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Sunday
Mar022014

From the weekend.

We spent a lot of time outside again this weekend since the weather is gorgeous. We ate lunch in the garden today. This makes me very happy I must say. Anyway let´s talk a bit about what is happening inside the house too. Because *this* is happening - the hallway wallpaper project of my dreams. We´re doing a dado kind of thing here with paint below and wallpaper on the upper two thirds of the walls. The wallpaper is Scroll from Morris, which the good people from Wallpaperdirect generously agreed to sponsor so that I could finally stop obsessing about this project and just make it a reality. Yay! I can´t wait to hang the wallpaper next weekend.

The dining room is missing its curtains. They came crashing down last week and I am trying to make up my mind whether or not they should be replaced. When we first moved in I sewed some simple curtains out of Ikea fabric which I basically never really liked. I always thought that some days I would get really nice linen curtains and I guess now I´d have a good excuse to do so. The thing is, I kind of like the room sans curtains? It feels kind of echo-y though. I googled strategies how to lose the echo without curtains and the internet agrees that I should stick egg cartons to my walls. Awesome! Maybe I should get curtains after all.

Last but not least, please send good vibes for Ludwig. We have an appointment with the veterinary clinic tomorrow since our regular vet thinks he may have a cruciate rupture. Noooo. 

Sunday
Feb232014

Lets go outside.

I´m not going to talk about this weather or even mention the s... word because I don´t want to jinx anything. Let´s just say that exactly one year ago, we just had a ton of fresh snow. I VERY much prefer this version of February.

Also, yes, there´s a pair of jeans hanging from one of the trees. You´ll have to ask the husband why.

We continue to clean up the garden. It´s a bit difficult to explain all that rubble in this picture, but we´ll talk about this project in detail - soon. 

This is just always a nice view whatever the season. Also, the hazelnut is blooming.

Ludwig, cracking walnuts from last year. Our redhead had a few rough weeks. He somehow injured his leg and we can´t figure out what´s wrong (and by we, I mean us and the vet, obviously). We thought he was better but the other day he came in from the garden and was limping badly again. We tried some natural stuff which everyone on the internets was raving about, however of course our special dog gets gets super sick from it (think diarrhea in the middle of the night). Ugh, Ludwig, we just want you to be healthy. 

Burning stuff while drinking coffee. As you do.

Last but not least, can we talk about our rooster for a second? Isn´t he the most beautiful creature? Plus he is so kind and takes such good care of his three girls. I didn´t want a rooster at first but well, I have changed my mind. Roosters! Who knew.

Monday
Feb172014

Before and After: Downstairs.

One little note before we dive into this post: I haven´t posted many "before" pictures of the house on this blog mainly because I don´t want to sound disrespectful about the previous owners´ decorating choices. While they certainly were not my cup of tea, everyone should be allowed to have their own style. Also, they did a great job in restoring this old house which was in total shambles before, and for this I´ll be forever grateful.

Once we are done with our attic room renovations, I am going to be pretty happy with almost every room in this house. Of course, a house is never really "done" - but there won´t be anything major on our "house to-do list" (which yes, very much exists) and that alone is huge. I remember when we first moved in almost three years ago, I was so overwhelmed by the sheer amount of tasks that I was basically paralyzed. The other day I was looking at pictures from that time and realized that I really should share a few just to celebrate how far we´ve come. 

So let´s start with the dining room, one of my favorite spaces in the house. Above is how it looks now. And here´s how it looked in July 2011: 

Yellow! Nuff said. When I first found the listing of the house which featured all these colorful rooms (it only gets better upstairs, you just wait) I emailed it to my husband and his response was "house looks good but if we buy it we must keep those awesome colors." Ha! 

The kitchen how it looks these days, and back then:

Yellow!!! There are a few tiny patches around the windows where that yellow still exists. I have decided to leave them be since they are a nod to the days when this kitchen used to be so much... sunnier. 

My beloved living room a few weeks ago....

...and back when we first viewed the house. (That sofa is kinda cute though, yes?)

The library, just recently finished. 

It used to be this jade green color. Not bad per se but somehow weird in this room, especially with these red stained floors. Speaking of floors, when I look at these pictures, they are what really stands out to me.  It was such a good decision to sand them back and treat them with lye and soap. It was a huge mess but I loooove their look & feel (also, they are what I get most emailed about, so I figure you like them as well). 

So that´s downstairs! I´ll do upstairs soon. The only room missing here is our big hallway. These before & afters will have to wait because we´re about to embark on a project I am very, very excited about

Wednesday
Feb122014

The most beautiful childrens book and some housekeeping.

My mom (hi mom!) kept a few of my old children´s books and I´ve been sorting through them lately. I´ve come across this one, it´s called "Muki´s Wunderbaum". It´s illustrated by György Lehoczky who was a Hungarian architect and artist living in Germany for the second half of his life. I have to admit I don´t have any recollections of this book from when I was a kid, but I think the illustrations are breathtakingly beautiful. 

This page is my favorite. I am honestly considering to blow this up a bit and hang it somewhere in my house. Is this weird? 

So pretty. The book is long out of stock but there are some vintage copies on sale via Amazon if you´re interested. 

Now for the housekeeping part of this post:
I know there have been problems with leaving comments on this blog for quite a while now. It seems that some (I guess many) comments just disappeared after you posted them. Please know that this was not my doing, rather it was a technical issue that my provider finally, hopefully managed to fix last week. In an effort to make leaving comments easier, I also turned off the word verification for now; let´s see how this affects spam. Alls of this to say, I really appreciate hearing from you! Now comment away :)

Sunday
Feb092014

Progress in the attic room. 

 These days, we´re slowly but surely tackling our attic room. The picture above is the "before" from about two years ago. I wrote a bit about this room here. So far, we have used this space as a huge guest room. Also, we´ve dumped everything in here which didn´t find a space elsewhere. We don´t have a basement where we could store anything (ours is too wet) and despite its generous size, the house is lacking storage space, so stuff was kind of piling up in here and it all felt very disorganized and chaotic. Which eventually made me think that I should probably stop feeling guilty about all this unused space and just make it work for us. Paint seemed like a good thing to start with.

So we borrowed a huge ladder from our neighbor and painted those endless walls white and grey (farewell yellowish beige, I will not miss you). Once we were finished, it was the floor´s turn. This is the only room where I can get away with white floors (since it´s a pet free zone), so white it was (it´s Whimborne White from F&B). 

I love it. It makes the room instantly brighter (duh). It takes forever though. It is a really large space so I divided it into three "zones" and I am painting one after the other to make this task manageable.

Now, here´s a bonus picture for those of you who think I always have an immaculate home: 

There you go! 

Once everything is finished I´ll show you how it turned out and also tell you how we plan to use the space in the future. Until then, come help me paint those floors? Pleeease?