February 12, 2016

Barn conversions and 1m2 stairs in small apartments

This old barn has been completely renovated and I love how many of the old elements are left in sight, brick walls just add something extra to a home that has been modernised. With the old details still in sight, you can almost feel the history of the building and imagine how people lived and worked here earlier.

Especially the combination of different materials such as brick walls, concrete floors, and oak stairs by EeStairs made up of a mix of floating treads and fully supported treads, quite a challenge considering the existing barn walls not being straight, make this barn into a cozy home to live in. I personally like the use of different materials like in this barn renovated by Spratley Studios and in my own apartment every room has plastered white walls and a piece of the original concrete wall in sight, I often get emails about this asking whether I used a particular paint or wallpaper.

Always intrigued by renovations, I have been watching Grand design for years admiring the many different homes and getting inspiration from what people can archive with hard work and the right suppliers and building materials.

Efficient 1m2 stairs in smaller apartments
Compared to this barn my own house isn't that big and my hall relatively small, the home below seems like one open space and not have a hall at all! Although the sitting area certainly looks spacious, the owners opted for a stair that occupies the smallest possible floor area of 1m2.

The stairs are integrated in a storage unit designed by AEON Architects, a clever and efficient solution if you do not want to loose space, because also the floor opening can be as small as 1m2. For this they used stairs that are made from steel and are produced in the shape of a spiral by EeStairspractical and stylish for smaller rooms, apartments and studios like this one. Steel is an amazing product that I really love because of it's industrial character, these are available in any ral colour.

guess I have always secretly dreamed about building a home or renovate an existing building, and collected many pictures of old garages and industrial buildings and stairs like the ones above here in my Pinterest album.
Photography 1-5 EeStairs | 6 Bungalowclassic | written in collaboration with #EeStairs 
February 11, 2016

The world of Rick Owens interiors

Rick Owens might be best known as a fashion designer, started in 1994 he produced some highly collectable pieces over the years. In 2007 he presented his furniture line for the first time and during Maison & Objet 2012 I happend to discover his world, have a look at my first impression here in this post or #RickOwens to see posts I wrote before in this style. Since then when travelling I always try to visit the Rick Owens stores in Paris or Milan or their booth at the different fairs.

Rick Owens furniture shows different sculptural, often oversized pieces made out of 
subtle and rare materials from wood to stone, antlers and alabaster with a raw and luxury look and a contrasting palette of black and white. 

Pictures via Rick Owens 
February 9, 2016

Fish & Fish by Paola Navone X Serax

Early 2015 Merci launched 'Hareng' a book written in collaboration with it's artistic director Daniel Rozensztroch. He also unveiled his personal collection of herring ceramic containers from 1860 to the 1950's. Just like Paola Navone, Daniel is a great collector of things. In a Merci pop-up store in Amsterdam we once could admire one of his collections. If you are interested to see more of Merci and how I captured it during the years look here and a great post by Holly of Decor8 visiting Merci and talking with Daniel in this blogpost.

One of Paola's trademarks is a fish, that often comes back in several of her designs, Point Yamu hotel being a great example but also last year in Milan she designed several fish for the Linteloo showroom including some other iconic pieces, have a look here if you missed it.

For Paris design week Merci combined both the book and a new tableware collection Paola designed for Serax where the designer puts herrings on the menu with Fish & Fish. Inspired by the tastes and colours of her many travels and the products made during the Great Depression in the 1930's.

The platters, jars and bottles, Merci calles them wodka carafes, are made of pressed glass and available in Jadeite (green), Milk Glass (white) and Depression Glass (transparent) Completed by large hammered aluminium platters, all in the form of this delicious fish and stamped “Herring bar.” In addition to the service, the eye-catcher on every table this spring, the Italian designer has brought out a collection of seats and side tables. Fine lines in lacquered white metal define the different objects.  

Pictures  ©Serax

February 8, 2016

ShowUp 2016 Trade show for Home & Gift | On my wish list

This weekend I visited ShowUp, the Dutch Trade show for Home & Gift and I went home with some beautiful items on my wish list, one of the most beautiful were these home decor item by Dutch brand O-Live they totally fit the ethnic-chic style I love a lot at the moment. I showed this style with this apartment and in the new corner at my home with the beautiful artwork by Love Warriors in a more industrial way.... find more pictures I made at ShowUp in my Facebook album

photo ©vosgesparis
February 5, 2016

Beautiful greens and a simple DIY idea | IMM 2016 Designpost Köln

Design Post Cologne is located in the historic halls of a former post office and a showroom where exclusive international interior design brands present their current trends. Located on walking distance of the IMM Messe, it was easy to have a look at the different expositions. 

I loved the light and relative small space and was really charmed by Montis, who created different 'rooms' all beautifully styled with lots of plants. I didn't liked the colour green for years, but loved the combination of concrete floors, the huge green modular couch, beautiful painted walls, the many plants and outdoor lamp Ipnos by Flos

DIY Idea for your hanging plants

A really easy DIY idea I found in one of the other rooms, I am not a huge fan of macrame hangers that for me are a bit to rustic often, plus to be honest I prefer some beautiful kokodame plants up in the air instead.

This hanger is more my style and to make it you just need 2 long strips with a metal ring at each end of the strip, add them crosswise on the bottom and bring them together with a piece of rope at the top to attach. I can imagine these fitting my home perfectly made out of black leather. Did you see my post where I hang a lamp at my studio using more or less the same principle: My home| Playing with colour Do you have a perfect DIY idea yourself feel free to sent me your ideas.

pictures ©vosgesparis