I hope everyone had a brilliant holiday this last weekend, nothing better than a long weekend with beautiful weather! Since we moved, our girls spend most of their time outside now and it has been amazing for them. Things are still coming together on the interior, but we have no shortage of ideas and inspiration like this fantastic Swedish home! I love the way photographer and interior designer Benedikte Ugland sprinkled modern touches throughout her rough and raw industrial styled apartment. The black floors, raw concrete, and brass combine so beautifully with her personal touches of texture to keep the interior from feeling cold and impersonal. These types of interiors are always so relaxing for me, where things don’t need to be kept in perfect order, and where dings and scratches might even enhance a thing (something that comes with the territory of having kids). Plus I am always a sucker for little bit of concrete.
Monthly archive for May 2012
I really appreciate Twenty Gauge‘s commitment to producing and preserving high quality classic designs. I have always had a soft spot for vintage industrial furniture, and that’s why I was so excited to stumble upon Twenty Gauge this week. I would love some of these pieces in our home and office.
“Building on more than a decade of experience, award winning Twenty Gauge is dedicated to the preservation and delicate art of steel furniture restoration. To this day, J.C.’s intuitive ability in reclaiming the hidden beauty within objects misrepresented or careworn, drives the company forward.”
To see more of their amazing products, or samples of their interior design work, pay their website a visit.
After an extensive renovation and rehabilitation process, Linda (a textile designer) and Niklas have managed to turn their run down 1930′s villa into an open and bright family home. The previous owners had renovated in the late 1960′s, however nothing had been done since to update the interior. Sourcing many pieces from Ikea and flea markets helped keep the cost down, as well as enlisting the help of Linda’s carpenter father. I think my favorite parts are their daughter Molly’s room (our daughter would absolutely love that room) and the conservatory, a space you don’t find a lot in today’s homes. One small thing, the large step under the bathroom sink is a great idea. Our girls are always tipping theirs over, falling off, or carrying it around in an attempt to climb other things that shouldn’t be climbed.
“Your books are no longer in danger of toppling over. Over-sized wing-nut allows bookend to slide into place and be secured wherever it’s needed.”
Yes I know, we are still a day off the M/W/F (+random) scheduled…With our recent move things have been more than a little hectic. I promise to be back on again very soon. In the meantime, lets get down to some product information! Known for its affordable (and hackable) design offerings, the affordable furniture superstore Ikea can offer some amazing products. But sometimes you get what you pay for (or don’t pay for) in either design or quality. This is why I for one, look so forward to the occasional PS collections. This year the collection features 46 products by 19 designers who set to work referencing 60 years of Ikea design history and using “new forms, functions, materials and sustainability.” There are several things in this collection I am very excited about (and I am sure you can expect them to show up here in the reviews). You can take a look for yourself at the 2012 PS catalog here or here. Enjoy!
Olivia and Frank (and their daughter) have done a fantastic job turning this two bedroom, 19th century apartment in West Berlin into a fun and eclectic combination of old, older, oldest, and new. They were sold after just their first look inside, and I can see why. I think the classic interior blends beautifully with what they have done to adapt this space. The kitchen is obviously where they spend the bulk of their time, so they cleverly used pendants to help bring the massive ceiling heights down to a more personal scale. At first I didn’t notice, but if you look closely at the kitchen walls, “Gute Laune Zentrale” (Good Mood Central) is spelled out using just everyday shelf brackets and other random objects. I really love the interesting combinations of everything everywhere in this apartment, and looking at the pictures I was having a lot of fun trying to see how many things I could find from different decades.