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  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  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…  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:


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

Three new dresses- Three new looks

I am a fun of redesigning cloths. Ok, i am blessed that i can sew and that i have lots of ideas. Always. (sometimes the too much idea is not a blessing :-P )
So what is the point? I see a dress, a (t-)shirt, anything, and it is too expensive what i cannot afford or it is too expensive that i would not pay even if i can!
The other part of the story is that i am a dress or long t-shirt or tunic wearing woman all.year.long. Light material, knitted ones, with leggings or without leggings i am a lover of these pieces because i really hate trousers or so but also i don’t want to look as someone who just have come from yoga or get out of the bed.
So first, i have this light blue denim dotted shirt what i wanted so long. Someday i met with that light denim shirt, i loved the material, the longness everything, and all i needed is making dotts with fabric paint and with a pencil who has flat rubber ending.
The brown shirt with lace was just a love at first sight. I mean without lace. I did not try it and at home i just realized it is too short to wear it with leggings. You know, leggings are not trousers, so it is better if you cover your butt if you wear leggings :D… So i thought a light brown lace will be just fine.
And last, but not least here is that striped dress what i love so much! I wear it with leggings as well and i love how comfy and soft it is. Once, i have seen a photo of a striped dress with lace around the neck and i was in love. I was looking for the perfect dress base, which is look like this and also the price is as much as i want to pay! So i spent a few hours to sew the lace on, by hand, and i sew every little part of the lace onto the dress, so it is total washmachine friendly.

Lets see in pictures what have i done :-) Enjoy!

We love traveling: Netherlands – Keukenhof and flower fields.

We had a short trip to the Netherlands from Friday to Monday. We travelled by car to be able to see as many things as places, as we could. We had exact plan (Amsterdam, Keukenhof and find a flower field) the others we were improvising. The whole long weekend we were so blessed, it was sunny, not warm but not cold and only once it was raining but during the night. We stayed in a cute Airbnb in a little town, calles Schoorl. Oh we loved it so much!

Flowers. Lot os flowers. Flowers and gardening are my natural xanax so you can guess that we were ‘oh’ and ‘ah’-ing between these beauties.
Keukenhof is an exact place and we didn’t regreet to go there. Even that a LOT of people were there when we entered into the park and started to walking the people dissappeared. Ok well they didn’ but it was a huge place so we couldn’t notice the crowd.
So many colors and that fragrance! Green, green everywhere! We were at the best time, most of the tulips were closed yet but the other were blooming in their glory.
The flower field we found on our way to Amsterdam. Schoorl is about 90minutes far and it was Sunday and we were looking for an early opened gast station when we drived next to that flower field. These are hyacinths and daffodils.
But, just lets see the photos.