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in Arts+ Crafts, Color Inspiration, Furniture, Interiors, Ispiration

Tropical and colonial marvel

I am working from home today. I am here in front of my computer, the cat sleeping on my lap, purring away like a coffee machine, a smiley blue sky outside. It is one of those days in Rome where you can smell spring in the air. The quality of the light, the warm temperature, the first buds on trees deceive your brain and heart, making you believe that spring is just around the corner. Part of me is hoping for another two months of cold weather, I am not sure I can resist until the summer with this glorious sun, my mind gets into a dangerous excited and playful mood that makes concentrating a hard task.

You all know I love de Gournay, a collection of hand painted Chinoiserie wallpapers called The Colony designed exclusively for the newly renovated Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.

This large scale scenic mural comes from the collaboration with the French maison with Colony owner Sarah Wetenhall and de Gournay and inspired by the original mid-century mural that adorned the hotel lobby when it first opened in 1947.

The joyful wallpaper depicting flamingos, monkeys, alligators, panthers and luxurious fauna and the furniture picked by Kemble Interiors perfectly combine, achieving a look that it is at the same time colonial, feminine, humorous and tropical. 

Photography by Carmel Brantley, courtesy de Gournay.

in Furniture, Interiors, Outdoor

Love at first sight: Filicudi chair

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Filicudi chair entered powerfully in my wish list. It is elegant, Mediterranean looking and with a naturalistic shape.

Designed by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba, one of the most promising young designers around, Filicudi Chair is produced by the super fun brand Qeeboo.

It takes its name from the Eolian island Filicudi, where prickly pears grow everywhere.

The seat is made of polyethylene and the base is metal; it is ideal for indoor and outdoor in all its colors, black, white, balsam green, bright green.

It was love at first sight like for Nemo by Fabio Novembre for Driade.

I am going to have to get one, thankfully it is in the market for a reasonable price!

in Furniture, Interiors, Ispiration, People

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 !!!

in Furniture, Interiors, Outdoor

Add some fun with a cactus

Cactus has always been perceived as a fun plant. It must be their shape (and I am not going into that) or the fact that they so resilient and primitive looking or just because of their peculiar name.

As a matter of fact,  I have noticed that only fun people decide to decorate with cactus shaped objects or textiles represented cacti.

So if you also want to join the clan and you are looking for some inspiration, here is a selection of ideas to make your life a bit more…pricky!

If you like the tropical trend in general, check out my post with some advice or discover some amazing wallpapers here.

A 170 cm high cactus by Gufram.

White porceilan set of cactai from I Love Retro.

Cactus juicer from Red Candy

Cuilko textile by Pierre Frey

Serving dish by Hallmark.

Cactai candles from Not On The High Street

 

A colourful pencil holder from Red Candy

Cactus framed art by Houzz.

 

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in Color Inspiration, Interiors, Ispiration

Elegant and masculine: Hotel National des Arts et Métiers

Paris must have the most beautiful hotels in the world.

I have written a number of posts about Parisien hotels on +deco but there is always something new to show you, like the Hotel National des Arts and Métiers, a real gem designed by Raphael Navot.

The hotel is elegant, timeless and masculine which, in a period characterized by  pink and gold abuse, is refreshing.

The use of colors, from the light blues to the earthy red and green, is masterful .

The grey marble staircase is a sculpture. The geometrical design makes the granite floor look like a soft rug.

The linen tapestry painted (picture below) with Japanese ink by Gael Davrinche is a poetic representation of the mood of a sea sky.

The rest is elegant and sober, for a calming experience.

And you, which one do you like best between the Hotel National des Arts and Métiers shown here and the Hotel Henriette or Hotel Panache ?

Photos by  Eve Campestrini @thesocialitefamily

in Interiors, Ispiration

Good Last Minute Christmas Presents

It is that time of the year when people start feeling compelled to spend money: stock up on food and booze, decorate the house as much as possible, buy presents, even small useless things.

I have never been a compulsive buyer, I have always found shopping satisfying but only when I buy things I use, and in the last few years I have become even more practical, I buy less but better. Moreover I have never been that Christmassy so I am not at risk of overdoing it.

In a world where buying has become a compulsion that effects our environment and our society, it is not just important but also modern and clever to make different choices.

