Famous Designers: Who Were Magnus Poulsson and Arnstein Arneberg?

Magnus Poulsson worked on Oslo City Hall together with another Norwegian architect, Arnstein Arneberg. Their lives connected with this project and, while both Poulsson and Arneberg can attribute most of their fame to their work on Oslo City Hall, they are both famous for some of their other works, as well.

The Life and Career of Magnus Poulsson
Born July 14, 1881, Magnus Poulsson was a Norwegian architect whose work included private residences, office buildings, churches, and the interiors of buildings, as well. Upon finishing high school, Poulsson went to the famous Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam at sixteen years old and later started his own interior design shop. He married ex-model Monique des Bouvrie and had two kids. Magnus Poulsson is most famous for his work at Oslo City Hall, but he is also famous for Bærum Rådhus, or Bærum City Hall.

The Life and Career of Arnstein Arneberg
Arnstein Arneberg was born in 1882 and educated as an apprentice of Alfred Christina Dahl in Christiania from 1888 to 1900. He also studied at the Royal Drafting School with Herman Schirmer, as well as with various other architects. Arneberg’s work consisted of an array of residences, offices, churches, railroad stations, and interiors. He is also most famous for his work on Oslo City Hall with Magnus Poulsson, but he is also known for Skaugum, the official residence of the crown prince and crown princess of Norway.

How They Connected: Oslo City Hall
Situated in central downtown Oslo, construction of its City Hall started in 1931, but it paused during World War II. The building houses the city council, city administration, art studios, and galleries. Due to its architecture and artworks, as well as the Nobel Peace Prize ceremondy, the Oslo City Hall is one of Oslo’s most famous buildings.

The lives of Magnus Poulsson and Arnstein Arneberg connected with just one project; both Poulsson and Arneberg can attribute most of their fame to their work on Oslo City Hall. They both, however, are famous for some of their separate works, as well.

Three Design Ideas for Remodeling a Small Bathroom

Before you plan a small bathroom remodel, think about what you hope to accomplish with your bathroom design. Chances are that the bathroom is dated, and it may feel cramped and somewhat claustrophobic. The right bathroom design can not only give your small bath the contemporary style you crave, but also make it feel more spacious. Here are three bathroom design ideas to accomplish both.
1. Replace the tub with a space-saving shower. If possible, install the new shower where the shower head for the tub is so that you don’t have to reroute the plumbing. This will save both time and money. A curved-front, corner shower can be an excellent choice in a small space. There are numerous shower designs available for every budget, so be sure to do your homework before making a selection.

One example of a curved-front shower that is both stylish and practical is the Maax Breeze Two Piece Round Corner Shower with Roof Cap at www.qualitybath.com/Shower. This shower comes in white, biscuit and bone and has many features that can be customized to suit individual tastes.

2. When remodeling your small bath, open it up with a pedestal sink. There are many pedestal sink designs on the market, so look around before making your choice.

One disadvantage of most pedestal sinks is that they have relatively little space around the basin where you can set items down. A pedestal sink option with more space than most, as well as chrome towel racks integrated into the design, is the Porcher Sapho Pedestal Lavatory Set at www.qualitybath.com/Pedestal Sink. This French-made sink is utilitarian and practical, while its contemporary design will bring even the most outdated bathroom into the 21th century with style.

Since there is no cabinet space beneath a pedestal sink, consider installing a mirror above it with cabinets or shelves on either side to offset the loss of storage space below.

3. Install tile on the floor in your small bath to finish it with style. Your choice of tile will depend on your budget and how much the bathroom will be used. If it is a master bath that is used every day, the durability of the tile is more important than it is in a basement bath that is infrequently used. Ceramic tile comes in a wide range of choices and is economic, porcelain is more expensive and more durable, and natural stone is the most durable of all.

When choosing tile (and paint) colors for your small bathroom design, avoid dark hues, which will make the space feel even more claustrophobic. Whites, pastels and natural, light earth tones all work well in a small bath. The selection of tiles on the market today is enormous, so it is a good idea to talk to a professional who can discuss the pros and cons of various materials and brands before you make a choice.

Three Clever New Room Design Ideas

I just saw this on our local news program as a special report, and I thought it was the coolest idea. We’ve all heard of the “man cave”, which is a room that men like to call their own in order to hang out with their friends, drink beer, play pool, and lord knows what else they like to do. Well this report featured a lady who took ownership of a room in their house and called it her “femme cave”. And it was a fabulous room indeed. Let me tell you what she had in there.

This woman had three things she liked to do – sewing, yoga and reading. Her “femme cave” was located in their basement and she painted it and decorated it with decidedly feminine touches. In one area, she had her sewing section. There was a long table that was large enough for her sewing machine, as well as a surface for laying out and cutting fabric. To the right of it, along the wall was floor to ceiling wood shelves that held her fabrics and sewing notions. It was so colorful with all the many fabrics and threads. It made it a cheerful space.

Another area was her reading space. That consisted of just a big comfy chair and a floor lamp right next to it. A smaller shelf was against that wall with a few books on there. It wasn’t a huge library, just a small section to hold a few books she was intending to read next. The comfy chair also had an ottoman to prop up her feet and a soft, warm-looking afghan laying across the back of the chair. It was an inviting spot. It made me want to go grab the next Danielle Steel book and curl up on that chair.

The yoga area consisted of just a pretty area rug. A small table was in the corner with a couple of candles, which I am guessing were for setting a serene mood.

I’m sure this report inspired a lot of women to think about what kind of spaces they would create in a femme cave of their own.


No, it’s not a fashion design place. It’s simply a room that takes care of our clothes. Let me explain.

I’m starting to see these rooms on some of the house shows on HGTV. Remember when builders started putting the laundry facilities upstairs in houses near the bedrooms – where they, of course, belong? That was a brilliant idea. Well the clothing workroom is a variation of that.

Lots of homes have that very small bedroom, and if you’re lucky enough to be able to use it for a clothing workroom, here is what you can have in there. One of the clothing workrooms I saw had a washer and dryer in the closet behind louvered doors. In the room itself, was a table with a sewing machine on it for repairs, with a sewing basket on a shelf on the wall behind it, a large folding plastic table for folding laundry, and finally an ironing board which was one of those attached to the wall that you can fold down in order to use it. That way it didn’t take up any space in the room when not in use. There was also a small hanging clothes rack which would be good for using after you finished ironing something.

In other words, this room functioned as a total clothing workroom where everything could be taken care of in one spot. I could envision this as being an essential room in the house if you can spare the extra room.


A friend of mine once created this room and it was such a great idea, that I wanted to include it here.

She did the most beautiful original crafts and creations, and this particular room was just for displaying those pieces she made. She took a tiny room that was meant to be a mud room between the garage and the house. She painted everything white, with white lace curtains hanging on the small window, which created a very pretty area.

With just some simple white plastic shelves from Walmart, she displayed her things with price tags on them. Whenever any members of her family or friends needed a unique gift, or if they were just in the mood to brighten up their house a bit, a visit to my friend’s tiny craft shop was the place to go. She made sure to keep things in there updated with seasonal items, as well as new designs to keep people interested and coming back often to see what was new.

It’s interesting to see all the various hobbies and interests we have, since we are all such unique individuals with varying tastes, likes and dislikes. And the different spaces in our homes and how we use them seem to reflect that. Why not think of a creative use for a small room or section of your house that is not being used at the moment. Maybe you can carve out your own little haven.