Tiny obsession and a design dilemma: Huge Clock vs. “Art” Gallery

Chronos, the youngest of all the Greek titans, the one who ate his children, but Zeus, and who is known among the mortals as the ancient god of time, is one of my tiny (HUGE) obsession. I don’t know why, I don’t know how or when appeared, where it came from or where is going to, but that’s it. My very own obsession. The time.

…This is how I might explain my young poems wrote around the time’s theme, or the later paintings with clocks and clock mechanisms… Well I’m not an artist, but as I had some canvas I needed to fill them with something, right? The clocks are ugly anyway 🙂 so I won’t show them to you.

For the past years I could see the obsession getting extended. Over the objects of interior design. Meaning?

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That means I want to “build” a huge white clock, of vintage inspiration, at least 1 meter in diameter, to put it, then, in my living room. We have a white spot there. Actually, a white wall that seem huge to me sometimes, and I tend to make it the central view point of the room. By adding this clock I can see already there. (through my mind’s eyes, of course).

I didn’t think much about its mechanism, and I wouldn’t mind if the pointers would not move, cause I won’t feel then the time ticking away, but Laurentiu thinks a clock is not a clock without the ability to measure time. And this clock mechanism problem (and my laziness) have stopped me from actually starting the project by now.
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In the meanwhile the wall is still there. Still white. That huge white universe waiting to be filled. But a dilemma arise.

Should I put there the huge white clock I’m gonna make sometimes in the future (this year, I hope) or should we create our very own art gallery?

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So tell me guys. What would you choose? The clock, or the “art” gallery?

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“Less is more”. Scandinavians know this better

White, white, white and… white again seem to be the “color” most used in Scandinavian interior design. No wonder why. When you live in a place where is night for 6 months a year, you try desperately to bring more light into your home.

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Our zone is a normal one. With normal (COLD) winters. With normal (pretty and warm) summers, with soft falls and gorgeous spring times. I can’t say we need, around here, to bring more light into our homes but….. I’m absolutely in love with the airy feeling  Scandinavian interior design seems to give.

 

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“Less is more” it’s my rule when it comes to everything in my life and I prefer high quality stuff, less of them, instead of low class multiple nothings.  I can’t say I live after some sort of minimalist laws, I like simple things, airy and soft, but the pure northern white could be enriched with some colors sometimes (in my opinion).

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I like white, but combined with neutral tones, with warm colors and with black accents, but that doesn’t mean you can’t just use the simple, perfect balanced white and wooden Scandinavian tones as a source of inspiration. Especially when it comes to white Christmas….

 

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The spooky parents of a BLACK CAT

Miaunel, our black cat, got a present yesterday. A new neckband with his name on and our telephone number in case he gets lost. And that’s a sign, I guess, that he is a fully member of our family. (The Adams Family :D) Our house is his too and we’re thinking to bring him, sometime in the future, a completely white girl cat, to give us two dozens of grey or black & white ”grandsons” and ”granddaughters”. Cause Miaunel is our kid now, right?   Then we’ll have all the pieces to shoot our own Black Cat, White Cat movie :D.

2013-11-27 14.09.16How do you imagine the day by day life for a black cat ”parent”? Well…You might be tempted to think each time we see the ”kid” coming around, we throw a spit in our decolletage and take three steps backward, to be sure we’ll have a free of misfortune day?

Neeeee If all the gossips were true, we had to be hit by car 1.000 times per day, already.

2013-11-27 14.08.05And how could we be scared by him when he is such a funny and loving boy cat? Especially when he is playing with his tail, is filling our house with his “snakes” (shoelaces and other wires, actually) and balls, and is sitting for hours in front of the washing machine watching it spinning, spinning and spiiiniinggg… Or when you can’t just go in the kitchen without him showing up meowing: “Hey, do you have some goodies for me too?”

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We bought a house today

Today we bought a… house. Hey wait. Is not THAT kind of house you might have in mind. I must say we are very peaceful and happy in our tiny white house so we won’t change it for anything in the world.

The house we bought today is a tea light one, made of metal, and inspired me to create a winter arrangement with two snowy trees I made last year and two snowy men I bought from the store.

 

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PS. I’ll show you one of these days how I made the paper trees.

 

 

An advice: Want a house? Never, never, ever and NEVER give up!

When you are a normal person, with a normal income and normal parents, buying a house might be almost an impossible thing. Unless… You have some hidden socks full with money or… you found an ancient treasure.
Yeah, I know it’s not that bad, I exaggerate a little bit here, but I’m doing it only to show you that buying a house is not a very simple thing to do. Especially when you see your future home placed in the center (or not far from the center) of your city, is “equipped” with a garden (or the land is big enough to become a garden) and we’re not talking about an apartment in a house here.

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…things like that…

We wanted all these and in our (actual) area the houses “capable” to complete the rules I told you about are not cheap at all. And I’m not talking here about villas, or recently built houses. I’m talking about pretty normal houses who cost double the sum we had.

When your money are counted finding a good house in a good area becomes one of the most difficult things to do, especially that in good neighborhoods cheaper buildings appear rare and are sold in no time. Even faster than light’s speed.  (at least this is what happens here). That’s why when you intent to buy a house with “little” money (hey, you have to be prepared with more money than you’d pay for a good apartment cause you’re paying for the land too!) you have to be aware that you need: PATIENCE, PATIENCE and…PATIENCE.

