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Hello all and thanks for visiting my pages.  I'm an American (originally from Chicago) who's lived in Europe for the past 18 years - the first 3 I was footloose and fancy free as I moved around to different places. 

I originally went to London to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art then moved to Paris, Rome and even Monte Carlo.  I now live in Munich when I've been happily married to a German man for the past 15 years.  We have a (gorgeous) son and and equally beautiful jack russel terrier.

I've been lucky enough to develop of niche for myself here in Munich using my skill as an actress.  I mostly do voice over and hosting.  I'd would have loved to have more meaty roles but hey - they pay the bills so I really can't complain. Though I did feel that creativity was missing (voice overs and industrials pay well but they aren't very challanging) so since moving here I've been able to explore some of my other interests which include painting, mosaic design, jewelry making, collage, writing...

I've also always been interested in interior design and a couple of years ago decided to take the plunge and get my degree.  I'm loving my courses and am looking forward to the day when I can open my own practice. 

My interests are pretty varied and that probably shows in my writing as well.  Subjects I like to cover include, interior design, expat lifestyles, art, motherhood, relationships, financial freedom, and basically whatever else that strikes my fancy.  I consider myself an expert on the above subjects (knowing just enough to know there's more to learn).

We also just bought a new house which we will be renovating from top to bottom and I've started a blog called Pretty Haus to commemorate our journey, talk about my experiences as a student of an online interior design school and post my inspirations, ideas and thoughts.

Drop me a line - I'd love to hear from you - And if you're interested in becoming a Hubber yourself then here you go!

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  • 5

    5 Ways to Customize Ikea Furniture

    2 years ago

    Everybody loves IKEA but nobody wants that "out of the box" style in their home. This article lists 5 easy ways to customize your IKEA furniture and make it completely individual.

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    Chiavari Chairs: History of a Beautiful Chair Throughout the Ages

    2 years ago

    The Chiavari chair is an iconic part of world history. Find out why is this article that describes a brief history of the chair and its origins, explains what style of design it belongs to and how to incorporate it...

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    Marianne Brandt

    2 years ago

    Marianne Brandt was one of the most influential and lest recognized designers of the Bauhaus. Her iconic household wares and lights can still be bought today and yet she was never able to support herself as an artist. ...

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    Understanding the Munsell Color System

    2 years ago

    A straight to the point description of Munsell's color system with explanations for the three dimensions of color: Hue, Value and Chroma as well as an easy to understand explanation of how they are catagorized.

  • 5

    Jonathan Adler Style: Get the Look

    3 years ago

    Jonathan Adler deconstructed for your interior design pleasure. Discover the elements to make your room just as fabulous as Jonathan's in these easy to follow steps.

  • 3

    When Your Eyelashes Turn in and Rub your Eye

    2 years ago

    Understand what how to recognize and get help when your eyelashes turn in and rub your eye. This problem is known as Entropion and while it's more common in our four footed friends, it can happen to people, too.

  • 11

    How to Pick a Color Scheme

    2 years ago

    Color is the most important element in your home and yet so many people are paralyzed by indecision when it comes to picking a color scheme. This informative article explains everything you need to know to choose the...

  • 14

    DIY Pendant Lights

    3 years ago

    Making your own pendant light fixture isn't nearly as hard as you might think. This article not only tells you how to make it but also gives directions and tons of inspiration for designing your own DIY pendant light.

  • 6

    Hollywood Regency Style Design

    2 years ago

    Hollywood Regency style in interior design is all about infusing a room with glamour and sophistication. This article has in-depth explanations on how to get the look along with lots of pictures so you can understand...

  • 9

    How to Use an Art Projector to Create Beautiful Interiors

    2 years ago

    Whether you're an amateur artist or home decorator, if you follow these step by step instructions you'll succeed in producing gorgeous decorated wall, furniture & more. Also, lots of inspiration and special tips on...

  • 22

    Early Signs of Pregnancy Before Missed Period

    15 months ago

    Do you think you might be pregnant? This article details the symptoms of pregnancy so you'll know for sure, even before you've skipped a period.

  • 18

    Decorating with Wallpaper: Projects That Use 1 Roll or Less

    2 years ago

    While wallpapering an entire room can be very costly nobody is going to go broke by buying just one role and oh, the things you can do with that one role of wallpaper! Read on for lost of inspiring and creative tips for...

  • 10

    DIY Headboard Ideas

    2 years ago

    Discover how to make gorgeous headboards for very little money. Tips that will make you the envy of all your friends that are fun, unique and easy to do.

