Mittwoch, 29. April 2015

1, 2 OR 3?

With Summer just around the corner, we spend more and more time out on the balcony (coffee breaks in the sun!), and now's the time to tell us what tutorial you would like to see us create for an outdoor space!

So, which tutorial would you like to see first, one for a hammock, a swing or a plant stand?

1 / 2 / 3

Let us know in the comment on our facebook page!


Hello my friends,
today I'm showing you how to make stamps. I just love stamps, they add a personal touch to everything!

You'll need:
- token
- a piece of sponge rubber
- pencil
- scissors
- glue
- ink pad

Mark the outline of the token on the piece of sponge rubber and draw the symbol or pattern in the middle. Then cut them out.

Don't make your pattern too small, unless you're really good in cutting out small things,  Which I am definitely not. My idea for the small dots was to have a kind of rain drop stamp, but as you can see below, it turned out as a flower. Not bad, but not what I intended to do.

Glue the cut-outs onto the bottom of the token - done!

You'll soon discover 2 things: 1) there is an endless number of items to be stamped in your apartement and 2) you got addicted to stamp everything. I stamped hearts on packaging paper to wrap my gifts last Christmas. Totally went off the rails. 

There are a lot of patterns and symbols that would look good as stamps, send us your best idea!
Love, Anne

Dienstag, 28. April 2015


Ever since I bought my macbook six years ago, I've carried it in at least four different covers. They are so easy to make, quick too, and perfect for using up scraps of fabrics.


- felt, twice the size of the laptop
- fabric to decorate it with
- a sewing machine
- scissors

I measured the laptop, added about 2.5 cm (1 inch) to the sides and cut two rectangles. Felt is such a forgiving material, I always add a little more room and then cut away excess if there is any.

I wanted the cover to have rounded edges, so I used a roll of tape to trace that onto the rectancles.

The next step is to iron the fabric, tuck in the corners and sew it onto one part of the cover.

I simply tucked in the sides, too.


I added a few more rows of stitching to adhere the fabric onto the felt.

The last step is to align both rectangles and sew the two parts together on three sides, leaving one short side open.

 Done, and done! This is a really simple project with a lot of possibilities to personalize. You could apply your initials, cut out of felt, your favorite fabric, use two colors of felt, one on each side... Endless possibilities!

Here's a behind-the-scenes picture my producer snapped for me at the rehearsal :) we always talk everything through, very briefly, and prepare my work station.

I still can't believe I get to be on tv once a month. I really enjoy it and I'm already looking forward to preparing the next project... :)

Love, Ida

Montag, 27. April 2015


I spent the weekend near a lake at a design fair to sell my bags with a friend and got to meet a lot of interesting people. For the first time ever I tried my hand at ceramics and LOVED IT! We drove around a lot, enjoyed to be away from home for just a weekend and admired the landscape. I am always surprised how versatile the landscape in a country the size of Austria is!

For our American readers: Austria has the size of South Carolina and the population of Manhattan. Not the State of New York. Not New York City. Just Manhattan. Mind blown yet?

Here are a couple of other photos from my weekend away, and in case you are wondering why there are so many of the sky - check out the hashtag #blueskyforida on instagram and you'll see! :)

Have a great week everyone!
XO, Ida

Freitag, 24. April 2015


I don't know if it's because my parents always cooked a lot of Italian food back in the days or because of our vacations in Italy when I was little, but for me the first step to cooking a good meal is olive oil extra vergine on medium heat. Using olive oil in the pan is a controversal topic but I'm with Jamie Oliver on this one.

This dish I kind of winged when I cooked it for the first time. I do own a lot of cookbooks, and I like flipping through them but I rarely end up cooking a recipe straight from them. Also, I kinda suck at shopping for groceries, which has become a running gag with some of my friends. Just across from where I work is the farmer's market and usually I just walk around there and buy whatever strikes my fancy but that's mostly eggs, cheese, salad ingredients and fruit. And always flowers.

