Our house is….years old

I’ve always knew our house is pretty old. Even in our hands it became young again, I knew it has an interesting life behind its walls and stories from the past.

I’ve always knew there were people who were born there, who probably died. And today I’ve found it.

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Our house is 119 years old and it will be 120 next year, in March the 21st.

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I am sure now that I’m gonna see it differently. With great respect, admiration and love. Especially that it has such a “life experience”, it was “born” in the times when Transylvania was not even a part of Romania (1895) and it was a piece of Habsburgic Empire. And most of all it managed to go through 2 world wars and communist times.

Wow! Wow!

Make a new closet for only 30 dollars (Before & After pictures)

Sometimes, when I have a problem with something, the object or the idea sticks on my mind and I can’t escape. Exactly how it happens when an annoying fly goes around you on and on….

I’ve experienced something similar with our bedroom’s closet. I constantly had a problem with it. First it was too small with its 3 doors, then, when Laurentiu added another 2 doors I had a problem with the color. It was too….normal. Too ordinary… Too…closet.

1(don’t bother with the tiny white spot on the floor. There is the homemade paper “ball” for our cats to play)

Yeah, I hated it, and I couldn’t stand it and because of that I barely put my clothes in order. The good thing is that, in the moment I realized what I hate, I started thinking what I can do to improve it. To change it somehow and I thought the best way to do it while keeping the closet around, was through wallpaper.

There are so little things I really, really like and the biggest problem in my case, as a consumer, is that I really must fall in love with things to buy them. And as is happening so rare to truly love something, you can imagine how difficult it was for me to find a good wallpaper.ย 

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The “rules” were simple:

*it had to be white in order to bring more light into our house

*it had to be something geometrical

*no feminine print

*it had to combine my style and Laurentiu’s

*it had to be something with no flowers or something that makes you wanna run

Luckily I’ve found something like this, so last evening, for about 2 hours we had fun putting on the closet’s doors the first wallpaper of our lives. Of course the whole operation is not completely finished. We still have some work to do on details, but tha-thaaaaa!

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Here’s the result. And I really, really like it, especially that we have now a completely new old closet that costs only 30 dollars ๐Ÿ™‚

 

The garden grew beautifully in 5 months (Before and After pictures)

There are a few cold days around here and, suddenly, it feels like fall. Now, there are no autumn signs yet, despite the red, red cherry tomatoes, but I think I sensed some grape’s aroma lingering around the joyful garden.

The fall is coming and I almost feel the autumn’s melancholy I’ve always felt around this time of the year. And because of the cold nights and days that are going to come, I almost feel sorry for our garden. For all the annuals, the young sour cherry tree, for the green, green grass. They are going to experience some tough days, but only to come back again, next year full with spring energy.

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Despite the pretty cold morning, I stayed in the garden today. With my bare feet. To feel the earth (and eventually become sick :))))), the smooth cold. And I thought of the garden, the blooming flowers around and all the beauties this great nature brought this year into our lives.

It’s been 5 months. Only. Since we started to labor the soil, and since we seeded the first seeds. Since then, the garden grew up, little by little, gave us vegetablesย  – potatoes, radishes, bell peppers, chilly, tomatoes, onion, garlic, cucumbers, and now goji and raspberries – grass to cut and lots of flowers and I’m so glad to see how beautiful some of the perennials grew up.

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For the next year I’m expecting bigger lavenders, sage and roses, stronger glycine and fig tree. I also have in mind to take some visits to the stores to buy some bulbs I’m gonna plant them these days to bloom next spring. Like tulips and daffodils. I want to buy as much bulbs as possible to make sure next year they’ll give us lots, lots of joy.

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It’s been 5 months since we started to work the soil and 6 since we created space in the yard for our tiny garden. But I let you see everything and all the stages through the pictures’ eyes.

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Don’t know what to do on a Sunday? Paint your doors

At least this is what we did today.

They say if you what to change the way your house looks like, the cheapest way to do it is by paint and I must admit it’s incredible how everything changes in a good way after some brush traces.

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We didn’t want to dramatically change the way our home looks like, and that’s why we used white for the doors (the old color they had, actually), but we had to do it, cause they were not finished, and were ugly. Anyway, right now they look gorgeous and perfect and I can’t stop thinking that, indeed, the devil stays in the small things.

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I am a perfectionist and everything around, even apparently messy, is (or must be) perfectly balanced. And sometimes I change and change the place of the objects until I find the perfect place for them.

We don’t want to spoil our CHI, right?

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This is exactly what happened with the things we put around the house: the key box (we changed recently) with a tree of life, as I like to see it, carved in it, with the funny owl hanger in the kitchen, the wooden fish we brought from Crete, the blackboard fish my sister gave us, the iron birdie with the Crete’s bells.

1213and the little houses of Crete, we also brought back home from this beautiful, beautiful land piece.

Chania (Crete Island), a great source of inspiration

A huge and beautiful surprise was the northern town of Crete Island, Chania, for us. What made us fall in love with this place, watered by the salty Mediterranean Sea, was the love of life and the easiness you can find on locals. I like Greeks, a lot, especially because they don’t seem to hurry all the time, are great in the kitchen and love life.

