While I am starting to prepare for the move back to Brussels, I keep wondering where we will un-pack our stuff… Will it be in a rented apartment or in a house of our own? And when will it be? Within the next few months or maybe longer? We are going to try to divide our belongings into two groups: 1) “will need immediately” and 2) “to be stored until getting our own place”, which will be an interesting exercise since we are not going to do the actual packing ourselves (for insurance purposes the movers need to do it).
Speaking of a future home, my “Inspiration”-folder on the computer is filled with photos from homes all over the world. Every time I see an interior on the internet that I like, I just have to save the pictures for “future reference”. Hopefully we will soon have a house of our own to furnish and decorate according to our (??) taste! I am sure that there will have to be lots of compromises between O and I, because I am not the only one in this household who is interested in interior design…
However, there are a few of my own photos as well – from a home I have loved and been inspired by, since I was a child: my father’s uncle’s home in Switzerland! I have already written about his and his wife’s beautiful old house in a small village by the Geneva Lake (read more here and here about the house and garden). I hope that you like these inspiring photos from the kitchen in their small guest apartment.
They renovated the apartment in the 1980’s and everything still looked the same in 2007 (my last visit) as when I was a child and we spent a few days almost every summer in this wonderful house. Even the mugs that my brother and I used to drink from were still in the cupboard (see below).
Unfortunately my father’s uncle R (as an uncle-less person, he was as much my uncle!) passed away in 2008 and we miss him dearly. He moved to Switzerland already in the 1950’s and only came back a few times to visit his parents, his sister (my paternal grandmother) and us. His Swiss wife is still alive but I am the only one who can really communicate with her since her English is not great and neither is my parents’ French. I hope that we might be able to visit her this summer.
Both R and his wife M worked as graphic designers and they had their own ateliers in the house. I wonder if not my interest for interior design originates in my fascination as a child for their home. I used to dream about living in that old stone house with steep squeaky stairs, graphic posters on the walls, retro furniture from the 1950’s and 60’s and antique objects. There was always so much stuff to look at and do for us children; photos and paintings, a Labyrinth-game* and a blackboard in the hallway to draw and write messages on. And not to forget the ping-pong table and the black leather beanbag chairs in the old “nailsmith’s workshop” (spiksmedja) in the garden.
The way this kitchen looks is, according to me, a wonderful combination of old and new. Personally, I would move in in a heartbeat! Maybe I wouldn’t choose the same kitchen cabinets if I designed my own kitchen, but considering that this space was updated in the 1980’s I think it has a surprisingly modern feel.
I guess that since I nowadays also live abroad and have a foreign spouse, my father’s uncle’s more than 50 year long life in Switzerland is even more fascinating for me. I definitely regret that I didn’t have more opportunities to discuss with him about culture and languages… Nevertheless, the Swedish touches in his and his wife’s home is one thing that I intend to replicate in O’s and my future Spanish / Swedish home in Belgium 😉
*) You know that frustrating game where you are supposed to balance a small marble through a wooden labyrinth that moves in all 4 directions…