I spent a lot of Saturday in the garden, and I’m so pleased to have tidied up all of the front and side yards. No longer are they overgrown with weeds (or those herbs I planted and forgot what they are…), and although they are still looking a little wintery and bare, at least we’re up to presentable again. Maybe next winter I will learn how to make the best of at least the front garden…
The good news is, I could feel a little spring in the air, and I even spotted a pansy poking it’s head up. My bulbs are starting to sprout (even the ones around the tree on the lawn, despite being mown over twice already!), and I’m looking forward to a flourishing garden again in a few short weeks!
The image above has got me a few times this past week or so – it’s been popping up everywhere. I finally gave in and pinned it on my Backyard board. I love a little private garden oasis like the one glimpsed through these doors!
There is lots more to this house too – it’s a converted schoolhouse in Haarlem, with masses of light and open space, but with plenty of eclectic goings on to create that cosy feeling the Dutch are so good at. More pictures at sfgirlbybay and here.
Since introducing some plant life into our bedroom “part-makeover” we are converts to having indoor plants. Who knows if it’s the rush of refreshed air that puts the smile on our faces as we walk into our room, or just the pleasing look of green leaves in a mostly white room that makes me happy? No matter… we’ll be adding more!
Roomie clearly knows what I’m talking about – this one popped up on my Pinterest feed from them today.
This image had me doing a double-take when I spotted it on Pinterest this week, because at first glance it resembles the little flat we lived in in London! Not that ours was nearly as modern and tidy, but the layout and the white and neutral tones are a very close match.
One difference is that we had a dividing wall between the kitchen and the dining/living area that made it more poky and a lot less amazing than this apartment in Antwerp.
Nevertheless, it makes me long for the simple life of living small in a big city! I remember the only baking I ever did was a packet mix brownie that came with it’s own foiled cardboard baking tin! And it actually tasted pretty good!
While I couldn’t resist adding some personal touches if I lived here, I do like the pared back colour palette, and the textures in the brick wall and the plywood cabinetry. And the sofa.
Of course I have our bedroom on my brain, and despite all the dust, I can still see the light at the end of the tunnel.
So, I thought I’d share some amazing things I would love to have in our bedroom, but probably won’t because they’re a bit much for my budget-conscious self. However, a girl can dream, and do her best to spend other people’s money instead. Get your wallets out!
I love pretty much everything this designer creates, but a smaller version of this wall cabinet is still one of my favourites – I’d hang it right by my bed and store my treasures in it.
I’d also get a pair of these wall lights – they’re not so bad at $95 (US??) each and come in loads of colours!
I’m still shopping around for this rug, trying to snap up a bargain original on Trade Me, but of course I keep forgetting and miss them. One day… one day it’ll be my turn!
I kind of like this light. I say kind of, because I’m surprised I like it, but I do! It’s $280, which is not horrendous actually.
There’s some new art about and I really do love it. It’s by Amber Armitage, of Homestyle mag. $190 for A0 unframed.
Happy Friday, and have a lovely weekend!
Note: I’m all done with updating our Progress page – I’ve combined the previous To Do list and Before & “After” photos into this one page now. Much more satisfying to see how far we’ve come already, mixed in with what we still have to do!
It’s hard to believe a whole year has gone by since Apartment Therapy‘s last Small Cool contest! It’s one of my favourite online competitions because I get to peek inside real tiny homes – not just styled tiny homes. Because while the styled ones you see everywhere are amazing and beautiful… they’re probably not all that liveable in a homely sort of way.
I like my small to be homely and user-friendly.
So here are some of my favourite entries so far. (You can see them all here and even vote if you like.)
I’m sooooo excited to share this gorgeous apartment with you. I spotted it a couple of weeks ago and promptly pinned it, and then I treated myself to my original favourite kiwi home design mag at the checkout this morning, and there it is again!
Made my morning! So here’s some images of all it’s clever storageness, feminine gorgeousness and general amazingness, to make your day too…
Pretty amazing huh?! It’s a mere 45 sqm space in Moscow, reconfigured almost from scratch (I think they left only one non-load bearing wall intact) by Russian company INT2 Architecture.
Every nook and cranny has been designed and utilised to get the best of storage space without compromising on that feeling of openness. Another clever trick up their sleeve is how to keep things minimal and uncluttered while still oozing femininity and comfort.
I utterly adore this space and would move right in if I was single and childless. (Although I believe I’d be sharing with Shelley Ferguson – editor of Your Home and Garden – because she totally said the same thing!) The oooooonly thing I would change is the Scrabble-style tiling in the bathroom. Ok with you Shelley?
All images from here. (And I thank them from the bottom of my heart for including a floor plan!)