The Socialite Family

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consider The Socialite Family a French version of FvF – except focusing on families, of course. founder Constance Gennari started the website to share her true passion: “observing interior design through the eyes of a family, whether in Paris, New York or anywhere else in the world.”

Traditional values, more particularly, family values are becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s world. As young parents, we not only have a responsibility to provide a just and honest education to our children, but also to teach them to appreciate the better things in life, as any true epicurean would. Through the lenses of various photographers that irresistibly draw us into the world of these modern families, The Socialite Family mission us to imagine and inspire.

i like the latest feature of stylist Aurélie Lecuyer and her husband Jean-Christophe who lives in Nantes with their two little boys. the beautiful photographs are by Melanie Rodriguez.

Caroline Gomez

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there’s not much that i like more than tiny plates of food. if i could have tapas for the rest of my life i’d be totally okay with that. you see, i’m a terrible orderer at restaurants. i almost always have food envy when the plates finally arrive at the table. you will often hear me say, “damn, i should have ordered that.” or, “just give me a little taste of yours.” (which is usually directed at Anton, poor guy). so you see, tapas just makes everyone’s lives better as far as i’m concerned.

how does any of that relate to Caroline Gomez? i’m getting there… just let me think about tapas for another second. okay. what’s better than plates of food are tiny beautiful wooden boards of food. another thing i love is eating off a lovely piece of beautiful wood – big or small, and Caroline makes both. i’m particularly taken by this charming fruit platter… no more rolling around for you, silly fruit!

she’s a bit of a jack of all trades, check out her beautiful wares at her website and online shop.

10 Homes

another installment of Ten Homes. man, what a day. moving sucks! but what sucks even more is when your furniture removal guys don’t even show up when they’re supposed to. needless to say today has been frustrating. honestly, the last thing i felt like doing today was writing a post (ack, my back! my back.) but i thought i’d have a sit down and take a calm scroll / stroll through ten of my favourite homes that have been featured around of late – to remind myself of what can be. i hope you enjoy them too.

brian’s beautiful home featured on sight unseen:

australian artist kirra jamison’s home:

the corners in claire cottrell’s  home:

Leah Fraser’s home, another aussie artist:

Nir Stern’s beautiful place (and cute cat!)

Bobo Wallmansson’s colourful home (and cute dog!)

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Jen’s lovely home, photographed by Lauren Bamford:

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Lisa & Scott’s amazing house in Topanga Canyon:

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a vintage victorian:

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and, occasional glimpses into Suvi’s home:

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Wonderdeco

i’m actually moving out of my lovely flat this month (sad face), so right now my mind is on the crappy business of packing up. it does make me feel a bit better to browse interior blogs in the process, so that i can imagine what i’d like my new home to look like. if you’re into beautiful Swedish homes like i am then best make a pit stop at Wonderdeco – run by stylist and blogger Sanna Fischer Nordström (who herself has a beautiful home), with photos by Ida Carrol.

Oyyo

Oyyo is a studio based in Sweden founded by creative duo Lina Zedig and Marcus Åhrén, who marry Swedish design sensibilities with their nomadic moods and travelling adventures. the studio releases one to two new products per year to work up a core collection of textiles, pieces of furniture and accessories. their first collection is Oyyo No.1, a series of six original dhurries handwoven by a community of craftspeople near India’s Blue City, Jodhpur.

Uniquely made from 100% organic cotton and vivid vegetable dyes derived from local plants, our dhurries are conceived as timeless self-investment pieces providing comfort of the best possible quality out there. The dhurries are woven with techniques dating back centuries, devoid of machines, but with a contemporary design and colour pallet. Their carefully selected colours and exquisite patterns become a statement of Oyyo’s natural optimism and core values: We claim a re-engagement with the natural world and express our confidence in the productive wonders made possible thanks to cultural diversity.

Girl & Graaf

i got the sweetest email from Lauren sharing the campaign for her recently opened online boutique Girl & Graaf. Lauren says she took a lot of inspiration from the blog in creating the campaign, so i guess things have come full circle around here! and what a beautiful shop (and photoshoot!) it is, i am definitely coveting those washable gold bags.

 

Catch Up: Spaces

ever since i got back from my holiday i’ve been tirelessly catching up on my reader (which is now down to under 500 items!) and pinning away in the mind to do a massive These Things. but, MASSIVE it was. too massive. so i decided instead to create a little mini-series of sorts called Catch Up. relevant to interiors, fashion, design etc.

first up – SPACESif you want to see more spaces see this board.

the wonderful wallpaper of Kirath Ghundoo:

Victoria’s new home:

all the home goods from Joinery (thanks Mariah):

like the look of this new guesthouse in Simon’s Town, Cordelle:

the home of Claire Cottrell photographed by Jessica Comingmore for FvF:

the (art) studio of Aussie artist Laura Jones:

the home of Antonia Siegmund and Matthias Last:

designer Lotta Neiminen’s NY studio apartment:

clever people using washi tape to put up rad prints:

– by Design Sponge

– by noepahjertet

some more interesting DIY wall art:

Jennifer’s home (always):

this studio space with the narrow desk:

this glass top trestle table & work space by Hitta Hem:

this room at Finnish blog Suvi sur le vif:

these beautiful wooden desks by Hiromatsu:

the Huguenot dining table by Pedersen + Lennard (i almost bought one for myself):

and finally, this cutie photographed by Aya Gao. what’s a home with a pet?

