Food for Thought


"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."Steve Jobs.
Images credit: The Art of Doing Stuff,  House and Home via My Design EthosElle Decor.
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Funtional Banquette

One of the places in our home that we enjoy the most is our banquette in the kitchen.  We surf the web, color with Lucas, eat, have our coffee in the morning, you name it.  I think a banquette is one of he most functional features anyone can incorporate in their home.  Not only does it offer a lot more space for seating than individual chairs but it also instantly warms up any space.  All these images are absolutely beautiful but my favorite is the very first one because of all those slick antique-looking iron windows, the adorable French mattress (a post coming up on this by the way),  and the accessibility to the banquette itself.  I just love it.  Barry Dixon's space, last image, is quite interesting with the church-looking banquette and all the use of global chic accessories in a very personalized way.  Enjoy!


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Wednesday Classics: Patterned Floors

Patterned floors have been mostly used in middle eastern design for centuries.  Ranging from elaborate and intrinsic techniques such as Mosaic- small pieces of stone or glass (mostly the same size) are glued together to form a scene or picture to Pietre Dure- where small pieces of semi-precious stones are cut in different shapes and forms and then glued together to form geometric or figurative patterns most often used on floors, walls or tables; to Parquetry-where a similar process (in geometric shapes) is done with wood.  There are simpler and less compromising methods such as painted or stenciled floors.  Although many people would be afraid to commit to patterned floors permanently when a consecutive geometric pattern is used, as seen in these images, the result can be as classic and easy to adapt to as plain tiles or wood floors.  And the outlook could be simply stunning.
Two images below, Pietre Dure on table. 

Below more  images of modern patterned floors.

Above Osterley Park in London by Robert Adam.  Amazing resemblance to Mary McDonald's dining room below.
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Kitchen of the week, Jacques Grange's in Portogallo

 I adore the kitchen cupboards (top & second image) with its fretwork doors
This is Jacques Grange's vacation home in a very private area of Portogallo, Portoguese.  I found these new images at Marie Claire Maison Italy and some of the things I was able to interpret was that the house was previously a fisherman’s house and Grange did not change any of the exterior features.  "Fa tanto rustico-chic"  he says and I agree.  Casa Nina was decorated in a very basic but sophisticated way, respecting the originality of the house and using whites and many tones of wood, Moroccan carpet and Jacques Grange's characteristic use of African textile.  Grange's own ceramic collection from Portugal, Turkey and France are displayed throughout this exquisite house.  Enjoy!



Photos by MG de Saint Venant
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An Original Spanish Wedding

Good Morning dear visitors, how was your weekend?  Mine was a little more adventurous than the previous one, with more outdoor activities -biking, Sunday outdoor brunch and a lot of walking in beautiful neighborhoods with cobblestone streets that make me want the weekend to linger a little longer.  It's so easy to get used to the pleasures in life.  I have these images bookmarked a while ago because they remind me of the trend of the moment in design which I call Nouveau Rustico.   Where things are simpler and with a more organic look with bleached wood tones which result in an atmosphere more in sync with nature.  These unique wedding images are from Spain where the couple got married at the bride's sister's backyard where everything in the event was designed and coordinated by the bride.  I adore the tent of twinkle lights and how the Versailles chairs added a touch of formality, needed for the occasion.   Enjoy!

The table settings were simply elegant in a rustic way and infused with a touch of amber provided by the glass that picked up on the twinkle lights and the wood tone surroundings.  Don't you love the butterfly place cards?  Simple and small details that slowly reveal themselves are the interesting ones.

Isn't this little boy, the ring bearer, adorable?  I love the classic Spanish traditional children’s outfit he is wearing.

This area was where the ceremony took place.  So well adapted to nature!

Her hair style could not be more suitable.  A lovely bride.
vi Oncewed.  To read more about and to see more pictures click here.
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Have a wonderful weekend

"Let no man pull you low enough to hate him." 
Martin Luther King Jr. 
top image via Your Granny Was Chic, Stella Mccartney's home.
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The New Traditionalists

On the other hand and on a more stylish note I was finally able to visit The New Traditionalists showroom to which I had been invited a couple of times before and wasn't able to visit.  I was familiar with their elegant furniture, having seen them at furniture fares but going to their showroom and seeing them more closely and getting to know a little bit more about their construction made me like them even more.  Their hand rubbed wood finishes are exquisite and the fabrics are of great quality.  It kind of reminds me of the honest construction of the Art and Craft movement.  The people there are very friendly and  by the way, their marketing strategy rocks my world.  I mean seriously, it's amazing! I have never received a newsletter from any other company that includes a recipe for a cocktail.  One of the nicest newsletters that stayed with me read:  "Come and visit us and then go and have lunch at Balthazar"  how chic is that? 

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Hanging in there

A pretty hectic week with not much of leisure and blogging time for me.  I leave you with these gorgeous images of carefree displays of personal belongings, collector's items or plain knickknacks.  There is always a way of making the quotidian into something beautiful.  Have an excellent day.


Image via Fashion in my eyes,2 unknown, The diversion project, Paris Apartment, Erin Fetherston's  house.
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The essence of Lavender

 I keep a lavender stem in my journal that my mother in law gave me last year.  It has dried by now, but the smell is still strong and every time I smell it reminds me of that beautiful field of lavender where she picked it from.  Amazing how a specific smell can make you re-live a whole experience again.  Lavender has a very special presence, one of understated and classic elegance and a smell that usually brings a lot of happy memories.  Don't you agree?


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Kitchen of the week, think vintage chic

Love the vintage vibe in this part of a kitchen? It’s imperfect yet so real and cozy.  This look is accomplished by accumulating what you love and dare to live with them in the open.  Lots of charm!
image via Blood of the Ocean.
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A simple yet fantastic weekend

It's incredible how time flies when spent with the people you love and doing what you love.  We had a long 4 day weekend that we spent not doing extraordinary things but instead going to the gym, running errands and of course enjoying good leisure time.  I love those weekends when you don't go anywhere and not do much but just enjoy your home and family.  Besides, that's when one really gets to rest and recharge.  I hope you had a great weekend.
Top image via Garance Dore
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