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10 homes

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

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Pumped about Plants

i felt like this post needed an exclamation mark because i’m quite excited about plants at the moment. you might remember my post, more than a year ago now, about wanting to get some indoor plants. if you are keen to get some plants but don’t know where to start definitely read the comments in that post – incredibly informative and helpful. subsequently i started out with succulents because i thought they wouldn’t be too easy to kill. turns out i kind of underestimated how fickle plants can be – succulents need plenty of light but not too much direct sunlight, and only occasional watering. they’re like teenagers, they kind of just want to be left alone. after a bit of trial and error my succulents are still thriving many months later.

so i feel like i’m ready to explore a brave new world of botanical treasures! and i dipped my toe into that pond recently when i bought a plant for anton’s birthday.  i wanted to find an indoor plant that ventured into delicious monster / swiss cheese territory (mmm, cheese) and ended up picking out this regal guy which so nicely matches his manly chair:

that is a split leaf philodendron by the way. thanks for pointing that out, matt.

it’s a nice size, and i think something that would work well gathered together with similarly sized plants. like so,

left: elina dahl | right: the design files

photo: mieke willems

source: the new york times

…or in a room full of many, many plants!

source: apartment therapy

source: woolly pocket

then again there is something nice about just one beautiful plant that takes center stage…

photo: elisabeth aarhus

source: iacoli & mcallister

source: woolly pocket

…especially when they are BIG!

source: elle decor

left: elle decor |  right: jawbone

source: hiromatsu

source: woolly pocket

i haven’t ventured into hanging plant territory yet, which feels kind of higher grade to me, but i would definitely be tempted by these leather pot plant suspenders by caroline gomez:

also keen on a hanging garden from local plant designer opus (left – also seen here) and this hanging basket (right):

filling a wall of shelves with plants is also wonderful, as seen in the malababa stores:

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here’s a cool way to combine those two concepts – hanging window boxes:

wall plants have taken to another level by the clever guys at woolly pocket

whichever way i end up going (and i might go in all directions eventually) i’m even more pumped about plants now. is your home being overrun by plants? cause if it is – i want to see! please share links to your blog / instagram / flickrs in the comments (and any plant tips are always appreciated)

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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

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Humble Abode

my mind is occupied with two main obsessions at the moment: finding & wearing the perfect winter boot, and cooking up decorating schemes for my apartment. these are unrelated topics, yet inexplicably intertwined – as i plan on happily stomping around my flat while wearing said boots.

never mind the boots for now, let’s talk about those decor schemes.

art & shelving is the main thing on the agenda. my plan is thus: put a few BIG pictures on the walls (i have grown tired of gallery walls, which i used to have in my old apartment) – and i mean BIG. and then figure out some kind of shelving system i can use on one wall that can act as a gallery rail of sorts for a variety of smaller pictures.

this apartment is filled with HUGE paintings, some of which are super bright which i LOVE.

the example from this apartment is slightly smaller, but still big & bright enough to make a great impact:

two by two is cool too – i love the prints (and everything else) in anouck lepere’s apartment so much:

low hanging posters with some kind of shelving / storage system underneath = yes. i would steal the posters in this apartment (left) in a second, and love the contrast of that big white poster against the dark wall in this home (right):

which brings me to something else, creating an impact in your entryway – those low hooks are handy too:

as for shelving – this is a perfect example of using shelving to display pictures:

as is this:

if you’re looking for a way to do shelving yourself, check out these rad stirrup shelf brackets by Quarter Twenty – what an ingenious idea:

could also just nix the shelving and use a low bookshelf to display things:

something else i’ve been thinking about is how to bring more colour into the place. i have mostly wooden furniture, and a light grey couch – so things can get too neutral pretty easily. i like the idea of colourful glassware & ceramics… like this kumquat pitcher at anthropologie:

beautiful blenko glassware in this home:

fun colourful ceramics in this apartment:

an obvious way to bring in more colour is by using paint, even though it’s not something i really want to attempt in a rented apartment (if i ever own property one day i will probably go MAD with paint colours)

have come to adore a rosey blush pink - which needs to be accessorised correctly to avoid it becoming too girly:

another idea is painting the ceiling:

here are some other random interior things i like…

exquisite lighting by ania pauser:

this collage by erin dollar:

windowsill herb pots by nick fraser:

simple magazine rack by gauzak:

and, these hilarious salt & pepper penguins by holaria:

