Friday, 31 May 2013

Scandinavian Style - Family Room

When I moved to Denmark I noticed that the layout of theirs homes is, generally, very different from what you can find in Portugal. And the most flagrant of those differences is the predominant existence of a room where living, dinning and kitchen coexist. They call it "Alrum", the equivalent of a "family room" in English, and it derives from the strong concerns and integration of the idea of family and family life in interior design and architecture around the 1960's. 

It took me a little time to stop worrying about the smell of food and the mess that a kitchen can become, and focus on the idea that it's not necessarily a bad thing to be forced to pay more attention to what you have in your kitchen and how you show it. To actually think and plan that space without being able to rely on closing a door. But what I love more about it, I must admit, is that being someone that loves baking and spends a lot of time around food, I don't have to be isolated to do so. 

So today I'm sharing an example of a Scandinavian family room, in neutral tones and with a mix of mid-century and industrial style. Photographed and styled by Lovely Life and for sale at the Swedish real estate agency Alexander White.

all images via Lovely Life

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Butterfly Joints

via BDDW
Today I'm embracing my inner nerd and posting about wood joinery. More specifically about Butterfly Joints. This type of joint can hold two separate planks of wood together. But what I really like is when it is used, in furniture or flooring, to lock natural cracks on a single plank and avoid it's further opening. The butterflies are usual of a contrasting wood or of a different material, such as metal (like in the picture above, which happens to be my favourite). 

A way of transforming imperfection into something absolutely stunning!
via Nakashima Woodworker
via Janosi Designs
via Janosi Designs
via Dinesen
detail of a photo via Dinesen
work by Josh Vogel via Yatzer
What do you think?
Do you have an inner nerd that feels strangely attracted to this sort of detailing?

Sunday, 26 May 2013

My Spring Colours

all photos by me

Bringing my garden's colours inside.
Spring took it's time to come and soon those beautiful white flowers will be replaced with red berries (poisonous, so I've heard), so I decided to capture these colours while I could.
Have a lazy Sunday everyone!

Friday, 24 May 2013

White, Black and Wood Mood

The tones I'm loving these days.
Wishing all a great weekend!
sources: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The Edit Lamp - Scandinavian Lighting

I saw this lamp on Emmas design blog a few days ago, and it immediately got my attention. The creation of the Edit lamp, by Joanna Laajisto, came from the necessity of having a small and simple pendant to suit her interior architecture projects. But the process of design, to achieve the desired aesthetics - clean but interesting, modern and classic, demanded many hours of revising and editing, and thus the name "Edit". The lamp can be used as a pendant or attached to a wall fixture, and in three versions: all black, steel/black and brass/black.

“The idea that the light could be fixed to the wall was especially intriguing to me. Wall lamps create a very special ambience” 
- Joanna Laajisto -

I personally love the all black on the wall. It reminds me of an old street lamp which, not notwithstanding it's minimalistic lines, still evokes a romantic and poetic atmosphere. 

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

White and Green for Muuto 2013

This Spring I'm having a serious crush on white and green styling. Neutral tones with a few splashes of green, clean lines, simplicity, and overall a fresh atmosphere. Especially when the green comes mainly from natural plants. And these images, from Muuto's Spring 2013 catalogue, illustrate that with perfection.

images 1.2.3 photographed by Petral Bindel in colaboration with All The Way To Paris
via: Muuto

And a small product guide:
all images via Muuto

1. NERD bar stool
2. UNFOLD pendant lamp
3. MHY pendant lamp
4. TOSS AROUND salad servers
5. CORKY carafe
6. FLOW milk jug
7. STACKED shelf system 

Monday, 20 May 2013

The home of...Yvonne Koné

Today's inspiring interior is the apartment of  Danish designer Yvonne Koné. I find it very interesting that we could describe her home with the same words used on Koné's web site to describe her work and design for leather accessories. 
"Yvonne Koné is inspired by raw, natural leather with an industrial non-color feel giving the collections a discrete look of understated poise and elegance. Also, the consistent use of contrasts in materials creates a dialogue between toughness and fragility in each design" 
Ok, it's yet another home interior in: white, black, grey and timber; modern and vintage/industrial...but it's worth it!
photography: LineThit Klein (for Elle Decoration DK)
Styling: Stine Langvad

Gorgeous! Especially the living-room. Those made to measure book shelves, made by Københavns Møbelsnedkeri, provide a place to keep everything and give warmth and personality to the room.  And I just love the low sofa tables and the lamp stand in concrete and timber.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Daily Dishonesty

I recently started following a blog on Tumblr called Daily Dishonesty, and I thought I should share it with you today. Lauren Hom, a graphic designer and illustrator based in New York City, gives us those little, harmless, lies (or dishonesties) that we tend to tell ourselves, and others, on a daily basis...and mostly about food. 
I chose a few to show you, but you can follow the link for more.  It's a fun read for a lazy Sunday!

all images via Daily Dishonesty

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Ice Chandelier - Scandinavian Lighting

The Ice Chandelier was designed by Sofie Refer in 2007 and relaunched this year by &Tradition
This modular pendent, of mouth-blown glass, combines the tradition of the grand glass chandeliers and a  modern approach and expression. 
Scandinavian style in it's most elegant and sensual form, as can be attested on the wonderfully styled photos below.   

photography and styling by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen via &Tradition

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