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A bakery in Barcelona

Check out this really funky bakery called Serrajòrdia located in the town of Sant Cugat del Valles near Barcelona. It was designed by interior design firm AM_Asociados and is a fantastic mix of industrial and vintage - my favourite combination! There are some great touches here that can easily translate to a residence. 

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Light and dark

Belgian architect Dieter Vander Velpen emailed us with an intriguing project he recently completed. At first I wondered about blogging it as it's a commercial space and we kprefer featuring residential designs but this one could be REALLY fun translated into a residential space. This project is Garde-robe Nationale, a womanswear boutique in Antwerp where Dieter acted as artchitect and interior designer. The lighting in the ceiling was bulky, the clothing racks stuck out into the space and were on risers, and it was pretty dull overall.  

Dieter worked some serious magic on this shop. The floors were levelled out and original hardwood restored, the majority of the clothing displays were lined up on the outer walls for better sight lines through the shop and then my favourite element - the introduction of a light and dark zone. The front of the store is now all in white, and as you move along towards the rear where the fitting rooms are, the vibe is much more loungey with dark oak veneer walls and ceiling and floors stained the same dark shade. I think this would be such a phenomenal space if you think of it as the main floor of a home. Imagine the light zone as the kitchen and connecting dining space, and as you move into the dark zone you are in the sitting room with a huge sectional and and big TV built-into the wall with a long, low media cabinet....yes, I can see the potential.... (photos by Thomas De Bruyne)

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Last chance to enter our Matt Blatt competition

Entries close Saturday October 6 at 5.30 pm AEST for our Australian readers. Click over here to tell us how these chairs would make your summer perfect.


Julia Green

Did you love the styling for the Inside Out feature on Steve and Helena Trupp of Empirical Style in the last post? As soon as I found out it was by Julia Green of Greenhouse Interiors I hot footed it over to her website and oohed and aahed. Vintage + colour + collections + layers + crafted and found = a quirky, fun, vibrant and down right happy portfolio. Rooms full of treasure without being "precious'. Just the way I want to live!

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Matt Blatt store opening and competition

Thursday night in Brisbane saw several hundred people join me at the opening of Matt Blatt's new store in Doggett St, New Farm. What a great night! I turned up a little early to take some snaps. I knew once the crowds poured in it would be difficult  to do anything except talk furniture and blogs, champagne in hand. I'm really excited about the new pieces that Matt Blatt are introducing to their already extensive range. Lots of ethnic and colour brights, quirky boho and beautiful contemporary timber pieces. Loved the rugs too but that's no surprise because we all know I have a rug fetish. Thank you to the Matt Blatt crew for inviting me to be part of their special night. If you are in the south east Queensland area you really should drop in to the New Farm store and say hi to Aleks and his team.

P.S. Don't forget our Matt Blatt giveaway for Australian readers. It is open for another week and I can tell you that having seen the chairs in person they are fab! Talk about a summer tonic. Head over here to enter.

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