small achievements here and there

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oh boy, the end is near!
At least the end of our apartment lease contract so a chaotic moving month is ahead of us.
Let me show you the small achievements we’ve been working on for the last couple of spring-weekends to add the last finishing touches to our dreamhome.. (because hands down… if you don’t do it BEFORE you move in it won’t be done for a looong time, right!?)

First and most importantly we got rid of this crazy, dirty, dusty work rug we had layed on our floor for surface protection.
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We My supercrafty-cousin Robert installed beautiful Ikea Ranarp lamps above our kitchen and he installed the amazing 70ies shade in Lindas nursery I found on a fleamarket a few years ago. (how cute are those graphics!?)
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I oiled the stairs with a black wood oil to make them slightly darker and compatible with the industrial look of the steel frame. (note to myself: never wear a white shirt while applying black oil… now some parts of my white shirt are also very compatible to the dark steel frame!)
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My dad and Martin worked on some small bits and pieces and last finshing touches to install the slide! (yeah, baby!) and to get on with the garden planning and preparations for sowing gras seeds. All under Lindas supervisor eyes!
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She doesn’t look very impressed – does she!?
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I’ll keep you updated on the next step our garden (and the house) is doing!

 

wallpaper DIY

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We successfully decorated the nursery wall with those beautiful wooden shingles but also for the other side of the wall we decided to go with a bold  wall decoration: a wallpaper.
I searched oline for the perfect match but couldn’t find anything I had in mind, so we decided to design our own wallpaper!
I scanned an old photo of my grandma which I really love (actually I really love both: my granny and the photo of her in this beautiful dress next to the first car my gradpa and she owned) and made a photo of the blank nursery wall in our attic. (Simply, to get an idea what it will look like) I roughly sketched the result on my computer and showed it to Martin and he loved it right away.

We decided to give it a try in real life and had it printed with a wallpaper printing company.
My mum is pretty experienced when it comes to mounting wallpapers and she did a great job with mounting the huge photo wallpaper as well.
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(no worries: the part far right where the wallpaper ends will be hidden in our built-in cupboard.)

 

getting things done in the attic

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Well its about time to cover our fancy “disco” floor(heating) with a decent floor. After building the nursery wall and covering our small storage room with beautiful salvaged wooden planks everything was ready for laying the floor.
We chose a vinyl floor with an natural oak look. (we had to go with vinyl or laminate because of the light weight heating system – wooden floors are unfortunately too risky to lay directly on this system due to temperature variations).
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My whole family helped us Martin (I’m on maternity-construction-site-leave) laying the floor. They started with the nursery and worked superfast, the first few planks were pretty tricky but after a few rows it went really good (at least it looked like it was easy to do from my point of view).
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After our lunch break they started with room #2 (aka our bedroom), while I sat on the new nursery floor trying to choose the colors for the cabinets we are going to built in the nursery. (we are planing to built storage space and a built-in-cupboard with 3 sliding doors.)
I chose farrow and ball paint (although they are pricy their varnish is perfect to work with! Totally worth the money and the colors are gorgeous!).
I picked red earth (looks in real live a little more pink), charlotte’s locks (a beautiful and bold, statement color) and london clay. (a warm brownish grey tint).
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I was stunned – what a difference a day makes! What do you think about the floor? 

This post was written in advance – at the moment we are trying to spend as much time with our new family member ♥.