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Pottery Barn Lust

Yeah, there I’ve said it. I lust after some things at Pottery Barn. Not all but definitely some. Like you, I pick and choose from a variety of stores. But I’m loving lots of stuff in the PB organizing + office category because I have this office obsession lately — it’s all I think about. I guess it has to do with the feeling of want. You know, when you’re single you want the partner. When you’re a secretary you want the promotion. When you are a blogger you want the readers. And when you are working from your dining room table (me) you want the office space. So this is my desire-of-the-moment. An office space to call my own. What is currently hot on your want list?

Pottery Barn Storage

I dream of nooks and corners and windows to hang things in and a wall for my inspiration board. But I refuse to be one of those who are miserable while they wait. Instead, I’m collecting my inspirations so that once I do have an office, I will know exactly what to order to furnish it and make it my own. And then when it is finished, I will show you how it looks. When it comes to decorating ideas, my brain is on overload —  I cannot decide upon the color scheme, though I know at least 3 of the walls will be white and I’m thinking the 4th will be wallpaper or painted in a favorite solid color. I still love that accent wall trend out there and though it may die tomorrow, I’m thinking I can still rock it if I use a paper that I’m in love with.I know what I do want… plenty of storage and a bright space.

Pottery Barn Storage

Pottery Barn Storage

Pottery Barn Storage

Pottery Barn Storage

(I know this is a bedroom, but I’d love to have a storage bench in my office like this one.)

Are you currently thinking of a certain room in the home that you’d like to redecorate? Or are you, like me, looking for a new flat to live in and dreaming of all of the features you home it will have? If so, what are some features you are looking for?

I have a list that is a bit embarrassing to share with any property agent as I’m sure they’d roll their eyes and kick me out of their office. So I keep most of my “wants” in my head. But one want that I do share off the cuff is hardwood floors and enough rooms for an office and guest bedroom. I’ve never had space for a guest bedroom and want one so badly… and of course it will be a nursery if and when I decide to have children but until then it will be a guest room and I certainly will use it for guests as there is a list of people back home whom I’d love to have over for a visit. I don’t want to live large or anything, but I do want to stay where I move next so I’m thinking ahead a bit. I really, really have come to hate moving so the next time I move I want to stay in my apartment for 100 years. :)

I’m off to IKEA… I need a new mattress and no doubt I’ll come home WITHOUT a mattress but a bag of things that I did not intend to buy. :) See you later on today!

(images: pottery barn)

Posted in Rooms, uncategorized on November 16, 2009

Hello Monday!

Hello and how was your weekend!? I hope that you enjoyed yourself and were able to fit in a little “you time”. I had a restful weekend, which was needed, and I did a lot of organizing around the house (including my messy cabinet! Yay!) so that was also very good. I went for brunch at heimw which was lovely too — a little date afternoon with my guy… Here is a view from where we sat. I noticed that all over the city the erecting of decorations and booths for weihnachtsmarkt was underway since the massive marketplace begins in just a week or so. I love this time of year because it’s when the city smells like hot spiced wine, crepes, cinnamon and candy and when white twinkle lights shine are all over like tiny stars.

sunday brunch

I also spent a few hours in the forest collecting mini pine cones and breathing in the fresh autumn air, my “emotional time out” as I call my walks here. The forest is so large, imagine if gorgeous Central Park in New York were a natural 2,500 acre forest … it’s similar as our forest is situated directly in the city. When I tell most of my friends they are surprised to learn this, just as I was before I came here for the first time. Inside you can find a few cafes, many playgrounds, a bird park, Europe’s top zoo (so I’ve been told), trails, dirt paths, paved ways for skaters and bikers, it’s a bit heavenly for a girl like me who wants to live in a city with access to the country. Here I feel I have the best of both worlds. I am very grateful to have a place to recharge without having to drive anywhere… I walk a few blocks from my home and I’m at the entrance to a forest. One of my favorite things about living in Hannover is all of the lush, green spaces.

forest walk

All in all, my weekend was a good mix of relaxation and productivity. But I do wish that today was Friday all over again because I feel like I need a few more days off! And you?

So, in case you’re interested I thought I’d give you an update on the property that I told you about… well we went back for a second viewing and it was just as lovely as the first time, only I brought my husband who tends to be more environmentally sensitive that I am. He loved the flat but felt uncomfortable with the fact that the building, occupied by only 3 other families, had mostly elderly tenants. He loves the seniors, don’t get me wrong (his grandmother was his best friend up until she passed away) but he feels that we may be too loud for them. We love to watch a movie now and then and also enjoy listening to our music and he is a bit concerned about disturbing them. You know, being the “new young kids” in the building… we don’t want to cause a disturbance.

Other than that, his only other reservation was that the master bathroom had a massive transom window into the guest bathroom which had another window into this large light shaft that runs through the building from roof to ground. He was unsure if this was going to create a mold problem in the bathroom, it had no ventilation or fan other than the transom windows. I’m not sure either, but I have mold allergies so he’s unsure if this will be a problem. We’ve both only had homes and apartments where a window to the great outdoors was in the actual bathroom… Does anyone know much about how to deal with ventilation in this type of scenario???

oma's china(organizing my cabinet, this is part of the china passed down from Thorsten’s grandparents.)

