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April 2017

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Bathroom dreams

I was about to give an Ikea chest of drawers a long overdue make-over when my stomach decided this wasn’t going to happen today. Being in an “I need to overturn my house mood” I decided it might be fun to create a mood board post for my planned bathroom overhaul.

We have a tiny bathroom (raw estimation: 2m by 3m) and our house has all these fun not-ninety degree angles. Ok, maybe these frustrate me a bit, but that’s also because the last owners decided to ignore most of these weird angles and put in large, clunky furniture (which I constantly bump into). We also have a tiny budget, so we’ll have to be very creative in finding new bathroom furniture because any “normal” options are out of the question.

So, when I bumped into Dietemiet’s post about the non-traditional kitchen of a friend of her’s (and her posts about her own non-traditional kitchen and bathroom), it made me think. If I take a look at my Pinterest “I wish my house looked like this” board there is very little minimalistic, traditional, clean and clutter free design to be found. I like plants and colour and clutter and houses that feel like they’re very much alive and vibrant, just like the people that live in it.

Featured image sources: 1 / 2 / 3 – Image above: 1 / 2

Image sources: 1 / 2 / 3

Image sources: 1 / 2

Image sources: 1 / 2 / 3

I’m not sure if we’re going to retile our bathroom, but I definitely like the subway tiles. Especially if they’re used on the lower part of the wall. Other returning elements: lots of white, wood, and some antique-looking fixtures, mirrors or hardware. And also plants of course! I can’t imagine having a room in the house without plants. And I have a couple of species that love living in a damp bathroom.

For the bathroom cabinet, I’m absolutely smitten with the first picture. I think it should be fun to find a dresser and completely doable to give it a make-over like this.

What does your dream bathroom look like? A bit like the pictures above? Or completely different?

Blogging, Personal

Four blogposts that didn’t happen today

I’ve been sitting in front of my computer for the biggest part of my evening. Since I started surfing the net I’ve had four ideas for blog posts. (“plans for decorating my balcony and garden”, “how I’m setting up my new notebook/bullet journal”, “plans for the month of April” and “favourites of March”) None of those ideas made it so far. And none of them will. (insert dramatic pause)

At least not this evening because I’m starting to feel overwhelmed and a little bit stressed because it’s 9 o’clock and I still have nothing! So before I snap shut and go sit in a corner, moping about how much of a sucky adult I am, let’s make a list about why these posts are not happening today. Because I love list making.

Four blog posts that didn’t happen

  • I really wanted to do a post about decorating my balcony and my garden. I’m just not sure a post filled with Pinterest images and Ikea product shots is going to be that interesting. I’d rather show you the work in progress and the final result. Which may take a couple of weeks or months to finish. And in the meanwhile, I still need to research how I want everything to look and stick a feasible budget to it. All things that I can’t do on one evening whilst writing a quality post about it. + the Ikea site gives me shopping stress, I want half of the outdoor collection from this year.
  • Ah, the bullet journaling thing. Still seems like a fun post, but with the lack of light and a desk that is completely covered in piles of an enormous mess (growing for a couple of weeks now) quickly filming something was no option.
  • As much as I love list making, I didn’t write a “plans for April” post this evening. I did make the list in my lovely planner. And I had the amazingly depressing idea to go take a look at the earlier “plans for” post I wrote in the not so distant past. Reading those lists made me realise I did about 0,1% (scientifically calculated by dramatic guessing) of the things on those lists. Instant bummer. Instant “I”m too ashamed to write another list with plans because I never stick to them and I suck at planning and I want to mope in a corner”. Bye, post!
  • The “favourites of March” post could’ve happened. You know, if I kept better track of the things I loved in March (spring weather,… err…. an anime series I only got 4 episodes far in!… err….). And then I had to draw and paint everything on the aforementioned dumping ground of a desk. Not going to happen.

