October 11, 2011
inspiration, interior items
This weekend we went to the finders keepers market. It was a combination of new and used clothes, and design stuff being sold. I’m really bad at looking at clothes at flea markets (and other places in general that are not in a store). I can’t concentrate – and I find the task of looking through all the piles and piles of clothes strenuous and overwhelming!. I realise that there’s really a lot of money to save here and probably even more treasures to be found – but nope – not for me.
So I’m for all the design stuff. And there wass a bunch of talented people at the market this weekend. Thomas bought a key holder by berthild – I’m really hoping this will cure his I-can’t-find-my-keys-give-me-yours, and we also bought a cute print from My Buemann. (it says ‘I stole it’) I lover her minimalistic - yet detailed line. Now we all we have to do is find a frame for it.
Here’s a few more of her drawing:
Drawings by and Pictures from http://cargocollective.com/mybuemann
October 10, 2011
So it’s been almost to month since I’ve posted last.. quick update:
- The house business: We’ve sent in the appeal to the board – and they’ve accepted! This means that we get to bring it up on Fortbo’s general meeting next spring, and hopefully win 20 additional cm in height! Wohoo!
- We’ve officially moved back to the apartment – the summer that never was has passed, and autumn has begun. Last weekend we ‘boarded up’ Fortbo 75 for the winter. It was a little sad – but I’m already looking forward to the anticipation and enjoyment of moving back next spring.
- We bought a lawn mower. I know grass grows – but I didn’t know it grew that fast! We bought an electrical Bosch, it doesn’t weigh anything (??) – I guess I’ve always had a naive impression that lawn mowers weigh half an elephant. We also managed to give the yard a huge overhaul and basically cut down a lot of the weeds growing everywhere. I was a little excited, as in it being the first time for me, to cut down the roses and other plants – but I found out that’s a thing you do in the spring! Yup, I’ll be wishing for a Garden 101 book for Christmas :-)
- The old lock above is on the door to what was once the water closet (the toilet paper holder is still there) but now is just a space for storing stuff. I think its the best looking lock I’ve ever seen :-)
August 17, 2011
renovating, the house
So the time has come for the big unvieling of our house plans! I think I’ve mentioned it a couple of times – but not really elaborated on it… Until NOW!
Yes, we will be tearing down the house – and yes it is a lovely house – and yes it will hurt! But the house is in really bad shape, and full of mold under the floorboards :-( Building a new house will also give us the oppurtunity to use Fortbo75 during the fall and winter weekends which we would really love to be able to.
We’ve looked at a alot of different types, and we settled for a minimalistic look. The contrast with the old, and kind of wild, garden will flatter both the house and the garden. And we’ve found just the house! It’s built up somewhere in Denmark – transported by truck and the placed on our little land spot. Yup, it’s the house above (with a little help from my friend Photoshop), we went and saw a replica over the summer. The idea of us building on our own was not even an option! It would take us years (and maybe even a breakup) and we really just want the house already! This way, all the hard work will only be tearing down the old house. That I think we can manage!
But – I hate how there often is a but – there’s a little bump in our plans :-( Last year or the year before, a new amendment was added to the building rules of Fortbo that puts a loft on how high you can build. And that’s our bump. The house we’ve decided on, is 20 cm to tall! And so our plans have come to a screeching halt until we’ve resolved this little issue of 20 cm :-S It’s kind of hard for me to accept that a mere 20 cm is stopping us from building our house! And why are we fussing over a mere 20 cm? Because they are essential to the construction if the house is to have a loft where we can have two mattresses. At first for guests – but eventually so that we can use the house even if our family of three (no not that – I’m counting Fie!) becomes 4 or 5. If we can’t have a loft – we have to rethink our building plans.
The initial plan was to place the house this September – that won’t be happening now. So our plan is to send in an appeal to the board and hopefully they will let us take it up on the next general meeting where hopefully it will pass and allow us to build! I really think that everyone is interested in being able to build a house with a loft if they were to build a new house…
I’ll put up a floor plan soon of – hopefully – our new house!
August 15, 2011
With all the rain that has fallen this summer – (I heard in the radio this moring, that in the past two months there has fallen more rain than ever recorded for two consecutive months!) – the amount of mosquitos around and in our house was out of control! And they came from one day to the other! I seriously slept with a cake/food net (you should really look at what is if you don’t know what it is!) over my head!
The next day the mosquito net was bought (a really cheap thing considering the huge affect it has)! And I slept fantastic! (Thomas has what I would consider a superpower – he doesn’t get bites!) And actually we find the net kind of cool – like sleeping in a tent. Fie doesn’t get the concept though and needs help getting in and out of the bed. … yes she has won us over and know sleeps in the bed. The sofa is still off limits and WILL continue to be off limits.
