I hope all is well, I just had to check in today to say hello and to let you know that I’m now blogging from the other side of the pond in Germany. Let’s just say that life here is a lot different for me from where we spend most of the year back in the states in New Hampshire.
We live in the country usually (photos here) but now this country maus is a city maus again and I love it. It’s like living in Boston all over again as I did when I was single, only better (sorry Boston) because well, it’s Germany and everything here fascinates me despite that I’ve visited here 1-2x per year for the past 8 years.
We’ve been so busy with family and friends since our arrival that my head is completely spinning so I’m trying to figure out what to tell you that would interest you about it here. Maybe you can give me some ideas, what questions do you have, what would you like to know, etc.? I will do my best to blog my finds and keep the blog focus on interior design and decorating, but I hope you’ll forgive me if I weave in other finds as well, including fashion and architecture, photos of cool typefaces I find on signs, interesting crafty things I pick up from friends, etc.
Looking to the left… If you walk one block this way, there is the subway station – two stops (5 min) and you are in the city center. If you walk past the subway stop, you are at the entrance to the Eilenriede, Europe’s largest urban forest spanning over 1,500 acres. With it’s many trails, this is where I take my morning walks to clear my mind and relax. I also love to look for the red squirrels with the big ears. :)
Since we’ve landed here, I’ve already been all over the city, to the art museum (walking away completely inspired, again), and of course to the farmers’ markets and little boutique stores and bakeries every chance I get. Whenever I’m here, I can’t get enough – there’s so much to see and do. I spent nearly two hours in the train station at the book store browsing books and magazines. There are magazines here from all over Europe, and to my surprise, a Russian Elle Decoration. Imagine.
Here’s a few views from where I sit and blog each day. I’m usually out on the balcony , this is my view, or I’m seated at my desk overlooking the same street. It’s heaven, isn’t it? This is something I never tire of, a view of beautiful buildings, children laughing in the playground next door, and the church bells ringing quite often. :) It’s all so quaint here. I want to take photos of everything, I held myself back at the farmers’ market this morning – there were so many carts and tables overflowing with flowers and foods, many of which I’d never seen before. All the colors and textures completed inspired me.
Looking to the right. If you walk 1 block north from here, you are at my brother-in-law’s house, another 2 blocks, and you are in a square with places to eat and a weekly farmers’ market on Wednesday. If you walk right, you are 2 blocks from where my mother-in-law lives along with many of our friends. It’s great. Also to the right of this photo there is a kiosk and playground.
Back in a moment with a few posts for today. And please, let me know if you are interested in learning or seeing anything over here – I am happy to share with you what I can. That’s the beauty of the internet.
(images from holly becker for decor8)
We’re leaving for Germany now for our usual Autumn stay, I’m so excited to be based in Europe for a few months, it’s something I really look forward to each year with my husband. For those of you who have asked what my German connection is, it’s my husband. Click here to read the story of how we met in case you are interested.
Wilhelm Busch Museum, Hannover, Germany.
I’m taking the first half of the week off – to settle in, shop for the mundane things we need to set up house, and visit family. I plan to blog regularly for the next two months though, so meet me back here on Wednesday, September 26th. See you then!
…and extra thanks to j + h for house sitting while we’re away, you’re the best!
(image from holly becker for decor8)
I’m signing off for the day, so I’m wish you a happy weekend, I hope you have a lovely one! And remember, when preparing quiche don’t forget the nutmeg (1/2 teaspoon), it makes all the difference. From decorating to the kitchen, it’s all about adding that little extra, right?
See you on Monday and thank you so much for your supportive comments and emails this week, your words of kindness really helped get me through and I’ve been sharing each of them with my husband, who is impressed by how many of you wrote in and/or commented on the blog. You are all amazing men and women, really – I so appreciate every nice word, kindness goes a very long way.
(image by holly becker for decor8)
Dutch by Design carries contemporary interior accessories from the Netherlands, and although I’ve blogged about them before, for those of you that are new to decor8, it’s a great little store on the web for Dutch design. They’ve just added products from Invotis Orange, a design studio that I blogged about awhile back that is based in the Netherlands. Check out the rabbit in the dish drainer…
If you are familiar with Dutch design, you know that they love taking mundane objects and transforming them into something hip and cool with a twist – always a twist – of wit infused into each design. I attended Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven last October to cover it (here’s some coverage on decor8 in case you missed it last year) for Domino magazine online and it was there that I saw this ‘theme’ repeated throughout nearly every item on display. Always a slight nod to the past, yet this next generation of Dutch designers are looking ahead to bring a bit of tradition into the here and now.
(images from dutch by design)