Spring has arrived back in Barcelona, casting the softest light into my little cabin and the surrounding neighbourhood of El Born. A little photo series of a weekend spent with coffees and strawberries, with sunbathing my feet on the little balcony, strolling my streets endlessly and falling once anew for Barcelona’s sometimes bold, often subtle beauty at each and every corner.
I have been living in Barcelona for almost four months now and I couldn’t be happier in my own little studio, enjoying coffee, breakfast, books and life on my own every weekend. So here is to procrastinating and to life in this bustling city behind the centuries-old stone walls. Worst I bring I have a dirty mind Oh, I need, I need new ways To waste my time I need new ways Worst I bring I live alone, alone, alone Worst I face Keep me inside, I need new ways To waste my time I need, I need new ways I’m trying to get out Find a subtle way out Not just cross myself out Not just disappear I’ve been trying to stay out But there’s something in you I can’t be without I just need it here Daughter – New Ways
It’s this time of year where even a snow enthusiast like me is craving for the first springy precursors. However, sub-zero temperatures seem to have settled in Amsterdam, so a cozy weekend was calling once more. As pancakes are a loyal companion on my photos and so many of you have asked me as to how I prepare them, find my recipe below this time. Otherwise feel free to indulge in those comfy pillows, strong cups of coffee and cabin-like wood details as I’m used to these days. Rural pancake recipe for the perfect cottage day at home: 1 egg 0,1 litre of almond milk 1 tsp. chia seeds 1 tsp. hemp powder (can easily be left out) 3 tablespoons of coconut blossom sugar 1 tsp. baking powder as much flour as needed to get a viscous batter (I like my pancakes to be thick but fluffy so the mix shouldn’t spread too much in the pan) any add-on or -ins you can think of (e.g. frozen berries, fresh fruits, nuts, cocoa nibs, granola …) …
Let me take you to THE LOFT in Amsterdam today. Right on busy Prinsengracht there is this inconspicuous white door saying “The Loft” at the very bottom. You need to ring the bell to be allowed admission. And once the door is opened for you, your stay feels even more special. THE LOFT is a project by creative director Kassandra Schreuder. With a devoting eye for detail she composes the most wonderful interior and living goods in a whole loft. Shopping here feels less like strolling through crowded shops and more like dallying over all those beautiful pieces of a hotel room but with actually being able to purchase it all. Trigger off your own comfy Sunday mood interior design flirt in Amsterdam on Prinsgengracht 583 until September 6th or with the little help of my pictures: Outside of THE LOFT, picturesque Prinsengracht is awaiting you… And because it was time for a new haircut, a rare portrait of me on this blog. Yours truly Sonntagskind Juna
My favourite hobby: exploring new places. Last weekend I discovered one of this rare kind where your guts instantly signalize: You are going to be here very often. And my guts know me quite well. Alarm bells ring when I enter a spot that is hip but not too hip, busy but not crowded, a place I could easily exchange for my living room. Black to Black is such a place. I love the furnishings, the colours and the easy atmosphere here. Big tables where you can work a little, cozy armchairs that invite you to grab a magazine or just have a decent cup of coffee. Such places are scarcer here in Amsterdam than one might think. From the plants in pineapple form via adorable interior design through to locally roasted coffee Back to Black has won my heart. Make sure to check them out or get a sip of their coffee at Amsterdam Coffee Festival this weekend! Back to Black Weteringstraat 48 1017 SP Amsterdam
I love travelling far away, getting to know foreign cultures, different scenes and new people. However, there are also times when I prefer some time at home, building castles of blankets, reading magazines for hours and having favourite food. This weekend I treated myself with a little time of comfort and quiet. I put my bed into the living-room and looked out to the sea. Sometimes your own four walls invite you to the best travels. I’m an introvert to the core and have always loved starting on an adventure through a new book. At the end of the day I find myself strengthened by this little solitary time. Not least because I’m rewarded with a night sky which you can best appreciate sitting on your cosy mattress in front of the panoroma window, sipping on a hot cup of tea.
I’m all into those autumn days again … I hate that I love hiding so much. New opportunities come with new challenges. I used to be the one to welcome those challenges, to work hard, to enjoy growing with them. Lately I’ve come to prefer holing up in my bedsheets. My small little shelter from the world outside.
Happy rainy Sunday everyone. Actually my intentions regarding this blog were to leave the scope of my own kitchen and home and invite you over to my favourite places around. I’m definitely going to do that. Just not today. This rain-swept day calls for staying inside, having late breakfast in bed and enjoying the smell of wood at my new home. I’m so in love with the sixties flair all the teak furniture sheds. Maybe you will be, too. So here’s to interior design galore! Crawl away back into your bed sheets, leaf through some beautiful coffee-table books and listen to the rain dropping! At least that’s what I do.