Thanks for having a look at my new blog 😀
I´m Tanja and I just moved back to Oslo, Norway (where I am from) after five years living in Rio de Janeiro. I now live in a small studio apartment in my favourite area downtown called Grunerløkka. (full of green parks, vintage design stores, bars and cafés and galleries)
My adventurerous and artistic me started off when I was 17 when I lived one year in Barcelona as an exchange student. I went to an artistic high school, drawing, painting, sculpturing all day, and I obviously knew I had to do something creative forever…
The best decition I have made, was to study interior design. The second best decition was to do my bachelor in Rio de janeiro, where I ended up living for five years, working for two architect companies and freelanced by myself and design friends
The inicial idea of this blog was to create an online portofolio to collect my previous projects. This led to a blog-portofolio which led to a blog-blog as I realized I wanted to write about more than only my own projects. I will document my interior design and art projects, my travels and inspirations, but also share the ups and downs, failures and lessons learned by our creative journeys.
Under you can take a closer look on my categories topics and content.
INTERIOR DESIGN TRAVEL CREATIVENESS
In this Category, I will share my design journeys! My freelance projects step by step with 2D and 3D drawings, moodboards, inspirations and articles about topics such as color psychology, Feng Shui, DIY, greenery, cheap vs expensive shopping and other juicy tips&trics for your home 😀
What I love, is to create a project where the clients can reflect their personalities. Now, working freelance, I am much more challenged by all kinds of budgets and spaces, but this is only increasing the right side of my brain, being more creative and hands on with `do -it – yourself´ ideas.
What´s better than art, design and travel??
I´m always in search of my next adeventure! Everywhere I go I hunt local restaurants/cafe, art exhibitions and galleries, fun bars and different accomodation! Travel is my favourite way of getting inspired and to meet amazing, new, creative people and places around the world.
I want to share the creative adventures I am exploring indifferent cities while traveling – creative art courses, local artists or designers, eco – design, Boutique Hotels, AirBnb accomodations, local design shops, unforgettable restaurants and cafés, museums, galleries and art exhibitions are the topics in this category.
I really hope you will join me on these creative journeys and boost eachother of fun, creative chats and travels.
“If you have a creative mind, it´s a bit like owning a border collie. If you don´t give it something to do, you are slowly creating a devil inside your home”
When I moved back to Norway, I experienced an imensive reversed culture shock. I found it difficult to adapt myself again to my own culture and not to mention the cold weather!! I had to start all over again, find jobs and build up a creative network again, which was more difficult than I though. It got to the point where I actually though interior design and a creative profession was not for me anymore, and I started looking for something else to do, something easier to work with and something everyone else did. I quit looking for jobs and made excuses for not doing my own projects anymore. I felt the creative me was long gone, blocked or just not good enough.
This was the weirdest time ever and I can admit I felt a depression sneak in under my chest. I realized I could do two things. Or, find something else to do, something easier to get jobs in – and then pay for therapy for the rest of my life, or do something with this creative blockage. Obviously I went for the second choice…
In this category I share the emotional challenges and the boosting trics I had to learn to kinda get `back there again´.
Thanks for reading! Im open for all critics and advices as I am still learning blogging. Have a fun day all creative creatures 😀