A few of my favorite things: Yvestown
Hello it’s Yvonne Eijkenduijn from The Yvestown Blog here and I’m dropping in to show you some of my favorite things while Holly is moving across the big pond to set up home in Germany. My husband, the one with the golden hands a.k.a. Boris, and myself are in the middle of a drastic renovation. We bought a double fronted house from 1896 in a Belgian border city of The Netherlands exactly a year ago. As I type this I find myself in one of the rooms that we use as our living room, my office, book storage and the electrical and plumbing transit. You can imagine it looks lovely here. I’m going to share some photos of the things that give me a homely feel in a house that still doesn’t feel like a home yet.
The inside of my desk drawer is white, my primary decorating color, and holds all my geek things like Apple docks, headphones, a dictaphone, my National Trust handbook (which I should toss out and replace with a new one) and my notebooks full of scribbles and plans. It makes me happy when I open this drawer as the contents tell a lot about my personality, it’s a little bit like coming home.
I’m a blanket person, it’s something I inherited from my mother as she’s one too. There are always baskets full of folded blankets everywhere in my house. Often when I have friends over we sit under blankets on the sofa with our feet up. As I’ve always lived in old houses with high ceilings it can get rather cold and blankets provide such instant coziness, warmth and comfort. And it looks incredibly cute when we’re all huddled up under them.
The sunroom is the one room in my house that is actually almost done. I don’t like it yet and there’s still a lot of decorating needed, like finding prints for the frames above the Swedish kökssoffa and a bigger rug. It’s also the one room in the house that we’re not going to use. Maybe when the old barn outside is gone and when there will be a garden to look at, we can sit in this room. But we’re not much of a ‘sit around and do nothing couple‘ — rooms need to be functional and this one isn’t for sure.
There is a super functional room in my house, tucked away downstairs, and it is my sewing room in one of the cellar rooms. Although it still needs proper paint that keeps mold out, it’s pretty perfect as everything is in place and it’s my crafter’s paradise.
When I’m not spending time with my elbows covered in paint I’m cooking. I strive to cook a homemade meal at least 5 days a week even when it’s just me and that’s quite often. My cooking style is quite fusion as I love to mix different food cultures together. My big cooking influences are Donna Hay and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall from the River Cottage. In a couple of years, when the barn goes down, I want to grow my own fruits and vegetables and have a couple of chickens. I’ll be an urban farmer!
I want to wish Holly and Thorsten a good move and lots of joy, happiness and good health in their new home country. We’ll definitely get to see each other more :o) – xox Yve
(images: the yvestown blog)