A while ago I found this picture (above) of a kitchen with a gorgeous white AGA stove and I saved it to show it to you some day. I was meaning to find some other matching images to create a post around this particular photo as I did not manage to find our more about the house where the kitchen was located. Luckily Sonia from Gosto Design did not give up as fast as I did and she managed to find out the source (JJ locations) of the photo. The house is a Victorian house situated in the borough of Lambeth in South West London. The various rooms are sparsely decorated which is often the case with houses that can be hired for shoots. But without too many furniture pieces you are able to see all the gorgeous period feature. After seeing the entire house my favorite room is still the kitchen!
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PS: I loving this idea of creating a table from magazines (images from Skona Hem). I’m not sure how stable this is, it might not be suitable in households with children and/or animals.
Are stripes hot? I have been seeing a lot of stripes lately, mostly in black and white. Not only in fashion but also in interiors. Here is an impression of ‘stripy things’ that I have found online.
(image source: 1. Day Home, 2. via lookbook.nu, 3. top via Sincerely Jules / tiles by Marrakech design, 4. Ollie & Seb’s house, 5. Inreda Utreda, 6. Piper Lime dress (similar one here), 7. top from Anthropologie / Emerson Fry, striped sling back wedges from Tory Burch / Steve Allan bag, 8. Sincerely Jules, 9. Marimekko)
I featured this Swedish summer cabin in 2009 but as it is such a gorgeous summer home that I would like to show it to you again! The cabin, located on one of the islands of the Stockholm archipelago, belongs to production designer, artist and interior decorator Carouschka Streijiffert. In summer Carouschka trades her busy world for a quiet life in her cabin.
Carouschka wasn’t impressed with the buildig when she first saw it, it was the island that she fell for. However she got permission to build on the island. The result is a main building, a studio and three smaller houses for storage and guest space. All buildings where designed, built and decorated by the artist herself with the help from carpenters from a neighbouring island. I wouldn’t mind spending my summer in this beautiful little place!
This gorgeous renovated barn is located in the heart of the Provence in France. The owners Bruno & Michele, passionately interested in architecture and the art of living, have restored this old house in a spirit of simplicity, paying particular attention to the notions of space, calm and light and using only pure natural materials: stone, lime, concrete, wood and linen. The 36 acre large estate of olive groves and vineyards have been planted with cyprus, figs and pines, offering wide views of the Luberon mountain.
Old builing materials have been used to maintain the authentic character of the house. All furniture and accessories have been sourced from shops and flea markets nearby.
Good news for all of you who would love to spend a holiday here: La Petite Bastide is for rent. For more information about rates and reservations, you can visit their website.
By Mölle is a Dutch brand that was founded by sisters Eveline and Marianne Maat. Their home collection is made of natural, pure materials made in collaboration with European artisans and craftsmen. The home and showroom of By Mölle is a millershouse. The windmill next door, a completely natural resource, inspires Eveline and Marianne in how they work, showcasing a conscious lifestyle. You can check out their beautiful online store here.
With children and animals it might not be the most practical choice but I do love white wooden floors. White floors are often used in countries that don’t have a lot of day light (in winter time) to brighten up a room and to let as much light in as possible. It is also inexpensive way to fix up old wood floors.
(image source: 1. Taverne, 2. & 6. Ikea Family Live, 3. Petra Bindel, 4. Stilizimo, 5. Peter Carlsson for Hus & Hem, 7. Scandinavian Deko)