Danish designers Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn named their company Norm to express their dedication to “working with Danish norms and standards refined over hundreds of years,” says Bjerre-Poulsen, “rather than rejecting them in the endless search for new.” The sincerity of their approach – bypassing flashy design for good design – shows in the quality of their work. Together with US company Design Within Reach they have developed a beautiful collection of garden furniture. The Finn Collection is directly tied to their philosophy in that it was built on a passion for details, tactility in design and creating for the need.
This beautiful weekend retreat belongs to and is designed by Melbourne interior architect and designer Shareen Joel. The beach house, which was recently featured in Real Living magazine, is located on the coast of Sorrento in Australia. The brief was to design a home that was casual and had plenty of room for entertaining family and friends. Conscious of the relatively small block of land and concern for sustainability, SJD (Shareen Joel Design) cleverly integrated the design into the coastal surroundings with little disruption to the landscape. The innovative L-shaped floor plan, which was built around a beautiful existing Moonah tree, feels spacious and easy to live in, even with a full house of family and friends. Natural light and cross ventilation were a must, as was the use of recycled materials. SJD incorporated beautiful Larch floorboards throughout, as well as timber window frames and external cladding. Inside, SJD layered textures and tones heavily with vintage furniture, mixed with new design pieces including the September Chair, Safari Chairs and Spanish Chair. The result is a home that captures the essence of everything that a coastal retreat should be; relaxed, easy living and enjoyable.
Today another Mix & Match post with some random pretty images. I love the stamped eggs in the second picture, which is a great idea for upcoming Easter. Are you have plan for this Easter weekend? I am busy preparing an Easter egg hunt for my 3-year old son and we will be having a lovely Easter brunch as well.
The Fly Violet from Dutch bag label O My Bag is my new favorite bag! Apparently I am not the only one loving this bag as every time when I’m carrying this bag at least one person comes up to me asking me where I got it from. Fly Violet is a sophisticated, multi-function satchel – an elegant work bag large enough to fit your laptop, which can be transformed into a statement bag by adding a chain. And good to know: all bags are made from a unique kind of eco-leather and created with love in the safe and positive atmosphere of Fair Trade, where fair wages and benefits are paid, women are empowered and training and education is offered.
Virginie and Alfonso are the lucky owners of this beautiful industrial style home situated in a former button factory in Paris. They converted the old building to a spacious and modern townhouse but wanted to preserve the factory atmosphere. Vintage items are combined with handmade furniture pieces such as large dining table is which is made by Alfonso. The chairs around the table are flea markets finds as well are the industrial lights. The rustic kitchen is made of concrete as was built on site. The large letters on the wall are from an antique shop in Paris. The living room (top image) is located in a corner of the large open space that also includes kitchen and dining room. The sofa is from Ikea. The beautiful delicate wire text on the wall in the work space was has also made by Alfonso.
When I featured this beautiful home in Laren, The Netherlands, a while ago I received several messages from readers asking me for more information about the chairs and rugs. Apparently many of you loved the bohemian chic look so I decided to feature the home again but now with some ‘get the look’ suggestions which you can find at the end of the post. The house was built in 1913 to serve as an ‘atelier’ for a painter. Nowadays it is a family home but the house still has a artistic touch as the current owner is also a painter. I love the ethnic touches such as the oriental rugs and cushions.
Cottonwood Cottage offers guests the chance to unwind at their own pace amid breathtaking surroundings. It is set on 61 private acres below The Dorrigo World Heritage National Park, close to the town of Bellingen, Australia. The Cottage is an airy hamptons style barn, with a rustic gentility, exquisite attention to detail as well as an abundance of welcoming touches. It is a great alternative to a hotel for a short stay, you can live like a local without compromising on luxury and comfort. Just make yourself at home, relax and appreciate this special place! More information can be found on their website.
Most Easter decorations are a bit tacky but these crocheted eggs are delicate and stylish! You can buy the patterns (there are five different ones) here on Etsy. A lovely DIY project for those who know how to crochet (not me unfortunately).
This home styled by Kim Timmerman is almost entirely decorated in white. Copper accessories give this house a touch of color. I am ‘white lover’ but this is a little bit too sterile for me but I guess the home was styled this way for the photo shoot. When a house is being photographed for a magazine, along with the photographer comes a stylist and a busload of furniture and accessories to decorate the house in the style of the magazine. That’s why I am hesitate to feature my home in magazines as it will be styled and it might not reflect my own style and taste.
Today’s Mix & Match post features seven images. The topics of the photos are all different (interior, travel, fashion) but they have something in common: beautiful soft nude & neutral shades. I particularly love these soft colors for bathrooms as it creates a calm and relaxing atmosphere.