kitchen party

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moving chaos is over…
truth to be told: we still have heaps of stuff at my brothers (thank you George for your patience) and four boxes in our bedroom waiting to be unpacked… but at some point you don’t even see the moving boxes anymore… its like a cardboard furniture you just walk by. sad but true.
Anyway there are also fun parts with the moving part like unwrapping your beautiful ikea kitchen!

I think I’ve waited for this moment foreeeeever
or at least since we planned and assembled the kitchen. Removing the blue protection cover seemed like a party to me!
To put it with Cindy’s words: Girls just wanna have fun!

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Somehow I was really used to the blue and it took me a few days to get used to our new white kitchen!
Now, after using it for the last 2 month (these photos where shot during our moving chaos) I wouldn’t change a thing!
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Also our new kitchen explorer loves the drawers and I’m afraid the dishwasher is her favorit… let’s see if this fascination is still strong when she’s able to load and unload it.

 

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!

 

the nursery – wooden shingles on the wall

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You know we had some special plans for decorating our nursery wall with wooden shingles which we imported from our latest trips to the far west of Austria. I love the look of those little beaver tail shingled houses in the region of Vorarlberg and I thought it would look beautiful in our nursery too. Like small ruffles – girly but not too sugary.
We had our insider Anja over (she’s originally from Vorarlberg knowing those ruched houses too well) to help us dealing with the shingles. My dad and Martin decided to go with an air pressure stapler instead of glue and so we started.

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My part was (being 38 weeks pregnant and almost unable to move in any other way than far-preggo-slow-mo) to sort the shingles (there’s a front and a backside and I also sorted out all of the broken or twisted ones). While my dad, Martin and Anja began to ajust the laser and start to staple the first shingles onto the wall.
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After a few rows we they had figured out the best way to get a good and even result and a pretty productive workflow. Like with every work the beginning is the hardest until you find the right flow, here it was tricky to decide whether to mount the shingles with the mathematical levelness or the optical one, the house is old and hardly anything in there is really even. (we went for the middle path and did a mixture between mathematical and optical)
That day we worked for a few more hours until we reached the light switch.
Martin spend his entire after-(day-job)-work-hours during the entire week in the treehouse mounting hundreds of shingles one after the other and dealing with tricky parts like embed the light switch fixture. A hell of a lot of work but it truly payed off.
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I love the outcome so much! Maybe the nursery is my favorite room so far! (sorry bathroom!)
Schorsch and Martin also installed sliding doors for Linda’s future built-in-cupboard.
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I painted the doors in three different colors and of course I chose them from my favorite color supplier: Farrow & Ball
(Hello, my name is Katharina and I’m a F&B addict!..) I picked a vivid orange, a brownish shade of grey and a (not too pink) salmon tone. Again I wanted it to look warm and girly but not too-hello-kitty-girly-pink (no offence miss kitty!).
Farrow and Ball paints are pricey but they have such a high coverage that I could paint the cupboard door (three times) and it was still enough paint left from the 0,75l container to paint Linda’s changing unit and the door frame also with “London clay”.
I show you the results in a few weeks when everything is finished and we are finally moving in!