Coziness in Miami

Good morning! I still have so much content left from my travels from 3 weeks ago. Looking through my phone last night I just found these photos again and searched through their website. Anthropologie is a store I stumbled upon on my little Saturday shopping spree in Miami – and I fell in love. It has this Scandinavian charm to it (and knowing me, you know I love everything from there) and I could have bought the whole store. They have such cute clothing pieces. What really struck me though, is their interior design pieces. There were so many bronze pieces, so many colorful, amazing plates, such great details everywhere – and so much stuff for my kitchen. However, there are some problems: my kitchen isn’t the greatest, my kitchen is already quite filled, my apartment in general isn’t all too empty (I love everything cozy for my home), and my luggage was already more than full. Good thing is, it didn’t kill my wallet. Yet again, I went on their online shop and fell in love, again. What are your favorite pieces? I am in love with the plates and dog-faces on them. And the bronze cups. Oh. Everything, really. Now I need to jump and go to the office though – so I’ll have to get back to this later tonight! xo

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ps. a new President has been voted – Trump it is. Yay or nay? Thoughts?

How to decorate a wall with pictures

Have you ever stared at a wall and found it looks naked? I have. In fact, I am looking at my walls right now and have the feeling I’m in desperate need to dress up my walls – brighten up the apartment, give it a sense of style, and bring in a positive vibe. One of my walls in my apartment is colored – well, it’s got a brown-greyish earth tone to it, not necessarily colored as in a bright neon color splashing into the room. I like my apartment cleaned-up (let’s ignore the mess on my home desk and bed for a moment) and as you might remember, I have ever so often complained about my “creative” (*cough* study- *cough*) room looking dreadfully boring and everything but creative. I don’t want fill it with colorful dust-keepers either. Instead, I want it clean, nothing flying around (as it’s current state is all about) and straight forward on a color palette. And, I want frames. Yep, I want those black, simple, skinny frames that we see all over when googling for interior-inspiration. I want them neatly hung up, filled with black and white (duh!) photos, inspirational quotes (still need to decide) and I want it pretty.

So I’ve collected a few inspirational photos (not my own!) I want to share with you and noticed a couple of “rules” that really should be followed if you want it somewhat “stylish” looking and not like a 3-year-olds playroom.

Rule #1 – choose a color

Of course, you can have every frame in a different color, some filled with colorful photos of yourself when you were 2 years old sucking on your very first lollipop, with a photo of your cat next to it, a framed letter you received from your BFF when you first started writing, next to some cut-outs from magazines and a quote about how much you love pancakes. It is fully up to you. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a theme that looks rather like an adult-y and less like a kindergarten get-away, I suggest going for one, maybe two colors. What color frames do you want? All black? Silver? Gold? Maybe the top three in white, mid-row in gold and bottom 3 in black? It’s all up to you, but it will look much better if one can hint a theme rather fast.

I love black frames as shown in the top, first photo.

Rule #2 – do your measurements rights 

Trust me, it will look so much better when the spaces in between each frame are consistent. If you are anything like me – and I tend to go OCD sometimes, a 5 cm space on the left and 10 cm space on the right will annoy the crap out of you in the long-term. Also – use a water venture. If you don’t own one, no problem: the iPhone and its million apps have got you covered (and I’m sure the same goes for androids). You really don’t want to end up with crooked-looking frames all over the wall.

Rule #3 – choose a wall 

This might seem obvious, or not at all. Before you start hammering holes into the wall and hanging up your beloved photos: think. Think thoroughly, look at the wall, look at the whole room. Will the hoped-for composition match the rest of your interior? Is the wall large enough or even too big (you don’t want your photos looking lost, either!)? Where is the window, how does the light shine in, will it influence the mood of the story you want to tell with the frames and photos? These are all little things that might not bother one or the other, but surely something to consider if you don’t want to find yourself in a situation of hating the wall you have chosen because the opposite wall would have looked much better in the end.

Rule #4 – the size of your frames

Obvious to some, not so much to others. It is important however, to think about the sizes of the frames. Do you want them all to be in the same size, do you want different sizes and play around with the format? Speaking of sizes (don’t believe those that say sizes aren’t important ;) ..!) don’t forget about the next rule.

