This is not an ‘official’ gift guide (these will follow later this month) but Swedish online shop Fine Little Day is filled with beautiful products that make perfect giftS. Fine Little Day’s ambition is to create and offer quality design and crafts for children and young-at-heart adults. Their products, ranging from textiles to prints, are characterized by its simple aesthetics, expressive patterns and cheerfulness. The Scandinavian nature is a major inspiration and Fine Little Day strives to use sustainable and organic materials where feasible.
This townhouse from 1931 located in Copenhagen, Denmark, is decorated with a mix of old (vintage furniture pieces and original features) and new (modern furniture & accessories). The old herringbone parquet floor in the living room (top image) is stunning. This type of floor is perfect for such an elegant building from the 1930′s. All together the result is a simple yet elegant decor with warmth and character.
One of my favorite furniture pieces (ever) is a rattan hanging chair. Ten years ago I purchased one for my previous home and over the years I have been seeing these chairs more and more. I still love them and I am thinking about getting one again for our new veranda (more about the veranda later this year when it is completely finished). Here some examples of these chairs being used inside and outdoors. My favorite chair is the one you see in the first, second and last image. This chair is available from Serena & Lilly and is also available in white.
This 1920s Spanish cottage in California, USA, is not large but it does has a lot of character. Details such as a plaster fireplace, arches, coved ceilings and candle alcoves give a cosy and warm feel to the home. I love the Mediterranean style architecture of the house.
Danish designer Tine Kjeldsen is well known for her homeware label Tine K Home. Her family home is located on Danish island Funen but she also owns a beautiful home on the Spanish island of Mallorca. The 3 bedroom apartment is situated in Palma, the main city on the island. The interior is rustic chic and decorated with designs from tinekhome. There are beautiful original details such as old tiles and double doors. The charming 90sqm apartment can be rented. It is located in a neighborhood full of cafes, restaurants and close to a wonderful indoor food market, and it is therefore a perfect opportunity for families who want to experience Palma’s city life while staying in an urban area. I have been to Palma and it is really a great city to visit. More information about the apartment can be found here.
When Constance and Dorian bought this house near Biarritz, France, in 2006 it was in ruin. There were only three walls left and an extensive renovation, which lasted about eight years, was necessary to turn the 1940′s house into a warm and cozy family home. Constance drew inspiration from the white houses in Greece. Rattan accessories, light wood and sheepskins give the decor a Scandinavian look & feel. The pastel accent colors give a feminine touch. Lovely!
Last weekend I was in Paris to visit Maison et Objet, one of the largest and most important interior trade shows in the world. Eight grand halls are packed to the brim with brands and designers showing their latest collections and newest products. It is the major event for professionals working in the field of furnishings & design. And it is here where every brand want to be! With many exhibition stands there is a lot of ground to cover so it can be overwhelming . The best strategy is, especially when you have limited time, to plan ahead and use the available floor plan. My favorite halls were Hall 1 ECLECTIC where you can find an eclectic mix of design and decoration from all over the world, and Hall 8 where the new generation of designers is playing with forms and mixing styles with talent and inventiveness. Below you can see some of the highlights of my trip!