Fireplaces Vol.1

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Paris apartment – Interior design by Jessica Vedel. Source unknown.

As I am writing this post my feet are a bit cold and I’m thinking how nice it would be if I had a fire next to me… I actually have a fireplace in the room but it’s really nothing comparing to these! Also, I should go to the basement for firewoods and I am very very lazy right now…

This month in Greece is super cold, we have snowing and stuff, fireplaces should be honored with a post, don’t you think? In fact, I found so many great examples that I decided to break the post in two parts. Besides the photos are so powerful that I didn’t want to ruin their glory. The first one in classic style and the second one (that will follow) in simple lines.

In this post, classy is the right word to describe these spaces. Elaborate decoration, romantic to eclectic style, traditional structure. BUT, what I love the most is their final aesthetic, where through material, colors and general decoration of the room (painting or nothing at all) we could describe them as even minimal! Except one, number 3 is totally classic and aristocratic! What is your favorite?

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Gorgeous new fireplace in 1910’s Harbour Edge House by Fearon Hay Architects. Photo by Simon Wilson.

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Paris apartment – Photos by Louise Desrosier for Milk Magazine.

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Loft in Antwerp, designed by sculp(IT). Photo by Luc Roymans. Here the fireplace is modern but t’is placed in a traditional, highlighted ceiling, so the result is the same.

 

 

 

 

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Flamingos in the house

Obviously I love flamingos and I don’t mind about their kitsch essence! But today I will prove to you that flamingos can be a great decorative element without being kitsch at all. In fact, I think in some examples is quite elegant! Personally, I would love the string lights somewhere in my house, it would be such a spicy detail!

It hasn't to be pink. As a wallpaper here

It hasn’t to be pink. As a wallpaper here

Shower curtain! Love it <3

Shower curtain! Love it ❤

As an art print, a lot of options here!

As an art print, a lot of options here!

String lights!!!

String lights!!!

In the bathroom

In the bathroom

As a sculpture in a total white space. It gives something, don't you think?

As a sculpture in a total white space. It gives something, don’t you think?

As an art print

As an art print again

In the pool! Floating flamingo

In the pool! Floating flamingo

Hidding in the corner

Hidding in the corner

As a chair cushion

As a chair cushion

Ideal working day…

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Monday again and I am in the office trying to work in my computer. As I find it difficult to concentrate I am listening to the song of Peggy Lee “Black coffee”.

I love this song..it’s rythm gets me in the mood for working for some reason. And at this moment, I started to think that it would be better to be in a nice, quiet coffee house and work from there. Listening to music like this, don’t be distracted by the fuzz but at the same time be in an environment where people pass by, talk etc. So, I will present to you some coffee houses that could work for me and could mentally travel you as well outside of the office. As you will see I prefer dark colours and wooden furniture, maybe this atmosphere helps me concentrate, I don’t know!

Stable Cafe in San Francisco. Exactly this!

Stable Cafe in San Francisco. Exactly this!

I think this is a rendering but it could work for me

I think this is a rendering but it could work 

Balzac's Coffee in Toronto. Cozy atmosphere

Balzac’s Coffee in Toronto. Cozy atmosphere

ICI Epicerie in Bruxelles. Without the children please. Love the blackboard wall

ICI Epicerie in Bruxelles. Without the children please. Love the blackboard wall

From my archive. Love the floor and the old wooden furniture

From my archive. Love the floor and the old wooden furniture

From my archive. Love the materials, old wooden bar and the lightings above

From my archive. Love the materials, old wooden bar and the lightings above

Matto Bar & Pizzeria in Shanghai. It's more of a restaurant but it's style is totally working for me!

Matto Bar & Pizzeria in Shanghai. It’s more of a restaurant but its style is totally working for me!

Coffee house in Istanbul. Some colour and patterns could also work!

Coffee house or restaurant in Istanbul. Some colour and patterns could also work!

And of course, if it is to mentally get away do it right! The perfect place here in Sifnos, Greece

And of course, if it is to mentally get away do it right! The perfect place here in Sifnos, Greece

Kitsch in decoration!

Amazing or what? A must have for the perfect kitsch style

Amazing or what? A must have for the perfect kitsch style

I must admit my sinful taste. I love kitsch!! Pattern over pattern, colour over colour, hot pink, orange, yellow, all together! Maybe because I like colourful spaces, maybe I like the hymour that exist in kitsch style, maybe it is that vintage is so close to it and I love vintage, I don’t know…but kitsch is great!!! I had so much fun searching for these photos (I saved a bunch of links with stuff to buy for my home! Maybe I will post some of them in another post) I hope you’ll have too. Enjoy these happy places!

