It’s Friday, High Five!

pumpkin-decor92Photo Via Alisa Burke

High FiveHappy Halloween everyone.! Have your costume all ready to go? I do, but you will have to wait a bit for the final reveal. I tend to go a little overboard on the costume (you may remember THIS) but that is part of the fun.  Because I love Halloween today’s Friday High fives go to a few Halloween inspired posts…

1. More than anything love a good costume so I loved One Woman 31 days of Halloween Makeup.

2. Just in time for Halloween an entire “Ghost Town” for sale.

3. The new exhibit at Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC Death Becomes Her, A Century of Mourning Attire. My sister sent me this one, wish we could take a road trip.

4.  Pretty Painted pumpkins by Alisa Burke

5. Not so pretty but pretty dang cool Zombie Apocalypse Pumpkin.

And for my locals, this weekend is one of my favorite Markets at Wörnitz Autohof off the A7. This market is year round and take place on the first Sunday of every month.


Found it at the Market 2 -October 2014

market copySunday’s are market days and my husband and I had about 2 hours between places we had to be so we thought we could squeeze in a market we knew of close by. In some of the towns that don’t have regularly scheduled markets the occasional markets are small, maybe in a grocery store parking lot with maybe 30 or 40 venders.  We figure an hour or so would be plenty of time for a quick walk through. When we arrived we found our little market was actually taking place throughout the Altstadt (old town.) Street after street and we only had an hour and a half to shop, Arrrhhh. A pleasant surprise but we had to work fast, here are some of our finds…

  1. A collection of about 200 European stamps 8€ ($11) I would love to use them to make something like THIS
  2.  A 4″ pewter bird  4€ ($5.50) has a little hangar on the back for hanging
  3.  A huge Paint by Number 10€ ($14) not as common here in Germany as in the U.S. so I was glad to score one.
  4.  WWII wedding portrait 16″x12″ 8€ ($11) for Chuck’s soldier collection.
  5. Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin framed  lithograph 23″x30″ 20€ ($28) also for Chuck’s soldier collection.
  6. And as always we scored a few pieces of West German ceramics, From Left to right: 25cm 3€ ($4.20), 18 cm 2€ ($2.80), 18cm 1€ ($1.40),11cm 2€ ($2.80)

And of course my handsome porter.


Ikea Merete Curtains get an Upgrade

Ready made Ikea to custom curtainsHappy Monday everyone, The last few week have been busy ones. I am finally about finished up with my clients living room/dining room which you may remember from an earlier post. The photo above will give you a little sneak peek of what has been going on but first I wanted to share with you a quick DIY project we did to upgrade the curtains.

For this project I loved the look of the Pottery Barn Morgan Drape (left) but at over $100 a panel they were just too far out of the budget, especially considering the project required eight panels. The budget option was to go with the Ikea Merete Curtains (right) which are only $30 a pair and are easily acquired here in Germany. These curtains are made from a nice weight twill and can be hemmed to any length only one draw back, they are a bit “Plain Jane.”

My solution, add trim myself!

For only a few extra dollars per panel I could turn these budget Ikea panels into custom curtains, and here is all you need.

*Twill tape (any size/color your wish) I used 30mm black cotton twill tape. Each edge will need enough twill tape to run the length of the panel plus 4″-6.”

*Ruler – I use a 24″ quilting ruler which works great since you can see through it.

*Straight pins


*Sewing machine

Ready made Ikea to custom curtainsStart by deciding how far from the edge you want to place your trim, I chose 2″ so the trim would be centered on the first grommet, but this distance is completely up to you. You then need to fold the top raw edge of the under and start pinning it down. On my curtains there was a seam below the grommets that I used as my start point.

If you are using a straight panel that has tabs or will be clipped at the top, you will want start by folding the tape twill over the top edge so it wraps around to the back side of the panel tucking the raw edge under.

You will then pin you twill tape down along your ruler all the way to the bottom of the curtain. This is when the see through ruler comes in handy, you can place it along the edge of the curtain and begin to pin the twill tape down constantly checking that you twill tape stays a consistent distance from the edge. It is best to pin your tape about every eight to ten inches minimum.

