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Monday
Oct202014

New rugs in the house.

Here´s the thing: During summer, I rarely even think about any interior design projects. There are enough projects in the garden to keep me busy. But now that we spend a lot more time inside the house, I feel the urge to change and improve things again! I have a few projects lined up already but I think the front rooms of our house (living and dining room) will mostly remain untouched. I love them just as they are. 

There was one thing we needed to do something about though: The rugs. They were filthy. With twenty paws in the house, that happens. I don´t spend too much money on rugs in the first place because I know that sooner or later, we will need to replace them. I am aware there are people out there who clean rugs professionally, and that other solutions and remedies exist, but believe me: After a few years in our house, a rug is beyond cleaning. So, long story short, we got new rugs for the dining and living room. And since I loved our jute rug in the dining room so much (you can read all about it here), I replaced it like for like. I know, adventurous! 

I was a leeetle more adventurous in the living room, but not much. You may remember that we had a gray "knitted" wool number in here (this one), which we both really liked... but the woven structure was impossible to keep clean. So I got this one which is really lovely too. I mean, it´s not that it looks wildly different, but I think it´s a little harder-wearing. Both rugs are from Urbanara by the way (no this is not a sponsored post, I just happen to like their stuff).

So essentially this is a post about how I paid a lot of money and things still look the same. Ha! But it´s so much cleaner looking around here. You´ll have to believe me. 

Sunday
Oct122014

Cyprus, Part 1.

We´re back from Cyprus and we need to talk about the hotel we stayed in. It´s called Aprokryfo and I think it is the nicest hotel... ever? It is situated in a small mountain village, about half an hour from the coast by car, so there´s a safe distance to the super touristy areas which we try to avoid wherever possible. 

Fun side note: My husband found this hotel as he didn´t like the option I had researched. He wanted a "nice hotel". I have clearly created a monster. 

It is a small hotel with only a few rooms, studios and three full houses which are all grouped around a very private courtyard that features a pool. The structure as such is apparently old and has been refurbished by an architect husband/interior designer wife team. And may I say that the interior design is impeccable. It feels very "Greece" without being too traditional or kitschy.

There´s also an adorable restaurant that is open to the public. They serve the best food there. In the evenings there is a "mezze" menu which means that you get countless small dishes which are all delicious and there´s no way not to overeat. However you´re on holiday so who cares. 

I don´t have pictures of our room but we stayed in the "Lavender" room and absolutely loved it. It has a small kitchenette and a sunny balcony that overlooks the pool and is overall very cute. 

The courtyard is so lovely and you get to have breakfast by the pool. I mean, if this isn´t dreamy then I don´t know what is. Also the staff has been incredible. Case in point: When we left we got hugs from everyone. And ouzo on the house. Sigh. I am so glad we decided to stay there even if it is a bit above our usual price range. It made our short stay so very peaceful and relaxing. Next up, a post about the mountain village... before we return to autumnal Brandenburg. 

Tuesday
Sep302014

Autumn garden.

Life has been busy lately so I haven´t taken many pictures... but here are some of the walled garden where the asters are just fantastic right now. I guess this will be one of the last, if not the last garden update for this year... sniff. Where did summer go. 

In other news, I am taking a little break from this blog as my brother is getting married next week. The wedding will take place in Cyprus and we´ll be there for five days... I am hoping for a few restful days since I could really use a little relaxation. My mother in law will be sitting house and pets while we are away; I keep telling everybody to behave (I am looking at you, Ludwig). 

I´ll be back by mid-October. Have a great time! 

Tuesday
Sep232014

A weekend trip to Bavaria.

This past weekend, we went on our annual summer roadtrip to Munich to see my family. And since it was my mother´s birthday on Friday, we went on a little outing to a very beautiful lake in Bavaria, the Staffelsee. There are few pretty villages along the lake, the biggest being Murnau (I think?). Anyway Murnau is really beautiful and idyllic, but we really went there to visit the Münterhaus.  

This used to be the summer house of German artist Gabriele Münter. I love her work and always wanted to visit the house. It didn´t dissapoint, I loved it. It´s such a cute house and I adored all the colorful walls and painted furniture and of course, the art. 

That staircase! Gasp. Sorry about the not-so-great pictures, I didn´t have the right lense and had to be quick. Here are a few more pictures of the interior and Münter´s paintings if you´re interested.

Afterwards we went down to the lake and took a little walk before we had dinner. I always forget how lovely this area is. I am not really a mountain person but yes, lovely indeed.

And then this happened. A dog´s gotta do what a dog´s gotta do, right? 

Wednesday
Sep172014

A cloud of butterflies.

The walled garden has always attracted lots of butterflies, but right now there are so many of them it´s insane. It´s one big flutter. I don´t have the right lense for close-ups like this and I know the exposure in these pictures isn´t ideal, but I thought I´d show you a few of these beauties anyway. 

Is there a butterfly expert among my readers? I´d love to know whether there are rare ones among these guys?