Clue element: the lampshade!

Clue element: the lampshade!

Dramatic kitsch

Dramatic kitsch

Vintage wallpaper and kitsch

Vintage wallpaper and kitsch

Bambi everywhere. Ceramic retro animals in general are very characteristic.

Bambi everywhere. Ceramic retro animals in general are very characteristic.

Everything on display!

Everything on display!

Animal table lamps by Atelier Abigail Ahern. Playful, witty, and classy kitsch!

Animal table lamps by Atelier Abigail Ahern. Playful, witty, and classy kitsch!

Vogue Living, Stephan Hamel’s workroom, with floral Moldavian rugs and a pair of Campana brothers ‘Favela’ chair

Vogue Living, Stephan Hamel’s workroom, with floral Moldavian rugs and a pair of Campana brothers ‘Favela’ chair

Kitsch in blue

Kitsch in blue

Matthew Williamson - Hot pink window!

Matthew Williamson – Hot pink window!

Kitsch-en

Kitsch-en

Pink Smeg refrigerator, red polka dots, plastic flowers, cat in the background. What else do you need?

Pink Smeg refrigerator, red polka dots, plastic flowers, cat in the background. What else do you need?

Peackok chair. Love this

Peackok chair. Love this

Kitsch in hot pink

Kitsch in hot pink

All these religious luminous objects fascinate me! Must have for sure!

All these religious luminous objects fascinate me! Must have for sure!

And fot the end, that’s why my blue flamingo loves kitsch so much. Flamingos are everywhere! The absolut kitsch object!!! Nothing happens by chance eventually.

Flamingo of course. The absolut kitsch object!

Tassels

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Tassels in decoration! From little details in curtains to simple decoration elements in walls or as jewllery tassels make a great impact! They are even easy to make, I have a DIY project for you in the end. If you don’t know what to do with yarn remnants, here a solytion 😉 They can be the main exhibit in a room or a small detail that makes the difference. Love them. I would like some of them hanging above my fireplace!

in dark colours, for atmosphere...

in dark colours, for atmosphere…

as a party decoration

plus as a party decoration

moroccan style

moroccan style

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to give some colour in a a room

to give some colour in a a room

as a necklace

as a necklace – buy them at Etsy

Necklace neon tassel - DIY!

Necklace neon tassel – DIY!

 

 

 

 

Desk behind couch

desk behind couch_modern classicToday I’m thinking about living rooms and how would be a desk behind the couch. I’m working on a project and seriously the best place to put the desk is there. At first, I had doubts, maybe the desk will be covered, maybe it will be ennoying to the people that are sitting in front etc…
On the contrary!…after some research I am sure now that it can even be a design element very very interesting!

What do you think?

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Woven Wall Hangings – New trend

Today I will talk to you about a new trend I’ve noticed the last days on my internet-leisure…
It’s about woven wall hangings. At first, I though “oh..something like rugs, on the wall..nice…” but then, after some searching, I learned that it’s about a whole type of art and craftwork! It is referred as well as “macrame“. Eventually, macrameis the method of creating these forms, using knotting and weaving. It’s the same as the friendship bracelets we used to make as teenagers!
A variety of materials, types of knots and playful patterns are used to produce these exquisite pieces.

I also learned that it was long crafted by sailors, especially in elaborate or ornamental knotting forms, to decorate anything from knife handles to bottles to parts of ships. Interesting, right?

What I like the most about these wall hangings is the combination of ancient craftwork and folk feature with a modern twist providing this piece of art! I think it’s a great idea of decorating some walls and highlight every room!

And some in more traditional style

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For the end, I have for you some links of weaver profiles to see, very interesting:
Brook&Lynne and DreamWeavers
And some DIY links from other blogs, to make your own macrame piece!
Macrame wall hanging and Macrame curtain

Enjoy!!

Rug’s love

Today I stayed home for a while and I felt the cold again (my house is really cold…) I thought about rugs… Warm, fluffy, beautiful rugs and kilims. I really love them and I will post again -for sure- my search results for them. These are some of my today’s inspiration..

Σήμερα που έμεινα σπίτι για λίγο και ένιωσα το κρύο ξανά (το σπίτι μου είναι πραγματικά κρύο…) άρχισα να σκέφτομαι χαλιά… Ζεστά, χνουδωτά, χουχουλιάρικα χαλιά και κιλίμια. Τους έχω ιδιαίτερη αδυναμία και θα ξανα αναφερθώ σίγουρα στο θέμα αργότερα. Αυτά είναι μερικά ευρήματα της σημερινής μου έμπνευσης..

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