|Let's take a tour of a US Army family's home on Germany|
|This is the living room. in the off-post housing in Germany - Maggie and Chuck painted all the rooms - Their new rental home was built in 1962, and the wonderful quirky vintage light fixture came with the house|
|I love the colors, the patterned rug, the pillows, the walls - it's all so happy|
|Maggie said they shipped almost everything from the States to Germany|
|Maggie sews all the drapes and pillows - Love the globe collection on the windowsill|
|The valance was made from a tablecloth, and the table was painted white to offset all the wood cabinets in the kitchen that could not be changed in the rented house|
|I love the sign over the door painted by New Orleans artist Simon|
|Maggie tells us, " The thrift store table repainted and a banquette made from re-purposed nightstands."|
|Maggie was thrilled when Amazon would ship to an APO military address, so she ordered this cute patio set and made all the pillows for it|
|They brought their cat Ozzie....|
|...and their dog Stella - I love Stella's patriotic collar|
|The master bedroom - Maggie made the drapes and bedding and pillows - The rug is from Ikea - Germany has several great Ikea stores|
|All the DeBroeck girls (mom and sisters) collect these big metal letters, and Maggie brought hers from the USA and uses them in the master bedroom|
|The closet in the master bedroom is from Ikea - Many of the chairs are vintage finds that Maggie reupholsters|
|The pink chandelier and aqua painted desk are so cute|
|The house is off-post for Army family Overby in Germany|
The Overbys will be in Germany for three years. I asked Maggie how long it took her to get the house to this point: "Three-and-a-half-months. I get manic about the house and once I start I am so excited for the final result. Plus we don't know anyone here yet and barely speak the language, so what else am I going to do So far I have four rooms completed but I still have a few more to go. My son’s room is next and it will be nautical since he is totally infatuated with the Titanic."
She tells us, "We arrived in Germany in April and found a house pretty quickly but spent a month in the hotel waiting for the old tenants to move out. By the time we finally got into the house I was ready to get settled, and fast! The house was in good condition but needed a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint just about everywhere. I fortunately had a good place to start. I have one ritual I complete before every move. I always buy new bedding for all the beds (sheets, blankets, pillows, the works) and I buy fabrics that I can use for drapery and pillows, etc. Since I am my own seamstress, I have a little obsession with fabric. This ritual paid off in a big way, not because it gave me a good start in getting the house together, because they don’t often sell Queen size bedding in Europe, and fabric is hard to find and extremely expensive. Once we moved in I had a week to wait for our household goods to be delivered so I spent the time cleaning and painting. When our furniture was delivered I was ready to get to work with my bedding, fabric and my useful and beautiful things."
|The Overby family in Germany|
I think Maggie could write a handbook on packing, moving, and decorating that not only would be useful for military families, but for all of us civilians too.
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