A Rustic Italian Farmhouse

I love the beautiful interior of this luxurious Italian villa in Puglia, Italy. It sits among the olive groves and vineyards of Masseria Petrarolo, a farmhouse dating back to 1689.
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Masseria Petrarolo is now a luxurious retreat designed by renowned interior designers James Waterworth and Alexander Evangelou from Alexander Waterworth Interiors.
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The farmhouse is cozy and relaxing featuring muted earth tones, rustic elements, antiques and original features that have been meticulously maintained.
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“Masseria Petrarolo is a luxury vacation rental with a mix of contemporary furniture and antique pieces that sort of speak to the overall tune of the house.”
Constant Tedder, owner.
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Modern pieces, custom-made furniture, stunning vaulted ceilings and original features are a tribute to the talented designers and the local craftsmen of Puglia.
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Tee Se-itse (Do-it-yourself in finnish) TUESDAY

I came across this easy and convenient diy. If your family is like mine, we can never find matches. I love this idea of placing wooden matches in a mason jar and placing sand paper on the top. It will look so cute on a mantel. And, it’s so convenient.

Another cute Tee-se-itse (do-it-yourself) project is to create your own art. But you don’t need to buy an expensive stretched canvas. Just buy a roll of canvas, paint it with colors that coordinate with your room (or add a pop of color) and hang. So artsy!

 

Mexican Style with a Modern Twist!

In the small town of Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico the fine art of weaving rugs has existed for centuries dating back to 500 BC. The Zapotec Indians of Teotitlán create hand-crafted rugs and other textiles from wool and natural dyes. The designs and dye palettes are unique to each family’s tradition.

The colorful geometric patterns reflect artistic traditions of the Southwest, Latin America and Asia.

I love the Mexican/Southwestern/Spanish influence in interior design:  earthy tones, arched entryways, heavy woods, colorful tiles and stucco walls. I also love blending it with other design approaches. I found some interior design ideas that do just that:  Mexican Style with a Modern Twist!

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Although not very modern at the core, the bedroom above at modenews.zalando.nl reflects a more traditional Mexican feel with ornate woods, conventional décor and lots of decorative textiles. It has a modern sense with its mix of the southwest. I love it.

By incorporating Mexican textiles as rugs and pillows, an otherwise modern or minimalist room can reflect a natural warmth.

A simple Mexican textile can add an eclectic surprise even when remaining monochromatic (below).

You can mix a single rug into a sparce space to keep lines simple and clean (from plastolux.com above) or layer several textiles for a more dramatic effect (below).

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pinterest.com

 

Clean white stucco walls and coarse elements as raw woods conjure up an earthy Mexican image.

Touches of colorful textiles, ornate woods, ornate iron elements and simple stoneware exude a southwestern feel.

Simple flat weave rugs whether Mexican, Indian or Persian can accentuate any form of modern design.

Traditional Mexican colors mixed into your home’s interior can add a southwestern feel. I adore the fiesta ware below from Diane Keaton’s home in Architectural Digest and featured on cactuscreekdaily.com.

I hope you have enjoyed the Mexican design style with a modern twist. Here’s how I’ve incorporated a bit of Mexican style into my own home…

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My Fiestaware Kitchen!

My California Mission tiles.

My California Mission tiles.

My Mexican inspired deck.

My Mexican inspired deck.

I love the Mexican style with a modern twist. It is an eclectic and non-conforming approach which reflects a modern design sense –  that is all about the mix!

Wabi-Sabi – Finding Beauty in the Imperfections

As I spanned the globe searching to see what the world had to offer in interior design, I came across a Japanese design aesthetic that I love:  Wabi Sabi! Deriving its aesthetic principles from Taoism and Zen Buddhism, it is an approach to life which encompasses finding beauty in imperfections, appreciating the simple, serene, modest and natural beauty of things. It focuses on the appreciation of all that is natural and therefore, often imperfect.

