White curtains, purple drapes though we aim for a darker, more red-toned kind of purple

Decorating: Curtains

So we’ve lived in our apartment, very happily, I must say, for about 8 months now. Still, we never found the time to get some curtains. Before you go crazy about how little privacy that provides, I have to add that we do have roller shutters which we do close at night.

However, there’s something to be said about having soft, billowy, light-coloured curtains instead of metal shutters around you.

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Whew! That was one hectic day but we are settling into the new apartment well and have made it into our second day here without any problems.

The day started at 6am when Michael went to pick up the moving van. The roads were slippery but he thankfully managed to evade an almost-accident. The first helpers arrived at 8am and by then we had packed up the last things in our room and brought some of the boxes downstairs. Our helpers were plenty (about 12) and came in little waves. By about 10am we were at the apartment and started to unload the van and all the cars and the rest of the lamps and mirrors were hung. We had to drive the van back one more time for a few items but still managed to be done by 4pm. At least, that’s when everyone left and we were left with the rest of the boxes.

Now we are hanging pictures, unpacking boxes and the rest of our clothes and everything else is ready! Our housewarming party is this Friday so until then we should have everything set up 🙂

I won’t be posting any pics of the actual apartment but we have heard from our locksmith that in the area there is a nice climbing garden and a little river so once we check those out I’ll give you a tour! For now, we’re relaxing in our new home and putting our final touches on it. No furniture was harmed in the making of this home. Thank goodness.

Here’s a last look at the view from our old place to satisfy any visual cravings:

A view of the Fernsehturm (TV Tower)

A view of the Fernsehturm (TV Tower)

A view of the city

A view of the city


Colours of the wind

Along with the change in temperature and the crazy winds that are terrorising northern Germany, Denmark and southern UK, comes autumn. And what an autumn indeed!

Autumn is just the best time in terms of scenery. Looking out from…practically anywhere, there are so many colours in the beautiful foliage that are mixed together, creating something that looks like a painting.

Driving in Germany in autumn

Driving in Germany in autumn

Speaking of autumn and beautiful foliage, here is a view from our new apartment, from the bedroom balcony. I was mainly trying to capture the trees with my phone so this view is a bit obstructed…

View from our balcony

View from our balcony

I can’t wait to move in! Our current view is amazing but it’ll be so good to have our own place!

View from our current home

View from our current home

And on the topic of colours, we’ve also picked the flooring for the bedrooms. It was a challenge to decide on a colour but we’re going for darker floors against white and gray.

Here are some ideas of what we’re going for:

Have a great week everyone! We’re so excited to be off to Sydney in less than a week!!

The Great Hunt

There comes a point in one’s life where one needs to move out of home and get their own place. For Michael and I, this time is now. Although I no longer technically live at home (you know, the whole living in Germany thing?) we are still living with family and have been searching for our own apartment basically ever since we got engaged in October last year. You can pretty much forget about buying a house in Stuttgart, let alone a decent apartment for a decent price, so we are excited that we may have found the place for us.

It’s not perfect and needs a little work, but compared to the other apartments we’ve seen, this one needs far less work (it’s all just beautifying, but everything works), has all new appliances and a new bathroom, 2 bedrooms and 2 balconies, a nice layout like we had imagined and although we will no longer live in central Stuttgart, it is in a suburb of Stuttgart and it’ll take me about the same time to get into the city (perhaps 10 minutes longer) as it takes me now.

We’re nervous because it’s a big investment, and the biggest either of us has ever made, but it’s also exciting and we’ve already started looking at furniture!

There are of course, so very many things to plan and organise before we’d actually move in (fingers crossed!) but I’m definitely looking forward to it despite any hesitations. I think the best part will be decorating and when it’s all done, I’m sure that we will be happy and content. Also I wish they had a first home owners grant here like in Australia…there are just so many fees in Germany!!

Here’s hoping for a smooth process and hoping that we get the apartment!