Gerardo Ruiz-Musi recently allowed Freunde von Freunden into his gorgeous Parisian apartment. The Mexican designer mixes simplicity with quirk quite nicely. I have always said that I just want a light-filled room with white bedding and books piling up on each side, this apartment is particularly perfect for that. Take a look below.
Ikea’s Stockholm rug, the black and white striped one, has been on my wish list for some time. I thought I’d go for a kilim rug or something more natural but the stripes have a way of tying in other colour and design elements and I wanted to give it a try. It’s not a cheap carpet to buy and try, though.
Mr Price Home stocks a lot of home-ware and décor items, a bit of a hit and miss selection for me, but varied none the less. I was fortunate enough to stumble on the very convincing rug- twin photographed above. As far as I can tell Ikea came up with the original and it has since been replicated by various other home brands. Ikea‘s version is larger and can be found at Nevada furniture for just under R3000 and a couple months delay with shipping. The smaller version from Mr Price Home is R399 and I’m having it sewed together to form one large carpet, it feels like it needs cover more space and for R800 I’d say why not.
Philip Crangi, while a style icon in a fashion sense, is quite suitably my décor hero as well. I blogged about Philip Crangi’s home (featured on The Selby), two years ago. I am still pining for his yellow sofa set. Philip told me that it was his grandmother’s set, which he lugged up from Miami and had restored. What I love so much about Crangi’s apartment is that it’s the perfect amount of yellow and all his fantastic finds are beautifully incorporated.
I vowed I wouldn’t replace my Coricraft couch until I found exactly what I wanted. In the meantime I’m recovering and refilling said couch. Coricraft sells slip covers of older styles, just not always in the original fabric. If I cannot find or create the above sofa (my sources do say it can be done for less than the retail price of 25 000+), then I may just reupholster the two Danish chairs I recently restored, using the same yellow to inject a bit of yellow into my living room. I haven’t had too much luck finding their origin, but it seems this style is called the Mayor sofa, sold mostly without the bolster pillows these days.
Yellow, whether featured in your home as an accent or as the lead, has so many great shades but this mustard yellow (Pantone Mimosa, apparently) is just so fantastic. Here are a few more images to enjoy.
The Ikea showroom South Africa is in Johannesburg was my one job to do over the weekend. I had been meaning to visit for some time but you know, life. A while back I got my hands on the PS cabinet and had to get a second one. The trip to Midrand was an easy one, even with the rain, and their showroom was pretty easy to find. The important thing is you navigate to Old Pretoria road otherwise you’ll be driving up and down the street parallel and you’ll never find it.
The stock is limited to the best of the basics but since you already know that Nevada Furniture (who bring in IKEA) allow for custom orders on anything and it doesn’t take all that long to get delivered. And when I say anything, I mean bath towels, mats, lamps… everything. Plus the service is great. They now have showrooms in Cape Town and Johannesburg (see below).
Key tip to installing IKEA furniture: you cannot do it alone, and you must have whisky nearby (it doesn’t do anything but it’s more fun).
The showrooms are located at:
NEVADA FURNITURE/IKEA SHOWROOM SOUTH AFRICA C/O Bowline CAPE TOWN – Unit 1, Racecourse Gardens, Racecourse Road, Montague Gardens, 7441, South Africa | Office: +27 21 550 9700 JOHANNESBURG – Unit B3, Lanzerac Estate, Old Pretoria Road, Midrand, 1685, South Africa | Office: +27 11 312 5630 Opening hours are: Monday to Friday 08:00 – 16:00 and Saturday 09:00-12:00
Famous movies usually have a backdrop that you can place without the characters in the shot. That’s why a clever illustrator by the name of Federico Babina used retro posters as a medium to showcase his love for cinema. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Shining and even Star Wars features among many others and you buy these here for your own home.
This apartment in Stockholm, Sweden, courtesy of the blog Fantastic Frank, is rather wonderfully curated. It’s clean with lots of light but it has frames against the walls and books and lots of white potted plants. It has a great balance of masculinity and quirk. See the other images here.
The late Andy Warhol once described Frank Sinatra’s former Manhattan penthouse as a “glittering grotto in the sky” and from looking at these incredible shots it’s hard to imagine otherwise. The space was designed personally by Sinatra in 1961 and acted as his main residence till 1972.
Although the apartment has received extensive renovations in 2008, which saw the additional of a few more modern touches, the layout of the 3200 square-foot apartment has remained intact. Features include only the necessities that one would need when residing in the Big Apple, particularly on the island. These include up to six bathrooms, four bedrooms, marble fireplaces, glass staircases as well as two enormous terraces that offer incredible views of the East River. Like I said, necessities. The penthouse is currently on sale, with an estimated market value of $6 million (USD).
Archie’s Press has some fantastic maps of popular cities around the world. I spotted Manhattan because in 9 days I’ll be in New York and that means I’m spending a lot of time researching. The island of Manhattan is already quite complicated to the tourist so this is pretty easy to understand. But aside from that it also makes for a great poster for the home. Archie Archambault, the Oregan based letter presser takes a lot of time with his designs and execution and with their vintage feel I’m definitely going to place my order upon return. There’s even a map of the solar system! Go take a look.
You know, having good taste and then your own place does not magically equate to a beautiful space. It has taken me a seven months in my own pad and let me tell you, it is still a long way away. You can buy a great photography book or plants or a tiny Roman statue of a head but you put it down and it just somehow isn’t right yet. This process of home-building really is just that, a process. So, for now I’m just trying to enjoy it!
As for these guys the style is so easy that you would think it was easy to assemble. It is not. Trust me. Take a look at this gorgeous apartment in Sweden courtesy of Fantastic Frank and do let me know what you think. Source: Fantastic Frank
Do you remember Carrie Bradshaw‘s bathroom on Sex and the City? For some reason I always remembered the tiles. I thought they were metro tiles but they only looked like them at a glance. I have loved metro tiles for a few years now and would you believe it?- it’s trending. . Metro tiles were made popular because of the 1920s subway tiles in Paris. Long, short or beveled, these tiles are perfect for the kitchen but are definitely worth a go elsewhere in the house. You can even have them in colours other than white but I do love a white bathroom. This company in Cape Town sells them and Pinterest is full of great reference images, which is where I found all of these. Take a gander:
Architectural Digest featured the home of Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady this week. The couple’s Los Angeles home is every bit glamorous as you would imagine but they certainly aren’t living the way you think. Just because the New England Patriot quarterback married one of the most famous faces in modeling, doesn’t mean a home filled with butlers and eccentric décor. Just the opposite.
From AD: “I like simplicity and coziness,” says the renowned Brazilian beauty. “I want to live in a place that feels like a real home, where you can put your feet up on the couch and just relax.” Brady seconds the notion: “Gisele and I have eight sisters between us, and there are lots of kids. We built this house as a sanctuary for our family—a place where we can enjoy being together.”
Brady and Bündchen enlisted the help of Richard Landry and interior designer Joan Behnke to collaborate on this gorgeous, and yet still practical home. I love this house. What are your thoughts?
We all love a good trend. I have noticed that copper has been showing up everywhere lately, and because it has been translated to modern times so well I had to publish a few images. From light fixtures to bathroom fixtures to pot plants and candle holders, copper as a detail or accent (note: not full on display) is a beautiful thing. I love how clean it makes a room look when paired against either white or moody tones. Obviously the more modern version has been utilized in lieu of the rustic variety you may have seen in a period movie, the more angular or round the better. Thoughts?