Posts tagged home improvement
Greenhouse Art Studio Inspiration

We are here in Heidelberg all summer. It's been great to be back and to be working artists here in Germany again. It was wonderful to be on the road but being back here in the summer time is a real treat. Especially when it comes to studio time for me and music/band time for Dominik.

Our home in which we live has been sold to a new owner. Our home is not in very good shape but it is incredibly affordable rent and has so much space, it needs repairs left and right but we cannot complain at all. We are renting and we have recently been told that we are able to stay here for two more years. The sale of our home resulted in more space for us to use on our land. We are also able to use the shed behind our house however we like. This freedom has gotten our creative juices flowing about using this new to us space. So we are going to transform it into an indoor/outdoor art studio.

Here is the space before...yikes


Our former landlord left several things behind and this space has not been utilized well. It has been a place to dump a bunch of shit. Instead of the hoarder/trash vibes that the space is currently emitting.

Here are the new vibes we want to aim for:

-Green and overgrown but in a curated manner.

-black steel greenhouse feel by addng more transparent siding and paint the beams black. 

-Oh and add twinkle garden lights. 

*click images for sources.

We mostly just have to take a bunch of this trash to the recycling yard, update the walls, and paint the beams. That's about it. Then I can have a great atelier to work in outside in our greenhouse art studio.

What are your summer home improvement projects?


the hesitant maximalist

When I surf the web for home "inspiration" often I find images that don't inspire me but make me feel as if I  should change.  This occurs when I see clean minimalistic images, with barely any belongings and in the most wonderful homes. As you can see in the image above my desk, this is not the case in my home. The photos I see all over the web are ones with one lonely chair next to a window, 3 pieces of clothing on a clothes rack, or a white desk void of any trace of life. I think these scenes look lovely and I tell myself that is the better way to live.

It may be the better place to meditate or clear your head.  But they would not be the best places for me to live.

Who's entry way can look like this?  Not me, a married lady living in cold Germany, with more than one coat, purse, shoes and scarf.  

Our entry way looks a bit different.

Wow look at this white kitchen.

Though those clean images look great and somehow make me believe I would have a better life if my place looked like that, I know this is neither true, nor truly desirable to me.

My word for 2014 is grateful.

This also means to be grateful for myself. I have believed most of my life that my nature is not good enough and it needs to be changed. My collecting and my home decorating should also be changed. A minimalistic home is better, but the truth is, I would not feel at home in a bare minimalistic home. I need to be surrounded by beautiful things and I have my own style of arranging them in a way that is pleasing to the eye.  Sometimes I need to purge and scale down, but my home and the way we have it is just fine.  It is actually wonderful.

When friends come over, they always mention how comfortable and cozy our home is.  I would not want it any other way.  It is lived in and inviting. We really live at our home and we love it. And our space tells just that. I don't want to fight against my home decorating nature. I commit to being grateful for it.

Thanks for reading,



Before and After: Mod flower pots...

There have been a few home improvements that have just been bugging me for the past year and a half of living in this home.  One of them has been these wonderful mod plant pots. 

They have such a great shape but have been neglected for far too long. 

I finally sanded them down and chipped off their moss and chips, then went to the hardware store and bought some paint. 

I cannot believe the difference that a bit of sanding/scraping and two coats of paint can make.  Seriously.  

I feel as though the entrance to our home is far more welcoming and I am delighted to look at these now, where as before, they just made me think, "Oh man, I need to paint or get rid of those." 

* It's wild how great it feels to check things off a check list.  I have a home improvement checklist and these pots have been on it since we moved in over a year ago.  I can only recommend to do one of those things you have been wanting to do for over a year.  It feels great!