The backyard seating area is one of my favorite spots of our house. Here I enjoy my first cup of coffee in the morning and plan the day ahead while listening to the birds. It’s also our second dining room and a perfect place to relax with a glass of wine at the end of the day.
To create a warm and inviting space we painted the rear wall of the house a soft yellow and hung an array of lanterns from the rafters. A large mirror reflects their light as well as the greenery from the garden. Additional candle holders on the table and jewel tones round off the dose of Moroccan flair. An old street sign adds a touch of tongue-in-cheek.
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Villa Fryd means Villa Joy in Danish. A perfectly appropriate name for this centennial home bought by Charlotte and her husband more than 10 years ago. Since then the owners have invested countless hours and their prodigious creativity to restore it and filled every nook and cranny with cheerful bright Nordic country style and shabby chic seasoned with French country elements.
Amazingly most of this transformation has been achieved on a shoestring budget, in part thanks to Charlotte’s singular ability to uncover hidden beauty in unlikely places.Her motto is: “Everything can be used and anything can be beautiful.”
I would like to thank Charlotte for letting me share her awesome home with you. All the images are hers. In case you want to explore more please visit her blog Hos Villa Fryd.
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After “only” two and a half years living at our house we finally managed to design and install our computer workstation. The goal was to maximize functionality in the limited space under the stairs. The previous setting consisted of a charming, but not very practical writing desk and an odd assortment of mismatched cabinets. Computer, printer and other peripherals cluttered the surface and left next to no room to work. Since day one it was to be short-term, but as the saying goes: “Nothing is more durable than a temporary arrangement.”
Well, here is the final result (almost final, I should say, as the ergonomically correct desk chair is still missing). I like the streamlined look of the built-ins, and thanks to the customized pull-out shelves behind cabinet doors most of the hardware elements are hidden from view when not in use.
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I absolutely love cement tiles. They evoke the vast living rooms and shady verandas of traditional Mediterranean homes and summon memories a of lazy hot summer days, inviting you you to kick off your shoes and feel their smooth coolness underfoot.
“Cement tiles are made by hand, one at a time, using mineral pigments, cement, a mold, and a hydraulic press. The metal mold is handmade following specific design drawings. The pigment composition is a mixture of high quality white (…) cement, marble powder, fine sand, and natural mineral color pigments. Cement tiles being handmade are expected to have slight imperfections, which give them character and depth.” (Wikipedia)
Also known as encaustic tiles, they’ve had quite a revival in recent years. Their traditional patterns have also been reproduced in porcelain tiles. While these are probably more resistant to damage, in my opinion they can’t compete with the real thing: it’s precisely the little imperfections and variations between individual pieces that make for their special appeal.
Because of the time consuming manual production process, cement tiles are far from cheap, thus finishing the floor of an entire room with them was out of the question for us. The alternative was to use them as highlights in small areas.
There are several kinds of kitchens. Some have every imaginable gadget to make the cook’s live easier. Some are so minimalist it’s hard to imagine they are actually ever used to produce a meal – and some are a combination of the two.
And then there are the ones that immediately make you feel at home. The ones everybody squeezes into during gatherings, no matter how spacious the rest of the house. Rarely are they flawless, but their chips and chinks and mismatched decor only enhance their appeal.
With a little imagination it’s possible to recreate this well-worn lived-in feel. A distressed cabinet or table, some vintage items hung on the wall or displayed on open shelves – be they family heirlooms or flea market finds – go a long way to make your kitchen everybody’s favorite place to hang out .
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I hope to have inspired you to add your own vintage touches to your kitchen. As always I’m looking forward to your comments!
The Red Brick Barn is a rustic retreat located about 90 minutes from Melbourne. It was created by Daniel and Glenny with acute attention to every detail, blending European and Early Australian antiques with flea market finds to bring about a charming laid back atmosphere brimming with great style.
Many of the materials used in the construction and decoration were repurposed or recycled. Wood is dominant throughout and accounts for the inviting feel of the place.
Aren’t you in love with the place already? Best of all you can move right in, as Red Brick Barn is available for vacation rentals.
The world is getting smaller, cultures mix faster than ever. What was exotic yesterday may be part of our everyday experience tomorrow. Add to that the mind-boggling amount of information available at our fingertips. For those looking for it, inspiration from around the globe abounds, be it in the arts, design, fashion, architecture, just to name a few.
Interior decoration is a way to make this inspiration come to life, be it a reminiscence of past travels, a dream of future ones or the simple desire to bring a distant corner of the world into our home.
Brazil owes a large part of its cultural heritage to Africa. Music, dance, visual arts reflect this legacy, but also religious traditions, food and even superstition.
So I think it’s only fitting to start the journey in that fascinating and for many of us mysterious continent. The earthy color palettes, natural materials and geometric patterns set a mood that is warm and inviting yet at the same time sophisticated.
During royal court affairs, tribal chiefs and dignitaries in the Cameroonian kingdoms wear a spectacular headdress known as the tyn, or juju hat. The feathers are symbols of prosperity, and represent the wealth of positive qualities associated with birds. The pieces, in natural hues or bright colors, which are woven onto a raffia base, splay out into huge circles and make impressive wall art.
Hope you enjoyed the trip. Stay tuned, as we will continue to bring you inspiration from the four corners of the world.
Restoring a 1867 Pennsylvania farmhouse is the mission Megan and Neil have embarked on – with stunning result. Each room is painstakingly and lovingly decorated. Many of the items are salvaged or flea market finds, attesting to Megan’s keen eye for beauty in disguise. It’s also proof that you don’t have to spend a fortune to create a living space that’s at once stylish, individual and comfortable.
This cheerful and inviting house in Buenos Aires is the home of artisan Pato, director of photography Pablo and their two children Catalina and Juan.
In the 15 years they’ve lived here, the house has undergone several transformations. It is mainly Pato who is in charge of the interior decoration. Frida Kahlo and Beatriz Milhazes are two of her favorite artists and not surprisingly Mexican arts and crafts and vibrant colors are defining elements of the decor.