We are off to New York City and also Bend, Oregon for a couple of weeks (it has been almost a year since I’ve been back in the United-States!) but I will leave you with a quick post and show off some of my new finds.
Getting ready for NEW YORK CITY!
As you know, my baby and I have been going on shopping sprees to our hearts delight. We recently found several incredible flea market/thrift stores which are full of exotic, interesting and vintage treasures. I bought two area rugs. These are Persian rugs–I was told that one of them is hand-made. One of them cost 150 euro and the other one was only 40 euro! Unbelievable! After living in Africa, I’m fairly adept at haggling for a good price.
Check these lovelies out! The red rug looked AWFUL at the thrift store. It was embedded with crud and slime. I had it professionally cleaned and now it looks presentable–a little worn, but still quite striking for the right space. I’m quite proud of my finds.
Also, I found an old in-table at the same store (very cheap) and I spray painted it blue–just for fun. (Yes, my husband and I have awesome taste when it comes to non-fiction books).
The other day I realized that our staircase/entry area was quite boring. I decided to make a plant cove in this ever well-lit area. We recently purchased a lovely white buffet table–I thought this would be a nice space for it. I also found some other odds and ends around the house and bought a few plants to weave into the mix. Voila–here are the before and afters for this space.
This is ONLY the beginning as far as the plants go. I hope this area eventually looks like an indoor African jungle. I plan to propagate a bunch more African Violets from this one’s leaves.
I’m just now starting to explore our surroundings in Germany. Last year felt like a year from the underworld–constant nausea, ZERO motivation, idea and creativity deprivation, depression and unending fatigue. I never wanted to go out. This year I’m making a habit of getting out. Kaiserslautern, along with several other nearby cities and villages will be the areas that I try to explore in greater depth. I will be presenting my discoveries on this blog.
German thrift store hunting has become my latest thing. I went to a couple and I definitely recommend Fairkauf at Beethovenstrasse 56 in K-Town. Here are a few of the treasures I found. In fact, I left with a cart full of interesting things–many from Germany, Spain and France for under 20 euros! Some of these items have an almost antique-quality to them. The big brown pottery vase has W. Germany inscribed on the bottom.
French glassware I found at the thrift shop!
….And here they are, at our house. I’m still playing around with displaying them…
I LOVE THIS CUTE BOWL I got for 1 Euro!