In addition to Villa La Madonna being high up on the wish list of places to visit this B&B in Puglia, Italy, looks quite amazing too. Masseria Morose designed by Andrew Trotter. See more pictures of this lovely space and outdoor area here.
Can´t believe it´s already the end of August, this summer really passed by so fast. I didn´t do a monthly list for July as I allowed myself to be offline as much as possible but since I really enjoy both reading others and making my own – here´s what´s on my mind for August!
Travel: Summer days are not quite done for me yet as I´ll be heading to France for a few more days of sun to celebrate my Dad turning 70. This trip has been booked for a really long time and since then many sad things has happened in France (and elsewhere) and also in Nice where we are going. Because if that we have really been going back and forth if it´s really a good thing going but in the end we have all agreed that we can’t let the evil of the world stop us from continuing living our lives. It will definitely be there in the back of our minds from time to time but at least for me I have to face my fears instead of hiding and as I really love traveling and am super scared of flying I already have a conflict there. But It won´t stop me, I will always hope for the best even if it means facing some moments of anxiety…
Pic via my Instagram.
Shoes: These ones will soon be on my feet. Perfect while still having some color and before it gets too cold.
Pic: styling by me, photo Kristofer Johnsson.
Outfit: Stockholm Fashion Week is currently going on and I´ve never felt less fashionable as I´m just recovering from a cold and have hardly slept so that my eye bags are in need of a bra. This kind of outfit would be the perfect way of transitioning from whatever I look like now to (maybe) looking forward to a mirror.
Bedroom: Would´t mind going to bed in this blue beauty in one of my on-the-wishlist hotels – Hotel Providence, in Paris.
Office: Luckily I´m excited about most of my projects but there is one thing that I´m currently obsessing a little about. One part of a bigger project is to decorate a home office with a masculine and executive touch. It´s actually been really hard finding good reference pics to show the client of what I want to do and this probably shows that there are not many inspirational masculine offices out there (online that is). I´m sure there are in fact many and would love to see more of this. Researching it now most of the things you find would then feature lots of heavy wood and old not very fun furniture. Always dark colors and often without finess. I won´t put a yellow desk in there but the setting of this room is not far from reality of the room I´m decorating as it is surrounded by a book shelf like this one. So looking forward to get my hands on this.
Food: Fennel. Our friends who we spent a week with in France with this summer are amazing at cooking. Fennel was used in most things and since then I´m addicted to it. Perfect as a side in many different shapes and forms and great on it´s own as a salad too. Chop it, put it in a pan with some olive oil, freshly squeezed orange juice, dill, some salt and pepper. Easy, quick and so delicious. Find more inspiration here.
Series: Finished ”The Night Manager” two weeks ago and the setting of the last episodes alone are a reason to watch.
Sustainable pick: ”The Filippa K Lease” was launched already early 2015 but being such a great project is still deserves mentioning. I´ve never tried it to be honest but definitely will. Instead of buying something you get to rent it for 4 days to a cost of 400 SEK. A perfect way of trying things out so that you know you actually like it before buying it and like so many other times just end up making it just a closet warmer. But hurry up, the SS16 garment are only available until end of September. Read more about the project here.
Music: It seems I have a weakness for men with guitar and longing in their voice, oh well. This song is currently on repeat at home and it is a nice change from Justin Bieber and Marcus and Martinus that the kids are insisting on playing over and over again. In addition to Rivers by Tallest Man on Earth I´m also excited to hear more from band Tiger Lou who soon are releasing a new album after several years of silence. Happy (or melancholy) listening people!
Pic via MaryLinYolo with thanks.
In addition to being a never ending source of inspiration, stylist & photographer Daniella Witte also has an incredible home. I just love her dining room that she so boldly has painted in black and the outdoor area is just amazing. That white wall surrounding it all gives it a feel of being way far south than Sweden and I would just love to spend mornings, days and evenings on a terrace like that.
Back in the city again after thee lovely weeks in France. Every time I´m on a holiday I get reminded of how much I really appreciate a good view and especially one overlooking water and the horizon. It gives me the sense of endlessness and how our planet is just so beautiful and clean in itself (it´s just us trying to ruin that…) with never ending stories to tell, views to give, experiences and adventures to explore. One day I will live with a view that gives me that kind of peace every day…that´s a dream and my plan.
Pics from Gota House by Sforza Seilern Architects. Photo: Bruce Rowlands and Angela Geddes. Via Yatzer with thanks.
So many details I like about this house, Toorak2 by Australian Robson Rak Architects & Interior Designers. The layered dining room table, the office with the blue velvet chairs, the leather bench in the hallway, the open doors to the garden from the living room, the surface of the sofa table, the massive stove and much more.
Last hours of work and then of to the summer house to celebrate Midsummer with the family, can´t wait! We have been talking about what two eat for two weeks now and will make all the traditionals plus all the games and other crazy stuff us Swedes are doing on this specific holiday. Here are some of my Midsummer plans:
Lots of good food and a table and setting filled with fresh summer flowers…
Making a strawberry cake that this year will be extra interesting as the kids are picking the filling….
Going almost all in with the romantic theme but am hopefully still safe with black base wearing this…
Swimming in the sea as much as possible after a warming sauna.
Happy Midsummer everybody!
Pics: 1-2 via Kinfolk with thanks. 3. By Babes in Boyland with thanks. 4. Via Honestly Yum with thanks. 5. Dress from Zara. 6. Styling and pic by Daniella Witte with thanks. 7. By Donal Shehan with thanks.
Decorating in a completely new space with no history in the walls to lean back on is both challenging but also very fun as it really takes a lot to make it feel cosy and to show the full potential of what you can actually do in a space like that. It´s a clean start and you have all opportunities to make something starting with colors and going through the whole space with the idea you have created. I´ve had the pleasure of decorating two apartments for JM before (you can see them here and here) and am just about to start my third project. The apartment in these pictures is decorated by Marie Ramse who I have had the pleasure to work with when working for JM. If you only new how many apartments she has decorated and how many similar projects she has got going at the same time, it´s very impressive! And with that task to still find new ideas and a personality to every single project, it´s really so well done and very inspiring. You can see more of Marie´s work here.
I´m going to send off the weekend with another ”holiday ready” inspiration bonanza. I´ve been solo home this weekend as my family is away on a weekend trip so have had plenty of time to among other things surf the web for inspiration and loveliness. Apparently I´m ready for holiday as most of the searching goes to blue skies and water, houses to die for and views to fill all your senses. Two more weeks of work and then, holiday!
Pics via L´échappée Belle with thanks