Inspiring Summer Homes From Around the World

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….
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A summer home entrance in Palma, Spain…
A cozy summer cottage in Finland…
08-2015-interior-lakeview-finland-photo-krista-keltanen-1508-2015-interior-lakeview-finland-photo-krista-keltanen-02A 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…
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Striking summer color from Tunisia…
… it’s summertime!

Fresh Decorating Ideas For A Fresh New Year

Fresh New Year
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…
IMG_0448I 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
insulator lights at Agricola
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!

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!


Vintertid in Princeton, New Jersey

It’s wintertime in Princeton, New Jersey! We’ve had a few storms lately and the streets are blanketed with snow. I thought I would share some of the beautiful streets and lovely houses I get to see everyday! Downtown Princeton ShopsPalmer Square, Princeton NJPrinceton Shops Palmer Square ShopWitherspoon Street in Princeton, NJNassau Street, Princeton NJ

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My kids and I decided to take advantage of all of the snow!
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Gott Nytt År

Gott Nytt År! Bonne Année! Καλή Χρονιά! Happy New Year! I ring in the New Year (after being away for quite sometime) with a bittersweet perspective. Although I am looking forward to 2015, the Fall of 2014 was very sad. I not only lost my mother-in-law from cancer in September, but I also lost my own mother (who was 91 yrs.) from lung disease and heart failure in November. I am now trying to approach the new year in a positive and energetic way (which I know they would endorse and encourage). So this new year is a fresh start, a new beginning. Below are some of my favorite photos that exude a crisp, fresh approach to interior design.



Je vous souhaite une belle année 2015!