NEW COCO LAPINE PRINTS

Belgian designer (but living in Munich) designer Sarah has some beautiful new prints in her shop Coco Lapine. Kamut (above) is photographic print of a Kamut wheat on a beige background. La Feuille (below) is a detailed watercolor painted leaf. Every detail of the leaf is a tiny watercolor element.

FASHION ITEMS WITH A CASUAL FRENCH FLAIR

I like fashion items with a casual French flair. Anthropologie is a great source for find this style: here are some of my favorite items from their current collection. Above: embroidered buttondown shirt

emerald green tunic blouse

tunic with embroidery

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A DARK VICTORIAN DAIRY TURNED INTO A MODERN HOME

This crumbling Victorian Dairy in the UK had a collapsing roof, damp and no natural daylight before it was restored by Imperfect Interiors. The previously dark, dank spaces were converted into a light-filled family home but retained their industrial atmosphere and unique character, whilst the extensive use of steel windows and doors maximised the views of the two vertical courtyard gardens. A limited palette of materials including unlacquered brass, plaster and concrete put an elegant twist on the previously industrial aesthetic.

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THE FASHION FILES: NO. 6 SPRING/SUMMER 2018 COLLECTION

I love the new Spring/Summer collection of No. 6. Owner and designer Karin Bereson’s goal is to create pieces that can be worn over and over, and can easily complement a woman’s existing wardrobe. In her own words, No.6 is a brand for “anyone, anytime, anywhere.” About this US based brand: Launched in 2005, No.6 began as an under-the-radar shop in the Little Italy/Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan, carrying curated vintage and European designers. Since its advent, the brand has garnered a cult following for their handmade shoes and aspirational yet accessible ready to wear collection. No.6 takes great pride in its manufacturing practices, domestically producing both its signature clothing line and clogs. All clogs and clog boots are made exclusively by hand. I love the Karin’s aim to have a brand that resonates with humor and friendliness in an industry that is often known for its exclusivity and seriousness.

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A LIGHT FILLED FRENCH LOFT IN THE CITY OF PARIS

This is the beautiful loft of Marika Chaumet. In her Paris apartment you can see a mix of various styles which you can also see in her work as an interior designer for Atelier Marika Chaumet. “The Atelier Marika Chaumet’s projects stand out through the interest in materials, experimenting their shape and finish. They collaborate with many talented craftsmen, connecting different fields such as graphic design, text and image in architecture. Projects are designed in a general sensitive way, making it unique for each client. They go beyond limits, using brands’ identity, customers’ habits and stores location to create fine, sophisticated, sensitive, inventive unique concepts.”

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A HOME WITH A MEDITERRANEAN VIBE & GET THE LOOK

I love the beachy, Mediterranean vibe of this gorgeous home in Sydney, Australia. This look has been achieved by mixing natural materials and rustic elements with an all white base. Interior designer Megan Burns from CM Studio about the project: “We looked to mediterranean hotels and summer houses for inspiration on finishes. The major influence was the use of moulded plaster, which you see from anywhere from Morocco, Ibiza, Mykonos and Puglia.” Below you find some suggestions if you would like to recreate a similar look:

1. hanging rattan bench (also available as hanging chair and hanging double chair) | 2. stunning shell chandelier | 3. outdoor daybed | 4. oak and woven seagrass cabinet | 5. cream pouf | 6. seagrass baskets | 7. outdoor dining chair | 8. tray | 9. outdoor pillow cover | 10. coffee table | 11. pendant light (can be used outdoors) | 12. teak wood directors chair.

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IN THE STYLE OF GREEK BOUTIQUE HOTEL CASA COOK

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Casa Cook is a boutique hotel with 90 rooms, each coming with a small private swimming pool. The design is a collaboration between architect Vana Pernariv, interior designer Annabell Kutucu and design agency Lambs & Lions. I think the result is beautiful: there is a lot of white and natural materials such as wood and rattan give a rustic chic vibe. If you like this look, I have put together a collection of products with a similar look & feel.

1. four-poster canopy bedframe in solid oak | 2. kilim cushion cover (handmade in Turkey) | 3. rattan chair | 4. kilim rug from Turkey (now on sale) | 5. twig hooks made of acacia wood | 6. oak base with stone top | 7. ceramic cup (now 4 euro) | 8. large circular mirror | 9. kilim cushion cover (handmade in Turkey) | 10. jute rug | 11. wooden coffee table | 12. rattan basket |

And these European flax bed linens in beautiful shades of beige and browns will also look beautiful here.

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