entertaining table

I love to entertain and to host big cooking events at my home. My current kitchen accommodates around 15 cooks with lots of action going on between prepping, cutting, chatting and actually cooking. Occasional glass of bubbly…

But after the work is done – we like to enjoy our food together sitting at one big table. My regular table seats only 10. So for some occasions I bought this antique French pull out table. Amazing technique from 1880!! It seats 15 food lovers.

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It holds our bounty better than our regular table – here overloaded after an Asian cooking event.

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Collecting chairs is not too bad, right? See my post here.

But for the Texas house I would like a new big table. As big as possible for the space. My major concern here is the weird layout of windows and doors in the dining room. Nothing really aligns the way I wish it would. I will take some pics next time I will be around!

quest for lamps

Lamps are sooooo difficult to buy. The standard lamps are everywhere, but we want the lamps to make a statement. I usually live without the right lamp for a while and wait for the lamp to happen – somehow down the road.

What we don’t want is this:

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or this:

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Lighting needs to be functional in a way, of course. But sometimes the function is not given, but the decor effect is great! Do you know this dilemma?

I fell in love with this textured lamp a few years ago. All male contractors made fun of it, but the female visitors got the idea….

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The Texan house needs all new light fixtures. Some will be very pratical, like closets or under cabinet lights in the kitchen. But I am sure some will be just decorative and add a cozy warmth to the room.

Like this:

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These I found in a hotel in China. I like the display in a group a lot.

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we finally do have floors

It all started in a very innocent way. We bought the house, we decided to renew the old hardwood floors and went ahead picking a color. Well, not so easy in reality! Living in Europe we were surrounded by all these gray tones over the past decade and wanted exactly these grayish-brown planks in our house with white walls. Not so easy to find in Texas since we had to keep our budget in mind and wanted to go with engineered hardwood to have the least hassle with install.

We finally, finally found a color we liked. All seemed fine. Lots of delays in delivery, but we felt good about it.

Until install day! After the first planks were glued down it was very obvious that something was wrong. The quality of the wood did not match our order and the price we paid! But the install continued since we were told that it was supposed to look like that. Really???

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Awful! You can tell. To make the long story short: we got tricked into seconds with very poor quality and with our persistence and long discussions it all ended in ripping out the floors again! New order, but same crap arrived. Travelling all the way over from Germany for a new disaster 2.0. We lost total trust into the manufacturer, seller and installer. Lots of lying, lots of trying – very, very bad experience!

So we let go and found a great new floor store and installer and started looking into other options. Along the way we totally changed our mind on the gray and went with really light wood. Even more difficult to find our vision in Texas. But our salesperson was very, very helpful, emailing us pictures of samples, looking into new sources. Staying within our budget. ┬áBecause – keep in mind – we do live in Germany and the house is in Texas!

We compared dark and light. We had samples too green, too yellow, too pink, too rustic, some with too many mineral streaks, some with too wide of a color variation.

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In the end we ordered a custom color. All went very smoothly. The install was a piece of cake.

And now – WE DO HAVE FLOORS!

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Graffiti in your home

What do you think about graffiti? Around the city, everywhere?

Well, I usually feel very sorry for old fancy houses that got ugly-fied over night with just random stupid scribblings. Some of the original sandstone or other material is so hard to clean and the graffiti never will come off. What a shame!

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This one is kind of cute, especially all the natural colors surrounding it – but it is illegal and did destroy the original wall.

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But I do like these. I found them on walls and doors in China and Argentina.

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Having an artist spray a work of art directly onto your living room walls – would you do that?

The more I think about it – the more I like the idea!

Does anyone know a good graffiti artist in the Houston area?

Glass tiles are up

The backsplash consisting of small glass tiles is up and I took several pics that day. It looks so fresh and clean!

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Looking closer you can see two different color tones – light shining through the outer tiles and making them look so much brighter.

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To confirm our suspicion our fantastic Angel took her magic key chain (“Hero of the Day”)…

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… and did some testing, blocking the light with her hands.

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So now we are debating how to paint these tiles on their outer areas to stop the light from shining all the way through the tiles. Do you have any thoughts on this? Any experience?