Friday, December 19, 2014
Happy weekend! Hope it's a good one. It's going to be a flurry of pre-Christmas activity here, but looking forward to curling up to watch some holiday movies, too. How about you?
(photo via catherine kwong studio by way of sukio)
As the creative director of interiors company Bloomingville, Betina Stampe has direct access to the company's Christmas decor collection. For the cottage where she and her family retreat during the holiday season, she likes to mix the ornaments with rustic elements found in the country around her, using branches in pots and switching out houseplants for small Christmas trees. All these natural colours are balanced out with one bright one for contrast — this year she's chosen neon pink. Love her easygoing yet sophisticated style. More here on Bolig Magasinet.
(photography by kira brandt)
Thursday, December 18, 2014
This week's links. Enjoy.
From Toolshed to Guesthouse
Two designers convert a dilapidated toolshed off a modernist house into a cosy guesthouse. Elegantly done.
New York's Most Stunning Holiday Windows
Get in the holiday spirit and take a virtual tour of this year's amazing Christmas windows at Bergdorf Goodman, Barney's New York, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Making Order From Chaos: 8 Beautifully Busy Homes
Feeling a bit overwhelmed by all your stuff? Find inspiration in this slide show of 8 modern homes showing how clutter can be beautiful. I'm in awe of the converted stables in London with a life size horse sculpture.
High Fashion Santa
Check out Santa decked out in the likes of Kenzo, Marni, Acne Studios, Martin Margiela and others in this fun Joint London series. Via AnOther.
The Best Art, Design and Photography Books of 2014
Brain Pickings has a great round up of books for creatives released this year — lots of photos from each to give you a great sense of what they're all about, too.
This is fun — 18 of this year's best actors perform nine kisses. Enjoy.
A Holiday Playlist
Goop has put together a downloadable holiday playlist that's a nice mix of old and new — everything from Ella Fitzgerald to Vampire Weekend and She and Him.
Cauliflower and Leek Soup
A comforting soup, perfect for a light supper — and a good break from the rich holiday food (delicious as it is).
(photo by kira brandt for bo bedre)
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Sophisticated shimmer for the holidays. Silver turtleneck by Ralph Lauren, photographed by Mario Testino for Harper's Bazaar, 1995.
Artist/designer Aylin Langreuter and her husband, designer Christophe de la Fontaine and their two children recently traded their 1930s modernist apartment in Milan to move to a very small, very old castle at the foot of the Bavarian Forest. Dating from 1336, it was in surprisingly good condition — and the price is what they would have paid for a three bedroom apartment in Munich. But what they both fell hard for was the fairy tale atmosphere of their new home, which is now a wonderful mix of old and new. More here at Architektur and Wohnen.
(photography by bärbel miebach)
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Danish decorator Henrik Hemmingsen is definitely not into the glittery side of Christmas — for him, it's about getting in touch with the beauty of the natural world. During the holidays, his lovely home is decorated with objects discovered on walks in the country, highlighted with touches of white and silver. Perfection. More here on Femina.
(photography by martin sølyst)
Monday, December 15, 2014
A collection of beautiful and fascinating objects to start your week off on an adventurous note. Have a good one.
(photo by david prince)
Architect Chris Cooper and interior designer Jennifer Hanlin achieved what seems like the impossible — they found 325 additional square feet in their Brooklyn condominium by applying what Chris calls "reductive simplicity." Inspired by Japanese design, they have cleverly reconfigured the layout of their home in a former schoolhouse by taking what was a crawl space for the water heater and converting it into a mezzanine. So inspired. Read more about it here on the New York Times.
(photography by bruce buck)
Friday, December 12, 2014
Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. It'll be a busy one here with the holidays rapidly approaching, but hoping to find a little time to relax, too. How about you?
(photo via fastighetsbyran by way of hege in france)
A calm and light-filled Copenhagen loft, furnished with iconic pieces of twentieth-century design, contemporary art and books. Lovely. More here on Marie Claire Maison.
(photography by romain ricard)