in Furniture, Interiors, Ispiration

Intelligent kids furniture

I was looking for a bunk bed for Giulio’s room and I came across this great collection of furniture by Rafa Kids.  This Dutch company was founded by a married couple after the interest created by a bed they designed for their first son. It includes solid and space-saving bunk-beds, desks, stools, slides -all without sharp corners-, rags and vary accessories: simple designs with three main colour themes (dark-brown, natural and white-wash) that are appropriate for different ages. 

I have recently developed an interest in a city I actually don’t know much about, Amsterdam. Two friends of ours moved there a few years ago and they are really satisfied and happy despite the harsh climate for Italians at least! The city is not too big and it is very well organized and the Dutch are friendly and easy-going. Moreover, properties are much cheaper than in Rome. Maybe in 2016?
What do you think, do you like Amsterdam?

in Interiors, Ispiration

Concrete tiles

 Concrete tiles are very trendy now and often used in kitchens and bathrooms. We bought some in 2011 from Mosaic der Sur and installed them between the oak counter top and the wall units of our Ikea kitchen; every single person who walks into our apartment makes a positive comment about them.  
Concrete tiles add some colour, a pattern and an exotic touch to an interior without the glossiness and coldness often associated with ceramic tiles. Concrete tiles are also easy to maintain and don’t show dirt up as much. If you decide to buy some, make yourself sure that the person who is going to lay them is familiar with this product; they are in fact much thicker than normal tiles and more difficult to cut. Also if you purchase some concrete tiles online, keep in mind that the colours displayed are only indicative and that they are probably going to be much darker. 
In a simple and elegant space like the one above, dominated by white and wood (photos by Fabienne Delafraye and Yoann Cimier from Cote Sud April/May 2014), they look good all around the house.


in Furniture

Cool hooks

The Dots by Muuto
Monsier Dress Up by Loyalloot
Stone Hook by Vivaterra
Kawenzmann by Artificial-Pop Corn
Ribbon by Via
Grundtal by Ikea

I am so tired tonight and in need of a good night’s sleep that I am only going to post some images and a big good night or good day wherever you are!

in DIY

Spicy DIY

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Being married to an Englishman means having at least 30 different little jars of herbs and spices in the kitchen (can someone tell me what you do with asafoetida?). Due to their multiethnic society the British have developed a taste for spicy food and have a cuisine with many influences from every corner of the world. The little jars were previously displayed on two low shelves within Giulio’s reach, so Alex decided to build some tiny shelves to host his treasure trove (allowing Giulio to discover the delights of hot chili powder in rather more conventional ways). He bought a L shaped (4,5 x 4,5 in our case) piece of wood from a DIY shop, painted it white and cut it to measure. He then attached the little shelves to the wall screwing them in with the drill. It is was a very clever, simple, cheap idea that looks great. Just don’t put the shelves up on where little baby hands can reach the Raz El Hanout, whatever that is.
in Color Inspiration, DIY, Interiors

Neat masculine bedrooms

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Four beautiful neat bedroom looks that I would almost define masculine. If you decide to keep it minimal, it’s really important to find the right balance between natural raw materials, quality textiles and distinctive details, if you don’t want it to look just bare and boring. Also if you do go for this sort of look, keep in mind that it works only if it’s clutter free (and lets be honest men sometimes don’t understand this concept). 
Quattro look lineari per la camera da letto, che defineri quasi maschili. Se vuoi andare sul minimale, è importante trovare il giusto equilibrio fra materiali naturali, tessuti di qualità e dettagli di carattere, altrimenti il risultato potrebbe essere spoglio e noioso. Inoltre, se si opta per questo tipo di look, bisogna tenere presente che funziona solo se tenuto ordinato e con pochi oggetti.