Raquel and João from Portugal are the makers behind the stationary boutique Arminho. They have a passion for vintage – especially paper ephemera, illustration, stationary, and books. In their own letterpress studio they create a beautiful collection of notebooks and posters. Inspiration is drawn from their personal collection of vintage notebooks that they found while hunting at antique stationary stores and flea markets. The illustrations featured here are reproductions of original drawings created and painted with water-color. Printed on canvas supported with decorating wooden slats, these posters will give you a beautiful vintage look on your wal
This small B&B hotel situated in Knokke, Belgium is decorated with a unique collection of vintage design pieces sourced from all around the world. Good news for guests admiring the decor: all items and furniture pieces are for sale. Owner of the hotel is design collector and dealer Bea Mombaers who is also running an eclectic design store in Knokke. Bea is constantly searching for new objects so the hotel’s furniture and decoration changes regularly. Hardly a day goes by without Bea making a new and wonderful discovery.
My own bathroom (which you can see here) is serene with white walls, wood and brown colored floor tiles. But if I wanted to add some color to a bathroom I would definitely go for blue or sea green tiles. I love the turquoise colored tiles in this bathroom featured above! The name of tiles with this shape is fish scale tiles. The tiles in the 5th images are from Fired Earth (you can see more about this brand in this previous post). Glass mosaic tiles in various shades of blue and green are also a great option. These are available from Bisazza. You can see more blue colored Mediterenean tiles in this post.
This beautiful home in located in Le Marais in the heart of Paris measures only 40m2 (540 square foot). The apartment belongs to architect Margaux and Thomas, a designer. The builing at the Rue Saint Paul originates from the 18th century and it has beautiful original features (wooden beams) which are mixed with contemporary elements such as the steel glass doors. The combination of old and new is very well executed!
I love the beautiful work of Katsufumi Baba. His work is the quintessential example of imperfect perfection – how can anything imperfect look so perfect? The Japanese potter has been interested in pottery ever since he was a child. After majoring in law he made up his mind that he wanted to be a potter, so he went to France in 1995 and travelled around Europe for two years to see and learn from European potters. After spending many years as an apprentice to a local potter in Japan, in 2003 he set up in his home town of Fukuoka and has been creating his own works ever since. Katsufumi is interested in creating functional beauty, items that you use over and over for ones entire life. In the future he looks to explore porcelain clay dug up from his own land, using firewood and traditional methods to finish his pots. You can see and purchase his work at OEN and Koromiko.
Tonight our 4 month old adopted puppy Lola will arrive from Spain where she was rescued by a wonderful organisation. If she had not been rescued she probably would have ended up in a killing station. For weeks (we are first time dog owners!) we have been preparing her arrival by purchasing the necessary gear. It was difficult to find a comfortable dog bed that fitted well into our interiors. We finally found a wooden bed with a soft cushion (you can see a photo of it here) but I also love these bright colored ones from Pooccio. This Australian label, launched by Melbourne based sisters Sisters Hannah Maher and Sarah, has a beautiful collection of handcrafted dog beds and accessories that are exclusive and stylish yet meet the everyday demands of the contented pooch and their discerning owner. The beautiful dog beds features colourful mixed prints with contrasting piping. If you, like me, are a textile lover you will certainly appreciate these cushions (even when you don’t have dogs..)!
Food stylist Claire’s home was recently featured in online magazine Covet Garden. The house, located in Toronto’s Roncesvalles Village, is filled with midcentury modern design, art and fun vintage finds. The renovation which took seven months resulted in a beautiful open-concept space which is perfect for entertaining friends and family. You can find the entire article about Claire’s home in Covet Garden.