Patience and money are not the only “qualities” you must have, cause “good” eyes and an open mind are also required. Meaning? Many people run screaming when they see an ugly house. “Cheaper” houses in good neighborhoods look bad. Trust me. They look really bad sometimes, but before considering buying them, make sure their foundation is fine, that the building doesn’t have resistance troubles, water infiltrations and mold. If all these are fine, then take it. It doesn’t matter how bad it looks, cause I can assure you that every ugly, old house, is able to become that DREAM HOME you’ve always wished for.

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We looked almost a year for our home, and many times we almost gave up. I know that an apartment would have cost us less. Less money… less stress… less energy, but I guess our white house was waiting for us to make it young again. As the former owner said when we bought it. Maybe that white house was meant to be our especially that Laurentiu and I, both, love buildings with a story and history. (I tend to think that the first part of our house was built way before 1’st World War so in the Habsburgic Empire).
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PS. I didn’t care much during our search that people asked me on and on when we are going to buy our house (or apartment)… I didn’t care at all neither what they said when we bought “that terrible house” cause we knew all the time what we wanted, what we were doing and what we are going to do. Especially that right now, our house almost doubled it’s value

….(and it will get even more expensive and valuable)…

Torture and kitchen inspiration

 

Each time I want to torture myself I start looking for inspiration…

Torture and inspiration don’t go well together, you say? Sure they do! Is enough for me to take a look at my unfinished kitchen, to start swimming (ok, surfing, but I don’t do surf) on the internet for the most gorgeous kitchens. I know already how my ideal kitchen would look like and I assure you that even right now our kitchen is not even a… normal one, we’ll have that white room I’ve always wished for, even without knowing it.

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Our kitchen is going to be white (as I said already), with a classic line, with black accessories, new and modern appliances, an island, tall iron chairs, or exotic chairs, with glass or industrial pendant laps, depends on what I would fall in love with.

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I like simplicity in design, classical lines, because they never get outdated, with extremely sophisticate, modern, exotic and surprising accessories or pendant lamps.

 

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I am convinced that only a simple and clean general design is able to highlight a completely different and surprising item. Like a strange splash of color in a white and a bit black kitchen, or a big vintage pocket watch on a simple, white wall.

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Four bedroom pictures: ”Before”, ”After” and ”In the process”

After I bombarded you with food, I think it’s time to make some exercise with ”Before”, ”After” and ”In the process” pictures. As it happened outside the house, we had a lot of summer ”fun” on the inside too. Meaning?

BEFORE

Well….We first cleaned the walls till the bricks, then, we took out the wooden floors, then the old stoves, the chimneys since our house started to look like the Swiss cheese, we changed the old windows  and we put on a new roof and ceilings. After we got rid of all the old stuff in the house, we whitewashed the walls, and we made new concrete floors (actually our contractor did them cause we have ZERO knowledge in whitewashing), new plumbing and electric network, a new sewerage, then we took care of insulation and we put wooden floors all over the house.

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You can see now a completely new house and the pictures took from our bedroom show you a tiny part of the interior work we had fun with :).

Anyway, the furniture is not the ”final” one, but is perfect for the beginning and for what we need right now. I still got an idea to make it a bit more fancy, so we’ll put some interesting wallpaper on our closet and on the headboard.

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Ah! And you thought we let the self made ”french” door  with the broken window you can see in the picture? Neee. We have now some interesting bedroom doors with the intact glass. 🙂

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Breakfast feeling: Poached eggs

The best time for eating eggs is in the morning, they say, and is enough to take a peek on the internet to find a great number of recipes where the humble egg is the main character.
We both love eating eggs and I’ve always tried to find healthy egg recipes other than frying them.
To poach an egg may appear a bit difficult in theory and in the beginning, but once you try it, things get more and more simple especially that there is nothing greater than knowing you cooked (and had) a healthier breakfast 🙂

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What you need:
*a medium pan for boiling water
*a frying pan
*2 eggs
*2 slices of bread
*some smoked (or plain) grated cheese

How to do it

1. Fill the pan with water and bring it to boil. When it starts to boil reduce the heat, let the water simmer and ad some salt and vinegar.
2. Crack an egg in a glass and let it slip slowly into the water. Let it boil there for about 3 minutes, but if you like your eggs harder, let it in boil for about 5 minutes.

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3.Take the egg out and put it in cold water to stop it from boiling. Do the same with the other egg.
4. In a frying pan put the half quantity of grated cheese and add one slice of bread over. Let the cheese melt and stick to the bread, then turn the slice on the other side. Let it brown a little and then add one egg on top of it. Do the same with the other slice
5. Sprinkle some salt, pepper and thyme on the eggs and then add some vegetables in the plate for more color.
And…that’s it!
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Mirror, mirror on the wall? Well… Depends on the model

Mirrors are the magical objects where other worlds are born. No wonder all the good fantastic stories have a mirror hidden (or not) somewhere between the lines. I like mirrors in stories, and in interior design too, for their capacity to make places and rooms appear larger and for the illusion they give you that, if you know where to look, you may find another world behind the watery surface.
I like mirrors and I want us to put one on our small hallway. A tall one that I’m almost sure it will look like a window.
I have a philosophy for smaller places – Go big or don’t go at all – meaning that even you have the tendency to put a small lighting object (for instance) in your small hallway, don’t do it. Use a large chandelier for the WOW effect, cause, for sure, this is how you’ll cross over all the expectations.
We did it too. We hanged on our hallway ceiling the big Ikea’s Maskros lamp and it does look great. Especially in the evening.

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The next step is the mirror I am talking about. I’ve found some mirror’s models I like, but the first one here is my favorite. This is how my hallway mirror will look like, but with a black frame.

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