i’m just home from a long weekend away which was so wonderful. you know how when you leave town and go on holiday, the prospect of it is just so exciting? sleeping in a new place, with new adventures ahead. and then, after a week or so, maybe even less than that, you have a hankering for something a bit more familiar. usually for me, it’s my bed. i love my bed with it’s soft white linens and all the comfort and contentment it brings. no surprising pillows that simply won’t fluff just how you like them. no foreign bumps in the bed, or in the night. just home, just your very own bed calling you to surrender from your travels near and far. your sanctuary — ahhhh home. serenity now.
when i went to antwerp, belgium a few years ago, i couldn’t help but notice the neoclassical influence in the architecture there. i was given a tour of the Cogels-Osylei neighborhood with gorgeous old gothic homes, once sitting in ruin, that had been restored to their original beauty by a community of locals artisans in the city who banded together to save them, and eventually occupy them. so when i saw this NEOCLASSICAL GALLERY HOME IN BELGIUM which also serves as a gallery in dwell’s newsletter this week it brought back all the memories of those Antwerpen homes, and my desire to have a peeked inside them. luckily dwell had access to this beauty so i’m finally getting that voyeristic itch scratched. visit dwell for the full story.
• Photography by Chris Tubbs.
happy friday readers! i am actually taking the day off today. i’m up in sonoma county with my family celebrating my mum’s birthday. we’re staying in a great house, it even has an airstream in the backyard, which is where i’ll be sleeping tonight. i think it’ll be a little like camping — fun! so, today, i thought i’d share a few more ideas for relaxing and roughing it — decorating with vintage cots. add some cozy throws and pillows and you’ve got a great place to curl up with a good book or have a lazy afternoon nap. we have one from elsie green at makeshift society in the loft, and you can often find someone nodding off up there. you can find them all over — from army/navy surplus stores, to etsy and ebay. have a great weekend everyone and i’ll be back on monday!
ciao, si from the french by design blog here. today, we’re visiting a 13th-century-old franciscan convent in brianza, lombardy region, italy, brilliantly renovated as an artist’s home and studio.
in this 13th century brianza franciscan convent, partially destroyed during WW2, lives architect and painter marco grassi. marco, who curated himself the renovation project, has kept most of the original internal structure such as the ceiling beams and part of the original brick walls. in marco’s gorgeous home, vintage, design, paintings and sculptures co-exist in harmony, giving the space a unique character.
si –- french by design
• photos by sergio magnono for brava casa magazine.
Tucked in the southwest side of Chicago is the charming shop, Yearbook. Store owners, Jef & Noel, have created a unique collection of academic paraphernalia mixed with essential home goods. It’s almost like they walked into the movie set Dead Poets Society and took all the beautiful props. It’s meticulously merchandised in a way that you can’t help but be inspired to decorate your home with one of their products. I personally fell in love with their vintage collegiate selection. The framed yale flag, school house chairs, jacket pins, trophies…I wanted it all!
what’s one of your favorite shops that has inspired you lately?
- all photographs by nathan michael
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