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Thursday
Sep072017

A reader's home - a taste of France part 1

Catherine (of the blog Taste of France) has been following our blog forever, and kindly emailed us recently with some photos of a couple of 17th century apartments in Carcassonne, France that she owns and renovated over the past year. Not an easy feat it seems as she had to adhere to strict requirements of the Batîments de France (and expensive headache). It started as one gigantic (2000 square foot) apartment that we split in two because there were two entrances. That meant adding a kitchen and bathroom, but our possibilities were dictated by the historic authorities. The last renovation seemed to have been in the 1970s; we changed all the windows, wiring, plumbing and had all the ancient tomette floors restored. It was a challenge, with 2-foot-thick stone walls (just try running wiring through that), and other walls made of straw and lime. But it was above all a labor of love. We decorated with antiques. The furnishings either were bought from the previous owner or come from local brocantes, flea markets and the like. Also leboncoin.fr which is the French equivalent of craigslist. I made the drapes myself. You can’t buy 3.5-meter drapes readymade, and custom was out of my budget. The apartments are vacation rentals and we don't see the attraction of going on vacation in France in a place that has the same Ikea furniture found around the globe; everything is locally sourced. The building is older than Haussmannian, dating to the 1600s, but it was renovated a century later with lots of high-relief moldings above the marble fireplaces. Doves, flowers, lutes.... I'm seriously ready to start scouring the internet for a deal on a flight to France so I can shack up here. So gorgeous!!!! Here's the link to the Airbnb listing if you're interested in a dreamy France vacay. (Stay tuned tomorrow for the other apartment). 

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Monday
Aug142017

An industrial loft 

Because I will never tire of industrial lofts and seeing the different approaches people take with these very open spaces, here is one by one of my all-time favourite interior designers, Hubert Zandberg. Filled with a wide variety of antiques with a bit of a safari theme (warning: there is taxidermy and animal skulls for those who find this offensive please pass over this post), it's eclectic and unexpected. 

Wednesday
Aug092017

Vintage and botanical charm in London

A winning combination of vintage furnishings and tons of plants were the reason I had to share this London terrace maisonette built in the 1800's and recently remodelled. A mix of painted and natural wood floorboards, exposed wood beams, a kitchen I am dying over and storing in my inspiration file, and the most beautiful windows and doors help make this home sooooo special. Available as a location home through jj Locations.

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Sunday
Jul232017

A 300 year old restored coachman's cottage in Germany

There are several styles of interiors that I am drawn to, and this 300 year old restored coachman's cottage in Germany owned by designer Jeanette Walther embodies my favourite. Rustic, timeworn, weathered, textured, rough. Shades of brown and black and grey and earth, barnboard, elements from nature, chalky walls, peeling paint. Picture perfect. Photos by Ivar Janssen for MilK Decoration and Architectural Digest Gemany.

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Thursday
Jun222017

Dark spaces eye candy

If these walls (and these vintage pieces) could talk. Would make for some amazing stories. By the brilliantly talented photographer Michael Sinclair