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Thinking about Wallpaper

What do you think about this from Fornacetti?

Chiavi Segrete

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Morris & Co – Strawberry Thief

Taking care of one’s abode is a never ending process. I find that out whenever my ex stops by. She is pleased to inform me that my never ending process should get started. Indeed, she has an amazingly accurate sense of how to find hidden , and not so hidden dust.

You might wonder what she is doing here. And it is a fair question. My ex happens to be very skilled at interior design and renovation. And she just finished making some curtains for my office. They are, I must admit, very nice.

During this process, I bumped into a fabric that I will be using for the master bedroom. It is a Morris & Co fabric called Strawberry Thief.  The boss (my dear ex) says it is ok. What do you think?

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Peeter Unt Has Done an Amazing Here in Tartu!

In case you are wondering, the title does not omit a key word, like “.. an amazing THING …”.  After the legendary NBA basketball star, Moses Malone (who wore the number 2 while he was in Philly) came into his prime,  opponents would say “Watch out! You never know when number 2 will do an amazing on you!” I quite like this slang usage of the word “amazing” as a noun, and am pleased to use it here that way to describe what my friend Peeter has done!

A while back, I posted on an adventure that I was starting out. It was around a year ago. It all started with a conversation I had with the son of a friend of mine. His name is Peeter Unt. Peeter is very nice and creative guy and it was a pleasure just to chat. But Peeter had an idea as well. He wanted to start a new type of business where he would re-work discarded wood into new and beautiful furniture and art works.

Hmmm … interesting idea. To get this going, Peeter had to renovate his workshop, which took some months. When that was done, he got started on doing a project for me — a bookcase that I very badly needed. Time went by and Peeter reported that he was making progress.  No problem! Good stuff is worth waiting for!

And just the other day, I got a look at the good stuff, installed in my home. Here is a view

It is floor to ceiling and fits into a very cool niche on the landing of the second floor.

The bookcase creates a magical space. And I am very excited to be Peeter’s first customer! I am also excited to have coffee every morning in the space that Peeter made for me.

Yes, he already has other orders on the runway!

What I really like about this is that Peeter looks at each project with an eye to bringing discarded things back to center stage. And he is good at it!


Now I am thinking whether it would be possible to incorporate a living wall inside …! Any thoughts?

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You Should Have an Amadi Carpet

Here is the link and here is the story

As refugees from The Soviet War who literally fled on foot out of Afghanistan, the Ahmadi family and their hard-earned success epitomizes the American Dream. But a comfortable life in the safety of West Hollywood isn’t what drives them. They’ve committed to what seems impossible – creating generational change by empowering women in a country where 85% have no formal education and are illiterate.

So what did they do?

In 2003, Amadi Carpets returned to Afghanistan to open its first weaving workshop in Kabul. The employees? Twenty women from the local area. The cultural hurdles to make this happen were monumental. The brothers behind Amadi Carpets went from family to family, attempting to persuade husbands, fathers and brothers to allow their wives, mothers and sisters the opportunity to work… and learn. The process was painfully slow over a three-year period, but has now become a reality for 120 women.

What next?

The women, aged 18 to 70, have been taught weaving skills as well as provided education classes. A bus safely transports them from around the Kabul area to the weaving center. Beyond earning an income and education, the women are helping to impact an entire generation. Because the women now provide for their household, their children who would have normally worked (as is the reality for many Third World countries) are given the opportunity to go to school.

And Amadi Carpets are beautiful!

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Having a Doberman as a Pet

This sign sums it up

And they do tend to bark a bit.

But the fact is that the doberman is an especially loving dog. Only to its family. Those not in the family are suspect. And the doberman will defend the family turf. And not just by barking. While they are not lunatics, they do not tolerate intrusion.

If this sort of defense is needed, the best solution is to have two. Instinctively, they share the protection duty. One barks and keeps the attention of the intruder. The other circles around and attacks from the rear.

Ouch! But they do this only in crisis. Otherwise, they love luxury and peace. Errr … though they do not love cats wandering through their garden. They run faster than cats and unless they are trained, are not sure what to do with their prey. The untrained doberman tends to nudge the cat from behind to try to get it to run faster. After all, ti is all in fun!

Ah, the doberman.

I’ll Have a Kouign-Amann with My Renovation

A Houign-Amann, if you didn’t know is

… a Breton cake. It is a round crusty cake, originally made with bread dough (nowadays sometimes viennoiserie dough), containing layers of butter and sugar folded in, similar in fashion to puff pastry albeit with fewer layers. The resulting cake is slowly baked until the butter puffs up the dough (resulting in the layered aspect of it) and the sugar caramelizes. The effect is similar to a muffin-shaped, caramelized croissant.

It looks like this

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So, what does it have to do with renovation? It was a staple of the Dave Lebovitz kitchen while he didn’t have a kitchen.

Yes, we are talking renovation. That process of slow torture that many of us have endured. But not so many have endured this in Paris. Dave has written a book about how it went.

Clue: It was not easy.