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Before-After: Our library

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My fiancé and I both love to read – and to collect books. Lots of books instantly make us feel at home. That is why we wanted to give our rising amount of books a worthy place in the new house: A library right between the living space and our dining area.

To choose the right location was done in a seconde. But finding the right bookshelves was another story… We were looking for something special, an eye-catching and wall-covering element, unique yet still affordable. Especially the latter was almost impossible to find. After two years of hiding our precious books in boxes, we decided to make the library a do-it-ourself project…

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Inspiration: Black-and-white kitchen

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Black-and-white interiors with Scandinavian style are still hot and trendy.
Personally, I am a big fan as well, although I never manage to keep my own apartment that “clean”. But when I look up references, black-and-white kitchen interiors instinctively catch my attention.

But why?  – I will try to answer that question by having a look at some gorgeous examples…

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DIY: Playpen cover

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I guess I am not the only one with a baby and two cats. Don’t your pets sometimes drive you crazy? Especially when they occupy spaces that are supposed to stay hair-free for the little one, like his playpen or his bouncy seat. They know they are not supposed to go there which makes these places even more attractive.

Last Friday morning I had enough from cleaning the playpen once again and decided to prepare a more permanent solution to keep it cat hair-free. I took the sewing machine plus the simplest fabric I could find and started making my own playpen cover.

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Before-After: Our kitchen

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We had always dreamed of an open kitchen and space enough for a long dining table to host all members of our dining club… Finally, due to our kitchen renovation, we could make this dream come true.

Our new table is 3,5 meters long and serves as home office and dining table in one.
It is made of an old cast-iron drawing table and four wooden planks (oak) that match perfectly with our kitchen worktop. The chairs around the table are (as you will definitly have noticed) two Eames DAW, combined with other second-hand wooden ones which we are planning to paint all white (if we will ever find time for this extra project).

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Before-After: Our living room

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Before we will start with phase two of our home renovation, I thought it’s time to go through the huge amount of photos from phase one – our living area. Personally I love these posts with before-and-after shots, so I decided to create some of these myself. Hope you like it!

When we bought our apartment, everything was in a run down state. It had been a rented flat in the social housing sector for more than 70 years and became privately-owned in the year 2000. The former owners had chosen not to renovate all levels, but to hide away the remains of the past behind wallpapers, extra layers of tiles and other additional constructions – or sometimes even kept it in sight.

For us, without discussion, only a complete renovation was acceptable, but we hoped to be able to keep as many original details as possible. Unfortunately, the ceiling of our living area turned out to be too heavy for the original substructure made of straw. So we took this as a chance to replace the complete power supply as well,
re-plastered all walls and the new ceiling, inlaid a new wooden floor,…

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Inspiration: Painted stair runner

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Before our little baby-girl was born, there were two things I wanted to be finished. Of course, number one was the baby’s room itself. But the second item was our staircase, leading from the front door to our living area, which urgently needed a makeover.
Although the stairs themselves were relatively new, they were never painted with a finishing layer which made them quite slippery. I already saw myself falling down the stairs with the baby in my arms… (Pregnancy probably made me I bit over-reacting as well :). So we decided to do something about it.

Our first idea was to get a carpet runner – which was far more expensive then we had ever expected. The second choice were these pre-fabricated wooden stairs you can buy in every do-it-yourself store and easily mount on top of the existing stairs. But for a staircase of about 30 steps even this would have blown our budget.
A bit disenchanted I searched the web for a cheaper alternative – an found the solution: a painted stair runner!

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Instagram: March 2015

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Flowery March… I did not know I had such a passion for flowers, before I collected my Instagram pictures from last month. Maybe it’s because last winter was extremely grey and rainy. I was longing so much for some sunny, colorful spring decoration…

  1. Sammy enjoying the first spring sun –
  2. Shadow and light tryout –
  3. Sunday breakfast –
  4. White gerbera on our kitchen table –
  5. My favorite colors: White, petrol and wood –
  6. First bread-baking experience –
  7. White tulips –
  8. Spring decoration –
  9. Down at the zoo.

Styling & Photography: Kat@home

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DIY: Masking tape wall decor #3

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Today I wanna share with you the last post of my masking tape wall decor series. Previously I wrote about using tape to create your own wallpaper pattern and to apply an eye-catching element on your wall. In this third post I would like to show you some “low-key” ideas – how masking tape can either support or even highlight another decorative element in your room.

#3 – Masking tape frames / headboards

To be honest, until recently I thought masking tape was only used to hang your pictures and posters on the wall. How wrong was I! But already in its basic function, tape can help supporting the decorative idea.
But be careful not to create a colorful overkill. Either choose for black-and-white, subtle nuances or colors that match the content of your pictures or the style of the room. Some examples:

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DIY: Masking tape wall decor #2

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Do you still wish for an instant and stunning makeover for your interior? Simple, affordable and easy to apply? And did my first post about masking tape wallpaper pattern either not completely convince you or, quite the contrary, arouse your curiosity?
Then here comes part two of this do-it-yourself series, consisting of the following topics:

  1. A wallpaper pattern
  2. An eye-catching element
  3. Masking tape frames / headboards

 #2 – An eye-catching element

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DIY: Masking tape wall decor #1

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Do you sometimes wish for an instant and stunning makeover for your interior? Simple, affordable and easy to apply? Then here comes the perfect solution: a masking tape wall decor! Well applied it will definitely change the complete look of your room.

As mentioned in my post Geometrical kitchen decor, to me it seems like the perfect (temporary) wall decoration: easy technique, personalized colours and even suitable for rental apartments. Most difficult part: making a decision about the pattern or object (as there are almost endless possibilities)…

To give you a hand, I have tried to summarize the options in a structured overview:

  1. A wallpaper pattern
  2. An eye-catching element
  3. Masking tape frames / headboards

Each topic will be addressed in a single post – as I don’t want to withhold any of the inspiring examples from you. Starting with…

#1 – A wall(paper) pattern

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