Loods 5

Happy Sunday! Apologies for being so absent the past few days – it’s been busy as usual, if not even more. I drove down to Düsseldorf Friday morning to spend the weekend and my birthday (Tuesday) here with the family. Saturday we went to the city and did a little interior shopping, spent the evening on the couch and today we drove down to Holland. Seriously, I love the fact that they are open for shopping on Sundays. My mom and I have been looking at one shop that we’ve seen on several blogs already – one that has been described as breath-taking by many lifestyle and interior bloggers, one that we had to see in real life to judge ourselves. So today we drove down to Zaandam in the Netherlands to visit Loods 5. I am not kidding you when saying that it is an absolute must for interior and deco-lovers. Seriously. The shop was huge – I mean, gigantic! It’s the size of one of those large Ikeas, though the style completely different. Mostly interior decorations are there, though you can find everything from Scandinavian furniture to copper baskets over to the most stylish lamps, candles or wooden tablets.

I tried taking some pictures to give you an idea of what the store offers though I was more concentrated on the actual items than on my camera. I promise you, it will really be worth your trip if you go. We spent around 3,5 hours in the store, though probably could’ve spent even more time there. I did buy a few things here and there (decoration, obviously), which I will share with you soon. I could’ve taken a whole transporter with me and re-furnish my whole apartment. Three things stopped me: the boarder to Switzerland, the size of my car and my wallet. Speaking of wallet – I am in love with the chair on the second picture (below) – what do you think? Oh, I can’t wait to have my own first-bought place to style everything!

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TRAVELING THE NETHERLANDS: JILL & CO LIFESTYLE N°2

Thursday already! Isn’t it great? I love working, being active, and surely cannot sit still for very long. Yet, I am looking forward to this long weekend ahead. Long because I took off Friday, to see one of my besties that is visiting from Sydney. I will be showing her around Zurich and we will catch up on everything that has happened in the past year – and surely, there is quite a lot!

Looking through my files I noticed I had not shown you the second half of the pictures I took at the incredible Jill & Co Lifestyle store – the first post is found here. How amazing does this bedroom look, please? It makes me want to re-decorate and re-furnish my whole apartment. At least the bedroom (except for those lamps and the one or other detail that is simply too much). One day – and this is a promise to myself – I will have this sort of style throughout my apartment. It looks so inviting, so comfortable, warm and yet clean. Simply said, it makes you feel home after only being there a couple of minutes. And have you noticed the incredible floor?

My mom and I have some more shops that are on our must-see list. I am probably driving up to Germany again at the end of October for a longer weekend, which we will then use to drive to Holland for a day or two to run-through our list. I am so excited, it’s almost childish! The best part is, it will be around my birthday, so I have the best excuse yet to buy myself a present, or two – or three, whilst we’re at it!

For now though, I am looking forward to tonight. We are having dinner with an old family friend that my dad knows since they were about 19 years old, and whom knows me since I was born. I haven’t seen him in a couple of years now so I am really looking forward to catching up over dinner and a few drinks (yes to good wine!). Until then, I’ve got quite a bunch to go through at work and will continue my future house-day-dreaming in between.

Have a lovely Thursday. xo

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2’501,9m over the sea

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Good morning! It’s been so long – but I’m still alive! Last week has been so busy, you know when you suddenly get swamped with work? Yep, that was me last week, swimming in little circles. But it was crazy good, I’d rather be busy full-on than bored with nothing to do. Except for the end of the week – I managed to sprain my tailbone after I fell quite hideously down some stairs. Haha, it had to happen to me one day!

Friday I went out for an amazing dinner – I was out with a friend who had shown me a steak-restaurant in Zurich. I’m such a meat-lover it’s crazy! So for anyone that loves steaks I can only recommend the Churrasco in Zurich. I had an Entrecôte and I still can’t get over the amazing taste.

Saturday I spent my day window-shopping, going to Ikea and some other shops. I’ve been looking for lamps now for ages – I still have lightbulbs hanging all over my apartment but it’s hopeless to find a hanging lamp I like that is somewhat affordable. I just don’t see why I should spend so much money on a nice lamp. I’ve been thinking about making one myself? I love copper lamps, or playing with copper shades or even something with wood. Anyone got any good ideas or a DIY website for hanging lamps? Let’s see what I’ll be doing next with that haha.
However – I did find some great new glasses for drinking. They fit perfectly with my red wine glasses I got earlier this year. I’ll have to show them to you later this week! I also got small other stuff to cook with – my kitchen seems full already but I always find something great that could help me make pretty food haha.

Yesterday I haven’t been lazy for once – although I did have a lazy sunday evening. My dad stayed over this weekend so we decided to go to Säntis – a mountain about 1 hour drive from Zurich. It was breathtaking. Really, there are no words to describe the beauty of nature sometimes. I still haven’t gotten over the beautiful view. Isn’t it somehow possible to take it with you? I would do anything to wake up to such a view in the morning! One of my future dreams is to have a small little house or apartment in the alps to go there in the winter times and just enjoy the view on a daily basis from time to time. Or I’ll have to rent one out – crossing fingers!

The tiny tinsy house up on on that mountain is where the weather-man used to live the whole year round. It’s insane, as much as I love the view and as much as I would wish to have that view, I would never be able to live up there. Imagine! Back then they had no lift to go up and down within 15 minutes, they actually had to hike up all those 2500+ meters. There is no supermarket around the corner and no neighbor to talk to. Alone the thought is crazy!

I actually took even more photos, also from down where the parking was. The trees were beautiful, full of heavy snow, almost leaning under the heavy weight. I only went a few meters off the pathway and was already stuck in the snow up to my knees. But I do admit, getting back home to a nice hot cup of tea did make me quite happy too. No matter how much I love the snow and the beautiful landscape, I couldn’t live without summer!

Now that I’ve written quite a bit, I quickly need to hurry and leave the apartment to start on time at the office. This week is already quite full in regards to meetings and evening-plans so I’m really looking forward to it. I wish you all a great Monday! xo

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This little house used to be, were the man living up here would write down and record the weather conditions. Today this is done with huge computers and it is the largest weather-station in all of Switzerland!

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