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Getting Your Act Together

So, in preparation of the upcoming arrival in three weeks or so of about 82 boxes arriving from the states, I am trying to get my act together. For instance, I need to organize my apartment because well… I never thought I’d be living in our vacation flat full-time and now that we are (until we find a larger place), we have to make due with a one bedroom, 600 square foot space with only one bedroom and no office (we both work from home). Which is fine if we didn’t have all those boxes on their way over. For starters, my dining room cabinet is not organized and this needs to be taken care of asap. This first photo is a lie. It’s a glimpse of how beautiful you think my cabinet is until I zoom out and show you the whole thing. So here is the zoomed in view to make you think my cabinet is so lovely…

Getting organized

And here is the zoomed out version to pound in the reality of it: My cabinet is a disaster.

The joys of settling in...

I mean, just look at this thing? A train wreck. The top, above the fairy lights, is not styled, things just tossed up there because I couldn’t stuff them into the cabinet… train. wreck. The top shelf is acceptable though carelessly arranged. The second shelf, well the right half is OKAY but the left half is scary. Then it just gets worse as you go down. Like, by the time you hit the bottom shelf you know that I just threw stuff in and pushed the doors REALLLLLLY hard to shut them tight enough for them to stay closed. Closing the doors is like trying to put on those jeans that fit you 10 years ago. Not happenin’. If this cabinet could, it would lay on the bed and try to pull those doors shut.

But I’m not embarrassed at all because this is a view of what my authentic self is like sometimes. A sometimes very messy china cabinet person. But it’s also a sort of coming out for me because I really need to organize this cabinet before my boxes arrive.  I promise to show you an after. I plan to work on it very soon. :)

So — what is messy in your home right now that you realllly need to work on cleaning out? Now that Fall is here, what home projects do you have in mind? Maybe we can all keep one another get our act together… :)

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on October 01, 2009

Herzensart: Viking Plates

Like vikings much? You may not know how charming they can be until now. Sandra Monat from Herzensart has a new collection of viking plates that I think are darling. So fun! I imagine whether you have small boys in the house or not, you could own some for personal use too. No boys required! I’ve talked about Sandra on decor8 before, but in case you aren’t familiar with her then today is your lucky day. She is a German artist/designer who I’ve been following for almost as long as I’ve been writing this blog. And she’s great.


Sandra makes soft toys, cards, and other neat things out of her studio in a small town just outside of Cologne. Her whimsical blog is full of  inspiration — in addition to sharing her work, she’s been busy sketching her daily outfits and posting them for fun and I really appreciate her sense of humor and her sweet illustrative style.

(images: sandra monat)

Posted in Rooms on October 01, 2009

Le Train Fantome

When you find something cute (small animals, men, decor), you want to make it yours and invite it home to love and cherish. I just found cute in the form of an online shop and Flickr stream and it’s from Le Train Fantome. The lady behind it is a French artist, Fanja Ralison, who currently lives and works in Hertfordshire, England. Fanja pays careful attention to details as she crafts her little dolls and things… and when you view corners of her home on Flickr you can see that her love of sweet things extends far beyond her dolls — her nest is infused with love and warmth, and is so very charming. I love her curtains with the graphic black and white bunting and her mushroom chart, both shown below…

Le Train Fantome

Le Train Fantome

Don’t you want to relax in her home, or just sit around and sip tea and watch her as she creates? I love these intimate glimpses into private homes like this one… isn’t the internet grand?

(images: le train fantome)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on October 01, 2009

Happy Autumn!

Can you believe it’s October 1st and the beginning of Autumn? Today it truly arrived and to celebrate, we went out to this tiny spot for lunch that we enjoy and had the most delicious homemade chicken soup with crusty bread. And then we went for coffee and cake, a ritual here daily around 4:00 p.m. when cafes are packed. Afterwards, it was time to hit the farmers’ market where we went flower shopping and bought a ton of fresh veggies from the farmers in our region as I plan to make two kinds of soup: chicken coconut and vegetable rice. I also found the best caramel-colored leather boots that I adore – those I found last night and they are gorgeous, like something out of the 70s and will keep my legs warm. Autumn is lovely, isn’t it?

autumn arrives...

So tell me, what traditions do you follow in the Fall? Where do you like to go? What do you enjoy doing at home with your family? Do you have favorite outdoor activities that you like to engage in? For me, Autumn is all about long walks in the forest, attending festivals outdoors, travel, collecting chestnuts and acorns, and wearing layers of clothes and cute hats. It’s also about cooking soups and baking. :) I was sitting on the sofa this morning thinking about the changing of the seasons, what I’ll do to “warm” up my decor for the next few months, and looked on my coffee table and thought I’d capture the moment with the photo above. It really captures the season to me. The colors, the crochet, the book, the warm wood…

Ah, Autumn… I love you, my favorite season, my cozy friend who returns loyally each and every year.

(photography: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on October 01, 2009


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