Interior Designer Axel Vervoordt

Interior Designer Axel Vervoordt via Pandashouse.com

The wabi-sabi perspective can also be interpreted as rustic and organic as Belgian interior designer Axel Vervoordt (above and below) reveals in his book, Wabi Inspirations.

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www.axel-vervoordt.com/en

Axel Vervoordt via livingxdesign.wordpress.com

Axel Vervoordt via livingxdesign.wordpress.com

 Axel Vervoordt via pandashouse.com

Axel Vervoordt via pandashouse.com

Axel Vervoordt via heirloomphilosophy.blogspot.com

Axel Vervoordt via heirloomphilosophy.blogspot.com

Dutch Interior designer Jeroen van der Spek from Amsterdam at stillstars.com features characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic in his unrefined textures and simple elegance (below).

Jeroen van der Spek at stillstars.com

Jeroen van der Spek at stillstars.com

 

www.stillstars.com/jeroen-van-der-spek/interior

www.stillstars.com/jeroen-van-der-spek/interior

www.stillstars.com

www.stillstars.com/jeroen-van-der-spek/interior

www.stillstars.com

www.stillstars.com/jeroen-van-der-spek/interior

Robyn Griggs Lawrence brings the Japanese concept of finding beauty in life’s imperfections to life in her books, The Wabi-Sabi House: The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty and Simply Imperfect (below).

Robyn Griggs Lawrence-The Wabi Sabi House

Robyn Griggs Lawrence-The Wabi Sabi House

Lawrence’s role as a green living advocate, environmentalist and overall healthy living guru is reflected in her serene, simple and peaceful designs.

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robyngriggslawrence.com

The Wabi-Sabi approach is an inspiration for many design styles like Scandinavian, Nordic, French, etc. It is an understated beauty that exists in the modest, rustic, imperfect, or even decayed, an aesthetic sensibility that finds a melancholic beauty in     the impermanence of all things.*

www.living.cz

www.living.cz

 

wabisabi-style.blogspot.com

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Pieter Vandenhout via livingxdesign.wordpress.com

The color palette encompasses soft neutrals, natural rough textiles like linen, cotton and burlap and organic elements (not synthetic) like clay, metal, stone and rustic woods.

www.dzinetrip.com

www.dzinetrip.com

www.dzinetrip.com

www.dzinetrip.com

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thisivyhouse.tumblr

stampinteriors.blogspot.com

stampinteriors.blogspot.com

Elements of wabi-sabi design are raw, unfinished and earthy as illustrated by Greige Design below.

Greige Design, featured in The Inspired Home:  Nests of Creatives

Greige Design, featured in The Inspired Home: Nests of Creatives

greigedesign.blogspot.com

greigedesign.blogspot.com

Seizoen & Stijl represents the wabi-sabi concept in their design approach which uses natural woods, earthy tones and rustic textiles.

Seizoen & Stijl at seizoenenstijl.blogspot.nl

Seizoen & Stijl at seizoenenstijl.blogspot.nl

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http://seizoenenstijl.blogspot.nl

http://seizoenenstijl.blogspot.nl

http://seizoenenstijl.blogspot.nl

Incorporating natural elements, muted tones, simple and imperfect forms and uncontrived objects reflect the unconventional beauty of wabi-sabi design.

madamemaven.blogspot.com

Maven Mama at madamemaven.blogspot.com

livingxdesign

livingxdesign

Keltainen Talo Rannalla at keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

Keltainen Talo Rannalla at keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

http://keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

http://keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

http://keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

http://keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

 

feedly.com

feedly.com

imgfave.com

imgfave.com

From beautifulism.blogspot.com via ecminteriorismo.blogspot.com

From beautifulism.blogspot.com via ecminteriorismo.blogspot.com

dzinetrip.com

dzinetrip.com

designfieldnotes.com

designfieldnotes.com

 

decordeprovence.blogspot.com

decordeprovence.blogspot.com

http://www.decoracionde-interiores.com

http://www.decoracionde-interiores.com

blogger.aftonbladet.se via bohemchic.com

blogger.aftonbladet.se via bohemchic.com

bloodandchampagne.com

bloodandchampagne.com

 

bloodandchampage.com

bloodandchampage.com

 

Interior Magasitet via decoraciondeinteriores.com

Interior Magasitet via decoracionde-interiores.com

 

living.cz

www.living.cz

I hope you have been inspired to recreate the wabi-sabi design principles into your own home by creating your own unconventional beauty, valuing your imperfections and living deeply.

