We rent: Our porch – we decorated a bit.

If you follow my on instagram you know that i spend a lot of time on our porch – actually as much as i can with all the mommy-etc tasks. But one things is fix: as far as the weather let me, i start here my day and i finish here as well.
We have a not so big grass area i front of the porch, but we cannot use it, only we have to cut the grass. Before we came here we had a beautiful garden. It was so much work, i had so many flowers, we had a littlemini lake, -my husband made it- with gold fish. So i wanted to bring a little from that garden with plants. The soil here is awful, it is 100% clay. The few plants we could plant the other side is happened that we made a whole, filled with plantsoil and then put the plan. Last summer was a very rare hot summer (means 30-35 celcius degrees) but this summer was cold andy rainy, as usually is here. So all the plants and seeds were suffering, i didnt get what i supposed to.

Lets speak a bit about the furnitures. I had a picture in my mind, what kind of couch i would have to have. Wood and grey – especially collecting so many ideas on pinterest – and i found a totally similar one on some online shop. It was about 300 euros and when my husband saw it he said he could make it. And he did! I am so proud of him. Not to mention, all the material cost only around 100 euros. The cushions are from IKEA exactly for porch furnitures. It is washable which is big help in the middle of autumn when i put the cushions away.
The other furniture, that little desk was a plan in my head too. I did not find it any shops i just tried to explain to my husband. At least he designed it, the top of the table is from pallet only the legs are new. Both the couch and table got a good exterior oil to give them a little darker color and a protection from ‘weather’.
The mint drawer was an ebay found, i mean it was a brown drawer originally and was super cheap. I wanted one mint item along with all the natural color to hold all the garden stuff. It is yet decorating and very usefull-

To talk a bit about the wood fence or wall, well we did not have it last year but we wanted more intimate zone. And where could i put all the lights withouth that fence? :D

We enjoy this porch of ours, it does not susbstitute our previous garden but we do not want to stay forever or so much year.

 

And the pictures:

 

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We rent: refreshing the kitchen on a budget

So we rent a beautiful home now, however so typical that what is beautiful outside can be bad inside. This building has a lot of architect problems which are shouldn’t exist in a 12 years old building…

We can hear/read in lot of articals that kitchen is oh-so -important part of a home. It is double true for a woman, like me, who really has to spend a lot of time in the kitchen (hello food allergies and healthy lifestyle). Because we rent, and however we planned to live there for 4 yrs (now we are waiting in every minute when can we move from here, after 1 yr :-P ) we didn’t want to spend too much money or buy just as much thing as possible what we can bring with ourselves.

It looked like this when we moved in:
P5261958_blog I like this grey but it was too much.Though there is that big glass door Β it was quite dark. We are a big fan of anti-upper cabinets (we didn’t have upper cabinets in our previous kitchen either) so we are a fan of shelves, because we don’t have 5000 sets of this and that, only what we use regurarly. For family and friend gatherings there are extra pieces in boxes in the pantry (now in the pantry cabinet). After we took of the cabinets we realized that it was question of the time when would it falling on our heads because the hanging-system was so old (remember, it is just a 12 years old building…).
The other nightmare was the countertop and the sink. The counter was just simple ugly with that grey color and ‘interesting’ pattern, it seemed to me always if i didn’t clean it enough. The sink was that old, kidney shaped Β plastic one, which was sooooo black and don’t know what color it had too, i scracthed, washed, did everything… but it was so tiny as well!.

And what did we change? Put simple wood shelves, kind of the cheapest. Bought the simple laminated white countertop from IKEA, -also one of the cheapest. We bought that farm sink too from IKEA, well it is not cheap but we can bring with ourselves later! Simple led lights under the shelves, and fancy wood boxes what we upgraded with some leather pulls. Oh, leather pulls… Β I prefer drawers so much, so where there weren’t drawer we just took of the doors and put those wood boxes to the shelves and the original drawers got leather pulls too.
I won’t use leather pulls in the kitchen again, i always wanted to try it, but now i say it is not too good in kitchen!

So lets see the result:

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So much better for a shorter time, right? :-)