Friday, 28 December 2012

Bought a new kitchen :)

I stumbled across this amazing showroom kitchen yesterday and it fits our new kitchen layout like a glove :)

Baby and I both fell in love with it. We got it for 55 % off the original price. What a bargain!

We're both so happy about this. Can't wait to see it in our new home.


More pics after the jump.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Halloween - Pumpkin Carving

My this year's Halloween pumpkins.





I wasn't too sure about the second one. I had a "Scream" theme in mind. It didn't look too good in daylight...



... however,  it's awesome at night... 



(photos (c) Lausi)

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

How to make your desk look "bizzare"....

 (Source: leelacyd.com; Foto: Leela Cyd Ross)


In 4 steps to a bizzare desk:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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...
  4. 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?)

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Review: S09.E03 - 2.918 miles...




2.918 miles

(And what title is that?!?!)

Well... it‘s as stupid as this episode was. No really, I was BORED.TO.TEARS.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Review: S09.E02 - Where there's Smoke




Where there‘s smoke

... there should be a fire...you'd think,  whereas this episode was more like a small puff of hot air.

Here‘s my thoughts on this week‘s episode.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Review: S09.E01 - Reignited



CSI:NY Season 9 premiere... Reignited.

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.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

I definitely got a "type"....





           From left to right: Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner (Hotch) on Criminal Minds; Jon Hamm as Don Draper on 
                                            Mad Men and last but not least... Eddie Cahill as Don Flack on CSI:NY


Looking at my favorite TV-shows and favorite actors I guess you could say I got a certain "type"which is tall, dark and handsome.

(No wonder I fell for my baby so hard all those years ago. He definitely falls under this category too. I'm a very lucky lady to have found such a beautiful man in RL too :)

Just realized Dexter/Michael C. Hall is the exception from that rule (being a red-head). 



Anyway... these are all great fictional characters with awesome actors bringing them alive on screen. 

Can't wait for the fall season to start next week *is excited*

Friday, 7 September 2012

Update: Lausi's Dream Loft...

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! 
(if we're lucky this will be very soon too.)

all pictures (c) Lausi

Thursday, 2 August 2012

It's taking shape....

For the last couple of weeks, I have really doubted that it would ever happen, but here we are: 
The roof is done (more less)!

The windows will be fitted next week, but the roof is watertight! 
If you have followed this blog and my last entry, you'll know what an immense relief it is to say so :)

The new front gable:


More pictures after the jump.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Don't worry, it won't rain...




Don‘t worry, it won‘t rain!
Who said renovating a house is serious business and that builders have no sense of humor? 

Saturday, 23 June 2012

The long and dusty road...


...to our dream loft.


Does this look like an awe-inspiring, soon-to-be „dream loft“ to you?

No?

Yeah well... I admit, it requires some imagination... or rather a brilliant architect (aka my favorite brother-in-law) and lots of faith.

My multi-color bag...


Look what my marvelous friend Ali from „Little Lovely Stuff“ made for me.


The pattern is based on the one used for a Dolce/Gabana bag I saw in a magazine and which I fell in love with.
(Mind you, not that I'd ever pay THAT kind of money for a bag!)
So now I have my very own unique „designer bag“ :)

Thanks for an awesome job, Ali!

Sunday, 13 May 2012

CSI:NY renewed..

the miracle has happened :) Don Flack will be back! :)

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Review: S08.E18 - Near Death




Near Death...
So that was it

I really have no doubts that we‘ve seen the last episode of CSI:NY. 
But goodness, what an intense and emotional episode this was. All sentiments aside, I think it brought closure not only to the characters but also to the fans of the show.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Review: S08.E16 - Sláinte



Goodness, I loved this episode! Plain and simple! A Don Flack feast from start to finish.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Thoughts running through my mind...


On blows of fate...
Life is full of experiences. 


Good and bad. 
I must allow myself to fathom out these painful feelings. 

Even if it means I have to hit rock bottom first before I can rise up again.



