Leanbean in Germany

Military wife trying to figure out this military life

Bedroom July 7, 2009

Filed under: Decorating,Germany — leanbean @ 8:43 am

Our bedroom is large, a 19′ by 12′ room with a pitched ceiling.  The pitched ceiling at its highest is 20′ and at its lowest one can bump their head.  Besides the odd shape of the room, there is a large closet opening with no door and only one window.




The biggest issue we are facing is making the room feel cozy.  The room is large, the ceilings high and the walls are all white.  It would be impossible for us to paint the room ourselves and our landlords paid to have it painted only a couple of months ago.  Buying the new rug has helped with making the room but it hasn’t fixed the problem.  The first thing I would like to do is hang the curtains to hide the gaping hole in the wall to the closet.  The dog cage has been moved into the third bedroom, also known as the ugly room.  The lamps pictured have been moved downstairs as they were just not tall enough to make an impact (only 22″ high).   The nightstands have also been changed to the Ikea Malm series.  A problem we ran into, yet again, was finding nightstands that were over 18″ tall.  For right now they stay but will more than likely be changed out by the end of the year.

Here is our current situation with the room:


1. Ella Bed – Room and Board

2. Malm Nightstand – Ikea

3. Linear Dresser – Room and Board

4. Mandala Platinum Rug – Madeline Weinrib purchased at Bungalow Classic in Atlanta

5. Stainless Steel Mirror – Room and Board

6. Delano Dresser – Room and Board

7. Thai Silk Banded Curtains – Restoration Hardware (Ours are from West Elm and a slightly different color)


1. I purchased some stools off of Ebay in hopes of reupholstering them in a graphic pattern.  When I came across an olive green faux ostrich fabric, I knew I had to have it.  These stools were the jumping off point for the rest of the room.

2. The Casablanca Lantern from Anthropologie would look gorgeous hanging from our ceiling.

3. I would add some throw pillows to the bed.  The Zebra Striped Pillow  is from Etsy (steampunkgirl213).  I will also need to find some solid olive pillows.

4. Elephant Print – Mecox Gardens.  I found an elephant print at an antique store in town, so it is different than the one pictured.  We have modern art downstairs, so I decided I wanted to do something a little different with our bedroom.

5. Joe is in the military.  ‘Nuff said. Olive Wool Drab Blanket – Army

6. Finding a lamp has been tourture.  We had 22″ lamps but they were much too short in the room.  These Bottle Lamps from Eurolighting are pretty cheap and 31″ tall!

Some plants will need to be added, along with a few accesories.  I found some cool horns at a place in Mannheim for 31 euros, so I will probably be adding those to the room.  I am really ready for our bedroom to be finished and not just a giant white box.


Windows – German Style July 6, 2009

Filed under: Germany — leanbean @ 8:32 am

One awesome quirk of German housing are the windows.  Not only can you open them all the way but they also partially open in a different way than American windows.





Bedroom July 3, 2009

Filed under: Decorating,Germany — leanbean @ 8:08 am

All of the houses I have been in in Germany have hard floors – tile mostly, which meant waking up and setting your feet on the hard cold ground.  Our first order of business for the bedroom was finding a rug large enough.  One would think because flooring in Germany is hard, there would be a myriad of options for rugs.  Instead, we had many problems finding large rugs in Germany that were either 1. Large enough or 2. Affordable or 3. Not ugly.  I started to get frustrated until Joe had to go back to America to pick up a new plane in Atlanta.  While he was there he called and asked if I wanted him to bring anything back.  “A rug!” I yelled.  I immediately got on the phone with a store in Atlanta called Bungalow Classic and asked if they had any Madeline Weinrib rugs in stock and fortunately they did.  Joe came home with the 9′ by 12′ Mandala Platinum rug.



For days, I swooned over the difference the rug made in the room.  Next up, curtains to cover that hole to the closet!


The Bed July 2, 2009

Filed under: Decorating,Germany — leanbean @ 9:43 am

A city called Mannheim is about 45 minutes to an hour away.  There, you can find Ikea, Ligne Roset and Bo Concept to name a few.  During one of my many jaunts to the city to look at furniture I came across a small furniture store.  Inside there was a magnificent bed.  It was the most gorgeous bed I had ever seen – tufted leather in gunmetal.  It was both feminie and masculine and I had to have it.  After leaving the store, I immediately phoned Joe and let me him know about my find.  His reaction, “Our bed is brand new!”  Ok fine, our bed is brand new, but it could always go in the guest room.

The bed, taken with an iphone.  The pictures do not do it justice.  The leather has gold flecks in it, which makes it almost sparkle.



About a week later, Becca and I decided to take a shopping trip to Mannheim.  I told her I needed to stop by this store and find out how much they wanted for the gorgeous bed.  We went upstairs looking for a tag but couldn’t find one.  Eventually we made our way back downstairs to politely ask how much.  The saleswoman sounded as if she said “8,000”.  I look at Becca with wide eyes and mouth “8,000!”

She looks at the woman, “You said 8,000?”

“No, no, no!” she says in a thick accent.  “11,000 euros.”

That is almost $15,000!  For a bed!  You can buy a brand new car for that!  I shed a tear and left, knowing I would never, ever be able to justify spending that much money on a leather headboard.  Gotta love Europe!


Couch Shopping July 1, 2009

Filed under: Decorating,Germany — leanbean @ 8:05 am

After the first couple days of jet-lag wore off, we decided to do some furniture shopping.  The only problem was, where do you go to buy furniture?  Finding furniture in America is easy because we know English.  Finding furniture in Germany, a little trickier.  The first thing we did was figure out the word for furniture in German, which is Moebel.  We googled this word and our town name and found several options, all located near each other.  A big problem we ran into was the sofas in Germany are very low to the ground.  Joe and I are both tall people, so the last thing we want to do is sit on the ground.  The other issue was price.  3,000 euros was just way too much for us to afford.  And some of the cheapest ones we were finding were at least $2,600.  Eventually we found a floor sample on sale we loved and in our price range.  



A couple of days after delivery our friend came over and said, “You obviously did not get that couch in America.”  Heh.  I guess the material is a little strange – it has a nubby texture.  We are both excited to have a piece of furniture we can say we bought in Germany.