I’m in a French mood today. This morning I showed you a beautiful Paris apartment on the Place des Vosges, now I’m taking you further south to Lyon. This apartment belongs to interior designers Pierre Emmanuel Martin and Stéphane Garotin of Maison Hand. This modern light filled apartment is completely the opposite of their last apartment, which was completely black. The apartment lies in a building from 1852 and kept its original details like moulding, panelled walls and a gorgeous parquet floor (oh man, I love original architectural details!). The original details can make a home quite busy so they kept the colour scheme very neutral but they filled their home with artwork and items from their travels in every room which makes it a very personal home. It’s so beautiful, can I just pack my bags and move in?
Herringbone floors, plastered ceilings, walk in closet ánd large windows. What’s not to love? And this home on the oldest square in Paris has it all. As one of the finest squares, Place des Vosges is located in the Marais district between the 3rd and 4th arrondissements of Paris and has housed many famous French people. The apartment is very light thanks to the large windows and the details in soft pink gives it a feminine feeling, with the exception of the grey industrial office space, I like that contrast. I always love a mixture of old and new in furniture and this Paris apartment has found the perfect balance. I’m longing for a trip to Paris after seeing this home, don’t you?
In Malmö stands this early 20th-century home of interior designer Helen Sturesson and her family. Even though the home is quite big, around 120 square meters, it only has two and a half rooms, which means they had to be creative not to make this home feel impersonal. The apartment still has its original features such as wallpanels and pilasters on the walls and they have created an amazing gallery wall on one side of the living room. They filled their home with old items that have personality and history (whether it’s inherited or from a flea market) and new items such as an IKEA rug, dining table and cabinets which makes the home feel very personal and cozy.
I’m a huge music fan, there’s always a tune playing in my home and I love going to concerts. I don’t have a big record collection unfortunately but I do think it looks great in a home and I definitely want to build up a collection myself. You can store your music collection in many different ways. An extremely popular way is of course the IKEA Kallax, they are the perfect size for vinyl records (and you can also use it as a room divider if your space is small, so it’s multifunctional!). But there are more ways to store your music collection: you can build in shelves or get a nice piece of furniture that also stores your record player or maybe decorate an entire room for your collection. Big or small music collection, here are some ideas.
A few weeks ago I posted a concrete cabin in Switzerland, today we go to France for some concrete love. This home by Belgian architect Nicolas Schuybroek of NS Architects is situated on the Côte d’Azur, Southern France. The single story home, called the S House, is built of concrete with large windows overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Because of the excellency in which this geomatric, minimalistic home was designed it’s truly a piece of art. The home is completely designed in concrete and the (spare) furniture that stands in this home is in earthly colours which enhances the minimalistic feeling. Despite the use of concrete all over the house it doesn’t feel cold at all thanks to the excellent design.
Happy sunday everyone!
We all know famous Swedish Real Estate Agencies as Stadshem, Alvhem Mäkleri and of course Fantastic Frank. But now a new agency has captured my eye: Historiska Hem. The name already tells you a lot about this agency, they only work with homes in the architectural style that they are passionate about. This means that they do not work with homes that were built after 1965. They invest in (among others) better photographers and interior designers and that shows in their photographes. As someone who lives in a home that is definitely not historic I always feel a ping of jealousy when I see homes that have wonderful original architectural details, it gives the home a natural warm feeling, don’t you agree? Luckily, even though you may not live in a historic home, you can definitely get inspiration from their wonderful homes, and at Historiska Hem they sure know how to style a home! I’ve already posted two homes of this agency on my Tumblr (here & here). And today they put up another home for sale and it’s stunning!
Yesterday I was doing my daily real estate stalking and I noticed the many pink sofa’s. It’s not strange of course Rose Quartz is one of the colours of the year, so a pink sofa is definitely according to style. But how do you style around your pink sofa? I’ve made a selection of inspiring spaces that rock a pink sofa.
Ever wanted to stay in a cave? Well thanks to Airbnb you can in France. Close to Amboise, where Leonardo Da Vinci lived, lies this room with open bathroom that truly embraces the troglodyte spirit. The room is furnished with only the essentials and it is perfect if you want to get away from your busy day to day life. You can rent the room on Airbnb for €75 a night, including breakfast (and wifi, if you don’t want to be secluded from the modern world entirely)
I’m multitasking at the moment, while I’m making this blogpost I’m also watching the Australian Open (Go Federer!), so to keep in the Austrialian spirit I will share an Australian home today. This Northcote home belongs to interior designer, stylist and retailer Amanda Henderson-Marks and her family. There’s a nice contrast in this home, while the living room and kitchen are very light they painted the bedroom a dramatic dark blue. Amanda herself describes her home as ‘chalky and neat rustic’ which is definitely true. I love how they were able to create such a warm living space with such neutral colours thanks to the different textiles, vintage finds and artwork. I am really loving blue lately and the bedroom in this home is such an inspiration. That little sitting space with the layered rugs is absolutely wondeful. Plus as a Dutchwoman I love the print of the Johannes Vermeer painting ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ which fits perfectly in this space.