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Tuesday
Mar132012

Kitchen floor, painted.

I finally painted the kitchen floor over the weekend. This was one of the projects I wanted to do as soon as we moved into the house but then suddenly it´s 6 month later and surprisingly, nobody did it for me. Anyway, here you go. Paint is Farrow & Ball Cornforth White - same as upstairs, but looks completely different in this room. Much lighter for some reason?

By the way I love, love, love F&B floor paint. I had a very bad experience with cheap floorpaint upstairs and then switched to the fancy stuff. No regrets so far, it´s  great to work with and seems to hold up very well. (No they don´t pay me for writing this, although I do think they should. Are you listening, F&B marketing people?)

Now do you like it? I do, although it took some time getting used to. The room is much brighter now which is nice, but it´s also a bit... bland? I realized we´ll need to inject some color here when the time comes around for the big kitchen remodel. I am thinking of a pink kitchen.

Kidding.

Monday
Mar122012

Liebster.

Last week, I received an Liebster Award from Justine at designskool. This means a lot to me since designskool is one of my favorite design blogs these days. Justine posts unique, inspiring content and has a beautiful writing style. She also has the most perfect summer cottage - it´s beyond beautiful. Thank you Justine!

To be honest I did not know the Liebster Award before, but as Justine writes "it is all about spreading the love". There are a few rules that come with the award:

1. Thank the giver and link back to them.
2. Nominate 5 other blogs with less than 200 followers.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Hope that the 5 you nominate will keep the cycle going to spread all that good blogging karma!

That leaves me to nominate five favorite blogs. Although I have no idea whether all of the following blogs have less than 200 followers (probably not), here goes:

1. Decorator´s Notebook, for example, definitely has more than 200 followers, especially after this. Well deserved because this is another great design blog. Beautiful pictures, inspiration galore and fun ideas to engage with her readers.
2. Klaus and Heidi´s Blog documents the renovation of a gorgeous Georgian house in South East London. I love everything the owners did with the house. Also, we share a fanatic love of all things Farrow & Ball.
3. Un arc en ciel dans la lavabo has been a long time favorite of mine. Valerie is a very creative and lovely person, takes the best pictures and has a wonderful old house in Western France (which I would love to see more pictures of!).
4. Of Travels and Travails documents the life of Shalini, a long time Flickr contact of mine and one of the most supporting and caring people I have met online. Shalini lives in Dubai but often travels to India, and I love to catch some glimpses of these faraway places via her blog and Flickr stream.
5. Same applies to Mishu Mathu. While Annika is Berlin born and bred, she now lives in Jordan and documents her experiences on her blog. I would also like her to adopt me, because she cooks and bakes amazing things.

Happy Monday folks. Back tomorrow with pictures of my newly painted kitchen floor!

Friday
Mar092012

A handmade flower lamp.

The most popular post on this blog is How to make paper flowers. I can totally understand because I think they are pretty genious. In fact I consider everything genious that can be made of butcher paper and costs nexts to nothing while looking fabulous. That´s why I made this lamp in the library with my own hands and, you guessed it, butcher paper.

To be honest with you, I made this lamp two months ago over my christmas break and meant to share it with you since then. Bad blogger. Thing is just I was going to take proper pictures of the process... but this is just not going to happen anytime soon.

Not to worry though, because here is a great tutorial. There´s nothing to add to these directions really. I did not find pre-cut tissue paper circles anywhere, so I made my own using butcher paper. It takes a reeeaaallly long time but I think the lamp looks like a million dollars and all the fiddling is totally worth it.

Now you know what do on the weekend. Go and have a nice one!

Tuesday
Mar062012

Six Months.

Look! It´s my stripey bedspread in progress! I´m so in love with it. Every evening we light a fire in our little stove in the living room and I sit on the sofa, crocheting away. We don´t have television at our place so this is the best entertainment I can get.

Also, I assume this is why people keep telling me they would be "so bored" living in the country side. Ha!

This is probably how I´ll remember our first winter in the house - sitting in front of the stove, cats and husband by my side, the wind howling outside. It is just how I imagined it to be.

We´ve been living in the house for six months now. I read somewhere that you always need half a year to settle in a new home. I do think this is true. When I looked around the house on the weekend, I was amazed by what we achieved in this relatively short period. There´s still a lot to do, but it feels like home.

Monday
Mar052012

Thank you.

Thank you all for your nice words on last weeks post. This week will be interesting in many ways, but I do hope things improve after that.

Also, turns out my little blog has been nominated for Apartment Therapy´s The Homies. Thank you so much whoever you are, this totally made my day week. Welcome to all the new readers!

I´ll be back with a weekend report tomorrow. Happy Monday!