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Update

April 3rd, 2013

Elisabeth

update 01You might have wondered what I’ve been up to since my last post. Time just kept on ticking away. The last 3 months have been a bit of a rollercoaster ride, albeit a fun one. First I accepted a job offer in our lovely capital, which I appreciate and love every day a bit more. This does mean I have to wake up at six to commute every day (just so you know i’m preparing this post way past my bedtime…it 10 AM…sigh) but it’s all worth it. Then I had the marvellous idea to move into a new apartment. Actually not just move but help the landlord, a friend, to remodel: sanding doors, varnishing floors, painting walls, even installing the Ikea kitchen (Ikea; friend or foe…I still don’t know).

You must know I hold this blog dear to my heart. My aim is to share things that inspire and are genuine. Creating real content has been of major importance from day one. Being a horrible multitasker, i just lacked energy to take pictures or to talk. I needed to focus on those major shifts in my life. The blog just had to wait.  Slowly yet surely I felt the urge to pick up my camera again and snap away. And look…two giraffes and a vintage clock. I like…and I hope so do you.

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Still life I & II

October 22nd, 2012

Elisabeth

Sometimes, when I got some free time on my hands, I’ll start playing around with my camera creating still lifes. I just had to make use of this perfect light in my living room yesterday afternoon.

What’s your favorite pastime?

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West Germany

July 19th, 2012

Elisabeth

I’m sure you have seen similar vases before in different sizes, colours and with all sorts of different glazes from dripglaze to volcanic. I’m not an expert when it comes to West German pottery. I’m still learning as I go. The first insight I got was by the lovely shop owner of Feelings in Antwerp, a shop stuffed with ceramics, lamps and small furniture from the 50s, 6os and 70s. After the very first piece seduced me with its bright colours and intriguing surface at a flea market, I walked into this shop for advice, not sure of what I actually just bought. She taught me to take a look at the bottom of the vase. There, if lucky, (some vases are blank or have markings which are barely readable) you’ll find two numbers (the first defining the shape, the second -usually- the hight in cm) and the confirmation that indeed it is produced in West Germany.

Some surfing on the net (with this website as main source of information) taught me that there are different brands like Scheurich and Bay Keramik and honestly, for now, that’s all I need to know. I’m not a collector. If I stumble upon reasonably priced piece I’ll consider to buy it but if the colour and texture doesn’t appeal it won’t go home with me. Some pieces, though, are really worth taking a closer look at.

How I would love to develop fabrics or wallpaper inspired by those glazes. Anyone a idea where and how to start?

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Flea market finds

June 22nd, 2012

Elisabeth

You need to know that thrifting can be frustrating. This weekend a beautiful mid century wooden table was snatched right in front of me. I was just a couple of seconds to late down that aisle. You should have seen my face! I figured the fleamarket gods wanted to let me know I did not need another coffee table so I took it as a good sport and went on with my quest. This time I went home with a brass elephant which I learned it’s trunk should face the window in order to bring good luck…

and a tini tiny painting which I love for it’s abstraction. Just a couple of brushstrokes to set a mood and capture the silhouette.

What I am the most excited about is this interesting relic of days gone by, capturing a time before internet, HGTV and Martha Stewart. These two publishings could qualify as the encyclopedia for the perfect housewife in the fifties. One is called from timble to ironing board the other would translate as smooth housekeeping. Yes, I admit, I was attracted by the gold details in the cover an the beautifully designed embossed logo, but what I really like is to see some of the most coveted vintage furniture in it’s original setting. But, I must add it also contains some odd words of advice…

Seriously if a ring ever get’s stuck I would not advice you to try this at home.

all pictures by elisabeth for aestheticshelter.com