Villa Piedad in San Sebastián, Spain, was originally a two-family house built in 1950. The house has now been divided into eight small flats. When architect Marta Badiola first moved in to her apartment it had very low ceilings and it was divided into five tiny spaces. The solution was “total demolition” says Badiola, who was not afraid of this challenging project. She redesigned the apartment by arranging all its spaces around a central partition. The house is still not large, measuring a mere 57 square meters, but now space has been used in the most effective way.
The owners of this cottage live and work in Singapore but when the school holidays start they pack up their bags and travel to Denmark to spend summer in their holiday home in Hornbæk. The family of five have being living abroad for years now but their Danish home on the north coast of the Danish island of Zealand is their base.
When I was in Australia years ago I was surprised by the amount of coffee bars and great restaurants. And this was in 2001/2002, at that time it was very hard to get a descent coffee here in Amsterdam and there I was in cities such as Melbourne and Sydney where I could get a perfect espresso on almost every corner. I was in coffee heaven! Now the coffee culture is probably even more thriving and I can not wait to visit this wonderful country again some day. Another thing that I remember was the decor; most coffee places and restaurants were beautifully decorated in a modern yet cozy style. The two coffee bars featured in this post are designed by Melbourne based studio Larritt-Evans. The first four images show ESPL in Surfers Paradise. Coffee bar Market Lane (Therry St) in Melbourne is pictured in the botton four images.
Green isn’t perhaps your first color of choice when it comes to decorating a kids room (at least it isn’t mine) but this room designed by Maaike Koster proves that green is very suitable to give a room a fresh and bright look. Maaike, who is a designer and owner of My Deer, has used old and new furniture for her son’s bedroom. The main eye-catcher is the old cabinet which is painted in a bright green shade. The walls and floor have been kept white, green is only used as an accent color. You can achieve this look by adding green accessories and/or painting a wall or a furniture piece in a bright green color. You can find some suggestions at the end of this post. More about Maaike’s beautiful home can be found on &SUUS.
Etsy shop The Vintage Vogue sells beautiful handcrafted objects. Shop owner Charlotte combines her love of design with her love of craft which results in a wonderful selection of wooden trays, pendants and ceramics. You can see the entire collection here.
Finally we are back! After my old hosting company Lunarpages had kept this site offline for days (horrible customer service) I had to move to a new hosting company. I hate the technical stuff and I am very relieved that everything is working fine now. Thanks for your patience, I hope this site will be better and faster than ever! Let’s start this new period with a beautiful villa in Norway. This home in Lagåsen was built in 1927. Owners Nina and Terje are fascinated by Scandinavian design which you see from their home which is filled with design classics such as the Egg chair and Butterfly chair from Arne Jacobsen.
This beautiful mobile (created by Lovely Morning) is a great diy project to do with your children. First go on a walk and collect some things you find such as leaves and feathers. The only other supplies you need are an embroidery hoop, thread, and baker’s twine. I don’t think there are any instructions needed, it is that simple.