If you are not ready yet to give up this Christmas present thing and you are still wondering what to buy for your beloved, I would like to propose some alternative ideas.

  • PLANT A TREE

In a world that needs to breath more, planting a tree is precious act of love. I have planted a few through the website Treedom

but there are a number of valid options on the net. You just have to pick a tree according to your budget, pay for it and then give or send all the details to the person you are giving the present to. This person will be able to follow the growth of the tree and monitor how much oxygen the tree produces.

It is literally a breath of fresh air buying a tree for someone.

  • GIVE AN EXPERIENCE

Instead of buying a probably useless object or something people have an abundance of (which nowadays is most things), give a person an experience.

This doesn’t mean buying a hot air ballon trip but could mean organizing something nice with your beloved. For instance you could take them to the cinema and cheekily open a bottle of bubbles while watching the movie or you could take your mum for the best tea in town.

  • DONATE TO A CHARITY

Donate some money to a charity that help kids, homeless or people affected by natural disasters is highly satisfying because with a small sum you can do a great deal.
Donating some money to a place you have been to or you would like to visit with the person the present is for an has been affected by a hurricane or tsunami for instance, is a particularly thoughtful present that your friend will appreciate and understand.

  • BUY SOME FABRIC

Alex always makes fun of me when I propose buying some fabric as a present but if you think about it, it is a brilliant idea: people can use it in many different ways making their own or having cushions made for them, tote bags, shawls, tops, little decorative flags, travel bags etc. It can be easily stored and if they don’t like it that much, they can still use it because it is one thing to wear a pair of earrings you don’t like but it is another to have an underwear bag made out of a fabric you wouldn’t have picked.

  • GIVE SOME SHARES IN A CROWD-FUNDED BUSINESS

This is my favourite because it is the most original. I am sure your friend will appreciate the originality of the idea as well as the possibility of having a small share in a potentially successful business.

One of my suppliers once told me he bought a friend of his 10 scratch card for every year since she had been born for her birthday . The birthday girl received 400 scratch cards and won nothing, not even 2 euros.

This is a totally different cup of tea. When you take part in crowd-funding you are helping someone realise a dream, in many cases you contribute to the making of a cool or useful object or service and in the best case scenario you invest in a potentially growing idea.

  • BUY A BOOK

I think books enrich people and they can be such a personal present as well if you choose well. And after all if you’re enriching those around you you benefit from being around more enriched people, it’s a win win!

I hope I have convinced you to at least think differently about some of your Christmas presents and invest in something that could have a bigger impact on the receiver and less impact on an increasingly excessive materialistic world.

If not check my post “A few good ideas for Christmas presents” or “Christmas Gift Ideas” or “Christmas present post”.

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in Furniture, Interiors, Ispiration

Amazonico

Please take me to Amazonico in Madrid!

Sandro Silva‘s  and Marta Seco‘s restaurant looks so inviting and apparently the food with dishes from different countries, from Brazil to China, Argentina, India, Peru, and Japan is a must try as well.

A good excuse to go back to Madrid!

in Interiors

Samantha Santana’s bold peel and stick wallpaper

I got very enthusiastic recently about Samantha Santana’s wallpaper. First of all it is an explosion of bright colours, a blast of flowers; also her wallpaper, in the peel and stick version, is very convenient not just because of the price but also because it is easy to apply and easy to remove unlike traditional wallpaper (and you can find this version as well on Samatha Santana‘s website).

It is a good idea for photo shoot backgrounds as well (and this is why it caught my attention in the first place)

Samantha Santana’s designs almost have a photographic definition that gives them depth and a more contemporary look. They are in fact much more audacious than many of the flowery country-house-style wallpaper on the market.

On Samantha Santana‘s website there is a video where she shows how to apply them onto the wall; it looks very easy.

This fabric wallpaper is printed on a woven material with green eco-friendly inks which make it even more appealing.

Before putting it up though, make yourself sure that the plaster on the wall is compact and not about to crumble (even if it doesn’t look like it is sometimes it does). It is advisable in fact to test the material on the wall first.

In any case, I am sure you can think of many different places to use this summery uplifting wallpaper!