2013

a sure-fire way to know that the holiday season is upon us (apart from the christmas carols playing ad-nauseum in the supermarkets) is the sudden appearance of the new year calendar. just in case you needed to be reminded that 2012 is O-V-E-R. on to the next! here are some of my favourites (there are a couple in my recent gift guides too).

Prisms Calendar by Julia Kostreva:

Pudge the Cat:

Cats let Nothing Darken Their Roar:

the ultimate cat calendar, Dreamcats:

The Frankie Calendar:

Best Year Ever!

Linen wall art:

Astrology Calendar by Prismatic Print Shop:

Stitch the Stars Calendar Kit:

Snug Studio Calendar:

Stendig Calendar:

Helvetica Calendar:

Pocket Notebook calendar:

 Patten Calendar:

Shapes Calendar by Leah Duncan:

Landscapes:

Globe Trotter Calendar:

and something a bit different, a lasercut desk calendar:

Modern Findings

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i am so jealous of Wakako’s home, which you can see in full at her house tour. she has a blog called Modern Findings that details her love for mid-century modern design, something that is clearly reflected in this beautiful space.

all images by Modern Findings

TW Workshop

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i’ve been keeping a close eye on Tracy Wilkinson’s blog 149 Sullivan Street, as she has been teasing us with sneak peeks of her new site for TW Workshop – which i’m happy to see launched this past week. Tracy is a British designer who has a masters degree in fashion & textile design from the royal college of art in london, and now lives stateside where she handmakes ceramics and home accessories (amongst other creative endeavours). be sure to visit her shop.

10 homes

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10 awesome homes where i wouldn’t mind being invited in for tea…
but don’t let me stay too long or i might pitch a tent and claim squatter’s rights.

/ 1 / Céline Saby by Freunde von Freunden
/ 2 / Isabel Wilson by Brian ferry for FvF
/ 3 / Vanessa Bruno’s Paris Apartment
/ 4 / Jake’s Silver Lake Home by Dabito
/ 5 / Lauren Moffatt’s apartment
/ 6 / The Art House photographed by Line T. Klein
/ 7 / Stine A. Johanson’s apartment
/ 8 / Inge Rylant’s home photographed by Eefje de Coninck
/ 9 / Jan S. Hansen’s apartment
/ 10 / The Sneeoosh Cabin

Nemadji Pottery

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one of the things i’d like to do at home is build up my ceramics & glassware collection. i’ve been buying a few knick knacks here and there, which is always a slow process as you tend to find them sporadically (and need to resist the urge to buy an entire collection that you won’t necessarily love years down the line). so when i spotted these colourful marbled pots on Etsy i kind of fell in love, and did a bit of reading up on their origin. found this little piece of Fab.com which explains,

Nemadji pottery is that early 20th century invention that somehow got mixed up with a Native American tribe. The Minnesota-based Nemadji pottery company began manufacturing this colorful, swirled pottery in 1929 and promoted it as being “Indian inspired.” Over the years, advertising became truth in the minds of many, leading to mistaken claims over authentic Native American pottery.

i would probably end up filling my house with these, if only i could get my hands on some locally. you can find them on Etsy and eBay – click on the pictures to be taken to the source (some of them are already sold, unfortunately!)

 

Rugs not Drugs

first of all, i APOLOGISE for the title of this post. it could not be helped.

so, a difficult thing i had to do recently was help my boyfriend pick out a carpet (actually, rug) for his apartment. at one stage there were three HUGE beautifully colourful kilims on the floor of this old school carpet place we visited in cape town, and the carpet salesman was almost rolling his eyes at us as we umm’d and aah’d over which one he should take home. eventually after peeling away layers upon layers of piled up carpets he found the one. but i’m still thinking back to all those carpets, i honestly would have loved to take all of them home.

i’m also on the market for a carpet, and i thought i had a good idea of what i wanted until i came across the Nazmiyal Collection of vintage rugs boasting Swedish kilims, Moroccon rugs and some incredible Art Deco pieces too. do i want something fluffy? or Scandanavian? ideally i’d like all the rugs in the world, but if that’s not possible i could very happily live with one of these.

Fantastic Frank

if you’re like me you probably like settling down with a cup of coffee and the weekend newspaper on a sunday morning and flip straight to the property section where you play the always fun game if i had a billion rand / dollars / pounds which house would i buy?

this game would be about 1000 times funner if the visuals in the property sections were on par with what’s going on at Fantastic Frank. this swedish real estate agency styles & photographs the homes in their property portfolio so beautifully that you’d want to move in right away.

A home is more than the size and space between the dwelling walls. Our minds are more affected by light and colors, the sounds and structures than of a designed chair. We feel good when we are inspired, when we feel that there is a purpose to what we surround ourselves with. When the home has a character we can have a relationship with it.

It is when you look at the property in nature as you can see who will live in the next. Therefore, when characterful homes passed, the goal is always to reach the few who love the home, rather than to reach very many people who just like it. It is the philosophy behind the way we convey housing, and that is why Fantastic Frank created.

all images courtesy of Fantastic Frank