Here are some random things about my family and our home:
• I was born and raised in Germany and my entire family is still in Germany. My home town is the beautiful Bavarian city of Lohr am Main (meaning at the Main river).
• In case you are wondering how I came up with my blog name, here is the story:
Several years ago when my son was still a toddler, he had a play date with the son of one of our friends. And you know how kids (especially older toddlers) say things that they’ve heard from parents but shouldn’t repeat? Well the little cutie pie came up to me and told me that his daddy calls me the crazy German. Haha…! Now I don’t know if this was meant as a compliment, but I take it as such. I really do! After all I leave an impression 😉 So when I thought about what to name my blog, this little scenario came to my mind and I had just found my new love for cuckoo clocks (click HERE to read about it). It all made sense to me. I know there are lots of “cuckoo for” websites out there but it fits perfect for this “crazy/cuckoo” German.
• I met my husband in the US while I was on a Marketing Internship for a German company. We got married almost 15 years ago and have two beautiful children. We are still living in our small starter home since I wanted to be home with our children which means everything to me.
And this is our house tour:
Our kitchen and open dining area
I shop at a lot of auctions, estate sales and thrift shops. Can you believe that I bought the dining table for $25, my oil painting for $60 and the cellula chandelier replica in Germany for $80? I love finding great pieces of furniture for a bargain price!
I just recently found the vintage brass starburst at an auction for $20.
The very small kitchen is still a work in progress and a lot of things are yet unfinished. But I love it regardless.
The vintage wrought iron and marble bistro table is another auction find for $60. And the plaque on the wall is a wrought iron royal Bavarian plaque which was made in my home town.
Our living room:
I love mixing patterns and pops of bright colors.
I bought the coffee table at a thrift store for $25 and I painted the curtains and painting myself.
I built the room divider myself and recently painted an ombre gradient on it which I think looks great in our living room.
The secretary desk is one of my favorite furniture makeovers.
This is the largest of my painted cuckoo clocks.
I made the flush mount ceiling fixture from a HomeGoods bowl. I love the shadows it casts on the walls.
Our powder room:
I just recently refinished this small half bath because it appeared dark and outdated. It was all done on a really tight budget. I used a gold sharpie on the walls and mirror and the ceiling was done with wall grade vinyl polka dots that I cut myself.
Our daughter’s bedroom:
I picked her headboard out of a neighbor’s trash and painted it in black and white stripes. I love how colorful her room is but I think I might be redoing it soon. I just love change.
Our son’s bedroom:
My favorite piece in my son’s bedroom is his bed that I purchased in France when I was only 16 years old. It is an antique bed from the early 1800s and I love it!
My husband and I both love to work in our small garden and it has become our favorite spot to hang out when the warm weather arrives. It always made me sad that our indoor cats (we live close to dangerous roads) couldn’t join us outside so I built them an outdoor enclosure with tunnel.
I love when people come into our home for the first time and say: “Wow I didn’t expect this at all…this is great!” That is because our neighborhood reminds me of the song (which was the Weeds theme song) “Little Boxes” by Malvina Reynolds.
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky,
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same.
Yes, they are all little boxes that look the same from the outside but when you come into our house then you notice that it is different and not a standard little box. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover! It is totally me and represents everything I love. (My husband loves it too in case you are wondering)
I hope you enjoyed seeing pictures of our home. And come fly over my cuckoo’s nest sometime soon.
Today is the day! After much suspense I am finally sharing Sydney’s Teen Room Reveal with Sherwin-Williams and Pottery Barn Teen as a part of National Painting Week!! In my last post I introduced Sydney, shared some before shots and a little peek inside the makeover. In just a few short weeks we transformed a once very boyish space into a girl’s bedroom dream! To be able to create a space for Sydney to enjoy through her teen years brought me such joy, I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything!
Hi there friends! Happy summer! I have been slowing making updates to my family room over the last month in preparation for the arrival of my new sectional. It actually came yesterday, eek! Oh my gosh, it’s GORGEOUS!!! I still have a few more things to do, so bare with me. Some of the updates include art, pillows, a refresh on a piece of furniture, some new accessories and more. In searching for new art for above my fireplace I found a clever way to create affordable and original art without the high dollar price tag using my favorite Etsy shops.
I have been tossing around a new front door color now for a while. I painted it when we first moved in Benjamin Moore, Charlotte Slate and have loved it but it is time for a change. My front porch I keep mostly neutral with pops of color and each year I alter it just a bit but I do tend to go bold with those pops so I am debating on the shade. Living coastally I do gravitate towards blues but just to be sure I found 15 farmhouse front door favorites to inspire this creative process.
If someone told me ten years ago I would be here today, doing what I love, getting to work with incredible people and being asked to be a part of the most amazing opportunities, I would say to that person you are crazy! Seriously! I just finished a makeover with BHG and Rebuilding Together, which was life changing and such a profound experience in my life and now I get to participate in The Annie Selke Rug Design Challenge hosted by Apartment Therapy!!! Someone please pinch me!