Scandinavian Fresh

I love Scandinavian design. It is a simple, clean minimalism that has an understated elegance. I came across some interiors that reflect this freshness with a mix of French and Belgian elements. Check out Sophie’s Bed and Breakfast in Møn, Denmark.

Sophie’s Boutique (the shop associated with the Bed & Breakfast) has an eclectic mix of Scandinavian, French, Belgian and Dutch decor.
The interiors of Dave Coote Design located in the UK are clean, airy and light.
Natural elements like sheepskins and antlers along with muted earthy tones reflect the Scandinavian connection to the outdoors.

La couleur de l’été … CHARTREUSE!

La couleur de l’été …  CHARTREUSE! The color of summer is bright, modern and vibrant. How could it be anything other than chartreuse? This lemon lime hue emanates sunshine.

Chartreuse can be used for a subtle pop of color on a accent wall or piece of furniture.

Hints of black on the piping of furniture or pillows, or art framed in black offers a balanced contrast to chartreuse adding surprise and sophistication without being over the top.*

This citrus hue works beautifully with so many other tones. Chartreuse is so fresh, so happy so airy and filled with tons of energy.**

Chartreuse pairs naturally with neutrals, such as gray or tan. It is a playful, vibrant color that adds excitement to a tired scheme or one that needs a suggestion of light shining through a window.***

* SFGate
** Edyta & Co.

Greek Island Style

I’m reminiscent of my few trips to Greece and am missing the warm sun, temperate weather and turquoise blue seas. Like the landscape, the Greek island ethos is relaxed, casual and organic. The Greek Island Style of interior design reflects this easy, unpretentious approach.


Industrial Chic

I love the industrial chic look of the UK Restaurant chain, Bill’s – Breakfast to Bedtime (Restaurant, Cafe & Shop). The interiors are a mixture of industrial & shabby chic featuring old leather armchairs, reclaimed wood, upcycled chandeliers and exposed brick. It is relaxed and informal and a little quirky.

DIY Lettre en fil métallique

Last year when I was visiting family, I came across this very cool wire letter at a store called Nathan & Company located on Coolidge Avenue in Oakland, California. It inspired me to look into interior decor utilizing fil métallique (metal wire). Below, are some incredibly unique ways of incorporating fil métallique in interior design.

I love these wire chandeliers by Zoe Rumeau.

The wire work of Marie Christophe (below) fuses decorative art with sculpture.

I also love the creations of Marie Bossee. Her lights, mobiles and decorative objects are inspired by nature.

Other exciting and unique fil métallique pieces….



I was so inspired by all of the above fil métallique art, sculptures and light fixtures that I was motivated to create my own lettre en fil métallique. I began by printing out a large letter “P” (my last name initial) on my computer using Microsoft Publisher. The size was 24″ x 32″.
Globalknockoffs.comI printed it out in pieces and taped it together.
Using it as a template, I laid my wire mesh on it and cut it to size. I used wire cutters and wore garden gloves to protect my hands.
I cut out two “P” shapes and two five inch strips.
I made sure that the ends that met would consist of one side having teeth and one flat. Using pliers I bent the teeth around the flat side.
I love my lettre en fil métallique. It is a very unique sculptural piece of art.
Metalinitial@Globalknockoffs2Metalinitial@Globalknockoffs3I am so happy I came across that very cool wire initial at Nathan & Company. It inspired me to look into interior decor utilizing fil métallique and motivated me to make my own lettre en fil métallique.

California Shore Decor

My kids on SF Bay

My kids on SF Bay – November 2014

Last summer my husband, our kids and I visited extended family in Northern California. We spent a morning frolicking around the shores of the beautiful San Francisco Bay.

My kids and I on SF Bay – July 2014

While hiking around the beautiful bay, we picked up a piece of driftwood. I decided to use this simple momento of our wonderful trip to make a candle centerpiece. I love using natural elements in interior design. Here are some examples of driftwood decor…

Here are some driftwood candle holders that inspired me…

All I needed to knockoff the beautiful driftwood candle holders above was my piece of driftwood, a drill with a circular bit and tea lights.
Materials for driftwood candle holder

Driftwood & drilled holesI used a 1-1/2 inches circular drill bit. It took me a total of 5 minutes to drill all of the holes.
Driftwood candle holderIt was very easy. I used a handheld cordless Dirt Devil vacuum for an easy cleanup.
Globalknockoffs.comDriftwoodCandleabra2I love my driftwood candle holder. It looks beautiful on my dining room table.
I hope you were inspired to knockoff your own driftwood candle holder. I love my natural looking California Shore decor!

Fil De Fer – Wiring Up Your Decor

Fil de fer, literally meaning Thread of Iron, is a prominent feature in French Country décor. It incorporates containers of all kinds made of iron, metal and wire (i.e., baskets, strainers, racks, trivets, etc.). However you describe it, it is a rustic yet elegant element in interior design.

Better Homes & Garden

Better Homes & Garden







French Country Magazine

French Country Magazine


I’d love to see how you’ve incorporated Fil de Fer into your home décor! Please don’t hesitate to share.

La beauté de la Lavande

La beauté de la Lavande. The beauty of lavender. It can be enjoyed in fresh bouquets, dried arrangements and even in food. It is fragrant and colorful, delicate and soothing.

I love how it can be a simple decoration just by hanging it.

I recently ordered dried lavender from Dreamy Whites.
I was so excited when the box of two bundles came. I had the perfect spot in mind where I wanted to hang my newly acquired dried lavender. But first, I had to put my arrangement together. It consisted of a branch, two linen hearts I had made, twine and the lavender.
I made three bundles out the two lavender bundles I had received. Maria Carr from Dreamy Whites gives a large amount for only $12.00 each.
lavender bathroomI love my dried lavender arrangement. It looks beautiful in my guest bathroom.
Dried Lavender Now I can enjoy la beauté de la lavande anytime I want!

I Believe In Linen!

IBelieveInLinen@astrid.seI love the tag line on the latest catalog cover from Libeco Fabrics, “Believe In Linen.” Libeco is a leading manufacturer and distributor of Belgium linen. Like them, “I believe in Linen!” I not only believe in it, I love linen. It is my favorite fabric. It can add sophistication to a room while at the same time, exude a casual laissez-faire attitude.


Martha Stewart Living Magazine

Linen can be very affordable. You can find linen textiles at H&M Home and Ikea for very reasonable prices.

French Style Magazine Spring 2015

French Style Magazine Spring 2015

One of my favorite sites to purchase linen products is Dreamy Whites.

Country French Magazine

Country French Magazine

I even have linen in my own bedroom. I found the duvet and shams at Ikea. I inherited a cedar chest from my husband’s grandmother and it was full of linen pillow cases!


Che figata FRIDAY! “That’s COOL” in Italian!

I recently came across these very unique lamps. They come from Borgo delle Tovaglie and are handmade in Italy. They are made with stacks of vintage books and beautiful linen shades.


They are part of their README collection.

1370791569Lampade%20tavolo[1]You could easily knock-off this idea and make one yourself. I also love the idea of making an end table out of stacked books (see below),

or a lamp stand. Glue the stacked books together and paint them all one color, like the one featured below, for a unique and modern twist.

Che figata! Have a wonderful, warm and creative weekend!