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
- keep up with nathan’s travels by following him on instagram.
today, over on julep i’m blogging about a lovely new trend i’ve been seeing everywhere, beautiful Boucherouite rugs made in morocco. Boucherouite means “rag” in Moroccan Arabic and are often simply just called ‘Berber’. no one Boucherouite rug is alike and their colors range from sublimely subdued to courageously bold and colorful. i recently added a few to my living room and love the amount of vibrance they add to a once very black and white palette. you can find them all over — in shops like beldi and love adorned, beklina, and even Etsy shops like Bring Your Own Sunshine. Washable and not out of this world expensive, the Boucherouite is becoming a fast favorite. to see more of these lovely rugs, check out my post on julep.
home in copenhagen, via french by design
the apartment (above and below).
this space is almost perfect, but i just want to pop in and add one more little golden touch to this gorgeous alcove:
oh. the amazing portraits (mixed media on wood panel) by german artist tilo uischner. i love that the wood compliments the desk & chair, and i really love the idea of mimicking the square of the golden panel. i would hang just one of these pieces perfectly centered on that lower wall – but how on earth would i ever choose?! uh oh. and now i’m going to make things even more difficult for myself:
gah! the latest work from canadian artist ben skinner. 24k gold leaf and black enamel, on glass mounted to mdf. that slinky. those elastic bands. or maybe that tape measurer as an ode to the architect who lived here. i don’t know – i love them alllllll! again, i only want one piece in that space so i’m kinda breaking my own heart. why would i do that to myself? and why on earth would i do it 3 times?! yep, here i go again:
blurry, vintage, saturated portraits by american artist nathan ritterpusch. all of these are from a series titled “old enough to be my mother”, but i would definitely choose the top most painting for this space – or the bottom most painting – or one of those other two. geesh. ~ danielle (aka the jealous curator)