23 April 2012

"Petit a petit, l'oiseau fait son nid"

..."slowly slowly catchy monkey" ?
... a long journey starts with one step? 

Well, in our case our long journey started with one opened, emptied and then flatten to recycle moving box...
A very long serie of boxes ...

Let's take a tour, shall we ? 

Today the downstairs :
our new living area compounds this amazing open kitchen, a dining room and a sort of small version of family room as my US friends will call it 

View from the kitchen to our new dining room

kitchen, slightly boxed in at that time

It is slightly over 3 weeks since we first time we enter this house not as "guest" anymore but as legal owners with a rather impressive key ring set (almost each door has its own key... I will take pictures of some of the funkiest ones we inherited :: some could double as weapon or maybe beer opener ? )

Our first official  and brave  guests two weeks ago
(my dad, saver of this move since he took care of our girls for a whole week
 and our friend Sophie long time lost out of touch)
Behind the scene of the above picture...
And you still can not see the pile of boxes in the other corner

Meet my man :: an lovely hybrid between "Ikea man met Bob the Builder".

piling up tasks : trying to build + fit an ikea inside closet
inside the skin of cool existing closet. Easier said than done.
But the result worked perfectly in the end.
(now everyone has hanging space and shelves according to their age and size!)

Just realized that I wrote Ikea twice... Well, we thought and said that we would never buy anymore Ikea furniture ever... 

Guess where we spent couple "romantic evenings" after movers were gone for the day ? Yep, that's right :: roaming in this aisles looking for very improbable words like TOFTERYD and alike...

For a handmade lover and maker like me : it is a bit awkward, I shall say. But this swedish brand is less than 30 minutes away and quite handy I have to admit.I already check online for better, more sustainable, greener you name it, ways of dealing with our lack of storage. But Ikea it was. Still looking for the perfect  piece here and there(read :: design/second hand/vintage). It is my favorite game ::  the wild goose chase !)

So, finally :: here are more pictures with a  fairly bad quality of light :: taken with my cell phone, on a very grey day (I have been waiting for days to take pictures due to awful weather. 
Well, since it won't clear up for an other week or so. 

Here you go : say Hello blurry pictures with green blue hue indoor lights !

slowly getting there 

picture taken this morning.
Banana, anyone?

more trips to Ikea as a family "outing" (super...)
but we ended up with "the last" version of this sofa no longer in their inventory

From chaos to calm :: finally a couch in the "family space"
(missing some life (plants) & some pictures /artwork on the wall, perhaps...?!)  
This corner is still a work in process.
But you know what : we are so proud that 

we can finally walk around the table while setting it !

Our quick "Easter" theme blend with my favorite Scandinavian Christmas Light from Lundgren & Stranberg. A great gift from our last trip to Stockholm and Uppsala!

So next time, we will walk upstairs to continue the indoor tour. 
Or maybe I will introduce you to our new family members ? 
We shall see..! It all depends on the weather !


  1. Thanks for the link. We really like what you are doing with furnishing - works really well, and love the artwork! We are really happy that the house is in good hands.

    We are currently 'stranded' in NJ as we left our passports in the last hotel. Hopefully we can escape in the morning.

    All the best J, P, T & B

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