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The home of Børge Mogensen

i haven’t been able to get the home of famed Danish furniture designer Børge Mogensen out of my mind all week. i keep going back to Bo Bedre to look at all the rooms and oooooh over the light, the furniture & all the wood detailing. the kitchen is over 50 years old and the cabinets look like they were installed yesterday. in the future when i wince at the price of a beautiful piece of furniture or get quoted something crazy for custom cabinetry i’ll remember this house and how quality keeps for decades. might have to steal his framing idea, too…

all images courtesy of Bo Bedre

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The Locals

i absolutely adore sites like The Selby and Freunde von Fruenden that let us peek into the homes of (mostly) ordinary people. the kind of spaces that won’t necessarily be featured in a fancy interior magazine, where pets are allowed to chill on the furniture and rooms aren’t perfectly immaculate. The Locals is another happy discovery that showcases the apartments of people living in Moscow.

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Gubi Design Icons

these days there’s plenty of fantasising about my new (imaginary and still undiscovered) place going on, which means i’m browsing a lot of websites related to furniture, lighting and all sorts of other fancy designers things that are all completely out of my price range. that’s why it’s called fantasising, guys.

one of them is Gubi – a Danish company that was established in 1976 who has the production rights for various products by design icons from the thirties to the present day. you can browse this collection in their beautiful publication Design Icons Through Time (they also have a magazine and some nifty posters available for download)

The Grossman Collection design by Greta Grossman

The most iconic products Greta Grossman designed in the 40’s and 50’s were the Grasshopper floor lamp and the Cobra floor and table lamps. In 1950, the Cobra lamp won the Good Design Award and was subsequently exhibited at the Good Design Show at the Museum of Modern Art.

The Pedrera Collection designed by Barba Corsini & Joaquim Ruiz Millet

in 1955, Barba Corsini, a leading functionalist architect, realised his contemporary vision through his renovation of the loft space and the furnishings he custom designed for “La Pedrera”. Antoni Gaudi, who originally designed “La Pedrera”, is generally considered the great master of Spanish Modernism but his unique body of work cannot be defined by any single style or simple classification.

The Semi Collection designed by Bonderup & Thorup

The Semi lamp was designed in 1968 as a product of the creative partnership between two architecture students, Claus Bonderup and Torsten Thorup. Reacting against the ‘cosy era’ that was dominating Denmark at the time, Bonderup and Thorup wanted to create a lamp that incorporated sharp, clean lines and a geometric shape. Their design was submitted for a competition at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture and won first prize.

The Adnet Collection designed by Jacques Adnet

In 1950, Adnet formed a partnership with the French fashion house, Hermes, where he developed a collection of leather-covered furniture and interior accessories, including a distinctive leather mirror with brass hinges. Besides the remarkable leather and brass details, the Adnet mirror is also unique as the strap that holds the mirror is in direct proportion to the dimension of the mirror.

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Artists’ Handmade Houses

Artists’ Handmade Houses is a collection of 13 homes handcrafted by the finest artists and craftsmen in America, including George Nakashima, Henry Varnum Poor, Sam Maloof, Wharton Esherick, and Russel Wright. Built over the course of 75 years, from the late-19th century to the mid-20th century, these homes were each designed and built by the artists as an expression of their aesthetic sentiments, and in many cases, as extensions of their artwork. As such, these private domains are utterly unique and deeply imbued with each artist’s singular vision and talent. Photography by Don Freeman.

photos courtesy of pdn photo of the day, dwell and amazon

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