In the 13th-arrondissement of Paris, on the Rue Édouard Manet, stands this beautiful blue coloured C.O.Q Hotel (C.O.Q stands for Community of Quality). The thought behind the hotel is that it is a club run by and for it’s members. Clients, friends and visitors can all use the hotel’s city guide ánd they can contribute to it so you can share your experiences and finds with other travelers to the wonderful city of Paris, such a nice idea!! The C.O.Q. Hotel is designed with a special attention to details and the desire to value the modern French know-how. They created a boutique hotel that feels like a personal home, the rooms are so elegant and comfortable decorated in these fantastic blue tones and antique artwork. And to make the hotel even more perfect, it has a winter garden, lovely to sit back and relax after a long and hectic day in Paris!
Away from the chaos of Buenos Aires, in one of its residential neighbourhoods, stands this wonderful architectural home of architect Alejandro Sticotti. Casa Olivos is a spacious property that truly embraces the wonderful garden that surrounds the home thanks to the use of floor to ceiling windows that make you feel as if you’re sitting in a garden instead of a home. The design of the building was centered on linking the inside with the outside and making the home transparant, so there is no extravagant luxury, the home is decorated with basic materials such as wood and concrete. I especially love the kitchen with the simple marble workspace, open shelves and no lower cabinets. I can just imagine living here and wander barefoot through the garden and the wonderful open spaces of this home. It must feel a bit like you’re always on vacation and who wouldn’t want that!
If there is one thing that Scandinavians are good at, it’s design. So it’s not surprising that you can find the most stunning hotels in these countries. Miss Clara is a design hotel with a boutique feeling in the center of the Swedish capital Stockholm. The hotel is located in a beautiful Art Nouveau building from 1910, that was formerly a girl’s school Atheneum. The rooms are sparsely furnished but they are very comfortable, with beautiful dark herringbone floors and the use of good, solid materials. The rooms have large windows and the walls to the bathroom are made of frosted glass to fully make use of the natural light that floods in the rooms. It is such a beautiful hotel, that embraces the Art Nouveau style, with a wonderful warm feeling and decorated with an exquisite eye for design, I would love to stay in Miss Clara when I go to Stockholm.
So many great homes posted this week on Gravity Tumblr (my Tumblr has a new url it is now gravityhome.tumblr.com but when you go to old posts with the old url you will get redirected to the new one, so no problems in seeing al the posts of the past I hope). Here are some highlights from this week on Gravity Tumblr!
Yesterday we visited the home of blogger Johanna Bradford that had come up for sale in Göteborg. Today we take a look inside the tiny studio apartment of blogger and interior stylist Josefin Hååg that has been put up for sale through real estate agency Fantastic Frank in Stockholm. Even though the studio apartment is only 20 square meter it has everything you need in an apartment, the tiny home has a sleeping area with a double bed (and a wonderful gallery wall), a dining table, a sitting space and a tiny kitchen. She has kept her studio simple, only using white, grey and black and because of the large window the studio feels very light and even spacious. This tiny studio apartment is the absolute proof that bigger isn’t always better!
Only last week I became completely in obsessed with this home of blogger Johanna Bradford when she posted a home tour on her own blog photographed by Kristin Lagerqvist. I posted those wonderful images on Tumblr and today we get spoiled with even more fantastic photographs of her home, because it just hit the market through real estate agency Entrance Mäkleri. Anders Bergstedt, who photographs for Entrance Mäkleri, never fails in showing us the most wonderful photographs of the most stunning homes in Göteborg and they certainly don’t disappoint this time. I love the soft tones, the use of wallpaper and the vintage feel you get from this home. I wouldn’t change a thing if I were to move in!
When you have a nice collection of photographs and art, you would like to show it off in your home and be surrounded by the memories and the stories those images hold for you. You could of course frame your pictures and create a nice gallery wall, but what if you don’t want that? There are many other ways to show of all the pictures that you love so much. Here are some original ways to display your photograph and art collection.
This year, Ikea wil release a new art collection in collaboration with photographers. In april we can all go to our nearest IKEA store and buy these limited addition photographes. IKEA has asked 11 photographers to participate in this years IKEA Art Event, among others Mandy Barker, Mathieu César, Bobby Doherty and Natalia Edenmont.
In Berlin with views over the Spree river stands this former factory from 1880 that is turned into a residential property that you can rent on Airbnb. The loft is a combination of modern features such as the new bathroom and kitchen, and original raw elements such as the exposed brick walls and the concrete ceiling. The owner of the industrial loft is an art gallery owner so it comes as no surprise that the loft is filled with a great art collection that is always changing. The loft is sparsely furnished with vintage items and the bedroom and bathroom area is seperated from the rest of the loft with two thin walls to create some privacy in such a large space. This loft is truly a wonderful stay for art and design lovers.