So as I said, this one kinda happened. I had a friend over who I wanted to share some comfort food with and so I skimmed through my kitchen cabinets. I ended up creating a sweet potato & chickpea stew, and the cumin seeds added a little special something to it. BIG YUM. I've been cooking it a couple of times since and really like it. It's simple, it's quick and inexpensive, too.

You'll need:

- a sweet potato
- a zucchini
- canned chickpeas
- an onion
- garlic
- canned tomatoes (or teh real deal but only if in season)
- cumin seeds
- salt, pepper
- couscous or polenta

Put some oilve oil in a pot on medium heat. Add the chopped onions, stir them and let cook until glassy. Add the chopped garlic and the canned tomatoes. In the Summer I'd use fresh tomatoes but they're not in season yet and since I try not to buy food from far away, I go with the canned ones for the rest of the year.

Add salt, pepper, and cumin seeds, let simmer on low heat. In the meantime, peel and then chop up the sweet potato and add it to the tomato sauce. Stir in the chickpeas, put a lid on the pot and let simmer until the sweet potatoes are soft, which takes approximately 20 minutes, depending on the size of the chunks. Stir from time to time, taste test and season if it needs more salt / cumin seeds / pepper. Thyme might also work!

That's the perfect time to chop the zucchini and prepare the couscous. I usually just add one cup of couscous to two cups of hot water in a bowl, salt it and stir until the couscous has absorbed the water. Easy as... couscous!

Once the sweet potatoes are soft, remove the lid, stir in the zucchini bits. Zucchini softens up almost immediately, that is why I add it shortly before the meal is done cooking.

Remove from the heat, put some of that couscous on a plate and top with the stew. And then, dig in! I usually put the leftovers in the fridge and reheat them at night or for lunch on the next day. Still pretty damn good!

This one is high on protein due to the chickpeas, full of veggies and vegan. I think I might add some feta in the future... Mmmhh.

Have a great weekend!
XO, Ida

Montag, 20. April 2015


Hello all,
it's t-shirt makeover monday! Today I am showing you how to turn a simple turtleneck sweater into a vest. This makeover is pretty easy and is done in only 4 steps. Look in the sternmost corners of your closet, I am sure you'll find a turtleneck sweater you haven't worn for years....or two.

You'll need:
  • turtleneck sweater
  • satin band
  • scissors
  • pins
  • sewing machine
  • thread

1) Measure and mark the middle of your sweater.
2) Cut along the mark (straight through the collar)

3) Pin the satin band on the sweater (also around the collar).

4) Carefully sew the band onto the sweater. Done! Yes, it is that easy. I love projects where you turn something somehow characterless into something beautiful.

Why I am holding a lavender pot over my head? Because it's fun, it's new and I love it (the lavender pot, not the idea of holding flowers over your head). And its Monday, do I need to say more?
Hope you enjoyed this super easy DIY, lots of love, Anne


Samstag, 18. April 2015


Happy Saturday everyone!
Today I am showing you a way to make french fries with sour cream dip - no deep-frying involved! Although I sometimes like the tastes of something fried, I really don't want to do that at home as I can't stand the smell in my kitchen. This recipe requires only a little bit of oil, so no bad conscience here!

Ingredients (serves 2):
  • 4-5 big potatoes (try to get longish ones)
  • parsley
  • chive
  • sour cream
  • 2 tsp flour
  • 2tsp oil
  • 1tsp pepper (ground)
  • 2tsp sea salt 
While you bring water in a pot to a boil, peel the potatoes and cut them into sticks. Put them into the boiling water and let them cook for about 5 minutes (not longer!)

Let the potato sticks cool of for a couple of minutes, then pour some oil, salt and flour over it. With the flour the fries will get extra crispy. Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F). Place them onto a baking tray or casserole (you don't need any extra oil) and bake them until golden, which takes about 25-30 minutes.
While the fries get crispy, chop the herbs and mix it with the sour cream. Season the dip with salt and pepper. 

When your fries are ready, pour some extra salt over them and start eating right away!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend,
love, Anne