Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Beginning of Spring

We are happy to present the beginning of spring.

This animated GIF is made with pictures taken form the kitchen window.

 Between Ostbahnhof and Jannowitzbrücke.

 In front of our living-rooms window we have an amazing pink tree and we got an Orchid to mach the nice view of the yard.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Living Room Table

I had been thinking for months to make a coffee table with old wood but I had not found the material. As soon as I saw the wood, renovating the horrible table I used to have became top priority. 

Here are some things we have on it.
*Wooden puzzles.                *80's atlas and 1960's" Gould's Tropical Birds" image book.
*Mexican Sun God mask.          *Mexican alebrije, Pegasus carved out of wood.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Inner Yard

We had an amazing weather this weekend. On Saturday we had a party with some neighbors and we moved to another around the corner after a while.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Basement

Well this last week we had our basement door "fixed".The man fixing the door was so professional that he even asked me for a drill. I can only imagine how he fixed it without tools.
Here is a small video of how it looks pass the door.

As you can see the place has place for 35 persons in case of emergency. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Kitchen's lamp

The first thing we have changed in the kitchen is the lampshade covering the main light. It used to be a basket, witch I personally like but it did block to much light.

For this project we used :              *Brass rings                        *Wood stick curtain 
                                   *Translucent paper                        *String

A layout of the rings before building

The different textures filter the light and create a warm and inviting feeling in the kitchen. I'm very happy with how it turned out. 

Kitchen Project

We have started to re-style our kitchen, it has never had a very define style so we decided it was time to give it some direction and transform this space. Here are some pictures of how it has been looking for around one year.

Friday, March 2, 2012


The bathrooms on this building are very small but bright, this room faces south so it gets direct sunlight.

I decided to paint it with vertical stripes that go around the ceiling trying to make it look wider. The shower curtain was a gift from my brother, made with a picture he took of the fernsehturm.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cabinet Project

The first furniture I owned in Berlin was an old edition IKEA cabinet, it was a gift but just not my style.
Here is what happened to it as soon as i came to Leopoldstraße. 

 This is how it looked when I got it.

*Cupboard                                    *Paint
*Rectangular fish-tank                   *Color electrical tape

Now the cabinet has a display area, there are some micro-worlds I made.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Late winter snow

This winter was not that cold until February when we had some snow, that only lasted one or two weeks.The  temperature was -10 to -17 degrees for ten days straight two weeks ago and the heating system in this building is so bad that having it to the max was no enough. Our windows were frozen with 3cm of ice for six days and the temperature in our bathroom got to 8 degrees in the worst day.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Es lebe Berlin

The BVG was on Strike this last Saturday and it was horrible.
This man was having a hard time taking the news when he got to the station.  

Monday, February 20, 2012

Broken windows

Looks like someone got into a fight in the front buildings staircase, I don't know the real story behind but Im guessing is gonna stay like that for a long time, luckily the winter is almost over. There is also a broken window on the other staircase and it has been like that for more than six months, I know that one was because of an argument.
The view is from the bathroom window across the yard.

Sunday, February 19, 2012


The main door to the building is sometimes broken by people kicking it, which is bad because this gives sometimes room for outsiders to make a mess in the inner yard. This last week I needed to bring something to the basement and as I tried to open the door, the fame came off the wall and the hole thing fell inwards. It came unexpectedly but not as a surprise, the walls of this place are made out of dirt so its impossible to hang something from them, everything is falling apart in the building.

After taking a closer look to the frame and what was left of the wall, it look like it may been broken down by someone. We had a dual-birthday celebration yesterday and most of us, neighbors form the back building, had a nice time drinking some beers and complaining about the state of this ruin we live in.

Saturday, February 18, 2012


When I got this  apartment, a little bit over a year ago, I had no chairs no tables and no Light. Where I come from when you rent a flat you have ceiling sockets already installed, for my surprise this place had none and I had no light after 18:00hrs.

I had made a small sketch of a lamp shade before moving so I decide to make it my first house project.
For the design I was inspired by a very nice exclusive shopping center, Quartier 206

Around the corner

Our flat is just around the corner form the S-bahn station Nöldnerplatz which is nice.
For a non native German speaker, this is not an easy to pronounce word.

 But to be honest around this area you only get to see very ugly buildings. Here is a picture of a very old grocery shop  that actually looks cool.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

This blog is dedicated to our apartment in Leopoldstr. 26  Berlin
Its a very old building, with a lot of problems and we will try to make a nice place out of it.
We will be posting about interior design and lifestyle.

The building is on the east of  Berlin and we think it is from the 1930s because of the architecture "style" and some evidence in the basement( and obscure and forgoten place).