Have you ever heard of a trullo? This is a traditional dry stone hut with a conical roof. The style of construction is specific to the Itria Valley, in the Murge area of the Italian region of Apulia. Trulli (plural) were generally constructed as temporary field shelters and storehouses or as permanent dwellings by small proprietors or agricultural laborers. Nowadays the surviving trulli are popular and are often bought and restored for general use. However, anyone wishing to restore a trullo needs to conform with many regulations as trulli are protected under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage law. The trulli in the images here are beautifully restored by Azzurra Garzone Architects. Only traditional materials such as stone and lime have been used. Also the interior is in line with traditions.The walls are whitewashed in lime, and the flooring is made from chianche stone from the area. The furniture comes from a careful selection of local craftsmen. The bathrooms are coated with a mixture of cement and natural pigments, derived from the surrounding earth. There are several trulli in Apulia that can be rented for a holiday. Go to Pure Puglia for instance or do a Google search.
The amount of color in this beautiful Los Angeles home is just right! Owner Heather Taylor, founder of Heather Taylor Home, and her husband Taylor De Cordoba renovated their home, which included expanding and redesigning their kitchen and adding on a nursery. The kitchen cabinets are kept simple and white but the beautiful Moroccan floor tiles and the windows painted in Yves Klein blue give color and lots of character. And I love the bright yellow Dutch door which is framed by beautiful Bougainvillea flowers!
Well known design studio Norm Architects has designed the interior for Italy, a restaurant in Copenhagen (Denmark) which is part of a chain of restaurants run by the owners of Cofoco. The atmosphere is a nice mix of Italian and Scandinavian. The interior with its yellow walls and shades of azure blue hints references to the classic architecture of southern Italy, but colors and materials have been used in a clean lined design with wooden flooring, benches and tables by Danish family business Dinesen.
I have mentioned it before, a (preferably vintage) rug is one on the best items you can get for adding character and warmth to a room. Pink Rug Co is a great source for vintage Moroccan rugs. In this Etsy shop a large, hand-selected collection of Boucherouite and Beni Ourain is offered. And I have some great news: Pink Rug Co is giving away one beautiful rug to a reader of The Style Files. To win this giveaway, simply:
- follow Pink Rug Co.’s really pretty Pinterest profile;
- from the Pink Rug Co. Pinterest board “PRC MOROCCAN RUGS!” pin your favorite Pink Rug Co. rug;
- comment below, and tell us that you’ve followed along, and which rug you love at Pink Rug Co (only the name of the rug, not the link as your comment can then be regarded as spam);
- the winner can pick a rug from a selection of thirteen rugs which are featured at the end of this post.
Please comment by Monday, June 15, 12pm CET and make sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website. This giveaway is worldwide! We’ll announce a winner selected by a random number generator here on The Style Files in the week of June 20th, so be sure and follow along. Note: please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes.
Cult coffee company Campos has opened their third flagship Sydney store in Dulwich Hill late last year. Besides serving good coffee this popular cafe also provide light lunch items including sandwiches, baguettes and sausage rolls. All items are made and supplied from their own bakery. The clean Scandinavian style interior is designed by Luchetti Krelle, an award winning Sydney based, architecture and interior design firm established by Stuart Krelle and Rachel Luchetti. I especially love that stunning counter which is made from wood in various colors.
In June IKEA will release a tropical inspired limited edition collection of furniture and home accessories. The NIPPRIG collection is designed and made as a collaboration between IKEA and local producers in Vietnam and Indonesia.Renewable materials like bamboo, rattan, seagrass and water hyacinth are combined with traditional skills like handweaving. The result is a distinctive range of furnishings that showcase the warmth and beauty of natural materials combined with a unique look shaped and made by traditional craftsmanship. You can see the entire collection here.