Other than that, the property is amazing in every way – it was built in the late 1800’s so it has everything you can expect would be in an old, historical Jugendstil building. The rear of the unit overlooks the forest and the front overlooks historical buildings in the art nouveau style that is so popular in our district. The floors are original herringbone hardwood and the ceilings are so high I’d need a ladder to install pendants. The windows are all huge and brand new and the doors to each room are beautiful. There are french doors, pocket doors and glass doors everywhere. It’s one of those places were you walk in and your mouth falls open. But if you have to tiptoe so as to not disturb the neighbors, well this could present problems. Going from a home in the country to a city apartment, I think we’re both a little rusty when it comes to city living. I hadn’t lived in the city for 10 years and he, for 8 years, so it’s all “new” in many ways to suddenly have neighbors all around.

little houses

(I put these in my windows this weekend. Country-ish I know, but I’m eclectic – what can I say?)

So the property search continues… though in this neighborhood it is a bit like New York City when it comes to finding a flat — the second a good, large one pops up (since they are so rare) they rent in less than a week, sometimes same day, so it’s a bit stressful looking for property in this particular area. But I will persist and see what we find. Those who wait are usually rewarded, right? Encourage me, here! :)

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on November 16, 2009

Bloomingville by TrendKompagniet

So. I’ve been trying to locate a silver or black mirror to go above my dresser and I found a lovely one at Esplanade (a store in my neighborhood) and when I flipped it over I noticed the brand: Bloomingville. Hmmmm I thought. I googled it and found their website which has many beautiful products from Danish company TrendKompagniet. Bloomingville is part of their company specializing in home goods.


If you pay attention to the details, you may notice subtle differences from how you arrange things in your part of the world. In northern Germany where I live, this one of many styles for seasonal decor, one of many because you have (like any country) lots of people with a variety of tastes and backgrounds so the decor varies by home. But, this is one style that is very popular in the part of the city where I live — I find shops with many of these products or ones identical to them. Some of these accessories include mercury glass, candles in many shades, white porcelain, and the colors gray and lilac along with many ethnic influences and details like punched tin and sweet little motifs — deer, mushrooms and snowflakes to name a few.

My friends like to use found items for decorating too – and traditional pine is another element brought into the home and displayed on a coffee table next to a platter or included in a floral arrangement for instance. Candles are used very informally, not just for fancy dinner parties or special occasions. I have candles burning most days — they warm the heart and heat the space. I love candles and burn them twice as much now that I live in this part of the world. I have two silver antique candelabras on the windowsill in my living room with gray candles that I love and light almost daily as it starts to get dark now around 4:15 each day. But I like it, the mood is serene and charming.



I really, really like the decal accent on the weathered bench above. Did you see that? It is great idea to give a bench a hand painted feel for those who don’t have a steady hand to diy it. Try a decal inside. Brilliant! This makes me like decals a little bit more because I never in my life thought to stick on on a rustic bench.

So, there you have it — Bloomingville products. Do you like this style?

By the way… If you’re a interiors stylist and are lucky enough to live nearby to them in Herning, Denmark well I have good news for you — they’re hiring a product stylist! More information here.

And you love what you see shown above, you can shop for these items on Madam Tut and Landstil.

Soothing and elegant, right?

(images: bloomingville)

Posted in Decorating Tips on November 13, 2009

Brandon Kidd Photography

Photographer Brandon Kidd is on my mind today, I found his work recently and wow oh wow, brilliant! He specializes in, “creating dynamic and artistic portraits for events, parties, families and weddings,” and dynamic is right! I was reading his blog today and found so many great photos to share with you from some of the events that he has photographed in locations all over America from California to the deep south.

Brandon Kidd Photography

Brandon Kidd Photography

Brandon Kidd Photography

Brandon Kidd Photography

His photographs are poetic, he definitely has a story in his head and a feeling in his heart when he’s out shooting which directly translates into remarkable photographs — whether it’s the objects he shoots, the angle, the lighting, he brings so much more with him than a camera, a very creative mind that is curious and imaginative. If you have a moment, spend some time on his website and blog today. You’ll instantly see what I mean as you browse his portfolio and read his words, I personally love how excited he gets over an event. In one particular post he talked about all of the eye candy in terms of beautiful objects at a wedding he was shooting that he didn’t know where to begin. His infectious enthusiasm was so evident in those words and directly translated into the photographs because you could feel his energy in them. This is one man I’m bookmarking so I can peek in on his latest projects from time to time. Smitten!

Psst: Some of the above photos are from a wedding that Summer from Grey Likes Weddings, Megan Gonzalez with MaeMae Paperie and Lauryl Lane designed and styled. Such beautiful, soft colors and lots of personal handmade touches! This has to be the most beautiful wedding day I’ve ever seen in photos. Ever. Wow. I’m so impressed!

(images: brandon kidd photography)

Posted in Inspiration on November 13, 2009


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