January 15, 2013 § Leave a comment
I have a design crush on wood herringbone floors, really herringbone anything. I’m especially fond of wide planked, slightly worn herringbone floors that make you think of beautiful French apartments, or more traditionally, European chateaus. I find herringbone patterns very elegant, yet masculine, which strikes a nice balance.
Herringbone and chevron patterns are often used interchangeably but they are not the same, although I do love both. The herringbone pattern has staggered planks where as the chevron’s planks meet at a center line. Chevrons are cut on the diagonal while herringbone is not.
May 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
March 18, 2012 § Leave a comment
The first picture I saw of this Swedish house was the staircase; such a small space but eye catching and I had to see the rest. What I love is the crisp white walls paired with the bold, playful colors. My favorites are the living room art, kitchen drapes, and of course, the goats. We should have things in our home that makes us smile, these goats make me smile.
September 23, 2011 § Leave a comment
I have never imagined my dream house as some extravagant mansion, but small and perfect. I want to have pretty things that make me happy daily, like a playful colored pot, pretty glass door knobs, a cute salt and pepper shaker. I think things you use daily should have thought put into them. I’d rather invest in things like a favorite cup to have my morning tea in, rather than china I might take out twice a year.
So. Adorable. That is what this little Danish kitchen it. I LOVE it. What a happy blue; I just can’t help smiling when I look at it. I think the color and light has a lot to do with making it feel airy and open rather than cramped. This is my future kitchen’s roll model.
Det Blå Køkken by Det Mondaene Skur
September 11, 2011 § 1 Comment
I have been in love with this house since it came out in Architectural Digest 5 or so years ago in a September issue. I have brought it to every house I have moved to, which has been more than one a year and it respectably sits among my design books. European interiors have always appealed to me most, I don’t know if it is my Polish background or maybe my little beach house of a shack I spent my summers in, with only oil lamps to light the night, but either way I am incredibly draw to these cozy European designs.
Axel Vervoordt is a well respected Belgian designer with the simple design philosophy: “Make people happy; make them discover things in themselves; make them feel at home and love their house.”
April 2, 2011 § 2 Comments
La Cornue is a French company that have been around for nearly a century, making the most beautiful ranges I have ever seen. Highly luxurious with a European style. It is appliance art.
I favor the CornueFe’ Series. It is their smallest line but still perfectly large enough for any home. The CornueFe’ series comes in two varieties, the 110 and the 90. The 90 has one electric convection ovens where as the 110 has two. Both have 5-burner, gas cook tops and are available in six body colors and three metal trims. These beautiful ranges are of course pricey, the CornueFe’ 90 for $6,800 and the CornueFe’ 110 for $8600 at William Sonoma.
March 19, 2011 § 1 Comment
I love everything about this Scandinavian kitchen. The beautiful tiles that cover the entire wall and how perfectly they tie together the tall blue ceilings and the green cabinetry. The blue tiles that make a beautiful focal point. The rustic floors. The large white farm sink. The beautiful star like chandelier.