07 July 2017 · posted in home
It's been ages since I've written a full sized decent blog post so it's about time I share some more tiny space updates from our home. If you follow me over on Instagram you might've seen some of these pictures pass by but I just feel so happy about this little corner of our bedroom that I couldn't keep it from you on here as well. But before I jump into the what and how and why of this little corner, let's catch up. (If you're just here for the baskets, feel free to scroll down to the next picture!)
It's been a crazy last couple of months and although I know it's been over a month since the last blog post I can't quite believe time flies by so quickly. As you all probably know by now, I teach second grade and with that comes a lot of freedom now that my Summer break hast started, which means much more time for photography and blogging which I really look forward to! But before we arrived at this moment in time, there was June and this past June has been the busiest month in my whole teaching career so far. Being new at teaching in an International School meant having to figure out the curriculum, the planning, the assessments, ... as everything in the Belgian system is so different. I am so thankful for all the help I got from amazing colleagues (who are both mentors and friends) during this first year, but it still took me lots of hard work by myself to get to where I am now.
When I took this job in September last year I knew that it was the challenge that I really needed at that point in my life and I literally jumped up and down from happiness when I got the news that I was hired. But right from the start I also knew it wasn't going to be a 9-5 job. Some weeks, especially in the last couple of months, I worked for 70+ hours a week, both in school and at home in the evening and during the weekends to get everything done. Through all that hard work I realized even more that teaching is not just a job, it's a vocation to inspire and shape young minds that maybe one day will change the world and if that means I have to work some extra hours every week, I'm okay with that. After all, I have a long Summer break to recover so I am back at full speed in September to welcome my new second graders! During this Summer break I intend to do lots of interior styling and cleaning and last finishing touches to get our apartment looking the way I envision it in my mind.
If you would know me in real life, you would laugh at me sharing some tips about my laundry routine because frankly, there's not much of a routine. Lots of times, these baskets are there for show and the laundry is piled up next to them on the floor, halfway sorted to put in the washer and then forgotten about for a week or more. Believe me, I am the last person to give you advice about laundry.
So instead of advice, I'll tell you about the set up and what we use it for and you decide what to do with that information, sounds fair? So after having a big pile of laundry on the floor for about 6 months after we moved in, we started with our biggest basket, the one on the left and I absolutely love it. It's from H&M and I think we bought it a year or a year and a half ago. I don't know if it was discontinued in Europe but I could only find it on the US website. The shape of it reminds me of a beehive and I feel like it gives our bedroom a nice cosy beach house feel. There is also a small version, which I'm thinking about buying to put in the bathroom for laundry items that for some reason never find their way into this basket in the bedroom. (Everyone knows it's easier just to leave it on the floor right where you take it off!)
The small basket on the right is from Leen Bakker and it was a quick buy to solve a problem in our laundry set up: we needed a separate basket for underwear and socks! Because of our lack of frequent laundry moments we would have clothes to wear, but no socks or underwear... know, it's a little sad, but that's the way busy lives go. I'm a complete fan of the neutral and black look, but I'm not a fan of the material. It's not supposed to be a laundry basket, it's not soft at all and sometimes socks get stuck on some loose pieces or rotan. I couldn't find this exact one but I really love these alternatives: no.1, no.2, no.3.
Obviously some greens can't be missing so there are two plants in matching Ikea plant pots which I feel like everyone has in their house. On the left there's a plant with no name because we got it as a gift without a tag, and on the right we have our beloved Aloe Vera plant. Sadly, in between taking these photos (quite a while ago) and typing this, our Aloe Vera plant has passed away. She was getting way too big for her pot so we split her in three carefully but looking back, we had better put her entirely in a bigger pot. None of the three parts did well after that and they all slowly shriveled until nothing was left. I'm really thinking about buying a new Aloe Vera but I'm a little scared because I don't want to kill another plant ...
I know this space is not perfect (yet) but only the perfectionists will be able to tell that it's because of missing base boards (read: not installed yet). We have recently started installing base boards in the living room, almost two years after starting with the flooring, but it's going very slow so when I'm typing this the space looks exactly like in the pictures, so I'm sharing it anyway.