Hello Everyone! Today I'm excited to re-introduce my friend Becca, who is a freelance journalist, Mom and recent world traveler having just returned from a European excursion. She's going to give us a little glimpse into apartment style abroad....enjoy!
While we didn’t stay in any grand hotels when we were in Europe, we stayed in a few nice homes, which I think made all the difference. There’s nothing quite like experiencing a small sliver of life as someone else knows it.
My sister-in-law, Jennessa, has picked up some European design sensibilities during her years living abroad in Germany, and I had to share. She is a DIY-er at heart and has a good eye for how to re-purpose items someone else is discarding and make them functional. Many of the items in her upper floor apartment are snatched from someone else’s pile of junk on one of the seasonal days in which Germans leave their larger furniture and other odd ends on the street for pick up.
Jennessa displays old windows in various places – almost an art on their own. She has added a shelf to a small sled to make it into a nice end table. A wedding basket with an added cushion is a good footstool/end table. A wine crate becomes a magazine shelf, and old suitcases next to the TV hold DVDs and CDs. Handmade curtains and a found branch bring a nice aesthetic, as well.
Then there are simply European touches that give her apartment a charming, though unfamiliar, character. A wood-stove next to the kitchen, furniture with decorative skeleton keyholes and – my favorite – sky windows in the roof.
Does anyone know what that is officially called? I love that look. Instead of needing an electric fan to ventilate the bathroom during showers, one simply cracks open the window. And since they are at an angle, no one can be a peeper! Love it. Feeling the cool morning breeze drift into the bathroom and hearing the village church bells while you shower… So natural and cleansing feeling.