Tuesday, 6 August 2013

My most faithful readers might remember that two years ago I acquired some beautiful shelves on ebay Germany that have served me well in the kitchen.

Turns out, I actually bought a whole shelving system back then. Most of which I didn't have room for and consequently got squirreled away in the basement... only to be forgotten...

Until now that is !

I'm very far from beeing a minimalist. Obviously. But over the last few months I've been feeling more and more overwhelmed and stressed out by the cheer amount of stuff that I've accumulated. Stuff that needs to be looked after, displayed in a pleasant manner, dusted, cleaned etc etc. Not to mention all the things hidden away and lurking behind those Ikea Pax doors...

But thank God, for brilliant ideas ! And for hoarding (to some extent).

So yes, I've finally put these awesome shelves to very good use. Much more elegant and way bigger than the Tomado shelves I had previously installed on that bedroom wall... All my random stuff spread out in the hall and in parts of the living room now has a very nice place to live. Plus I've vowed to keep those other areas clutter free !

Look at the hall ! So empty ! It's finally safe to enter my place without bumping into things. Of course, my mirror collection now stops at a weird height (where the top of the shelves used to be), but I'm sure I can come up with something.

Btw - Flo already has a favourite new observation post.

Some views of the rest of the room. I'm mostly just posting this as a reminder to finally deal with that cable mess.

Last of the Tomado shelves. And a limited edition print I recently picked up at the Brussels flea market. Know what I like best about it ? With the olive matting it fits perfectly into a standard Ikea Ribba frame ! No need to splurge on custom framing.
That's my favourite kind of art - thrifty and cheap ! Just like the French modernist tapestry on the black wall. I think the two of them are a match made in heaven.

Now unfortunately I can't really show you the part of the living room that got emptied out to fill up the 'new' shelves in the bedroom. As sadly that area is already overun again with all the unwanted furniture and niknaks that got kicked out of the other rooms in an attempt to create some breathing space all over. So much for vows.

But this wouldn't be one of my posts if I didn't keep you updated on my (in)famous sitting area. Latest look, as of this morning.

It still needs some fiber art. I guess.

To end on a bit of a more cheerful note. I can't resist showing off one of my most recent vintage finds. A beautiful bright blue lamp. I love it next to my orange sofa. I can't decide though if the Habitat lamp shade really is a good match for it. That's why it's still in its plastic wrapping.


  1. Hi, nice pictures, as always! I spied one of the most expensive (but quite decorative!) cat toilets ever! Is it worth it? Does the top-entry advoid litter to be spreaded across the whole space? Do you think that it could be easily reconstructed using some Swedish plastic boxes? Thanks for your advice!

    1. Hello Planktonfisher. Yes, for me the Modkat litter box is worth every penny - even if you have to spend a lot of them ;-) I have indeed A LOT LESS stray litter (which is already quite an accomplishment given the size of my cat herd). And yes, it's stylish enough to be displayed in the living room :-)
      I don't know about copying them - I guess a skilled DIYer could do it. Which I'm not really, so I looked around online to minimise expenses ;-) Here's my tips : I bought two of mine online on zooplus (where they are always slightly cheaper) and a third one directly on the Modko website during their summer sale (and if you're in Europe, they are now shipping from the UK, so you don't have any taxes or shipping fees :-)
      Oh, and while we're on the subject of cat toilets - a subject I visibly enjoy given the length of this reply ;-) - I always use the Tigerino silicate litter (also bought on the cheap on zooplus). It's magical ! Even with six cats in one apartment, my place never smells of cat pee or poo...
      Now if I could find a solution to all the cat hair...

    2. Hi, thanks for your detailed reply! I think, I will start with a cheap and simple DIY solution to see, if my cats find & use (!) the top-entry!
      The best litter in my experience is this one: http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B001N00GD2/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&psc=1&s=pet-supplies.
      It is very convenient, as you can throw the clumps in the toilet and one charge lasts SEVERAL weeks (with 2 cats).
      Btw.: I just ordered the Furminator (was too impressed by the youtube videos)! Hope to be able to wear black trousers at home soon! Danke, Merle!
      Enough cat-talk! Have a nice evening!

  2. ha, I just had to google this cat toilet ;) I wonder if gisbert could fit in, he's huge.... but it looks really really good.
    I love your new shelves, and the rest of your home as well..

    btw: I bought a furminator for gisbert, he loves to be brushed and since I use it, I have not a big problem with cat hair anymore...

  3. Hey, I'm danish and randomly stumbled across your blog. It's awesome btw.

    Anyways, I have a questions; What desk is that, and where can I get it? :-)

  4. Oh, those shelves look BEAUTIFUL!! What a great thing that you got them out in the light strutting all your gorgeous thrifts! Always love a peek in your awesome apartment:-)

  5. "Stuff" can be overwhelming sometimes can't it?
    I'm just about to build a shed to house my hoarding treasures.
    I pity the person who has to clean it out when I die!

    "Thrifty and cheap" - you're singing my song!
    As always, love looking around your beautiful, interesting home.
    What have you got in all those folders?

  6. great combination and ow-some arrangements every picture have own grace beauty shelves i like very much.
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  7. They are utterly beautiful! And your things look so coherent. :)

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