I'm in love with my new Garland lamp...

...although it's not really new. I bought the Garland lamp by Tord Boontje at Habitat at least 5 years ago. But I never knew where and how to hang my Garland lamp. Now that we changed rooms and the Maskros lamp from IKEA is too large and kind of too dominant for our new, smaller living room. So I decided to give the Garland lamp a try. Like I read on the internet before it was a pain in the ass to wrap it nicely around the lighting fixture and the bulb. And of course I didn't like the way it looked on the light fixture alone. (I guess you need two garlands to wrap it nicely around the light fixture without showing too much of the fuxture.) So I detangeled parts of it again (Ugh!). Added the lamp shade. Arranged the garland again inside and at the bottom of the shade. And ta-da. The garland and the shade look perfect together. I love it. Now I just need to buy a different bulb...

I'm in love with my Garland lamp...it took me years to figure out where to hang it but it's perfect in our new living room

Light fixture: IKEA Januari
Garland lamp and lamp shade: Habitat (Not available anymore...unfortunately Habitat went bankrupt earlier this year and stopped selling lamps and accessories. Much to my regret!)

Rearranging and a fresh start

After I set up my work space in the living room a little more than a year ago I actually never moved bavk. What was planned as a temporary solution turned into a permanent set up. And the room that was once my office turned more and more into a storage room. Now that work as gotten a little slower and now that we FINALLY finished renovating the kitchen buffet cabinet we decided it's time to change back rooms.

Hello from my new temporary work area in the living room
Temporary work area in the living room

But after some pondering and measuring and discussing we decided it makes more sense to turn my old office into our new living/TV room. And to turn the living room into my new office. This way I have finally more space and light (!) to take pictures. And I even might be able to set up a little client meeting table in the future...

Emptying my old roomAlmost empty...
My former office almost empty and waiting to be cleaned and painted...

All my art stuff and books in the livingroomMore stuff...I wish I had a storage room for all my crapBoxes, lamps, pillows, the couch,....
All my work and art stuff in the living room...ugh! Tons of work ahead!
So the following days will be spend rearranging, painting walls, sorting stuff, moving furniture,...I secretly wish someone would come over and pick up all the stuff I accumulated over the past year so that I could start free of junk into the new year. But I know this won't happen...however this will be a fresh start anyway! A much needed fresh start! All the stuff and clutter and the temporary work area in our living room started to wear me out. Left me back feeling overwhelmed and dissatisfied with our current working/living situation yet unable to change anything. So, I have no idea how everything turns out and if I will like it in the end but at least it'll be some change. A fresh start.

Instagram Photo Prints

Somehow I always thought the resolution of Instagram photos is too low to have them professionally developed. But turns out I was wrong. When I ordered photos last month I just gave it a try and had some of my Intragram images developed, too! And they turned out GREAT! Much better than I thought! Everybody loved them! I ordered my prints at fotopost24.de in the smallest available square size which is 13x13 cm / 5,1x5,1 inch. See, even Mini loved them :-)

Instagram Photo Prints

I gave most of the photos away to a friend who requested photos of Mini but I think about re-ordering more images to make a picture wall or have lots of them framed next to each other in one large frame.
  Instagram Photo Prints

And below one of my favorite images of Mini!
  Instagram Photo Prints

Beautiful October day in Munich Neuhausen-Nymphenburg

On Saturday we spend a beautiful sunny and warm October day in Munich. Though Munich is just a 2 hour drive away and I've been there dozens of times there are some boroughs I haven't discovered (fully), yet. One of the boroughs we strolled around during this daytrip was Neuhausen-Nymphenburg – and I can't believe what I've missed so far! Look at all those beautiful houses from the late 19th / early 20th century. So much amazing architecture! Oh, and there are tons of beautiful little stores, too, but these deserve a blog post on their own!

October day in Munich
October day in Munich October day in Munich
October day in Munich
October day in MunichOctober day in Munich
October day in Munich
October day in MunichOctober day in Munich
October day in Munich
October day in MunichOctober day in MunichOctober day in Munich
October day in Munich
October day in MunichOctober day in Munich
October day in Munich
October day in MunichOctober day in Munich
October day in Munich October day in Munich October day in Munich
October day in MunichOctober day in Munich
October day in MunichOctober day in Munich

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween Taken on Saturday in Munich Neuhausen-Nymphenburg. More images to come...

Old Kitchen Buffet Cabinet - a work in progress

Remember the old kitchen buffet I acquired back in May? Yes, MAY! I can not believe it took as 5 whole months to figure out what to do with it. Actually it was much more work than we anticipated...and I was several times this close to give up and throw that damn thing away! But last weekend we finally managed to borrow some FESTOOL sanders from our friends and started working on it again - and I am super happy to report that we are almost there! Another coat or two of paint and then we can put the tiles back in again and we are DONE!

Kitchen buffet (before)Kitchen buffet (back)Kitchen buffet (before)
Our kitchen buffet I acquired back in May is finally getting there...Kitchen buffetKitchen buffet


Say hello to...

...Mini. I can't believe it's already Mid-October but the past three weeks kind of flew by. We adopted this sweet little kitty from our friends and while she is super cute and tons of fun we all (especially Paxon) have a hard time adjusting and sleeping through the night ;) This kitty has engery! And there was also a visit to the vet and lots of extra cuddling for Paxon because he got sick a few days after we brought Mini home... But Paxon is fine again and I hope that the two of them get along well one day...