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What I really liked about the people in Chania is their incredible creativity, and a sense of color and art you can find all over the city, especially in the old town.

24(Crete loves olive trees and you can find them all over the place. Even near doors)

6(This is actually an art small shop. In the back you could find a surprise: a tiny terrace garden)

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8(This taverna has a boat’s piece as a firm sign. creative, isn’t it?)

9(circle – chair – small table on a street)

5(euro pallets for flower holders)

7(the entrance on a gift shop)

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10(tiny street, tiny shop)

11(one of the narrowest restaurant’s terrace. in the “middle” of the street)

12(the narrowest street terrace :))

15(Turkish traces )

14(entrance details)

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Playing with our new (old) chair :D

It happened to me, sometimes, to look to the pictures took in some houses and think. WOW THAT’S WEIRD……I bet you’re gonna think the same way when you’ll see how the inspiration hit me this morning.

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Don’t get scared, yet, cause what you see is only temporary. Anyway, Laurentiu asked me already: “What if I want to sit on that chair?” “You just remove the city”, I answered.

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Yeah, we’re talking here about a city, OUR mini city who’s sitting on the chair we’ve bought 3 days ago (pictures HERE). An entire city on a tiny stool? But the stool is for people’s butts, you’ll say, not cities. Yes, they are and a chair made up like this may seem a little bit strange, but my point here is that you, me, us all have to be bold when we decorate our homes. Why wondering what people might think of your funny book shelf or about your strange chair or table? If you like it, just take it, or if a weird idea sparks into your head just go for it. Your house must represent yourself not some furniture catalog.

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and you know what? I really like how my beloved city looks like on that peachy pinky chair… I think it’s funny, unusual and this is exactly what I’m looking for in our house: to raise questions ๐Ÿ™‚

You know, when we’ve decided to put stone on one wall of our tiny bathroom, people in the stores told us the stone was not for bathroom. But who actually listened to them? Not me, for sure. And that wall is exactly what makes our bathroom beautiful and interesting ๐Ÿ™‚ (look HERE to convince yourself)

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Vintage, elegant, perfect floor lamp. It was waiting for us. I know it :)

Lighting is a very important aspect of a room. Almost as important as the furniture. People around here use, usually, only the central lights, but we tried to create our universe differently.

We like the light and we are aware that a room flooded with light brings peace, happiness and optimism to its people. In the daytime. But what do you do in the evening? I must admit I like a smaller light when the sun goes to sleep, but I would never say no to multiple sources of light.

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That means I agree with the specialists who say you must have, in a room, 3 different sources of light, without counting the central one. Because we are good “boys” and we listen what the specialists have to say, we had until today 2 sources of light. A paper tall lamp IKEA’s style (pictures HERE and HERE) and a wall bracket light, but Laurentiu especially wanted a floor lamp. A tall vintage look one.

….and lucky as you know we are, we’ve found it….

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The lamp of our dreams was waiting for us in a thrift store and it is like it was made exactly for our small living room. And it is such a beautiful object….Together with the tissue shade, the wooden and metal stalk with a story I am sure it has, it brings to the corner we’ve put it a beautiful, elegant warm light.

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I know the lamp is old, but I have no idea what time is coming from. Maybe the 30’s? Well…I don’t know, and even I’d like to know, of course, I don’t really care as long as the lamp is here….with us…making the universe of 3 light sources complete ๐Ÿ™‚

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Our latest aquisition: antique beautiful stool…

I simply and absolutely adore old things, but I must say I would not like to fill our house only with old furniture and decorations, mix and match, eclectic and beach styles being my favorites. I think a house and an interior become interesting only when a modern object or furniture is put near an old one, an antique stool, for example being able to become more interesting near a simple table or couch.

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What I’m trying to say is that we bought today a gorgeous stool. It is an old piece we’ve taken from a flea shop and I have no idea what to do with it. Maybe we’ll paint it white and we’ll use it as a side table to give a splash of color to our living room, or we’ll keep it just the way it is and we’d find a place for it, or would paint it black to make it look a little bit like another stool we have with a simpler and more classic line, but I’m not sure yet.

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Anyway, just for now, since we’ll figure out what to do with it, we put it somewhere in the sight to look at it all the time… And to imagine all the stories it hides behind its beautiful somehow peachy velvet upholstery…

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Whatever we decide, I’ll let you know

Create your own flavored oil

Flavored oil….Oh I like it soo, sooo much and that’s why I’m trying to have a little bottle in my pantry all the time. I don’t like to buy things like these. Things I can actually make myself, especially that there is such an easy thing to do….

You can use flavored olive oil especially on salads, but I also like to sprinkle with it the feta cheese, together with some fresh lemon juice and fresh herbs.

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What you need:

*a small glass bottle with a cap

*extra virgin olive oil

*red, green and black whole pepper

*a tiny branch of thyme and rosemary

*3 garlic cloves without skin

*a chilli if you like spicy foods

How to do it

Put all the herbs and condiments into the bottle, then add the oil over. Seal and let them rest in a cool and dark place (not in the fridge) for about 3 days. Always keep this oil in the cool and dark place ๐Ÿ™‚