Sunday, March 16, 2008

Obsessions, Volume 1

Even for an obsessive person, I have to admit that this manor house has got me by the whatzits... It’s all I am thinking about. And yes, I have researched it extensively this weekend, in between sorting out stuff and tidying up! (Well, sorting out stuff, anyway!)

It’s not a “romantic” place in any sense of the word – even the era is wrong! Instead it was built in what is known as the “Neo-Renaissance”, the period between 1850 and 1910. Think Renaissance and Baroque, but a bit toned down! The biggest feature of the buildings built in that time, is the oversized windows (from floor to ceiling) and the rounded staircases. Also big, dark pictures with heavy frames, heavy furniture and chandeliers.

Can I share an irony? Most buildings dating from that era that are still standing, are in the former “Communist” countries: East Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine... Blame it on the West’s obsession with “new”...

BUT, and here’s the rub, I have very little intention of restoring the interior to its initial state. For one, that would involve a pretty primitive kitchen and bathrooms. Instead, I want to see how I can fuse the main decorating ideas from that period with what is fashionable and necessary today. I’ll definitely keep the “big pictures”, as I have the feeling that building will have more wall space than even I can fill...

Biting off more than I can chew? Oh, my friend, most definitely! Can you imagine 1000 m2 of mess? And me stuck right in the middle of it? Well, then I don’t have to explain anything else – your imagination did it all for me! On the positive side, I’ll probably be wearing mostly coveralls for the biggest part of 3 years... So no stressing about what to dress up in! Shall save on clothes PLUS I won’t have to stress too much about buying them! Just replace the coveralls as they wear out!

Oh, well, I guess I’ve committed another information overload on you. But then you have pretty much an idea of what I’m thinking, anyway...

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