Kenzo the cat is our living Teddy Bear.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
I bought these adorable storage boxes from Ikea and they perfectly match our plastic rose "tree", which was found near the garbage. In the Czech Republic, people will put anything that somebody might want near the garbage to indicate that it's up for grabs - really smart.
We found this super-comfy armchair next to the garbage cans and took it home. Yesterday we bought this cheap bed spread from Ikea and voila, we have a really comfy chair for next to nothing. Mostly the cats sleep on it, but we get to use it sometimes too.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
This is Kumar, the sad elephant. He is named after our driver in India, who became a good friend. Kumar is now waiting for us in our storage space in Finland, so I can imagine that he is very sad indeed. One day we will be reunited.
I love the way this sun has been painted. It's a detail from the shutters a few posts ago in Bratislava, Slovakia. This sun is so bright and cheerful, I wish I could copy it and have it on my wall.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
I absolutely love this decorating idea. I was looking at cute boxes on sale yesterday at our local dime store. I think I'll go back and get a bunch. I also love how they're labelled clearly, so you can actually find what you're looking for. Beautiful, practical and cheap.
As a kid I used to do something similar. I would buy scraps of pink patterned wallpaper (maybe I even got them for free?), and I would cover shoe boxes with them. I would then label them with stick-on gold letters. But what I love about this home is that all the boxes are in different colours - and yet it looks great!
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
A photo from our kitchen this morning. We found this very 80s looking suede-covered chair near the trash. The suede is in bad condition, but our cats love it: they use it as a scratching post and they love to climb up the back, which is fully covered in suede.
The orange bag is another souvenir from Bratislava, Slovakia. It was from the same Asian store as the others and it was also on sale. It was around 4-5 euros. I'm also wearing the necklace from a previous post. The tank top is from Orsay (on sale for 4 eur), the denim skirt from Henri Lloyd (from an Outlet store in Helsinki, years ago), the shoes were from one of those wonderful stores in Italy where all the shoes in the store are for 10 eur. They are leather and super comfortable. They were from Trieste.
Monday, August 19, 2013
There are many really amazing buildings in Bratislava. In many ways it reminds me of Prague, Vienna and even Paris. And yet, as soon as you leave the historical center, the style is mostly Soviet. The contrast is quite amazing.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
The Blue Church (as it is known) of Bratislava was built in 1911. The real name is the Church of St. Elizabeth. She was the daughter of King Andrew the second and was born in Bratislava in 1207. She married Prince Ludwig of Thuringia and moved to Germany. She was a very charitable person, always giving alms and bread to the poor. Her in-laws did not like her charitable activities, so she continued them secretly. Once, she was confronted and told that she must not keep giving bread to the peasants (she had hidden the bread in her apron). She lied and said that it was not bread for the poor but roses that she was hiding. When forced to show what she was hiding, a miracle happened and the bread actually turned into roses. This is why she is Saint Elizabeth. She eventually became a Fransiscan nun after the death of her husband. However, she died already at age 24. Soon after her death, people started reporting miracles of healing at her grave and she was canonized. It's a lovely story and the church was built in her honour - it's as pretty as the story behind it.
The Lonely Planet guide book says that the Blue Church of Bratislava is like a giant wedding cake, and I tend to agree. Apparently it's also one of the most popular places to get married. We visited it on a Saturday, but there was no wedding in progress. But perhaps they were planning one, because the inner doors were closed. I was able to take photos through the bars, but was not able to go inside.
This is perhaps the most attractive school I've ever seen. It's right next to the famous Blue Church of Bratislava. They look like they might have been designed by the same architect. They look Gaudiesque, but are not by Gaudi.
Just got back from Bratislava, Slovakia. It was my first time there and I liked it very much. For us, it's easy to go there, because it's less than 3 hours by train. And there's some very cheap hotels. So could be that we'll be going there again.
I love little details like the ones shown here: the traditional park bench and the grid under the tree.