Living room arrangement in 2-D design :-)

The extended weekend has been busy, dusty, and dirty (think paint and paint drops everywhere -floor, clothes, hair, even face). But also fun 🙂 There is something special in renovating for the first time as a couple, like preparing your love nest 🙂

So I wanted to show you my paper design in 2-D of our living room arrangement in 1:10 dimensions. I needed to attach together 6 A4 papers 😉 Bellow are the options of furniture arrangement. In pink are the two pieces of sideboards that we are still awaiting and the blue ones represent our couch and table, which we already have.

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Option N1, with full couch:

IMG_3175 Option N2, with reduced couch 🙂

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Option N3 IMG_3177

 

So what do you think? Which one looks best? 🙂  

Renovation plans! (are sweeter in marriage!)

We have decided to renovate parts of our apartment this spring. It’s time to repaint the whole place again and we are buying some new pieces of furniture. Thanks to great renovation work Derek did before we even got together, this apartment doesn’t need much work anymore. The room that will undergo the biggest makeover is our living room , and I’m so excited!

I’ll share a sneak peak into our new furniture with you:Image

See the low sideboard on the left? And the high-board partially hidden behind the table? We’re getting them 😉 We already own a dining table from the type of wood that matches the sideboards. In case anyone is wondering where this furniture is from, it’s from Mondo, Toledo line. We also have a huge beige couch, which will get new covers. I spent a few hours this afternoon drawing and cutting out a realistic portrait of our living room in 1:10 dimensions. I’ll show it to you later 😉

And like I said, in marriage making such planes is so much nicer than just living together (which we never did, by the way), because you know both are here to stay and you can play your future together without insecurity!

Hugs from me!

Three Trends I will not be Following

In our consumerism society, we are daily served new fad trends. We see it on the TV, we stumble upon it on every popular website there is, we see our colleague having it-and before we know it, we see ourselves wanting it too! Sometimes this even happens with things we used to strongly dislike. I am trying not to fall prey to such trends and let the desire to be “in” trample my personal style, or convictions. I don’t always make it, but I try 😉

Here are some novelties that I do not intend to go for:

1. Expensive candles

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Oh, candles, I love them. So romantic and cozy. But lately these wax objects have seen a big makeover and the market is now full of candles possessing some special qualities. At least they should, considering their “designer” prices. Not anymore 4,5,or 7 €, like good old candles, but 40, 50, or 70€! How do they justify that? Oh, they smell fine! Right… But for such a price we would expect more, like burning much longer, right? Forget about it. Their life span is a few hours, just like with all other candles. Pass.

2. Socks & Heels

socksOh no, socks and heels are back!!! (Maybe by the time I will publish this the fad will already be out, which would make me very happy). And not just ANY socks. SPORTS socks. Seriously? I don’t want to offend anyone, but I just have a hard time seeing how following this trend could be anything else but desperately trying to be noticed and/or making yourself an inanimate puppet of so called fashion.  And I would like to say one more thing to all the ladies reading this: Think twice before wearing socks with heels. Next time your guy wears white socks with his summer sandals, you will have to keep quiet. I hope I made my point.

3. Vacationing in Dubai. 

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Dubai is undoubtedly one of the hottest vacation spots in the world. So I observe. Only there you can find some of the most elaborately built, extravagant skyscrapers paired with kilometers long white sandy beaches, other interesting buildings (so I hear), many swimming pools and expensive hotels, an aquarium, and the world’s biggest shopping mall. Perhaps I would like to visit this city one day, and then be able to say: Been there, done that. What I don’t understand is returning here for vacations. I would much rather go shopping in Paris and Milan, where you can walk in the old city center and go for coffee in a nice cafe with lots of personality; experience sandy beaches of Maldives, Seychelles, Greece (and so on, there are so many places of extreme natural beauty in this world); observing sea mammals in their natural habitats, etc. I understand the appeal of finding all these things in one place, but to me it looks so… plastic. Artificial. I prefer natural. And Dubai is just not.

What do you think about the above trends? Are there any trends you find too silly to follow?