Thursday, February 4, 2016

Keeping it real...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


My daughter went on a school ski trip to France,
so I had 1,5 week to clean up her room.

I am always wondering why everything
is on the floor all the time.
I mean, they are 10 and 12...why?!

Dance drawer and summer clothes drawer.

Done! So much better.

She came home today
 (and it's so good to have her back!), 
let's see how long this lasts.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The master bedroom

Finally, the master bedroom is ready!
It feels so clean and fresh.

We really needed a new bed after 30 years and
 we ordered this Celtic wrought iron bed in Germany.

We left the picture wall the way it was
 (just to be sure, I took a picture before my husband took them off the wall when he started painting).

Because of the large headboard, bedside tables
 would take up too much space, therefore I used
 the baskets (Ikea) we already had.
Red baskets found on Amazon.

We bought a couple of woolen plaids in
gray and beige, all with different patterns. 

This mirror was a present from my husband
 (probably 20+ years ago).

Old French hook.

Our antique English shaving stand.

The wooden crate where I keep the books
 I'm reading before I go to sleep.

I think it needs some paint.

We didn't change the curtains (just washed them).

Behind the red curtain is the walk-in closet.

What I like most in the room is the iron baskets
 under the bed. I bought them some time ago
 on Ebay and I was using them elsewhere
 around the house. 

But when the new bed arrived I knew that they
were perfect for keeping the blankets. 

Same old chandelier (used to be above our dining table).

Same old family portrait.

Same old "bookcase" (that's what it used to be in the farmhouse where my husband grew up).
 I like it exactly the way it is.

Same old hat box and leather suitcase.

And finally: some red accents...

That's all (so happy that another
room is finished).

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Antique school hooks

I bought ten of these old school hooks.

They were all a bit rusty and faded, 
especially the five numbers below
were in a bad shape.

This is how they look after my husband
freshened them up a little bit.

Good job!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Vintage French sheet music

Over the weekend we made some music notes
 banners with vintage French sheet music. 
It was an easy and fun craft project.

 They cheer up the room!
(just what I needed)

Saturday, January 16, 2016

It's snowtime...

... and the kids couldn't be more excited.

It started snowing on Friday, so they could go
outside immediately after school. 
Perfect timing.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Wild Republic birds

It started when this little bird began visiting our feeding table. 

My youngest son and I found out it was a nuthatch
and when we googled we found these cute birds
from Wild Republic that make real bird sounds.

I am My son is obsessed by them now.

I think we started a new collection...

Friday, January 8, 2016

Hanging on the wall

Over the Christmas break my husband finished some
 of the French hooks we have been collecting. 
I love these antique "patères" 
(and I like hooks in general because I prefer 
"hanging on the wall" to "lying on the floor"). 

They were cleaned and attached to a small wooden plate and we even found some cute enamel numbers.

The most beautiful hook is reserved for my 
grandfather's violin, of course. 

Seeing that violin every day is such a joy!