Thursday, December 29, 2011

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Concrete kitchens

I decided to post on this topic at a reader's request.
She was asking if we were satisfied with our concrete kitchen
countertop, and the truth is, we love it and highly
recommend this material.
 What's great about it? Pretty much everything.
Concrete surfaces look good, are practical
(you don't see every single finger print and bread crumble),
aren't too expensive. You can choose from a range of colors,
have the surface polished or left pretty raw (these are not very easy
to clean however). If you fear that concrete might look too industrial,
 remember - cozyness is in the details (It's amazing what
the old wooden beams do to the kitchen right below)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

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Kitchens with an edge

Rough, masculine, rustic, industrial. It's all about large
factory lamps, recycled wood, natural colors, mismatched chairs, 
rough-cut ceramics, artwork. 

This image really blew my mind when I first saw it on Wilson's blog.
I like to imagine the people who live in homes with kitchens like this. 
They should be immoderately cool, discussing Zizek over breakfast, 
Nietzsche over lunch and Barthes over dinner,
all that with cool world music tunes in the background.


O.K., so this is not exactly Christmas material...
I just feel Christmas has become more a celebration of consumption 
than of anything else, so I choose to bypass the topic. I would like
the holidays to be more frugal, so we could remember what they were 
about originally, and take time to enjoy ourselves and each other, 
not the stuff we have bought.
Don't you feel overwhelmed by the holidays sometimes?

Monday, December 19, 2011

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Festive feelings and marble countertops

The festive season revolves around the kitchen. 
The smell of baking buns, the endless nibbling, the good conversations, 
the hearty laughs... Home is where the kitchen is, I would rephrase.
Mine's a split kitchen-personality: I like them classic (with a twist) and I like them
rustic-industrial. This post is dedicated to the former, in all their white marble glory. 


Friday, December 16, 2011

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These images really make me want to put on a pair of
sturdy boots and go splash some December mud.

(Just after I'd posted this I realized I had written "November mud"
instead of December. I just can't get my head around the fact
that it's almost Christmas! Don't you get that feeling that
time is flying way too fast? A whole year has gone by in an instant! Again!)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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Leather armchairs

Perfect for curling up in with a good read.
Best in tan leather, well worn.

Monday, December 12, 2011

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Sweet fruit of summer's labor

It is exciting to see the results of feverish a few months work
on the pages of a publication (gosh was it difficult to paint shelves
when the sun and sea were calling).
It is also interesting to discover that the result looks rather different
from how I perceive it. However, no need to say I am pleased
and hope the current inhabitants of the apartment are enjoying it.
The experienced I gained from doing this is priceless.
Moving on to a new project!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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Comfort and tradition

I'm on the road. Sleeping in a different bed each night
has its benefits and drawbacks. 
Some nights I'd give anything for a softer mattress, or 
for the hotel walls to grow thicker.
 So this post is more about comfort than style. 
I don't know why these tall four-poster beds
seem so luxurious and inviting.

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