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2019 most exciting trend, fringes!

Happy New Year! It is time to start looking at what we are going to love in 2019 and what is new out there.

One of the most exciting trends this year comes again from the past and it is fringes (you are probably going to regret giving away your Grandma’s armchair any minute now..).

If you opt for a bold color or a more conservative nuance, fringes will vest your sofas and armchairs, giving your room a more glamorous bodouir aspect!

Velvet, damask and jacquard textiles complement the use of fringes particularly well but I have also seen fringes made from the same dark brown, luxury ranch-style leather from sofas.

I love the collection Fringes by Munna, its armchairs  and the sofas (see below some examples) look fabulous from the front, the side and the back and they come in a series of vibrant amazing colors so it was difficult to pick only two to show you.

If you want to revamp an old armchair, you can copy the Gucci armchair and stud the fringe along the base of the seat, a cheap and easy trick.

Keep in mind that the fringe doesn’t need to replicate the dominant color of the seat but actually a contrast adds interest.

What to expect then? It is time to stop eating and drinking and start getting creative around the house!

“Fringes” by Munna.

GG Jaguar Armchair by Gucci.

Octopus Jaguar Armchair by Gucci.

Chair Didi by Abhika.

“Fringes” by Munna.

Antique Napoleon III armchair by 145 Antiques.

Couture Light Blue Pouf by Lorenza Bossoli for Artemest.

Crapaud Armchair by La Redoute.

Baxter T-Arm sofa by Jonathan Adler.

in Color Inspiration, Furniture, Interiors

White is back (and rounded sofas)

White is back in fashion or I would it be better to say a fascinating range of off whites and beiges are back in fashion.

In fashion and in interior design, it is evident that there is a desire to create looks that last, a revival of natural materials and shades, an appetite for quality and classicism.

Andreas Martin-Löf‘s interiors perfectly represent these new intentions.

Andreas Martin-Löf‘s practice is based in Stockholm, Sweden with an award-winning portfolio and the apartment shown below is actually the architect Andreas Martin-Löf‘s house in Vasastan, Stockholm.

It is a space where a lot of attention has been put into every little detail, a space with an essential decor but not cold. Surely it is a place that communicates calmness.

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Umasqu wall art, a present you won’t return.

Every year Christmas starts earlier.

This year, at the end of November, shop windows were already decorated with Christmas trees and stuff, and the city was already infested with advertisements for Christmas.

If we carry on like this, considering climate change, in a little while we will only have two seasons:  Summer and Winter/Christmas plus dozens of commercial anniversaries like Halloween, Mother’s day or Black Friday.

As you probably know by now, I am not a romantic at heart when we speak about Christmas, there is too much fuss for nothing in my book, if it wasn’t for the fact that Christmas allows me to have a little holiday and the fact that I love culinary traditions, I would be the reincarnation of Mister Scrooge.

I dislike waste as well and Christmas is the time where people buy things just because they feel obliged to give presents to people.

When I say that, I often have someone like Alex telling me that receiving and buying presents can be a pleasure, it is an act of love. Ok, but it doesn’t sound like that when you hear people huffing and puffing because they don’t know what to get for their relatives or people waiting for their friends to leave so they can comment on the awful presents or the amount of unwanted stuff taken to charities shops or simply the general choice of verbs used when referring to their Christmas shopping: “I have to buy a present for..” (I never say “I have to” when it is an act of love, you see).

The good news is that there are a few things around that almost everybody would like to receive, like the Umasqu wall art. The bad news is that people rarely buy these sort of things.

The amazing Umasqu masks and wall art in wood, formica, MDF  are available at www.umasqu.com with free delivery shipping.

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Coco by Larose Guyon

I always tell my clients to invest in lights. A beautiful quality lamp is for ever.

You move it around, you change its place, you take it with you when you move and worse case scenario you store it somewhere until, inevitably, you find a place for it again.

Quality lights are better made and the details are fundamental in such a simple yet prominent object in any space.

At the end of the day lights are most lit things in your house.
Quality lamps are also generally sturdier, an important characteristic above all when speaking about floor and wall lights.

The good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to buy a quality light. Brands like Artemide, Flos, Foscarini, Gubi have some iconic pieces that won’t break the bank and can be mixed with cheaper lights from Ikea or Muuto’s or Normann Copenhagen’s.

Then there are some lights that make a statement, that decorate the entire space with their presence, that are memorable.

These lights sometimes have important prices obviously because they don’t just fulfil their duty but they fill the room, they are  sculptures  like this one called Coco by Larose Guyon, a piece of suspended glowing jewellery.

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Wood and concrete for the restaurant Ryù

The Japanese restaurant Ryù in Westmount (Canada), designed by Ménard Dworkind is a very good example of natural elegance.

The interior design rotates around lines and circles, wood and concrete. Straight lines, which are in the panelling, the bar wooden chairs, the wooden strips above the bar, the lines of the concrete bricks that form the bar, the suspensions, the floor boards mix perfectly with the circles which are in the rounded seats and armchairs around the rounded tables, the rounded light bulbs of the suspensions, the hole in the base of the bar chairs but also the curve of the stripy panelling above the bar in contrast with sharp angles of the lights above the bar.

Two natural materials like concrete and wood dominate the space and combine the two geometric elements. It is all grey and a warm honey wood color inside the restaurant Ryù a part from accents of emerald green/blue (plants and upholstery) and black (the pendants, the pipes, some architectural spots lights, the uniforms).

The scraps on the walls look like an abstract painted forest, giving the dismissed wall look a new meaning.

For more concrete inspiration, have a look at the original Caso Do Coto Hotel in Porto or at Olimpia and Edoardo’s apartment in Rome or get some DIY ideas on how to use cinder blocks in your interiors.

