28 November 2015

It's Almost Christmas!

Walks along Central Park and Fifth Avenue here in New York truly capture the spirit.  Last night a light show and booming classical Christmas music echoed along Rockefeller Center.  It was quite festive, and it was a good time to say a prayer of thanks during this Thanksgiving holiday.

We've been seeing DIY decorations on the web in the last month.  My favorite thus far is Maiju's rosemary tree via #lagerma.  It is utter simplicity (I adore the clear glass vase for a pot).  I myself purchase a small rosemary tree every year for the kitchen, and use the dried leaves all throughout the year for home made recipes.  Along with my little tree would be a fresh wreath, plus some string of lights on branches.  You may view some decorations on my pinterest board.  What are you planning this year for your home?

Don't miss out my favorite Christmas posts here, here, and here!  More and more are popping up everywhere and it fills me with excitement as I await my favorite stylists' projects.  

26 November 2015

Casual Dining Room Inspo | Friendsgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!  Surely festivities had begun as of early last night.  Made the mistake of doing some last minute ingredient shopping as the grocery lanes were all a-buzz.  Family is away this time of year, and we celebrate "Friendsgiving" as most New York City folks -- my friends anyhow.  So, are you all set for tonight's festivities?

Today I share with you this tiny dining room vintage charmer.  I love the mix of old items in a rather sparse modern space.  I'm crushing on the vintage Metro shelves and those pendants!  Just add some stools and folding chairs around that tiny table, and voila!  You have an intimate friendsgiving!  No need of a large kitchen or dining room.

20 November 2015

Storage inspiration: Practicing Verticality

Storage is often a challenge no matter how large a space one owns.  It takes organizing,  and analyzing the functions and tasks involved.   Most especially in city dwellings, it is wise to use verticalility as a tactic.

This home illustrates verticality to the max - whether it's for storage,  for  everyday tasks within easy reach, and even art display.

Psst-- plus, don't you just love the industrial and vintage vibe?

Source ELLE Decoration
Photography Andrea Papini

17 November 2015

Art Inspired II

After this gloomy weekend due to horrific world events, it took a bit to actually get up and do something productive or inspiring outside of standing by the TV for more news updates.  I lit a candle in honour of Paris and other affected nations.

After a time of silence I proceeded to continue what I started at home on this chilly day.  Art and prints have shifted on our walls, and with the new old Mid-century buffet making its way back in the kitchen, the walls are finally in progress.  Hooked on the random picture collages I've been seeing on the web recently, it has inspired a brand new atmosphere in the flat.  Here is a collection of art inspiration saved on my desktop…

13 November 2015

Bathroom Styling

Here's some bathroom styling to inspire you towards a relaxing weekend!

I spy IKEA HJALMAREN and DRAGAN bamboo series...

Styling Pella Hedeby

Bathroom Styling | K R i S P I N T E R I O R

12 November 2015

Light Grey with Blond Woods

Monochromatic greys have been the big hit of late, and combined with natural textures and blond woods just warms up any space!   A touch of live plants and caramel leather accents take it to another level.

PS I've never seen the IKEA LIATORP glass door cabinet look this good!

Via Hitta Hem
Styling Marie Ramse + Annie Lindgren
Photography Teodor Axlund

11 November 2015

Home of H&M Home's Creative Director

My style heroes dominating my blog roll have a common denominator:  monochromatic.  And no stranger to the said aesthetic is H&M Home's creative director Evelina Kravaev Soderberg.  Not only is she responsible for the success of this home line,  she also launched one of my favorite clothing labels,  Hope.

The Soderberg family surround themselves with art.  The home is also a cocktail of iconic pieces and vintage finds.

I've had this article archived for a while now.   I decided to dig it up since out flat is going through a winter renewal stage.   So inspired by this home's visual impact.

Source Residence Magazine
Styling Lotta Agaton
Photography  Kristofer Johnsson

10 November 2015

Art Inspired

In need of a break,  I've been gathering textiles solutions and art inspirations for about two weeks, hence the lack of posts.   My trip to Marimekko had me spend an entire weekend looking at winter colour schemes, even patterns, which started from the store site via Lotta Agaton seen here , and ended with a visit to the Madison Park branch.  Boy oh boy,  was I inspired!

And just this Friday our vintage mid-century buffet made its way to the galley kitchen!  Naturally the kitchen needed re-organization, and the gallery wall required an update.  I'm truly digging the randomly placed pictures on the web lately,  and especially this home whose style resembles  ours.  Oh, I can't wait for the outcome!  Hang tight, I will share the results soon!

02 November 2015

Postcard Envy

Are you like me whenever you see an exhibit you have to visit the gift shop and bring a postcard home?  This is a normal routine especially at the MOMA.  My small collection is growing and I'd love to showcase them, and from time to time switch them up.  Found many diy ideas from several blogs such as in (my) unfinished home.  I'm thinking of using the DIGNITET system from IKEA with wooden mini laundry clips.

01 November 2015

Marimekko Seasonality Switch

The flat is undergoing what I call a winter cleaning.  I've been talking about it for quite some time, and  the fast pace life here in NYC often makes it difficult to keep adding tasks to one's plate -- it's just merely impossible to check everything off the list!

Now that the arrival of the Soft Line Lotus sofa in dark grey is in place in the living area, the cushions need an update.    With the cooler season these days my hammam textiles will have to remain in the private areas of the home.  Lotta Agaton styled the seasonality change in Marimekko and I figured I will just go with the classic Scandinavian textiles.  Besides, the flat is Scandinavian Modern after all with touches of rustic and vintage.  Marimekko would just be a no-brainer.  Here's a look at Lotta Agaton's styling (BTW, don't you just love it when stylists use their own home as a canvas?) …

Some textiles Lotta had chosen are the same ones I picked in the photos above, namely Rasymatto, Pienet Kivet, and Hattarakukka.  Also, my new Unikko duvet cover in dark green and navy blue would be perfect to unify all the spaces!

Source Nordic Design
Styling Lotta Agaton