Interior / Exterior Decoration

Fall is at our doorstep

You can tell Summer is almost over when our garden spiders become this big …

kruisspin - spider web closeup macro - Araneus diadematus is commonly called the European garden spider, diadem spider, cross spider, or crowned orb weaver - end of summer almost fall august september belgium nature wielwebspin

kruisspin - spider web closeup macro - Araneus diadematus is commonly called the European garden spider, diadem spider, cross spider, or crowned orb weaver - end of summer almost fall august september belgium nature wielwebspin

kruisspin - spider web closeup macro - Araneus diadematus is commonly called the European garden spider, diadem spider, cross spider, or crowned orb weaver - end of summer almost fall august september belgium nature wielwebspin

This one must be Catholic, because it has a big white cross on its body. Nature can be so strange, right? I once read that these cross spiders eat their significant other after they’ve mated. Lovely …

So looking the opposite way inside our house, we have displayed our second wedding anniversary cards 💕

second wedding anniversary greeting cards handmade diy paper romantic pink hearts 2nd august marriage couple celebration

We actually handed them to each other during our vacation abroad, as August 14th this year coincided with our arrival in Croatia. It was kind of a shame, since the cards then basically remained locked in our luggage for two weeks, as we were scared of damaging them, or even losing them … which Gert ended up doing!!! He somehow realized while driving back home that he had left my card laying around in our hotel room in Germany. I could see his face turning all pale. I honestly felt too bad for him to even be angry. Luckily though, he e-mailed the hotel as soon as we arrived home and they answered saying they had found the card and would mail it to us right away. We received it a few days later. Whew! I’m about to leave an excellent review for them on Tripadvisor. Because not only was it excellent all around, but then the fact that they mailed us the card we had left behind was basically the cherry on top. For anyone who ever needs to spend the night in Munich, here’s their website. I seriously may end up making a whole separate post about it later with pictures and all, because I could go on and on about how good it was.

second wedding anniversary greeting cards handmade diy paper romantic pink hearts 2nd august marriage couple celebration

The card I made this year matches last year’s. My initial idea was to end up with a whole collection – many years from now – that has a nice consistent look, and could perhaps end up being framed together. The heart in the center is made of a different material each year, which matches the anniversary’s symbol. Last year was cotton, this year was paper, and next year will be leather. These things tend to vary per region, so I try to (somewhat) stick to the Belgian tradition. But even with this year, there are mixed opinions. Some say the second wedding anniversary is leather and the third is paper. Eh. Europeans at their finest … never agreeing on anything and thus agreeing to disagree, which results in keeping both, making it one confusing mess.

Anyway. More later!

Gorgeous Sunset

Look how gorgeous the sky was last night above our house:

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sunset dawn evening summer july sky clouds europe belgium trees colorful beautiful

Only a few more days to go and our new interior will be finished! Meanwhile, we enjoyed our first TV evening in our new living room yesterday. We’re still missing curtains and a couple of mirrors on the walls, but we’re getting there.

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chihuahua cute adorable beige short haired smooth coat evening home living room feet

Jules the cat inspected everything and seemed quite disappointed about not being able to dig his nails into the old wall paper lol The bare walls aren’t doing it for him; which is a good thing! To be honest, the wallpaper was kind of turning into a nightmare with him. So wallpaper shall be banned from the entire house for the rest of eternity.

jules the cat julesthecat white black tabby stretching up wall side profile standing up

He also had a blast admiring himself in the mirror that I sanded and prepped to be painted.

jules the cat julesthecat on top of mirror floor reflection

jules the cat julesthecat on top of mirror reflection floor

♥︎ Lisa

A work in progress

The living room is starting to look so nice! It’s not finished yet, but it’s definitely coming together now. The overall vibe is so peaceful. 90% of the furniture is recycled. The only new purchase we made was one of the two single seats, and then matching covers so that the old seat and the new one would look exactly the same. Obviously, Ikea seats are not the most original interior pieces. But when you have a dog, a cat, and hopefully a couple of children in the near future, it’s kind of the most practical option. The covers are machine washable. And if they get really badly ruined, we can just buy new ones for 40 euros. So, at least I know I won’t be freaking out the minute they get scratched or stained.

ikea ektorp seat one person single legs putting together interior decoration home diy on a budget cheap white bright cream beige light living room

ikea ektorp seat one person single legs putting together interior decoration home diy on a budget cheap white bright cream beige light living room

ikea ektorp seat one person single legs putting together interior decoration home diy on a budget cheap white bright cream beige light living room

interior makeover white diy work in progress antique chinese cabinet decoration decor

Gert insisted on putting his metal airplane on top of his old glass display. I’m personally not crazy about any of it. But I guess I’ll be diplomatic and let him keep it for a few more months lol Ideally, I’d like a more stylish glass cabinet. And no metal plane on top. The battle of the sexes continues …

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The coffee table is not new either. It’s actually Gert’s old table, which was originally dark cherry wood and was starting to look really old and tired, as some of the corners were badly scratched. It’s not finished yet. We still need to put an extra wooden board on the bottom and finish the sides with molding. I will make a separate post about it later when it’s done!

♥︎ Lisa

So this is what we’ve been up to …

I know I haven’t posted in a while. We’ve been soooo busy! We had initially planned to simply remove the wallpaper in the living area and paint the walls white. But then that little project somehow turned into a whole house makeover. We started rearranging our furniture differently, I sanded and painted some of it, we ditched some, recycled some … Anyway, it’s not finished yet, but it will be a whole different home by the time we’re done.

Meanwhile, I’m in desperate need of a cosmetic intervention. I’m so tired! We’re almost there though. I can’t wait to show pictures once it’s finished. If it turns out the way that it looks in my head, it’s going to look amazing.



sanding furniture cabinet wood sander electric woman
chihuahua portrait female woman holding pet wolf wolfthedog beige short haired smooth coat male dog puppy sitting on lap tiny small cute adorable home

painted cupboard cabinet furniture wood white hand diy self home made done sanded varnished mirror bedroom
white bedroom cabinet that I sanded and painted and varnished myself  - leather jewelry box on top
repainted livingroom living room white walls ceiling makeover new paint color ikea couch ektorp
white pink gingham checkered mug coffee tea cup home ikea ektorp couch seat home living room break
portrait female woman chihuahua male wolf wolfthedog short haired smooth coat beige white macbook laptop apple home smiling
repainted white living room area seats ikea ektorp couch seat chinese cabinet diy coffee table interior decoration work in progress
tabby black white beige brown cat jules julesthecat testing laying in couch seat ektorp ikea single

Tested and approved by Jules the cat. 👍

Everything still looks messy right now. I’m hoping we can get this finished within a week. We’re dead tired, but it’s so worth it!

♥︎ Lisa