On how important it is to accept things...
It is important to accept not only the blows of fate but all the other „little“ obstacles life throws our way. 

Any day something can happen that will change our life forever and nothing will be as it was.  


We have to accept the „never again“.  



On getting older...
I admire and respect older people because a lifetime of experiences shines out of their eyes. 

I don‘t think it is a shame to get old, it is simply another stage in our life.

 It is a privilege to reach an old age.  




On balance in life...
I think life is all about balance. 

We should avoid extremes. 


Better to sit back and let things happen, calmly contemplating their impact.  

For life‘s balance, there has to be laughter as well as tears. 




On my emotions....
When they come, I try to face up to them. 

I write. 

Writing always helps. 

Putting my fears into words helps getting a grip on them, 


putting them into perspective 


until I am no longer paralyzed by  „what ifs“.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Easter Sunday...



 Easter Sunday...

early morning walk; blue skies; sunshine; bells ringing; quiet and peace; family lunch; homemade marble cake with cream; another walk through town; savoring the moment!


Saturday, 7 April 2012

Review: S08.E15 - Kill Screen


I liked this episode. It wasn‘t a terribly original plot/case and it was pretty predictable who the killer was, but it was fun to watch anyway.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Pink Wednesday....

Feeling pink today... 

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.

Just....feeling pink!
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!

Monday, 2 April 2012

Sushi, Don & French Merlot

...My (perfect) Monday Evening...


...I want that dress that Megan was wearing in that shot! ...


Monday Nights = Mad Men Nights :))))

Sunday, 1 April 2012

First Almond Blossoms


Nothing says Spring to me more than the beautiful sight of the first almond blossoms.

picture (c) Lausi

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Review: S08.E14 - Flash Pop



My thoughts on last night‘s episode Flash Pop, I was disappointed.

Spoilers after the jump!

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

He's back!!!!!!

He’s back!!!!!

17 months of waiting are finally over.

OMG… how I have waited for this series to return to the screen.

I loved this episode from start to finish. I was soaking it all up, in fact, I wanted to hug my TV set with joy.

Spoilers after the jump!

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Monday, 19 March 2012

Easy Chic - Business Wear (Spring outfits)

Love these suggestions:

Blazer: Mint & Berry, 90 €; Silk shirt: Tara Jamon, 185 €; Boyfriend Jeans: Current/Elliott, 245 €; Broques, white: Pertini, 198 €; Bag: Urban Outfitters, 111 €; Scarf: Lala Berlin, 159 €.

Blazer: Acne, 400 €; Shirt: Mango, 30 €; Skirt: H&M, 40 €; Bag: Üterque, 239 €; Wedge Booties: Louboutin, 645 €


via Myself.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Mind-boggeling architecture of the 21st century: Floating Balcony Pools


Cyber architect James Law designed these incredible skyscrapers with "floating balcony pools" for a real estate company in Mumbai.

Simply AMAZING!




Read more about this here.




Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Revisiting old Places



The other week, we spent a day in Stuttgart, the city where a long time ago, we used to live for a couple of years (very happy times!) and where Frank and I went to university.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Is it Spring yet????

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 :)

Sunday, 12 February 2012

No Polar Bears?

It is cold outside.

In fact, it‘s been outer Siberia here for weeks now.

No really.... friggin, freezing cold.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Review: S08.13. - The Ripple Effect


08.13 - The Ripple Effect

Fantastic episode! What an awesome case this was!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Hallway Project... Update...

It's slowly coming together...

Picked the photos for the gallery wall and added a little glass board. Also started looking for a new wallpaper. The (not so much) fun part will be stripping off the old wallpapers...



photos (c) Lausi

My little Art Project...

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 :)


copyright (c) Lausi

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Review: S08.E12 - Brooklyn til I die



Goodness, what a terrible episode this was. Seriously, for me that was one of the most awful episodes of CSI:NY I have ever watched.


Sunday, 29 January 2012

Hallway Project: Moodboard...

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.

We'll see... to be continued on this blog :)