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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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Leila Ataya, my latest obsession

Leila Ataya is my latest obsession. I love the sexiness of her dark age futuristic heroines. I love the detail in her paintings.

I know in my last post I ranted about what a waste of money and time Christmas presents can be sometimes but this is different.

So my dear friends and family (or I should say, my dear Father Christmas), could I please have a painting from Leila Ataya this year?

I have been a good girl, I promise….

 

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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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Less doesn’t always mean more

Less doesn’t always mean more and this townhouse in Brentford, designed by Doris Lee, proves it. It is a blast of colours, patterns and surreal wall art.

This is probably Doris’s, a self-taught Australian born interior designer now based in London, most extravagant project.

She picked a deep blue for the kitchen and living area and brightened it up with accents of emerald green. Some walls are covered in cork, a material largely used in the Eighties in some Mediterranean countries and now back in fashion.

There are numerous types of cork wallpaper available on the market but unfortunately I can’t recommend any particular supplier because I have not used it yet; maybe one of my readers could point out a good place where to get some from.

Doris then used some fun, colourful, fairy-tale wallpaper and plenty of playful, retro wall-art and objects. The textiles are not predictable, they even add to the project.

A fun space for sure.

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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.

in Interiors, Ispiration, Outdoor

Treehouse hotels

Hello my lovely readers, how are you?

I am well, I spent the entire afternoon at home today because Giulio had a bad cough and I didn’t have a back up sitter. It was actually nice, I managed to do the little chores around the house that I generally do in super-fast mode (and probably badly). However I am never quite on top of things but, if the situation is under control, I don’t mind it.

It is part of my personality, not saving myself and making an effort to do things that, I believe, make my life more beautiful. For instance I always set the table properly even if it is only me and Giulio dining. I always put a fork and knife even if I know we probably won’t use it, I always put a bowl and a flat dish and a napkin.

Life is too short to not make an effort.

It doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to spend a week or two in one of the resorts shown below of course, even if I could probably find a way to keep myself busy.

Which one would you go for?

They are all incredible but the one I like best is the Kingston Treehouse even if I don’t understand how you don’t find a monkey in your bed..or maybe that is part of the fun…

Ka Bru Forest Villa, Itacarè, Bahia.

Treehotel, Harads, Sweden.

Kingston Treehouse, Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa.

Sanctuary Baines, Botswana.

Nay Palad Bird Nest, Segera Resort, Kenya.

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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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