If you paint, take your paintings off the wall and place them under the desk against the wall. Now you can kick your feet against the paintings while you work and keep the wall from obtaining ugly stains.
Take your favorite book and open it at your favorite page. Then use your favorite nailpolish to add some drawings to the pages. Fill out the rest of the pages with your favorite black felt-tipped pen. Apply plenty of glue to all pages except the two pages where the book has been opened. Now keep it open at an exact angle of 90° for 3 hours and voilá... you got a petrified book!
From your next trip to Africa (or to the local Ethno store) bring back a scary wooden face mask and stick it to a leather witches-hat. And "bingo" ready is your... whatever...
Last but not least (and this is only for the advanced self-proclaimed-interior-design-experts): Tile the floor with plain/cheap terra-cotta tiles to create the pleasant reading-/working atmosphere of a suburban pizzeria
PS: Don't forget when taking a photo of your ingenious decorating work to include an indefinable turquoise thingy on the right-hand edge of the photo (to keep your readers guessing what it could be... sofa?)
So finally the day has arrived... the rather unexpected but much appreciated return of our heroes for a season 9. I really couldn‘t wait for iTunes to upload this episode. Read my thoughts after the jump.
Can't believe it's been a month since I last posted on my blog here. Well... obviously, it's been a busy time for me and my baby (thanks to our little "dream loft project). Here's an update on the situation:
The outside job is almost done. The roof including chimney is finished and the windows have been fitted (all but the floor-to-ceiling windows for the living room and two French Windows. They'll have to wait until the floor boards have been installed).
The external insulation will be finished this weekend.
Meanwhile, we've started on insulating the interior walls.
...stuffing rock wool damping... oh what fun... NOT!
(can you say "itchy"?!?!)
...oh and there was lots of wallpaper stripping....
Somehow this ended up being mostly my job... uhm... yeah, well.
(Hello shoulder pains. How nice of you to stop by...)
I know I said it before, that it feels as if we'll never be done with everything, but there are some milestones that indicate we are indeed making progress... One of those surely was the moment when the construction crane was dismantled and pulled out of our driveway on Monday.
Hooray! The 24-ton-monster is gone!
Now I'm desperately waiting for the next milestone... when the scaffold will be gone!
Just one of these days when everything falls into place; when you get up feeling rested and well; when the scale says you've lost two pounds w/o even trying; when a stranger smiles at you; when you have an appointment at the hair salon and feel pretty and attractive while browsing through the April issue of the VOGUE; when not even the gray, wet April weather can dampen your mood.
clock wise: pictures 1, 4,6 = screen shots of April issue Vogue. picture 5, Barbara Palvin for Vogue picture 8, Claudia Schiffer for GUESS campain, (brand's 30th bd)
and just because this "Louis Vuitton" ad was too gorgeous for words... take another look!
I'm so fed up with the cold, wet, gray weather. And that goes for the dark colors of my winter wardrobe too. I can't wait for spring to come around and to indulge in the joyful colors of this year's Spring/Summer collections.
(...see above the latest additions to my spring wardrobe :)
What better way to get rid of the winter blues than to play around with bright colors :)
It's been ages since I painted with acrylic colors. This was so much fun!
(I'm obsessed with Marimekko and their awesome designs. Love their elephant :)
Our hallway is the only part of our home that I'm not happy with. It's been really neglected over the years and it's about time now that we tackled that "project" (before the other, "bigger" house projects get in the way again).
Here's two moodboards I put together for that project.
I always wanted to have a gallery wall and the hallway offers the perfect spot for it. For that we have already removed the big mirror that took over the wall on the left. In a first "trial" we put up a some of our favorite photographs to get a feel for it. It's not finished yet and I inted to add more of my own "art" to this.
Instead of a "sideboard" which would take too much space in the small hallway, we opted for a shelf consisting of three cubicles which can be put together in various ways. Hopefully, we'll also find a small stool.
For the color scheme, I'd like to pick up the turquoise color from the two columns and integrate it into the pieces I want to put on display.
No idea yet what we'll do with the wallpaper. It has to come off, no doubt. But we haven't decided on a new one or whether we should paint the wall in the same cream-colored tone that the rest of the flat is. We'll see. I think, I'll go wallpaper hunting over the next couple of weeks. There are so many amazing varieties now.