* Wabi and Sabi: The Aesthetics of Solitude at http://www.hermitary.com/solitude/wabisabi.html

La Belleza de los Olivos – The Beauty of Olive Trees

One of my favorite places in all the world is Mission San Jose, California. I grew up running around its landscape populated by sun-drenched olive trees and habit-wearing Dominican nuns. My aunt, who was a nun for 76 years, lived at the Dominican Sisters Convent which is located directly behind the Mission. Nestled at the base of Fremont’s rolling hills, the landscape encompasses beautiful olive groves. This is where I fell in love with olive trees!

The Bell Tower of Mission San Jose, CA

The Bell Tower of Mission San Jose, CA

Olive trees have a simple elegance. Their delicate leaves and their hardy fruit combine soft beauty with vibrant rich life. Some of Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous works included olive trees. Art historians believe that Van Gogh viewed the olive tree as something sacred. This perspective was eluded to in a letter he wrote to his brother saying, “The rustle of the olive grove has something very secret in it, and immensely old. It is too beautiful for us to dare to paint it or to be able to imagine it.”

Olive Trees in a Mountainous Landscape, 1889 - Van Gogh

Olive Trees in a Mountainous Landscape, 1889 – Van Gogh

The beauty of olive trees can be especially appreciated during the frigid months of winter. A simple potted olive tree inside can be a beautiful way to counter the chilly wintry landscape outside.

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A tall potted olive plant is a beautiful addition to any interior. Placed beside a console table as lifeasarts.BlogSpot.com does (above), it adds a touch of serenity.

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 It can also introduce tranquility in our otherwise hectic lives as lookslikewhite features above.

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From Prove di Casa (above), delicate olive plants add a “vita in cucina” (life in the kitchen) subtly pointing to the source of our sustenance.

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From ihanuuttaarkeen.blogspot.fi

I love the simple touch of life that olive trees add. Here are some of my favorite interiors (above and below) that depict “la belleza de los olivos” – the beauty of olive trees.

From inspirewetrust.com

From inspirewetrust.com

From homebeautiful.com/au

From homebeautiful.com/au

 

From lookslikewhite.com

From lookslikewhite.com

 

Featured on akindoflove.blogspot.com

Featured on akindoflove.blogspot.com

 

From Ballard Designs

From Ballard Designs

From Pottery Barn

From Pottery Barn

From heltenkelt.elsasentoourage.se

From akindoflove.blogspot.com

From akindoflove.blogspot.com

From aboutgarden.wordpress.com

From aboutgarden.wordpress.com

Whether placed in a terra cotta planter or an industrial-looking pale, there’s no denying the simple and natural beauty that an olive tree can add to any interior. I hope you have been inspired to display things that you love and incorporate them in your own interiors. And I hope you’ve enjoyed my appreciation for la belleza de los olivos – the beauty of olive trees!

Nordisk Hvitt – Winter White

Outside my window

Outside my window

The landscape outside my window is cold and wintry white. The combination of the brilliant white and the natural wood is reminiscent of the beautiful Nordic Style. It encompasses simple, warm and natural elements reflective of the chilly landscapes of Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Sweden.

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From Boligcious.dk

Furs and acrylic chairs mix a natural warmth with a cool modern feel. From Regards et Maisons (below).

From regardsetmaison.blogspot.com

From regardsetmaison.blogspot.com

 

From heltenkelt.elsasentourage.se

From heltenkelt.elsasentourage.se

The Nordic Style of interior design incorporates a minimalistic approach (hence, the all white color) with a rustic naturalness (furs, light wood and basic elements).

