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The house is beautiful and the photography is stunning!
I could spend hours in the courtyard.

Going to have to start following Coffeeklatch.


Magali & Bart's Soulful Belgium Retreat An Apartment Therapy + Aphrochic Remix House Tour
7/24/14 12:36 PM

We remodeled our kitchen about 10 years ago and put a cabinet above the fridge which gave it a nice finished look. When we had to buy a new fridge last summer, we realized that over the last 10 years, fridges have grown about a few inches, making most of them too tall for our space and limiting our choices.
So, I probably wouldn't put a cabinet above the fridge. I wouldn't put shelving up there either because it will look like an afterthought.
If you have a big decorative item - a plant, a basket, a paper mache pig, a school project - put that up there.
The only part I find awkward is that the fridge is in front of the trim, I would consider a counter depth fridge. I also think that a black or stainless fridge would look better with your cabinets because the white fridge and black cabinets are such a contrast. A sleek stainless fridge would match your cabinet pulls and a black one would blend in with your dark bottom cabinets.

(Personally, I would have put the wall oven where the fridge is and a built in/counter depth fridge where the wall oven is, but that wasn't your question.....).


What Should I Do with Awkward Space above Fridge? Good Questions
7/24/14 12:24 PM

The loft has beautiful bones - love those wooden columns - but it just doesn't speak to me.
One thing I found interesting: according to the description (if I read that right), Jocelyn and her husband didn't like the previous resident's design choices and they made changes to the loft, but one of the few things they left was the bathroom. If you read the comments, it seems that the bathroom is the favorite room of the tour.....

And what is up with those books????????????????


Jocelyn Scrapes Back Her Loft House Tour
7/23/14 03:09 PM

We did something similar in our bathroom because we were looking for additional storage. Instead of a second sink, we opted for a floor to ceiling cabinet for towels.
We bought the cabinets from a kitchen and bath cabinet place - they'll let you do any configuration of doors, drawers, etc., much like you would plan a kitchen (technically, they are kitchen cabinets).


Does Anyone Make a Double-Size Vanity for Only One Sink? Good Questions
7/21/14 09:33 AM

I love pickled herring - especially the kind Leoni is about to eat - and new potatoes, and a shot of aquavit to wash it all down..... and the endless evenings in Scandinavia. Vacation memories......


A Swedish Midsummer's Eve Party 6pm, Dinner
7/7/14 03:48 PM

If you are planning on being in Berlin for many years, I think you should explore the great non-US brand shopping the city has to offer.
You can :
1. Ask neighbors/coworkers/acquaintances
2. Drive around the city, from what I understand, Berlin has some pretty awesome shopping
3. Go to flea markets
And if the urge for some big box store furniture hits, I am sure there is an IKEA within a short driving distance of wherever you live. ;-)
Germany has the most IKEA stores per capita of any country in the world (as far as I know).


European Alternatives to my Favorite US Design Stores? Good Questions
6/30/14 10:52 AM

Being financially independent and responsible and planning for your retirement is a step towards being an adult but not lists of acquisitions.
On the contrary, for the average mid-20 year old, a Miele range would be an irresponsible and immature purchase, you should be putting that money into your 401(k)/IRA or to pay off college debts or towards a down-payment for your house.


Home Design Decisions Only Grown-Ups Will Make
6/26/14 05:06 PM

The bus! Love the bus! And every thing else! Except for the dolls with their empty eyes, those creep me out. Sending telepathic vibes to Mr. Whipple to bury them somewhere.


The Beautifully Strange World of Miranda Lake House Tour
6/20/14 02:25 PM

I second the Ikea Ektorp. It won't last forever but it doesn't sound like you are looking for an forever piece of furniture right now.
And personally - I think the quality of the Potter Barn couch is about the same as the Ikea Ektorp. I sat on a bunch of couches at the Pottery Barn store and they were t-e-r-r-i-b-l-e, worn out, very soft, and way uncomfortable. On the other hand, a friend had an Ikea Ektorp, used as a bed by her large dog, and it held up fine for years. But that is just my opinion.


Help Me Find a Low Profile Sectional that Isn't Mid-Century Modern? Good Questions
6/19/14 10:09 AM

Make your bed, do the dishes, pick up your laundry... YES MOM, will do.


5 Chores You Should Never Skip (Even If You're Busy)
5/12/14 10:39 AM

The house is beautiful but somehow it doesn't look particularly British or Dutch or even European - it looks like it could be anywhere.
You had some great British homes in the past, I'd love to see more of that!
Also, maybe this is the resolution on my monitor (or my glasses), but some of the pictures look a bit grainy and out of focus.
Love the coffee table, it is absolutely gorgeous!