The post that did happen

No instead, I decided to pour my frustrations and insecurities in a blog post (a much better idea than the four others, I’m sure) and it’s way faster to write. Also, this helps my mental health. I already feel more relaxed and I think I didn’t do too bad of a job. #win. Yes, I am one of those people who used the phrase “hashtag whatever” in actual conversations. Don’t hate me now.

Heads up guys, because this week will be a bumpy one. I have seas of time in the evening (always a bad thing with me, I need pressure) and I feel distraught because Things Are Changing. And I’m nervous and scared and excited and happy. No, I’m not pregnant, I know the symptoms sound similar (and I’ve been nauseous and I used the word bumpy. But no. Not ever). So there might not be that many posts this week or there might be one every day. Not sure yet. You’ll see. 🙂

Personal

Sunday Scribbles, N°6

Hello & welcome to a new instalment of Sunday Scribbles. In this post, I talk about what I’ve been up to this week, why my 40 Days of Blogging aren’t going really well (again :p) and how I’m spending more and more time out of my comfort zone.

This past week was very busy for me. Somehow I scheduled a social activity every single evening, which left me completely drained at the end of the week. Since I don’t schedule my blog posts, this meant this week was very quiet. That doesn’t mean I’m quitting 40 Days of Blogging, though! I’m only now getting my writing flow back and I’d love to keep it. I’ll just have to lengthen this 40 Days thing a bit, to make up for lost days.

One of these days I’m going to forget about my comfort zone

So, like Kathleen, I left my comfort zone a bit last week. I think this is the third time I talk about leaving my comfort zone in these Sunday Scribbles. (If I step outside my comfort zone this easily maybe those boundaries aren’t my true borders, but something I’ve talked myself into? Or that my zone got very small?) I send a message to someone I didn’t know well (an old classmate) and asked if she wanted to go with me to Creative Talk (Let’s Talk Design).

Let’s Talk Design is one of those events that have been on my radar for a while, but I never went, because I never knew who to ask and didn’t want to go alone. Obviously, I had a really nice evening. Since this was an industry event I learned a lot about graphic design and visual development and left feeling so inspired.

Hearing people talk about their job, their passion for their craft really works on me. I always let myself be swept away and afterwards I can feel the urge to create course through my veins. It’s really a physical sensation for me, but the feeling never stays long. I haven’t found a way to capture it or to call upon it when I need it. Maybe you have a tip for this? One thing I do know is that this feeling always helps me realise that I am in the right industry because I never feel this with anything other than design, illustration or art.

Sunday Scribbles - handwritten scribbles in my notebookl

Random Sunday Scribbles

Things that made me happy

  • Spring! Seeing all the green pop-up, the birds whistling, the cycling without a jacket,… Best time of the year!
  • Hanging out with lots of different people. So tiring, but also pretty awesome.
  • Smoked salmon + leek Quiche. Best. Thing. Ever.
  • Days without a stomach ache. Because for the last couple of weeks the stomach thing, whatever it is, has been acting up. And unless you’re in a similar position, you have no idea how happy you feel when things go back to normal for a while.

Things I enjoyed

  • Women Who Draw, a website for female illustrators. So fun to see all the different drawing styles.
  • The post Holly wrote on why blogs are still important in 2017 on Decor8. As she put it: “Blogging is NO different than having email or a website. It may not be the ONLY way that we can transfer our ideas and opinions to the world, but it’s still how we can present our work in the most personalized and creative way. And the best part is, it’s our own content and we run the show.
  • Viktorija from And Smile has an ongoing series about inspiration on her blog and she talked about the importance of play. Something I def need to take at heart (+ look at how cute her paintings look!).
  • Focus on one thing (or die trying ;))
  • Fenne’s 7 lessons from her solitude experiment. A cabin by a lake always sounded good to me, but now even more than ever.

So, that’s it for this week’s Sunday Scribbles. Did you come across anything worth sharing this week (you can be cheeky and link to something you put online)? Or did you cross the border of your comfort zone? Tell me about it in the comments.

Hope you’re having a great day!