When you get to the bottom of the curtain finish by folding the tape twill under the bottom edge so it wraps around to the back side of the panel tucking the raw edge under.

The final step, sew your twill tape along each edge to attach it to the curtain panel.

Ready made Ikea to custom curtainsIf you are not friends with the sewing machine you can also use fusible tape and an iron to get the same results.

The results make a big impact without a lot of investment. Have a look…
Ready made Ikea to custom curtains

and to think a bit of work saved $80 a panel.

Ready made Ikea to custom curtainsStay tuned for a full post on the final results…

It’s Friday, High Five!

Grummet-artworkPhoto via Design Files

Every week I spend hours scouring the internet for ideas an inspiration and often see things that are wonderful but don’t really call for a full blog post but I so want to share. So, I have decided to start a new column. Friday will now be dedicated to the curious, interesting and just plain inspiring things I find across the internet every week that make we want to give somebody a high five!

And for my local friends I will be sharing any high-five “junking” event I know about or am planning to attend.

So here is the

1. Look at the picture above, suddenly feel inspired to rearrange my “Fat Lava” collection after seeing THIS inspiring home.

2. Ready to place and order on Rooms to Love by LeeAnn Yare after seeing this lovely post by Mel at  Armoire Pegs and Casserole

3. A map of amazing colors, just replaced my desktop back ground with one of these amazing images from an Exploratory Soil Map of Kenya

4. Ikea finally found a way to get your husband to Ikea with their  Mänland concept, not sure 30 minutes is nearly long enough though…

5. These shoes from Modcloth… Need I say more?

And for my local peeps a market you may want to visit…

School House Antiques (near Ramstein) is having a huge warehouse sale this weekend in their 10 STORY warehouse.

Thanks Kim for passing this on!

Have you seen anything amazing this week? Feel free to send them my way via

Hope everyone has a great weekend,


Growing Up, the Big 4 – 0

Ladies and Gentleman, Today is my Birthday and I am proud to say I am 40. No hiding my age or being 29 forever, I am 40 and fabulous. To tell the truth this last year has had some pretty amazing changes, things that finally make me feel like an adult. It is weird how sometimes you don’t feel like you have aged at all. Well, until you see an 18-year-old and suddenly they look like babies. Still I am not getting older they are just getting younger right? Either way I am embracing my maturity and all that is new and different.

So,what is new and different?

First off, this blog. Blogging was something I considered doing for a long time but just didn’t feel I had the time for. Now I wish I had started long ago. The blog just turned one year and has brought so much satisfaction and inspiration to my life in that short period. I have met some amazing people all over the world. Most of all it has encouraged me to live a fuller life so I can share it with all you amazing readers out there.
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This one may seem small but definitely brings me up to speed with the rest of the planet. Crazy but after avoiding it all my life I am now drinking coffee. Like, REALLY drinking coffee. My 9-year-old son actually got me started. He loves coffee milk but is very concerned about the temperature being too hot. I got the be the temp tester and before long I just had a taste for it. Now I am a 3 to 4 cups a day person. How very adult of me!


Another grown up thing I am trying are “Real Sunglasses.” After years of $10 Target sunglasses I decided to buy a pair of Ray Bans. Maybe it was that I moved to land of NO Target, but I felt like to was time.  Putting them back in the case instead of throwing them in my purse with the rest of my junk has been the hardest part of this grown up activity. They have survived a whole year I guess that makes them cheaper than a monthly pair of Target glasses and some how un-scratched lenses work so much better!

Okay this  is a pretty big one for me. I have never been a runner, even at my peak physical fitness in college two miles was my max. I would gladly walk ten miles but running was never my thing. Well this summer I started slow, jogging small stretches at first and working my way up. I now regularly run 3 to 5 miles at least 3 days a week. Last week I RAN the 10K (6.2 miles) at the Munich Marathon. What?  It took me 1 hour and 4 minutes but I would say that is fairly respectable for someone who has only been running for a few months. I have learned that running is more in your mind than your body, mostly keeping you mind off your body. If I get really involved thinking about something else I can forget that some part of my body hurts or aches. I don’t know if this makes me more of an adult but it does make me pretty feel good about myself.