Photos by David Dworkind.

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Punk baroque candles by Coreterno

It is time for candles, the clock turned back and we have all shifted towards a winter mood again.

Well let’s use it as an excuse to get some punk baroque candles, like these ones by Coreterno. I’ve also included some of their prints because I think they are pretty cool as well!

In her last editorial Cinzia Felicetti, editor of Marie Claire Maison Italia and a very talented writer if I may say so, underlines how we should focus on the slow change of the seasons and their magnificent beauty instead of focusing on the passing of time or the accumulation time on our shoulders. A very wise advice.

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Gorgeous furniture by Anna Karlin

Lets speak about this.

This gorgeous, sweet looking girl called Anna Karlin

……who designs the gorgeous, sexy furniture below.

I am not a green-eye monster generally but some people seem to be blessed with beauty and talent, some more than others, let’s be honest.

Now, the question is, does being beautiful help in being successful?

I think it can either help you or in the long run make it more difficult. If you manage to rely on your looks and actually invest in your personality and abilities, being good-looking is a strength. If you only rely on your looks, you generally grow fragile because you need a lot more than that to safely cruise along in this world.

But let’s speak about the gorgeous furniture collection the super talented Anna Karlin has designed.

The stools or occasional tables are very interesting and elegant.

The black planters are basically the only planters I have seen that look like a piece of furniture and not a cage for pots.

I am in love !!!

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Powder shades and a great use of (a small) space.

This place attracted my attention for the use of color: pink, a pinky terracotta, a powder pink, a powder beige-pink. The different areas and rooms are unified by the use of all these shades that the eye perceives as variations of the same pink color, when in reality they are all different colors; these shades also look more intense or more brilliant according to the amount or quality of light coming through the windows as well.

At a second glance I was hooked by the sapient division of the space.

This is a 48 square metre apartment, basically a big room divided according to functions, an entryway and a bathroom (of which no photos were published because they are probably too small or with no windows). The owners are a Swedish couple that managed to transform a problem (the lack of space) into an opportunity.

The laying of the wooden floor and the colors help separate and unite the areas at the same time.

The bedroom is cleverly closed by a 3/4 plasterboard wall and framed glass windows and doors, to let the light flow in but also makes it private when necessary (is that a stripy curtain, the one I can see to the right of the window door on the third photo from the top? I am pretty sure).

Overall it is a place full of good bits to copy, including the kitchen with its cabinets in pine plywood.

A few years ago I published another example – more industrial- of how to divide the space with glass windows,  a Paris apartment by Studio Moc.

Photos by Jonas Gustavsson for Elle Decoration Sweden through Planete Deco

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Sexy armchairs

Even if in Rome the summer doesn’t seem to want to finish, I can already envision myself wearing a jumper, snuggled up in an armchair reading (and with a glass of red wine nearby).

Maybe I have just enough of the heat but in reality, I love Autumn. I like the slightly nostalgic golden light, typical of October, I like the sensation of the long sleeves on skin after months of exposure, I like sleeping with a light blanket after a long period of sweating, I like making good resolution for the school year ( yes, I still divide my life into school years)

To help you share my mood which is definitely not melancholic, I am going to show you some sexy, fabulous, design armchairs.

Most of these models are very new, some were released last year but they are all going to transform your living room and nobody will be able to resist sitting down on them!

“Geo” by Saba

“Nilson” by Verzelloni

“Vincent” by Swoon.

“Hepburn” by The Conran Shop

“Blendy” by De Padova.

“Archibold” by Frau.

“Fanny” by Fendi Casa.

 

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Extendable console tables by Mobili Fiver

Good evening!

As usual I am having a very busy September, and October is starting to fill up as well. I have something on every weekend: friends visiting, short breaks away, working Saturdays, birthday parties: it looks like my first free weekend will be in November!

Apart from the usual work load and intense social life, I am helping a friend redecorate her house.

She has recently separated from her partner and she wants to refresh the look of her apartment (it is actually true, heart broken women willing to start again change their hairstyle or the house style).

Often, in big cities above but not only, the issue is space and budget.

My strategy is to invest in some nice lights and art, in some versatile pieces of furniture and opt for a slim sofa and armchairs to maximize the space.

Mobili Fiver has some key transformable consoles and tables at very reasonable prices. I got my friend an extendable console table that doubles as a dining table, perfect for when she has friends or the large family. The consolle we went for is called First (see photo below) and it measures 90x45x76 cm when closed  but it can be extended up to 305 cm and host up to 14 people!

The opening mechanism is uncomplicated and it has 5 easy-to-assembly extensions; according to how many extensions you insert the console can become 149 cm, 201 cm, 253 cm or 305 cm.

The price is very affordable because Mobili Fiver produces in Italy and doesn’t have showrooms or middle men, they just sell online; in this way they can cut costs and have more competitive prices.

The convenience to have an extendable console consists also in the fact that it is easy to carry and it doesn’t take much space.

It can save your life in a holiday house as well, in the terrace or garden; when needed, you can carry it outside easily.

Also the tables from the same brand have linear shapes and the same extendable advantage. Some, like the model “Easy” pictured below, becomes 220 cm long and the extensions can be put under the top of the table when closed; others, like for instance the model “Eldorado” from square (90 x 90 cm) becomes rectangular 180 cm x 90 cm.

It is worth keeping Mobili Fiver in mind, because many of us, despite how big are our houses are, don’t have enough space…or too many guests!

The extendable console First in Oak.

The extendable console “Angelica”.

A detail of the “First” console in Rustic Wood.

The extendable table “Easy”.

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