Today I start fresh again with this stunning farmhouse in upstate New York (USA). It took 18 months to transform this dark two-story home into an airy loft like space. Owners Kelli Cain and Brian Crabtree did most of the work themselves. Kelli, who is a ceramist, even made the tiles for the kitchen backsplash. As they didn’t want to build something that would be a burden to the universe they used repurposed materials wherever they could. The massive sliding door separating the work and living space, for instance, was reclaimed wood from the old house’s floorboards. Read more about this beautiful home on Martha Stewart.
My go-to shop for basic items is Everlane as I love their basic elegant and casual fashion. Their style is a cross between Scandinavian simplicity and French chic. The quality of their clothing is good (they work with the best factories around the world) yet their designs are affordable (as they do not work with resellers). My Everlane favorites that I own are the cotton U neck tee (very soft), the City Anorak (simple but very stylish) and the Stretch Ponte Skinny pants (the perfect black skinny pants). On my wishlist is this beautiful off-white sweater. Everlane only ships within the US and to Canada and Australia but I use a forwarding shipping service (Shipito).
Today some midcentury design inspiration! Finn Juhl is one of the most celebrated mid 20th century Danish and this is his home in Ordrup, just outside Copenhagen in Denmark. Juhl built the house together with his first wife Inge-Marie Skaarup. It was his ambition to create a home, where he had designed every single detail himself, and to create an overall, general look. He achieved this in 1942, when the building presented a gradual flow between different areas, rather than a collection of individual rooms. Art was Juhl’s main source of inspiration and played a predominant role at his home. He was a keen collector of paintings as well as sculptures, carpets and vases. He admired artists such as Alvar Aalto, Sonja Ferlov Mancoba, Asger Jorn, Vilhelm Lundstrøm and Erik Thommesen. The house on Kratvænget 15 is today seen as a treasure trove from a significant époque in Danish design history. It is now a museum and provides an opportunity for the public to feel and sense the design ideas, which became known as Scandinavian Modern.
I love nurseries and children’s room decorated with natural materials. Wood and rattan combined with neutral colors such as (off) white, brown and grey create a warm and serene atmosphere. Lighter colors give an airy feel and make a (small) space look bigger. You can add some pop of colors (yellow, blue or dusty pink for example) or use felt animal heads to add a fun element. Here are some lovely room with a natural look to inspire you. And if you would like to create a similar look you can find suggestions for furniture and accessories in this post as well.
This small summer house in the Pyrenees in Spain is designed as mountain shelter: a home of just a few meters, low technology and built with a limited palette of materials. The architects, Mogas Arquitectes), had to work according to two set rules: the house had to be made of wood and within a strict budget. But they also had to work with the limitations of the plot which has a narrow, long and trapezoidal shape, a significant slope and a leafy vegetation. The end result is a minimalistic, yet cozy, cabin.
With the beautiful tiles from Smink Things you can mix and match tiles to create your own composition or choose just one tile design to create a repeat design. Smink Things is the London based studio of designer Marianne Smink. It is here she creates the designs featured in her collections of ceramic tiles and printed wallpapers. As a former fashion designer, Marianne has a long history with print and design. Her eyes are drawn to subtle imperfections and tiny upsets in a pattern’s balance. These often arise from the hand-crafted techniques she uses or the surprising interplay of screen-printing onto ceramic tiles. Inspiration comes instinctively to Marianne. Every first idea is intuitively developed in print then transferred to tile with each new iteration often a refinement of the last. Born and raised in the Netherlands, it’s been 12 years since Marianne made London her home. Still, there is something unmistakably Dutch in her collections. The traditional processes and finishes that she has mastered deconstruct the bold and simple shapes of her signature designs.