Finally for the whopper, last year we moved to Europe. Germany to be exact. Sometimes it is amazing to think that we are “those people,” like on House Hunters International or something.  This has been an amazing opportunity for our family, to immerse ourselves in another culture and travel to places that some people don’t get to go in a lifetime. I thought it would be difficult leaving everything we know behind but it has been a wonderful adventure. I have to say, I will be sad when it is time to go.

Lots of big changes but over all 40 is looking pretty good and since you CAN teach an old dog new trick, I say bring it on!

Color Theory, I’m Spring!

blog mood boardIn all my years in Art and Architecture I have never taken a class on color theory. Well this month I am taking another Blogging Your Way class Blog Boss with Holly Becker of Decor8 and guest instructor Fiona Humberstone. If you ever get a chance to take one of these classes I highly recommend it. This is my third class and I have learned so much about blogging, branding, and networking that I could never have learned on my own.

This weeks lesson was given by Fiona who is a creative director who has styled brands and created websites for years, so when she gave a lesson on branding I was all ears, or eyes I guess since we are in cyberspace.

The focus of this branding is rooted in Color Theory.

I know the term sounds familiar, it did to me too, but I could not have given you a real definition before taking this class.

This is the way it works:

“Color works at an instinctive level: faster than words or images and has the power to make people feel something for a brand  By using the right tones, textures, shapes and hues you can communicate your key brand values and influence how people respond subconsciously.”

In a nutshell, pick the right colors and people will institutionally have a feeling about your brand before they even look at a pictures or read a single word. These feeling are then broken down into seasonal personalities and color palettes. Spring colors are bright and clear which feel warm and approachable, Summer colors are cool and muted which feels elegant and romantic, Autumn colors are warm and intense along with muted shades which feel earthy and organic, while Winter colors are intense and can also include black these exude luxury and success.

Pretty cool stuff, right!

So what did I learn? Well obviously I learned that my personality is Spring. If you have read my blog from the beginning you may remember my original color scheme was quite different and did not have the feeling I wanted to give off. Several months ago I re-branded my blog and without even knowing it I got the colors just right. The new Spring colors say exactly what I want my blog to represent, that it is an outgoing, fun, friendly environment that is creative and inspirational. Right out of the Springs key attributes. I also have a few Autumn tendencies which are brought out in the oranger shades of yellow. This reflects my strong sense of history and love of vintage and shows that I am ambitious and focused.

Kind of like your personal color Horoscope…

The fun part is while I want to portray my personality in my brand other brands might want to use colors that will show what their brands to represent. For luxury brands it’s Winter all the way. Romance, these brands might lean towards summer. Organics will most likely want to use a Autumn color palette.

Can you think of brands you know that exude a feeling right way? They are probably

For this weeks homework our assignment was to create a mood board showing our color season, this is what I came up with. I included my spring colors that I am currently using on my blog, lots of creative elements/art, and as always a nod to the vintage and retro I adore.

So what do you think. Is my color theory working? Do you feel the creativity and fun? I would love to hear you opinion!

Staring at the Ceiling

painted ceilingPhoto via Helen Thompson In House

Hello All,

Have you missed me? Did you even notice I was gone. Well I missed you either way!

The last week I have been down in out with one of the worst colds I have had in a while. This seems to happen when I have a million things to do and it is the absolute worst time to be sick. However,  sometimes it is nice to have a good excuse to take a break, get some rest and just do nothing. Would have been nicer to call in “well” but you know that rarely happens. Today I am back to about 90% so I figured I better get back to work before you forget about me all together.

In between the hours in bed “resting” I was able to find the strength do a little pinning with my poor weak fingers.

I was first  drawn by the photo above and was compelled to do some hunting. Maybe it was all my time staring up at the ceiling that got me wishing mine had a splash of color. I think this concept would be great in my bathroom, especially since here in Germany most bathrooms are tiled all the way up to the ceiling. This leaves only one thing left to paint.

