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DIY: Playpen cover


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.

Verder lezen DIY: Playpen cover

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Before-After: Our kitchen


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).

Verder lezen Before-After: Our kitchen

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Before-After: Our living room


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,…

Verder lezen Before-After: Our living room

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Inspiration: Painted stair runner


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!

Verder lezen Inspiration: Painted stair runner

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Instagram: March 2015

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