keeping on trend with today’s earlier post, how do you feel about a little urban decay? rustic floors, exposed brick and patchy walls that are anything but perfect can add a lot of interest. and sometimes rather than patch them up or refinish them, how about a make-under and enhance the patina that age brought on all on its own? could you live with that — or is it just too rough around the edges for you? paired with modern furnishings, i rather like it in small doses — it makes for a nice study in contrast.
i’m not a huge fan of what might be considered ‘traditional country’ decor per se, but i do like it when it gets a bit quirky — and designer John Derian’s beach home certainly has that. it’s filled with unusual vintage finds, much like the collections he shares in his new york shop, and now one in the coastal summer resort town of Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he’s also bought this funky old 1930’s house. featured in architectural digest espana, i love the very intentional rustic look — unfinished floors, overstuffed comfy furniture and mismatched textiles, vintage portraits and gorgeous antique area rugs. together they create that perfect, casual beach house vibe — the ideal retreat for summer and weekends away from the big bad city. and that makeshift ping pong table? love it!
i love this home tour over on apartment therapy of a home in Brunswick West, Victoria, Australia. typically australian, it’s colorful and unique, and very warm and welcoming. it’s the quirky and art-filled victorian terrace home of beca orpin, author, crafter and designer and her lovely family. i loved the whole home tour, but i especially loved this bedroom — it seems such a cheerful place to wake up each day. everything has been thrifted or made by beci or their artist friends, or found locally in brunswick. for the full tour visit apartment therapy and be sure and visit beci’s website as well — it’s such a wonderfully happy place!
• photography courtesy of apartment therapy.
as i hunt for my new home i’m also carefully considering the new furnishings and lighting fixtures on my wish list. i know i’d definitely love to add to my collection of saarinen tables, and right now YLiving is having a huge spring sale, so i may just have to dive in and make that saarinen dining table splurge. but i also need to consider lighting options and they’re on sale, too — i just know i want a simple pendant lamp, but one that’s interesting enough to make a statement above the simple saarinen table. i really like the delicate looking Crio Pendant Light By Giovanni Minelli, and i’ve always had a crush on the caravaggio pendant lamp, but the gold Calabash Pendant Light is stunning, too! i also love the soft feminine shape of the link suspension light, and i’ve not seen these lamps around everywhere, so something new and unexpected would be nice for a change. so many decisions!
i could go extra bold with a statement chandelier, and i quite like the x-large bubble chandelier by jean pelle — its blown glass globes are super pretty! so many choices, but i have a little time. YLighting’s sale runs now through march 31st, with up to 20% off some really lovely designer lighting — in fact the sale includes 40 leading European and American brands, such as Artemide Lighting, le klint, and one of my personal favorites, Tom Dixon. i’d be quite happy with his void copper pendant light, too!
During the month of March, visitors to YLighting, YLiving, and YBath (for all your bathroom fixtures, tubs, faucets and sinks) save up to 20% and free shipping across 90 modern and contemporary lighting, furniture, and bath products. and, you can also enter for a chance to win an Arco Floor Lamp by FLOS Lighting!
the YLiving sale includes all the yummy, good stuff — from a cherner round table to cherner armchairs, to the sweet Belly Desk By Steuart Padwick, and the Alden Sideboard or the classic coffee table, both from Eastvold Furniture. i think it may be the right time to stock up on all the designer classics we’ve always wanted!
this isn’t the typical color palette i’d find myself drawn to, but there’s something i really love about these hues of pale pink, paired with woodsy browns and bursts of bold yellow. it’s very mid-century modern to me, and yet this is the rustic ranch style home of artist and jewelry designer helena rohner at the foot of the Sierra de Gredos, just west of madrid. she and her partner Jose Ayala have beautifully renovated this home with its old stables in the countryside — one of their big passions is horses and Both are good riders, and they want to pass on their love of horses by teaching riding to their two small children.
together they renovated this home in the hopes of creating an open, nordic rural aesthetic, with simple plastered white walls and wood beamed ceilings. they chose a pine dining table and surrounded by Eames chairs in yellow, the “color-driver of the house”, colorful pottery, and retro fabric prints of the 1950’s and 60’s — which Helena says, “gives me energy and positivity”. you can view this very creative and inspiring home in its entirety at architectural digest espana.