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A minimal home in West London

A minimal home in West London

My heart skipped a beat when I saw the kitchen in this minimal home in West London. The layout and glass roof reminded me of our home in London (you can see some pictures from the renovations here). Before you ask, yes I miss it from time to time. Then I think where we live now… so close to the beach and realize that there is no way I will move back to London and leave the ocean behind. There is an energy there that I feel is extremely positive for our well-being. Plus we have CASA PYLA underway and soon, we will have a beautiful home to live in. Unlike this home, we laid down a concrete floor throughout the ground floor (kitchen and lounge) instead of this pale grey terrazzo flooring. Yet, there are many things I love about this minimal home. So let me show a few details I love about this extension designed by Al-Jawad Pike. There is a very soothing palette used throughout the house with soft tones of white, pale …

The Spanish chair by Børge Mogensen

The Spanish chair by Børge Mogensen

The Spanish chair by Børge Mogensen is one of my favourite mid-century Danish design. A black version of Mogensen’s Spanish chair was lent to us when we photographed our home in London (see the whole feature in Grazia UK here). I wish I could have kept it… It’s a beautiful, sturdy chair, extremely comfortable with a high-quality thick leather cover and wooden frame. Have you ever tried it? This month, Fredericia releases a Special Edition of the Spanish chair by Børge Mogensen in Deep Red saddle leather. It’s a beauty! Originally designed in 1958, The Spanish Chair has been manufactured by Fredericia ever since. It’s an iconic piece you will often find in corporate settings, hotels, galleries, and private residences around the globe, reflecting Mogensen’s unique angle on modernity.  What do you think of this new colour? Do you like it or do you prefer one of the other colours? What is your favourite mid- century classic chair? SHOP THE FREDERICIA CHAIR  

A timeless, warm minimalist bathroom

A timeless, warm minimalist bathroom

This timeless, warm, minimalist bathroom caught my eye while I was pinning new things on my Pinterest boards. Especially the stone bathtub in grey travertine which I find simple and beautiful. Having four bathrooms to design for CASA PYLA, I’m currently drawn to minimalist bathrooms that have natural tones and textured walls.Designed by Architect Nicolas Schuybroek, this bathroom was conceived as a salon, hence the central bench. I love the overall look, the oversized mirrors, and the clean lines. The only thing I’m not a big fan of, is the Art déco references. Personally, I would have gone for minimalist lightings like the T series or this one by Charlotte Perriand. SHOP OVERSIZED MIRRORS Photography:  Claessens & Deschamps

Casa Cook Chania

CASA COOK hotels have always been a great source of inspiration. Their latest addition to their collection of laid-back, luxurious design hotels in Chania (Greece) is no exception to the rule. With its beautiful concrete walls, natural material & handmade furniture, this place makes you feel you are in Bali or Sri Lanka. A place where we’ve just spent 3 weeks over Xmas and I would return to in a heartbeat! This kind of laid-back, minimalist, textured vibe is what I envision for CASA PYLA although I will probably aim for softer, lighter tones to reflect the surrounding sandy beaches. CASA COOK Chania is a minimalist’s dream and open to families (the one in Rhodes in for adults only). Designed by Lambs and Lions Berlin and K-Studio architects as a low-slung village of modernist villas terraced against the side of a low hill in Chania, the hotel is surrounded by the Mediterranean and tropical plantings. The interiors by Lambs and Lions, in collaboration with interior stylist Annabell Kutucu, subtly contrast with the brand’s predilection for a midcentury vibe with …

Our guest bedroom makeover with plywood

This is the 3rd bedroom makeover I’ve tackled in our home in France since we left London and moved back to France. This room used to be a guest bedroom with a double bed and was decorated with pretty French vintage lights (for sale here). When we started living full time in what used to be our holidays home, I changed things a bit to suit our new living requirements. I first moved the two single mattresses out of Mila’s bedroom and replaced them by a comfortable super king mattress from EVE to make sure the ever-growing teen she is, would get good sleep. You may have seen the whole room makeover already but if you haven’t, you can read about it here and here for a desk area makeover. New living arrangement Steve now works in London again and sometimes works from home on Mondays and Fridays. As I seem to talk too much when we both work from the dining table, he set himself up a little home office in that guest room. This was fine …

our contemporary garden makeover with FERMOB

Our contemporary garden makeover with Fermob

What better way to kick off a series of posts on the CASA PYLA renovations with the makeover of our outdoor space with FERMOB. I have been a huge fan of Fermob outdoor furniture for years and I’m hugely grateful to be working with such a beautiful brand and to be in a small way, one of the #fermobpeople For those not familiar with this fabulous French brand, it is THE brand when it comes to high-quality, durable outdoor furniture. You may have spotted their beautiful and very photogenic green metal garden chairs in Les Jardins du Luxembourg in Paris. If you haven’t, make sure you go for a stroll there next time you’re in Paris. In the UK, the Fermob collection is available from Amara. If you have a house near the Bay of Arcachon, the whole collection can be ordered from Zig & Puces in Le Moulleau. 24 colours available Fermob has a fantastic range of bright, cheerful colours but as you know by now, bright colours aren’t exactly my thing. I like muted, …

How to add warmth & comfort to a master bedroom

Our master bedroom makeover

Adding warmth and comfort to our master bedroom was a priority of mine when we left London and relocated to our home in France. In the past few months, our French home has seen several complete makeovers. The kitchen is now very functional, user-friendly, has plenty of storage and is a pleasure to look at. The hallway also had a complete makeover with a fresh, new coat of paint, additional storage and is looking more beachy and inviting. Next is the bathroom which I will share with you shortly. Today, let me show you what we did with our master bedroom. In comparison to other rooms in the house like the bathroom, our bedroom didn’t really require an update besides a fresh coat of white paint. Twelve years ago, I designed the bedroom (see below) with a ’boutique hotel’ feel in mind. It’s a look I still see featured in decoration magazines and on Pinterest (you can follow my boards here if you wish). White stonewashed linen duvet from here >> | Tolomeo wall light from here >> BEFORE The “feature …

Discover the new Slow Collection2019 by TINE K HOME

Slow Collection SS19 | Tine K Home

Over the years, Tine K Home have released home collections that reflect the style and mood of each season. Soft, Moon, Dust, True, Dark and Feel are just a few of the previous names. This year, SLOW is based on honest materials and usable colours for a calm and fundamental yet sophisticated atmosphere. Raw textures, handmade objects, soft fabrics, muted warm tones will take you places. Embrace Summer the slow way and enjoy a calm pace in your home. SLOW by Tine K Home was photographed in the beautiful and minimalist Neuendorf house in Mallorca. Designed by John Pawson and set in an almond grove, with views of sea and mountains, it’s a tranquil, minimalist, ethereal space, surrounded by nature. High bare walls, muted tones, the house is a perfect location for this Summer collection. When the sun breaks through, light and shadow create an ethereal setting to showcase stunning handmade products. A dreamy setting beautifully styled for a collection that makes me crave for Summer. I feel it’s the kind of atmosphere that would suit our next renovation …