From photobucket.com

From photobucket.com

From Villapaprika.no

From Villapaprika.no

The use of soft organic linens with striking white textiles reflects the Nordic Style’s inspiration: nature in winter.

From photobucket.com

From photobucket.com

Natural fiber rugs and natural linen textiles along with a striking brilliant white reflect the snow-capped barren trees found in my own back yard!

From Villapaprika.no

From Villapaprika.no

From Solstrandinterior.no

From Solstrandinterior.no

The simple character of the Nordic Style, the lightness of textiles and woods exudes an airy minimal quality. It works well with modern touches.

From Bloomingville.dk

From Bloomingville.dk

From Solstrandinterior.no

From Solstrandinterior.no

 

From bloggar.aftonbladet.se/bohemchic

From bloggar.aftonbladet.se/bohemchic

 

From Villapaprika.no

From Villapaprika.no

 

From Boligcioous.dk

From Boligcioous.dk

 

From Villapaprika.no

From Villapaprika.no

 

I helgen ska jag nog leta lite grenar att ta in. Bild lånad från Dzinetrip.

From Dzinetrip.com

From Coloramaboligdromme.com

From Coloramaboligdromme.com

 

From ipapercms.dk/Bloomingville

From Bloomingville,dk

The Nordic Style of capturing the ruggedness of winter and the brilliant white of snow has inspired me to reflect the Nordisk Hvitt in my own home…

My living room from Globalknockoffs.com

My living room from Globalknockoffs.com

Kitchen from Globalknockoffs.com

Kitchen from Globalknockoffs.com

Corner window from Globalknockoffs.com

Corner window from Globalknockoffs.com

Kitchen counter from Globalknockoffs.com

Kitchen counter from Globalknockoffs.com

 

I hope my reflection on the Nordisk Hvitt (Winter White) of the Nordic Style of interior design has inspired you. I encourage you to mix things up and make your home reflect the season and landscape around you. Have a creative Winter White day!

Adirondack Style

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We recently took a trip to Lake George, NY for a short family vacation. In between the wave running, the tour of Fort William-Henry, the miniature golf and swimming in the lake, I got to do one of my favorite activities, WINDOW SHOP! I love seeing home décor items that uniquely express a particular place. There was definitely alot to see in Lake George!

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I love this rectangular lamp (above) that has various sizes of branches surrounding the base. I found it at the Indian Tepee Gift Shop in Bolton Landing, a little town just north of Lake George Village. It has all kinds of rustic goodies, like the items below that really accentuate the Adirondack style.

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Another wonderful gift shop is the Trees Adirondack Gifts and Books. It is also in Bolton Landing. It features a wonderful array of home décor items, art by local artists, books and jewelry. I spotted this wonderful antler chandelier (above).

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A unique and rustic decorating idea that I spotted at Trees Gift Shop was this branch hanging from the ceiling. It was lined with miniature white lights. What a wonderful yet simple way to add a natural-looking sparkle to a room. Great addition to a country-themed Christmas décor.

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Here’s another unique floor lamp that incorporates the antler design. This would be a wonderful conversation piece with a rustic flair!

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There was yet another great Home Decorating store that I ran into while visiting the town of Bolton Landing. It was called Next Summer. It features supplies for the lake house. I just adored it’s modern edge to a traditional concept.

The beautiful Lake George area had a bounty of indigenous decorating items for the home, lake house or your pinterest board. I adored window shopping and drinking in the natural and rustic perspective of wonderful little home decorating stores that exquisitely feature the Adirondack style. I encourage you to visit this picturesque and creative area yourself!

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Hanging log swing outside a restaurant in Bolton Landing.

Deck at the Algonquin Restaurant at Chic's Marina

Deck at the Algonquin Restaurant at Chic’s Marina

 

Lake George

Lake George

 

Lake George beaches

Lake George beaches