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.
It must have been years ago that I first saw images of this home photographed by Petra Bindel, I probably posted them on my Tumblr at the time, but a complete home tour (that was featured on Elle Decoration this week) of this light Scandinavian home is just too wonderful not to make a proper blog post of. This home is completely in the style that Scandinavian homes are so well known for. Use of colour is brought back to a minimum and the colours that are used are very soft, like the grey sofa, the green piano and of course that beautiful mint green kitchen. I’m thinking about creating a workspace in my own apartment and it has crossed my mind to make one in front of my French windows, so the office in this home is definitely an inspiration for me personally. Same goes for the living space in this home, I love that the sofa is freestanding, I don’t like it when furniture is always pushed against a wall, it can create a nice feeling of space if you take furniture from the walls. This apartment is definitely a perfectly styled Scandinavian home.
Hotel Le Pigalle in Paris is all about the local neighbourhood. Pigalle is an area in Paris that certainly isn’t boring, named after sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, it is a neighbourhood that has always attracted thugs, artists, musicians and adventurers. Artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec lived and worked here. The owners of Le Pigalle found that the neighbourhood lacked a spot that really reflected the vibrant energy of the area, so Le Pigalle was born. It is a very local hotel, the croissants come from a local bakery, the books are selected by a local bookstore, the music is chosen by local DJ’s and the hotel team makes sure you will truly experience the places, people and stories that make Pigalle such an interesting Paris neighbourhood. If I have to choose one word to describe this hotel I will go for ‘cool’. The hotel is mainly furnished in neutral colours with the occasional pop of red (a nod to the Pigalle reputation no doubt). The hotel rooms aren’t big but they are decorated with interesting artwork and great furniture. It doesn’t really feel like a hotel room, it could easily be a bedroom from a local (I certainly wouldn’t mind having a bedroom looking like this), which is exactly what the hotel wants you to experience, it’s all about embracing the Pigalle neighbourhood.
After a long (and slightly boring) Oscar night I have find my way to the computer for a new inspirational blog post, this time about glass walls. I love glass walls, nowadays you especially see a lot of glass walls in an industrial style f.e. in my blogposts of an industrial loft in Paris and a former leather factory in The Netherlands. But glass walls don’t only come in an industrial style, there are many different sorts of glass walls. Whether you want a modern look, a glass wall from floor to ceiling or just a partial glass wall to divide a space but still keep an open feeling whithout losing the natural light, there is a right choice for whatever style you want in your home. Let’s get inspired by these images of wonderful glass walls.
I’ve posted many homes on Tumblr again this week. Here are some highlights with links to the original Tumblr posts!
Happy sunday everyone! It’s going to be a loooong one for me, because I’ll be watching the Oscars tonight. I think I’m going to try to get some sleep somewhere this afternoon otherwise I probably won’t see the end of the show, hopefully it will be worth it!
Jewelry designer Rebekah Notkin lives with her family in an architectural designed townhouse from the 1930’s in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen. They wanted to preserve the original details of the home so they oiled the original wooden floor a dark brown. This combined with the dark blue walls creates an intense atmosphere that embraces the home’s original architectural features. As in her jewelry design she decorated her home with composition in mind, so there must be a balance: ‘something high, low, soft and hard’. The home is decorated with pieces that have history and are collected by Rebekah and her husband through their lives, especially the art deco style is one that’s prominent in their home. Gosh this home is so beautiful, I love the dark blue walls in combination with the dark wooden floor, it gives the home such a warm feeling.
Green has never been much on my radar, the colour just didn’t appeal to me a lot, but things have changed in the last year and now I really love green. Last week I already posted wonderful images by Dulux of a green and brown living room and today I will share with you the new colour ‘green-gray’ from Norrgavel. Not only is this colour available as a paint colour for your walls but it is also the new colour for their linen products for the bedroom and kitchen. It is such a beautiful warm colour and it really makes me want to paint my walls again! And aside from the inspirational paint colour I’d like to point out that great small workspace that they created in their press images. An excellent way to create a workplace when you’re living in a small space.
In Harlem, New York stands this beautiful brownstone home of musician Nina Persson and her family. The house needed quite a bit of work to make this brownstone house the home of the Persson family. On the lower floor the walls were removed to create a large living space with open kitchen while on the top floor walls were added to create extra bedrooms for the family. The previous owner had modernized the home so the Persson family had to copy and reproduce original brownstone features which they could still see in neighbouring houses. I absolutely love that they brought back the original features of the home, I always think it is such a shame if these features are removed during renovations they add so much charm and history to a home. I feel that nowadays building homes has to be fast and cheap and they don’t pay so much attention to details as they used to which is a shame. Not only in the architectural features does the home have a link to the past, also in the family’s choice of furniture and decorations is there a clear link to the past and it looks absolutely charming and cozy. There was so much attention to detail in this home it’s a true beautiful vintage New York brownstone.
Architecture firm APA London designed this former shoe factory into a theatrical loft apartment in Clerkenwell, London. The firm was asked by Dalia Ibelhauptaite (a director of opera and theatre) and Dexter Fletcher (a director of film and theatre) to transform the warehouse from the 1930s into a personal space that represented their history. Both directors were drawn to the magnificent windows that were partly hidden from view before the renovation but are now, thankfully, beautifully restored. In the center of the large space stands the big black metal box with sliding doors that can be opened on all sides which houses the bathroom and the couple’s large film and book archive. All the chosen furniture and materials were based on the couple’s family history and their travels to Japan, Belgium and Argentina which makes this industrial loft space very personal and beautiful.