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Monday
Feb272012

The new old kitchen cabinet.

We´re saving our pennies so that we can (hopefully) refurbish our kitchen in autumn this year. Until then, I decided not to try and make the existing kitchen nicer... it´s a waste of money and time. However, there are a few things that I can do now in preparation for the big overhaul, like get rid of the old kitchen stove, paint the floor, move the washing machine to the basement and, first things first, get a cute old kitchen cabinet.

See, my kitchen-to-be is very much in my head already and I knew I wanted to incorporate an old kitchen cabinet. So when I came across this one on Ebay, I knew it had to be mine. It was in very bad condition but on the plus side it only cost 20 bucks. Anyway I think there´s nothing paint could not make better and look at this beauty now. It holds all my teas and spices and whatnot. I think it makes the hideous black backsplash almost bearable. (Almost.)

One day, this will be lovely kitchen. Yes.

Friday
Feb242012

Bedroom work.

I have posted these pictures (from the portfolio of Holly Jolliffe) before, but I keep coming back to them now that I try to tackle our bedroom. This bedroom, people. It is giving me headaches. I bought a daybed from Ebay for it and it was such a disappointment to see it in real life once it arrived at my house. The seller claimed it is vintage and from France and it certainly looked like it on the pictures - but in real life it looks more like it originates from a cheap furniture shop. I am now trying to make it work anyhow because it wasn´t exactly cheap..

In happier news, I always wanted a stripey bedspread like this and a few months ago, I started making my own. I realized it takes a lot of time and a TON of wool to crochet a bedspread so decorating this bedroom is becoming really expensive, but it´s coming along nicely and I can´t wait for it to be finished! I may have some progress pictures for you after the weekend. Have a nice one!

Wednesday
Feb222012

The attic room question.

So there is this huge attic room in my house (see floor plan here). It´s almost 70 square meters big and a lovely space with the old wooden beams, the open ceiling (I think it must be nearly 5 meters high) and lots of light. This is a picture from when we first viewed the house but the space hasn´t really changed - we even acquired the bed from the previous owner and it´s the one room upstairs where I have not (yet) painted the floor. 

As it has an en suite bathroom the original plan was to turn this space into a separate holiday apartment which we could rent out in summer. The tricky part is that we would need to add an external staircase for it to have a separate access and after several discussions with our architect it became clear that this is not going to happen, mostly for structural reasons.

While this isn´t a tragedy per se - we still can use it as a space for visiting family and friends and right now, we don´t depend on the money - I find it a bit weird to leave such a huge space unused.

We´ve gone back and forth whether we still can rent it out without a separate access. I know that such spaces exist, but I am not sure how comfortable I would be as a guest. What do you think? Have you ever stayed in a holiday home like this? And do you have any further ideas on how we could use the space if we decide not to rent it out? A gym? A home cinema? Put a giant trampoline in it? Do tell.

Monday
Feb202012

The living room.

We´re back in the living room, floors finished and all. I am so glad! It´s such a cozy room, and I love the new blonde floors in here. It looks so much brighter and fresher.

A few remarks... The sofa (Ikea) faces our little wood stove which you can´t see here. To make this possible, the sofa stands right in the middle of the room which works really well here I think. You already know the cabinet - it´s an Ebay find which I painted a blue-ish gray. Pillows and throw are H&M.

The little table is another Ebay find, I love it! I made the cloud lamp along the directions from Lena Corwin´s wonderful book "Printing by Hand". You can´t buy or make the cute cat, sorry.

The view back to the hallway and dining room. I think the new floors look so pretty! I always wanted to have a rocking chair like this and was so happy when I scored this beauty on Ebay. The pretty crocheted rug in the hallway is from le souk.

Happy Monday!

Tuesday
Feb142012

Speaking of floors.

Don´t you just love the striped floors in this beautiful home? I am seriously considering painting my kitchen floors stripey. The husband is not so fond of the idea, but you know, I´m pretty good at lobbying. Happy Valentine´s Day!