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Weekend Report: Final Days of Summer

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.

My flower market loot

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

Having fun at the outdoor fabric market in Hannover

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!

Cute prints by Westfalen

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

More fabrics I brought home from the fabric market

I couldn’t resist bringing some home with me…

Field flowers in my sitting area

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

English roses on my table

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.

Preparing dinner

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!

3 years since I moved here and I still haven't lost that first time feeling when I walk home admiring my neighborhood.

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.

I love my neighborhood

How could a neighborhood like this NOT inspire me?

Racing home to the one he loves?

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.

Sunset in my hood

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.

A mini break in my neighborhood cafe

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.

Loved that this 14 year old boy was singing at the street fest today. Killer talent.

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.

great stuff in Thomas' kitchen (my German friend)

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.

Brand new board game from 1971 - never used! Wooden pieces. Sooo cute! €2

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…

Street flohmarkt in Hannover Germany (where I live).

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.

Old typical German tiles where my friend lives

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!

Field flowers

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)

Posted by decor8 in Inspiration on September 10, 2012

Your comments...

  1. Anke commented
    September 10th, 2012 at 5:41pm

    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

  2. Juliette commented
    September 10th, 2012 at 5:53pm

    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!
    Juliette´s last blog post ..Weekend Links

  3. Eva commented
    September 10th, 2012 at 6:31pm

    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

  4. Cindy commented
    September 10th, 2012 at 6:40pm

    Great idea this weekend report, especially with these beautiful pictures
    Cindy´s last blog post ..Bodaboda

  5. Jen Sudhaus commented
    September 10th, 2012 at 6:48pm

    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!
    Jen Sudhaus´s last blog post ..Strawberry Banana Yogurt Muffins

  6. Samantha commented
    September 10th, 2012 at 7:30pm

    how cute is that dachsund fabric! i just love it! those curly tails!
    Samantha´s last blog post ..armful of narwhals

  7. Alexis S. commented
    September 10th, 2012 at 9:45pm

    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.
    Alexis S.´s last blog post ..Ruche looks

  8. Tiina commented
    September 11th, 2012 at 5:06am

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

  9. Bree @ girlmeetsdesign commented
    September 11th, 2012 at 7:35pm

    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 :)
    Bree @ girlmeetsdesign´s last blog post ..#UnderEmployed

  10. Anja commented
    September 12th, 2012 at 11:59am

    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. :)

  11. decor8 commented
    September 12th, 2012 at 1:56pm

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

  12. phyllis commented
    September 12th, 2012 at 2:59pm

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

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