When you think of a summer home, you envision a relaxing oasis that is casual and unpretentious. These spaces from around the world capture that breezy summer style.
From The Netherlands…
From North Zealand (the Danish island of Zealand)…
A Scandinavian summer house…. From Funen, Denmark…
A summer home entrance in Palma, Spain…
A cozy summer cottage in Finland… A colorful and playful sunroom from Norway…
Tranquil and serene Greek interiors…
Summer interiors in Greece are light and airy, reflecting their whitewashed exteriors. A beautiful home in the South of France…
Striking summer color from Tunisia… … it’s summertime!
There are so many adorable DIY Valentine crafts and decorations. Here are a few I did myself… I love my XOXOXO! Valentine’s Wreath (above). It’s easy to make and very unique!
These are so cute: simple cranberry hearts. They look beautiful outdoors or in a kitchen. Check out A Swedish Valentine project I did some years ago. J’adore Mon Coeur Metallique! Made from chicken wire, this fun metal heart can be left empty or filled with almost anything. I used wine corks. You could use a tighter wire and fill it with candy.
I hung it in our kitchen. Using random material I already had, I created these delicate cloth hearts. I love the burlap against the wire basket. Check out J’Adore Mes Coeurs.
I also made some from linen napkins and an old moth-eaten cashmere sweater. I created a unique Valentine arrangement by hanging them from white spray painted branches.
Check out Les Couleurs de L’Amour- Easy DIY Valentine Décor for more unique and creative ideas.
Does your child have to make Valentine’s Day cards for his/her class? Here’s another simple, creative and unique Valentine idea. My son Constantine wanted his Valentine’s Day cards to have a baseball theme.
I searched online for baseball valentines. I copied and pasted the art on an 8.5×11 sheet in Microsoft Publisher. I inserted the personal text, :Your friend, Constantine.”
We printed them out and cut them. Constantine then wrote out each name from his class on the back. I bought some bags of baseball-themed candy at a local party store. We put about five pieces in small snack-size bags and stapled them to the back of the Valentine card.
Constantine loves them and can’t wait to hand them out to all of his friends at school!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
I recently came across some fresh ideas in interior design. From Williams-Sonoma Home comes the concept of layering an animal hide on top of another rug.
I was inspired so much that I knock-offed the idea in my own living room…
I’m crazy about this hair-on-hide leather bench with stainless steel legs (below). Again, from Williams-Sonoma Home. Very modern yet timeless.
This winter I am really into faux fur pillows. They add a warm and cozy feeling. I like to stick to the lighter variations, so they can also work in the warmer seasons. The one below is a genuine Mongolian lambswool pillow. I got my faux fur pillows from Pottery Barn.
My knock-off of decorating with faux fur pillows… I love the black and white tile backsplash from HGTV’s show Fixer Upper. It adds a fresh and unique touch. It also personalizes the space without overdoing it.
Here’s another example of personalizing tile in a kitchen. Below is the Granada Decorative Field in Grigio stone mosaic design from the Villa D’Oro collection of Walker Zanger.
Another fresh idea is to have a collection of mirrors on a wall instead of one conventional framed mirror. I adore the whimsical array from Cote Sud below.
And the elegant and modern display below, featured at Walker Zanger.
I love this simple and easy decoration using galvanized buckets. The grass and tree trunk slab make it very organic and modern. Again, from Fixer Upper.
Here’s another fresh idea using galvanized buckets.
I love the overall look of this dining room. Accessorizing with natural elements such as wood and anters is simple and adds a rustic touch.
Here’s my knock-off of the idea of decorating with natural wood elements straight from nature…
I recently visited a new restaurant in our town called Agricola. The décor combines an organic farmhouse motif with industrial modern. I love their innovative chandelier made from vases hanging upside down. It’s a real eye catcher.
My father was a big collector of railroad insulator lights. I’ve always wanted to use them in some innovative way. At Agricola, they have upcycled them into hanging pendants over their bar. It adds a very rustic yet industrial flair.
From Blomsterverkstad, comes another innovative item, ice lanterns. A creative idea that could very easily light the way to a winter get-together.
I love these simple, clean and fresh looking basket pendants. They are featured on Krista Keltanen’s blog. They are an open woven market basket lamp from Tine K Home. Perfect if you want a light fixture that is large but airy and modern.
Happy New Year!
The African interior design style is a trend that is already many years very popular. Vivid colors combined with earth tones are the basis of this style. Details such as animal prints further emphasize the splendor of the black continent. Virtual masks and wooden figures giving to the space mystical note. The recipe for this decorating style is simple – in the house you should enter the warmth of the sun and sand, but also the wealth of flora and fauna. – www.architectureartdesigns.com
Contemporary African décor’s not about cluttering a room with masks, tables, chairs, pictures and carved wooden ornaments or statues. Consider tiling the floor with sandstone tiles or terracotta tiles. Plain concrete floors that have been treated and stained are also very popular these days in Southern Africa, and are very cool in a hot climate. Thick sisal mats work well on top of this type of flooring. – afrostylemag.com
I was recently asked to create some Greek landscapes depicting Santorini, Greece for our church, Saint Anna’s annual Greek festival. In three days I produced four simple paintings.
I first looked on the internet for ideas. I wanted a simple blue and white color scheme with a strong black outline to make the images pop. I purchased canvas drop cloths so they could be easily stored for future festivals. I tacked the large canvases on the wall of the back of my house with a plastic drop cloth underneath to prevent paint from leaking through. I began with pencil sketches.
I used basic white craft paint for all the white areas and a Santorini blue latex I still had from last year. I quickly moved on to blue spray paint for the sky and water and grey spray paint for the stone walkways. I had to move fast because it was the end of summer and my kids hadn’t begun school yet and my husband was away at a conference. It was a busy time carpooling kids to the pool and arranging playdates.
I outlined everything with a black sharpie pen.
I added some fuscia and green to give dimension.
We wanted to hang them in a way that wouldn’t damage the walls so we put a strip of duct tape on the back and then applied 3M adhesive strips to that.
They were different sizes to accommodate the space.
We hung the canvases in our church’s hall foyer where visitors entered the festival. I think they were a beautiful addition to the Greek panels I made last year.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my simple Greek Santorini landscapes. Our festival was a hit, and it was fun to celebrate our family’s and our church’s Greek heritage!
Bastide de Vaugines is a simple yet elegant farmhouse in the beautiful Luberon region of Provence in southern France. The house is surrounded by 36 acres of picturesque olive groves, fig trees and vineyards and looks out onto the stunning Luberon mountain.
Stone, concrete and white plaster walls are the dominant materials. The interior is relaxed, rustic, light and inviting.
Two miles away is the village of Cucuron. Other picturesque villages are only a short drive. The beautiful countryside of Provence exudes warmth, romance and medieval charm.
I recently came across the ultra cool restaurant Höst. It is located in Copenhagen, Denmark. Restauranteurs Cofoco along with Danish design company Menu and Norm Architects has created an organic Nordic environment in an urban setting.
“Restaurant Höst expresses everything that could be categorised as “Nordic”, and is the exquisite result of clashes: romantic yet modern, urban yet rural and rustic yet simplistic. It holds a very special place in people’s hearts because of its multiple stories, mixed inspirations and materials.” – http://höst.dk/restaurant