Category Archives: INTERIORS

THE TRAVEL FILES: ACE HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

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The Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles opened early 2014 in the historic United Artists building in Downtown LA. Atelier Ace worked with local collective Commune Design to restore the United Artists building (dating from 1927) and theatre and to transform it into a hotel. For the guest rooms, Commune drew inspiration from Rudolf Schindler’s residence in West Hollywood. The upstairs rooftop space (featured in this post) was transformed into an indoor/outdoor lounge and pool inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House. Furnishings are a combination of Equipale-style and pieces by Joshua Tree sculptor Alma Allen. At the end of this post you can find some suggestions how to bring a bit of this style into your own home. More information about the hotel can be found on the Ace Hotel website.

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TREND: INTERIORS WITH VINTAGE BOTANICAL PRINTS

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Vintage botanical prints are still hot. They are great to bring a bit of nature inside. Etsy is a good source to find similar prints. Hang a large print on your wall or you can also try to find a vintage botanical book and use the pages with drawings to create a group of smaller prints. Small prints can best be framed but for a large print I would use a wooden poster hanger. You can make these yourself (you can find a tutorial on Yvestown for exmaple) or you can buy one. This Etsy shop has some beautiful wooden hangers.

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A SMALL SWEDISH APARTMENT WITH A FEMININE TOUCH

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The houses featured on the website of Swedish real estate agent Stadshem are always a feast to the eyes. This lovely studio apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden, is light and airy yet is only is 42m2. Decorated in pastel shades such a pale pink, blue and soft grey, it has a feminine touch. The high windows and ceilings in this one-bedroom apartment, which is for sale, let in lots of light. You can find more information here.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: A STYLISH HOLIDAY VILLA IN ITALY

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While searching for this year’s holiday destinations I stumbled on this stunning holiday home in Le Marche, Italy. Ca Mattei is a beautiful villa which can be rented for a group up to 11 people. After many years of vacancy the farmhouse was extensively renovated and turned into a stylish & luxury holiday home. The owners of this house are Sigrid Custers & Barent Bulcke who run an architects office in Antwerp. Their vision on living and holiday en their everlasting looking for design destinations inspired them to transform these premises into a place of peace and aesthetics where modernism meets rural architecture. You can find more information about rental options on the Ca Mattei website. You can also book the house here.

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TRADITIONAL WOOD-FIRED BAKERIES IN STOCKHOLM

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Fabrique is a chain of traditional wood-fired bakeries that are located throughout central Stockholm. Here you’ll find top-quality fresh-baked sourdough bread, rolls and cakes baked by hand with natural ingredients according to time-honoured traditions. According to some they have the best cinnamon buns in the world. These images are from Fabrique on Rosenlundsgatan on Södermalm where you can enjoy pastries in the cosy café with large windows looking into the bakery. The shop/cafe is decorated in a beautiful combination of black, white and wood with a rough, industiral edge.

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A BRIGHT & HAPPY CALIFORNIAN HOME

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This is the beautiful family home of Amber Thrane, who is the co-owner of Dulcet Creative. Her Californian home is bright, eclectic and full of life. Amber describes her home as eclectic: there are bits of mid-century, industrial, vintage, bohemian and modern components all put together. Vintage is mixed new with pieces, sourced from local thrift stores, Craigslist, Ikea, Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. The beautiful mid-century fireplace for example (featured in the last image) is a refurbished Craigslist find.

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A SUCCESFUL RENOVATION OF THREE WORKER S COTTAGES

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Two Australian 1920s workers cottages were rebuilt as three houses. One of the houses belongs to architect Andrew Benn, his wife Alice Penna who is an interior designer, and their dog Nellie. Next door lives Andrew’s mother. The family homes are linked via the yard; the other is a self-contained rental. The combination of blond wood and white gives a spacious feeling (as seen in the image below). The hand painted tiles in the bathroom add character to a small space.

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