My Favorite Things…

MyFavoriteThingscollage Sheepskin on my sofa and warm woolen throws
Bright metallic tree trunks and Nordic patterns of does
Tall natural ladders with bulbs on a string
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Cream colored linen and wire pendant lights
Stars made from tree limbs and metal lamps shining bright
Lush boxwood wreaths that form an elegant ring
These are a few of my favorite things

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Scandinavian trophy heads placed high on a wall
Animal skins and cowhides reflecting the colors of fall
French Country fil de fer, such an elegant thing
These are a few of my favorite things
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Books piled high in a vertical way
Lavender bunches in purples and gray
Colorful pom poms and pillows that remind me of spring
These are a few of my favorite things
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When the laundry piles up
When the kids scream
When I’m feeling mad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad.

Malatesta Maison

A one-time country home of the Malatesta family (an Italian family that ruled over Rimini, Italy from 1295 until 1500) has been passionately restored into a family-owned B&B, the Malatesta Maison. This rustic stone farmhouse in the valley of the Marches, has modern elements like concrete and metal in its interior (an innovative contrast to the exterior) that is complimented by its simple and vintage décor.

The interior reflects the Scandinavian design style (from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland) with its clean lines, light textiles, scaled back accessories and mid-century furniture.

The eclectic taste of the owners, Claudia and Carlo Ruzza, is simple, functional and minimalistic.

Black accents contrast the stark white walls and neutral pallette, and add dimension and texture.

 

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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.

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Je vous souhaite une belle année 2015!

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!

 

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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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

 

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

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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).

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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.*

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www.living.cz

 

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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.

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www.dzinetrip.com

www.dzinetrip.com

www.dzinetrip.com

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thisivyhouse.tumblr

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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

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

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Maven Mama at madamemaven.blogspot.com

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Keltainen Talo Rannalla at keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

Keltainen Talo Rannalla at keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

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

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

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dzinetrip.com

designfieldnotes.com

designfieldnotes.com

 

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http://www.decoracionde-interiores.com

http://www.decoracionde-interiores.com

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blogger.aftonbladet.se via bohemchic.com

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bloodandchampagne.com

 

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bloodandchampage.com

 

Interior Magasitet via decoraciondeinteriores.com

Interior Magasitet via decoracionde-interiores.com

 

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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

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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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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

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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

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

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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).

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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.

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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!

The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian

During a recent visit to Patmos, Greece I had the wonderful opportunity to tour the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian in the village of Chora. While walking through this historic byzantine structure that was built in 1088, I was amazed not only by its ancient relics and artifacts but by its simple charm and beauty.

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The contrast of the hard byzantine style fortress with the indigo sky, the white hilltop structures and the cerulean sea exudes an inexplicable beauty.

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Doorways and windows hide little crevices of simple and holy elegance.

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The quiet staircases and walkways diverge with the scurrying about of the black vested monks.

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The arches and porticoes cast dramatic shadows upon the monastery’s pilgrims and inhabitants.

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The ancient icons and frescos radiate a mysterious allure that touches one’s soul.

The monastery’s land encompasses vast field, and hilltops painted with windmills. This is the view (below) as you journey upward toward the monastery.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing this simple yet majestic glimpse of The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian. The monastery along with its island can’t help but inspire you with its quiet and mystical grace, charm and spirituality.

The Beauty of Patmos

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I recently visited the beautiful island of Patmos, Greece. I was in awe of the breathtaking splendor of its magnificent charm. Patmos is a small island on the Aegean Sea and is one of a cluster of ten islands (Dodecanese) southeast of mainland Greece.

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The island’s main attraction is the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the cave where John the Evangelist was inspired and wrote the Book of Revelations. Hence, it is an island of Orthodox faith and devotion.

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On a long walk along Patmos’ jagged coastline I discovered bits and pieces of paradise.

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The island is enveloped in quaint picturesque architecture that is typical of the Greek style.

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Blues and whites along with a natural earthly hue dominate the landscape. The colors depicted on walls, windows and canopies contrast exquisitely with the blossoming clusters of flowers, the Aegean sea and the ultramarine sky.

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The simple yet exquisite island landscape emulates perfectly the ethos of the Greek culture. Say a simple “para kalo” (please) or “efcharisto” (thank you) and you’re invited into a relationship and have made a friend for life.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my modest depiction of the beauty of Patmos. For more information, I would recommend visiting http://www.patmos-island.com/

 

 

 

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