I am definitely not a winter person (spring and summer are more my cup of tea) but one of my favorite times of the year is the beginning of fall. The days are getting shorter and we are spending more time indoors. Every year I am cozying up my home to make the most of the short days and longer evenings. It is my ‘getting-ready-for-winter ritual’ and this year I teamed up with Dutch store Leen Bakker to give my living room a warm and cozy touch. I have to admit that Leen Bakker would normally not be my first store of choice for buying furniture and interior accessories. However, they recently rebranded and changed the look of their stores and web shop. They also collaborated with well known Dutch interior magazine 101 Woonideeen with whom they designed a collection of home accessories. I was curious to try out some accessories and furniture pieces and I was pleasantly surprised. Leen Bakker is known for their low prices and I was happy to find out that, although prices are low, the products are of good quality. The chair and side tables (only 29.99 EUR for a set of two solid oak tables!) that I used are very sturdy for example. And also the wooden tray has been made of heavy quality wood. Another surprise was the design of the items that I selected for my living room. Simple, clean lines, and natural materials – because of these qualities all items seamlessly integrated in my interior. Decorating your home doesn’t have to be expensive. Surprise yourself and take a look at Leen Bakker’s website, I bet there are some items that would look great in your home! Let me and Leen Bakker know (by leaving a comment) which product you like best. We will then pick a lucky winner who will get a Leen Bakker voucher with a value of 50 EUR. Please not that this give-away is for Dutch participants only.
After years of living in the city (Paris, New York and Stockholm) Peter Simonsson and his wife Henriette dreamed of a house with a garden where they could live, work and go to the beach with their daughters Faye. They found an old farmhouse in Österlen in Southern Sweden. After an extensive renovation (only the beams and doors were left from the original buildings) their family home ready. The minimalistic interior has has a modern and light feel to it. Antique furniture pieces are combined with more modern objects. The owners mainly opted for pure and natural materials which give a certain softness to the white, minimalistic spaces.
It is time for another tour around my home! Today I am showing you our living room. We have an open plan living area and kitchen. Our home is about 100 years old and used to be an small farm. So a very modern interior does not fit here. The interior is a mix of vintage and modern with lots of natural materials. I would describe the look as rustic chic. We have used vintage kelim cushions, a vintage rug, wooden accessories such as a wooden stool, aboriginal paintings from Australia, dining chairs from Piet Hein Eek and the rattan pendants lights are from IKEA. Next time I will be showing you our kitchen (you can see a glimpse of it in the second photo). Previous tours: our bathroom and our garden.
I have no plans to visit Seattle in the near future but when I read about Totokaelo on Happy Interior Blog I immediately bookmarked the website of this beautiful design shop. Just in case I am in the neighborhood.. But the beautiful images are also perfect for some virtual windowshopping! This cool concept store has a unique range of special and unique homewares and an extended range of fashion. Totokaelo: “We are a purveyor of beautifully designed and thoughtfully curated fashion and objects. We represent artists and designers whom we believe to have an independent and thoughtful sense of beauty. We believe the art and objects a person chooses for their life are a reflection of values and perspective. And we hope to provide a unique point of view that attracts those of similar mind.”
Villa E is a stunning mountain lodge built on the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, Morocco, by French designers Studio Ko. They designed the house with respect towards its landscape and a minimalist design approach. Local materials such as the red colored Ourika stone were used to create an interesting mix of tradition and modernity. Inside you find clean lines and modern design but also artisan objects such as handmade ceramics, vintage rugs and stone sculptures. To me the most striking feature are the full-height windows which give unobstructed views on all sides.
Olives & More, founded by Brian Boucher and Esther Berger, started to sell their products on a Farmers Market. Now they have a beautiful corner shop in Amsterdam offering (organic) olives, olive oil and other delicious goods. Here you can buy freshly-made tapenades, pesto and hummus, uniquely prepared olives, and tasty olive oils from around Europe. You can read more about Ester and Brian’s shop and favorite places in Amsterdam on The Makers Amsterdam website.
Spanish design firm Intercom has converted a 400 square meter space in Barcelona to four separate apartments. I love the combination of modern clean lines and original features such as the ceiling ornaments. The bright apartment featured here is decorated in a Scandinavian style (the beautiful wishbone chair is designed by Hans Wegner). Tiles have been used on all flours which is common thing to do in warmer climates.