Weekend Report: Final Days of Summer

September 10, 2012

Hello and happy new week to you! I thought it may be nice to do a mini weekend report and though I may not do this every Monday, I think sharing my more personal life is a nice thing to do from time to time. Plus, I’m always keen on seeing what my blogger pals are up to when they’re not blogging – it’s fun to go behind the scenes and hear about their everyday adventures whether it is things they did, found, saw, what inspired them – all of it… So here is a recap of what I did this weekend in mostly photos that I took with my iPhone. I hope that you see something that makes you smile.

Weekend Report: Final Days of Summer

Flowers from the farmers’ market put me in the weekend mood…

Weekend Report: Final Days of Summer

Then I visited an outdoor traveling fabric and notions market here from the Netherlands on Saturday. So much inspiration. I can’t wait until it returns again in November!

Weekend Report: Final Days of Summer

So many fun patterns and colors. Most of these are from Westfalen, a German fabric company that specializes in these cutesy country prints.

Weekend Report: Final Days of Summer

I couldn’t resist bringing some home with me…

Weekend Report: Final Days of Summer

I decided to put some of the flowers I picked up the day before in my sitting room…

Weekend Report: Final Days of Summer

And some more in my dining room… These English roses are so romantic and I adore all of the intricate folds because they look like tissue paper yet feel like silk.

Weekend Report: Final Days of Summer

In addition to flowers, I picked up something else fresh this weekend – sweet corn brought in from the country! I prepared it as a simple meal for dinner and it was delish!

Weekend Report: Final Days of Summer

I walk everyday, but not always taking photos! This weekend, I took a walk around my neighborhood and snapped some photos for you because the architecture here inspires me so much. I have lived here for three years now and it still feels as exciting and new as it did the day I arrived. I really love living here.

Weekend Report: Final Days of Summer

How could a neighborhood like this NOT inspire me?

Weekend Report: Final Days of Summer

The red phone booth is an British import and is not used, just left on display – I really don’t know where it came from, who brought it here or what the story really is behind it but it’s cute and makes me smile whenever I pass.

Weekend Report: Final Days of Summer

I felt lucky to catch the sunset. It’s a magical time of night, don’t you think? I really enjoy strolling around, it helps me to collect and sort my thoughts.

Weekend Report: Final Days of Summer

On Sunday, I went to this cafe nearby for lemonade. It was very quiet inside because everyone was out at the neighborhood street festival and flea market. This particular cafe is for parents and children so there is a play space and little tables dotted around for the kids. All of the shops were open yesterday, which is rare because Germans do not shop on Sundays. All of the stores are closed, only some bakeries are open, flower shops and cafes. But yesterday was a very special “Open Sunday” that is a pretty big deal. Stores put balloons outside and have prosecco, pastries, wine and other treats for their customers because it’s a special treat to be open.

Weekend Report: Final Days of Summer

Here is a 14-year-old boy who was playing acoustic guitar in front of this shop that is new in our neighborhood and specializes in selling cork products handmade (and grown) in Portugal. His voice was amazing and he played so well. I liked some of his John Mayer tunes.

Weekend Report: Final Days of Summer

I went to visit my friend, Thomas, and took a quick shot of his kitchen where he has the best display of wonderful things. He is a chef but could easily be a stylist. Such a talented man. He had a flea market on the street during the festival so I picked up a cute vintage board game circa 1971 shown below.

Weekend Report: Final Days of Summer

This cute board game, complete with wooden play pieces, was a must have. It’s in German and still had the original letter from the manufacturer in it dated 1971. I love stuff like this…

Weekend Report: Final Days of Summer

I really enjoyed the festive atmosphere with open shops, tables in the streets where people were selling things, eating, drinking… And in general the vibe was so positive and laid back. Germans are so laid back in general.

Weekend Report: Final Days of Summer

During the flea market, a friend invited me back to her apartment and I had to photograph the old German tile work in her hallway. So typical here in older buildings yet I never tire of it!

Weekend Report: Final Days of Summer

I popped into my friend Danielle’s shop, Sommerfugl, and then went to my other friends store called Sandras Kleinod. I picked up this pretty needlepoint pinboard that she made. I have to find wall space for it but had to show you — I really like it.

My weekend ended with wine and snacks on the outdoor patio with my friends by candlelight. What a gorgeous, happy ending.

What did you do this weekend?

(images: holly becker on my iphone)

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  • Reply Anke September 10, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Hi Holly,
    living in Hanover I know some of the places you show in your fotos and it so nice seeing them on your blog. I missed the fabric market this weekend, so I have to go there in November.
    Viele Grüße

  • Reply Juliette September 10, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Love that fabric you picked up! I need to check their schedule and see if they’re coming to my corner of Germany any time soon!

    We had a pretty busy weekend, but the Sunday afternoon weather here was so wonderful we invited my MIL to join us for an outdoor lunch. There’s a pretty castle ruin nearby that has a great little restaurant and a fabulous view. It definitely made the weekend seem less rushed!

  • Reply Eva September 10, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Hi Holly,
    thanks to your post I just noted that the Dutch fabric market will stop in Oldenburg in 2 weeks so that I can look there for some new fabric backgrounds, still inspired from the foodphoto styling workshop in Weimar with all your guys :)
    Herzliche Grüße, Eva

  • Reply Cindy September 10, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Great idea this weekend report, especially with these beautiful pictures

  • Reply Jen Sudhaus September 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I would have died and gone to Heaven if I could find Fabrics like those. I really like the prints you chose. Beautiful photos of inspiring architecture!

  • Reply Samantha September 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    how cute is that dachsund fabric! i just love it! those curly tails!

  • Reply Alexis S. September 10, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I truly love what you have documented, here! It’s such a beautiful place you live in. I miss my six months of German living :). Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Reply Tiina September 11, 2012 at 5:06 am

    What a wonderful way to capture the beautiful things that can be seen everyday. Thank you!

  • Reply Bree @ girlmeetsdesign September 11, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I love your photos of the architecture in your neighborhood! I have never been to Germany before but it reminds me of the architecture in London, where I studied abroad almost 2 years ago. I was constantly inspired by the history behind every building and it looks like Germany is the same way! The red phone booth made me smile, I love that they still have them in London!! Great post :)

  • Reply Anja September 12, 2012 at 11:59 am

    can you please tell me where did you purchase that beautiful vase on the left side.. I’m in love and I have to have it. :)

    • Reply decor8 September 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      @Anja – I cannot remember, it was a store like Butlers or something last year.

  • Reply phyllis September 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    What a fun and colorful weekend!
    I LOVE your flowers and that pinboard and the fabrics you chose.

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