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!

 

roadtrip

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We took a short break and a weekend off our renovation timeline to visit Anja and her family in Vorarlberg.
We’ve been there during Easter and we loved it. So when Anja invited us to come and celebrate with her the release of her beautiful self-published magazine SOI we didn’t hesitate and packed our bags!
The weather was perfect and so was the release party!
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The location was an organic farm called Vetterhof. They’ve prepared a hay-barn cinema and disco and they served delicious soups made by Anjas partner-in-crime Ulli and her team of the Elfenküche in Dornbirn.
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Congrats Anja and Ulli, you did a great job!
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We had a great time at the Vetterhof and in Vorarlberg! Unfortunately we had to leave the next day.
Before that we did a little (baby)bump contest in front of a wooden shingled wall. (I think I won!)
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I totally looking forward to come back! (and I think my boys do too!)
And you know what, we need to come back anyway … because we are planning to cover one wall of the nursery with those cute wooden “ruffle” shingles. Unfortunately, those where sold out at the moment. So we are going to collect a few square meters of them some time soon … as soon as we have a wall to cover. (maybe we should start with the essensials first before we buy the decoration!… story of my life..)

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Thank you Vroni, Anja, Karl-Heinz and Nini for your heartwarming welcome. Everytime we visit it feels like coming home!

 

Roadtrip through Austria – Vorarlberg – Bezau

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Sorry guys I hope I don’t bore you with our roadtrip-photos.
These are the last ones. I promise! But we had such a good time and saw so many beautiful places I want to share with you!
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The Bregenzerwald region is famous for its love for wood. They use it a lot within their architecture. Classic as well as modern houses tend to have wooden fronts (to protect the brick exterior walls from the weather conditions)
Typically they look like ruffles or scales of a fish. (we bought 2 square meters of “ruffle shingles” and we are going to install them indoors at the treehouse, I’ll keep you updated with this project)

Speaking of timer…
In Anja’s hometown there’s a family business who makes comfy wooden shoes made of locally produced wood and leather. They are hand made and really unique. You can use them as garden shoes for example. We will use them as “sun-deck-shoes”; we are going to have a no-shoe-policy in the treehouse but if we need to step out on the balcony we’ll do it wearing our new wooden shoes (or without shoes at all in summer! … really looking forward to that!)
I bought a pair of shearling goat shoes.
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On our last day we went for a walk in the afternoon sun. It was just perfect. I’m really in love with the beautiful town of Bezau!
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We had a look at the newest projects of local architect Markus Innauer.
And we saw a beautiful abandoned house in the center of Bezau. If anybody feels like renovating a very old Austrian home let us know. We will make sure to spend some working holidays there to help you!
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We enjoyed Vorarlberg so much it’s totally worth a visit!
Thank you Vroni, Karl-Heinz and Anja for having us! Hope to see you soon!