Happy Friday.

This picture is from a house tour in the current issue of Livingetc. I have a love-hate relationship with this magazine. Every time I am thoroughly fed up with all the unattainable/unlivable homes they feature they have a house tour that I really love. Like this one. By the way this is Cornforth White on the walls - the color I used on the floors throughout the house. It does look lovely as a wall color... which makes me think...

Happy weekend!


One year ago.

One year ago today, we viewed our house-to-be for the first time! I have to admit it wasn´t exactly love at first sight on my part... I liked the house but thought it really was too big for us.
I looved the village though. Here are some shots from May last year. Can you blame me?!


It´s funny to look back at this time. Our crazy but dedicated real estate agent, the previous owner who wouldn´t talk to us personally, a completely useless house inspector, many weekend visits to the village including sneaking around the property, so much anticipation and even more doubts and worries. Buying a house really is something.

Happy anniversary of sorts, house. We are so glad we found you.


Getting there. 

I took this yesterday in the evening after a weekend full of hard work. Seriously our workload these days is insane. We´re trying to get everything ready for the next big project which is building our back porch. And there´s always the garden...

Yesterday we removed the scaffolding on the back of the house... quite pleased with how my paint job turned out. We´re planning to get rid of the hideous plastic back door as soon as possible... I want to get a nice wooden door which I´ll paint in a darker color. I think the contrast with the white will be nice.

Also look at my flower beds! I planted 120 little plants (all perennials) in the walled garden over the weekend (there are two more beds on the side which you can´t see in this pic). Quite a lot but still I do think we´ll need more. The beds look a bit sparse but then again I´ll have to wait and see how the plants will grow in.

By the way here´s the plan for the walled garden if you want to revisit. The patio´s ready, too but we still need some furniture for it. I´ll show you soon. 

Happy Monday!


Happy weekend.

I know my blog is a bit lame these days. I apologize. It´s just that life in general is still stressful and I can´t carve out enough time for this little space although I´d love to.

Time seems to fly by and like every spring, it seems I haven´t cherished the beauty surrounding me enough. Do you know that feeling? Also I´m so consumed with my worries and the house and the garden that I don´t even seem to notice things anymore.

Like last weekend, when the husband asked whether I had seen the crazy blooming trees behind our garden. Uhm, no? We went there and what the what. I´ve never seen anything like this in my life before. I don´t even know what kind of trees these are - I assume some kind of fruit though? Apples maybe? (EDIT: Yes, apples.) Anyhow, oh the beauty.

Have a happy weekend! And try to savour the beauty around you.


Progress in the walled garden.

I´m playing catch-up but I still wanted to say hi and share this picture of the walled garden. I finally decided on a color for the barn doors - it´s the same grey/blue I used on the front door of house. It is quite a funny color that can be a definite grey or a bright smurfy blue, depending on the light. I thought it would be nice to have some consistency with exterior colors, and I really like it so far. Also, some weeks ago I spent a weekend on my knees to scrape a layer of dirt and weeds off this very old brick path. I am so happy with how it turned out.

More progress is going to happen soon: I received a huge shipment of plants yesterday, all for the walled garden... stay tuned!