  • 4

    Mulled Wine Recipes

    3 years ago

    Mulled wine is a delicious spiced wine drink served warm during the winter months. It's easy to make & perfect for creating a cozy feeling. Read on to learn how to make mulled wine at home.

  • 2

    The Age of Enlightenment: a New Perspective for a New Age

    3 years ago

    Neoclassicism was in fact a revolt against the abundance and vulgarity of the Baroque era. It wasn't just a change in design aesthetics but also a return to what was perceived as a more pure era in terms of life's...

  • 2

    The Bauhaus Designers and Their Designs

    2 years ago

    The Bauhaus era was one of the most influential in terms of modern design and architecture. With out the designers of this short lived but incredibly prolific group, the look and feel of modern design as we know it...

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    The Bauhaus and It's Influence on Modern Design

    3 years ago

    The Bauhaus school gave us some of our most influential designers. Discover who they were how they changed our cities, ideas about modern furniture and art. This article includes a brief history and lots of pictures.

  • 5

    William Morris

    3 years ago

    Discover why William Morris is considered The Father of Interior Design. This article gives a brief history, lists examples of his most important works and shows lots of pictures.

  • 2

    The Origins of Neoclassicism

    3 years ago

    A brief history of design leading up to Neoclassic style with a full explanation of what Neoclassic style is and how to distinguish it from other styles. Lots of examples of the most important building and architects...

  • 6

    Union Jack Interior Design Trend

    2 years ago

    Union Jacks have been used in design motifs for years. Wether you'd like your rooms to looks a little edgier or more refined, this article explains how to incorporate the the Union Jack into your design schemes. Lots...

  • 3

    Charles Rennie Mackintosh

    3 years ago

    Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a true renaissance man who was directly responsible for iconic design that is still popular today. Discover what inspired him and learn about his myriad of contributions to interior design...

  • 0

    Mies van der Rohe and Lafayette Park, Detroit

    3 years ago

    Lafayette Park is one of the most beautiful areas of Detroit and it was almost entirely designed by the icon Mies van der Rohe. Discover what makes this little pocket of Motor City such a gem.

  • 0

    Ludwig Mies van der Rohe & Le Corbusier

    3 years ago

    Ludwig Mies van der Rohe & Le Corbusier are the fathers of modern design both architecturally and interior design. The article gives a brief history for both and highlights some of their most important achievements...

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    Le Corbusier

    3 years ago

    A brief history of Le Corbusier's life and in depth examination of his most prominent works. Discover why he's still considered one of the world's most important designers. I bet you recognize some of his furniture,...

  • 1

    Eclecticism: Yesterday & Today

    3 years ago

    Eclectic Design is one of the most popular interior design styles today. But if you don't know how to pull it off it can look like a flea market exploded in your house. Learn what makes good eclectic design work in...

  • 0

    Building a Life and a Business in Guatemala

    3 years ago

    An interview with an expat American who's made a life for himself and his family in Guatemala. He explains the pros and cons, what to look out for and what to avoid.

  • 2

    Heirloom Quality Christmas Ornaments or the Most Beautiful Ornaments of 2010

    3 years ago

    One of my favorite things about Christmas is decorating our Christmas tree and I always kick off the Christmas season by buying a new ornament for our tannenbaum. I am not much for your everyday ornaments that you can...

  • 4

    Rococo vs. Baroque in Interior Design

    3 years ago

    Rococo and Baroque can be difficult to tell apart. Discover what distinguishes the styles of these two important eras. This article explains how to recognize style elements of Rococo and Baroque art, architecture and...

  • 6

    The Age of Exuberance: Baroque Era Design

    2 years ago

    How Baroque Design and Architecture influenced interior design back in it's own day as well as in modern times.

  • 15

    Beautiful Headboard Inspirations

    3 years ago

    Discover how to make gorgeous upholstered headboards for very little money. Tips that will make you the envy of all your friends that are fun, unique and easy to do.

  • 0

    Interior Design Illustrated Marker and Watercolor Techniques (learn to render)-Book Review

    3 years ago

    Book Review of Interior Design Illustrated Marker and Watercolor Techniques. This is my number one go-to book when I'm looking for advice and examples for rendering a texture, fabric or piece of furniture. Christina...

  • 0

    Beach Bum Business Ideas

    3 years ago

    In economic times such as these, sometimes you just want to pack it up and move to a warm and sunny spot. But how would you support yourself? This article lists 10 ideas to get your dream of living the easy life...

  • 0

    Domino: The Best Interior Design Book for Non-Designers

    2 years ago

    Are you thinking about redecorating your home? Of the thousands of books out there, there is only one that indispensable. This review of Domino details what's so great about it and why everyone should have a copy in...

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