Samantha is based in the USA but she happily delivers all over the world. She is really nice and helpful and she answers your queries normally within hours.

So, have I convinced you, shall we do a cumulative order?
For some tropical wallpaper, see here or for some other don’t-go-unnoticed wallpaper by Hermes, see here.

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in DIY, Furniture, Interiors, Ispiration, Outdoor

Cinder blocks DIY ideas

I have seen a cute coffee table made with cinder blocks in a bar a few days ago which has inspired me to collect some ideas about cinder blocks DIY furniture for you.

Cinder blocks come in standard sizes and they are often use in buildings because of their low cost. A block costs around 2 euros (these days 2 euros is roughly 2 pounds and 2 dollars, just to give you an idea).  The holes make the blocks lighter without compromising the mechanical strength. If you like the industrial look, cinder blocks can be used as legs for beds or tables and in many other creative ways, some of which are shown below. I like the idea of using them as planters.

Cinder blocks are already quite a statement so if you decide to use them, remember to keep the decoration of the surrounding simple and according to the style. For instance, concrete goes really well with aged wood.

For more inspiration about how to use concrete in your house, check all the posts related to the subject in my blog.

Image credit : Maiko Nagao

Image credit : Design Tripper

Image credit : Dwell

Image credit: FANCY!

Image credit : Little Miss Momma

Image credit : Wise DIY

Image credit : Home Edit

in Color Inspiration, Furniture, Interiors, Ispiration

Original inspiration from the Milan furniture fair

I am back from Milan where I spent a few days trying to spot some original ideas at the 56th Salone del Mobile.

I don’t want to show you images of trends that you already know about, like golden and copper hardware or the plant mania, I would like to propose to you some ideas you probably haven’t considered yet.

I walked around searching for something new or at least unseen on blogs and magazines, not an easy task; below is an inspiring selection of ideas.

  • LIT WALLS

Photographic panels lit from behind represent a sort of window on to a panorama or fantastic view.

They give depth to the room and they create an open horizon, giving the wall a new life.

In order to achieve a similar result you need a very high definition image (I advise you to pick a panorama, definitely nothing personal like a family photo), and a professional company specialised in making these sort of things. The led lighting behind is the fruit of expertise not something you can try to do yourself.

This look is also perfect for hotels and offices.

  • VERY FAKE CACTAI

Plants are the must have accessory this year. They are everywhere, real or drawn on textiles or wallpaper.

I saw some plastic decorations shaped like cacti and I love them. The pop version of plants. Ok, not really ecological but definitely forever, even inside and in dark corners!

 

  • FURNITURE WITH SPEAKERS

Why not incorporate speakers into our pieces of furniture?

The two cabinets by Miniforms wink at the past with a big speaker that reminds me of a gramophone but in very contemporary colors and finishings.

Below is a photo of myself posing (it is quite obvious I suppose) on a red armchair with incorporated speakers for a intimate, relaxing, dolby surround experience.

  • LEATHER INSERTIONS

We have already said that natural materials are back and brown leather is one of them, very present in fashion and in interiors these days.

For a different look take inspiration from the insertions of brown leather like in the photos below.

A cushion, the edge of a throw or the padding of a chair will give your furniture a luxury look without going for an all-out “Out of Africa” look.

  • ROUNDED ARMCHAIRS AND SOFAS

More than once whilst walking around the Salone del Mobile, I thought of Stanley Kubrick. The Seventies are back with their colors, their atmosphere and their shapes.

Armchairs and sofas have lost their sharpness and corners have became curves. Rounded armchairs and sofas are particularly good when not close to walls or when in the middle of a room instead of traditional blocks of furniture.

 

  • TOTAL COLOR

Using one color or a maximum of two for everything in the room is the new chic. If the color is bright or unusual like in the photo below even better.

It is not easy to find lights that are the same color as the rest of the furniture but if you can you can be sure it will have a wow factor. Some shining details like golden handles will avoid the room looking like a massive bucket of paint fell on it.

  • WEIRD CABINETS

Thinking outside of the box is a good way to create something original.

It looks like the designers cut the cabinets into pieces and then reassembled them after too many glasses of wine but the result is refreshing. They have managed to create pieces of furniture that give character to a room, are quirky and beautifully made.

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