Saturday, November 22, 2014


My favorite.

When Laura's eyes opened in the morning she 
saw that every clinched nail in the roof overhead 
was furry-white with frost. Thick frost covered
 every windowpane to its very top. 
The daylight was still and dim inside the stout
 walls that kept out the howling blizzard.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Writing desk for my daughter's room

We bought this desk a couple of years
 ago in Holland. It was in a bad shape,
but I saw the potential.

We finally had it repaired and white-washed
by our local carpenter.

We gave her one of these chairs.
The pillow case comes from Jo'burg.

Baskets from Ikea.

Small white porcelain knobs.

We decided to white-wash this floor lamp
 as well and move it to her room.

She is very happy!

Thursday, November 20, 2014


 The best way to start the day.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Doll house paintings

On this little blog I often let you take part in my hunt
for my great-grantfather's paintings.

Now, this is a different story, because these were made by my grandfather from my father's side of the family (he was an architect). These paintings are very small (8x6 cm) and he painted them for his niece's doll house. So cute!

Our lunchtime read-aloud

The kids and I love the story about Bob the cat
(this is the child-friendly version).

This book is such a beautiful story about the 
friendship between street-musician James and
Bob, his cat (we have a cat ourselves who
 showed up at our house one day
 - about 13 years ago -  and decided to stay).
It is a moving and uplifting story!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Saint Nicholas

... was in the house!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Preparing for Christmas

Wrapping paper.

I prefer the neutral tones, but I bought some
colored paper for the kids.

This one is my favorite (IKEA).
It looks like vintage wall paper.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

French wall mounted coat hook

Searching on

...for more of these old hooks.

I use them everywhere in the house because
 they are both beautiful and practical.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

We turned off the tv...

...and this is what happened.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Luxembourg city

These photos were taken by my son (the 21-year-old)
when he visited the city last weekend for
 the first time with his German girlfriend.


They were lucky, it was such a beautiful day.