Rule #5 – what do you want to frame?

Jumping back to sizes for a moment: think about the size of the photos, pictures, drawings or quotes that you want to place into your frames. Frames are frames (smart, huh?) and are meant to be filled with creativity – and replaced. If you know yourself and the exact art you want to look at for the next months or years – awesome, go you! I for instance, have changing moods. Knowing myself I will love one quote for a couple of weeks, believe it is the motto of my life and wake up one day and want to throw it out the window. If you want replace the art in your frames frequently (and cost efficiently – think printing out art yourself or taking magazine pages), you should aim for normal-sized frames. A4 or A3 and A2 sized frames can be easily filled. Anything too large might become a hassle.

What to do you think – are there any rules I didn’t catch?

I surely have a goal for the upcoming weeks (in the little free times I have sometimes) – ordering frames (most likely black, obviously), deciding on the art, printing quotes or getting photos printed in a good quality) and deciding on a wall (most likely the one I am staring at now).

With that, I wish you all a cozy evening and an amazing wall to look at. xo

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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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Traditions, Mondays & Mud

Happy Monday Morning it is! I hope you all had brilliant weekend – mine has been fantastic. It was just the right balance between seeing friends, going out for a few drinks and majorly relaxing yesterday. My saturday started with a perfect breakfast at home (you know I love eating haha) and then continued for coffee and some chatting at my friends place. Back home I got groceries and did all the “usual” saturday things (cleaning, etc). I also decided to finally paint one of my walls in the living room. I have wanted to do it since ages though never really found a color I liked. Back in Germany, about 2 weeks ago, I finally found the color I love. I like calling it a light “mud” color, as I wouldn’t know any other name for it. So after taping all the corners and the door frame, painting the sides all carefully and then finally getting the whole wall done – I now found slight stripes that I can see from one corner in the room. How annoying is that? I almost died this morning when I saw it, these things drive me insane.

I wanted to show you a picture of the whole wall with the furniture but since I don’t quite like the “imperfections”, it will have to wait until next weekend. My dad said he can fix it – thank god I have him! The color itself though is amazing – just like I had wanted it to look like. Depending on the light that shines into the room (or doesn’t) the color seems to slightly look differently. I swear I found five different tones already haha. If anyone is interested, I am happy to share the details of what color it is and where to buy it! Oh, and aren’t those tulips so lovely? They are probably one of my favorites, after peonies, and I especially love the white and pink ones.

And: Merry late Christmas to me! Am I even allowed to still use that as an excuse for buying myself this adorable, pretty little thing? Probably not haha. I’ve wanted this LV Agenda (size PM) for numerous years now. I’ve asked for it and then always said I’d get it myself afterwards. It took me almost 3 years now to finally just go into the store and spend the money on it. I love it – as much as I had wanted it, I am so happy I did. I love writing things down by hand in general (am more of the traditional one), and it’s just perfect for writing down private meet-ups and to-dos that are on my list. I normally have everything digitalized on my iPhone as well, especially all the work meetings. But I missed writing things down by hand like I used to in school or at uni. The best part: I got it personalized, love it! I wasn’t sure of what color to get – whether to choose the traditional gold initials or not. I decided on letting out the girly part of me and went for the new pink they have in their color scheme. I have filled in all the birthdays already and love using it on a daily basis for my own to-do list.

Before writing this post I just had breakfast (duh, haha) and was actually thinking of starting to write letters again. It has become so unusual for our generation to write letters and postcards to one another and it’s almost sad I find. Technology is great – no doubt. I wouldn’t be able to blog, I wouldn’t be able to “stalk” other blogs, get creativity in such a short amount of time, be in the contact I am with my friends – life would not be as we know it without the internet and technology. But aren’t you happy to receive hand-written letters and cards? I always get really excited when I receive a postcard from one of my friends or when I get all the cards for my birthdays. Other than that, I barely receive anything in my postbox other than bills – sadly, haha. These little surprises are amazing though and I’ve decided to start writing more by hand again. I’ve got myself covered on nice letter paper but my old fountain pen has sadly kicked the bucket. I believe I just found my new investment! What are your thoughts on the traditional hand-writing and all the such?

Now I’m quickly off to work – have a great monday! xo

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