August 7, 2011
hidden treasures, interior items
Here’s another treasure from the house. Love the color.
August 5, 2011
First project of the summer – Project Flagpole! It was give to me as a gift from Thomas’s parents after I ‘graduated’ from ‘college’. (all these ” are because it’s in a Danish version of schooling that would take a whole new blog to explain!)
I was very happy with the gift – it’s my first flagpole! In DK we use two types of flags, a normal day flag – which is long and narrow, and a special occasions (birthdays – sundays with sun!) flag. That’s the one we’ve got up on the picture. I’m still looking forward to using the big flag but there pretty much hasn’t been a sunny day since the picture :-(
We had the pole lying in the garden for quite some time – we weren’t agreeing on where to put it – but then Thomas used the hammock card – and case in point – he had a great point! I, of course, did nothing (again!) on this project except at one point clear the shrubs from the area. Thomas did all the hardwork – his motivation was the hammock between the flagpole and the appletree. He spent the rest of the weekend there :-)
… I just want to elaborate on the ‘me not doing anything’ part – wrong choice of words. It’s just that doing the dishes, the laundry, the cleaning, etc… doesn’t tend to be so blog-fantastic unfortunately!
July 26, 2011
fie, friends, garden
Short verison: That was our summer vacation!
Long verion: We’re back at work after two weeks vacation. It was fun, it was too short, it was dogtastic, and it was rainy – I love rain – this was too much! We actullay went back to work for a few days – saving some vacation days for real summer days. Actually I like working when the office is almost empty – a little more concentration space = a little more work gets done. But there were a few sunshine days – Heidi, Bjarke and Alma came by for one of them – picture 4 :-)
After the first week, we got a new houseguest! Albert is staying with us for three weeks. He’s the cool big brother in Fie’s eyes, and she’s the annoying little sister (but whom he loves) in his eyes. She goes everywhere Albert goes – and he goes everywhere Fie isn’t :-) She’s in good ‘hands’.
We were also able to finish a couple of projects around the house – I’ll be sharing soon!
July 11, 2011
hidden treasures, interior items
Amagerhylde = an Antique Danish shelf from an area of Copenhagen called Amager. (Thankyou Noonton and Cocobean for that definition) You use it to display memorabilia, porcelean, and what some would consider junk :)
We were ‘lucky’ to have our own hanging in the kitchen when we got the house, and Thomas has added his own touch to it. I’m pretty sure you can guess which items are his and which were the previous owners :)
Here’s a few Amagerhylder with a moderne take in preferred decending order …
Collect shelf from Normann Copenhagen. I like it but not at a whopping Kr. 20.000,-!
Casanova Møbler I like the clean lines of this one and the color scheme
My favorite is Hay‘s version. Some could argue that this isn’t really an update of Amagerhylden but of Sætterkassen (these ‘some’ would be Danes), but since this is MY list… :)
July 7, 2011
Finally the kitchen was in some kind of state of cleanliness for me to be able to snap a few pictures :-) We haven’t really done anything to the kitchen – except clean! If we decide to keep the house – the plan is to paint the seating area and the walls. We’re both not to keen on the pine look. The walls will be painted white, and the seating area, we’re still undecided. Thomas’s friend Bjarke suggested yellow, and I think it would go well with the purple/blue of the kitchen. Any other suggestions?
And yes there’s two faucets :) – the one on the right is the orginal, and the one on the left is a Thomas project in progress. There’s no hot water in the house and so he’s working on installing a heater and when he’s done, the faucet on the left will supply both hot and cold water. Hopefully this will be within the next two weeks since our summer vacation starts tomorrow, Yipee! And so far all we have planned after the weekend is being in the kolonihave :) We have an alarming number of projects planned to start/finish in our vacation though – we’ll see how much actually gets done :-S
June 20, 2011
Here’s something I never knew I wanted or needed – a planting table! I had never heard of a planting table before Thomas told me I needed one after the first week at Fortbo. And he was right! I did need a table for my new hobby gardening! Here I can fix flowers, clean pots and most importantly: sow stuff! I haven’t actually used it yet – but I can just feel that we are going to accomplish great things together – me and my planting table!
Thomas made it for me the other evening. I had the day before, set my mind on sowing som salad for the summer – but of course I couldn’t do so because I didn’t have a planting table! :) So instead I started clearing the area next to the house. And since we had/have a lot of garden tiles left over from … well I don’t know what the are leftover from … I thought I could make a table out of them. Enter Thomas. He laid down the tiles for me and sent me on a walk with Fie and when I came back, he had made this wonderful spot for me. Me happy!
So now I can’t wait to actually use the table!
And just because she’s cute here’s Fie in the garden