Alison's Sophisticated and Posh London Home House Tour
5/12/14 09:59 AM

I'm not sure I understand why you would put fake grass on top of stepping stones. If you are looking for some pops of green, why not plant a low maintenance, hardy, and drought tolerant ground cover that doesn't mind being stepped on every now an then and can grow in between the rocks, e.g. creeping thyme?


DIY Faux Grass Stepping Stones Sugar & Cloth
5/9/14 03:11 PM

Doesn't look familiar to me but to help with the search:
It's not a tea set, it's a coffee set.
Tea pots are short and round, coffee pots are skinny and tall like this one.

It's very cute.


Do You Recognize This Tea Set? Good Questions
4/25/14 10:36 AM

Shortbread cookies or any other cookies where butter is the main ingredient.

High quality butter is the difference between ho-hum and YUM when it comes to cookies.
Try to find a European recipe which will account for the higher fat content in your butter.


What Should I Do With a Pound of Really Good Butter? Good Questions
4/23/14 03:22 PM

In my opinion, trim should either be natural wood tones or white. And it should be consistent in the whole house - so either leave as is or paint it all white.
Painting trim is a big job and since it looks like the walls need painting as well, I would hire a pro before you move in and have them paint the whole house - including the trim if you decide to do that. That way, you move into a house that is fresh and clean and truly yours. We did it and although it seemed frivolous at the time to spend money on painters, it was so worth it!
A pro can probably give you ideas regarding the paint-no paint debate too.
Since your at it, you should probably look into having the floors refinished too (can't tell from the pictures if they could use it or not) - another job that is a pain to do once you have furniture in the house.
Good luck with your house and enjoy!


To Paint or Not To Paint Our Abundance of Wood Trim? Good Questions
4/22/14 10:18 AM

In my opinion, trim should either be natural wood tones or white. And it should be consistent in the whole house - so either leave as is or paint it all white.
Painting trim is a big job and since it looks like the walls need painting as well, I would hire a pro before you move in and have them paint the whole house - including the trim if you decide to do that. That way, you move into a house that is fresh and clean and truly yours. We did it and although it seemed frivolous at the time to spend money on painters, it was so worth it!
A pro can probably give you ideas regarding the paint-no paint debate too.
Since your at it, you should probably look into having the floors refinished too (can't tell from the pictures if they could use it or not) - another job that is a pain to do once you have furniture in the house.
Good luck with your house and enjoy!


To Paint or Not To Paint Our Abundance of Wood Trim? Good Questions
4/22/14 10:16 AM

Fiddle Leaf Figs don't like change and they don't like to be moved. Taking it home from the nursery was traumatic for the plant and it is going to take a while to recover.
Give it a few more months and keep doing what you are doing - indirect light, water when dry. Don't repot unless it is really root bound (which it shouldn't be if you just bought it).
I bought a Fiddle Leaf at Ikea and it did the same thing for the first few months. It took the plant 12 months to get used to its new location and now it is growing happily.
One thing I like to use for houseplants in distress is Superthrive Plant Vitamin Solutions. It sounds weird but it works.


Can I Save My Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant? Good Questions
4/21/14 10:12 AM

What about painting the window frame black for a little drama? If you paint it black and use an updated fabric, you might even be able to make that window covering work.
I would get a shower curtain with black in it. Maybe a chevron. Or - since somebody mentioned Marimekko - their Siirtolapuutarha fabric might work here. You could pull accent colors from the fabric.
The walls are tough. White might be too harsh but I would try it anyway. Good luck!


Paint Color & Shower Curtain Suggestions for Classic '50s Bathroom? Good Questions
2/11/14 10:08 AM

They forgot to take traffic into account which would cut the number of pleasant days in LA down to about 35 or so per year ;-)


How Many Pleasant Days a Year Does Your City Get? Design News
2/10/14 04:26 PM

We have two labs and they shed quite a bit. Here is what we do:

- Nutramax Welactin as a supplement, which seems to work on my dogs.
- The FURminator works well on them but I once tried it on a long haired dog and it was a disaster so I would recommend that only for short-haired dogs.
- A Miele canister vacuum, worth the price. It works great on rugs and upholstery.
- Lint rollers don't work for me, I use lint brushes, they work on clothes and on the couch. One is similar to an "Evercare Lint Brush, Magik Brush" (just looked that up on Amazon), the other is a stiff bristle brush I bought from Crate and Barrel. They both work.
- The Bona Microfiber Floor Mop with dusting pad for hardwoods. My neighbor dog-sat two corgis and borrowing my Bona mop was how she finally got the left over fur under control.


How To Remove Pet Hair Everywhere: From Furniture, Floors and More
1/30/14 01:57 PM