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 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. The lovely lantern lights in the last image are made from recycled confiture jars. 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.
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.
Finnish design company Iittala has added some beautiful new designs to their collection. The Kerros (layer or storey in Finnish) shelf by Matti Klenell is a clever member of the Iittala home range. It is designed to create extra levels of small display storage for anywhere in the home. You can use it as side table made of plywood but it can also function as a tray. Kerros is designed to move around the home and be versatile in any room. One of my favorite new products is the Nappula candelabra which works as a beautiful center piece at any table setting. It creates relaxing ambiance with either antique or tealight candles. At last I would like to highlight Leimu, a beautiful lighting piece designed by Norwegian-born Magnus Pettersen. In Leimu two completely different materials meet in a fascinating way. The strong concrete base and the the impressive glass lamp portion, inspired by traditional lampshades, make Leimu a brand new lighting fixture where sensitivity encounters strength.
Taking inspiration from shaping techniques of the acclaimed sculptor Isamu Noguchi, Swedish designer Monica Förster has created a series of pendant lights in sustainable materials that exude opalescence and lightness. The Lullaby pendants are made from stone paper with ash lamellae. The stone paper is fashioned into pentagonal, yet slightly organic-looking shapes using five slender ash lamellae. Stone paper is made from crushed limestone, which is robust and water-repellent, yet soft and sensory. In addition, stone paper has outstanding luminous qualities, which enable the Lullaby to emit a soft, muted light that communicates a cosy, natural atmosphere to the room.
Interior designer Katrina Phillips divides her time between Ibiza and London. She transformed a basic ‘casita’ in the country side of San Juan (Ibiza) into a cozy home. Inside the casita, Katrina’s personal style is clearly visible – earthy, natural and authentically bohemian. Objects such as ancient fossils and pressed flowers are mixed with furniture pieces made of natural materials. Tribal feather headpieces adorn the walls and function as works of art. This house feels like the home of a well-travelled collector with style!
Recently openend restaurant Story is located in The Old Market Hall on Helsinki’s waterfront. The large space, which was once used for loading horse carriages, has been designed by interior architect Joanna Laajisto. Story’s interior gives homage to the original feel and history of the market hall, but placing it in a new time with a modern yet relaxed twist. The main challenge was to get the high-ceilinged hall to feel intimate. Story’s tables are designed and handmade by Helsinki’s own wood artisan Tebian. Many custom made solutions had to be found such as the lighting installation as the lamps were not allowed to be hung from the ten meter high ceiling.