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Thursday
Apr212011

Time to play.

Oftentimes when I look at our cats, I think that I´d love to live a cat´s life (or, at least, our cats´life). They can do whatever they want all day - in Marlene´s case that means sleeping 22 hours out of 24, while Lu is in the garden most of the time, hunting everything she can get hold of.

By the way, have I told you that we have lots of mice in the garden? The cutest ones, very small, and they appear not to be very smart, because otherwise Lu won´t bring one home every other day. There have been quite a few nightly "oh god the cat brought a mouse in AGAIN" emergency rescue operations lately in our house. 

Anyway, that´s not what I meant to tell you. Guys, the Easter holidays are finally upon us! That means I´ll have four glorious days off! Easter is my favorite holiday because it celebrates spring in my opinion and that´s something I can relate to. The weather is supposed to be wonderful and I can´t wait to spend a lot of time in the garden, just like Lu, only without any hunting. Well maybe Easter eggs. Ha!

I am planning to post a bit over the next few days, so stay tuned!

Monday
Apr182011

An old farm.

Yesterday, we drove 1,5 hrs eastwards from Berlin and viewed an old farm that is for sale. Before you get too excited, we have no idea whether we will buy a farm, buy anything for that matter, or even stay in Berlin. But we´re weighing our options, and this is one of them.

Having said that, we almost bought it on the spot. We both loved it from the first moment on. You know spaces where you feel instantly at home? It needs a lot of work obviously, but that´s part of why I liked it so much. Everything was original to the house, and it is over 100 years old. There was a big wild garden surrounding the buildings, with huge apple and walnut trees. There were colorful garlands floating in the wind, a golden mirror over a bench outside, and a chair on the porch. Be still my heart.

Still, it is not ideal for us for a couple of reasons, and we´re still weighing our options, remember? So I don´t think we´ll ever live here - but it´s nice to know that places like this exist.

PS: If you know someone who knows someone etc. who sells an old (farm) house near Berlin, we´d love to hear from you!

Friday
Apr152011

Happy Weekend.

Thank God it´s Friday indeed. The weather should be nice on the weekend so we plan to go on a little trip to the country on Sunday. Maybe even a picnic will be involved?

Some links for you to enjoy:

* Lemonade cakes!
* A lavish birthday party - for a cat!
* A cute Small Cool home.
* The Selby went to Berlin. You can view the results here. He thinks Berlin homes are too Eames-y. Ha! (If you can read German, please have a look at this interview. It´s hilarious.)

(Picture via Design*Sponge.)

Thursday
Apr142011

Apartments of the past, Part I.

Part one of the series "Apartments I have lived in", in non chronological order as I still need to scan pictures of some homes of the non-digital era.

You must know that we have moved five times in the past eight years, not counting sublets. I still don´t know how that happened. But yeah, we moved quite a bit. You know our previous house in Vienna and you know our current home in Berlin.

We lived in the apartment you can see here from mid 2004 until the end of 2005. It was the second home we lived in as a couple. We had decided we needed more space so we rented this place in Mönchengladbach with 120 square meters - one giant living room, 3 bedrooms, a kitchen and a fancy bathroom. You should know that rents are very affordable in Mönchengladbach.

So we were able to pay the rent but we forgot that you actually need some furniture for such a huge apartment, and we couldn´t afford any of this. Also we thought being minimalistic was the way to go back then. That´s why the place was mostly empty and Ikea. And I still liked yellow and dark red feature walls back then (now another pet peeve of mine). Yikes. What were we thinking?

Looking back, this apartment could have been gorgeous with some more money and ambition. Unfortunately we had neither so it never felt right to me. Also, I had a very tough time while living there, so these aren´t the fondest memories.

Next up: The apartment in wich we lived before we came to Mönchengladbach. It was cute and cozy and we should have stayed there in the first place. Older and wiser, right?

Tuesday
Apr122011

House Crazy.

I would like to own a cottage somewhere lush and inhabited by an exuberant fauna.
there should be a little pond nearby, a greengrocer and a coffee shop.

Someday it will become true, no longer a recurrent fantasy.

(Picture and quote by Anoushka Sofia Emmanuella on Flickr.)

Sometimes you come across something that is so very fitting for your current situation. Friends, I´m house crazy. I want to buy my own place really soon, like maybe tomorrow? It´s all I can think or talk right now, and I can understand that it drives the husband a teeny bit crazy. It´s not yet the time for it but still all I want to do is browse the real estate websites in my spare time. Crazy.

Some day, right? Some day.

(It doesn´t help to see house tours like this. Heaven!)