Sunday, September 18, 2011

A bunch of ideas

Yesterday one of my neighbours went to Ikea (which is now about an hour from where I live in Germany) and I went with her just for fun and some daydreaming. We are still about a month away before moving into our own place, so purchasing anything at this point just would make sense. Nonetheless, this last trip to Ikea got my head spinning and dreaming. I loved the incorporation of purple and rose colors in their presentenation rooms so much, that I made up my own moodboard witha combination of purple and gray:

I think that this color combination with a purple accent wall and the remainder in a creme-tone would create a warm and inviting space.

I was completely bored today, so I decided to see how different colors can affect the feel of the same base room.

Here is the same moodboard, but this time incorporating an olive-green:

And now the same thing with navy blue:

What do you think? I believe this color switch can make it pretty obvious how two or three small changes can update an entire room.

Enjoy the rest of your Sundays. I´ll enjoy the hearty veggie and bacon muffins my sister made.

Monday, September 12, 2011

1000 Years!

This weekend one of our neighbour villages celebrated 1000 years since they were first mentioned. Everybody had done their best to create a great party. With a focus on keeping things as they were in past centuries, they had organized a fair as in the Middleage. It was great. There was so much to look at, many of the inhabitants were dressed in midieval costumes and you could see the effort that had gone into every single detail.

Here is the clown that greeted us right at the entrance to the market.

And here is the globe that became part of the village decoration:

There is my son listening to the backpipe players.

There were a lot of little tents from different artisan trades to look at, such as shoemakers, ropemakers, carpenters, etc.

My favorite must have been the potter, since I couldn´t get my eyes off his selection of pieces. They were just beautiful.
I ended up taking home two items, a flower vase and a plate for fruit or cookies. These were the first two items I purchased in the pursuit of re-starting an entire household. Being that they were handmade from a local artist, I believe they make a fitting pair of firsts.

I love that I could use the caraffe either for water or juice, or maybe even as a charming flower pot.

Here is another closeup of the caraffe:

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Tomatoes anyone?

Have you ever grown tomatoes? Usually they need a lot of son, a lot of watering, but at the same time they can't stand water on the stem and leaves.
So, with the desire to create some type of flexibel structure my dad created a little cart a few years ago:

This is kind of what it looks like. It's a slatted board on wheels. Each spring my dad plants his tomatoes in buckets that fit on the base. In those buckets he puts spiraled metal sticks that assists the plants in growing.

Above you can see the base with its buckets and below you can see the spiraled metal sticks.

This simple structure has proven itself time and again. Whenever the sun comes out my dad can push the tomatoes out onto the terrace where they grow best. If he knows it is going to rain, he can quickly park the plants under the porch.


*BTW, still no camera here. I am using the camera that is on my laptop, so my angles might be a little off
* Also that's not a corner of my face on the second photo trying to see if the computer was getting a good picture ;)