Enamel signs has come to stay

My dear readers, I finally find some time again to come back to my blogging activities! Unfortunately I still don’t have an outstanding amount of time to keep on blogging here, but when I have been looking at my enamel sign this morning, a crazy thought came to my mind: My enamel house number sign is still intact and  didnt seem to age even one day since the day I put it onto my facade. Realizing this astounded me. It sort of caused me not to think of how fast time went by. Since it didnt suffer from any scratch or color-fade-out, it surpassed the last five years as if they were five days. Back then, I found enamel signs on an online shop called ramsign.  

 

And this is sort of the feeling I had in the recent years: Time went by so quickly, that is simply unbelievable. The fact that I went by my house entrance every day, seeing the enamel sign not aging, simply put an ephasis on  my perception of time and reality. This morning, looking at the sign while drinking a coffee I was realizing how fast the recent five years went by.

Hence, this was the ultimate reminder for me to come back to blogging, too. I want to get back to my hobbies and come up with more content here again. So guys, I am looking forward to surprise you with more content here in the near future again. I am sorry that it took me so long to be back on stage  here, but I really had a lot of stuff going on in my life. In the future, I try to keep you updated here about decoration topics as well with more personal insights in my life, so that you guys understand that it is not always easy to run a blog besides doing many other things 🙂  

Sun, sea and architecture in Santorini

What’s your thoughts on the fact that the summer is almost over, if not definitely over? September starts today, and I guess we all have to admit (unless we live in a country where the summer goes on for a longer period) that the summer 2013 is officially over. My thoughts? Well, I’m not a big fan of autumn, which I’m sure I’ve told you before, but that doesn’t stop me from thinking it can be quite cosy with a few rainy autumn days. However, I don’t enjoy too many days like that, and I would definitely not turn down a chance to travel to a warmer place, such as Santorini, Greece. Would you? Just look at the picture… I’m sure you would love to go there as well!

Santorini is actually a quite fascinating place if you’re in to architecture as well, it’s not all about sun, blue skies and crystal clear water. This island in the southern part of the Aegean Sea has so much more to offer. Also, for people with interest in history and culture it’s also a fascinating place, as Santorini is what remains after a huge volcanic explosion many years ago, actually about 3600 years ago. Fascinating, don’t you think? Some people even says this is where the story about Atlantis has its origin. Maybe that’s true… What do you think? Whether you think this is true or not, you should definitely visit Akrotiri if you’re interested in history. There you will be able to find complexes of multi-level buildings and remains from walls as high as 8 meetres, all dating back to the famous volcanic explosion. You will also be able to see fascinating wall paintings from back in the days, and you will probably be amazed when you discover that the colors remain almost the same as from the beginning, as they were preserved under the volcanic ash.

You should also make sure to visit Oia when at Santorini. This is the oldest settlement of Santorini, which still remains, and it’s a beautiful place with the houses with white washed walls, and some of them with blue roofs. This is also a place where you really can enjoy the fabulous views of the Aegean Sea.

So, what about the architecture? Well, these houses are amazing, and you can definitely get inspiration here. The houses are built with local stone, and the walls are typically whitewashed or limewashed. The color? They actually make it from volcanic ash. How cool is that? The fascinating thing with these houses is that they have extensions which are dug into the volcanic rocks, which gives very high insulation. This results in great coolness during the warm periods and warmth during winter. Very clever, don’t you think? This means you can store things, such as wine, in this extensions to keep a perfect temperature all year.

So, are you tempted to visit Santorini? I’m definitely up for it!

Summer memories and a nostalgic address plaque

It’s a bit strange how different seasons can bring various memories and various feelings to life, don’t you think? I don’t know about you, but I personally remember the summers when I was a child and later a teenager, and I remember the scent from the sea, the pleasant sound when the waves reaches the beach and the stones, and the calm breeze in the hair while walking along the sea side… All these memories make me feel nostalgic, and they also make me think of Skagen, a very beautiful place in Denmark. If you’d ever like to visit Scandinavia I definitely think you should make sure to visit Skagen. It’s a quite amazing place actually, and you can actually see two different seas meet there. Quite a fascinating view I can assure you!

Thinking of Skagen makes me think of our Lighthouse design, which I personally like a lot. I really like the rust red color, and I think the arched address plaque is one of the most beautiful signs in our entire shop. I’ve tried to make up my mind lately, to decide what address plaque I’d like to have, and the more I think about it, the more certain I become that I’d like to have a sign like the one in the photo above. I think it’d look real nice, as our address contains a 3 digit number and a street name, which makes a sign with two lines the obvious choice. I think this would be a great choice, don’t you agree?

Do you have any beautiful memories to share? Or maybe a story from this summer holidays? It’s always nice to listen to happy stories from other bloggers and readers, so please don’t hesitate to tell all about your summer, this one as well as previous summers… And please don’t hesitate to tell me if you think I should choose this address plaque, or if you prefer one of the other ones on our website?

Cape Cod – a paradise on earth

Summer is definitely here, and I don’t know if you prefer to stay at home during this season, or if you prefer to travel and visit new places? I have to say I appreciate to stay quite close to home during June, July and August, as this is the most beautiful time of the year in this area. I love to travel during other months of the year though, and if you like travelling I have an advice to keep in mind for your next vacation.

Whether you’re living in the US or if you live in Europe, Australia or some other part of the world I warmly recommend visiting Cape Cod. It’s such a lovely place, almost like a paradise! Just look at the photo above, which is by the way borrowed from Wikipedia…. Wouldn’t you love to go there? To visit the beaches, feel the sand underneath your toes, feel the breeze in your hair and the familiar scent of sea. Doesn’t it sound just amazing? I sure think so!

Cape Cod was actually formed as a recessional moraine of a glacier at the end of the last ice age… The Cape Cod peninsula was created, and you can still visit it today. Isn’t that quite fascinating? I love everything historic and think it’s awesome!

I really love everything about Cape Cod, also the lighthouses which can be found along the coastline. I don’t know if you know it, but plenty of shipwrecks has been found off-shore, just a short distance from the coastline at Cape Cod, more than 3000 wrecks to be honest. It’s been called an ocean graveyard, and lighthouses have been placed along the coastline to help the captains of passing ships.

Even though I live far from the US, I actually have relatives in Cape Cod, and if I could choose one place to own a summer home in the US it would certainly be there. I think it’s as close to paradise on earth as one may come!

Blue street signs makes me happy

March is here, a month that I love because of many different reasons. It’s the month when we usually see the first obvious signs of spring, and it’s a month when the weather is usually quite nice, which makes the snow melt.

I went for a walk today and found a new addition in town that made me smile. Blue enamel signs are popular, and have been so for decades, even centuries actually, but in most parts of this town they go for simple white signs with black text. Not the exclusive type that I like, but rather plain ones. Today however, I discovered some really nice blue and white enamel signs on a couple of walls with rented apartments in town. It looked nice, it was clearly visible and it made me happy. Maybe it was the fact that spring is arriving which convinced the estate owner to try something new? Whatever reason it might be, I have to say I really like it! Don’t you? Look at the photo above… I think it adds a touch of uniqueness to the building.

Did you know that blue enamel signs, and enamel signs in general, were used as advertisement during the late 1800’s? I can perfectly see why, because these signs really catches the eye. They were also used as street signs in various European countries during the 1800’s, and I love the fact that they are getting more and more popular as street signs again.