There is something hypnotic about the work of Dutch stylist Anouk B. Repetition of a minimalist colour palette of black, white, brown and the occasional escape of green. Sparse furnishings always counterbalanced by natural textures. It’s calm. It’s zen like. It’s beautiful in its carefully curated way. Simplicity at its best. Photography by the incomparable Marjon Hoogervorst.
I thought I would take a quick break from my Sunday chores to give a shout out to one of our new advertisers, Relique. It is a really fun shop for those who love anything vintage, industrial and repurposed. Their finds are from estate sales, buildings about to be demolished etc. Gotta love one-of-a-kind items for the home that don’t come from Ikea! To note: They are based in the U.S. but do ship internationally (except for some of their heavier items). Here are a few bits and pieces I found on their site that caught my attention…
Got a problem? Need some help? Just standing there shaking your head? Don’t know what to do? You’re not alone. Send us a link to photos of your design quandary and let the Desire to Inspire design crew help you …. that’s you lot… the readers! Peege emailed with this week’s dilemma.
I need HELP. I’ve inherited 2 plain plain plain Pottery Barn slip-covered sofas and one gigantic matching armchair and have to make a sitting room out of them. Luckily (?) they are white, slipcovered but so blah that it’s killing all inspiration. I have a set of Suzani pillows (reds) which I’ve added and I have a Kilim upholstered rectangular Ottoman on order. I love all things vintage, and from the Middle East but have no idea how to make the sofas look slicker. The only thing I like are the pillows. I am getting the upholstered ottoman in place of the temporary wicker garden table but please do post this so I can get some inspiration. I need to hear that they’re not too hideous and my dreams of a serene sitting room will come true! Any ideas?
Solange van Dorssen is an interior designer from Argentina currently in Barcelona working as a stylist for architectural and interior design magazines for Spain, Argentina and Red Cover (London). She wrote us about a home we had blogged recently and when I read that she was a stylist I of course had to go poking around her Flickr photostream to check out her work. Am I ever glad I did because the homes Solange has styled are beautiful and styled to perfection! I am always a fan of decor from abroad. So much texture and pattern and best of all creativity.
(Photography: 1-7, 10, 15 by Javier Scecs; 8, 9, 12, 14 by Santiago Ciuffo; 11 by Serena De Sanctis; 13 by Jose Luis Haussman for Revista Living and Vivir en el Campo)
Take two art nouveau houses circa 1906 in Brussels, Belgium. Renovate in white white white. Mix well with an enviable collection of mid 20th Century Scandinavian furniture. Layer with original art. Shake well in the cocktail bar and pour out the smoothest long cold drink of a getaway guest house you could ever wish to order. Cedric Meuris and Bernard Devaux had the vision. Tenbosch House, an exclusive small hotel is the result. It’s Friday. It’s virtual getaway day. I’ll meet you in the bar at 7. Date?