INTERIOR INSPIRATION | LAURENCE SIMONCINI

21 August 2014

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Today’s interior inspiration is another ‘corker’ from the Ile De Ré, off the west coast of France. Funnily enough it’s been photographed by Karel Balas whose summer house is also located on the chic island and was featured here on Monday.

It’s the holiday home of Laurence Simoncini, co-founder of Parisian concept store Serendipity and her dramatic and consistent design shows what a creative talent she is. Built in the middle of coastal marshland this single story home with black wooden cladding blends effortlessly into the landscape and I adore the ancient gnarled and twisted tree surrounded by pebbles and the desert like garden design which is easily maintained.

Inside there’s a very quiet and serene atmosphere where the emphasis is on raw and natural materials, textures and fabrics. Polished concrete, lime washed walls, wooden flooring – everything is kept in a wonderful brown, grey and black palette with carefully selected art objects, modern lighting, drift wood seats, hand-thrown ceramics and ornate vintage candle sticks blending perfectly.

No quirky touches or bright colours just an amazingly luxurious interior that still feels inviting. Granted you have to imagine your everyday objects like remote controls, newspapers, post-it notes, socks and shoes flying around. I know I might be stating the obvious but sometimes we forget how highly styled these shots are to show off the interior concept for the glossy magazines.

My favourite pieces have to be the fireplace, the double bed sitting on railway sleepers and how wonderful is that woven nest-like seat Laurence poses on with her adorable children!?

 

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VIA | Elle Decoration with thanks
CONCEPT STORE | Serendipity
PHOTOGRAPHY | Karel Balas
 
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INTERIORS CRUSH | KAREL BALAS HOLIDAY HOME

18 August 2014

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This is the holiday home of Karel Balas, sublime photographer, art director and editor of French Milk magazine, founded with his wife over 10 years ago.

Their summer home on the Ile De Ré is a rustic residence where nothing is too polished or precious. The relaxed atmosphere comes across in the photos and I like their laid-back mix of flea market finds and mix of materials all kept within a neutral colour palette of greys, browns, black and off-white.

Painted stone walls and plenty of wood from floor to ceiling including some drift wood give warmth and texture and pose as a backdrop for vintage pieces like ornate mirrors, antlers, workbench and freestanding bathtub. I like their carefully selected lighting which is mostly modern and stand out amongst the pared back boho style.

Holiday homes are for relaxation and I can’t help but imagine Karel and his wife would throw some cool parties in their back yard with plenty of local wine and fresh fish. Their cool kids flopping in one of the deep sofas and somebody playing guitar. Ok, maybe my imagination is running a bit wild but it is only credit to Karel’s evocative photography. A true Interiors Crush.

Like this summer house on the Ile De Ré? Pop back soon for another stunning property later this week.
A plus tard.
 

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VIA | The Socialite Family
PHOTOGRAPHY | Karel Balas
 
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MOOD BOARD | WEEKEND VIBES #02

16 August 2014

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I hope you can take it easy this weekend and enjoy this last stretch of summer.

It’s still another 3 long weeks before school starts here in the UK and we’re looking forward to grandma and grandpa visiting from the US. So much to explore in and around London and with babysitters on hand hopefully some date nights for me and the cowboy.

If you’re still wondering what to do this weekend take some inspiration from the mood board. Wishing you happy weekend vibes.

 
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READ //
 
 

CREDITS | All images via my Pinterest boards. Some originators can’t be identified but please email me if you know who took the shot and I’ll add the credit. ‘Read’ by Elisabeth Heier
 
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PLACES TO GO | OLD FINCA TURNED YOGA RETREAT

14 August 2014

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I’ve waxed lyrical about Mallorca on here before [see my travel report on Palma this time last year] and was thrilled to find these beautiful shots by Sunna & Marc Van Praag of a restored old finca turned yoga retreat via vtwonen. I’d read about the place in Elle Decoration back in July and was fascinated by the Dutch couple who discovered the farmhouse and fulfilled their dream of creating a wellbeing retreat.

The location and views are breathtaking from the hilltop above the bustling city of Palma and I could easily spend all day relaxing around the infinity pool taking in the scenery. But even better Brenda van Berg and her husband Paul offer unique yoga retreat programs to strengthen your body, mind and spirit amongst these stunning surroundings.

I adore the eclectic mix of furniture and decor from the couple’s travels around the world and how they managed to blend old and new, polished concrete and stainless steel with rustic beams and exposed stone walls.

It might not be an Interiors Crush for me but I can appreciate the relaxed bohemian look and feel they created which is a perfect backdrop to the mindful living they’re teaching. The different fabrics and mainly muted natural colours stimulate the senses and it’s no surprise that I hear their food is exceptional and most importantly healthy.

If you’re trying to detox, strengthen your body and give your mind a rest I couldn’t imagine a better place to seek sanctuary in. Namaste.
 

NOTE | There’ll be an update on this place when we’re next in Mallorca as I’m dying to check it out for myself.
 
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VIA | vtwonen
MORE INFORMATION | Yogatree.nl
PHOTOGRAPHY | Sunna & Marc Van Praag
 
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A SUMMER STORY BY RAFA KIDS

13 August 2014

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I’ve been a fan of Dutch furniture RaFa Kids for a while and love reading what they get up to on their blog.

Agata and Arek are both architects who started designing high quality functional children’s furniture when their two sons Frank and Robert arrived. They received so many compliments and requests for their son’s first bed that they decided to start a small company combining the letters of their family members – RaFa.

Today’s shots are form a recent little summer story Agata created in her studio with fish pillows by Dutch illustrator and textile designer Femke Veltkamp from Windstilte and the RaFa teen bed and stripy bedlinen. The shots are such fun and I love the colour palette and styling.

Reading Agata’s blog their business seems to have really taken off and their beds sell out like hot cakes. I’d love to put an order in for the highly adaptable F&R bed and the gorgeous K desk but will need to wait till our boys are older and we move to a bigger place.

As parents of small boys their design is highly engineered with much thought gone into production, packaging and assembly. Their furniture is made of quality European Birch plywood a flexible material with high strength and is sustainably sourced. It is produced by an established Polish company and using the latest computer numerically controlled technology they produce with great material efficiency trying to reduce waste to virtual zero.

Impressive values for a small company and I just hope they’ll still have some beds left when I get to put my order in.

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dutch, rafa kids, simple, modern, functional, architects, rafa, furniture, sustainable, european birch, plywood, engineered, zero waste, F&R bed, teen bed, K desk, material efficiency, design, function, bedding, femke veltkamp, windstilte
ABOVE | K desk

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ABOVE | F&R bed
 

 
MORE INFORMATION & PHOTOGRAPHY | RaFa Kids
FISH PILLOWS | Femke Veltkamp, Windstilte
 
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