to my dress here.
Then I found an old barn. Let me tell you: it was HOT in there.
Did a little double exposure edit to this one.
I use the app Edit.Lab for that. It's not perfect, but the best double exposure app I've found so far because it doesn't crop the photo to a square, and you can position the photos easier than in other apps. But like I said, it's not perfect. It is a bit buggy and you are quite limited in the blending. But it's still the best of the one's I've tried (Photoblend, InstantBlend and Edit.Lab).
And as usual, I'm using the self timer app Timer Cam and a small tripod from LOHA.
Anyways, that was all I had today. Really love taking these self portraits. It triggers my imagination so much!