You could go bold…

painted ceilingPhoto by Florian Braun via Fashion Communications

or subtle…

painted ceilingPhoto via SISSY+MARLEY

painted ceilingPhoto via BHG

Or somewhere in between…

painted ceilingPhoto via Guehne-Made

painted ceilingPhoto via Apartment Therapy

What do you think? Too much or Just right?

I think these painted ceiling were a great way to add color and contrast to these otherwise stark rooms.




I have seen the new Ikea STOCKSUND sofa all over the blogs and I have to say this pink color is amazing. Although they are not showing this color as an option at the stores yet, the neutral options are cuties as well. Great design at a great cost are always good when your on a budget. So three cheers for IKEA, again.

But wait, yesterday I went to my mailbox to find my Ikea Family flyer waiting for me. When I opened it up look what I found. The Ikea EKENÄSET. What, how great is this? I love this guy and although I am not seeing it on the U.S site yet here in Germany it is running 399€ (which at today’s exchange rate is only about $500.)

Ikea EKENÄSETFinally someone is making an affordable sofa for the mid-century modern crowd! Thank you Ikea!

Time for a Change – Coral Master Bedroom


Something strange is going on with the paint in my master bedroom

You can see it slightly in the picture above. Along the corner of the wall the paint seen to be separating creating dark and light patches. This was one of the first rooms I painted and I used a pre-mixed color from a German hardware store which is now gone out of business (maybe it was their sub-par paint) so there is no buying more to touch up. I’m sure what went wrong ??? It could have been me, but since I painted the whole house and no other room is having this problem I have to think it was the paint.  All that being said, I think I need a new paint job. Maye grey and coral is the way to go…

coral bedroom 1Photo Via DecorPad design by Meredith Heron Design

You didn’t think I was gonna repaint the room the same color did you? Well that would just be silly!

Thinking about paint also got me thinking about bedding and giving my room a little update. Obviously the major pieces like the rug and furniture will stay but the bedding and curtains are an easy change for a quick update.  So the black and white will stay but I feel like changing out the gold for coral would be simple.  Look I already have the black and white bedding in these photos.

gray-walls-trellis-linens-cg Photo via Centsational Girl

Do you see where I am going with this? Switch a few things out here and there and I have a whole new look.

grasscloth and coral 2Photo via Sara M. Dorsey Designs

coral-navy-bedding-set-040814-b Photo via Decor 2 Ur Door

3764c3869598525e00c4c8044caa146e-1383855171Photo via Echelon Custom Homes

I think that rug look a bit familiar too!

I am still in the planning stages on this one but definitely feeling inspired.

Now if only I could fit one of those great upholstered headboards in my bedroom…

Found it at the Market – October 2014 Part 2

As promised, today I have photos of all the great loot we Found at the Market this weekend. There were hundreds of things I wanted to buy but these are the few we came home with.Market Oct. 2014My husband has decided on a new collection of portraits and being a military man he particularly likes the portraits of soldiers so a few were added to the wall. The large photo (18″x24″) is a memorial of a 21 year soldier old who died at Verdun in 1916, we paid 25€ ($35). We also bought a pen and ink drawing of a business man who appears to be from the 50’s for 10€($14)and a WWII photo of  a soldier from the German Luftwaffe (air force,)  also 10€($14.)  These will find a new home on the gallery wall in the Man Cave.

Now you may remember this “Fat Badger” from another market post a while back, well up till now he has sat on the floor in the man cave. (You didn’t think I gonna have him in the living room did you?) Finally we found him a table to stand on. This little cutie was 50€ ($65) and will look cute elsewhere if the badger should ever come to an unfortunate end.  I better keep my mouth shut, you know the wife is always the prime suspect…

Let’s move on.

My stairway collection grew by two very good-sized (15″x20″) hand colored lithographs that were 5€ ($7) and 10€ ($14.) Great prices for two really beautiful pieces!

Market Oct. 2014

You know for me no market trip is complete without a West German Ceramics purchase and this weekend we hit the jackpot. All these beautiful pieces (plus a few more) cost less than 40€ ($55) Market Oct. 2014

Market Oct. 2014
Market Oct. 2014I’d say the weekend was a success and for only 175€ ($245) we went home with some pretty great junk!