Wednesday, 23 October 2013

interior design: English country house style

I cannot tell you in which magazine this feature on John Roger's countryside home appeared, but I'm guessing either World of Interiors or House Beautiful, as it's written by Carol Prisant. Roger heads the Antiques Department of Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, an English design firm established in the 1930s. He was a barrister and one day he walked into their showroom to buy a lacquered desk and his career took a quite different turn. There is a detail of the desk in the photo below and you can see it stand in the corner of his living room. I find his house in the country delightful, homey yet stylish - uncluttered country style appeals to me. I also like the landscaping, which isn't too formal. I wish I could tell you more from the article but these are scans I found online and they don't contain the interview with Roger.

On a personal note, it is time for my blog break. The next weeks will keep me busy and I'm not sure when exactly I will return to blogging, probably towards the end of November. I promise some news when I get back. (If you are a Pinterest user you will find me pinning while enjoying my coffee.) À bientôt!

photo credit:
Elizabeth Zeschin (scans) via Kitchens I Have Loved

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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Venice daydreaming

I was going through a stack of papers yesterday when I found a travel magazine that I had forgotten, featuring travel inspirations for Italy. When browsing through it I was reminded of this print by Klas Fahlén in my files. Isn't it fabulous?

I wonder what Venice is like in the autumn.

photo credit:
Klas Fahlén

Monday, 21 October 2013

brighter shade than pale 17

Welcome to a new week! As you can see, my computer is still alive but after describing its condition to a friend that works in IT the verdict was: "I believe your computer is singing its last hymns." That is putting it gently, isn't it?

Today I'm thinking about flowers and plants. I guess it's because of those final moments of gardening before the cold starts kicking in. Makes me wish I had a conservatory. And not just any conservatory! I want Jasper Conran's, which I have already posted on the blog.

photo credit:
1-2: Laura Dart for Kinfolk / 3: Nicklas Rudfell for Residence Magazine via Solid Frog

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Friday, 18 October 2013

bon week-end


As I will be quite busy in the next weeks and won't have the time to nurture my blog the way I would like to, it was my plan to take a blog break soon. I hadn't decided when exactly I would start the break and then yesterday I believe my laptop, which sometimes seems to have a life of its own, probably decided to start the break for me. Parts of it seem to work while other parts clearly aren't (for the Mac users out there, my Finder simply isn't functioning, and it refuses to relaunch). I think it's time to purchase a new computer and give this one its final rest after years of faithful service.

Anyway, if my laptop survives the weekend I will be back next week. For now I wish you a wonderful weekend!

photo credit:
1: Country Home via Abbey Smith / 2: Lavish Locations via The Caledonian Mining Expedition Company

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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Paris: one year ago at the Palais Royal



I woke up this morning with Paris on my mind and when I looked at the date I remembered with a smile that I had arrived in Paris on this day, exactly one year ago. It so happened that I had some photos in my files from that trip that I hadn't posted on the blog. The one above shows the mood at Le Nemours café, which is right by the Palais Royal in the 1st district. We didn't sit down to have coffee, as we had just enjoyed a lovely lunch and dessert in a restaurant on the Left Bank. But it was pouring down rain and the Palais Royal passages surrounding the gardens provided shelter.


photo credit:
Lisa Hjalt

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

space: a dining room with antique touches

The owners of this dining room in a Spanish manor house are antique dealers and I like how they use white and modern chairs to give the space more balance. I included that second photo so you could get a better view of the chairs and the beautiful floor tiles. As you know already, rustic spaces appeal to me and I'm even more interested in them when they are clutter-free and balanced, like this one.

photo credit:
Nuevo Estilo

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Monday, 14 October 2013

interior design: Walnuts Farm



This charming rustic house, Walnuts Farm, is located in East Sussex and is a film and photographic shoot location. It is a traditional Wealden farmhouse, built around the year 1800, surrounded by woodland and meadows. The dog is a Blue Whippet called Blink and is often featured in photo shoots.


photo credit:
David Merewether for Wealden Times

Friday, 11 October 2013

bon week-end

This morning I was reminded how wonderful it is to start the day with coffee and freshly baked muffins. After our oldest had caught the train to go to school I made carrot muffins with Downton Abbey rolling in the player. The other two children are staying home today and I was sure they would not say no to muffins when they woke up.

Got any plans this weekend? It will be a quiet one in our house with plenty of rest to chase this flu away. I'm also thinking chicken noodle soup with ginger.

Have a wonderful weekend!

photo credit:
Lisa Hjalt

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Thursday, 10 October 2013

notes à la mode 39

An old and good one from the 1983 Cerruti ad campaign. Maybe the 80s weren't so bad after all.

photo credit:
Paolo Roversi for Cerruti 1983 ad campaign via encensmagazine

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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

brighter shade than pale 16 - autumn II


I wanted to create another post expressing my autumnal mood. I have already said it on the blog that there is something about this autumn that I find particularly delightful. The weather has been lovely, I have been drinking extra many lattes in the city and I'm reading such good books (I got a new stack yesterday at the library). This morning I realised that we have clearly entered a colder season; I'm at home with one sick child. I'm also a grass widow as A is spending the next days in the UK. But I have the best entertainment. In the mail today I got season 3 of Downton Abbey, which I hadn't seen. Cannot wait to let Maggie Smith crack me up with her one-liners!

photo credit:
1: Chris Court Photography via The Murmuring Cottage/Tumblr / 2 + 6: Andrew Usachov / 3: Sofia of Mokkasin / 4: Unabashedly Prep / 5: Marc Jacobs Autumn 2013 via Vogue US / 7: unknown source via Book Simple Home/Tumblr / 8: from the book French Country Cooking by Elizabeth David via Pilvenhattaraa / 9: David Prince via 79 Ideas / 10-11: Colin Cooke for Sweet Paul Magazine, Fall 2011 via Greige | styling: Paul Lowe

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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

space: a living room in Dalkeith

This living room is an Oswald Homes design. It belongs to a residence in Dalkeith, a suburb of Perth in West Australia. This particular angle of the living room appeals to me. There is something very appealing about a space that is filled with books, where floorboards meet a traditional rug, in this case red, and a neutral coloured sofa. The neatly decorated glass coffee table adds even more charm. What I also like about this angle is seeing how casually the books sit on the shelves - looks both homey and elegant.

photo credit:
Oswald Homes via Design You Trust

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Monday, 7 October 2013

interior design: romantic style in Madrid

This romantic and beautiful flat is in the Salamanca district in Madrid. The designer is Belén Maroto of Arpa Arquitectos. It's such a refined and sophisticated style, without being boring. I like the mixture of furniture and the soft colour palette (love the colours of the cushions). There is so much to take in and admire in this home, all kinds of wonderful details.

The kitchen floor is to my liking.

And finally, some feminine touches in the bathroom.

[Update: Due to a maximum-photos-per-blog-post policy at El Mueble I have removed images from this post. Please follow their link below to view more.]

photo credit:
El Mueble

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